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    Divinity Original Sin has I think the best...

    Divinity Original Sin has I think the best mechanics of any RPG I've ever played, excepting games whose mechanics are from a P&P ruleset.
  2. The only interesting thing about this affair is...

    The only interesting thing about this affair is the way that the internet facilitates nobodies acquiring influence without actually doing anything worthy of acquiring influence.
  3. This is boring.

    This is boring.
  4. ffs, how is this non-story still rumbling on?

    ffs, how is this non-story still rumbling on?
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    I believe that the concept of Orcs as Always...

    I believe that the concept of Orcs as Always Chaotic Evil was the original idea, but Tolkein eventually decided this wasn't reasonable and that Orcs were in principle redeemable but in practice...
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    Last week I put pretty much every game that I i)...

    Last week I put pretty much every game that I i) will never want to play; ii) own online anyway; or iii) could buy online if I wanted to into a big bag and am going to just get rid of them all.
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    Sticky: Things that are relevant for BG1: - thac0...

    Things that are relevant for BG1:

    - thac0 determines how good they are at hitting things. Lower is better. Strength improves thac0 for all melee attacks. Dexterity improves thac0 for all ranged...
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    Yuck, thanks for reminding me about that prison....

    Yuck, thanks for reminding me about that prison. I used to play Planescape every few years (necessary to remind myself that it's a bad game) and that place usually ended my playthrough, if indeed I...
  9. Thread: PC Bargains

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    Sticky: Presumably a game I have no time for, but one...

    Presumably a game I have no time for, but one thing I've noticed about this game is that nowhere in anything I've read about it is there any indication of what sort of game it is. The best I've got...
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    My impression was that most people weren't trying...

    My impression was that most people weren't trying or weren't interested in trying to understand anything Wizardry ever said, preferring just to sneer. Wizardry's definition of RPG, action-RPG, action...
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    I liked the bit where he declined to give most of...

    I liked the bit where he declined to give most of his party any orders, and everyone died.
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    Looks potentially good. The player in that video...

    Looks potentially good. The player in that video seems to be bad at games.
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    The creepiest facebook suggestions are the ones...

    The creepiest facebook suggestions are the ones who are from a different country and have no mutual friends with you.

    I must say though that facebook is extremely good at suggesting as friends...
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    Well, after playing around a bit more I can...

    Well, after playing around a bit more I can safely conclude that the queue is bobbins but the Recommended algorithm is reasonably good, although with a tendency to pick out big-name games too often...
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    Well the "queue" is rubbish and useless but who...

    Well the "queue" is rubbish and useless but who cares, if I haven't heard of a game then chances are I don't care about it until it's 75% off.
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    Sticky: OK, turns out this game really is as good as...

    OK, turns out this game really is as good as everyone was saying.
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    Sticky: Divinity: Original Sin is pretty good from what...

    Divinity: Original Sin is pretty good from what I've seen so far. Slightly weak start because if you follow the murder plot for as long as you can before you have the leave the town, you don't get to...
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    This always confuses me. Presumably strategy game...

    This always confuses me. Presumably strategy game designers play strategy games. And if you play strategy games you know that unskippable animations, or at least animations that can't be...
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    Uncontrollable friendly npcs are typically...

    Uncontrollable friendly npcs are typically Enemies Of Gaming anyway.
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    The first Thief was a game I loved and played...

    The first Thief was a game I loved and played relentlessly, but unfortunately I have to say that it isn't quite best-game-ever material, looking at it with a critical eye many years later. That it...
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    It's not really anything like FE at all. It's...

    It's not really anything like FE at all. It's like the first two AoW games. Of course there are lots of small differences, but it's more like them than it is like anything else. It's mostly a war...
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    The mods on here are woeful.

    The mods on here are woeful.
  23. Thread: Scotland

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    It must be realized when looking at historical...

    It must be realized when looking at historical elections that the questions "did Scotland have a say in this election" and "would removing Scotland change the broad result of the election" may have...
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    It's worth observing that the current Tory-free...

    It's worth observing that the current Tory-free Scotland seems to be a relatively recent thing.



    The idea has its merits, although I worry that we'd end up with more competition between the...
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    Unfortunately it seems a fact of life that...

    Unfortunately it seems a fact of life that reviewers are never going to have the time, the inclination, or the expertise to do good analysis of game mechanics and systems. That's what game forums and...
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