I did manage to spend a few hours with Pool of Radiance though. I managed to clear all of the slums except for one fight. The fight that is supposed to be the coming of age fight to prepare you for the rest of the world...
|Trolls... I hate Trolls...|
I must not be old enough yet. I managed to get some magic weapons, completely map the whole of the slums, and get a few characters to level two in at least one class. Tried a couple of times and of course got slaughtered every time. So I decided to head off to Sokal Keep and get a little more experience.
Sokal Keep is great fun. An area with a bit of a story, and undead to fight! For some reason, killing orcs and kobolds is fun and exciting, but killing skeletons and zombies feels so much more epic. I feel that the undead give a more tangible feeling of evil and doom. Orcs and such still want to live and do what orcs do, but undead have no other purpose than to serve some vile agenda. Even if that agenda is their own as is the case of sentient undead.
Either way, I have not ventured that far into Sokal Keep as of yet. The undead patrols in the main hallway have been a source of experience for my band of adventurers. The two clerics I have in the group have their turn undead ability and it has been an extremely useful tool in eradicating the patrols.
There was a skeleton near the entrance to the keep that had a note on it. The words were translated as Lux, Samosud, and Shestni. After experimenting a little, Shestni will cause the undead patrols to leave you alone. That's not my intent right now as I want to get a little more experience, and the patrols are an infinite source as long as I leave the island and come back.
I'll continue with Pool of Radiance this weekend and next week.
I also put some time into Duke Nukem Forever. This game is just more of the same from last week. Kill monsters, say a cheesy one-liner, kill more monsters... I'm not saying it isn't fun, but nothing really dramatic has happened.
|Using a 'sorta' stolen jet pack.|
|The 50' woman!|
Moving further into the game, Duke is deposited out in the desert. For some reason, we couldn't just fly all the way to Hoover Dam, I had to get dropped at some spot in the desert where a monster truck was conveniently planted to continue. The driving sequences are OK, nothing like GTA or anything, and are broken up by scripted sequences where you run out of gas and have to find some laying around some not so deserted towns or mines... funny how aliens just take up residence in the most out of the way locations.
|Duke can't be compensating... can he?|
|Time to reduce the population even more.|
|Gears and stuff... complicated.|
|The bigger they are...|
|...the harder they fall.|
I also want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July! Celebrate, drink, light off explosives, and eat good old American burgers and hot dogs!