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Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-13-2015, 01:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,178
Posted By Aerich
Sunglass Man Does the Dale draw you in again? [IWD/HoW]

Because it draws me in. After a loooong hiatus filled with interesting life events, I am ready to plan another party and adventure again. I have two fundamental issues to decide:

1) Do I play...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-12-2012, 02:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,423
Posted By Aerich
Re: Party Composition for the latest run

I'd agree that a dual + multi is slightly better than a multi + multi, assuming they are of the same class types. I put it down to greater ability to specialize in roles (e.g. F/M bomber and...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-08-2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,423
Posted By Aerich
Party Composition for the latest run

*Hey ZFR* :wave:

Now that I am fully up and running, here goes. These characters are actually imports from a game I tried to play on an old laptop some time ago but had to give up in Dragon's Eye....
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-08-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,873
Posted By Aerich
Re: Tech Questions: Running IWD on a VM with Windows XP

A USB mouse it is. Thanks to all who helped.
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-07-2012, 12:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,873
Posted By Aerich
Re: Tech Questions: Running IWD on a VM with Windows XP

Thanks. I thought I might have to do that, and now I will. :)
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-03-2012, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,873
Posted By Aerich
Re: Tech Questions: Running IWD on a VM with Windows XP

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it, but it didn't work. Any other suggestions?
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-01-2012, 09:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,873
Posted By Aerich
Re: Tech Questions: Running IWD on a VM with Windows XP

Another stupid question...

My Mac mouse has only one button. The way the interface is set up in IWD there is are functions for a second mouse button (R-click is used to open item descriptions,...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 02-29-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,873
Posted By Aerich
Re: Tech Questions: Running IWD on a VM with Windows XP

IWD is in business. I altered the resolution from 800x600 into the officially unsupported resolutions, and that solved the viewing issue.
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 02-27-2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,873
Posted By Aerich
Re: Tech Questions: Running IWD on a VM with Windows XP

Awesome, thanks guys. Seems I'm that much closer to getting this going...

Now that you mention it, I suspect that even though I'm running the VM in fullscreen, IWD isn't being run in fullscreen. I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2012, 03:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,850
Posted By Aerich
Re: Cloudy's Cafe, a conversation zone, Sept.23, 2011

Howdy folks. Been a long time since I posted on any forums - Cloudy, there's another one I ought to go visit...

What did I do with my time? Finished my education, got a professional job, moved on...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 02-27-2012, 03:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,873
Posted By Aerich
Tech Questions: Running IWD on a VM with Windows XP

Hey folks, long time no see. I see the forum is awash with people still playing these classic games. :)

As my old computer has long ago hit the skids, I am in the process of trying to get at least...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 09-20-2010, 12:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,259
Posted By Aerich
Re: A Return to the Dale

I've taken my party through lvl 2 of Dragon's Eye so far. On level 1, before I returned to Kuldahar and took advantage of Orrick's increased spell selection, my F/M/T had spell slots up to level five...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-31-2010, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,110
Posted By Aerich
Re: Dragon Eye L5

Probably 60%, I don't know for sure. If you're a little short, try using the luck spell on your thief or singing Tymora's Melody with a bard.

They take quite a while to detect, so go slow when...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-31-2010, 02:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,110
Posted By Aerich
Re: Dragon Eye L5

If you're doing the game without a thief, a cleric can still help - there's a Detect Traps spell, iirc. It won't trip them, of course, but at least it'll let you avoid them.

You may even want to...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-30-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,110
Posted By Aerich
Re: Dragon Eye L5

I don't recall that there is any mod etc to turn off the traps. AFAIK, a thief works best. :)
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-30-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 911
Posted By Aerich
Re: Starting HoW (Spoilers)

Yes, the chest would be fine. Basically anywhere they won't disappear (e.g. not on the ground) and that you'll remember.

For whatever reason, exporting storage items (bag of holding, also the...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-22-2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,259
Posted By Aerich
Re: A Return to the Dale

Interesting party composition. It should cover just about everything. I assume the C/R does the tanking?

How do you find the scroll access for your Enchanter? That's steered me away from pureclass...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-22-2010, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 920
Posted By Aerich
Re: Revealing chests cheat

I think the Alt highlights dropped/treasure items regardless of whether you've got cheats enabled.

