Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Welcome to Avernum

Avernum is an indie rpg made by Spiderweb Software. It's a classic turn-based role-playing game with an open world, many quests, a robust skill system and a choice of four PCs. RPGs of today do not make these types of games anymore.

The story is that your party of four has been banished to the underworld for some unknown crime against the cruel Empire. The underworl, or Avernum, is where the Empire sends all of its dissadents, criminals or just because someone in power didn't like the way you look.

When you first arrive at your knew home you have no idea what is going on or what to do. It's up to you to decide for yourself what actions you want to take.

My dream to be traveling around with three women has come true for Rincewind.
 You start out by choosing four characters and what kinds of skills you want them to have. There are suggested skills for certain character classes like Soldiers have more strength, endurance and are better with multiple weapons. While a sorcerer has very little strength, more intelligence and knows some magic. You don't have to choose a class. You can choose customize if you want and then you can spend the skill points any way you which.

Here we can see all of the different skills and various other information about one of your characters. I have five extra skillpoints I can spend anywhere I want. In addition there are various character traits I can choose from. You have both benificial traits and ones that are not so beneficial. The ones that help you like beastmaster will allow you to summon beasts once per day, but you will get less experience points throughout the game. If you choose a harmful trait then you can receive extra experience points throughout the game. I try to balance it out sometimes. Like choosing the natural mage trait that enables my mage to wear armor and then choosing the brittle bones trait which means I will need to stay out of physical combat. I was going to do that anyways, so why not make have more of an incentive. By doing this I would receive 5% extra expeirence from my adventures, -25% for being a natural mage and +30% for having brittle bones.

Now the story begins:

So this is Avernum and the infamous gate. I have my four party members there are on the screen and the stats and equipment on the right of the screen. At the bottom it tells you game information or dialogue and below that are the tabs for various actions. Starting from the left we have look, mage spells, priest spells, wait a turn, talk, get, combat mode, use a skill, journal, options and help.

This game is easiest when played using a keyboard. The mouse takes too long. You use the numberpad to move around and hotkeys. For example: hit g to "get" items.

Now I go find out what's going on.

I talk to the various people and learn that they are here to "welcome" me to Avernum and provide me with some basic gear so I don't resort to thievery out of desperation. I also learn that they are having problems with bandits, the Nephilim (cat people) and Slithzerikai (lizard men).

So now I leave this safe setting in search of fame, glory and riches in Avernum.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Gaming World

Welcome to my blog. I'm starting this mostly for myself, but if some of you enjoy my posts on games then all the better. I'm hoping that by starting this I will try to finish more of the hundreds of games I have without buying a ton of new ones. There are just too many games being released nowadays that I don't have a chance to finish the ones I have before a new shiny one becomes available. Also, I'm a little tired of all the information I have written down in forums being lost. I would like to have one place where I keep all that information for future reference.

I would like to thank Hedge_Witch, Rampant Coyote and CRPGAddict. They have some of the best blogs I've seen and inspired me to start my own. If you enjoy poetry then I highly recommend you go to Hedge_Witch's Verse Escape. If you enjoy indie games head on over to Rampant Coyote's site and if you enjoy awesome old games then CRPGAddict's site is for you.

As for my blog I will post my progress through a game complete with screenshots and then give a mini-review at the end. I play all kinds of games ranging from FPS to RPG to strategy games. My favorites are RPGs and if you enjoy playing crpgs then I highly recommend you head on over to www.rpgwatch.com. They have the best news and forums, imo. Although I might be a little biased since I'm a staff member over there.

My first game will be Avernum. Avernum is an RPG made by Jeff Vogel. It takes place on another world where my party of four are banished underground by the ruling government for some unknown crime. So without furthur ado I give you Avernum.