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In Topic: Baldur's Gate 3 releases Oct 6 for Mac

22 October 2020 - 09:00 PM

View PostAtticus, on 22 October 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

BG seems pretty complex, but if I could get the hang of more tactical gameplay, I think I would enjoy the BG world.....

Some of the fights in the original BG were pretty unforgiving (especially as you were playing extra crappy low-level characters). Fun to beat them, though.

If you want a more ARPG-type experience with an Infinity Engine game, the enhanced edition of Icewind Dale is a blast. Again, some of the encounters can be hard but the IWD:EE allows you to significantly turn down the difficulty if you get really stuck. It gets fun at the higher levels with regards to spellcasters; summon a demon in the middle of a room full of enemy mobs, close the door, and let it get on with it. There's also a lot of stupid fun tricks you can play with exploding skulltraps and delayed blast fireballs.

And since I'm here, here's my perenially unpopular IWD opinion: it's a better roleplayer than the BG series as i) you get to roll your own party, and ii) the sparseness of it all feeds the imagination. The music is also fantastic.

Anyway, getting back on topic. I'd love to give BG3 a shot, but my hardware is laughably underpowered for it.

In Topic: Teletype

19 October 2020 - 09:38 PM

Ah, you were unlucky with your timing. The vast majority of the messages are super nerdy stuff. (And I suspect the app was closed down for the evening...the text entry box should be working again in the morning).

In Topic: Baldur's Gate 3 releases Oct 6 for Mac

13 October 2020 - 10:27 PM

View PostCougar, on 13 October 2020 - 10:10 PM, said:

He's probably not the most famous... I studied SF academically through most of my twenties so I met or at least heard speak quite a few. By far the most famous author I've met is Neil Gaiman... the fame of most SF authors (who are still alive) is a bit harder to judge.

I ended up meeting Stross by happenstance; I went along to the event with the intention of hearing Brian Aldiss speak, but he pulled out at the last moment due to poor health. I never did get to meet Aldiss.

In Topic: Baldur's Gate 3 releases Oct 6 for Mac

13 October 2020 - 09:56 PM

View PostCougar, on 13 October 2020 - 09:37 PM, said:

Woah, way to bury the lede...you met Charles Stross??

If I were to answer that a rain of telephones might start falling from the sky.

Grats on Niven though, that's hard to beat.

In Topic: Baldur's Gate 3 releases Oct 6 for Mac

13 October 2020 - 06:06 PM

hey guys the last time I actually sat down with rulebooks and friends and dice and what have you was 1987 and the githyanki looked like this...other than being less HD,am I missing anything?

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extra bonus material: I met the creator of the githyanki at a science fiction book fair some years ago, by which time he'd become a Very Serious SF Author. He got incredibly shirty when I asked him about them, saying he wouldn't write that sort of crap now. So, if you ever happen to bump into him, don't hesitate to remind him of his youthful endeavours.