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  1. Re the Cave Lore question -- I wrote that guide for the original release of the game, where money was more limited because the second level of training in a skill or spell cost double what it does now. I still don't think you get much out of training in Cave Lore, but there is more wiggle room with money, so I don't think it's an awful idea either. I still would advise against putting manual points in there, but you do get a few magic items and xp items out it -- meh. Your thinking about trade-offs with pieces of armor is pretty much on the money, especially early on when hit chance is very relevant. Later in the game, once you have high stats and good investment in basic skills, you may reach the point where that doesn't matter much (for non-mages anyway). Also, you eventually start finding great pieces of armor that don't reduce hit chance.
  2. In G4, Servile melee/magic builds are neck-and-neck with Infiltrator magic builds.  It's a different emphasis. This question hasn't been explored for G5 due to the Agent getting the dumb resistances, which is certainly enough to make the difference.
  3. Also, I strongly disagree about Infiltrator beating Servile for a melee-oriented build specifically in G4 (or G5, though Agent in G5 is another question due to the stupid inherent resists). In G4, Servile melee/magic builds are neck-and-neck with Infiltrator magic builds. It's a different emphasis. The Servile is potentially much tankier (leading to the "turtle mage" appellation back when G4 first came out), to the point that he can eat multiple mine blasts and survive. The Infiltrator is much more reliant on Mental Magic, but of course Mental Magic is superb. Infiltrator melee/magic builds are definitely inferior to Infiltrator magic builds, for the reasons alhoon enumerated. It follows then that they are also definitely inferior to Servile melee/magic builds. In G5 you have another consideration, which is that you could run a mostly-solo Sorceress, with greater use of disposable meatshields in place of the Agent's stat pickups in Parry and better HP and so on. The big problem here is, again, that the Agent gets those massive resistance boosts.
  4. 1) I just edited it out by hand. Feel free to re-edit the post (you should be able to now) to replace whatever formatting, line breaks etc. you intended. I had to edit the raw HTML so a bunch of stuff got lost. Grammarly royally screwed up the HTML of the post, and it actually eliminated functionality from all buttons on the page that appeared below your post. (If we were still on old UBB, I fully expect the whole site would have gone down over this :P) I have no idea why it did that, but it was not good. It would appear that there is a bug in the way Grammarly interfaces with this (at least) web form. I would use caution if you continue to use it with web forms. 2) Spell energy rarely matters. It just doesn't. That should not inform your class choice at all.
  5. Hi there, Can you share the following info so we can understand the situation better? Thanks. 2. What operating system are you using (Mac or WIndows?) 3. Did you download the game through Steam, Good Old Games, or another third-party distribution platform? Also, can you share the exact error message wording?
  6. Unless it changed in a version update at some point (I don't think so, but I am the wrong person to check with about that), in G5, the three original classes (Shaper, Guardian, and Agent) had significant, permanent, built-in armor and resistances that the six rebel-type classes did not have. This was not intentional. What happened was that in G4, Shapers, Guardians, and Agents existed only as NPCs, and so their base creature types were given all the regular sorts of damage resistances that NPCs with fighting ability tend to have. (Because NPCs don't manually add skill points the way the player does, of course.) Jeff just forgot to take these resistances back out when those creatures became available for use as the PC again. Especially if you play as an agent/infiltrator with few to no creations, this can make a noticeable difference in how easy or hard the game is. (Also, I can't remember if these baked-in resistances display on the status screen or not.)
  7. In normal difficulty, you can pretty run anything and if it's at least half-baked it will work. There have been numerous threads and posts here dumping on Shock Troopers. I'm not going to reiterate years of abuse, but basically, it's not that you can't do OK with them, it's that they are strictly worse than other options, without providing any kind of additional playstyle or anything like that. Also, I'm pre-emptively exiting the argument now, due to the history of these things going on forever...
