That’s right, I’m taking a long weekend. This will be the last post until Wednesday. There’s a variety of reasons, but the main one is that my wife’s birthday is Monday, and I’ve set up a weekend of thrills and gifts that she’ll hopefully enjoy. We’re doing dinner, a play, gifts, bowling, roller skating, and a variety of whatever-she-wants.
Before I go, here’s a quick news update. I finished Orcs Must Die; it’s the first game I’ve basically played to completion without any breaks in a long time. It was fun and engaged me both on a physical/reflexes level as well as a mental/strategic level. there were several levels I hooted and hollered were “impossible” to do without the crystal taking any damage, but in the end, I was wrong; I finished it with every level at top completion. Go me.
So if you like strategy mixed with action, like a first-person, single-player (though you can have more) Dungeon Defenders, Orcs Must Die is a steal, especially when you get it on sale.
I played another round of Neverwinter Nights. I did reroll and min-maxed an elf rogue with 18 dex and 14 con, sacrificing both a good charisma as well as more skill points in the name of CRPG survivability. My buddy and I had an interesting talk about how pen and paper D&D worked with the “challenge ratings” of encounters, and he was shocked to learn that 4 level 1 NPCs fighting a single level 1 NPC was a “fair” encounter. I see his point and have often lamented that 4 on 1 in any even remotely balanced encounter isn’t fair simply from a strategic point of view, but them’s the bones. A CR 1 encounter, appropriate for a level 1 party of 4, is a level 1 NPC. I didn’t make the rules.
Regardless, we had no problems with this go-round. My character did a great job getting sneak attack damage (when possible), and his did a good job surviving. There were still a few close calls, but it was largely much better.
Our flex run this week was a bit rougher than usual, and we really didn’t have many truly new people. It ran about a half hour longer, but, frankly, clearing SoO in 3.5 hours is a hell of a lot better than most people have it, so I wasn’t complaining. On top of that, I actually got a few “bonus” rune stones, putting me 3 from my cloak. I also got 5 upgrades, which seems awesome, but it means I’m almost broke now for what amounts to a few ilevels total. Still, I’m happy for the gear, of course!
Enjoy your weekend and Veteran’s Day, if you’re in a place that celebrates it!
Stubborn (and resting)