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Seasons of Destiny

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  1. Seasons of Destiny

    Restless Souls

    Having never played Restless Souls until now, I figured that this was as good a scenario as any to get my scenario-reviewing feet wet, so to speak. Story: I wouldn't say that the story itself is anything to write home about. Aside from a somewhat interesting underlying tale involving a long-dead tribe, it progressed like your standard "kill big bad dead to end plague" story with an added twist should you feel sympathetic. What I DO feel warrants mentioning, however, is the writing itself. As a sucker for well-detailed, descriptive text in scenarios, I enjoyed the writing in Restless Souls. I concede that it did get a bit excessive at times, such as most conversations with the mayor. In these cases, less would have been definitely more. Combat: My view will be a bit skewed here since I was admittedly too lazy to whip up a new party for this scenario, instead using a level 10 party that I had naturally ran through a couple other low-level scenarios. To help make up for that, I cranked the difficulty up to Torment. Combat was manageable for the most part, though the groups of Homologous Imps encounters throughout the scenario were fairly difficult to deal with even with my inflated health pools: fast, fairly durable, could debuff party members with curse and weakening, and had access to the dreaded Ice Lances spell. I count myself very lucky that I only ever got hit with two Ice Lances at a time despite the groups of imps often numbering around four or five per fight. Design: First and foremost, the level design was all laid out very, very interestingly. From the first town and onward, I was extra diligent in my headbanging for secret walls, and my efforts were often rewarded. Very little space in this scenario was wasted. I also loved how you rewarded especially curious players with a level of Far Sight just as the amount of headbanging was starting to get tiresome. My adventurers were no doubt nursing sore craniums by the time they made their leave from Charon. As for the environments, it was shocking just how much detail was stuffed into every nook and cranny of every map. It seemed to give everything an "untamed" feel to an extent that I don't think I've seen in any other scenario. Alas, said detail did border on overly noisy in quite a few places; difficulty navigating the terrain was a common problem in the outdoors, especially in the trek between more civilized lands and the actual wilds. Some kind of shortcut being unlocked if you decide to help the source of the plague would have also been very appreciated, and the scenario kinda dragged along at that point without one. Finally, I think each Homologous Imp giving the entire party an extra 100 experience on death may have been a bit overkill even after taking their strength into account. A smaller amount, like 50 experience, probably would have been a bit more balanced. Scripting: While not necessarily impressive in their own right, I very much liked the small cutscenes that took place throughout the brigand lair early on in the scenario. They kept the dungeon from feeling like a standard hack n' slash, instead breathing a little life into them and reminding the player that the brigands are people, too. The puzzle involving raising and lowering sections of floor to get by was also a pretty cool one. I liked how the level shifting also applied to the stairs that you needed to climb to get to the exit portal; a detail that wasn't necessary, yet was added anyways. Bugs/Errors: At one point in the outdoors, I was able to walk through a slope and into/out of what was supposed to be a solid wall. Early on in the final dungeon, entering an ambush in combat mode resulted in a graphical error involving some Haste-like particle effects persisting on the room's statues. Shortly afterwards, I seemed to be able to enter a portal through a wall, letting me skip a large portion of what was intended to be a portal maze; I didn't even notice that there was one until my second pass through it. While it may have been intentional, the wording of the text involved in killing the final boss after helping her leads me to suspect that it was not. Even from a story point of view, it wouldn't make sense to carry out your original mission and expect a reward from your original employer after betraying them. Overall, I give this scenario a rating of GOOD. It was a very enjoyable experience, and I'm glad that I managed to catch wind of it.
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    ENOUGH WITH THE DREAD CURSES ALREADY!

    Are you sure you're thinking of the right demon? There was a decently bulky demon in the northwest corner of Giant's Forge who instantly hit my entire party with a Death Curse. I vaguely recall trying to blow it up with some Adrenaline Rushes and it still survived for another turn or two, so it should've at least hit you with the status effect unless you were playing on Normal or lower.
  3. That'll teach you to not bully the Anama. Nah, but it sucks how there's no alternative to get the 3rd level of Summon Aid. I guess you can offset the XP loss with a couple trips to Zang, though? As for summoning in general, I tended to use Simulacrum more than anything else; the Demon Golem was one of my favorites due to its nice ratio of party-friendly abilities to party-harming abilities.
  4. Yeah, it's a bit difficult to see hidden switches on that particular type of wall. Not necessarily a fan of said wall for that reason; you either need a very sharp eye, a light source, or a bit of dumb luck to find some of them.
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    Avernum 3 remake release date?

