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Which NPC in Baldur's Gate did you think was the most annoying?
(of 67 respondents) 9% Khalid, 51% Jaheira, 3% Minsc, 27% Xan, 6% Tiax,
4% Ajantis. And as I suspected, you were most annoyed by Jaheira. Even
though Xan was in the lead for some time, he was no match for the widely
(un)popular fighter/druid ;). The people have spoken.
Which of the listed games that *should* be released this year will you
screwed up this one as you might have noticed. I have copy/pasted the
same poll results twice so I don't have the original results anymore.
If anyone remembers the exact outcome (or you have that old index page
in a temp dir somewhere) please e-mail me. I'll give you credit for retrieving
it ;). If I remember right, the choices were Icewind Dale, Diablo 2, Baldur's
Gate II and All of the above. The last option and BG II got the most votes.
Who do you think was the toughest to defeat in BG?
72 respondents) 38% Sarevok, 22% Demon Knight, 17% Spider Queen, 0% Bandit
camp leaders, 18% Wolfwares on Balduran's ship, 6% Kobold Commandos at
Firewine. Well I did expect Sarevok to win of course :p, but it seems
that Demon Knight gave you a hard time too. Total losers are Bandit camp
leaders with exactly 0 votes.
Which do you think is the coolest new monster that will appear in BG2?
80 respondents) 8% Vampire, 4% Troll, 4% Djinni, 10% Mind Flayer, 36%
Beholder, 39% Dragon. Ha, as I suspected the dragon won. But I could say,
only by a fraction of an inch. Beholder was even in the lead for some
time. Hell, just get me BG II on time...I can't wait :).
Which race will your main character in Baldur's Gate II belong to?
128 respondents) 45% Human, 2% Halfling, 37% Elf, or Half-Elf, 1% Gnome,
2% Dwarf, 14% Half-Orc. Hmm, now there's a result I did not expect to
see. At first it seemed that the Elf, or Half-Elf will lead by far. But
somewhere in the middle of the week Human started to get more and more
votes and eventually, it won. Although as the poll clearly shows, people
will play with the new race (Half-Orc) introduced to BG II quite a lot
too. It seems all of the other races aren't popular at all (or maybe just
not as the main characters)?
What do you like the most about Planescape: Torment?
209 respondents) 20% Interesting NPCs, 32% Excellent story, 7% Cool weapons,
13% Planescape multiverse, 11% Music and sounds, 17% Morte. Much to my
surprise, this poll got the most votes yet. It seems that there are really
many PS: Torment fans out there :). Now about the results...they came
out a bit different at the end than they were at the start. It seems the
first half of the week the people's favorites were Interesting NPCs and
Morte. Excellent story started winning a while later, but hasn't been
defeated since. And I must say that I wholeheartedly agree with this one,
Excellent story really deserves a special mention. The looser? Weapons
which were not that cool after all...Oh well, can't beat em all.
How do you feel about creating your entire, six-person, party at the beginning
of Icewind Dale?
135 respondents) 47% Cool!, 3% Sucks!, 47% I'll have to wait and see,
4% I won't play Icewind Dale. Wow...I never would've imagined that there'd
be a tie. It seems people like the idea of creating the entire party at
the start of the game just as much as they are still skeptical about it.
I guess we'll all have to wait and see for ourselves :). Only a handful
of people thought that the idea sucked, and some probably don't care since
they won't play it at all. But they are in minority and it looks like
Icewind Dale will be every bit as popular as Baldur's Gate was.
What do you think the future computer role playing games should be like?
151 respondents) 62% 2D + 3D special effects (BG II), 32% Entirely 3D
(Neverwinter Nights), 6% Entirely 2D (BG and Icewind Dale). Well one thing
is certain...2D only is out. Although it still might have seemed fine
only a year ago it is now time to move on. Almost everyone has 3D acceleration
available these days, and it's only logical that we want to put it at
a good use. But here's the catch...only about one third of people believe
that CRPGs should be entirely 3D. This poll's winner is therefore 2D +
3D, which is also the best choice in my opinion, because I don't believe
that you can show a very detailed world in 3D (and that is a must for
RPGs). But then again...Neverwinter Nights might surprise us (the skeptical
two thirds of voters that is ;).
Which computer RPG are you anticipating the most?
377 respondents) 23% Neverwinter Nights, 17% Diablo II, 17% Icewind Dale,
36% Baldur's Gate II, 7% Pool of Radiance II. Hmm, another VERY popular
poll judging by the number of votes :p. Well there's not much to tell
about this one since the numbers speak for themselves. Obviously Baldur's
Gate II is the one we're all waiting for (more than one third of us anyway).
Not far behind is Neverwinter Nights which is also a highly anticipated
game. Third place is shared by Diablo II and Icewind Dale which are both
equally anticipated. The last place goes to Pool of Radiance II which
is not very anticipated I guess. Is it because it was only recently announced?
Or because we're all so loyal to BioWare and Black Isle? ;)
Who was your favorite NPC in Baldur's Gate?
