December 9th, 2004
|01:30 pm - Gaming geekery ...|
In recent weeks, I've been playing Baldur's Gate II lots. I got my party through all of Shadows of Amn (SoA) and into the start of the Throne of Bhaal (ToB) expansion ... and then decided to take some time off and do something else for a while. Funnily enough, this has happened the last few games of BGII I've played - ToB is far more linear, and just doesn't have the charm of BGII.
So, I installed and started playing Icewind Dale II instead. While this also runs on the Infinity Engine, like the BG series, it's been updated to D&D 3rd edition, unlike the mutated 2nd ed. used in the others. When I first played it, I wasn't familiar with 3rd ed. and struggled with the game, and put it away and played other things. Since then, I've played Neverwinter Nights, also 3rd ed., and know the system better, so I decided the time was right to have another bash at IWD II.
So, I've made good progress through the game, but I hit one of the little differences between BGII and IWD2. In BGII there's a spell called "Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting", which, errr, wilts things. Fortunately, it only wilts enemy things, so it's very useful for clearing your way out of a horde of monsters.
In IWD2, there's "Horrid Wilting", which wilts things in a similar way, but it damages everyone in the area of effect, including party members and innocent bystanders.
I decided that I wanted to change this, and there followed a bunch of Googling to find out just how to modify the game. After some initial frustration, I found a tool which could do the trick - Infinity Engine Spell Workshop . Of course, then I had to understand some of the details of how spells were put together, but eventually, between tinkering in IESW and some more Googling, I found my answer, and made Horrid Wilting party-safe in IWD II.
Meanwhile, I did the alignment quiz meme that's been going around ...
You scored as Neutral Good. A Neutral Good person tries to do the "goodest" thing possible. These people are willing to work with the law to accomplish their goal, but if the law is corrupt they are just as willing to tear it down. To these people, doing what's right is the most important thing, regardless of rules, customs, or laws.
What is your Alignment?
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Current Mood: geeky
I found I felt the same way about Throne of Bhaal. I really, really loved Shadows of Amn, but everything in ToB seemed not only more difficult, but less interesting to solve.