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Feargus Urquhart Interview
BG2 Theme Posted
Trials of the Luremaster Walkthrough
Throne of Bhaal Review

  Friday, August 31, 2001

Feargus Urquhart Interview

RPGVault has posted an interview with Feargus Urquhart, President of Black Isle Studios.
RPGVault: In Black Isle's own foray into the Forgotten Realms, Icewind Dale, you made a dungeon crawl with a pretty linear plot emphasizing combat and treasure-hunting. Why did you go in this direction instead of making an epic more like the Baldur's Gate games, or using a stronger story emphasis like Planescape: Torment?

Feargus: We wanted to use the Infinity Engine again on a game and needed to come up with a game concept that felt different than Baldur's Gate and Torment. So, we thought back to our days of playing pen and paper D&D; and the early modules like Tomb of Horrors. This gave us a direction that was distinctly different than that of Torment and Baldur's Gate, which would mean that people would not feel like they were just playing those games again in a different area of the Forgotten Realms.

  Thursday, August 30, 2001

BG2 Theme Posted

Mridalmn from our hosted site Treasures of BG has posted a Baldur's Gate II theme for windows.

Take a look and let him know what you think.


Trials of the Luremaster Walkthrough

Skullport has posted a walkthrough for Heart of Winter: Trials of the Luremaster.


  Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Throne of Bhaal Review

GamePen has posted a review of Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, giving it 4 of 5 stars.
A new mage class is added - Wild Mages. They are mages who can cast new spells, like Nahal's Reckless Dwoemer. Their spells have a 5% chance to have an unpredictable - sometimes good, sometimes bad - effect. For example, a spell gone awry might turn the caster into a squirrel, or change the target's sex!

That's not to say non-mage classes are left out, as they are given new Advanced Abilities. For example, Thieves and Bards can get Use Any Item, which allows them a chance to learn to use things, even weapons, that might not be allowable to their class. In fact, many of the new Advanced skills are addressed to Thieves and Bards that make them a lot more valuable to a party than they previously were.

  Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Throne of Bhaal Reviews

Game Over has posted a review of Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, giving it an overall score of 90%
The Baldur’s Gate saga introduced us to the Infinity engine. It also will be the final hurrah for this simple yet refined engine that changed the way we play RPG’s. With Neverwinter Nights looming on the horizon, a new breed of RPG’s will continue what BioWare started, but TOB closes the door on Baldur’s Gate era of RPG renaissance. I’ve grown into the BG world and for one of the few times in my gaming history, I will actually miss the world that was so viscerally created by the team at BioWare. It’s like finishing a good fantasy novel and putting it back up on the shelf with all the others you’ve read and walking away with a true feeling of enjoyment.
The Armchair Empire has also posted a review of Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, giving it a score of 8.5 of 10.
It's also important to note that there are a number of additions now to the original Baldur's Gate II. New items, some aesthetic tweaking (why Waukeen's Promenade echoes like a public bathroom is beyond me), and most importantly the addition of Watcher's Keep, a massive tower with all manner of interesting and powerful monsters to destroy and rewards to reap. A very worthwhile romp. A very interesting addition is the Wild Mage who is a magic user with unpredictable abilities. Instead of learning to cast spells for years until reaching a level of master they summon pure magic and try and mold it into a spell. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it can go terribly wrong. A fun diversion, this character class, in the very least.


Resources

Discuss the games and strategies with other fans.

Build and store characters using all the rules in the game.

Extensive database of all the items in BG, Tales, BG2, Icewind Dale and Torment.

Annotated dungeon survival guide for Icewind Dale and Heart of Winter.

Annotated guide to Sigil and the Planes.

Poll

Which game had the hardest End Boss
Baldur's Gate
Tales of the Sword Coast
Planescape: Torment
Icewind Dale
Baldur's Gate 2
Heart of Winter
Throne of Bhaal
Trials of the Luremaster



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