Open-ended scenarios

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I've heard people comment on a few scenarios that they were "very linear," "not open ended," etc.

My question, then, is simple: what are some that are?

Lots of storyline branches would be a bonus, but a scenario with lots of side quests / dungeon-type places / etc. and doesn't force you to progress down the storyline in a linear fashion (e.g., A Perfect Forest - one-way teleporters and forced progressions make for a great plotline but not very open ended play) is the basic idea. The bigger (and wider level range accomodated), the better! Any cool scripted features that go along with the open ended concept would, of course, be even better.

Can anyone point me toward any scenarios of this sort? If there's nothing like I describe, what are some scenarios with relatively large amounts of side content, at the very least?
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There aren't many BoA scenarios with large plot forks. Probably ASR is the only one.

As for side content, Smoo's scenarios are known for letting you wander and having side dungeons. I'd recommend Magus of Cattalon. Exodus is pretty linear, but it has a ton of side content from what I remember (a ton of content in general) and is probably the only BoA scenario that even compares to the epics of BoE.

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Frostbite: Get It While It's...... Hot?
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Frostbite, A Small Rebellion, Shades of Gray, A Good Beginning, and Emerald Mountain are all fairly linear, but are open-ended. Diplomacy with the Dead branches out a bit and is open-ended as well. Backwater Calls, Magus of Cattalon, and Xerch'de are not open-ended, but you can follow multiple paths to the same goal. Mad Ambition is similar, but the path you take is pre-decided at the beginning of the scenario. Rats Aplenty and Where the Rivers Meet have plenty of side quests, as do Backwater Calls and Magus of Cattalon.

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AmnesiaWitch HuntWhere the Rivers MeetFoul Hordes
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Would you call Foul Hordes open ended?

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No, I would call Foul Hordes garbage.

The only thing that can describe Foul Hordes in it's true and absolute horror is an incredibly long string of profanity. I suggest you don't play it, though I recognize that by telling you such, you'll go off and play it just to see how bad it is.

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AmnesiaWitch HuntWhere the Rivers MeetFoul Hordes
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I don't know how to classify Foul Hordes. One one hand it's about as open ended as you can get. There is no plot to move you from place to place, just a blank outdoors and a ton of totally random (and totally awful) encounters.

But on the other hand it's linear in that no matter what you do you're travelling down the same path-- the path that ends with your uninstalling the scenario and cursing Sam Harada to your dying days.

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I suppose it's an open-ended scenario, just a really bad one.

Dikiyoba nominates Rats Aplenty and Embers of Rebellion as two less-linear scenarios definitely worth a playthrough.
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