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March 1st, 2010, 16:09
Ok, Spoilers for how to eek out the most experience from a few of the earlier quests:
Most important spoiler: Talk to Richard and mindread him. It costs 400 xp, but you'll get insight into how he is ripping every one off with his goblin hunting offer. He'll give you full gold and XP for all hearts, so don't kill any goblins till you've got the quest and have mindread him. I ended up with 16 hearts at 150 each xp and gold and that adds up quick!
When clearing the tavern tell Louis that it was a little male bonding or whatever that got out of hand. Be kind to the drunks and they'll reward you by giving you access to a dungeon that is otherwise inaccessable. It's the door next to the town's chapel. After clearing out the treasure in said dungeon, you can then turn the drunks in to Louis by telling him that they narked on his hidey-hole.
Champions vs New Order-If you ask Richard for something more challenging than goblins, he'll ask you to get rid of the New Order guards protecting the livestock at Jackson's Farm. I'd hold off doing this quest at all until you've killed every goblin in Broken Valley. Make this the last quest you solve before moving away from Broken Valley permanently. Killing Richard instead of the New Order offers the better rewards. Richard wears better gear than the soldiers.
Final tip-Don't worry about opening locked chests in the early game. You'll get more useful stuff later, because chests level with your character. You can open the pots, barrels, crates, etc. because that stuff only increases moderately, if at all. I generally kill everything I can before accepting any quests, except for the goblin quest from Richard. Why? You get more xp for kills at lower levels, while quest rewards get better as you level. It's a no-brainer. Save before turning in quests. If you don't like the rewards, reload. The rewards will all be of the same basic level, but some charms/enchantments are much better than others. If you're a spell slinger, you want magic damage enchants and charms. Blue lettering is charms and pink/red lettering is enchants. Try to get a weapon with one of each and you'll see your spells become devastating.
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