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ADDITIONS: 1.) Baldur's Gate Adventurer's Companion Guide v1.01
(now with spelling errors fixed), 2.) Baldur's Gate II FAQ, 3.) Icewind
another remake of the good ol' site! Ok, maybe not that old. In fact,
the site's been around for only a little more than 3 months. I dare say
quite a lot has changed since then. Numerous additions, site changes etc.
The Baldur's Gate section is more or less complete and now features a
plethora of goodies, everything from maps, cap removers to solutions,
tips, guides...you name it. A big ×thank you× to all of the people who've
sent me e-mail with commendations. As always, if you have any questions
regarding Baldur's Gate (I or II), do not hesitate to mail me.
yet, I still manage to find stuff to add. The newest addition to Baldur's
Gate section is the Adventurer's Companion Guide. This guide is intended
for players who want to experience the game to its fullest and learn more
about the Forgotten Realms as they play. Remember all those books you
find in the game? If you're like me, you probably read most of them. But
the in-game format is not really handy for long term reading and you must
have the game running all the time if you want to read them. But wait,
there's a solution. The Companion Guide contains the text from ALL of
the books that can be found in the game, all neatly sorted into one Word
document. (Tip: Print the whole document, it makes an excellent bedtime
reading ;). Download it at Baldur's Gate section. As for the new FAQ,
well, I kinda noticed the previous one was a bit too limited. So I separated
the press release and the FAQ so you can read them one at a time (mind
you, the FAQ is HUGE :). Head to Baldur's Gate 2 section to read them.
was getting a lot of requests from people who wanted me to add their banner
to my site so I decided to make a Fan Links section (it will appear in
the Related Links section). So if you think you have a site worth seeing,
e-mail me and I'll check your site out and if I think it's suitable, I'll
add your banner. Some rules apply though: 1.) Your site must be in English
(use a spelling & grammar checker if you are having trouble with it),
2.) There should be NO broken links on the site, 3.) Banners shouldn't
be bigger than 450×100, 4.) Adding banners goes two ways. I add yours,
you add mine. Well, this is more or less it. If I think of anything else,
I'll post it here.
additions: Gawd...almost too many to list! I took
my time and put together a lot of stuff that's been patiently waiting
on my "to do" list for some time now. First, there's the Forgotten
Realms History section. It contains a wealth of background information
that will help people who aren't very familiar with the whole FR setting
to understand it a little better (if this is all new to you, I recommend
you start with the History of the Sisters of Light and Darkness).
second big addition is the Planescape: Torment section. Same as with the
Baldur's Gate section, I'll bring you the best stuff from the net I can
find. For starters, check out the glossary and tips for playing Torment.
The Gallery contains some very cool art too...with more to follow.
a small update today...I have a new Winamp skin in the Baldur's Gate section...very
cool. There's also a new poll as you can see ;).
additions: A new tip in Hints for playing Torment
txt, a new version of Planescape: Torment Character Control (v1.1.2) and
2 new guides/walkthroughs for Planescape: Torment. Get them from the PS:
Torment section. I added two new sections on this page. They appear as
links at the bottom of the Last week's poll results. The new sections
are Old News and Old Poll Results. Check em out and see what you've missed
if you haven't been around for some time.
additions: A new walkthrough for Torment by GameSpot
and TormentHack v1.0, which can edit savegames to modify your stats, items
etc. It's very small in size and not as user-friendly as Character Control,
but well worth the download. Now, for all of you who still play Baldur's
Gate, this is a thing you won't want to miss. Banelord sent me a collection
of chars (Sarevok, Elminster, Gorion etc.) that you can play with. They
have some impressive new spells and items. Download from the appropriate
additions: History of the Nameless One in PS: Torment
section and a custom made bookmark icon! Sorcerer's Place will be much
easier to find among your bookmarks now ;). In order for it to work, you
must delete your old bookmark and bookmark my site anew. It should appear
if you bookmark any of the main pages, that is the one you are reading
now, or BG and Torment section. Of course, you need the latest browser
in order for this to work...
additions: Planescape FAQ (put together from the info available
at the official site), PS: Torment Problems & Solutions (again, put together
by yours truly) AND a download link to the official patch! Rush to the
PS: Torment section :). Last but not least is the return of the EFnet
Channels section. Well, it's up again and this time, all of the information
in there is correct and up to date. Oh yeah...there's a new version of
the Official #BaldursGate History too (v1.4 already). I think I might
be nearing the final version soon hehe. So, go look, read all about it
and then join us at #BaldursGate on EFnet. Cya there!
additions: Nothing today (now that's a first ;).
