Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Catch-All

Blind_Evil wrote:

She kinda looks like a little girl too, though.

Yeah, she really does. That whole plot thread is weird and creepy.

Zembonez wrote:

yeah...makes ya wonder about the duke. speaking about the duke...

Spoiler:

whats up with scene where the duke strangles the her while screaming LENORE over and over? is there some quest that I missed that explains it or something? because really...weirdest part of the game by far.

Spoilers if you haven't fought the dragon:

Spoiler:

When you face the dragon, he gives you a choice to either fight him or sacrifice the person you love and he'll just leave. He tells you that the duke took the sacrifice option, so I'm pretty sure Lenore was his sacrifice.

Zembonez wrote:

yeah...makes ya wonder about the duke. speaking about the duke...

Spoiler:

whats up with scene where the duke strangles the queen while screaming LENORE over and over? is there some quest that I missed that explains it or something? because really...weirdest part of the game by far.

...Where are you in the game? It is explained. If you missed it I can tell you, but I don't want to if you haven't crossed that point yet.

muttonchop wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

She kinda looks like a little girl too, though.

Yeah, she really does. That whole plot thread is weird and creepy.

I'm not sure creepy's the word I'd use. For me, every interaction with the Duchess was somewhere between awkward and hilarious.

Spoiler:

I'm probably just projecting here, but you can kind of read what you want into your Arisen's silence. The whole time he's just going along with the flow of this girl and her stupid drama and I'm thinking, "Yeah, I've done dumber stuff because of a girl."

Creepy mostly because she looks like a child and she's in an arranged marriage with the duke who is super old. Also, the whole

Spoiler:

Lenore!!!

bit.

muttonchop wrote:

Creepy mostly because she looks like a child and she's in an arranged marriage with the duke who is super old.

Well that's how it was back then, man, when dragon's roamed the plains. Romans did it all the time!

Seriously, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing

Spoiler:

because while the Duke is choking her out my guy took the time to loot her undergarments. And I don't feel bad about it because I'm conditioned to pick stuff up whenever prompted in that game.

Japan!!!

Avoiding spoilers as I haven't played the game in a couple weeks.

But I will say my Arisen is a chick, and it's interesting how everyone, including the Duchess, speaks as if she's a lesbian.

Khardan brought back a rock today. He sounded so proud. Nice work Khardan.

My pawn keeps bringing back moldy twigbeans.

Blind_Evil wrote:

...Where are you in the game? It is explained. If you missed it I can tell you, but I don't want to if you haven't crossed that point yet.

I've beaten the game twice now, I just somehow never made the connection that muttonchop mentioned with the dragon.

Redwing wrote:

Khardan brought back a rock today. He sounded so proud. Nice work Khardan. :lol:

My pawn once said "this looks interesting" and promptly walked off picked up some kindling and slipped off a cliff. He's so smart sometimes.

Zembonez wrote:
Redwing wrote:

Khardan brought back a rock today. He sounded so proud. Nice work Khardan. :lol:

My pawn once said "this looks interesting" and promptly walked off picked up some kindling and slipped off a cliff. He's so smart sometimes.

My pawn somehow wound up with Acquisitor as his primary trait, so he has to loot absolutely everything he sees. His inventory is always full of so much random useless crap, and he's constantly running off to loot things in the middle of combat. I know I could buy a potion to fix it, but it's kind of funny to watch.

Ok so I have a WitchWood quest issue...

Spoiler:

So I have a quest to go into Witchwood and get a beer from the witch. However when I get to the witches hut there is no one there. What gives? There is also a rock that it says I need to move to pass, but I have no idea how to get past it.

Don't worry about the rock, that takes care of itself in another quest.

The witch should be inside of the hut, though sometimes she is in the garden outside of it.

I haven't gotten to the end yet but did watch my friend beat the game for I believe his 6th time last night. All I'll say is "WOW" and my puny level 19 warrior is really looking forward to levelling up for some of those encounters. Definitely impressed by the epic-ness of it all.

so far I've played for about three hours, and i seem to have the worst luck. i ran ahead of the ox cart (was that an ox?, i couldn't tell i was to busy waiting for the head to come back to life.) got to the gate of the capitol was told that they weren't letting anyone in and were waiting for the cart, and had to go all the way back to that cabin were i had left the cart without realizing it.
then when they finally let me in i changed my class to assassin, however i couldn't find the weapon store and was left unarmed, and under the assumption that i had to bring the smithy's son back to life in order to buy any weapons. a task i accomplished by running away from everything, only to discover that after an hour of searching i had walked past the weapon store on my way to the pawn guild.
Although i do like the combat enough that i'm going to stick with it, at lest for now.

