The GWJ CRPG Club - Game 6: Arcanum (In Progress)

dpmedeiros wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

Steal away, Redherring!

I poked about some in Stillwater last night, and picked up some quests and nudged the main story along. No real experience gained, but it's another small step in the game.

I've also figured out what I want to do with my character development going forward. I'm going to work on Temporal spells, to increase my speed and decrease enemy speed. I think that'll help a lot in combat. I might also work on some fire spells, which look to be fairly powerful too.

I'm hoping to get to Level 40 this weekend and move the story more.

I haven't been playing along the past few weeks (real life issues) but I'm curious how far along are you?

I failed to make progress this weekend (Imperator: Rome & real life stuff). For the next few days as well, it's going to be tough. Work has exploded and we have guests visiting this week. Life looks to get back to normal in about a week.

I meant how far along are you overall in the entire story, hours-wise?

I think I'm right around where GBlitz is. Unfortunately, this game predates the notion of keeping an in-game hour counter, so I can't give an exact number, but I'm probably around 20, maybe 25 hours so far? The first few hours felt rather slow and plodding (and I probably spent a lot of time just learning the UI), but once things got going, I started just tearing up the landscape. It's great.

dpmedeiros wrote:

:) I meant how far along are you overall in the entire story, hours-wise?

Ah, right!

I'm in Stillwater, just poked about the town and picked up some quests. Still Level 35.

Time-wise I'm not exactly sure for the same reasons merphle mentions, but it's been super fast. I'd guess about 15 hours at most? My aborted attempt with a gunslinger was going three times slower. I was level 22 after about 20-25 hours.

I've checked a couple of times and when I'm fighting in one of the larger dungeons I'm picking up three to four levels an hour. It's crazy how fast this game is going compared to the first attempt. Melee OP!

It's probably worth mentioning that having just played a character to Level 22 meant that I could zip through the story content on my second attempt, at least up to as far as I got in my first attempt.

So ... “GB” sent me to check out a mine. All good until I met the level 25 golems that damage weapons when I hit them for tiny amounts of damage, while they squash me flat in two hits. I think there might be a flaw in this melee focused strategy. Or I just need to do some other quests first. I’m at level 16 after clearing the critters in the mine up to that point.

Also the world map location dots are super tiny and I’m struggling to find them, I spent ages looking for Dernholm. I think I’ll go check that out if I can get there.

I'm up to Stillwater as well with my gunslinger/jack-of-all-trades solo character, although just at level 20. My advice for the golems is to run away, bravely run away. They're a massive difficulty spike, and you can kite them back towards an empty area and then run around them with a bit of care.

I've just left the island and am level 30 something. Got to go to wheel clan next. Lost the dwarf crew member because he was mad at me for letting the necro trade dealers live when I had to fight in the pit. He wouldn't rejoin me. His loss. He is stuck on the island now. Learn to eat pineapples for dinner dwarf.

Progress - got to around level 20 and someone gave me a magic sword. Now the golems are only annoying because of weapon damage. Added another 4 levels just by fighting through them and the other mine creatures, and I’m not finished yet.

There’s a guy in Blackroot who does master melee training, but when I ask him to train he says something like “yes I’m the best” and my only response is “ok bye then”. I have full points and apprentice in melee so not sure what that is about.

Finally started with a half-ogre running around poking things with a rapier. Made it to level four and found a guy who wants me to find a guy.

I hope to jump back in by the middle of this week. Our guests are leaving and work shouldn't be so crazy.

Redherring wrote:

Progress - got to around level 20 and someone gave me a magic sword. Now the golems are only annoying because of weapon damage. Added another 4 levels just by fighting through them and the other mine creatures, and I’m not finished yet.

There’s a guy in Blackroot who does master melee training, but when I ask him to train he says something like “yes I’m the best” and my only response is “ok bye then”. I have full points and apprentice in melee so not sure what that is about.

That guy is the trainer, you need to do a quest to be able to get him to train you.

Got through the mines and took out all the golems along the way, went up two more levels in the process. Some of the story elements are starting to take shape. It might be time to branch out a bit from melee and work on some other skills.

Went to the isle of despair, it wasn’t as bad as the name implied. Found a melee trainer there, somehow I missed that there were three levels of training, so now I’m an “expert”.

Now it looks like I have to go to another mine...

Some of these mines and dungeons get kind of big, don't they?

I'm determined to get back to this this weekend. I got sidetracked by a dopamine-driven addiction to a F2P app on my phone. I deleted that today and now I'm free again.

If you're persuasive, that next mine can be very short.

Of course, you'll lose out on a bunch of combat XP that way.