There is a new poll though. And the first one about Torment too! I hope
you'll vote at least as much as you did last week, when the voting stopped
at 128 votes (highest yet). What can I say, keep it up :). You can see
the final results below in the Old Poll Results section.
Torment walkthrus! If you made one yourself or know of someone who might
want to contribute it, e-mail me! You will get full credit for it (not
to mention publicity). Same goes for ANYTHING related to Torment, whether
it be an NPC list with descriptions...whatever. I just don't have the
time to do everything so a little help would be appreciated.
additions: A new version of TormentHack (now v1.12)
and a game data browser called Infinity Explorer (current version is 0.2).
Check 'em out.
additions: Descriptions & stats for all the special
abilities of (N)PCs in Planescape: Torment and an updated Icewind Dale
FAQ. The first was taken straight from the boards and incorporated into
a new page. The Icewind Dale FAQ was updated with the new info that was
posted on the official site. It got a lot bigger since you last checked
so now might be the time to read it again ;). Most of the new stuff in
the FAQ was added below the question about the release date.
additions: An updated version of TormentHack (v1.14)
and two more creature characters for Baldur's Gate (a vampiric wolf and
winter wolf rangers). They were added to the collection that already existed
in the Baldur's Gate section on my site, so just download it from there.
additions: As you can see, I removed the buttons...I
hope you like the new menu. If you drag your mouse over a section some
useful info will pop up now ;). I also added a table with all of the NPCs
that can join you in Baldur's Gate, complete with their stats and locations.
Another update is the Infinity Explorer (now v0.35). Download it from
the Planescape: Torment section.
additions: A pack of powerful *dragon* characters
for Baldur's Gate (TOSC needed). You get three of them in one pack, a
Gold, Bronze and a Silver dragon. Thanks for those go to my faithful contributor,
Banelord! There's something new in the Planescape: Torment section as
well...a collection of quotes from the game, put together by fLiNk and
me. The list is not complete by far and if you have a quote you'd like
to see there, send it to me and you'll get the credit for it. This is
a minor update though, I intend to put up a lot of stuff about Torment
(and NWN) very soon, so stay tuned. Sigh...as you might have noticed the
new poll didn't fare well...almost no one voted so I decided to switch
back again (I guess the question was just too specific). So here you have
another poll, and make up for the lost votes in this one ;).
additions: Another *massive* update (whew, it took
some time to get all this done ;). Ok, let's start. First, there's a very
good new Planescape: Torment walkthrough entitled The Definitive (?) Planescape:
Torment Walkthrough. It was checked and updated by yours truly so you
can be sure it's worth downloading. Next is the excellent Planescape:
Torment FAQ/Walkthrough that contains (almost) everything you ever wanted
to know about PS: T. Now about factions...you might have noticed the gallery
I had in the Torment section. It didn't contain much except some very
cool pics of the faction leaders before, but here's the good news. I made
an entire new section called Sorcerer's Guide to All Things Factional
(pun intended ;) where you'll find detailed descriptions of all factions,
pictures of their factols/representatives and information how to join
them in the game. All of the above is available from the Planescape: Torment
section of course. There have also been a couple of new banner submissions
to the Related Links section so check that out too!
new page with some nice features in the EFnet Channels
section. It's called Top talkers and shows who chats the most in our main
channel. You're all invited to join us. There has been a minor update
to the Hints & Tricks page in the Baldur's Gate section among other
additions: An interesting story dealing with Lord
Soth. Yes, I know it isn't FR, but still. I think it's worth reading because
it's very well written. Since I don't have a separate section for Dragonlance
I put it at the bottom of the Forgotten Realms History page. Enjoy!
additions: In celebration of St. Patrick's Day and
an excuse to thank all of us for buying and playing Torment, the Torment
team made a cool modified Annah character you can put into your game.
Instructions for install are included with the file. As always, get it
from the Planescape: Torment section. I also found a site worth visiting
if you want to download some Baldur's Gate & Torment music. It probably
won't take long for it to be removed due to copyright violation, but still
;). Click here
to go there (you can extract music from both games with Acm2wav tool available
from my Baldur's Gate section too yourself, should that link fail).
