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Roguery for non-Rogues

Discussion in 'Neverwinter Nights (Classic)' started by Seyahat, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. Seyahat Gems: 2/31
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    OK. Let's say I don't want to use Tomi for my henchman and I am not a rogue myself. What are my options?

    Locks are not too difficult: knock (or fireball) for sorcerer/mages, smash for fighter types (though there are certainly some chests that seem to require superhuman strength to dent, even with a battle-axe!).

    A pixie can do just about anything (though I find they are a real blow to the "coolness" of my character. Walking around with a panther or even a crow looks pretty neat. Tinkerbell just doesn't have the same impact. Also she seems to take special delight in getting herself killed at the least opportunity.

    Traps are a bit more difficult. Pixies can do them, but "knock" does not seem to work (the logic of this puzzles me). Big characters can simply "take the hit." (though that seems a little unrealistic to me... would you suffer third degree burns over much of your body to open a chest?) Mages can torture summoned dire badgers (again, this just seems a little too "unheroic" to me).

    Skill points work too, of course, but most of us non-rogue types get so few of them.

    Are there other strategies out there that I am missing? I can't seem to find a way to play the game solo in the style that I would like without taking at least a few levels of rogue (which can sometimes be difficult to rationalize, role-playing-wise).

    I'd like to hear your thoughts
     
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    [​IMG] Yea, something very obvious. Just possess your familiar and spring any traps with it. Chests, whatever...
     
  3. Seyahat Gems: 2/31
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    At least I distribute my cruelty between my crow and my badgers equally that way.
     
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    If you destroy the chest from range, either via spells or via missile weapon (probably requiring magic ammo of one sort or another) then the trap is disabled as well. I have found melf's acid arrow much more useful as 'knock' than 'knock' itself.
    Clerics can use the Trickery Domain to get a +1 per level to all thief-type skills, which would be a decent backup option to using some cross-class points. (As well as buff dex and int if necessary).
    Last but not least, you could just give up on trapped chests; there isn't anything game-crucial in any of them. There is plenty of stuff in the single-player game; just deal with leaving some things behind.
    Most chests that are unbashable are also unpickable (or set very, very high).
     
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