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Knights of the Chalice on Ironman - the ultimate challenge

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Paula Tormeson IV, Mar 4, 2010.

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Ironman settings

  1. Random world-map encounters AND cleared areas do NOT stay cleared

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  2. No random world-map encounters AND cleared areas do NOT stay cleared

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  3. No random world-map encounters AND cleared areas do STAY cleared

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  1. Monocausegender: ⚧ Arcane

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    Did the orc raid and crafted a masterwork composite longbow for the knight. Tell you what, game is much more fun on ironman.
     
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    :P that's right. It's good for your adrenaline level.
     
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  3. Monocausegender: ⚧ Arcane

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    Something strange happened, maybe you guys can explain.

    First of all, I've grinded towards lvl3 so that a stray arrow won't kill my mages. Point blank shot for the knight and a bastard sword proficiency for the cleric (good damage while retaining the ability to use the shield).

    The strange thing - I found some pretty powerful loot in random encounters on the world map. I've found a ring of fire resistance earlier, now a +2 frost greatsword. That's a little extreme for a lvl3 party, don't you think? Also, it didn't happen to me while playing on normal, perhaps it's a bonus for doing ironman?

    On both occasions the great loot fell out of a single giant spider.
     
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  4. Paula Tormeson IVgender: ⚧ Scholar

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    I didn't grind random encounters. What sort of level-scaling does this game have?

    Anyway, I think you should just ask the game makers. If it's a bug, they will be happy to hear about it.
     
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  5. Monocausegender: ⚧ Arcane

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    I think the dungeons are not level-scaled. The respawns and random encounters are, throwing something like CR +/- 2 encounters at you.

    I'll drop a post on the official boards later.
     
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    I think that's normal, you can get good loot from random encounters. Anyway, I didn't grind on random encounters, except maybe 3-4 encounters early on to reach lvl3.

    update: I cleared the ORc Stockade and am lvl 11 now. I'm in the beginning of the mountain pass. The Orc Stockade was pretty easy after the dragon, but the gnoll ambush was critical. After the surprise round 3 of my guys were stunned (sound burst) and the non-stunned wizard was at half his HP. For quite some time into the fight I thought that's the end. But somehow I prevailed. (By this time both wizards had displacement cloaks already)
     
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    I'm thru the mountain pass but Sigurd has been killed (by a slaying arrow, duh!) in the fight with the black dragon, I raised him but he lost all his XP since last level-up. naturally.
     
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    I have cleared Corinth, just achieved 4th level of experience.
     
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    I loaded my game to make a screenshot, then exited without saving first. Savegame is - of course - deleted. Maybe I start anew, maybe not.
     
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  10. Paula Tormeson IVgender: ⚧ Scholar

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    What a twist!

    These KotC guys obviously took the ironman mode seriously. No exiting without saving first.

    Sorry about your loss.

    edit: Now I know to make backup copies of my saves in case of crashes to desktop.
     
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    I show you the screenshots I had taken.

    [​IMG]

    and here I just arrived in Taneliz

    [I accidentaly deleted this image from imageshack :oops: ]

    Then I quit the game and I didn't save.

    I'd like to mention that this is all your fault.
     
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  12. Paula Tormeson IVgender: ⚧ Scholar

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    You should try to use a data-recovery tool. The save-game file may still exist in the depths of your machine's maze-like stomach.
     
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    Since I foolishly got rid of my savegame, I'll do what an iron man does under that circumstances. I roll up a new party.

    Name, race & class, STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, CHA, feats, rolls

    Valkar, human cleric, 17, 11, 14, 10, 18, 12, Initiative, Forge W&A, 3rd roll

    Look at this shitty DEX couldn't he have at least 12??

    Valiana, human cleric, 18,16,13, 14, 18, 12, Initiative, Scribe Scroll, 1st roll

    very good, ok only 13 CON but still

    Eldread, half-elf Wizard, 10, 19, 14, 20, 15, 13, Initiative, 2nd roll

    jackpot

    Shana, half-elf Wizard, 9, 19, 12, 20, 13, 15, Initiative, 3rd roll

    not bad either

    I'm starting and I will provide screenshots of the adventure.