I can hardly believe it but it's finally done. You're looking at the entirely
new/redesigned/updated/upgraded Sorcerer's Place (now with it's own domain
name too! ;). You wouldn't believe it if I told you how long and how much
work it took to convert everything, add new backgrounds, change colors,
add stuff... the list goes on for a mile. I won't even try to list everything
new, so you'll just have to see and experience it for yourself. A new
section I will mention though is the Fantasy Books section. This section
is very special to me, since the books I listed there are all my personal
favorites and I can guarantee you'll like them (or at least you should!
;). So whenever you feel like buying some good fantasy come here, more
books will be added constantly. Another new addition is the Guestbook.
Use it to tell me what you think of the site, if you're missing anything,
what you liked/didn't like... Whatever you can think of. Well that about
does it. As I said, look around, see what's new and enjoy!
additions: A very good Planescape: Torment skin
(best one I've seen yet) in the Planescape: Torment section and eleven
new books in the Fantasy Books section. Five are about Drizzt & co.
(continuation of the Icewind Dale trilogy), one is a sequel to the Daughter
of the Drow (Tangled Webs), three were added to the Elfshadow novel so
that now the whole series is up and another two that aren't part of any
Among other things is a change concerning the poll; I've decided to let
each one run for two weeks now. There are two reasons for this. One is
the fact that since cheating on the poll has been more or less eliminated
it gets a lot less votes now (I could set the poll to pop up and get more
votes that way but since people don't like them I won't) and the second
is the problem with getting new (read good) ideas for questions to ask.
Some folks from our channel have been helpful enough to provide me with
good questions in the past but it's really hard to find something I haven't
used yet. So again, I urge anybody that has a good idea for a poll question
to let me know (either in the guestbook, on IRC or by e-mail).
additions: A mailing list! Now you can get the news
concerning the site delivered straight to your mailbox. From now on all
news that will be posted here will also be sent out to all who subscribed
to the mailing list below (it's easy, you just need to type in your e-mail).
Updates are plenty so be sure to sign up. That way you'll be the first
to know when I come up with something new ;).
additions: Well, I wouldn't really call it a new
addition since the poll has been a kind of a trademark of this site for
quite a while but still... I decided to revert back to weekly poll (instead
of biweekly). It seems that over a period of one week just about everybody
sees and votes in the poll so it doesn't make much sense to leave the
same on run any longer. This week's poll is a multiple-choices one again
and is also set to pop up when the site is loaded so's that no one can
miss it ;). Well that about does if for the site part, since there hasn't
really been anything new to add. Still, I did find some things that you
might not have seen before and I think you'd want to check out.
has had some very interesting articles as a part of their "Dungeons
& Dragons" week so in case you missed out on that, click on the
links to see the previews of Icewind
Gate II and Neverwinter
Nights. If you're a Tolkien fan too (and you should be) then you must
take a look at the Lord
of the Rings movie trailer too.
additions: Something I'm sure you'll all like. I
have retouched the Icewind Dale section and added two* chat logs from
our EFnet Channel #icewinddale. We talked with Black Isle's own Scott
Warner, a designer hard at work on Icewind Dale. The topics we covered
were Icewind Dale (of course), Planescape: Torment and a lot of other
things that came to our minds at that moment. Read all about it in the
Icewind Dale section.
just added another short chat log with Scott. The reason it's so short
is because he had a meeting to attend and couldn't stay around and chat
for long. He did say he'll try to come back after the meeting though,
so I'll ask him what the meeting was all about later. Another thing you
might've noticed is a change of backgrounds (about time eh?). Ah yes...in
the spirit of anticipation of Baldur's Gate II you could say ;)
23, 2000 - News
additions: Where should I start? If you visit Sorcerer's
Place regularly (and you should!) you will probably notice quite a lot
of new additions, but let's start at the beginning. A new addition to
the Planescape: Torment section is the Story of Torment by Rhys Hess (who
also wrote the excellent History of Nameless One), a recommended reading
for all berks out there. And since it's Easter (Happy Easter everyone!),
the Torment Team cooked up another nice surprise for us. Remember Leprechaun
Annah? Well now we also have Easter Egg Morte! Download the egghead for
the game and the Basket-o-Morte wallpaper now!
