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[Review] My Kingdom for a Horse — A Pathfinder: Kingmaker Review

How hard can making a good Pathfinder game be?

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    My Kingdom for a Horse — A Pathfinder: Kingmaker Review - How hard can making a good Pathfinder game be?

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    Nice review, any chance of a few screenshots to go with it?
     
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    dmc Speak softly and carry a big briefcase Staff Member Distinguished Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!)

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    Pretty spot on review IMO.
     
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    I have a few, but I plan on making more once I'm actually done with the game (I'm in the final chapter now). I'll send them to you once they're ready.
     
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    Nice review, easy to follow and clear to read.

    I wonder, though, you mention that the kingdom minigame can fail your run, and that you were save scumming to get good results there. Would you have (potentially) failed your run if you didn't save scum? Is it really that RNG?
     
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    You can add them to an album and then embed them in the review directly; gallery pages have the embed code on the right side of every image; you can add separate thumbnailed image links or entire galleries.
     
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    @henkie - the kingdom management part is generally structured with harder difficulty levels as the game goes on, so if you don't boost your relevant stats for your advisors and rank them up individually, you can get to the point where you cannot pass a kingdom event check. (i.e., it's DC 36 and the relevant advisor has less than +16 - there is no magic 20 equals pass mechanism there).

    I think you would need aggressive disinterest in keeping track of things in order to get there, but it is possible. However, if you do manage to get that far behind, your kingdom stats will continue to drop and if your kingdom fails, so does your game.

    All of that being said, I believe in the options menu you can make your kingdom automatic, so if you get close to failing, you might just do that. Once you make it automatic, you cannot undo that.
     
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    Very unlikely, but it would have slowed down my run considerably (in-game) and you're on a fairly tight schedule as it is for most of the game.

    Oh, I can do that too. I figured you wanted them for the screenshot pool. :)
     
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    I take those from the gallery as well now, but it's a kind of half-finished project that I'll get back to on XF2.
     
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    Finally finished the game and uploaded some screenshots. Took me way longer than I expected. My total play time for the run came out at a whopping 300 hours. :shake:
     
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    Very nice! It seems that this version of XF doesn't actually support embedding entire albums, though. You can quickly add pictures from an album by selecting them via the camera button in the text editor. In XF2 it's possible to embed albums, so that'll work when I upgrade.
     
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    Yeah, I figured that out as well, so I just added the first image. The gallery has a link to the album anyway, so that should work well enough.
     
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    Yea, I'll add the whole album after upgrading to XF2.
     
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    I made a start in it but my mind wandered off. I liked it at the start but if I want to play a kingdom management game, I will get one of those. Focus on the RPG part.

    Good game, something to play when this type of game get out of fashion again. It deserves more credit than it gets.

    For years there were no new isometric RPG games, and suddenly about half a dozen or so.
     
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    @Keneth, does finishing the game change your view of the game? I'm not sure, but I think your review wasn't updated (aside from additional screenshots?).
     
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    I found the last chapter to be rather annoying with all the Wild Hunt enemies running around. At level 20, I was also quite a bit too overpowered, so I steamrolled the final boss, as is usually the case with RPGs with lots of side content. The "true" ending was also slightly more underwhelming than I hoped for. I'm not sure all the work I put in to see it was actually worth it.

    All that said, my overall opinion of the game hasn't changed. It was enjoyable to the end. I probably won't play it again but, at 300+ hours, I think I got my money's worth.
     
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