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    Let's talk about bees

    I find the bee hysteria a bit annoying. Yes, some species of bees are in danger. Managed honeybees used in farming are not in particular danger, their numbers aren't dwindling. Colony Collapse Disorder all but disappeared as a major threat in 2011, after a 5 year blip which wasn't really all that different than other blips in the bee historical record. There is no current threat to our ability to pollinate crops. Furthermore, if all the honeybees did disappear, it wouldn't be the end of humanity. It wouldn't be great. But there are other pollinators that could step in to fill the role. And our biggest food crops (Wheat, soy, corn) don't actually require pollination anyway. Almond farms would suffer the most, some fruits and berries would too. Finally, this is my personal pet peeve, but I HATE when people misattribute quotes to Einstein. Einstein never said anything about bees going extinct.
  2. Does anyone else find the concealed tunnel extremely annoying? I know what to do. I just find actually moving the mirrors the way I want to be extremely tedious. It made me annoy-quit.
  3. On steam version, I found dark thoughts at 013E026A. Haven't tested Dread curse, but it is likely 013E026C
  4. Burr in Golddale can also make a Serpentskin Helmet (+7 armor, +12 poison resistance, +12 acid resistance) for 4 leathers
  5. I mean, I get that it is realistic for a party of adventurers to find nothing but useless mundane weapons and armor in most shops. But RPGs have trained me to think that new towns mean new shops with better items. It makes no sense of course. But Avernum takes it to the extreme. There are basically no useful items in shops save a few herbs, crafting supplies and potions.
  6. I just finished the slime factory. Explored Tower of Magi, but there is also a bunch of other stuff in upper avernum I ignored. What order should I tackle stuff in?
  7. The constructs wouldn't let me past after the Slime plague, I assume I would have to do the next plague first.
  8. The weapons have the exact same stats. Weight, damage, crit chance. Is there a hidden bonus to the waveblade or something? Otherwise, wtf?
  9. That's too bad. No Slith in my party this game!
  10. An extra trait every 4 levels seems like it is vastly better than a flat +10% to damage (not even hit chance!) and a single elemental resistance. Even for a character who wanted to use polearms or a bow, isn't the extra traits better? Am I crazy?
  11. So I didn't pick up the Vahnatai Castle quest from Oglai until after I had already gotten the information, reported that information to the council, and recovered the crystal soul. so now that quest is stuck in my quest log and won't complete. I tried going back to the castle, reading the book again and returning. I've gotten all 3 crystal souls at this point.
  12. Eh, I'll just live with it then, I'm far past that point now. In fact, I just beat the game. I may try to get the few remaining achievements otherwise I'm waiting for A3.
  13. I've got my Slith using the Molten Halberd, because I like the cleave damage. But I've got a few spears sitting in my inventory. I always find it hard to decide what's best in a Spiderweb game. Is a +1 to this skill better than that skill? Is more damage better than a skill bonus? Just too many options that interact in different ways.
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    D&D 5e campaign setting?

    Has anyone done any work on adapting Avadon or Avernum to 5e? I'd be very curious to see such a setting.
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    A2CS Remix -- testers wanted

    Was the remix ever released? Or were there no testers, so it couldn't get off the ground?
  16. I'd suggest looking at Torment: Tides of Numenara. They stated they are going turn-based. It won't be out for a while yet though. Meanwhile, the Shadowrun games might be what your looking for. They are on steam.
  17. So Steam bundle is on sale cheaper than just buying Avernum 2 separately. I have all the other games. Will I be able to give out the other games as gifts or once I download Crystal Souls will the whole thing be locked to my account?
  18. Alright. It's sad though. I have a friend that would really enjoy Geneforge. I'd love to buy the bundle and give away the other games.
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    Yannick's studies

    So I just killed the Shade and Yannick was still kind of crazed, talking about how he needed to figure out the secret. Is this the bad ending or is this normal? This quest seems odd in that it isn't really against Avadon in any way.
  20. This sounds painful. I have been playing through Avadon 2. I've owned it for months but I start and stop a lot because the constant combat grind get so tedious. If A2 is worse, maybe I won't pick it up. which is sad, I remember Exile very fondly and Avernum originals as well. But it gets harder to enjoy the world and story when the trash fights slow down the game so much. I like the interesting fights. But the constant 'Another pack of rats/soldiers/goblins/whatever' encounters adds nothing to the game.
  21. I always get paralyzed playing games with choices. I know that certain party members have dialogue. If I take the wrong ones, I'll miss out on the best dialogue. I'm playing a tinker mage. I've been taking the blademaster and sorcerer. I'm not very far. I also hate placing skill points for fear I'll regret it. I know Jeff's games aren't always well balanced and a wrong path on the skill tree can leave you having trouble later.
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    Party size mod?

    How would I add this to dungeondlg? I found the obelisk section for the second floor, but not sure how to paste the code in correctly.
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    Can we make house buying a thing

    House buying and romance were added in some strange half-ass attempt to appeal to people on Steam I think. Jeff's strength is in writing a world and a story.
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