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Traveling Internationally in General
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Profile #8
I suppose you might come across a situation where some kind of bribe or 'gratuity' is expected from an official, but I wouldn't worry yourself with trying to find out when that would be - as with pretty much any country anywhere, you can generally assume that if you aren't breaking the law, you're not going to have any trouble with the law. The main exceptions to this are - 1) motoring in countries where bribery is rife - traffic cops are usually the worst (as they are anywhere) and 2) getting drunk, when you're much more likely to be a target of opportunistic police as well as criminals. Finally, supposing you were in a situation where the 'done thing' is to give a bribe, don't worry about needing to do it in a subtle way - the Police officer in question will come right out and tell you how much money they want - there won't be situations where you slip a bill into your driver's license or something.

It does make a lot of sense to be careful with where you keep your money, about what's going on about you and to be somewhat wary of the motives of people you meet - but it's foolish to extend that to a general paranoia or fear that everyone's trying to rip you off.

- Oh, one piece of advice applicable to the old soviet world: drink the vodka by all means, but if so, stay off the beer! Mixing it's a killer!
Posts: 5 | Registered: Sunday, February 11 2007 08:00
Traveling Internationally in General
Apprentice
Member # 8057
Profile #4
Good for you wz As and good luck!

You really shouldn't let anxiety about thinking you've forgotten something worry you, it's pretty natural. One way to beat such anxiety follows the most important piece of travel advice I've been given (repeatedly) and which I've ignore and regretted and so become a convert: TRAVEL LIGHT.

If you aren't carrying more than a change of clothes, your tickets, passport and wallets and a good book, there's not much for you to have forgotten and worry about. Especially if you're going somewhere for a while there's a tendency to overpack, and bring a heap of junk 'just in case'. Don't do it! It's a chore dragging it around and gives you less room to carry souvenirs and booty on your return leg.

When packing, it may help to assume, in Avernum tems, that you have 2 Strength (although don't let this allow you to think that 50lbs will leave you 'unencumbered') - for every thing you pack, ask yourself Do I need this? Can I do without? Can I not just get a replacement at the other end?

On the other hand, if you absolutely must have say A1 Steak Sauce with every meal, then it's probably best to bring along a case, as you mightn't find it where you're going.

Anyhow, that gnawing feeling in your stomach is the anticipation of what will be a great adventure for you, and an unforgettable experience. I believe Budapest is a wonderful city - my brother and his girlfriend spent Christmas there last year - and personally I love former Soviet countries (hmm, maybe there's something in the Avernum game's with a similar downbeat appeal?). I was bit very much by the travelling bug after high school, and happen today to be on my last day of work after 9 months in Mongolia, starting to get all those 'Have I forgotten something?' feelings before leaving my apartment here and heading back home. All part of the fun - Safe journey, and all the best!
Posts: 5 | Registered: Sunday, February 11 2007 08:00
Av2 Help! - Char reduced to 1AP - Why? in The Avernum Trilogy
Apprentice
Member # 8057
Profile #7
Yes, I'd ditched the weakest party member for Becca, altho have grown to resent her somewhat for being so much more powerful than my own characters...
Posts: 5 | Registered: Sunday, February 11 2007 08:00
Av2 Help! - Char reduced to 1AP - Why? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Profile #3
Thanks - it was webs... don't know why I couldn't figure it out - now I'll have to hold you responsible for my putting off all the work I was going to do this evening and playing Chapter 2 instead.
Posts: 5 | Registered: Sunday, February 11 2007 08:00
Av2 Help! - Char reduced to 1AP - Why? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Profile #0
If anyone can help - v. much enjoying the demo of Avernum II - have mostly finished Chapter I after finally figuring out the Undead Chapel quest - My lead character's AP in combat has suddenly been reduced to 1 and I can't figure out why. Character Editor programme doesn't show any cursed items, and I've tried unequipping all his arms and armour. There is a very faintly drawn grey symbol next to the character name where effects are shown and I am assuming that this indicates I've been cursed or something. Am not entirely sure when this happened - recently completed quests also include rescuing the spiders' eggs. Thanks
Posts: 5 | Registered: Sunday, February 11 2007 08:00