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Simulacrum is far too powerful. in The Avernum Trilogy
Shock Trooper
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In Avernum 3 the Dark Wyrms I summoned just stood around (wriggled around?) without doing anything. Demons were much more helpful. From a summoning standpoint, using the character editor to give my player rods of arcana worked much better. But the game loses its interest pretty quickly with that kind of supernatural help.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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Hintbook: how is it? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I only played Avernum 3 and BoA but I have the hintbooks for both and I thought they were quite good. Rache's site is also excellent.

In addition to the point about helping support Spiderweb software, you might not want to have to quit the game and go online to the forums or Rache's site just for a couple of minor things you could look up in the book. Also, I tend to print things out and refer to them, so the hintbooks make more sense to me than online help.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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Anama? in The Avernum Trilogy
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The Anama priests give a singleton player the option of becoming a crusader-type character. It's a roleplaying choice, if not everyone's favorite. The game is quite playable that way, probably easier than being a singleton mage. You get some powerful spells early and a cheap source of crystals that unlock doors and dispel barriers. As an Anama player, at the end of the game you even hear the Empress say something about maybe having to rethink her position on the Anama.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Anybody out there finish Avernum 3? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I guess The Church of the Divine Lucre would have televangelists if Avernum had TV...

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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Mages in BoA - How do I make them work?! in Blades of Avernum
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In Avernum 3 lightning spray was more cost-effective than arcane blow. That is, in Avernum 3 you got a pretty effective shotgun attack with lightning spray for a modest outlay of spell points, but with arcane blow you got a more costly and limited attack. From the few BoA scenarios I've played, I think it's the same story. For the spell points used, you put more hits on more enemies with lightning spray.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Avernum Mage Poll! Who was craziest? in The Avernum Trilogy
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My favorite mage was Nan in the port town N of Fort E, (Farport?) because she was the first mage outside of the Fort I stumbled across, and she gave me some early help in exchange for doing pest control at her old house. Also, she sells a scroll of dispel barrier, so you gain access to this spell very early relative to when you could actually learn it.

Certainly she isn't a very powerful mage, but she was the first one I thought of for the poll.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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A3: guarded tunnel bug? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I don't think you miss anything by killing the tunnel guardians. You gain experience by fighting them. The payment to the head thief is just for convenience if you don't want to have to fight the group.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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avernum 2 item list for character editor??:( in The Avernum Trilogy
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Sorry, I should have referred you to the Avernum 3 walkthrough at the top of the page. That site has an item list.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
avernum 2 item list for character editor??:( in The Avernum Trilogy
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Look here: http://db.gamefaqs.com/computer/doswin/file/avernum_3_items.txt

I don't know of a legal way to get the game without buying it. Personally, I think it's well worth the price when you see what other games cost.

[ Wednesday, January 19, 2005 06:39: Message edited by: My Quasimodo ]

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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Sharpshooter in Blades of Avernum
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I believe slings have unlimited ammo. That was my rationale for creating a sling-user, anyway.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Your soul crystal slots in The Avernum Trilogy
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My choices would probably be a haakai and a vampire, because they summon more creatures, thereby magnify your original summoning. There's a haakai in the temple in the GIFTS lair who appears after you sanctify the altar. You get a really good spear after you kill him.

[ Friday, January 14, 2005 07:37: Message edited by: My Quasimodo ]

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Bad Grammar = Rampant in General
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Some of the examples you see are from other countries where english is not the first language. I would have no idea how to post a coherent question on a Finnish or German discussion board...

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Castle Troglo, and storming it in The Avernum Trilogy
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If you talk to the Troglo King, he tells you about a secret exit from the castle. Then you could kill him. He did threaten to eat all humans, after all.

According to the hint book, you can bypass the Troglos altogether and get the tunnel map from the Giant caves. The problem with doing the Troglo/Giant plague elimination that way is that you don't learn dispel barrier from the Sharimik Mayor's library...

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Golem tower trouble in The Avernum Trilogy
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You can destroy the crystal with physical attacks, but it takes a long time because the attacks only do a few points damage. It's much faster to destroy the crystal with the laser beam on the same level, which you redirect with mirrors so it focuses on the crystal.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Morality question in General
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Can you shoot the person who posted the dilemma?

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
I confess - I'm a cheat! in The Avernum Trilogy
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I think anyway you play the game that is fun for you is great. I've used the character editor lots of times in my games, and I enjoy the game more for it. After getting through the game a few times, I use it less, because it's fun saving some problems to solve another day.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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Spell Tell in The Avernum Trilogy
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My favorites are Lightning Spray, Haste at level 3 and Mass Healing at level 3.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
A3: Rentar-Ihrnos Keep...wheres Erika? in The Avernum Trilogy
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If you don't have a saved game that lets you start at the beginning of Rentar's keep, you can reset the basement beams at the control panel in Rentar's Great Hall (after being teleported back 5 times) by pressing the upper left button.