Moving on to the Icewind Dale section, we have a brand new (well almost)
chat log with Scott Warner up and a FAQ with corrections to reflect the
fact that the 1st quarter of the year is gone and there is still no Icewind
Dale so I set the release date to the end of June (it will hopefully be
released by then).
at the Baldur's Gate II section... I finally made it a real section with
more than the FAQ (which has also been updated here and there) and the
press release. Now you can download and read the chat logs with the BioWare
dev team (although reading the FAQ is probably a preferred choice since
the chat sucked at any rate). And no, we still didn't get the official
Aye, thar be Dragons in Baldur's Gate II (even though we all KNOW that
they will be in ;).
the greatest work I'm currently working on (or time consuming if you will)
is the Sorcerer's Guide to Kits. The main page with class/kit descriptions
is finished and the bard kits are done too, so check it out. I will be
adding all of the kits listed there and also descriptions of specialized
wizards very soon (i.e. check back every few hours).
far as the other parts of the site are concerned there have also been
quite a lot of changes. Some new links have been added to the Related
Links section and the fan sites have been separated from the official
ones for easier navigation. I have finally gotten rid of the last legacy
part of my old site, that is the Various Links. No, it hasn't been removed,
more like remade. All the links that are there now have been verified,
a lot of them were removed and many new ones added.
this about covers it (the biggest update ever huh?). I've also decided
to let this page become a bit bigger and won't be moving the news to the
Old News section every other day (although they will end up there eventually).
Comments are, as always, welcome.
24, 2000 - News
additions: Some new links were added to the Related
Links section and more kits to the Sorcerer's Guide to Kits (Bard, Cleric
and Druid are finished now). More will be added every day until it's complete,
other news (if not exactly additions) are the Top Ten Baldur's Gate and
Top Ten Planescape: Torment buttons (thanks for reminding me, Kamil).
If you like the site and find it a useful resource then please vote for
Sorcerer's Place. Since I've only put them up today it'll be a tough fight
against the sites that have been there for months, so we need all the
votes we can get. Click at will please! ;)
28, 2000 - News**
additions: Sorcerer's Guide to Kits is nearing completion.
There are only six more kits to add and it should be finished by Saturday.
Recently added to the guide were the Wizard Specialists. Those are not
exactly kits, but since wizards won't be getting any special new kits
a closer look at the schools of magic is in order, especially since they'll
be implemented right in Baldur's Gate II (or so I hear).
neat addition is the Elminster Scripts page where I've listed all the
scripts your favorite bot is currently running in #baldursgate and #IcewindDale
on EFnet. Finally, all you chat regulars will be able to bring out it's
full potential (for better or worse heh). Check it out in the IRC EFnet
you can't wait for Icewind Dale to ship (don't we all), check out this
preview at CGO! First one in ages that actually tells you something
you haven't heard fifty times before.
additions: Brian Frappier informed me that he has
made two savegame editors; one for Baldur's Gate and one for Planescape:
Torment. Look for BGEdit and TormEdit in the appropriate sections of the
site. Three new kits have also been added to the Sorcerer's Guide to Kits
(Ranger kits this time), so we now have only three more to go. Related
Links section got another makeover and a new site or two added.
even more additions: Damn, this has been an interesting
day. I read these two articles and the first one (interview
with Scott Warner, an Icewind Dale designer) was kinda refreshing,
so I decided to put it here for you to check out. The second (a
report on recent godly activity) was so funny that I decided I just
HAVE to promote it a bit. Enjoy ;)
30, 2000 - News
additions: Sorcerer's Guide to Kits is finally
complete. The latest addition are the thief kits and BioWare's notice
that 3 new classes from 3rd edition D&D will also be included in Baldur's
Gate II (Barbarian, Monk and Sorcerer). Check it out in Baldur's Gate
notified me that he completed the remake of Librarius
Ex Balduran 2 which can now be accessed online at his site (the link is
in the Baldur's Gate section).
Sorry about this week's poll. I had to use a replacement because the regular
one's servers were down for a few hours and it turned out worse than I
expected (the poll was down for like a day). Sigh. Hopefully, this is
the first, last and only time this happened.
7, 2000 - News
additions: A new version of probably the best Baldur's
Gate walkthrough out there, The Definitive Baldur's
Gate Walkthrough, now version 3.0. That's about it as far as new downloads
go (it's been a slow week really).
for some of the more interesting news regarding the eagerly awaited CRPGs.
GA-RPG has some new
Icewind Dale concept artwork and screenshots up on their site, which
you should check out. Elfan at Ice
Winds of Dale has interviewed David Ray, software engineer over at
Black Isle Studios. They talked about what Mr. Ray's ordinary day looks
like and about some programming issues. Incite has a new
Baldur's Gate II mpg movie on their site. Download it, but I can't
guarantee that you'll be able to see (or hear) much since it was very
poorly recorded (and I downloaded the 15 MB version...).
