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    Whoever wants to control the NPC's controls them. It's no different than single player, there are just two "control rings" instead of one. Whoever selects an NPC and hits the "level up" button controls how they level up. There's a party size limit, though, so someone like Fumarole playing with a large group of humans probably didn't have any. I played through in 2-player co-op, and we were able to carry 2 or 3 NPC's at any given time as I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casimir Effect View Post
    So much fun isn't it? I forget, have you completed the game before or only ever gotten part way through Act 1?
    Finished the game once before. Meant to do it again over the years but I rarely got to Neverwinter before spending yet another hour back on the character creation screen.

    I've heard "So many years ago today..." about five billion times now, I could kill on those words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    Whoever wants to control the NPC's controls them. It's no different than single player, there are just two "control rings" instead of one. Whoever selects an NPC and hits the "level up" button controls how they level up. There's a party size limit, though, so someone like Fumarole playing with a large group of humans probably didn't have any. I played through in 2-player co-op, and we were able to carry 2 or 3 NPC's at any given time as I recall.
    So can one person cancel the orders another gives to an NPC, or are they 'bound' to the one that first gives the order or levels them up? Myself and a couple of friends are thinking of trying a game of it so I'm trying to nail down the specifics. I wonder if the console command to remove the party member limit would work. Y'know, for science.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drake Sigar View Post
    Finished the game once before. Meant to do it again over the years but I rarely got to Neverwinter before spending yet another hour back on the character creation screen.

    I've heard "So many years ago today..." about five billion times now, I could kill on those words.
    Ok, so you know what to expect then. I've finished it twice - first with a pure ranger and then a sorcerer/arcane scholar/eldritch knight - but the second time there was a gap of 6+ months in starting Act 1 and finishing it. Never felt the compulsion to spend time at character creation, especailly as I'm terrible at thinking about prestige classes etc. Now, the older 2nd Ed games where you rolled for stats, those could keep me happy for hours without ever getting into the game proper.
    What about Mask of the Betrayer or Storm of Zehir, ever played them?

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    Neither yet. I'll be playing Mask of Betrayer next, but Storm of Zehir doesn't look like my cup of tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake Sigar View Post
    Neither yet. I'll be playing Mask of Betrayer next, but Storm of Zehir doesn't look like my cup of tea.
    Excellent, you're in for a treat then.
    I have Zehir and tried to get into it. But without any appreciable story I bounced right off. It felt a bit like Icewind Dale 1 and so I'm sure there is fun to be had, but that engine was killing me. Random encounters where party members would sprint across the map to start shit with some fresh enemies while you were already trying to take a batch on with the rest of your party. And while you could turn AI off this lead to a micro-managing nightmare.
    One day, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casimir Effect View Post
    So can one person cancel the orders another gives to an NPC, or are they 'bound' to the one that first gives the order or levels them up? Myself and a couple of friends are thinking of trying a game of it so I'm trying to nail down the specifics. I wonder if the console command to remove the party member limit would work. Y'know, for science.
    It's exactly like Infinity Engine MP, essentially. Whoever is in control of them at the moment is in control of them. When that person moves control off of that NPC, anyone else can take control of that NPC and do whatever they like.

    To topic: Mostly I'm playing "holy shit it's the beginning of the semester where did all these students come from and what do they want from me!?" with the occasional brief bout of New Vegas to calm the nerves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    It's exactly like Infinity Engine MP, essentially. Whoever is in control of them at the moment is in control of them. When that person moves control off of that NPC, anyone else can take control of that NPC and do whatever they like.
    Something else I wish I'd played MP of, but I hear is a pain to get working. That and you miss being able to pause the action in IE games. NWN2 MP sounds like it could be a lot of fun though.

    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    To topic: Mostly I'm playing "holy shit it's the beginning of the semester where did all these students come from and what do they want from me!?" with the occasional brief bout of New Vegas to calm the nerves.
    Don't remind me. Soon enough I'll be trying to not only write a thesis but having to wait half an hour for a damn coffee because every loud, young, lackadaisical fresher/undergrad wants to grab one before his or her lecture, clogging up the queue by boasting to random members of the opposite sex about how they spent the summer saving the whales or weaving sandals all the while playing an acoustic guitar and discovering themselves.
    Bloody youth of today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus1969 View Post
    That patch makes a hell of a lot of difference.
    I'm trying to keep the game as close to stock as possible, so I've selected all the revert to original options and none of the add stuff ones. Before that I installed Powertools and slowed down the game. Hopefully it will run smoother now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casimir Effect View Post
    Don't remind me. Soon enough I'll be trying to not only write a thesis but having to wait half an hour for a damn coffee because every loud, young, lackadaisical fresher/undergrad wants to grab one before his or her lecture, clogging up the queue by boasting to random members of the opposite sex about how they spent the summer saving the whales or weaving sandals all the while playing an acoustic guitar and discovering themselves.
    Bloody youth of today.
    Trying to finish a dissertation while teaching full time, here. I don't foresee a lot of gaming in my future...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casimir Effect View Post
    how they spent the summer saving the whales or weaving sandals all the while playing an acoustic guitar and discovering themselves.
    That got a good hearty chuckle out of me. I graduated this year, but in the three years I was at that uni, every fresher's week had that same few people you'd meet.