115 respondents) Imoen(28) 24%, Minsc(27) 23%, Coran(12) 10%, Xan(8) 7%,
Kivan(6) 5%, Ajantis(5) 4%, Dynaheir(3) 3%, Tiax(4) 3%, Jaheira(3) 3%,
Viconia(3) 3%, Edwin(2) 2%, Garrick(2) 2%, Khalid(2) 2%, Quayle(2) 2%,
Shar Teel(2) 2%, Xzar(2) 2%, Kagain(1) 1%, Alora(1) 1%, Branwen(1) 1%,
Safana(1) 1% and all others (Eldoth Kron, Faldorn, Montaron, Skie and
Yeslick 0%). Hmm, for once I set up a poll where there was absolutely
no way to cheat since some joker started pumping up Xan's votes to 20
(I bumped 'em back down ;). So I think this is the right picture. Imoen
was our favorite it seems (mine at least), but she won only by 1 vote.
Next in line is the lovable idiot Minsc with Boo the miniature giant space
hamster. Another very popular NPC was Coran. 4th place goes to Xan...yes
Xan...don't ask me how but so it is :p. 5th place goes to Kivan, 6th to
Ajantis and so on. Some of the other NPCs weren't popular at all, but
that's because most of them are evil I guess. Well the good news is, Imoen
will be in BG II (Minsc likewise) so we'll have a chance to see our favorites
Which were your weapons of choice in BG? (i.e. you think there should
be more of them in BG II)
258 respondents) Long Sword(37) 14%, Composite Bow(35) 14%, Bastard Sword(23)
9%, Two-Handed Sword(22) 9%, Scimitar(17) 7%, Crossbow(14) 5%, Warhammer(12)
5%, Battle Axe(11) 4%, Sling(11) 4%, Long Bow(10) 4%, Quarterstaff(10)
4%, Halberd(9) 3%, Throwing Axe(8) 3%, Mace(6) 2%,Staff-Spear(6) 2%, Dagger(5)
2%, Morning Star(4) 2%, Short Sword(4) 2%, Throwing Dagger(3) 1%, Dart(3)
1%, Flail(3) 1%, Spear(2) 1%, Short Bow(1) 0%, Club(1) 0%, Staff-Mace(1)
it seems big swords will always be a trademark of all good CRPGs so the
1st place long swords got really isn't that surprising ;). Second place
goes to composite bows which were just as popular and lost to long swords
by only 2 votes. Third and fourth place are occupied by bastard swords
and two-handed swords, which both got about the same number of votes.
On 5th place are scimitars (kinda surprising since most people got Drizzt's
scimitars...). 6th place goes to crossbows, quite popular and 7th to warhammers.
Others weren't that massively popular but still, there was not one weapon
that wasn't somebody's favorite, which I think is very good. *Someone
posted among the poll comments that there actually are some flails in
the game (I previously wrote that there were none)...though they must
be very rare (and nothing special I guess) => You can buy flails from
some weaponshops, plus you can get a flail +1 from the fisherman north
of the FAI. Thanks for the update!
Did Baldur's Gate introduce you to D&D (dungeons&dragons)?
93 respondents) Yes, it did (35) 38%, No, I played before (55) 59%, I
didn't play Baldur's Gate (3) 3%. Interesting picture...it seems that
d&d got quite a lot of publicity from Baldur's Gate and I'm sure it
also stimulated a lot of new pen&paper players, since it introduced
almost 40% of people who played the game to d&d. But there were also
a lot of seasoned players too, almost 60% in fact. Only 3% of the people
who voted didn't play Baldur's Gate (only here for Torment stuff I guess).
I'm sure Wizards of the Coast/TSR are pleased ;).
Which element that was missing in Baldur's Gate do you want to see most
in Baldur's Gate II?
103 respondents) Special animations for critical hits(11) 11%, Riddles(9)
9%, Tougher adversaries(5) 5%, Better story(18) 17%, Less bugs(2) 2%,
More equipment for mages(20) 19%, Kits(19) 18%, Dragons(19) 18%.
seems that there are mainly four things that all of us missed in Baldur's
Gate. More equipment for mages being the first one (mages really had a
limited number of items made especially for them), better story the second
(after Torment set a fine example for a great story BG's really couldn't
compare) and Dragons of course the third (good thing that there'll be
dragons in BG II ;) and finally, the kits. Quite a number of people missed
the special animations for critical hits too (again, seen in Torment)
and riddles. Tougher adversaries obviously weren't missed very much and
bugs didn't bother many people either. Since all of the things mentioned
above will be in Baldur's Gate II (yea, even the bugs I'm sure hehe) we'll
probably have just as much fun with BG II as we did with the first part
Which ability scores do you think are the most important when creating
a new character?
382 respondents) Strength(52) 14%, Constitution(74) 19%, Dexterity(72)
19%, Intelligence(69) 18%, Wisdom(38) 10%, Charisma(24) 6%, All equally
were some comments regarding the fact that it depends on what kind of
character you are creating. Well of course, that's the whole point isn't
it ;). Let's say that the question applied to the kind of character do
you usually play (or are you playing now). The results aren't really very
surprising. Constitution is the stat most commonly boosted since we all
want to get as much HP as we can. Dexterity was the second, since it is
another ability that is important to most of the created characters, even
if only for the AC modification. Surprisingly enough Intelligence was
another favorite with almost 20%...I guess there are a lot of wizards
out there hmm?
last three are Charisma, Wisdom and All equally important. It seems that
quite a lot of you think that all stats should be balanced (jack-of-all-trades
but master of none). The last stat but one was Wisdom, which is quite
interesting since I expected it to be a bit higher than 10%. Well, the
last one was (not unexpectedly) Charisma. And I though I was the only
one that didn't give a damn about that (not).