13, 2000 - News
additions: Some downloads were added to the Baldur's
Gate section. Now you can download all the patches for Baldur's Gate and
Tales of the Sword Coast directly from here. I've also added BioWare's
Script Compiler, a tool you can use to create your own custom character
were some interesting new developments regarding Baldur's Gate II this
week. GameSpot has a short
but interesting report on it along with 9
new screenshots (crappy small size but still) and a great
new mpg movie (it puts the one on Incite to shame). It's also 15 MB
in size but well worth the download. Another site worth checking out is
the RPG Arena - they have about 10
new screenshots of Baldur's Gate II.
forgetting Icewind Dale, here's something for you to drool over. GA-RPG
new screenshots and 5 new character portraits looking mighty fine.
Diablo II, say aaargh!
I'm aware that all TeamBG utilities that are not stored on this site will
not download. The problem is not on this end though, but in the fact that
the official TeamBG site is down. As soon as it will be back up all of
the files will be replaced with newer version and links fixed.
14, 2000 - News
additions: Aside from the new poll (and last
week's poll results) not much. I rewrote the EFnet Channels section
with some updated info that actually reflects the situation now that I've
left #baldursgate (Official #BaldursGate history was also corrected).
The new channel now is #sorcerers, and guess what? Yes, you're all invited.
All the info on how to join the chats can be found here.
also a new
E3 Icewind Dale mpg movie that I didn't list yesterday so check it
out now if you haven't already. It's size is 12 MB (unzipped) and it's
every bit as good as the one of Baldur's Gate II I posted yesterday. Drool
some more I guess :).
19, 2000 - News
final (?) version of the Definitive Planescape:
Torment Walkthrough. I've gone through it again for the last time and
updated it in all places where needed and I can safely say that it is
complete now. A small addition was made to the Baldur's Gate II section,
a report from E3 on Baldur's Gate II. Note that those were both uploaded
a few days ago but I didn't make a new entry here just for that (in case
you were wondering).
been getting more mail lately telling me that the TeamBG linked files
don't work... As I've said here before I'm aware of that but there's nothing
I can do until their servers go back online (I was assured that it was
just temporary but it's been over two weeks now). In the meantime I've
marked in red all of the files on my site that aren't available right
now, so that you'll know what doesn't work. But if you're desperate to
get some of their tools check the temporary
TeamBG site but note that a lot of the tools are still missing from
I've been browsing through the CRPG news in the last few days I was very
surprised to find out that there is STILL no major site covering Pool
of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (or Pool of Radiance 2 if you want).
With the game scheduled to release this winter this is quite concerning.
Some of you who have played the original Pool of Radiance more than 10
years ago still remember the title and know what it is (was) all about,
so for you it'll suffice to say that a new pool of radiance has opened
beneath Myth Drannor (no cliché at all here) and it's up to you,
yes you to stop it. Oh by the way, guess who's doing the recruiting? Yes,
it's the old meddling I-love-red-robes Elminster (again).
game will be using 3rd Edition D&D rules which allow for many new
options, including class blending. It will use lushly painted 2D textures
as backgrounds but all objects, characters, enemies and structures will
be 3D in nature. The look will be 3/4 isometric (like Diablo) and similar
to Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment. You will be able to control
a party of up to 6. Setting is the ancient elven city of Myth Drannor,
now an abandoned ruin with plenty of dungeons for you to explore.
order to promote the game a bit I've listed a few links you should check
official PoR site, Daily
Radar preview, Computer
Games Online preview part 1, part
2 and an E3
Mattel report (Myst 3 and Pool of Radiance).
25, 2000 - News
starters, a simple character generation reference for Baldur's Gate by
Corey Armstrong. TeamBG site seems to have settled at their new domain,
so I've relinked all of the files that were listed as unavailable again
so that they work now. New versions of all of their utilities were added
(check out Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment sections for the new
stuff). Last week's poll results
are also available now.
posted a new
Neverwinter Nights movie a few days ago. It's 14.2MB and well worth
(GamespotTV) has a short
article along with a ton of movies from Baldur's Gate II up on their
site (or so I read). I couldn't actually get any of those movies running
no matter what I did. Ok, I'm lying. I DID see the 30 second commercial
add, but unfortunately it didn't do anything for me (hehe). Give it a
shot, maybe it'll work for you.