    [I accidentaly deleted this image from imageshack :oops: ]

    update: this game ended almost immediately while fighting the 3 elementals for Quoris, poor party I hardly knew ye
     
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  16. Paula Tormeson IVgender: ⚧ Scholar

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    Lulz. I guess the beginning is sometimes hard for parties without fighters. I've never been even bruised by those elementals.

    (For those who don't know and are curious, VoD tried to recover his deleted save-game but found only deleted ToEE saves. A Codexian tragedy.)
     
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  17. VentilatorOfDoomgender: ⚧ RPG Codex Staff Patron

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    OK the next party wasn't that cursed.

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    The Orc fight. Survived without casualties. Key: don't be too eager, let the knights do their work.
     
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    FFS thanks Monocause for the tip, those lone spider REALLY drop kickass magic items. Just got bracers of armor+5 and I'm only lvl3.

    Cue:

    1. grind on lone spiders
    2. ???
    3. Profit!
     
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    What's up guys? Am I the only one still playing?

    My new party achieved lvl5. Cleared Corinth. I'm in the cave currently.

    Ambushed by 2 spiders and some skeletons:

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    After killing those plus the evil Cleric in the next room, here's the encounter with a vampire (both wizards went first, courtesy of improved initiative, magic missiles did the job easily enough):

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    The critical encounter with the spider queen Kutula and her spider minions. Here's the beginning:

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    Meanwhile Asaxor, the blue robed half-elf wizard, is unconscious:

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    I brought him back into the fight with a well placed Cure Serious.

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    Spider queen Kutula is alone and blinded (glitterdust):

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    This is just before the final magic missile:

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    And after defeating the spider queen:

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    Ready to take on the rest of the cave.
     
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  20. Paula Tormeson IVgender: ⚧ Scholar

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    I'll eventually make another attempt at beating you. Probably others have already failed.
     
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    Hi !!
    I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite thread on RPGCodex.

    Cleared the cave (again without babaus & vrock) and am at the beginning of the Orc Stackade. Will keep on updating my progress.

    A dwarf wizard greets us:

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    He needs help to overthrow the evil dwarf king (but you have to keep him alive) this time my wizard goes first and casts displacement on him.

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    Neptune is still alive and hostile dwarfs have been hit by a soundburst:

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    Dwarf king defeated which means:

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    With the dwarf issues settled the thri-keen leader granted me access to the ancient tomb:

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    Taramis just got CON-drained by a mummy - which means a trip to Vanicia to restore him.

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    Infront of the Orc Stockade, ready for heroics.
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    Done with ME2, back to KotC.

    We entered the Orc Stockade:
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    A room with a campfire and 2 trolls.
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    And before the point of no return:
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    This time I timed it so that I made lvl7 before the point of no return, normally you make lvl7 before encountering the dragon but you can't rest anywhere so it isn't of much use. This time I will have lvl4 spells so all will be easier than usual.

    [​IMG]
     
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  23. Yeeshgender: ⚧ Magister

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    Jesus, really? So I guess the game must just never crash, otherwise ironman would be pretty fucking untenable. That would drive me crazy. What were they thinking? I get brownouts in the summertime, people play on laptops, many pieces of utility software can force a reboot every once in a while...
     
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  24. Waterd103gender: ⚧ Novice

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    While I think about the new RPG im gonna play I will rerun KoTC.
    My only previous run was an ironman run that ended in the orc fortress. Im sad about it because I lost because I didnt knew the game was impossible to complete without scribing scroll feats or wands. Most D&D have potions to sell or to find, or at least I would expect the cleric stores to have HUGE amounts of Wands and healing scrolls to sell, It seems this is not the case.

    I wanted to do a run like previus one, where I did no rerolls, no 18 stats, no max hp.

    But in the spirit of keeping with this challenge

    I will use the rules proposed
    Max HP
    1 roll of 18
    no rerolls

    The exception is that I will use no random encounters of map, those only induce grinding wich is stupid to me.

    Lets see how it goes, if stomeone still interested (even if this is a 1 year old thread)
     
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