Which mage spells from Baldur's Gate could you easily do without in Baldur's
votes total) Infravision(79) 15%, Grease(51) 10%, Friends(46) 9%, Know
Alignment(44) 9%, Vocalise(41) 8%, Nondetection(35) 7%, Colour Spray(30)
6%, Detect Evil(29) 6%, Chill Touch(28) 5%, Skull Trap(27) 5%, Armour(25)
5%, Shadow Door(16) 3%, Protection from Evil(13) 3%, Charm Person(13)
3%, Prot. from Normal Missiles(9) 2%, Dimension Door(9) 2%, Web(6) 1%,
Knock(5) 1%, Melf's Acid Arrow(4) 1%, Confusion(4) 1%, Flame Arrow(2)
0%, Hold Person(1) 0%.
here are the results (finally!). Even though the poll site crashed and
people weren't able to vote for a few hours on Sunday, the poll still
got a great number of votes. I won't go into much detail over all of the
spells since I sorted the list from the most useless spell to the most
useful(?), so I'll just comment on the biggest "winners".
was, obviously, the most useless spell since it only lasts for a little
while and you need infravision during the whole night, even if you travel
around (besides, most of us have at least one party member capable of
place goes to Grease, another of my favorites. I mean, who the hell would
use a spell that does no damage at all, but in turn doesn't allow your
party to do any damage to your foes since they're too busy falling all
over? The Friends spell got 3rd place, even though it deserves the 1st
in my opinion. I don't think I've used that once in the entire game (and
even if I did it failed). Fourth place goes to Know Alignment, another
useless spell and a prime candidate for the most useless spell ever (really,
what's the point of this spell in Baldur's Gate?).
got 5th place, and not a place too high indeed (as if any of the monsters
in BG ever used Silence...doh). Ah here we are, 6th place. The proud (yea,
right) owner is Nondetection. Ok, I lied. THIS spell definitely deserves
the title of the Most Useless Baldur's Gate Spell Ever which I proudly
bestow upon it. If anyone knows one single reason why this spell would
have any use in Baldur's Gate, please enlighten me.
can make your own opinion about the rest of the spells. I hope some folks
at BioWare read this page and actually throw out at least the first six
(or implement them so that they will actually have a use in Baldur's Gate
II), because the way they were in BG really made them completely useless.
How many times do you usually (re)play CRPGs like Baldur's Gate and Planscape:
votes total) I only play them once (17) 17%, I replay them once (10) 10%,
I replay them twice (19) 19%, I replay them three times (4) 4%, I replay
them more than three times (49) 49%
though this week's replacement poll was really messed up (more than a
day of downtime), I still managed to pull something out of it. Results
are quite surprising, at least to me. Believe it or not, almost 50% of
people replay CRPGs more than three times! Wow...talk about replayability
value here. Almost 20% of people replay them twice, the number I thought
would be the biggest. 17% of people play the games just once until they
finish them and 10% of people play them once more after that. Only 4%
of people replay their favorites three times.
What are your favorite Baldur's Gate mage spells?
votes total) Magic Missile(138) 16%, Fireball(95) 11%, Monster Summoning(72)
8%, Cloudkill(58) 7%, Lightning Bolt(47) 5%, Animate Dead(41) 5%, Chromatic
Orb(39) 5%, Haste(36) 4%, Melf's
Acid Arrow(34) 4%, Improved Invisibility(31) 4%, Mirror Image(30) 3%,
Stinking Cloud(29) 3%, Flame Arrow(21) 2%, Polymorph Self(21) 2%, Polymorph
Other(20) 2%, Dire Charm(20) 2%, Invisibility(20) 2%, Dispel Magic(19)
2%, Minor Globe of Invulnerability(16) 2%, Ghost Armor(15) 2%, Spirit
Armor(14) 2%, Otiluke's Resilient Sphere(14) 2%, Dimension Door(12) 1%,
Blur(10) 1%, Horror(9) 1%
this certainly is a new record, 861 votes in one week. You might be wondering
how come there are such big differences among the numbers of votes sometimes.
Well the thing is, this week was very special since there's been a lot
of traffic around here, much of it due to the fact that Yahoo finally
added my site among the links. The other reason is that pop-up polls always
get a lot more votes than site-embedded ones.
to the results then. As suspected, Magic Missile won with a huge majority
of 138 votes or 16% (it's been number one since day one anyway). A simple
first level spell, but quite potent at high levels nonetheless. Not to
mention you can have a lot of them when you start hitting some decent
levels. Second favorite was Fireball, another all-time Baldur's Gate favorite
everyone used a lot, whether to vaporize jellies (don't you love that
word) and slimes or for the more popular, shoot-into-black-areas-to-kill-all-the-nasties-before-they-even-see-you
technique of playing. Monster Summoning was third and no wonder about
that. We all used the poor summoned gnolls/wolves etc. for cannon fodder
and they saved our butts a number of times.
a spell that was (legally) introduced with Tales of the Sword Coast was
the 4th most popular spell. No sense in explaining why, if you've seen
it in action you know that it's either run or die from that one. A surprise
at fifth place, at least to myself, is the Lightning Bolt. I almost never
used that one since it usually did more damage to my party when it bounced
off the screen back into my mage than to the monster I wanted dead. Sixth
was Animate Dead, probably my all-time favorite. Skeletons have so many
household err game uses that it's indescribable. Very good spell.
place goes to Chromatic Orb, the spell I thought would end at second place.