(but not least) is Icewind Dale. Daily Radar is having an "Icewind
Dale Week". They'll be showing movies of the game, music previews
and interviews with the BIS folks making the game. Don't miss that one.
(yea, the guys who made all those BG/PS:T editors and the experience cap
remover) are putting together an unofficial Baldur's Gate addon called
"Dark Side of the Sword Coast" (how appropriate). It is an unauthorized
add-on mission pack similar in nature to TotSC. Speaking of which, you
are required to have TotSC already installed and fully patched prior to
installing DSotSC. Currently DSotSC is in "closed beta" testing with an
expected/hopeful release date of sometime next week.
be able to get it from my site as soon as it will be released. Meanwhile
check out the official Dark
Side of the Sword Coast site. If you want to skip straight to some
screenshots of it, check out Soldier
29, 2000 - News
a new poll as you can see, and YES I know, I've done that one already
(I'm beating myself over the head because I forgot as it is). But judging
by the results now, the outcome won't be the same as it was the last time
so it's not so bad. The results of the last week's favorite Planescape:
Torment NPC poll are available here.
has an interesting interview
with J.E. Sawyer about Icewind Dale. Hungry for more Icewind Dale
previews? See what FiringSquad
writes about it.
on to Baldur's Gate II. FiringSquad (again) has a small
preview of it. For a somewhat more extensive report on Baldur's Gate
II check this E3
coverage at PCGame Review. Quote from that one: Some favorite characters
return, such as Minsc, along with less popular characters, such as Imoen
and Jaheira. Imoen a less popular character? Which reality are those guys
like no one is devoting much text to Neverwinter Nights so here you have
few more mpg movies. I haven't checked them out yet, so I couldn't
say what they're like (no kidding). Download them anyway.
5, 2000 - News
Baldur's Gate section has been updated with Dark Side of the Sword Coast,
an unofficial addon for the game, released by TeamBG. No direct links
to TeamBG's tools are available anymore, due to the fact that their new
host doesn't allow direct linking to files, so you'll have to rummage
around their site and find what you need for yourself.
added a log from a chat RPG Vault had with the developers of Icewind Dale
and I must say that this one is a lot more interesting than the one about
Baldur's Gate II. There's also an Icewind Dale Winamp skin available for
the new poll indicates, there are going to be a lot of changes at Sorcerer's
Place. The text you're reading right now should already be loading from
the GA (Gamer's Alliance) servers, my new host (sorry about the poll change/site
update delay, we had some slight complications ;). This week's poll will
be a guideline for me as to what people would like to see here, and I'll
do my best to provide all that.
the poll I've listed some of the most commonly expressed wishes that were
relayed to me via e-mail and the guestbook, but if you have anything else
to add, please leave a comment after you vote in the poll (scroll to the
bottom of the results window and use the form there).
are some links you wouldn't want to miss here. Let's start with Icewind
Dale - RPG Vault has posted an Icewind
Dale Interview (it's a mile long, but quite interesting) and an Icewind
Dale Preview (a bit shorter, with some new screenshots). CNET Gamecenter
also had a sneak
peek at Icewind Dale.
is offering exclusive
Baldur's Gate II gameplay footage and producer interviews originally
aired on the incite PC Gaming CD-ROM for download at their site. Don't
let the incorrect mpeg size posted on their site fool you, though. That
baby is 48.5 MB in size! (I hope I'll be able download it before the game
is released :p).
for some info on the title that is getting far too little attention due
to the Bioware/BIS CRPG mania (don't get me wrong, but I keep getting
the feeling that everyone is ignoring the new Pool of Radiance and I don't
see any valid reasons for that).
check out 5
new PoR: Ruins of Myth Drannor screenshots at ZDnet Gamespot. To satisfy
you curiosity, Wizards of the Coast have 3
interviews with the game developers. Things discussed: The
Ruins of Myth Drannor: a 3rd Edition D&D game, Fighters
and their feats and Animating
8, 2000 - News
new chat log with the Baldur's Gate II development team has been added
to the BGII section of the site, along with an updated Frequently Asked
noticed (a bit late) that some of the pages displayed rather awkward in
resolutions higher than 800×600. Hopefully I've found all of these
and corrected the errors, but if there's still anything I missed please
let me know. Some minor things (like double spacing on some pages) have
also been fixed, as well as centered text alignment on this page. Thanks
go to Tom for pointing those things out.
never-ending movie saga continues. incite put another new
Icewind Dale mpeg on their site for download. They also have two Neverwinter
Nights movies (movie
#1 and movie
#2) there, to make it even more interesting. If you have a really
fast connection or maybe enjoy modern-day torture techniques (i.e. dial-up)
MB of Neverwinter Nights movies over at Daily Radar (a 30 minute presentation
chopped into 19 separate clips).
