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A Few Advance Notes On Geneforge 4 in Geneforge Series
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I really enjoyed the "cutscenes" in GF3. With Litalia and her fading shade are the only examples I can recall. Simple. But dynamical.

Day. Night. Rain. Snow is nice. Just needless visuals with no effect would be, super.

Also, I've always had an intense urge to play a rousing game of "Boardgame" or "Dice." Them guards get bored.

Now here's a more radical idea. Jeff's decriptions of Shaping have always been vague, but I get something like this: the Shaper releases essence from his or her body, concentrates, and extends a little magical energy to direct the essence. Bam, new Creation. My idea: you have to actively do something skillful to shape. So maybe if you have crappy Shaping skill, you can still do a good job. I can't imagine how you would control Shaping. Sort of a mini-game thing that's so hard to incorporate it's probably not worth it. But cool.

I'm sleepy.

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Need Help with surviving in G3 in Geneforge Series
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... or, being able to spell "grammar."

My favorite class to play is the lone Melee Guardian. Where I just make myself tough as hell. Focus on Melee Weapons. Lots of Strength. And lots of Endurance. Ignore Dexterity and Intelligence; you're not worried about the enemy hitting you. The fact is, if you can get next to something, it will be dead by the next turn.

Specifically, you start out with 15 skill points. As a Guardian, I spend them on two levels of Endurance and four of Melee Weapons. This leaves one skill point over and puts you at a measly 30 HP to start, but some healing pods sustain you through the fragile early stages of the game. Use your first level up for more Melee Weapons. Once you get Melee Weapons up to 9, it starts costing 4 skill points, so begin building up Endurance, and throw any extra skill points to Quick Action. The idea is that you can always take out early enemies in one hit.

That's how I like it. If you play for mechanics or diplomacy, you'll have to throw away valuable skill points early on for it.

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Levels Damage in Combat in Geneforge Series
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Well I have never heard of cold resistance. And I have played through Geneforge 2. So I guess not.

My best guess is that, until Geneforge 3, there weren't that many attacks that didn't fall into the other categories. So they were just classified as "energy."

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Learned Pinner's Getaway in Geneforge Series
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Well that's just what the bridge-operating one says. If you ask him if he can swim, he replies with something like "no, but I'm sure it will be easy to learn when the time comes." Still, this is probably just what his superiors convinced him.

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Levels Damage in Combat in Geneforge Series
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... and other mysteries.

What exactly is "levels damage in combat?"

Thrusting Gauntlets:
+2 levels damage in combat.

Other things that I can't figure out:
- Energy resistance. I assume this contributes to defense against Cryoa and Cryodrayk ranged attacks.
- Eyebeast and Gazer ranged attacks. Does your mind resistance protect you from these any more? Or are they just using Kill?
- Being slowed. What kind of effect is this: stun, mind, or is it non-preventable?
- The hand and the X. Two of the status icons that appear over your character. I'd guess that the hand means "slowed" and that the X means "stunned." Furthermore, what's the difference between slowed and stunned?
- Armor. Presumably it reduces damage in general. From all types of attacks and effects? By how much per point? Can't be a per cent, or 100 armor would make you invincible.

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Learned Pinner's Getaway in Geneforge Series
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I don't think Serviles can swim. Ask the one who operates Old Rising Bridge.

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Return of Barzhal? in Geneforge Series
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But then you'd need a source of essence for the computer, and the keyboard would mutate your internal organs, liquefying you, unless you wore the proper Shaping Gloves. Records of their creation have been long lost, but they say the Cryodrayks in Taker lands know something; they may tell you, for a price. Most Cryodrayks will give anything for a Flawless Shard, but those were all lost or destroyed in the War of the Sholai over a decade ago; rumor has it, though, that an imitation can be forged by a certain Servile smith, although he has been taken captive by the Loyalist Shapers, who would only let another Loyalist see him. Precious little time is left before his execution; perhaps one would talk to the esteemed Hepzibah of the Shaper Council about such matter. However, she has been on vacation for weeks, and she may have been killed in a Sholai guerilla raid two days ago. Also, the components necessary to make the Shaped Computer itself are exceptionally rare: 20 mined shards to mold into working parts, a Steel Breastplate to house the tower, and a Flawless Glaahk Scale for the monitor, and 12 Living Tools to construct it. Oh, and internet access is 2,495 coins a month. Thats with RuneCast High-Speed; you can get Shape-Oh-Ell service for 1,995 coins.