  8. "It would be a little tougher than with a Shaper (because magic > fighting) but not much" No, that will be way more than a little tougher.
  9. You can join each of them in sequence, but you can only belong to one at a time. Also, note that G1 has more than one set of alliance options. You have the Awakened/Obeyers/Takers, and you also have Trajkov/Goettsch.
  10. One rule above all: KEEP MULTIPLE SAVES AT ALL TIMES. Geneforge makes this easy. Lots of slots, easy to select between them. So just keep a few backup saves -- make a new one every time you go to a new zone, for example. That way, even if you do something you feel "ruins" your game experience, you can turn back the clock and undo it. If you're not worried about a "ruinous" action this is less important. The "big" decisions, like which faction(s) (if any) you align yourself with, are generally VERY obvious in-game.
  11. On that note, @Puksis, remember that lots of kids play Spiderweb games and the boards are supposed to be family friendly. The Code of Conduct is now hidden in plain sight (under "Guidelines" which is so centrally located I couldn't find it just now :D), so if you haven't read it, take a look: http://spiderwebforums.ipbhost.com/guidelines/ This isn't a warning or anything, just a reminder. That said, given the way this thread has veered, I'm locking it. Adios.
  12. For the sake of not putting this off any longer I'm going to stick to people I can evaluate based on what I already know and/or through simple googling. Sorry, historical conquerors whose actual actions I am slightly vague on! I'll come back to you later if I have time. Lucca Simone de Beauvoir Robo Princess Leia Buffy Summers Henry Agard Wallace Micah Uncle Iroh Jean-Luc Picard Lady Gaga Erika Redmark Zuko Sylak Eowyn Captain America Aragorn Katara FrogGraham NelsonEmpress Prazac Abigail Adams Honor Harrington Lisa Simpson R2-D2 Magus AangLord Havelock VetinariKing ArthurCleopatra (Shakespeare) Peter Gabriel Orson Welles Mary Shelley Kathryn Janeway Puddleglum Professor Oak Sherlock Holmes Ayla Cleopatra Jones Redbeard Zaphod Beeblebrox Julius Caesar Blaise Pascal Olga of Kiev Boudica CiceroThe Doctor Toph Julius Martov Lord British Melanchion Faramir Dumbledore StarrusGladwellManfred RedmarkBob the Builder Billie HolidayKen Burns Eeyore MarleMultivac Sokka Pat Paulsen Seth MacFarlane Khan Noonien Singh Werdna Mal Reynolds Clifford the Big Red Dog Aslan Sir Topham Hatt James T. Kirk Henri IIIAyn RandCleopatra (real) Daddy WarbucksPat Sajak Cardinal Richelieu Sulla Lavos Pilgor the Goat Curious George Kikuchiyo Miss Piggy Lyndon LaRouche Lady Macbeth Benjamin Sisko Darth Vader Evil Abed Crassus PompeySpider Rand al'Thor Caligula Yosemite Sam George Jetson One of the 7 dwarves (Disney) Guybrush ThreepwoodJulie d'Aubigny Zapp Brannigan Grima, Wormtongue Yogi Bear Kylo Ren Harcourt Fenton Mudd George Wickham Ivan the Terrible Genghis Khan Morgoth The White Witch Hawthorne Emperor PalpatineDorikasElizabeth Báthory KefkaSmaug The Allied Mastercomputer I wasn't sure Smaug was going to be dethroned, but you did it, Dinti.
  13. Important note about that dump (which I made over a decade ago): While MOST of the responses for a given NPC are all listed in a row, if the response differs based on certain conditions (for example, if you've completed a quest) it is listed in a totally separate part of the dump with no easily legible indication of which NPC it is used with. These are some of the most important keywords and responses, obviously, so beware.