12, 2000 - News
week's poll results (not to mention comments and witty remarks) are available
has a poll where you can vote for Icewind Dale. The question is: If you
could only afford one of these games this summer, which would you buy?
Vote for you-know-what here.
out some new Pool of Radiance screenshots at CNET
Gamecenter and a PoR2
preview at Daily Radar.
14, 2000 - News
happy to announce that I have completed the installation of the message
boards and that they are now fully operational. They cover all of
the games I have sections for here, plus the new Pool of Radiance (I hope
the new design will be finished soon, so that I can make a new section
usage of the boards is very simple and shouldn't represent any problems.
Once you register on them, you will receive a password in your e-mail
and that's it. You're now ready to begin posting. All site comments, suggestions
and such should be posted in the Whatnots forum.
if you have a question regarding any of the games, a comment you would
like the world to read, a moral dilemma or anything else deemed even remotely
interesting you would like to share with the rest of us, please don't
hesitate to. I hope that this will help bring more interactivity to Sorcerer's
Place and that you will find the Boards O' Magick useful and helpful (not
to mention fun).
case you are wondering, I will be moderating all of them (for the time
being). The nick I will use there is Taluntain.
you all at the Boards
a new guide at the Icewind Dale section, written by a Icewind Dale designer
John Deiley. It is a strategy
guide describing the four basic classes (fighters, clerics, wizards and
thieves) and how they should be used in the game, plus some typical strategy
tips. Note that this guide could apply to any Bioware/BIS CRPG, not just
has a preview
of Icewind Dale up on their site, along with a couple of new screenshots.
Won't be long now.
the other hand, Neverwinter Nights still seems awfully far away, but news
about it keep trickling in anyway. If you missed most of it or don't even
know what Neverwinter Nights is, check out the Neverwinter
Nights Intelligence Report at RPG Vault. They also included 6 screenshots
two links are only semi-related to CRPGs, but they were very fun to read
and I'm sure you'll think so too. Check out GameSpot's
TenSpot The Ten Best Female Characters (you will find Annah among
them) and GameSpot's
TenSpot The Ten Best Sidekicks (they didn't forget Morte).
19, 2000 - News
can read the last week's poll results here.
late than never, check out Voodoo
Extreme's interview with Scott Greig from the Neverwinter Team. They
discuss the engine powering their upcoming 3D accelerated role-playing
game, Neverwinter Nights (no kidding).
of the Coast have a new
Pool of Radiance interview available for your reading pleasure. This
month Jonathan Kromrey (Producer) "rages" about the barbarian class and
discusses the game’s presentation at the E3 show in May.
24, 2000 - News
a long time I have found another walkthrough for Baldur's Gate. This one
is rather short, because it describes the shortest way possible to finish
the game. Added to the walkthrough is a list of some subquests you might
want to check out. Look for it in the Baldur's Gate section.
Icewind Dale section has two new additions. First is the log of the yesterday's
chat sponsored by BGC with the Icewind Dale development team (Black Isle
Studios). I edited the log and fixed some of the worst spelling I've seen
in a long time, all for your convenience, of course ;). (Bad spelling
being attributed to the Norwegians asking questions, no doubt).
addition is a short guide called "Icewind Dale Spell Strategy".
As you might have guessed, it describes which spells are most useful for
the three types of spellcasters (mages, clerics and druids). This first
installment of the guide describes the spells your characters should use
at low levels (1-3). Credit for this one goes to Josh Sawyer (BIS).
a proof that crack does bad things to one's brain, here is an article
from GameSpy. They're accusing Boo (you know Boo, Minsc's hamster) of
some horrible things, global domination™ included. See Boo
the threat to all humankind and decide for yourself (scroll to the
bottom of the page).
now that we are past the comic relief for today you might as well check
out this Pool
of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor reader interview with the producer
Jon Kromrey. The catch is that here the IGN readers asked the interview
questions themselves. But don't let that fact turn you off, because it
is an excellent interview with well picked questions.
but not least is an editorial that caught my eye at Planet Neverwinter.