Why'd you run so far ahead of the cart?

I figured it would catch up with me in a cutscene when i got to the capitol.

IHateDRM wrote:

I figured it would catch up with me in a cutscene when i got to the capitol.

I used to be a theater-goer like you, but then I took naught of use.

I don't even know what naught means any more because of this game.

Although i am enjoying it more now that I've started a new character and have rediscovered gamefaqs.

Well, to be fair, it is "aught", I was just referring to all the useless debris you can carry.

I've stayed on the same character since I started, but that's only because I lucked out and picked classes which mostly suit my play style. I could see really not liking the way a given system/combo of skillsets really making this game hell, and especially because it starts out pretty lop-sided: you're very weak and everything's very deadly. Traversing that canyon with the harpies a few times was arduous, frustrating business until I got my bow skills up.

I'm currently taking a break after a long, frustrating dragon battle and playing some pile titles (especially Red Dead Redemption, which I somehow never dug into until recently), but I'll likely be back at Dragon's Dogma once I find a spot where I've got a good six or seven hours where I can just burn through it some more. With all the foot-travel, its tough to play this game in short blocks of time and simultaneously be invested in the experience.

I probably could have done fine with my old character, but after all that happened i just felt like i needed a restart.

I am however a little worried that I'll get distracted by the steam summer sale, but i definitely want to play this some more this weekend.

You had trouble with that escort mission, ian? I found it to be pretty simple.

Then again, I picked pretty well for my first character choice.

The first bandits on the way to the woods killed me a dozen times, everything since (I just made it to the capital) has been a breeze.

ccesarano wrote:

You had trouble with that escort mission, ian?

No. I found going back and forth across that canyon floor -that is, between the beach-side starting area and Grand Soren- to be arduous until I'd leveled up and acquired some skills. Early on in the game, the number of points where attacks can occur through that area can really get one's health down dangerously low before getting all the way through. Particularly when re-approaching Grand Soren where you face some goblin attacks after clearing the canyon.

Ah, this is true. It's also easy to miss the "shortcut" through it that has fewer encounters. I only got it because my Pawns led me through during a quest.

I should pick this up tonight or this weekend. Maybe kill three Chimeras, or a third Golem. Y'know, finish some side quests before moving on with the story.

I'm having a better time now that I've learned to save every five minutes.

AND i just beat a cyclops by standing within sight of it while it walked off a cliff. It's been the best fight in the game so far.

I walked into my house in Cassardis and my main pawn said "Is this your house, Arisen?" and then immediately started smashing everything. No! Bad pawn! We only smash other people's belongings.

Later, I found some scruffy guy sleeping on the side of the road. I tried to talk to him, but it just said something like "It's best to let sleeping dogs lie. Sleeping people, too." So I picked the guy up and threw him. One of my hired pawns caught him and shouted "I have him!". And thus the great game of Hobo Toss was invented.

muttonchop wrote:

I walked into my house in Cassardis and my main pawn said "Is this your house, Arisen?" and then immediately started smashing everything. No! Bad pawn! We only smash other people's belongings.

Later, I found some scruffy guy sleeping on the side of the road. I tried to talk to him, but it just said something like "It's best to let sleeping dogs lie. Sleeping people, too." So I picked the guy up and threw him. One of my hired pawns caught him and shouted "I have him!". And thus the great game of Hobo Toss was invented.

I love this game.

I'm a couple of hours in at this point and might be ready to walk away. The combat is interesting enough but I feel like I don't have a very good sense of what I should be doing and as a result am constantly wandering into areas that I'm underleveled for. I'm going to try some of the beginner tips posted earlier in the thread, but based on the discussion it sounds like this might be part of the appeal of the game.

sebulba wrote:

I'm a couple of hours in at this point and might be ready to walk away. The combat is interesting enough but I feel like I don't have a very good sense of what I should be doing and as a result am constantly wandering into areas that I'm underleveled for. I'm going to try some of the beginner tips posted earlier in the thread, but based on the discussion it sounds like this might be part of the appeal of the game.

I hear you, right after I got to the big city there was an escort quest presented to me, so I picked it up and it led me into an area WAY over my head and I was one-shot. I haven't gone back and that was almost a week ago... sigh.

I generally avoid the escort quests unless it's going to a location where I already have another quest, or I really want to raise my affinity with that particular npc. They never expire, so if you want to be Mr. Completionist you can always do them later once you've levelled up a lot. In general though they're not really worth it, especially when you're just starting out.

Arg! Who in their right mind thought it was a good idea to only allow one character?! I'd like to try out a ranger but don't want to wipe my warrior out. This is really turning into a regrettable purchase.