To the Temple of Helm!

The feeling you get when one of your (fairly useful) companions falls in battle in Baldur’s Gate.

The negative point to all of this is that when someone dies you can usually take them to a temple and revive them, in my case, well, the game crashes to desktop every time I try. Only in temples. Nowhere else. Which is one of the dangers of playing a game from yesteryear on a modern machine as sometimes things get a little odd. Mostly, as is the cases I have found, they were made for very specific sets of hardware rather than universal hardware. So once you leave their confined comfort zone of accepted configurations you’re open to all sorts.

This is… a slight problem. Moreso in that I could have had a few people dead rather than just the one that I ended up with. But now, poor Imoen, she is dead forever, as there isn’t really a way I can bring her back without some manner of console commands or exploits or something. As I don’t even believe if we do get a decent Cleric they can ever reach the Raise Dead spell.

If they can even reach the Raise Dead spell to begin with. I’m not entirely sure about that either.

To be honest, as you’ll well know if you’ve read my other D&D related posts- I am quite new to the whole experience. I had an isometric story rich party based itch last year and the only way to scratch it was to play a bunch of games I’d never played before. I’ve recently started a run in both Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale using all of the information I’ve accrued and it’s not going terribly at the moment. I just need to learn/understand/get used to a few more things. I’m also strongly considering buying the Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition as that has got a ruleset I really like in it. Likewise for Icewind Dale II (though I already own that). I’m not overly keen on the Baldur’s Gate ruleset as it doesn’t seem to evolve as well or give you as many options.

While you may also remember that I did start Icewind Dale a couple of times prior in the very first case I had no idea what I was doing, in the second it was pretty much the same, and this time I have taken the time to get my head cleared and focused for the challenges ahead. I know that any of the old CRPGs of that ilk will require my full concentration for the party development.

I was also pawing through my Steam library and decided to give FATE a go. I’ve had my eye on it, bought it when it was on sale, and I’ve been interested in playing it but I haven’t really got around to it. It has some really nice concepts in it and I quite enjoy playing it. I don’t really assume the game ends but I’m taking the ending as the major boss quest you get given at the start of the game. Which is on the fiftieth level if I’m not mistaken. So, I’m guessing there’s a good 10-12 hours there. Of course, depending on how strong I am when I get there, and how much I’m enjoying it, I may push on deeper into the labyrinth.

So, yeah, there’s a lot of sweet gaming digs on offer right now. Figured it might be nice to do a more casual post in contrast to the reviews, new pieces, and other goodies going on right now.

Have a nice week, all!


“Magey, it’s cold outside.”

Of course it’s cold outside- we’re on the frozen plains while you have nowt but a loincloth to cover your loins.

Given the fact that the first town in Icewind Dale is surrounded by snow I’m surprised they haven’t frozen to death running around in little more than a suit of splint mail or leather armour. Though my Fighter and Paladin do have a helmet as well. But still- they should be frozen solid. Maybe they have incredibly high endurance? I know their Constitution scores are generally above 10-11 so maybe that’s it? They ate their greens, drank their milk, and done all the good things that we tell people to do but rarely do ourselves.

As you can probably tell I have started my adventures in the massive world of Icewind Dale. I was off to a rough start with my previous party (made to test that the game works more than anything else) but with my new and improved party things are much better. Even when we invaded a cave full of orcs by accident there were good results across the board.

I decided to tweet a few of my adventures from the first night.

If you’re looking for more Moggie-related gaming-inspired Tweets then be sure to check out my various stories from Legend of Grimrock. There were some silly ones like that time I fought many slimes, many crabs, solved many puzzles, and was joyously rewarded with a whole host of ice lizards. So I decided to take my rage out on their curtains for a laugh. Or that one light ball puzzle that had me stumped for a while as I was under the impression I was doing it wrong- when I wasn’t- and when I finally solved it I was full of joy and smug Tweet retaliation.

I never really use Twitter much for anything other than linking the sites together so I thought I’d tweet about games.

Some content is better than none, right? Right. Besides this is a pretty big part of what I do. I also post art related teaser tweets or random sketches that are kind of cool but more suited to the small size of images on Twitter cool. Rather than full blown pieces that when scaled up I just cringe endlessly at the quality. Or lack thereof.

When looking over the content I have posted on WordPress over the last six months I feel that the range of topics, quality, and general consistency is improving and diversifying. With that I want to bring the same to Twitter and Facebook to actually give those sites meaning. Twitter is pretty much done for the time being as I have a range of cat related, art related, gaming, random, and silly tweets which are posted regularly enough that I can consider it active. That and I feel like being more personable these days and being more social. Moggie is evolving into a social creature! Quick- press B- it cannot happen!

As for Facebook who knows? I don’t know what I’m doing with that. Maybe I should just bury it. I get the least interest and traffic there.

In any case here’s a mid-late November post that is trying desperately to make sure I don’t disappear until February next year like I have done for the last two years. I’m improving! Honest. I can do this. Or at least I think I can do this. We’ll see when there are either a consistent number of posts in December or if I go into hibernation over the winter months.

Have a nice Sunday, all!