If you weren't sure about the Geneforge joke, you could have actually checked the FAQ.

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Ain't Gonna Happen in Geneforge... in Geneforge Series
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MagmaDragoon: this is actually what I meant. Spawner-spawning Spawners wouldn't be much of a threat; since they cannot attack they'd just take up space, essence, and a few gemstones apiece. It'd be good for experience to hack through a few, and you'd get rich quick.

In related news, it has always bothered me that, assuming Geneforge takes place in our universe, the Law of Conservation of Matter is broken each time you Shape a new Creation. But Einstein's Relativity Theory does state that matter is energy. Therefore the Shaping process must consist of some fission in which energy (Essence from the Shaper's body) is transformed into matter, and the Absorbtion process must consist of fusion, in which mass is transformed back into energy. This is all well and good in theory, but keep in mind that fusion produces such rich energy that (according to Einstein) a two-pound brick, if spontaneously transformed into pure energy, would destroy our planet. So can it be that the Shapers are that powerful? Maybe Creations are weighed in amu ... or maybe I'm just not giving Jeff a chance.

Hooray.

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A Few Advance Notes On Geneforge 4 in Geneforge Series
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Whoops, I brought it back up.

But arachnid Shaping is getting really positive feedback.

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Learned Pinner's Getaway in Geneforge Series
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Damnation.

I wanted an Easter Egg.

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Learned Pinner's Getaway in Geneforge Series
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Geneforge 2. Medab.

This is my Agent, standing on Pinner's private dock. The first time you come back here, a dialogue describes it as being ready for a quick escape, or something to that effect. Pinner would, in time of crisis, flee into the river that cuts diagonally across the game map. Look out there in the water, above the cursor. Four blue tiles. The kind that take you to the game map and to another area when you step on them. Medab does not have another readily apparent north exit. Hmmm.

I have not looked at the game's script to see if this does anything ... but it'd be a nice little easter egg, right? The game map does have plenty of room north of Medab, where the two rivers join. Now, if I could only get a boat. Or leap into the water.

I mean, look. It's not there for no reason.

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Journal is useless! in Geneforge Series
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Thus, of course, you would like nothing more than selectable text, right?

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A Few Advance Notes On Geneforge 4 in Geneforge Series
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I_am_a_Minotaur pleaded for reasons to exclude Drakons as PC's in GF4. Dikiyoba gave several, which I_am_a_Minotaur subsequently shot down with juvenile retorts.

So my question is: are we just fueling the argument here? That wouldn't be necessarily wrong. The alternative being that I_am_a_Minotaur is seriously campaigning for the teenage Drakon plot. Because being a humongous reptile just isn't enough; you'd have to get an age-based demographic, too.

Don't let me put words in Dikiyoba's mouth, but I'm pretty sure his "giant spider" suggestion was, in fact, sarcastic. Even Jeff has denied the Drakon playability at this point. What more could we want?

Incidentally, some mammals lay eggs (only the duckbilled platypus and spiny anteater). Might Slith not also have nipples?

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Follow or not follow the Shaper's way? -GF3- in Geneforge Series
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Chosimba makes an excellent argument. All of the sects in all of the games are keeping secrets or try to betray you in some way. The single exception is Barzite: even though Stanis killed Shanti, you get fair retribution.

My observations on the sects (yet to play GF3):
- Awakened
-- GF1: Slain Servant Mind in Ellrah's Keep. They also want you to kill Control Four.
-- GF2: Pinner is ready to selfishly run away at a moment's notice. Not much treachery though.
- Taker
-- GF1: Sholai allies, without telling you until you join. And of course, want to kill all Shapers. Vengeful and ready to turn on you instantly.
-- GF2: Won't tell you much about Geneforge, and want to hog it. Have huge labs they won't let you into even if you join (Gazak-Uss, Benereii-Uss). Still want to kill all Shapers.
- Loyal
-- GF1: Obeyers starve other sects, lots of espionage. No betrayl of PC, though, as you are a Shaper.
-- GF2: The entire plot is pretty much a deception. Zakary seems ready to kill you at a moment's notice, and has secretly turned his back on Barzahl.
- Barzite
-- GF2: Capture and kill Shanti. Canisters have malicious effects, but it's not their fault.

