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#263651 - 01/16/08 05:40 PM 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder'
Darlene Offline
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wave Hello, all! Picked this up today and just finished installing the game. Before I begin, any thoughts? Did read some about the game in the 'Review' section, understand there is a problem with a patch for Vista. I have XP, so I assume I don't need the patch? As for difficulty level, I'm looking at starting on 'Detective', as it would seem to be a 'medium' level of difficulty. I'm excited to get started but I wanted to check with my fellow 'Boomers on your thoughts! thanks


Edited by Darlene (01/16/08 05:41 PM)
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#263671 - 01/16/08 06:32 PM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Darlene]
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Hi Darlene --

Don't install the patch. From what I can tell, it can create more problems than it solves.

Unless you like a real challenge, I suggest the easiest level, as the game is pretty difficult even on that level.

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#263762 - 01/16/08 09:52 PM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Becky]
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wave Thanks for the feedback, Becky. I may just do that. And I'll forget the patch and play as is. thanks
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#263854 - 01/17/08 07:15 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Darlene]
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I could not finish the game as most of my inventory disappeared after a dream....
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#263911 - 01/17/08 09:32 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: JennyP]
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ARGHGHGHGH! I hadn't neard of that happening (though a beetle and I think a leaf disappeared from my inventory and didn't seem to affect anything.)

You posted the problem at Glitches? Did you try contacting the developers?

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#263919 - 01/17/08 09:59 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Becky]
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I belief the beetle and the leaf didn' t dissapear,
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they were used. Remenber what you found in your bathroom after the dream?


Edited by seagul (01/18/08 12:24 PM)

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#263921 - 01/17/08 10:03 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: seagul]
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Perhaps this would be best in Hints? duh It may not be a glitch at all.

Ana wave
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#264152 - 01/17/08 07:41 PM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
Mary Offline
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Darlene,
I'm playing Darkness Within right now, also in the Detective mode. I'm really enjoying it, although there are parts of the game that are rather difficult (haven't really gotten the hang of the "combining" and "thinking" part in the inventory), but there are many things you can just go and find and do by yourself, without help. It is one of the better games that I've played recently.
Almost forgot: I'm playing on XP and no problems WITHOUT the patch, and I'm pretty far into the game.


Edited by Mary (01/17/08 07:43 PM)
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#265502 - 01/20/08 09:21 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Mary]
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I just finished the game and don't quite get what the plot was.
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Was he insane, who changed his medicine, etc.
I think I'd read Lovecraft's novels and was also confused by his thinking. It was a fun game, but, as I said, it left me confused. Does anyone else feel this way? Thanks.


Edited by BrownEyedTigre (01/20/08 09:24 AM)
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#265537 - 01/20/08 10:16 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Laurette]
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There will be part 2 and part 3 of DARKNESS WITHIN - perhaps some mysteries are solved in the next two part. As i heard, part two will reveal more about Loath Noldor.
I belief (but i don' t know for sure)
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he is not insane, but preferes to belief it, because the reality is so much creepyer. He changed the medicine himself, when he was under the influence of his ancestor and he made and took the compound he later found in his bathroom


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#265549 - 01/20/08 10:44 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: seagul]
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I had a lot of fun trying to figure this stuff out. I think it's very possible that -- serious spoilers within --
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seagul is right, and that Loreid spends the days he can't remember doing things he'd rather forget -- the sequence where he seems to remember dragging a body down a hallway would be one of those.

It's also possible that Loreid's gone completely bonkers, and imagines the entire scenario from the confines of his cell (his apartment hallway does seem very similar to the hallway in the mental institution near his cell).

I prefer to think that Loreid's sane, that he's been under the influence of a drug that he unknowingly inhaled at the Field mansion, and later that he unknowingly ingested in his medication. I think the sequences where you see a bug crawling around are the dreams influenced by the drug (including the dream where you see the bug in the medicine cabinet).

There seem to be two factions in the game, plus some innocent third parties. One faction is Loath Nolder and Edward Braunbell (these seem to be the "good guys"). They've stumbled across some of the bad guys' activities and are traveling and researching to try to figure out what is going on.

The other faction is the crew at the Witch's cottage, including Ivar Bergen, Christopher Dreaden, Gerald (don't know his last name) and Curwen. There are others involved -- represented by the initials in letters at the cabin that don't match the names of the people whose full names we learn. I think we'll learn more about these people in games two and three.

The witch's cabin crew seem to be the "bad guys." They kidnapped or otherwise "eliminated" Braunbell when he was becoming inconvenient. They also were behind the ceremony that called up the spirit of Loreid's ancestor. I'll bet they are the same people sneaking around the cemetary, digging up and burying bodies and wearing rings like that of Loreid's ancestral ring -- the people mentioned by the cemetary caretaker.

The witch's cabin crew refer to Edward Braunbell as "that old fool," and so does Loreid's police friend Arthur. This might indicate that Arthur is one of the bad guys, and since he was a friend of Loreid's he could have gotten into Loreid's apartment, put the letter in his wastebasket and the drugs in his bathroom. Arthur could even have adjusted Loreid's clock to confuse him. This would also explain why Clark Field told his brother not to go to the police.

Clark Field seems like an innocent third party who got involved just because he bought the house. Loreid seems to be involved because he was the policeman put on the case, but also because his ancestor is becoming increasingly influential, breaking into Loreid's mind somehow -- probably through the influence of that drug. When the eclipse happens, if nothing has changed, Loreid's ancestor will fully inhabit Loreid's mind.

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#265552 - 01/20/08 10:49 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Becky]
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bravo Becky.

Very well explained. That is my take on it too.

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#265569 - 01/20/08 11:04 AM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: MaG]
Laurette Offline
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Thank you very much for the explanation. I'm looking forward to the other parts!
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#265692 - 01/20/08 02:07 PM Re: 'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' [Re: Laurette]
Jfi Offline
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Becky,

Your are amazing, your explanation is great. You have made Darkness Within far more enjoyable for me. Also some of the unusual things that have happened now make more sense to me because of you.

Thank you
June
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