Hmm, I was wrong since only 39 people (5%) favored it. Haste was 8th,
a good spell but one I never used much (who needed to with boots of speed
anyway). Melf's Acid Arrow is 9th with 34 votes. Quite a surprise, since
the spell isn't really very powerful, at least not at levels you can achieve
in Baldur's Gate. Tenth and the last place I'll comment on was earned
by Improved Invisibility, a VERY good spell for sneaking up on/by people.
rest of the spells all got less than 4% of total votes and you can make
your own opinion about them I guess. I listed them descending by the number
of votes so that you won't have any trouble placing your favorite spell
among others. If this poll showed one thing, then it was the fact that
spell popularity is very well distributed among the spells and that only
a few stand out and even those with less than 20% of votes. Many people
have their own favorites that weren't most of the other people's and that
probably accounts for the huge number of spells that got less than 4%
of votes. However, one thing is certain - spells are well balanced (thanks
for that goes to the makers of the D&D system I guess). Good job.
What are the things you're looking forward to the most about Icewind Dale?
votes total) Creating the entire party(318) 18%, Better multiplayer experience(124)
7%, Higher experience cap than BG(296) 16%, Level 9 spells(267) 15%, New
monsters(222) 12%, More riddles than BG(137) 8%, More hack & slash than
BG(126) 7%, More dungeon crawling than BG(139) 8%, Setting(165) 9%
it seems like we'll be breaking records each week now. 1794 votes in one
week is REALLY something. My thanks to all of you for participating in
such large numbers...it makes the polls a lot more interesting.
look at the results now. Creating the entire party was the most popular
feature of Icewind Dale, which came as a surprise to me at least (I placed
my bet on Level 9 Spells). It got 18% of votes. Second was Higher experience
cap than Baldur's Gate, something we all definitely wanted (there aren't
many people who didn't remove the cap in Baldur's Gate). Anyway, it won
the second place with 16% of votes. Third place and my personal favorite
goes to Level 9 Spells* with 15% of votes. You'll definitely fear Icewind
Dale mages a lot more than you did those in Baldur's Gate.
will not be able to cast level 9 spells unfortunately. Maximum spell level
for mages and clerics will be 7th, although there should be some level
9 spells in the game, either castable only from scrolls or only in use
by your opponents. Of course, with the plethora of Infinity Engine game
editors out there I'm sure that there'll be a way for you to hack your
char to be able to cast even those, if you so desire ;).
monsters, you could say a classic, was also quite popular since it got
12% of votes. Yuan-ti, Poison Zombies, Verbeegs, Cyclops, Trolls...looking
forward to seeing (and killing) them all. Setting sits in the 5th place
with 9% of votes. Finally an interesting and not overused setting because
this time, you'll venture to a really cool (heh) part of the Forgotten
Realms to loot and kill. More dungeon crawling and More riddles share
the 6th place in this popularity contest, both with 8% of votes. There's
no doubt about the dungeons (there's gonna be a lot of them), but more
riddles was more of a promise to us by the programmers than anything else.
We shall see if it lives up to our expectations.
last, 7th place is also shared by two entries only 2 votes apart. More
hack&slash and a Better multiplayer experience both got 7% of votes
and were the least popular new Icewind Dale features. When you think about
it, those two are the main reasons people bought Diablo so it's very strange
that they were the last on the list here. Hmmm...
What are your favorite Baldur's Gate clerical spells?
votes total) Cure Wounds (196) 14%, Flame Strike (185) 13%, Call Lightning
(179) 12%, Animate Dead (129) 9%, Animal Summoning (82) 6%, Entangle (80)
6%, Dispel Magic (64) 4%, Draw Upon Holy Might (60) 4%, Hold Person/Animal
(56) 4%, Flame Blade (52) 4%, Charm Person/Mammal (42) 3%, Spiritual Hammer
(41) 3%, Strength of One (37) 3%, Champion's Strength (36) 2%, Mental
Domination (32) 2%, Bless (23) 2%, Defensive Harmony (21) 1%, Chant (21)
1%, Remove Fear (19) 1%, Protection
from Evil (18) 1%, Aid (16) 1%, Barkskin (16) 1%, Chaotic Commands (15)
1%, Resist Fire and Cold (10) 1%, Rigid Thinking (10) 1%
Let's take a closer look at the results.
Wounds, the entry under which I combined Cure Light Wounds and Cure Serious
Wounds (and Critical if anyone actually got that 5th level spell) got
the most votes, as I expected. The counter stopped at 14%, almost 200
votes. Really, what would we do without clerics' healing powers. Second
place goes to Flame Strike and third to Call Lightning, which both got
only a dozen votes less and a total of 13% each. Flame Strike is a very
powerful spell that most of the people used a lot, and so is Call Lightning
(too bad it only works outdoors though).
place belongs to Animate Dead with 9% of votes. In Baldur's Gate it was
a much more powerful spell than AD&D ever intended it to be. Who doesn't
remember hordes of walking bones marching up and down their screen...
