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#131194 - 01/24/06 08:38 AM Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
Sig Segorn Offline
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If you don't have the game, GoGamer just got some more copies in. They're going for 20 bucks---well worth it, if you ask me. It's party-based, isometric view, turn-based combat---a real good game, IMO. I'll be playing with the strategy guide, and there's a character editor for it, if you start finding the fights too tough, like I did. An interesting mix of magic and early technology, good music, good travel system across the world map, good recruitable characters . . . lotta good stuff in this one.

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#131195 - 01/25/06 10:38 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
maryjo Offline
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Tried this game and really did not understand it very well. Stopped playing it. Maybe I'll give it another try when I finish Space Hack.

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#131196 - 01/25/06 10:46 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
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Hi mary-jo,

How are you enjoying space hack?? What little I played I actually found addicting..I wanted to keep hearing those nice squishy sounds..

Ingie laugh
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#131197 - 01/25/06 11:27 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
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Hi Popcorneater, Really enjoying Space Hack. :]]]I've made it to the 6th sphere and in some of those spheres are some explosive surprices! Oh the larva change into gross wiggeling maggots. But I shoot them anyway for the goodies. Then I walk over thier dead bodies so I can hear those squishy sounds and get the goodies!!! Having alot of fun playing this game. Mary Jo

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#131198 - 01/25/06 12:03 PM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
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good I am too..sorry Sig..didn't mean to hijack..don't remember playing Arcanum..have to dig in the vault and see if I can find it..hmm..does sound vaguly familar..but so does everything in my mind..I'll check out gogamer's and see what it looks like..have fun y'all

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#131199 - 01/25/06 12:27 PM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
JMK Offline
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I have it and haven't played yet. Maybe if I breeze through Return of the King and you're still playing I'll join in.

Jean
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#131200 - 01/26/06 01:06 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
Sig Segorn Offline
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Hope you do give it another try, Maryjo. The game as a whole is really quite good. Not the best graphics out there, of course, or the hippest music, but, having played the whole thing before, it almost seems unfair to it to point that out. It's a true and different CRPG with a lot of good elements in it. Here's another one . . . this is the game that has, as one of its recruitable characters, a dog, whose name is just Dog, who you save from a beating by its master, and who is actually good in a fight. This relationship is so meaningful that, later in the game, after the need arose to cut him out of the party, I missed him and, whenever we were back in the town where he was, I'd have to go see him and feed him a loaf of bread. But it's not a game world you wanna stumble blindly through. The published strategy guide (which is a good one) has gotten hard to find---I found one, reasonably priced, but it's not here yet---but I could give you some guidance, or, if you want, you can download Prima's eGuide of it for 10 bucks. And the character editor that's freely downloadable for it, if you ever need it, assures that there won't be any combat you can't get past.

Jean, I just started it yesterday and it'll probably take me a couple months to play through it all again, so I could still be at it when you finish Return of the King. Oh, just thought of another good element in the game that I'm looking forward to . . . when you get to, and start doing deeds in, the biggest town in the game, they start writing articles about you in the newspaper, and you can buy these from a hawker and read them. See what I mean? This stuff is just cool.

Ingie, no prob. As hijackings go, that one wasn't bad at all. lol

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#131201 - 01/26/06 05:44 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
metzomagic Offline
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Sig, hi,

Why bother with published strategy guides, when some of us have invested 3 or 4 months worth of evenings to write our own free guides that are just as detailed? Have a look at mine, for instance:

Steve\'s Guide to Arcanum

I've also got some of the most popular guides on the web for:

Planescape: Torment
Divine Divinity
Fallout
Fallout 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

They're all there in the Quandary Walkthroughs section wave

Cheers,
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#131202 - 01/26/06 07:08 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
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Well metz, thank you for the suggestion and link, had no idea...I'll look them over if in need, and I certainly go in and bookmark-got it!!!!

Sig... rotfl rotfl rotfl

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#131203 - 01/26/06 07:11 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
Sig Segorn Offline
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Steve, a thousand pardons, but you'll be happy when you read this. It just occurred to me that I forgot to mention what you did, so I left the game to come here and post that option, but you beat me to it. On top of that, your guide for this game is excellent---I've used it myself. In fact, I JUST used it to find out how to trigger the bank robbery attempt in Shrouded Hills, so I could help save the day. Thanks again. You walkthrough writers are great---I love you people. But my main point was just that it's a game one ought to have some guidance in. For example, if you don't pick up Dog your first time in that town where he is, you don't get a second chance, and I'd hate to see that happen to someone. Can you forgive me? blush

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#131204 - 01/26/06 09:53 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
maryjo Offline
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Thanks, Looking forward to giving it another try/
Mary Jo

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#131205 - 01/26/06 03:23 PM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
metzomagic Offline
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Sig, hi again,

No need for apologies, and thanks wink

Surprisingly, the walkthroughs on Quandary get far more page views on average than any other article. That Arcanum guide is still pulling in 1300 page views per month. Not bad for a 4-year old game!

It's nice to know all the hard work is appreciated wave

Cheers,
metzomagic
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#131206 - 01/26/06 07:14 PM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
Debra Offline
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Funny you should post this Sig because I was just thinking of taking Arcanum back out since I can't play the M&M series on my XP.
I played it with you the first time you went though. It was great fun! I'll see about starting again this weekend.
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#131207 - 01/26/06 09:32 PM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
Pib Offline
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Registered: 09/27/01
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Quote:
Originally posted by metzomagic:
Sig, hi,

evenings to write our own free guides that are just as detailed? Have a look at mine, for instance:

Steve\'s Guide to Arcanum

Divine Divinity

Cheers,
metzomagic
Hey, Steve, I think I average once a week on the Divine Divinity guide just now! wave Have to check that I haven't missed any major events.
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#131208 - 01/27/06 08:00 AM Re: Starting a replay of Arcanum---any joiners?
Sig Segorn Offline
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Registered: 12/12/01
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Glad there's no hard feelings, Steve. That "page view" stat of yours is impressive, but the actual number is even higher because the Quandary page isn't the only place on the web that this guide of yours can be viewed, though it may be the nicest-looking. The one that I've been referring to is just the "plain text" version, linked to from Gamespot. Also, if memory serves, it's not as important to have paper maps to refer to while playing this game as it is for a lot of other games in this genre, so one could get by with just a good walkthrough.

Hi, Debra. Oh, did I play it along with you my first time through? I'd forgotten that. Yeah, come on in, the water's fine, as they say. I'm really likin' it the second time around, and it plays just fine on my new Win XP system. And I haven't even got to Tarant yet (the game's biggest town), so you can catch up to me---I take my time. I'll probably leave it installed whenever I finish it this time---this game's just too good.

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