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    Trajkov Dead and I haven't even played halfway

    1. We here on the Spiderweb forums frown upon necromancy, so in the future please try to make new thread with a link to an old thread, rather than commenting upon the old thread. It can be confusing for readers who don't notice the timeskip in the middle of the "conversation." If you hope the author of the old thread specifically will respond to you, you could also try messaging them. 2. In G1, the biggest factor in creation strength is your own shaping stats, followed by leveling; creation mechanics vary throughout the series, but the most important factors in creation strength are always either shaping skill level at time creation, or leveling up. Creations don't actually get SP like you - every point you upgrade consumes your essence. Plus, creations automatically gain stats as they level up, without you "allocating points" at all. In no Geneforge game is it really worthwhile to add points to a creation by spending essence, beyond giving it the minimum two points of intelligence so you can control the creation in combat. If it's too dumb, it'll function like a friendly NPC, fighting on your side but under computer control.
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    Geneforge 4 Need a new play-style!

    It helps to use blessing and healing magic on the friendly NPCs as well. I haven't tried it in G4, but in G3, every time I thought "Surely the friendly NPCs aren't strong enough to take down *this* enemy," they always proved me wrong (though sometimes not without buffing / healing from me). Akhari Blaze? Yep, sabotage his machines and send the Shapers after him and even the final boss of G3 goes down without a hit from me. (I couldn't finish the game as a rebel solely because the drakon in the cells in Dhonal's Keep who clearly was meant to help me bugged out and literally just disappeared.)
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    Geneforge 4 Need a new play-style!

    This should be entirely feasible. I'm not certain about the first two games, but at least in G3 it was possible to complete the game without inflicting a single point of damage via player-controlled characters (and no mental magic either), and based on my experiences with G4, I'd be pretty confident it's possible there, too. Taking brute force out of the equation forces you to look at each zone as a puzzle to be solved. What combination of leadership, mechanics, sneaking, friendly NPCs, and other environmental elements will let me accomplish me goal? This approach also changes how you look at equipment - combat effectiveness is no longer how you determine "best" armor and weapons to equip. You cannot clear every zone or quest as a pacifist - some absolutely require combat - but you should be able to complete the game.
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    Geneforge - Diablo 3 Makeover

    Oh my. The spin-off game practically makes itself. 😱😂
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    Ganduv's Geneforge 5 Editor (Re-uploaded)

    Welcome back! And thanks for reposting this!
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    The point of Haste?

    One battle, no matter how many times you cast Haste, is not a statistically meaningful sample. You probably just got unlucky.
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    Geneforge - Diablo 3 Makeover

    Spiderweb needs to recreate geneforge with abacus support and make it look like a Rorschach test where instead of skills you can click random blobs in the quick bar...thoughts? Sorry, couldn't help myself. 😎😂
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    Queen's Wish - Romance

    Fixed that for you.
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    Queen's Wish - Romance

    This sort of reminds me of movies or books that I've enjoyed in part because I never knew what would happen next, but that one of my brothers found a lot more meh because the plot twists I found suspenseful were instead totally obvious and predictable to him. We all have some ability to connect the dots and figure out what's going in a story, but for any particular story (regardless of its medium), some of us are going to do better at filling in the blanks than others will. I've been annoyed by stories that I felt never explained such-and-such important matter, but I've also been taken aback when the aforementioned brother said a story that I thought made complete sense failed to explain things and left him in the dark. So I wonder if the implication / explication distinction is less about enjoying one versus the other in an absolute sense, and more about how successfully / easily one makes inferences for a specific story. Humans generally enjoy solving puzzles (otherwise we wouldn't keep making them for thousands of years), and I think that includes the act of inferring. It's quite satisfying to realize you've worked through the hints to figure out a story. Maybe our final interpretation isn't exactly what the author intended, but we have still used logic and imagination to build a coherent understanding out what the author gave us, and this makes us feel smart. Contrariwise, if we are unsuccessful at inferring some kind of meaning in a work of fiction, we wind up confused and frustrated and dissatisfied. Thus how much one enjoys implication in a work of fiction, versus desiring more explicit details and connections, comes down to how successful one is at drawing inferences from said implications. Tangent: oh wow weird flashback to discussing Eliot's "The Waste Land" in English Lit as a freshman and boggling over how many literary allusions he loaded into that thing.
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    Queen's Wish - Romance