Even the fearsome basilisks become easy prey when surrounded by dozens
of skeletons they can't petrify ;).
first four spells represent 48% of people's favorite spells, so we seem
to have a few more common favorites here than in our mage spellbooks (it
took five spells to get to 47% in the mage spells poll). Let's proceed
to the next 52% of votes.
Summoning, the clerical version of Monster Summoning (everybody's favorite)
is on the 5th place with 6% of votes. Entangle, my favorite in the first
chapters of Baldur's Gate (when dealing with easy monsters) was 6th, again
with 6% of votes (only two votes less than Animal Summoning). 4% was the
number of votes Dispel Magic (the entry on 7th place) got. This spell
proved quite useful in a lot of places too... Either for dispelling harmful
effects of hostile mages upon your party or for bringing down globes of
invounrability and such.
Upon Holy Might occupies the 8th place with 4% of votes. I had Branwen
cast that one all the time. Hold Person/Animal,
another combination I made for the poll includes both Hold Person and
Animal spells since they're very similar. Anyway, 4% of people favored
them, 9th place (this 4% theme is starting to get repetitive hehe). But
it doesn't stop here yet. Another 4% go to Flame Blade, my favorite for
Jaheira the Mouthy Druid. Flame Blade has the 10th place.
Person/Mammal, yet another combination for the poll (includes Charm Person
and Charm Mammal spells) got 42 votes or 3%, which marks it as the 11th
most popular clerical spell(s). Spiritual Hammer got only 1 votes less
(yes, also 3%) and it sits at 12th place. That was probably the spell
I cast the most with Branwen, since it's a quite powerful spell at lower
levels when good magical hammers are still hard to find (or maybe I just
liked the glowing hammer animation <grin>).
of One got 37 votes (3% again and 13th place now). A very powerful spell,
even though it lasts for only a short time. Champion's Strength is next
with only one vote less than Strength of One, but with a total of 2% for
a change. This is a spell introduced in Tales of the Sword Coast (the
official expansion). Neither very useful nor very powerful. Really, you'd
think there was something better they could come up with for the addon.
Domination (another ToSC spell) also got 2% of votes which place it at
the 15th place. I don't know about that one. I cast it a few times but
it seems that the opponents always made a succesful saving throw so it
had no effect. Anyway, the next in row is Bless, a very used spell at
the start of the game. It got 23 votes and 16th place.
rest of the spells all got 1% of votes. Defensive
Harmony, Chant, Remove
Fear, Protection from Evil, Aid,
Barkskin, Chaotic Commands, Resist Fire and Cold and Rigid Thinking were
the least favorite spells. These 9 spells got 9% of votes altogether and
Who was your favorite NPC in Planescape: Torment?
votes total) Morte(124) 21%, Dak'kon(114) 20%, Annah(80) 14%, Fall-from-Grace(43)
7%, Nordom(30) 5%, Vhailor(23) 4%, Ignus(21) 4%, Didn't play it (yet)(145)
a while I decided to make a singe-option poll (ok, the people in #sorcerers
made me do it to be honest ;) and the results are very surprising. First
of all, I had no idea that so many people that come to my site haven't
played Torment yet. At the beginning (the first hour of the poll being
online or so) I didn't even have the emergency Didn't play it (yet) option,
but after I heard it for the third time from some people in our channel
I decided to list that option too. I'll
start with the winning NPC even though the number of people who didn't
play the game surpasses even that (more about that at the later).
your companion skull that floats along by your side from the beginning
of the game till the end (well, unless you dump, sell or give him back
to the pillar that is) won the favorite NPC poll with 124 votes or 21%
if you will. Morte makes an excellent fighter, not that much because of
his strength or his bite (teeth are his only weapon) but because of his
resistances. Of course, same as most if not all of the NPCs in the game
he's not telling you everything about himself at the start, so in order
to learn the full story he must journey with you to the end.
is the second favorite. He was leading the poll for quite a while and
was beaten by Morte only in the last few days. He got 10 votes less than
Morte and a total of 20% votes. Him being a fighter and also a mage make
this character a very much desired NPC. Even though he isn't an excellent
mage, he's got quite a few tricks up his sleeve (not to mention the Circle
of Zerthimon) and as a fighter, he becomes very fearsome indeed (as many
have pointed out in the poll comments, the Karach blade rocks ;). His
only downside is that his HP are quite low most of the game.
the pretty tiefling got 80 votes or 14%. Here's another character you'll
probably keep until the end of the game (at least the first time you play).
She's a decent thief and she can hold her own in battle too. Just find
her some nice punch daggers and you're set. She and Fall-from-Grace are
the only characters that can wear any sort of body armor.
is next. She got 47 votes or 7% of all votes. Described as "easily the
most beautiful woman you have ever seen" in the game, Fall-from-Grace
is a succubus, a temptress of men. She is a terrible fighter unfortunately,
but worth keeping in the party because of her healing spells (and some
destructive ones). Anyway, she's the only potential love interest besides
fourth NPC on the popularity ladder is Nordom. He (it?) got 50 votes (5%).
