it keeps telling me the email is already registered when i try to claim the name, it will not even let me download the app, as it jumps to the email window, which it says is already registered, i can watch the conversation in discord, but am unable to talk
What timezone do you play in?
I live in New York, out on the island. (US Eastern) I play when I have time
What kind of plots do you like to run?
High adventure, with lots of twists along the way
What kind of Factions do you like to be involved with?
I don't really have a preference. Make some noise in any given faction, and I will become curious.
What do you like to do with your time in the game?
What do you do outside of CoA? Do you play any other games?
Lately, work a lot, and go out a lot. Which makes it feel like I am working to pay my bar tab. I hate the cold though, which is why I'm back for the winter. I play madden and magic online, though rarely do I dedicate a lot of time to either.
Did you play PnP before you came to online gaming?
Once. I got bored and tried to kill my party with my level one rogue. Got sent into the next room to play a computer game, and was never invited back. In my defense, I was way more of a jackass at 21 when this happened then I am at 43, and I'm still pretty bad.
Do you have a nickname?
Does "hey, asshole!" count?
What is the best way to approach you?
Depends on what you need. If you want to discuss a concept or a plot idea, forum pms are best so I can take the time to read and digest before I respond. If you need a quick fix in game, IRC works best.
and if you don't have several gigabytes to store your game… at least save your CD keys!
You can always download a cracked version and use it with your legal keys, can't you?
nwncdkey.ini in the nwn folder, if I am correct.
That's what I do
I actually feel that these are a great boon. Free rest, free sendings, powerful gear (appraise +5 ring) are the reasons why I can pay a group of adventurers 1000+ gold for some plot related tasks (without needing to constantly power quest to keep funds coming in)
Well, one faction's perks may be more useful than another, but in my case they just showed how little common sense my 'employers' (not that I had wages or anything, in fact I paid quite some money into the resurrection fund, and by dealing out consumables to absentminded wizards) had as they were either a small improvement on skills I already had (2 more points of concentration if wearing a helm, a 3 lbs lighter shield), duplicated class abilities (some minor clerical spells 1/day, free rest if willing to make a detour), made no difference because of my class (reduced arcane spell failure), or even worked against it (medium armor on a ranger, a shield for someone with a deity whose favored weapon maps to a two-handed weapon (and has the ranger two-weapon fighting skills)). Free sendings would have helped, or access to the crafting areas (even if not using them actively, but just to be able to patrol them), or if they really wanted to provide something useful, either a weight reducing bag or STR enhancing belt/gloves/whatever would have made a difference. I wasn't even provided with a weapon..
But guess what, despite all that, being in the faction was still a lot of fun, because of the group of PC 'allies' (quoted, as for me there was more intra-faction tension than inter-faction tension) and the forum binding them all together and giving you something more or less meaningful to do when you couldn't be online but had some spare time to spend.
After all, I wouldn't be throwing so much gold around if there wasn't a real chance of actually getting something valuable out of it, right?
Yes, I was/am looking to get something valuable out of it, but to me (and my character) that wouldn't be 'loot', but soft things like helping characters change their ways/views, and players having a good time. I doubt I'm being very effective but at least one player is still having a good time.
we will always be squishy, there are ways to mitigate this though
this is what i have found helps
1 travel with competent people (it took practice, but i learned my limits, when i travel alone in the game it is always fully buffed, with a full second set of buffs in reserve to get me home, as soon as they start wearing off, it is time to find a place to rest or return "home")
2 supplies supplies supplies (if i am low on healing potions/wands and restore things, i do not complain, it is my own fault , if i go on a quest low on supplies that is also on me)
3 always have a escape route planned in any circumstance (not always viable in some quests or locations, but having a plan helps)
4 this is a biggie for me, others may not have the same issue(my connection is good enough for me to get on..but just barely), but I always gauge my questing and exploring based on how long it takes the NPCs to reply to me, the longer it takes the more lag there is, if it gets too bad, it is time for RP and light exploring. If i do decide to take risks under those circumstances I blame myself when i suffer a loss (keep an eye on software OS updates that load without your permission, they can suck up bandwidth that can cause in game lag)
5 if you are on a DM quest, supplies supplies supplies, and what is the quest? is it one for a specific individual? if that is the case be happy you are along, you are a background cast member, trying to be the center of attention is not healthy for your character, just watch and enjoy the show. Most DM events I have had the pleasure of following along on are very entertaining story and action wise.
6 there will be characters your character will not get along with, for various reasons, be they dislike the race or subrace your character is, or other things, including your characters reputation (yes, characters can get negative reputations with out even really trying that hard) how you react to these characters can have a inlfuence on your long term survival. standing your ground when you are surrounded by a mob of banites may not be that healthy (with some exceptions, there are players who excel at PvP and win against overwhelming odds, if you the reader are one of them you can ignore this advice) know when to bite your lip and walk away, be polite
Frin's Basement is a 1-3 quest that is likely never to be done again due to the lvl 6 start, either needs updated or just removed perhaps.
Porry Hatters is also a 1-3 doomed to never be done again, either upgraded to a Cabal of Wererat wizards or removed or something.
I get where this is coming from.
I've actually been the "Bad guy" in this regard before - but I'll run down how I tend to handle letters to NPCs.
Do I just happen to know this character? - If so, did I, personally, directly interact with them using this NPC? if so, easy to respond in a totally direct IC manner - But, check the DM forums for notes on the player/this NPC, to see if they NPC recently got possessed by an evil Half-Moloch or something, or recently had a fight with this character - Adjust response based on these potential changes.
If I don't happen to know this character -
Search through the DM forums (we have sections like - PC notes - Player posted - and PC notes - DM posted. We also have places like NPC notes, and then the applications forum) so I check those first to see if this character has been mentioned and if I can get any info.
If I can find nothing, this is where it get's complicated. Hopefully, in the player notes - PC/DM posted sections, or applications, there was SOMETHING about this character. Otherwise, I have... very, very little to go on.
I tend to base the level of "Fame" (this is my own personal way of handling things regarding NPC reactions to PCs) on how much literal buzz there is about characters in game actions. I might breifly check the bulletin boards, check the militia/other faction forums (can you see how this is taking a LONG ass time for one letter yet?) to see if I can figure out who in the game world does know them. I may even look at the IC letters forum for clues, and potentially, if I've really got a whole lot of spare time lying around, I might even check the auction board. It's possible this player character is actually selling something this NPC wants! or, maybe they are a well known smith, with epic skillz, and this NPC respects/hates craftsmen?
If after having exausted all of these things (assuming I had the time to check through all of this) I can find near nothing to guide how this interaction should go. I will check the NPC in question again, to make sure I have their general personality right, and try to respond in a way that makes sense for them. Often this will be something like - "Come back and ask when you've made a name for yourself" or a slightly more helpful "I don't really know who you are (OH MY GOD LOOK I JUST DID IT!!!) but if you can solve (insert problem here) for me, we can talk.
I mean, there isn't THAT much more I can do, without any actual information.