    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    Trying to finish a dissertation while teaching full time, here. I don't foresee a lot of gaming in my future...
    I...do not envy that. I hope it all goes well. At any rate, you can know that whatever you do play afterwards, that rewarding sense of satisfaction will be there in spades. I know I had it the first game after I'd handed mine in (and had caught up on sleep).

    To keep this on topic, still playing Darksiders 2. Nearing the end of the first location. I find it hilarious that one of the devs said that you'd probably only find about 3-4 of the 'possessed' (for those unaware, these are weapons you can feed other items in, powering them up with the stats of said items) weapons in the course of the game. I've found around 6 so far. My luck wins out?
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    I think I'm giving up on Dawn of War 2 again, for the 3rd time... I don't know, the game is not bad or anything but it's just not really involving in any way and playing it feels like doing a chore. So yea... I think it's back to non-RTS games for me.

    I also started dabbling in Dota2. I played a handful of matches vs. bots, and boy do I suck. The one great thing about the game is that it's instantly engaging, and action is always right around the corner. I'm definitely gonna keep at it, playing it like this really makes me want to learn the damn thing and start playing against real people. But I'm nowhere near ready for that, nor would I want to inflict my suckyness on others till I at least get comfortable with the game's main systems. Until then it's coop vs. bots for me.

    I do have to commend Valve's visual and aural presentation and insane attention to detail. The game is a sight to behold and really feels very polished.
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    To the earlier comments regarding KOTOR 1, I had been experiencing graphical bugs (models only being half shown in locations where grass was) which if I disabled grass fixed, V-SYNC I've tried switching off which hasn't helped. Switching off movement during combat helped somewhat with the controls freezing up after a fight, though not entirely.

    The game loves to alt-tab itself out back to windows randomly whenever movies are playing in-game, often requiring me to have to end the process for the game and start the game again, which is probably the most annoying bug for the game.

    Still very much enjoying the game regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    The game loves to alt-tab itself out back to windows randomly whenever movies are playing in-game, often requiring me to have to end the process for the game and start the game again, which is probably the most annoying bug for the game.
    If I remember right, almost every movie-related problem can be solved running the game windowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    Trying to finish a dissertation while teaching full time, here. I don't foresee a lot of gaming in my future...
    That sounds painful. I knew someone who tried to do a part-time masters while teaching full-time, but I don't think their heart was properly in it as after 3 protracted years they just quit the degree. Luckily I'm almost at the point where I can just concentrate on writing full-time, still not much time for anything else though. Good luck, like JG said it'll be grand day when you hand it in.

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    Hmm. Well I'm in the settings screen and can't see anything about running the game in windowed mode. How do I do that?

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    A google search gave me the answer. Nevermind. Hopefully that will fix most of the issues I'm having.
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    I've started Neverwinter Nights 2, it's autosaving is borked as all hell.

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    Bah. While all of ya enjoying your Dork Souls on PC with your GfWLs, I'm stuck playing it on the consolebox! Fuck my wallet...

    So, this new character I've just started on the game, pure Pyromancer and Dex-build, and enjoying it so far. Love how fucking fast he is in the game. He's surprisingly durable too! He took two full hits from the Taurus Demon while climbing up the stairs and rolling around, slashing hollows like a champ. Felt like a fresh change after rolling two tanks in the game.
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    I'm in the middle of a nice big game of Warlock. I'm doing rather well with that. I'm going to actually try to see a 4x game through to the end, which would be almost unheard of for me.

    The more I play Warlock the more I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voon View Post
    Bah. While all of ya enjoying your Dork Souls on PC with your GfWLs, I'm stuck playing it on the consolebox! Fuck my wallet...

    So, this new character I've just started on the game, pure Pyromancer and Dex-build, and enjoying it so far. Love how fucking fast he is in the game. He's surprisingly durable too! He took two full hits from the Taurus Demon while climbing up the stairs and rolling around, slashing hollows like a champ. Felt like a fresh change after rolling two tanks in the game.
    What weapon are you using? On my dex guy I used a Uchigatana. The weapon comes very recommended, it's very fast and scales wonderfuly with dex, and it's dex modifier goes from B to A at +15. Uchigatana +15 with 40 dex and a little magic powder (lightning?) means that shit dies in 1-2 swings.

    Good for PvP as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arathain View Post
    I'm in the middle of a nice big game of Warlock. I'm doing rather well with that. I'm going to actually try to see a 4x game through to the end, which would be almost unheard of for me.

    The more I play Warlock the more I like it.
    Self-interested query: Do you have the elf DLC and is it any good? I like warlock a lot, but I played it a fair bit and would like something new.

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