I was persuasive, and it was short. But I wanted the XP so I smashed my way backwards through the tunnels anyway and gained a couple of levels, although I think Maxwell lost his axe somewhere. Does stuff just disappear if durability gets to 0?

Anyway, now level 35 and just arrived in Stillwater.

Been putting some points into intelligence and persuasion - after failing the mayor quest in Ashbury on repeated attempts, then coming back with slightly higher stats to see how it played out. Seems that intelligence is more important to getting better dialogue options, which I always prefer in these types of games.

I’m still completely neutral on tech and magic, haven’t invested any points in either. Been using various magic weapons without any obvious problems though. I did note some enemies were completely impervious to a non-magical weapon, not sure how you would beat those if you couldn’t use any magic.

Redherring wrote:

...I think Maxwell lost his axe somewhere. Does stuff just disappear if durability gets to 0?

I believe I had one go to zero and it was still in my inventory. It's unrepairable though.

I'd guess you had a fatal miss in the middle of combat and dropped your weapon. One of your NPC companions may have picked it up.

It was an NPC that lost it - Maxwell, who I just realised is actually called Magnus. Doesn’t really matter, I’m doing most of the damage anyway.

Quiet around here ... I’m still ticking along - left Stillwater, visited Qintarra which was a nice change of scenery. Now level 39 and following the main quest to Caladon.

Redherring wrote:

Quiet around here ... I’m still ticking along - left Stillwater, visited Qintarra which was a nice change of scenery. Now level 39 and following the main quest to Caladon.

Nice work! You're ahead of me now.

I got a nasty cold/flu this weekend that drained all energy and curiosity out of my brain. I even splurged on a new game but only played an hour before losing interest.

But I'm over that now, and am feeling like myself again. With a weekend coming up, I'm hopeful I can give you some company in the back half of this. When I left off I was putzing around Stillwater, collecting quests and whatnot.

It does seem like this has become our most challenging game. We've yet to have anyone finish, and from posts it looks like only a handful of us have made significant progress.

I have mixed feelings about it so far. I was struggling with my initial character, and that was stretching my determination to keep going. With my new character things are hyper productive and the overall experience has been much better.

I’m roaming around Caladon but have been side tracked by home improvement projects of late. Need to get back into this and push for the end. I know I’m not that far away.

tundra wrote:

I’m roaming around Caladon but have been side tracked by home improvement projects of late. Need to get back into this and push for the end. I know I’m not that far away.

Cool! But wait, is Caladon near the end, you think? I figured I was only about halfway in at Stillwater.

Arcanum's on sale at GOG for a meager one hundred and forty-nine pennies, if anyone's been on the fence about the exorbitant $6 regular retail price.

merphle wrote:

Arcanum's on sale at GOG for a meager one hundred and forty-nine pennies, if anyone's been on the fence about the exorbitant $6 regular retail price.

Damn, they are giving it away! Thanks for sharing.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
tundra wrote:

I’m roaming around Caladon but have been side tracked by home improvement projects of late. Need to get back into this and push for the end. I know I’m not that far away.

Cool! But wait, is Caladon near the end, you think? I figured I was only about halfway in at Stillwater.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it is keeping me playing because I think I am close.

tundra wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:
tundra wrote:

I’m roaming around Caladon but have been side tracked by home improvement projects of late. Need to get back into this and push for the end. I know I’m not that far away.

Cool! But wait, is Caladon near the end, you think? I figured I was only about halfway in at Stillwater.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it is keeping me playing because I think I am close.

You're thinking it's close has gotten me more excited to play.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
tundra wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:
tundra wrote:

I’m roaming around Caladon but have been side tracked by home improvement projects of late. Need to get back into this and push for the end. I know I’m not that far away.

Cool! But wait, is Caladon near the end, you think? I figured I was only about halfway in at Stillwater.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it is keeping me playing because I think I am close.

You're thinking it's close has gotten me more excited to play. :)

Me too! *fires it up again*

Super late to the party, but I nabbed the 1.49 GOG deal for this just now. I never could find my original version, but we did just move and there's a lot of boxes in the attic and garage I haven't gone through. Worth a double dip at that price, though!

Now to download all the extra crud to make it run nice on a modern PC. Can I get credit just for getting it running? That seems like a quest all its own.

bighoppa wrote:

Super late to the party, but I nabbed the 1.49 GOG deal for this just now. ...

Plenty of time, welcome to the party! With one big weekend you'd probably be past all of us.

bighoppa wrote:

Super late to the party, but I nabbed the 1.49 GOG deal for this just now.

I got as far as the first town and..... stopped. I need to press on as well. As Blitz says, penalty of time still!