Tacticular Cancer: We'll have your balls

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Major crash issue and some general game questions

Discussion in 'Prelude To Darkness' started by China, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Chinagender: ⚧ Novice

    China
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    First of all, I just want to say, this is an awesome game. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far. But I have a few questions:

    1. I've heard of the game freezing in certain situations and on certain actions, but my game freezes every 10 minutes without fail no matter what I'm doing. I have version 1.8. Should I download an earlier version or is there any other fix for this?

    and some general questions about game mechanics:

    2. Is there any way to play music besides by asking the innkeeper/ bartender. I mean, can you play it for individuals, to make them like you better?

    3. Just out of curiosity, I noticed the skin color on the character models changes. Is this based on their bloodline, or does it attempt to match the portrait you selected? I'm sure I'll figure this out on my own after enough party creations, but I was just curious how that's done.

    4. The walkthrough, so far, does not deal with the first dream. I haven't been able to win the battle yet. Is that a problem? Is there an important reason to win the dream battle? Should I keep trying until I get it?

    Thanks guys!
     
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  2. Section8gender: ⚧ Erudite

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    None of these are definitive answers, but:

    Not unless it's explicitly given as a dialogue option, which I've not seen anywhere besides conversation with Inn Keepers.

    I'm pretty sure it's based on the portrait.

    I think it's supposed to be impossible. When your allies zombify the odds become overwhelming.

    As for the ten minute crashes, I know I've heard of other people having the same problem, but I don't know if there's a fix for it. You might be able to search some threads or hope someone turns up in this one with an answer.
     
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  3. cardtrickgender: ⚧ Arbiter

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    I didn't get crashes every ten minutes . . . more like every 25 or 30, which made it playable but infuriating (especially since it brought down my entire computer, rather than just crashing to desktop).

    Those were the random crashes -- there were also plenty that were avoidable, which at first made it seem like it was randomly crashing every 10 minutes. I'm not sure whether you're having the same issue, but try to pay attention to what you're doing when the game crashes and see if it's reproducible. I can't remember the things that I discovered were crashing my game, with one major exception -- every time I was in a dungeon/cave/underground, the game would crash if I scrolled the field of view too far. At first I thought it was either random or that the game was simply unstable in dungeons, but eventually I realized that if I just moved my characters rather than scrolling the field of view (so that they always stayed roughly centered in my view) the game wouldn't crash. It was annoying, but livable.

    As for the music thing . . . I think you can only play music for innkeepers, but I do remember music skill being used in some way in a couple of quests. I may be mistaken and I don't remember specifics -- I only played the game once, and I mostly rushed through it because the bugs were driving me insane.

    EDIT: Oh, and I don't think you can possibly beat that opening battle. Count yourself lucky you can even see it -- for me, for some reason, the opening battle was completely black, with only sound effects to let me know what was going on.
     
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  4. Joragender: ⚧ Arcane

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    There's a street musician you can play with in the Citadel. There are also some quests in Land's End and the Citadel that require Music. Can't think of anything else right now.
     
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