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Ain't Gonna Happen in Geneforge... in Geneforge Series
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- A Spawner-spawning Spawner.
- One of the sect leaders actually getting up off his ass and doing something.
- Fighting giant swamp rats. Oh, wait.
- A plot without megalomaniacal villians bent on world domination.
- You steal something when nobody is looking. Later, they notice it missing and you spend the rest of the game in a cramped prison.
- The PC, despite devastating magic and fierce, loyal creations, has to stop to take a leak.
- An NPC gets over their fear of "Shaper authority" and just beats your ass when you demand more supplies.
- The Clawbugs start their own sect, determined to dig a big, sandy pit.
- As you summon all your powers to blast the enemy to kingdom come, he unceremoniously whips out a revolver and shoots you in the face.
- Someone sends you on a quest to return his missing head of cabbage. It's been in the family for generations.
- Your desperate search over the world has led you to a dark forest. You slay all the rogues and trek through untold miles of wilderness. Finally, through clues in obscure rumors told to you by raving, drunken serviles, you come across a toilet.

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Return of Barzhal? in Geneforge Series
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I like the way you think, VCH. The PC should play a part in making the Geneforge, since, so far, it's been completed by the time the PC shows up. Here's a mock recipe for the Geneforge:
- Mined Crystal (100)
- Purified Essence
- Liquid Puresteel [abitrary new item]

As for a quest: having certain alignment to get a skilled Shaper to help you make the gloves; of course you need to go get the ingredients. I think the Forging Gloves ("Shaped Gloves" from GF1) would consist of the following:
- Shaped Gauntlets
- Purified Essence
- Flawless Shard (2)
And then, that skilled Shaper may decide to try to use the Geneforge himself and kill off the PC.

I'm being just as much of an idiot as everyone else here by making up a GF plot, but I should point out that it's really easy to come up with a plot for this ... given the history, characters, sects, races and creations, it's practically premade.

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What some may consider a stupid question in Geneforge Series
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Thank you, Kelandon.

Dikiyoba, that's twice today I saw you use the first person ...

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What some may consider a stupid question in Geneforge Series
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I need closure.

Is it pronounced ...
jeen' forj
OR
jeh' neh forj

I just can't decide for myself and it's been bothering me since the original.

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A Few Advance Notes On Geneforge 4 in Geneforge Series
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I like the sound of it ... my screen must be pissed at me for all the resolution switching (takes longer every time, just to spite me?)

By weather, do you also mean the passing of time? Day and night would be a really good addition. Also, to affect gameplay, I think the PC should have to sleep and eat. It's unrealistic not to ... unless, of course, you're all augmented. Then, you're inhuman and may not need nourishment or rest. Adds to the depth of gameplay without affecting plot or user interface. Towns could have inns (there was a "decorative" one in GF2) that allow you to rest and eat. If you're fatigued/starving, you should have similar effects to being encumbered (lower action points, hit penalties). Maybe you can buy camping equipment to bed down in friendly areas?

Example:
1 min real time : 60 min game time
"Instant" travel across zones adds 30 min game time
Day (6am-8pm): Fewer rogues, more people, towns active for trade
Night (8pm-6am): More rogues of different types, townsfolk are at home asleep.
Hunger comes 2 times a day, fatigue hits daily. Sleeping at night is more beneficial.

Just spitballing.

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Shaper Crypt in Geneforge Series
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Note: Only forum leaders may delete posts.

He apologizes for his disobedience, yet is pleasantly surprised that someone has noticed the timestamp.

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Geneforge 4: "Not a Shaper" in Geneforge Series
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He consents to talk about himself in the third-person using pronouns only, thus subtly revealing his gender.

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Shaper Crypt in Geneforge Series
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Wow... I'm baffled.

I just picked up a third Stone Crescent. While I was slaying Cryodrayks in Drayk's Vale, the Crescent Shade attacked me east of the zigzaggy rock near the map center.

I'll be damned. Really.

Oh yeah, I wonder if you can sell Stone Crescents. I'd think so, and that they're worth a lot. Time to visit Rhakkus ...

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Shaper Crypt in Geneforge Series
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The Power of a Shaper Glowing Skin in Geneforge Series
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Yes, GF is pretty much loaded with Sholai. I don't think there are even Sholai in the other games. Well, ONE guy in GF3.

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What is the best: GF1, GF2 or GF3? / What I must buy now? in Geneforge Series
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Isn't there a package of all 3?

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