  14. 1. Nero: way too much ambiguity in the historical record for me to place him with any precision. 2. Leonidas, Spartacus: inadequate detail to say much beyond "eh" 3. Burger King: zero detail 4. Cinipioatoato: despite my love of antiquity, and with apologies, I just don't care about some of these guys. I'm also interested to note that there is now at least one person on the list whom I view identically to one of the current candidates. Not only would I rank them together, I see them as having exactly the same strengths and weaknesses. Lucca Simone de Beauvoir Robo Princess Leia Henry Agard Wallace Micah Uncle Iroh Jean-Luc Picard Lady Gaga Erika Redmark Zuko Sylak Eowyn Captain America Aragorn Katara FrogGraham NelsonEmpress Prazac Abigail Adams Honor Harrington Lisa Simpson R2-D2 Magus AangLord Havelock VetinariKing ArthurCleopatra (Shakespeare) Peter Gabriel Orson Welles Mary Shelley Kathryn Janeway Puddleglum Professor Oak Sherlock Holmes Ayla Cleopatra Jones Redbeard Zaphod Beeblebrox Julius Caesar Olga of Kiev Boudica CiceroThe Doctor Toph Julius Martov Lord British Melanchion Faramir Dumbledore StarrusGladwellManfred RedmarkBillie HolidayKen Burns Eeyore MarleMultivac Sokka Pat Paulsen Seth MacFarlane Werdna Mal Reynolds Aslan James T. Kirk Henri IIIAyn RandCleopatra (real) Daddy WarbucksCardinal Richelieu Sulla Pilgor the Goat Kikuchiyo Miss Piggy Lyndon LaRouche Benjamin Sisko Darth Vader Evil Abed Crassus PompeySpider Rand al'Thor Caligula Yosemite Sam George Jetson One of the 7 dwarves (Disney) Guybrush ThreepwoodJulie d'Aubigny Zapp Brannigan Grima, Wormtongue Yogi Bear Harcourt Fenton Mudd George Wickham Ivan the TerribleGenghis Khan Hawthorne Emperor PalpatineDorikasElizabeth BáthorySmaug
  15. 1. Inadequate familiarity, sorry: Shodan, Cortana, Jonny Quest, Hari Seldon. 2. A few other minor shifts up and down. This list has gotten sprawling enough that if it's just a couple of places, I think I'm just going to make those when I see them without comment -- that's pretty minor. 3. For the Avatar folks, placing Sokka and Iroh was easy, but I actually found myself surprised by the order in which I ended up putting the four primary benders. 4. I'm also surprised that something else still hasn't happened at all. Lucca Simone de Beauvoir Robo Princess Leia Henry Agard Wallace Micah Uncle Iroh Jean-Luc Picard Lady Gaga Erika Redmark Zuko Sylak Eowyn Captain America Aragorn Katara FrogGraham NelsonEmpress Prazac Abigail Adams Honor Harrington Lisa Simpson R2-D2 Magus AangLord Havelock VetinariKing ArthurCleopatra (Shakespeare) Peter Gabriel Orson Welles Mary Shelley Puddleglum Professor Oak Sherlock Holmes Ayla Cleopatra Jones Zaphod Beeblebrox Olga of Kiev BoudicaThe DoctorToph Julius Martov Melanchion Faramir Dumbledore StarrusGladwellManfred RedmarkBillie HolidayKen Burns Eeyore MarleMultivac Sokka Pat Paulsen Seth MacFarlane Mal Reynolds Aslan Henri IIIAyn RandCleopatra (real) Daddy WarbucksCardinal Richelieu Pilgor the Goat Kikuchiyo Miss Piggy Lyndon LaRouche Darth Vader Evil AbedSpider Rand al'Thor Yosemite Sam George Jetson One of the 7 dwarves (Disney) Guybrush ThreepwoodJulie d'Aubigny Zapp Brannigan Grima, Wormtongue Yogi Bear Harcourt Fenton Mudd George Wickham Ivan the TerribleHawthorne Emperor PalpatineDorikasElizabeth BáthorySmaug
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