Nordom is the only NPC in the game (besides Ignus) capable of ranged attack.
Not that it's much of an advantage in Torment, but still. He can also
improve his stats if your intelligence is high enough to convince him,
and his portal detection ability proved useful too.
makes his stand at 6th place with 23 votes (4%). Vhailor is a former Mercykiller
who's just a suit of armor and an axe; but he doesn't quite realize that
he's dead. He's an embodiment of Justice itself and becomes stronger depending
on how great the injustice that he must overcome is. Unfortunately, he
is also the most overlooked NPC in the whole game (at least the first
time through). He is hidden so cleverly that I managed to miss him even
though I knew approximately where he should be.
place goes to Ignus, as expected. Ignus got two votes less than Vhailor
so his stats are: 21 votes and 4% total. It's not that Ignus is a bad
NPC, far from it. He has many powerful spells and a lot to teach the Nameless
One too (if he is a mage), but his presence makes you (and all other NPCs)
think that he'll turn on you sooner or later (not far from the truth actually).
Anyway, if you like some horror in your games you should give Ignus a
chance to spice (heh) things up a bit.
yes. The last entry. The disappointing entry. 145 people (that is a quarter,
25%) haven't played Torment yet. How could you? Really, after seeing how
it got, after hearing how cool it is (not just from me I hope), after
seeing such great sites on the net with so much neat stuff about it, you
STILL haven't gone off to the store and picked it up? You should be ashamed.
Do yourself a favor and get a copy of it now!
To all of you who DID buy Torment but never bothered to get out of the
Mortuary... I was there, I know the feeling. It does seem very awkward
at the start (boring?, weird?) but trust me, it gets a lot better after
you actually get out of that prison. So if you're still stuck there, give
it another chance. You'll be grateful to me that you did.
Who were your favorite NPCs in Baldur's Gate?
votes total) Minsc (204) 18%, Imoen (170) 15%, Kivan (77) 7%, Khalid (64)
6%, Coran (61) 5%, Dynaheir (57) 5%, Jaheira (56) 5%, Ajantis (50) 5%,
Xan (50) 5%, Branwen (46) 4%, Viconia (35) 3%, Edwin (34) 3%, Xzar (29)
3%, Yeslick (28) 3%, Safana (24) 2%, Kagain (20) 2%, Montaron (16) 1%,
Quayle (16) 1%, Garrick (14) 1%, Shar Teel (14) 1%, Tiax (13) 1%, Skie
(10) 1%, Alora (8) 1%, Faldorn (8) 1%, Eldoth Kron (6) 1%
have finally managed to collect the poll results (there have been some
problems with the site transition to new servers), but it's all resolved
now. I won't comment on all of the poll choices as I usually do here,
partly because there has been a favorite NPCs poll a few months ago already,
but mainly because it'd just wind up way too long and I doubt anyone would
bother to read all that anyway.
won the first place this time with 18% of votes, which is quite surprising
since he came up second in the same poll a few months ago (only by a vote
but still). I guess hamster animal companions are all the rage today.
Imoen, my favorite as everyone probably knows by now (hehe), won the second
place with 15% of votes. This makes Minsc and Imoen officially the most
popular Baldur's Gate NPCs. Together they have earned 33% (or one third)
of all votes!
place goes to Kivan with 7% of votes (already half less than Imoen). Kivan
is another one of my favorites, a damn good archer and quite strong to
boot. Next it Khalid with 6% of votes, a good warrior although a pain
in the ass sometimes. And finally, Coran has the 5th place with 5% of
votes (seems like the euphoria finally settled down). You can draw your
own conclusions about the rest but since I have sorted all of the entries
by the number of votes they got, it shouldn't be much of a problem.
What are the things you'd like to see added to Sorcerer's Place?
votes total) Downloadable saved games (136) 16%, 3rd edition D&D concept
art (111) 13%, Online versions of all zipped walkthroughs and other documents
(111) 13%, Info on the upcoming D&D movies (102) 12%, Screenshots from
the games (99) 12%, Pool of Radiance 2 section (95) 11%, Daily CRPG news
coverage (73) 9%, Message boards (54) 7%, Site redesign (27) 3%, Other
poll sure turned out to be quite a surprise, at least on my side. My guess
was that the results would be exactly the opposite from the ones we have
here. Checking the public opinion on my work every once in a while seems
more and more prudent. While I could start changing a lot of stuff around
here that would reflect what people want, it probably won't happen in
a while. The only reason for this is the fact that I have a new site design
in the works, so when that's finished, I'll start with some other big
changes too (no sense in converting all files twice). Patience, my friends
savegames seem to have won the day with 16% of people wanting them! I
can understand why this would be quite high in demand since I don't really
know of any other site that would have them (these things take up a lot
of space). The problem here is that although I'm sure I'll gather a lot
of them, for the most part they'll be from the US/Europe versions of the
games and players from other countries that had their own translated versions
might be left out unfortunately (unless some of them contribute their
I decide to start doing this section, I'll be sure to have an option where
you will be able to send your own savegames or exported chars (you'll
have to send descriptions along with the savegames too, of course). Stay
second thing(s) people would like to see here is the concept art from
3rd edition D&D. I guess I'm not the only one who loves those sketches.