    I'm not sure what you mean by the "sort of undefinable" "Sublime" (but, then, you aren't sure either, so we're even 😂), but I certainly find that some video games are capable of drawing my mind to ponder truth, beauty, and goodness (the so-called "transcendentals"). FWIW, playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild earlier this year is what convinced me that video games can be art. Never before have I thought after finishing game that it was such a genuinely beautiful experience to play. (Note: the game is not perfect, but what human art is ever perfect? Also, not saying there are no other video-games-which-are-art in existence, just that I haven't had a chance to play them.) In the past, I've played games that I thought came close to being art but that I wasn't quite sure about, or games that had certain elements I thought qualified as art but not the game as a whole. If we don't have many video games that qualify as art, I suspect it's more because of time than because the genre is inherently incapable of being art. Geniuses like Michelangelo or Bach don't come along every day, and the greatness of brilliant works of art can take time to achieve widespread appreciation. People have been painting, making music, and writing books for millennia, which means that even though most of those works are bad, the sheer amount time means a great many brilliant paintings, pieces of music, and books have appeared. It's harder to point to video games as art perhaps in part because it is such a young art form. I imagine that if mankind is still playing video games in 500 years, we'll have more examples that are widely recognized as great art.
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    Queen's Wish - Romance

    Eloquence? Rhetorical Proficiency? Dizzying Intellect?
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    'Crystal doors' in GF2 Infested woods

    Is it possible there are controls for the doors somewhere nearby? Throughout the Geneforge series, a lot of doors are operated by a lever somewhere nearby.
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    SYNERGY LIST: GF4 Forging

    Vinlie plz Amen! Preach it! I'll make the adjustment.
  14. FYI, added a link to this in the G3 strategy central post. Thanks for all your work on this! I love seeing new fan-made content like this for older games!
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    Queen's Wish - Romance

    Well, since you asked... I've no more interest in seducing the local innkeeper in a video game than in real life. Moreover, it seems completely unnecessary - it's never been why I play Spiderweb Software's games. Now, if Jeff wants to include that sort of thing, that's his business. But after seeing how the romance in Avadon 2 turned out, I'm can't say I'm champing at the bit for him to write more PC-NPC romances.
  16. It was three years since the last time people posted the links didn't work. If no one responded and the links still don't work, realize this is just dead.
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    Name Cameos in Jeff's Games

    Or time travel. 🤔
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    Finally done

    Wow. 😮 *applauds* Nicely done!
  19. Nope. Other than two spots playing as a rebel*, I finished* the game on both paths without ever personally hitting anything, relying on stealth / mechanics / leadership / AI friendlies for everything. I would sometimes need to buff or heal the friendlies, but they would do all the actual fighting. Note that this means some zones cannot be cleared, since they require you to kill something, but there's always another a path. *To kill Khyryk as a pacifist rebel, you must select the dialogue option saying you've come to kill him, which only appears the first time you talk to him. I didn't realize the option would disappear, so I ended up being forced to hit him once to start the fight, but it's possible to get through without personally hitting him. The other problem was at the very end of the game; I went to kill Rahul and Anjali, but the imprisoned drakon who is supposed to help you had disappeared (a glitch or bug, probably) leaving me no way to get the job done.
  20. Someone *ahem* may have gone and beaten G3 without ever striking a blow...
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    RPGs - Best World Tech?

    I just realized that Chrono Trigger has ALL the levels of technology AND magic - depending on the era. 😂
  22. Maybe the residents of the Freehold are all disguised Toydarians, and thus your cheat-code mind tricks don't work on them, only money? 😉
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    ...Okay, but why, though? [G5]

    Your persistent unwillingness to play original Geneforge never ceases to amuse, Alhoon. Your dedication is impressive. 😂
  24. I, for one, am neither a piano tuner, an Eskimo, or a septuagenarian. Just to be clear. Hmm...I wonder if there any interesting demographic categories of which I am a member? LOL.
  25. Vahnatai! More evidence for the old Vahnatai creation theory! 😱 That feeling when Jeff has been in business for decades and someone tells him to use social media and do interviews. 😂😂😂