There are ten buttons in the basement. The NE area is tricky; press the southernmost button first to avoid a lot of confusion.

If you accepted Erika's amulet, she will show up in the Great Hall if you pushed all the buttons correctly in the basement.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
A3:What is the best combination for a mage, archer, priest and a warrior in The Avernum Trilogy
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For a melee weapon, I like the Pirate's Blade which you get after fighting shades on an island N of Fort E. It gives you back hit points as you melee and does good damage.

For a pole weapon, I like the spear you get from the Haakai in the temple in the GIFTS lair. It has an extra bonus, I forget exactly what, but it's better than the radiant spear IMO.

While there are definitely better weapons than these in the game, it takes a lot longer to get strong enough to get them, so you can't use those other weapons until much later in the game. The earlier you can get a good weapon with bonuses, the more valuable it is.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Dispel Barrier in The Avernum Trilogy
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The Mayor of Sharimik gives you access to his library where you can learn dispel barrier at level 2 after you complete a quest for him. (It's a complicated one) I don't think there is anyplace you can learn it at level 1.

You can buy a scroll of dispel barrier from Nan in the port town NE of Fort E.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Why are certain level 1 spells not available? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Nan, the Mage in the port town north of Fort Emergence, will sell you a scroll of Dispel Barrier. Since you don't have to complete any quests or cross any water to buy the scroll, I believe you can get it even in the demo. If so inclined, you could sell the scroll to Levy in Fort E and then buy back an unlimited supply of them, thereby bypassing the need to learn the Dispel Barrier spell at all.

In the registered game, joining the Anama gives you access to a cheap supply of piercing crystals, and those dispel barriers and unlock doors.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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Dead Guy in The Avernum Trilogy
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Reviving dead people is a fairly high level priest spell and also requires a potion. I recall you can buy the potion in the Tower of Magi Pharmacy, but you might be able to learn how to make the potion yourself with the right ingredients.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Simulacrum!.. what monsters are on your list? in The Avernum Trilogy
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As far as I know from personal experience, and from what I have read on these boards, when capturing a soul for simulacrum the player can't choose the slot and it's just a crapshoot which one gets overwritten or not.

It's a fun and interesting spell, but realistically by the time you can capture something really powerful and survive the encounter, you don't need the spell anyway.

The priest spell Divine Host summons multiple vengeful shades - you get 3, 4 or 5 of them at once depending on the level spell you learned, and the shades are pretty strong. I think the best use of summoning spells is against Rakshasi or Demons so you don't get overwhelmed by swarms of enemy summoned creatures when you're playing a singleton character.

[ Thursday, November 18, 2004 14:33: Message edited by: My Quasimodo ]

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
Singleton Characters? in Blades of Avernum
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What level of tool use did players find necessary as a minimum when playing a BoA singleton? I recall there are places you need to go in order to complete the VoDT where some tool use is necessary...

For example, if you want to steal the fine waveblade from the Vahnati in VoDT (they don't mind) you need level 10 tool use with lockpicks to open the chest.

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
Posts: 381 | Registered: Sunday, March 16 2003 08:00
What is your status on your 4 Characters? in Blades of Avernum
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For a jump started new party in BoA, I make three human custom characters the same; 5 levels of mage skills, 2 levels of priest skills, 2 levels of hardiness and defense, pump up intelligence, give them all natural mage and sickness prone so they can wear armor and cast spells and still level up reasonably quickly because of the sickness prone offset to experience penalty. Spend new spell points on at least 2 levels of luck for everyone. Keeps your guys from dying when their points get taken down quickly. The 4th character is a human rogue with 2 levels of priest spells, (everyone needs to heal, bless and cure) nimble fingers and sickness prone so his tool use gets boosted right from the start and he can level up quickly.

This group gets experience quickly by rolling over most surface opponents in VoDT with three rounds of ice lances right away. The new spell points can buff up the rogue's fighting and bow skills and add intelligence to the mages for more spell points.

Once I made it through VoDT with a singleton stock rogue character, but it was slow going and I needed a lot of potions to get by the altered beasts at the end. And the Vahnati waveblade was indispensable.

[ Monday, November 15, 2004 08:11: Message edited by: My Quasimodo ]

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"I can't give you brains," said the Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, "but I can give you a diploma." - L. Frank Baum
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