I think anyone who's made it through without it before has earned the right to use it on...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-09-2010, 12:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,259
Posted By Aerich
A Return to the Dale

Sooooo, looks like this forum is dead...

I am adventuring once more in the Dale, after several years away. I am, once again, playing HoF from scratch, with beginning characters. This time through,...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 10-17-2009, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,071
Posted By Aerich
Re: Changing "feats"

That's right, Kyrvias. As well, a character using two weapons should also get the Ambidexterity feat, to reduce the attack penalty on the off-hand weapon.
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 07-08-2009, 02:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,146
Posted By Aerich
Re: So how does Sneak Attack work? (IWD2)

Sneak attack damage is applied any time your rogue makes a first attack from a flank or rear position. Once sneak-attacked, enemies tend to attack the rogue that sneak-attacked them, after which (as...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-30-2009, 12:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,136
Posted By Aerich
Re: Buying IWD2

I liked it. It took a while to get used to the 3E rules, and it's a rougher game than IWD1, but it's still good.

You should be able to finish in around 30-40 game days. I honestly have very...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-30-2009, 12:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,321
Posted By Aerich
Re: IWD - New Run

There's at least a few HoF-from-scratch threads around with good advice in them. My opinion is admittedly biased, since I was a major contributor to them... :)

Forget any spells whose...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-29-2009, 11:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,550
Posted By Aerich
Re: IWD1 - Dragon's Eye 4 on HoF (from-scratch)

You don't have to kill the adventurers even if you clear the level on your own. If there's no enemies to fight on the level and you don't attack them (or get them to fight you with dialogue), all...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-28-2009, 10:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,550
Posted By Aerich
Re: IWD1 - Dragon's Eye 4 on HoF (from-scratch)

It is a tough level when doing HoF from scratch. Arguably harder than lvl 5 of DE and Burial Isle, because you can't rest.

What has worked for me in the past is the following:
Fort up in the...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-28-2009, 10:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,265
Posted By Aerich
Re: HoF turn undead

Yes, you can turn undead, but it takes a long while before you can turn anything that's actually dangerous. A maxed-out paladin in the TotL Crypt can destroy mummies and ghosts, and occasionally turn...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-28-2009, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,064
Posted By Aerich
Re: The Seer's ladies [IWD - HoW] (slight spoilers)

I know this discussion was months ago...

I think I know who the last one is, the "One dwells beneath a mirror of the sky and has a heart like an ocean, too big for her will to contain. She once...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-28-2009, 10:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,245
Posted By Aerich
Re: My First Heart of Fury

Well done - glad to see that people are still playing, and trying HoF mode. :)

I know it's been successful for you, and fun, but I do have a reservation about your party. Will you keep going and...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-27-2009, 12:02 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,049
Posted By Aerich
Re: Calling to all who...

Congrats on finishing! I'm glad you found my earlier thread helpful/inspiring. That's what it was for. :)

A couple of quick notes: iirc, the Otiluke's Resilient Sphere exploit only works in...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 08-27-2008, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,245
Posted By Aerich
Re: My First Heart of Fury

A balanced party with lots of spell capability (minimum 2 arcane and 2 divine casters), and lots of warriors (recommended 4). Obviously, this will mean multi- and/or dual-classing.
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2008, 01:48 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,107
Posted By Aerich
Re: USA Men's Basketball

No credit for Chris Bosh? He can play the 5, especially in the international game. He proved a couple years ago that he's a team guy too, playing more of a rebounding specialist role.

I'd be...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 05-30-2008, 01:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,710
Posted By Aerich
Re: (IWD2) Chronicles of a HoF Party

If you're going to use a monk as a tank in HoF, you have to ultra-buff it. You won't be able to use it much as a tank for a while yet. Frankly, another spellcaster is more powerful, as I'm sure you...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 05-27-2008, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,002
Posted By Aerich
Re: Need party advice

Responded to your PM.

In short, you want lots of spell capability and at least 4 characters that are at least multi or dual-classed with a warrior class.
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 05-27-2008, 10:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,710
Posted By Aerich
Re: (IWD2) Chronicles of a HoF Party

I'm not sold on "needing" AC 72 to survive. AC in the 60s will protect you fairly well against most enemies, but you'll get hit almost every time with an AC of 40.

