Recommend a Spiderweb game for a Newbie??

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Apprentice
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Hey all. I'm kinda interested in getting into the games put out by Spiderweb Software, but I'd like to get a suggestion as to where to start.

The story of the game is priority.
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Hello! Welcome to the Spiderweb Software Message Boards, please leave your sanity at the door!

You should start with Avernum, or Exile if you use a really old computer. When you finish the Avernum series, you can go on to Geneforge or Nethergate: Resurrection.
It is really your choice, but have fun!

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Shaper
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I'd personally recommend Avernum 1 or 2 as a first game. If you like the Geneforge series then the first one was best, imo.

Download a few demos, and see what you like best.

[ Wednesday, June 20, 2007 09:43: Message edited by: Dolphin ]
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Agent
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I'd start with Avernum, working your way through the series. Then go on to Geneforge, also working your way through the series. Lastly, play Nethergate: Ressurection.

I'd suggest getting the demos before you buy the games, just to be sure that you like the games.

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Just download a few demos to try them out...
The Avernum series is my fav... Geneforge is pretty sweet as well...
I'm right now doin the Nethergate thang...

Once you're in though, be forwarned by Jeff's own admittance, you get sucked in, time keeps on slippin'...
Low tech, High story-line... Old school RPGin...

I'm a huge fan of the genre and the folks at Spiderweb put out some of the best stuff out there! have fun!!! and welcome onboard...
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Apprentice
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Thanks, everybody! Avernum it is!
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Sometimes I feel as if my posts are ignored.

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quote:
Originally written by Infernal Flamming Muffin:

Sometimes I feel as if my posts are ignored.
Why? He followed your advice, along with basically everyone elses.

EDIT: Accidentally posted to soon.

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[Edit: Too slow. Oh well.]

For complete games, I personally recommend Avernum 2 (or Avernum, if you prefer to start at the beginning) and Geneforge 1, since they have the stories I've enjoyed the most. Avernum is just a remake of Exile, though, so you can download the demos and see what game mechanics work best for you. Geneforge 1 has a less advanced engine than the rest of the Geneforges (especially 4, and 4 isn't a bad bet either), but I like the story better.

Blades of Avernum has a decent amount of good user-created scenarios out now, with more to come, so if you prefer a large number of short stories to one large story, get BoA. Or Blades of Exile, but Dikiyoba will let someone else talk about it and Nethergate.

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If other words, just start at the beginning.
But just so you know, Avernum 2 is the best Avernum game so far.

It is fact too.

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Blades of Exile is free, so that's an obvious place to start if the older graphics and engine don't bother you. There are a lot of amazing scenarios out there, you could spend months just playing the 8+s.

BoA is my personal favorite, for obvious reasons, so I highly recommend that as well. However if you're more interested in games actually created by Jeff, I'd go with the avernum trilogy.

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I'd say Geneforge. Less party management, for one thing. And the more limited numbers of spells and so forth make it less confusing as a newbie game. Plus each area has a discrete goal to work towards.
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Law Bringer
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I knew that Tyranicus would push Nethergate and it's remake Nethergate: Resurrection. Still if you like Avernum, then this is where the game engine started. You don't have to spend as many hours here to enjoy yourself.
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I started with Blades of Avernum, and I think it isn't a bad way to go. The scenario "Valley of the Dying Things" is a decent beginners' scenario that you can play all the way through on the demo, get a taste for Jeff's general role-playing system, and then decide whether you want to take on some of the longer games. All are pretty fun though - you really can't go wrong! :)
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I started with G1, then cycled through the rest of the Geneforge series.

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