    Hoo boy, Divine Retribution's going to be fun what with my first planned run being on Hard and all.
  6. In the room with the leaky power core, you need to constantly bounce between several levers that either control the power flow that goes into the power core or open the southern door. Once you fiddle with the mechanisms of the lever by the southern door enough times, it should open. However, that lever has a bit of a cooldown that forces you to wait at least one round before you can continue unlocking it.
  7. I remember just skipping out on fighting those Crystal Workers and Vahnatai Masters in my Torment run due to them being so strong. Portal Fortress in general was really tough; I was forced to have my hedge wizard Blink down the central passage and out the gate since everyone else had fallen.
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    Avernum 3 remake release date?

    Building off of this, there will be at least one warning that something very bad will happen to a certain place; ideally, this will give you ample time to wrap up any sidequests in the aforementioned place before the very bad thing happens. Of course, towns will start to show wear and ruin over time if you dilly-dally as was promoted on the game's page, and I don't think there are warnings for that.
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    [GF4] Stuck on an unwinnable position (Moseh fight)

    It's been a while since I played G4, but I believe beating Moseh involves fighting or otherwise surviving until the northwestern door opens up, or at least unlocks. I distinctly remember having to go up the path behind the door to turn something off, which is most likely what is allowing Moseh to double and triple heal.
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    Avernum 3 remake release date?

    Not sure what the hubbub is about; checked the Avernum 3 page as well as Steam, GOG, and Humble Bundle, and none of them say that Avernum 3 is available. The Avernum 3 page also lacks an option to buy it online, unlike the other remakes' pages.
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    Difficulty Brick Wall

    I might as well chip in with the party I built up to beat A:EftP on Torment. I think that my A:CS Torment party was a bit more optimized, yet looking at the statistics might help those who need it. The Angry Wall of Meat - Trusty ol' Bulk SquatLift's job was to draw as much aggro as possible and keep the pointy bits away from the rest of the party: The Deadeye - While lacking in toughness, Faile made up for it with near-perfect accuracy and frequent multi-shots: The Shaman - An experimental meaty spellcaster, Egwene was useful as an emergency fighter early in the game and continued to benefit from Battle Disciplines like Shield Breaker and the invaluable Adrenaline Rush from then onwards: The Hedge Wizard - An experimental mage-priest mix, Nynaeve dished out all sorts of elemental damage while saving many a battle with her healing: Something that isn't present in this party that warrants mentioning is the lack of Priest Spells on either of the fighters. Using a Hedge Wizard in A:EftP taught me the value in having more than one healer, and having two spell energy pools dedicated entirely to healing and nothing else saves a lot of extra healing outside of combat that could potentially go into more advanced spells.
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    Avernum or Exile?

    It's also a shame how recruitable NPCs were dummied out in the Avernum remakes. Even if they couldn't replace other party members, it would have been neat if they could have been tacked onto the end of your party a la recruitable NPCs in Blades of Avernum. As it is, they just awkwardly refuse the call to adventure. As for the main topic, I prefer the Avernum games to the original Exile ones. I liked the quirkiness of the Exile games along with their massive spell libraries, yet one feature that was a really big annoyance was the conversation system; I would always spend a lot of time trying to figure out what word to say or click on to get the conversation branch that I wanted, whereas the Avernum games spell out all your options right from the get-go.
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    Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

    Just thought I'd dust off my account and say that it's really neat that you're doing an LP of all the player-made BoA scenarios. I never thought I would see the day where videos of Spiderweb Software games were actually made, yet here your staggeringly large playlists are. No clue how far you are down the list, but I still wish you luck with the rest of the scenarios that await you. Who knows? The nostalgia your LP is giving me might inspire me enough to give scenario-making another go.
  14. Never thought I would find myself here again, but here I am.

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      Seasons of Destiny

      Chessrook's LP's, especially his Blades of Avernum LP, gave me one hell of a nostalgia trip.

  15. Ohhey, the Minecraft server is a thing.

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