Note that there is a bug with...
Forum: Entertainment (Movies, TV Shows and Books/Comics) 05-13-2008, 12:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By Aerich
Re: Any David Gemmell fans?

I like Gemmel. He's a bit too bloody on women for my taste (they all seem to get raped and/or killed), but he tells a strong story. Waylander is a pretty cool character, and Legend is about as epic...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 04-12-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,214
Posted By Aerich
Re: (IWD2) A New Adventure

Ah good. New/old blood. Long time no see, Slaytern. ;)

You're not really missing anything but frustration by not having a material manual. It's poorly written and sometimes inaccurate, and was...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 03-18-2008, 01:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,883
Posted By Aerich
Re: HoF mode: How do I deal with the Wailing Virgins?

1) Protect yourself from Hopelessness. Cast Mind Blank (caster-only mage lvl 8 spell), Impervious Sanctity of Mind (caster-only cleric 7), and/or Chaotic Commands (cast on any, cleric 5).

2) Hang...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 02-26-2008, 02:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 854
Posted By Aerich
Re: Lower Dorn's Deep is TOUGH!

I assume you are talking about Tarnished Sentries. Try running a search on the forum or check post 8 of this thread...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 02-17-2008, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 854
Posted By Aerich
Re: HoF from scratch game

I agree. Don't forget, your F/D multi will gain attacks as it levels up. Even though it can't get the extra proficiency point, it will eventually do more damage just due to ApR, and will have a...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 02-13-2008, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 553
Posted By Aerich
Re: Finding a Good Custom Portrait

There used to be some good portrait sites, but I don't know how many of them are still up.

I haven't looked for new portraits for at least a couple years now, and I don't recall seeing many...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 02-05-2008, 01:43 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,154
Posted By Aerich
Re: Survival Guide for a HoF-from-scratch party (spoilers)

Sleep won't work. Cast Charm Person instead. It's actually a better spell anyway, since your new "friend" probably has more HP and can do more damage than your entire party, at least in the early...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 01-23-2008, 09:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 921
Posted By Aerich
Re: IWD1 w/ HoW & TotLM: which patches?

I think it does. Just make sure the version you get is compatible with TotL.
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 01-22-2008, 09:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 921
Posted By Aerich
Re: IWD1 w/ HoW & TotLM: which patches?

TotL has the final patch built in (1.42, I believe).

Install the following, in the following order, for all the patches you need:
1) IWD
2) HoW
3) TotL

You only need the HoW patch (1.41) if...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 01-22-2008, 09:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 818
Posted By Aerich
Re: Weapon quick slots... 1 or 2 for multiclassed characters?

I believe that all of the classes you mentioned only have one slot. I don't think there's any others.
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 01-21-2008, 02:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 906
Posted By Aerich
Re: Building Mage Levels

As stated earlier, the best way of levelling your mage is keeping it alive.

If your mage keeps getting killed, I suspect you may need a tactical adjustment. Mages get killed when they end up in...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 01-17-2008, 02:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 714
Posted By Aerich
Re: Nickademus crashes my game

Have you tried waking Nico up earlier? I don't think it would make any difference, but...

I can't recall hearing any crash bugs here, except if you're using the teleport cheats from the EoU mod. I...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 01-02-2008, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 738
Posted By Aerich
Re: Stuck on level 3

Is that the gate with the magic mouth? If so, you need to pick up two skulls (available on that level) and approach the door. Actually, I think that's lvl 2...

Lvl 3 isn't that bad, as I recall....
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 12-06-2007, 10:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,338
Posted By Aerich
Re: Problem with my Icewind Dale game...

I know you can have issues with XP if you have the game installed then install SP2. It does funny things. I had to reinstall the game.
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 12-06-2007, 01:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,338
Posted By Aerich
Re: Problem with my Icewind Dale game...

Is there anything different about your OS compared to when you first played it with no problems? Because the game is a few years old, it sometimes has problems with newer systems, such as Vista.
...
Forum: Icewind Dale | Heart of Winter | Icewind Dale II Forum 11-15-2007, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 792
Posted By Aerich
Re: Another Dual Classing question !

Long swords is a bad example, since Druids can use the large sword proficiency for scimitars. So, a F/D with specialization in large swords can get some benefit out of it by using scimitars.
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