I had two meetings this morning (Friday AM). And in the excitement I forgot my morning meds. (I've been doing insane runs at Baldur's Gate - 20-hour straight gaming and stuff). One of the anime I'm watching this season is Heavy Object, which is interesting because they throw in interesting science and stuff to explain how our heroes on foot can take on these mini-DeathStar vehicles so they can save their female friend who pilots an older model of one of these monsters from being destroyed by the newest rival machine. New episode involves an Object that uses artillery shelling to destroy enemies. . .
I just woke up from one of my really crazy dreams. In my dream, I am young and have just joined this academy that teaches fighting with a new hand-weapon that I remember nothing about. As the newb I'm not allowed to take part in the current armed combat training, so to blow off steam I wander the grounds. I notice something odd flying through the air and crash into a lawn nearby. It's a cat. After the second or third such sighting I realize that somebody is pitching cats into the sky, trying to kill them on impact with cement driveways. I decide to put a stop to it, but can't see who is doing it, so I try to find the perp. I get my new friend from school to help and we split up trying to find the perp. I realize it's the sister of my new friend from school - a girl I have a decided crush on, up to this point. When she spots me coming she tries to escape, and we have a chase, and I manage to catch her, and have my arms and legs wrapped around her trying to keep her from escaping until her bro can find us and help. She's turned away from me, but turns her head enough so she can see me, and tells me she has a knife, and she's going to cut me so bad I bleed out before help can arrive if I don't let her go. I let her go. She takes off while I watch. Her brother shows up but I am unable to completely convince him of what happened.
The next day I'm at my part-time job at a warehouse. I hear a noise, and turn just in time to see something flying at me. Then I am waking up on my back on the ground after being knocked cold. I have blood and a bruise on my forehead. And a cut on my throat, very shallow. Later on I realize that "the girl" went insane, threw something at me to knock me out, and was going to cut my throat, but stopped. I can't convince anyone at the job, or her bro, that this happened the way I think it did.
She is also a student at the special-weapons academy, and considered one of it's toughest fighters. What nobody but me understands is that she's tough because she's insane, and can tap in to the sort of adrenaline-fueled strength that only an insane or really desperate person has access to. Being that I am the only person that understands this, but am a complete newb at using the new weapon, I have to find a way to stop her before she really harms somebody. So I have to push beyond my own limits to be able to compete with her, to stop her. At the same time, I still have a thing for her, so I can't just take the easy way out and go for a kill shot. I have to find a way to stop her without harming her, in the hopes that she can be saved.
And then I woke up.
I'm on a cocktail that ("one pill makes me big, and one pill makes me small") - one pill reduces depression, the other reduces anxiety... And though I very rarely forget to take them, I nearly always get these odd dreams that involve lots of moving. In this case, running around chasing the crazy girl.
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Baldur's Gate. Early in the summer GOG had a sale on several old D&D computer games - Baldur's Gate I and II, Icewind Dale I and II, Neverwinter Nights I and II, Planescape: Torment. And most of the expansions (but not Expanded Edition versions). Long ago I started BG1, but never finished it. I vaguely remember reaching the city and spending time in the sewers chasing Ogre-Mage's as the last thing I did. This is Tales of the Sword Coast edition I am currently playing, with a few additional dungeons. I'm currently running around the city trying to find and complete as many quests as I can before being booted from the city. Man are there a BUNCH of little side-quests in the city.
As a break I picked up the halfling thief girl Alora ( baldursgate.wikia.com/wiki/Alo… ), then went back and grabbed a couple others I haven't been using and started a series of runs from The Friendly Arms Inn, to Cloakwood Mines in order to get XPs and gold to level up the newb companions. This got me wondering about the viability of an all-girl team. I've also been contemplating an all-evil team, and wondering who to recruit, and how to pull THAT off, considering I don't play evil very well and evil in BG requires you to not build up too much Reputation - even tho the quests that give the big XP and complete the major plot points pretty much all grant Rep points too.
So I started my all-girl team. Main Character is female elf ranger with a halberd and composite long bow. (BG1 doesn't allow dual-wield, and sword-and-board is for Khalid = the worst tank ever.) So I recruit Khalid/Jahira, and then Minsc/Dyneheir, and promptly run off to the basilisk's map to get the boys petrified - because I don't want them dead-dead, just in case. So it's my main, Imoen (thief), Jahira (fighter/druid), Dynaheir (invoker-mage), and Branwen (cleric). Trying to figure out who to pull for the last spot that won't be problematic. IE: I could get Safana (thief), but I'd never complete her quest before she'd bail on me.
Man is Jahira's constant complaints that our high Reputation = bad leadership annoying. It doesn't surprise me that somebody figured out how to alter her alignment to NG, like Khalid's. I'm wondering how to implement this in the GOG version of the game.
At the bottom of Nashkel Mines, I manage to accidentally draw off the kobolds that are guarding Xan the despondent Enchanter-Mage. So for pure idiocy I grab him, run back to town, fill his spellbook, rest, and head back in to face the final boss of the mine = Mulahey the half-orc cleric. I put Xan back in his room as a backup to my main fighting Mulahey while the rest of the party tries to survive his summoned hordes of kobolds and skeletons. Mulahey fuzzles my main with Friends or something, which I'd expected. Xan then Charms Mulahey and we use Mulahey to help kill his own summoned hordes. Then we wait for the charm to wear off so we can finish HIM. Very entertaining. I am nearly convinced to use the Belt of Masculinity/Femininity Change on Xan to turn him into an honorary girl so I can keep him. If only I can figure out how to alter his portrait and voice (in the GOG version of the game). Back at town I prep for Nimbul the assassin-mage waiting outside the inn, spreading the team out so his various "charm-effect" spells aren't so likely to get the entire party. He gets my main. Then he turns on Xan and blasts him with something that does ongoing damage. Xan charms Nimbul, then Xan dies from the ongoing damage. Xan's Charm does not end immediately with his death, but Nimbul's charm on my main ends immediately after HE is charmed. Unfortunately as soon as Nimbul recovers from the charm he blasts my main to death and I have to reload the fight, which doesn't go quite so entertainingly the second time. Still, the fact that Xan managed to charm TWO major bosses in two fights has me laughing my rear end right out of my chair. I am now wondering if one of my other parties should go back and re-recruit him.
I had also picked up BG2 (for the first time) around the same time I got BG1. For some reason I was unable to get out of the initial dungeon, so I gave up. I recently reinstalled the new version of the game and played through that part to see if I could figure out how to escape this time. I did. I also found and rescued and recruited Aerie. She's an interesting but convoluted character: Cleric/Mage, I'm wondering what AI is best with her to get her to do stuff in combat besides just slinging stones.
Is anyone else having an entertaining holiday season?