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clok1966
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I never played BG (one or

I never played BG (one or two, please forgive me they where in the FPS early days). But I did play way to much Pen and Paper AD&D, but I was on 2nd set of rules, I think BG uses the 3rd? I must agree, Duel class is not the way to go. Most of the games are ment to have enough content (exp) to get you to a pre determined level, if you go duel you will effectivly cut that in half. So you will be a level 5 mage/warrior fighting level 10 mobs. As I say I have not played BG, but ASSUME its like most of the AD&D licecned games and you have party members.. it much more effective to play your role (healer/tank/dps) and pick up party members to do the other tasks.

Of course the road less traveled can be be twice as rewarding, Duel classing will make the game a much bigger challange, and for some that is a reward in itself. I have alwasy been a fan of heal/tank combos, but I do admit your Idea of a DPS machine, magic to use at ranged and melee when you are out sounds pretty good, as long as the game AI is a good enouhg healer.

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I have a totally newbile

I have a totally newbile question here. What is the difference between dual classing and multi-classing? I know you can choose when you dual over to another class. Furthermore I have no idea why certain people suggest dualing at certain times (IE did you dual at 9 or 13!?). Baldur's Gate is my first foray into the D&D rule set. I'm asking about this because for my second play through I'm considering trying it.

On a side note: I've heard that it's very popular in BDG2 to choose the Fighter kit kensai and dual over to mage because the kensai's are raw damage machines that can't wear armor anyway.

Nathaniel Tolbert
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I never finished baldur's

I never finished baldur's gate 2 but I have played D&D for pretty much a long long time. I can say this about dual-classing. Don't do it. In the original AD&D set rules dual classing cuts your XP in half and so it takes you much longer to level up. Second, you are still hit with the restrictions of the specific classes when dual classing, so if you make a fighter mage, he cannot wear plate armor and cast spells. He can't wear armor at all and cast spells. (This wasn't true in the early SSI AD&D games, but it is in the later Interplay AD&D Games) If you are going to dual class at all, I would suggest looking to a Mage/Thief classing, as this one is the least hindered by not being able to wear heavier armor. I don't know if you can in Baldur's Gate 2, but something that might be more interesting to do would be to dual class instead of multi class. So I have to ask because I hear it a lot, do you wish they had made a Baldur's Gate 3? Or are you in the same boat as me and think that Neverwinter Nights 1 (not the 2nd one, that was pure crap by Atari) was the true follow-up to Baldur's Gate? To talk about your other question about retro games posts about them, I don't know. I never thought about it. But now that you bring it up, I may have to do something like post a discussion about say the King's Quest Series.

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Carmine
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I joined this site recently

I joined this site recently but I haven't lost interest in it. I haven't been around the site much lately because GOG put out Baldur's Gate 2, and it completely absorbed all of my golden age of gaming time. Now that I have finished it I'm looking to discuss it actually. Is there a resident Baldur's Gate expert? Anyway.

This forum is where I discovered the holy holiness that is GOG.com, which has given me a chance to play play Baldur's Gate 2 for the first time and is now my 12th favorite game of all time. I was also able to reconnect with the Heroes of Might and Magic and Jagged Alliance series' through the site as well, which means so much more than $15 to me. Incredible site.

But if this forum and/or site goes down, then the Youtube Husk Generation wins. They'll meet at the mall, in line for the next Twilight book, complaining about the lack of good 7 kill streak rewards in Call of Duty, and pay no heed to the classics being shat upon daily by the likes of Electronic Arts and Activision.

This site doesn't come off as very elitist to me. It's hard not to be considering how little respect elite games get, but I don't think it's an issue that needs to be addressed. One thing I've always wondered about armchair arcade is why aren't there a lot of topics discussing your favorite games? Maybe there are, but I don't remember seeing that many. Is it because the site has been around for so many years and it's all been discussed? If I came on here to looking for dual-classing suggestions for Baldur's Gate would I get any responses? What about a topic for posting your favorite quotes in gaming? Those are the kinds of topics I generally look for, but the simple fact that AA is a haven for the golden age of gaming is enough for me.