Fear not, I have a big collection of them already and you'll be seeing
some cool art soon enough.
versions of all documents and zipped stuff are also quite high in
demand. Actually, the same number of people (13%) want them as they do
the concept art. This has been on my list of to-dos for a long time, and
I'll get on this ASAP. The main reason that this hasn't been done before
is in the fact that I had had very limited server space, but now when
I have unlimited, there's going to be a lot of expansion going on.
in the line is the info on the upcoming D&D movies. Not much to say
about this one, other than that I had absolutely no idea that this was
so high in demand until some people have actually mailed me and asked
for it. Of course, we aim to please and you can bet that you'll be reading
about them here sooner or later. Preferably sooner.
from the games- also high in demand from 12% of people. Expect to see
a lot of them soon.
my attempts at promotion of Pool of Radiance actually helped, or maybe
people just learned more about it by now. Whichever it might be, 11% of
people demand a Pool of Radiance section. It was planned to be added to
the site, and so it shall be.
of people would like to see daily CRPG news coverage at Sorcerer's Place...
Another feature that will be added along with the new site design. Oh
yes, the official message boards will be covered too. (No, I won't have
time to do all this myself, in case you're wondering. Some people have
already offered their assistance as news posters and additional recruiting
will take place here sooner or later, so read the news for any such announcements
if you're interested.)
boards were not that high in demand with only 7% of people wanting them,
strangely enough. Well for those of you who do, I have some good news.
The message boards have already been tested and installed and await only
the final tweaks and changes until they become open to public. And I'm
sure once you see them in action, you'll want to pop in and post something
redesign is obviously not a demand at all, while only 3% of people think
it should be made. One more proof for the saying that content is the king
(a guideline I've always followed). But it's not that the design is bad
(heck, I've spent many hours on it), it's just that frames everywhere
have been replaced with layers or tables, and I intend to follow that
trend (ignoring it does not really seem a valid option, since it's not
likely to go away :p). The current one doesn't allow for many of the features
listed above that I intent to implement either. Hopefully, you'll be able
to see Sorcerer's Place clothed in nice new mage robes (metaphorically
speaking of course) soon.
hm yes. 20 people wanted something else but only 13 or so actually left
a comment so that we'd know what that Other is. Not many of the comments
made sense, some of them were asking for illegal things and some just
plain not doable. In other words, they were merrily ignored for the most
part (flame me, hehe).
Which new monsters are you looking forward to seeing in Icewind Dale?
votes total) Frost Giant (251) 15%, Elemental (164) 10%, Ice Troll (161)
10%, Cyclops (140) 8%, Yeti (100) 6%, Yuan-Ti (95) 6%, Rhinoceros Beetle
(95) 6%, Orc (93) 6%, Lizard Man (82) 5%, Verbeeg (73) 4%, Goblin (72)
4%, Salamander (71) 4%, Ghost (70) 4%, Ettin (69) 4%, Wight (69) 4%, Orog
Icewind Dale around the corner (it should be released by the end of the
month in USA) this week's poll clearly shows that a lot of people are
interested in the game (judging by the votes, of course). Let's take a
closer look at the results.
Giant is by far the most popular new monster introduced in Icewind Dale.
I guess everyone wants to finally see them in flesh (so to speak) after
reading about them in Salvatore's Icewind Dale trilogy (by the way, you
can order all Icewind Dale & Dark Elf books from the Fantasy
Books section of the site). Frost Giants win the first place in this
week's poll with 15% or 251 votes.
place goes to Elementals, another monster made famous by the books. Remember
the earth elemental Drizzt destroyed in the Underdark? Well, you will
get a chance to do the same in Icewind Dale. 10% of people voted for Elementals.
Trolls are third, with only 3 votes less than Elementals and still 10%.
Formidable monsters to say the least. Not much to say here, except yet
another variety of the good old troll, this time in icy flavor. ;)
are also quite popular- they have the 4th place with 140 votes. They were
one of the first new monsters BIS showed to impress the public and to
show off the improved Infinity Engine that could now handle much bigger
monsters than we were used to from Baldur's Gate. It worked.
four monsters all got 6% of votes (Yeti, Yuan-Ti, Rhinoceros Beetle and
Orc). I wonder where the rhino beetles find enough food to grow to grow
so big in Icewind Dale...
Man is another classical monster we will finally see in a CRPG. It got
82 votes or 5%.
will combine the next few monsters (again) since they all got the same
percentage of votes. Verbeeg, Goblin, Salamander, Ghost, Ettin and Wight
all got around 70 votes. Funny though, I thought the two-headed ettins
would score way higher.
place goes to the Orog, obviously a very boring monster, since only 50
people voted for it (3%).
Which character class do you usually play in a CRPG?
votes total) Fighter (165) 21%, Ranger (113) 14%, Paladin (112) 14%, Generalist
Mage (101) 13%, Specialist Mage (89) 11%, Multiclassed char (69) 9%, Dual
classed char (52) 7%, Thief (44) 6%, Cleric (20) 3%, Druid (13) 2%, Bard
this time the comments on the poll will be rather short, since I am quite
sure that this poll's results really couldn't be any more self-explanatory.
won the first place, of course. 21% of people prefer straight warriors,
since playing with them is usually the easiest way through the game.
are on the second place with 14% of votes. These nature-loving fighters
are also quite popular, their dual wield option probably being one of
the main contributing factors.
got only one votes less than Rangers, so they, too, got 14% of votes.