It is entitled "Persistent
Worlds doomed from the Start?" and it offers an interesting perspective
on the ever-popular power gaming that we are experiencing in computer
27, 2000 - News
Dale Gone Gold!
Isle Studios, the role-playing game division of Interplay Entertainment
Corp. (NASDAQ: IPLY), announced today that their latest computer game
venture, Icewind Dale(tm), A Baldur's Gate(tm) engine adventure has gone
gold! In the spirit of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons(r) adventure Tomb
of Horrors, Icewind Dale is a classic dungeon crawl. It incorporates the
award-winning gameplay elements from Baldur's Gate, offering players a
chance to hone their combat skills while exploring the enormous caverns
and dungeons beneath the Forgotten Realms(r). Icewind Dale was developed
in-house at Black Isle, and will be available at retail for Windows(r)
95/98-based computers soon.
the award-winning BioWare Infinity Engine(tm) developed by BioWare for
Baldur's Gate, players create a party of adventurers in the frigid north
to combat monstrous cyclopses and frost giants that dwarf the player characters
as they search for an evil lying deep within the Spine of the World. Icewind
Dale offers character advancements from levels one through 15 in the most
recent adaptation of the AD&D(r) rules under license from Wizards of the
all goes according to plan, you will be able to see Icewind Dale in stores
by the end of this week.
1, 2000 - News
not, for Sorcerer's Place is still here. There have been some problems
with the servers today, so probably everyone who was trying to access
the site in the last 24 hours had no luck. Hopefully, this won't turn
into a weekly event (hehe).
might have read the Icewind Dale FAQ before, but you should give it another
shot. I updated it with all the new info yesterday, so that it now reflects
the fact that the game is out of development (and into heavy bug fixing
anyone is/will be working on an Icewind Dale walkthrough/whatever, contact
me and I will make sure that your work will get plenty of exposure (and
you all the credit, of course).
3, 2000 - News
Planescape: Torment section received an addition in the form of a new
walkthrough entitled the Unofficial Guide to
Planescape: Torment. It's a big chunk of text, so if you're into details,
check it out. By the way, it's in the pdf format (I have no idea why would
anyone want to put plain text in pdf) so make sure you have the Acrobat
Reader before you download it. If anyone feels like converting it to txt,
please let me know.
poll's cleverly annotated results are available in the usual place. (Here
for all you neophytes).
6, 2000 - News
I finally converted Sylvus' Icewind Dale Solution
to fit my pages here and I must say it's looking very impressive
(forgive me some html errors I made while at it, it'll be fixed when the
new site design is up).
As you have probably guessed by now, a good friend of mine (you might
have noticed him helping on my Icewind
Dale forum, he goes by the name of Sylvus Moonbow) made a kickass
walkthrough for the hottest CRPG in town at the moment. The solutions
for Prologue and Chapter 1 are already there, and additional chapters
will be added regularly, so check back often!
can jump directly to it here.
8, 2000 - News
decided to post this reply to all who keep me busy with tons of e-mail,
so here goes.
I am aware of the fact that the links to TeamBG's download pages do not
work. Unfortunately, I've changed them more than three times already,
but they kept changing them every couple of days or so. I hope they've
finally settled down now. In the meanwhile you can get their tools (including
the new Icewind Dale editor) here.
might be wondering why I haven't fixed them here myself... Well the thing
is, I'm currently in the process of converting this entire site's content
to match the new look and feel that the new design will add. So I've decided
not to update these pages here anymore, because hopefully in a day or
two I'll have converted at least the stuff that is available here now
(to add all the extra new content you'll have to wait a bit longer. ;)
short: if you liked Sorcerer's Place as it is now, you're going to love
the new look and feel (thanks for all the kind words and support to everyone
whom it concerns, you are the best and I wouldn't have made it this far
new poll will only be temporary too, because after I'll get the new layout
online, I'll change the poll code too (probably, depends on the outcome
of the poll below).
poll question will therefor be:
How do you prefer the weekly poll to be implemented in the new Sorcerer's
Site-embedded (no pop-up, but with a lot less options and space for the
questions or answers in the sidebar, which consequently means less interesting
Pop-up (same as now, meaning I have a lot more space for the questions
and answers, which makes for more interesting polls but can be annoying
at times; though this way the poll would only pop-up when you checked
the Site News, but would remain inactive on the main, Current News, page).