Bill Loguidice
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We feel for you, Force. It's

We feel for you, Force. It's never easy going through a cancer battle and it's certainly hit close to home around here, be it in my own family, Mark's, or others'.

Like I said, we certainly plan to keep the forums going, it's just nice to hear from the silent masses once in a while to make sure people actually care. It's one thing to see raw numbers in the logs, it's another when someone goes to the effort to give us feedback now and again.

Anyway, glad to have you back on here...

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forcefield58
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Please don't remove the forums...

I was one of those that was very active back in 2006 and 2007. Then my Dad contracted lung cancer and went through a year of hell before passing away in early 2008. I still haven't gotten over it and I know time heals all wounds, but it's forums like this that keep me going, keeps my mind off the past, and sometimes makes me laugh. So, please, if at all possible, keep this one going.

Cheers

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Bill Loguidice
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Glad to hear that, Clok. We

Glad to hear that, Clok. We feel the same. Nothing frustrates me more than someone on another forum attacking a "noob" or someone not able to have a reasonable discussion about something that is literally supposed to be about fun, videogames and computers. That's why at times it has perplexed me why there has not been more activity on the forums on the past. I like to think we have a good atmosphere here with good people participating. You'd think more people would have wanted to jump in. It almost makes you think that we don't have enough drama or something, that many people actually like irrational arguments, etc.

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clok1966
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not snobby
Matt Barton wrote:

I can see how we might come across as snobby or too intellectual. It seems like most of us here are fairly well educated (at least it seems like most of us have at least some college, if not multiple degrees).

I am as lowbrow as it comes, I will never be offended by being called a Redneck, or white trash, I am somewhat, I guess much with any name or label, it would depend on how it was ment (mean spirted is never good). I can clearly see several of you here are much more educated then me in some (many)area's. But that sure doesnt seem to matter (to me, not at all) and since we all discuss, to any of you either. Education, knowledge, real world smarts, there are all sorts of things that make us. Seldom do you find people who posses all of them. One of the most , hmm I call it BOOK SMART peopel I know, can do math i couldnt dream of, is one of those guys who writes his own OS for his laptop (for fun!) tinkers with hardware, programs in assmebly, etc.. if its computer related and in a book, he knows it. He reads all the latest stuff all the time.. But give him a wrench and a car with a bad plug/flat tire/have him figure out why the fridge is not working.. he is lost. I may not type well, spell well, or know much about many things, but there are some things I know alot about.

Err i guess the main thing is we all know a little/some/or alot about video game, and all like to talk about them.

I have never felt anything but goodwill here, and I know I can be anything but "easy" with my opinions sometimes. I gravitate to forums where there is less "trolling" and more discussion. And I love the fact that nobody seems to mind when sombody else has a differnt opinion. Some forums people dont know the meaning of DISCUSSION, opposing views are a bad thing.

Nobody has very come off as anything but nice here to me..

Nathaniel Tolbert
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Although the last 6 or 7

Although the last 6 or 7 posts have been a topic deviation, if the forums had been shut down, I more than likely would have never talked with Rob Daviau and I wouldn't have been able to submit some information that would have been beneficial to him. I know the forums aren't always hopping with comments and questions, but they can still be very important. Please don't remove them.

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Rob Daviau
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Yes please
Nathaniel Tolbert wrote:

Do you not have any Amiga Equipment? If you were in the US, I would gladly see what I could scrounge up for you, but man is it expensive to ship across the border. If you are looking for Hardware Amiga, I know a gentleman in Canada who does indeed sell Amiga items. I could direct you his way.

No it will likely be some time before I do, I keep spending money I should not (bad habit) so I have debt I need to catch up on. However, I certainly would gladly accept any info or leads you have for Amiga dealer's in Canada thanks!

I sent you a pm through our boards thanks.

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