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Myrthos August 30th, 2007 15:09

Avernum 4
 
Avernum is a nation underground. Its pale people live in endless miles of tunnels, pits, and gigantic caverns. Some come to Avernum to work the mines. Others come to hunt monsters for their treasure. And some risk life in the underworld because it is the only place where a person can be free from the total rule of the Empire.
But life in Avernum just became a lot more dangerous. All at once, everything has gone wrong. The savages and dark creatures of the lower tunnels, once beaten into submission, have returned. Gigantic beasts, shielded by powerful magic, have taken up residence in the cities, wandering and killing at random. And normally peaceful citizens have been afflicted by a strange, overwhelming paranoia, making even regular townsfolk unpredictable and dangerous.

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VPeric August 30th, 2007 15:09

This is fun stuff. I was wondering, though, would it be possible to play through the game solo? If so, anyone have any idea on what I'd need, or what kind of character to create?

Elwro September 4th, 2007 21:18

From what I remember about the Spiderweb Software boards, there were quite a few people soloing through the Avernum series. I'd try asking here:

http://www.ironycentral.com/cgi-bin/…ubb=forum;f=20

narpet September 4th, 2007 21:36

A great game!

I have read of many people going it solo… but I can't imagine doing it without cheating… I had a hard time finishing the game with a full party… it's very tough at the end.

But I loved every minute of that game…

VPeric September 4th, 2007 22:25

Yeah, saw those forums, but didn't notice a way to search for older topics, and, well, didn't feel like registering so I figured I'd ask here instead.

narpet September 4th, 2007 22:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by VPeric (Post 43761)
Yeah, saw those forums, but didn't notice a way to search for older topics, and, well, didn't feel like registering so I figured I'd ask here instead.

Check out this thread… it has a lot of ideas for you if you want to run a solo game…

Read the whole thread and you will get some useful advice.

VPeric September 4th, 2007 23:02

Thanks a bunch!

Dhruin September 5th, 2007 01:26

Just curious: why? I'm a huge Spiderweb fan but I think a party is needed to add tactics and depth to the (otherwise simplistic) combat; is it the difficulty you like and does that make up for otherwise straight-forward solo combat encounters?

VPeric September 5th, 2007 14:28

Mostly challenge, but I also dislike playing with parties, and prefer a single character.

Pladio September 5th, 2007 16:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by VPeric (Post 43898)
Mostly challenge, but I also dislike playing with parties, and prefer a single character.

I believe that's because of the Roleplaying aspect of the game ?!
It's hard to immerse yourself in a game where you have four personalities except if you like being schizophrenic, that's actually why I mostly prefer playing one person.

VPeric September 5th, 2007 16:22

Yep, exactly!Here's the thread where I say just that and ask about RPGs with a single character. ;)

txa1265 September 5th, 2007 16:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pladio (Post 43912)
It's hard to immerse yourself in a game where you have four personalities except if you like being schizophrenic, that's actually why I mostly prefer playing one person.

I tend towards single player because of my FPS history, but find that by playing the main character and assuming identities for others (in cases where the game doesn't give them personalities) you can role play decently.

Dhruin September 6th, 2007 05:39

Fair enough. I much prefer having more options in combat than just being more difficult. I might feel differently with Avernum 5's battle disciplines, which should give more active skills to work with.

Pladio September 6th, 2007 14:24

I actually like the tactical aspect of having multiple characters in a TB combat system, but I don't like the feeling of having multiple personalities.

mntthompson September 15th, 2007 05:25

Hi, I'm new to the game and I am having a problem. First it was one party member, then two, and now three of them won't fight during battles. What is wrong? Can anyone help me? Thanks, Tracy

Dhruin September 15th, 2007 07:52

Can't think of anything, Tracy. I'll think about it and post later.

MudsAnimalFriend September 17th, 2007 13:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by mntthompson (Post 45278)
Hi, I'm new to the game and I am having a problem. First it was one party member, then two, and now three of them won't fight during battles. What is wrong? Can anyone help me? Thanks, Tracy

That happens to me sometimes, albeit infrequently. The game locks on one party member and the others never get any turns. I don't know why this happens, but I've found that if I reload this resolves the problem. If you're stuck in combat and haven't saved in a while then run away save and reload. You can use to character editor to revive any unfairly killed party members.

Dhruin September 17th, 2007 13:55

I think the issue might be encumbrance. The OP also posted at the Spiderweb forums, so I guess she already has that answer.

samueleric March 15th, 2010 10:35

Avernum 4 changed the ice spell into a firestorm-sized aoe.

I actually like the Exile games more than what I've played of the Avernum series. Only having four people in my party just feels weird, and I prefered having a whole bunch of spells over just having a few upgradable ones. I loved hacking my way through an Aranea lair and finding a Minor Mana spell hidden in its depths; a mere upgrade to something I already have isn't anywhere near as interesting.

Do the GIFTS show up in Avernum 4 anywhere?…


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