The GWJ CRPG Club - Game 7: Baldur's Gate (In Progress)

Thus far we have solved the Merchant Guild quest, for Aldeth Sashenstar, freed a captive Nymph, dealt with an out of control Basilisk, reunited a boy with his brother and father with son, cured ourselves of an impending poison which granted much experience upon completion, and a handful of other issues here and there. Cleared and mapped the sewers, too, with some combat to boot. Got our bearings with the city much better than before as well.

I've just saved whilst sneaking into the Iron Throne building, because work beckons. Bah! Then it'll be the Seven Suns quest.

^Nice work! I hope you make it, but also wanted to let you know that I hope you treat midnight as a somewhat "fuzzy" deadline. If you need to run into tomorrow to finish up, no worries here. The goal is fun, not killing yourself for some artificial deadline.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

If you need to run into tomorrow to finish up, no worries here. The goal is fun, not killing yourself for some artificial deadline.

Oh sure, where was this when I needed it?!?

*Legion* wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

If you need to run into tomorrow to finish up, no worries here. The goal is fun, not killing yourself for some artificial deadline.

Oh sure, where was this when I needed it?!?

Watching you kill yourself to finish on time is fun. The goal is fun.

Actually, though, didn't you end up finishing most things a day or so early? I feel like I would have mentioned it if I saw you were racing to finish on the very last day.

I appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement. Most excellent, CRPG Club!

That said. I poured in many hours yesterday, effectively dedicating the day to Baldur's Gate. I kept thinking the next section was it, the endgame, the finale. It wasn't. Onward! So, we're currently beneath the Thieves Guild (an area I skipped almost entirely) navigating a maze scattered with traps, undead, and jellies. How close we are is unbeknownst to me. Maybe I'll see it through before work tonight. (I've a few hours.) Maybe I''ll falter into the next day. (A few more hours.) My wife also keeps telling me the 31st and the 1st are effectively one and the same. Ha! I'm paying for that lost week or three between indecision and restarting now.

RnRClown wrote:

I appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement. Most excellent, CRPG Club!

That said. I poured in many hours yesterday, effectively dedicating the day to Baldur's Gate. I kept thinking the next section was it, the endgame, the finale. It wasn't. Onward! So, we're currently beneath the Thieves Guild (an area I skipped almost entirely) navigating a maze scattered with traps, undead, and jellies. How close we are is unbeknownst to me. Maybe I'll see it through before work tonight. (I've a few hours.) Maybe I''ll falter into the next day. (A few more hours.) My wife also keeps telling me the 31st and the 1st are effectively one and the same. Ha! I'm paying for that lost week or three between indecision and restarting now.

You are very much near the end!

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

Actually, though, didn't you end up finishing most things a day or so early? I feel like I would have mentioned it if I saw you were racing to finish on the very last day.

Most things yeah, but Dragon Age I finished at about 11:00pm on the final day. I think that's the only one that was a true buzzer beater.

Oh, Divinity I finished on the last day technically, but that was more staying up past midnight on the day before the final day.

But those days are no more. I'm going to beat Witcher 1 through 3 with time to spare, taking victory laps while others still muddle through 3 alone. My Nice Guy sexual prowess will be the stuff of legends. My ability to resist excessive side content and map clearing will be seen as a superpower. Clocky will gaze upon the totality of my victory, and feel only deep shame at her skepticism. I am the witchiest Witcher, now watch me witch.

But which witchers will watch the witchiest witcher watchers?

I've slipped to the 2nd and thus missed the goodwill extension. (It was a well appreciated gesture. Many thanks. I'm sad to have failed the Sword Coast. Faerun!) I made it to a building where I believe Sarevok to be. I had just entered and read a journal update. Then work beckoned! Bah! My save file awaits.

It'll be great to finally properly say that I've saw Baldur's Gate through. (I called it as if I had for the GOTY!) Even minus the Club badge, level up, it was a good ride to follow along and belatedly join in with.

Sarevok is down! What a battle.

Finally the credits have rolled on my years long journey through Baldur's Gate.

Woo!

I think RnR should get the completion badge with an asterisk.

^Absolutely! Nice work, RnRClown! Congrats, I've leveled you up.

I'm on a Mac now, not sure how they do asterisks. I'll figure it out later at some point when I have time I suppose maybe.

I don't think there are any other stragglers out there, so we'll call this one a wrap. Thanks everyone who started, discussed, and finished! And Congrats to all the finishers!

Y'all are the bestest.

I'm left intrigued to replay the game with a different protagonist and a different group. Still. I'll hold off on that. There's so much else to play that I'm eager to get started on. Our next current choice, The Witcher 3, amongst them.

In closing - a stealthy stalker was a lot of fun. The sneaky scouting. The lethal backstabbing. The racial enemy (I chose giant spiders) and the natural dual-wielding. It was great. I couldn't have asked for better. I made liberal use of scouting, and leaned heavily into line of sight, entering and exiting doorways, and peeling off stragglers. It was a fresh play style for me. I was taken aback by just how much it tipped the scales. Not every enemy would follow. Casters saw spells fizzle from losing their target, or trigger where no one now stood. It was quite a change to boldly striding forth and throwing down until someone fell over.

Khalid landed the knockout blow on Sarevok. He was thoroughly useful throughout. Branwen proved somewhat nonessential. Jaheira had it covered. Imoen was indispensable. Xan made the difference when the chips were down.

I couldn't convince Tamoko to side with us. Gutted!

The seamless transition to Siege of Dragonspear was handled nicely. I'll hold onto the save file. Perhaps we'll forge onward somewhere down the road. Unless I re-roll!