All around do-gooders with some pretty nice abilities like turn undead
and access to clerical spells makes them an excellent choice.
first surprise awaits on the 4th place. It would seem that 13% of people
play generalist mages! This figure seems especially surprising due to
the fact that clerics got so few votes in this poll... I don't know if
this high score applies to Baldur's Gate only, but nevertheless. (I played
a generalist mage in BG myself).
behind by popularity are specialist mages with 11% of votes. I guess everyone
knows that specialized mages get one extra spell per level, but they must
also choose an opposition school from which they cannot cast spells.
characters hold the 6th place with 9% of votes. Only nonhuman species
can be multiclassed.
classed characters are next with 7% of votes. This option, on the other
hand, is reserved exclusively for humans.
are on the 8th place with 6% of votes. Every party must have at least
one thief, but it doesn't seem like many people would choose to play one
themselves (or at least not single classed).
got 20 votes out of 720 or 3% in other words. A stunningly low figure,
even despite the fact that some Fighter/Clerics and such are still among
the dual/multiclasses characters.
and bards are last and obviously the least popular characters. They both
got 2% each. It seems like the ancient proverb "BARDS SUCK, MAN!"
is right on cue.
results are, as always, highly debatable so drop us a line at the Whatnots
forum if you disagree (or agree) with anything written here.
If you had the option to choose, who would you spend a week with and what
would you do?
Imoen (show her that you are *not* a queer fellow) (277) 31%,
Fall-from-Grace (discover if those rumours about the succubi are true)
Drizzt (freeze your ass off in Icewind Dale) (139) 16%,
Elminster (stick your nose into things that are none of your business)
Annah (show her your punch daggers collection) (77) 9%,
Minsc (take Boo for a walk every day and clean up after him) (34) 4%,
Nameless One (find out that nothing can change the nature of a man) (26)
Jaheira (hug every tree you come across) (20) 2%,
Ignus (invite all your friends to a barbecue) (19) 2%,
Nordom (visit Mechanus and bring home a pet modron) (14) 2%
a bad little poll, if I do say so myself. I was really getting desperate
because I couldn't come up with a question that I haven't used in a poll
before (there's been quite a lot of them already), but this one came as
a sort of divine inspiration, you could say. ;)
for some comments. I won't go into detail for every single entry in the
poll, because explanations were already given in parentheses next to the
name. At the time I was forming this poll, the words "male chauvinist
pig" seemed to be constantly on my mind, but I think I got away with
it rather well (heh heh).
There were some remarks about the obvious winners in the poll by the women
who frequent the site, but all in all, I think the poll wasn't too male-centered.
I even put more male than female characters in it.
course, the female choices did seem more appealing to the general public,
but that was only to be expected. It's probably a good thing that not
many people got the joke behind Annah's description (does the phrase "show
one your record collection" ring a bell?). Oh well, I guess I'm guilty
of being a MCP after all...
results pretty much speak for themselves, but I must say that I was surprised
to see that Nordom got so few votes. I mean, what is there not to like
in a sexless box with 4 arms (or possibly wings) and the orderly logic
even Mr. Spock wouldn't be ashamed of?
Ok, forget I mentioned it... but I'd still like a pet flying box, possibly
upgradable to employ crossbows. Maybe I'm weird.
results are, as always, highly debatable so drop us a line in the Whatnots
forum if you disagree (or agree) with anything written here.
Which is your favorite playable fantasy race?
Elves (499) 29%
Half-Elves (467) 27%
Humans (440) 26%
Dwarves (184) 11%
Half-Orcs (50) 3%
Halflings (37) 2%
Gnomes (31) 2%
final poll on my old site proved quite interesting. Though the results
turned out more or less as I expected, the low figures that Half-Orcs,
Halflings and Gnomes got surprised me. Altogether they only scored 7%
total in spite the fact that they represent almost half of the options
you could vote for.
are still the most popular race and I doubt that will change anytime soon.
The race has many advantages and a long tradition and that makes it a
top choice for most of the people.
received only slighty less votes, which makes them the second most popular
fantasy race. A mix of human and elven blood, still retaining some of
the unique qualities of Elves does have it's advantages.
on the popularity ladder are Humans, your and my race (at least I hope
it's yours too...). ;)
No special advantages except the ability to dual class, and yet Humans
are a race most of us like to play.
long way after the Humans (in percents) come the Dwarves (or Dwarfs if
you prefer the correct word). They received more than half less votes
than humans, which makes them the 4th most popular race. Worshippers of
further down the road come the Kling.., err, Half-Orcs, a relatively new
playable race introduced by the 3rd Edition D&D. Even though putting
them on the list means cheating a bit (I mean hey, you don't really know
what it'll be like to play it yet), they still beat some of the oldest
races like Gnomes and Halflings! 5th place therefor goes to the Half-Orcs.
brings us to the above mentioned Halflings and Gnomes. Only 2% of people
stated Halflings as their favorite fantasy race, and Gnomes not faring
any better, they got even a few votes less than Halflings. I wonder if
this score would change should everyone read the Hobbit and Lord of The