Can we have a CRPG thread?
What have you been playing lately? Anything based on tabletop rules?
No, this isn't my character. Found it on a Google image search.
It stands for "Computer RPG" but refers mostly to computer games based on tabletop RPG rules, and games which play very similar to said games despite not being based on any actual tabletop RPGs.
Examples include the Baldur's Gate games, the Icewind Dale games, the Neverwinter Night games, Planescape: Torment, Fallout 1 & 2, and more recently, Shadowrun Returns and Dragonfall, Wasteland 2, and Divinity: Original Sin, among others.
Started Planescape: torment. Pretty good, but i haven't played in a while, so eyes getting tired pretty quickly with all this "old-school" grapics on the modern monitor.
I heard divinity is pretty good, should i give it a try?
Forgot the picture.
Dunno. Just google'd them, never actually tried user-portraits in Baldurs Gate.
Download Big World Setup on SHSforums
They have list of mods that can help with widescreen and solve bugs.
Lot of the mods are modular
Find the mod install guide in Thunderpeel2001 blog from google decide what to install and not.
Want something turn-based.
That might work. It's too bad I'm broke right now and don't like to torrent new games when I could support the creators, thus encouraging more games to be made.
Stat-based Turn based Strategy called Dead State. I'm not sure it exactly qualifies, and it's still kind of new in development, but I have put a lot of hours in so far and would recommend it.
I'm torn between finishing off Dragonfall: Director's Cut, but Eiger's mission is super lame and bores me to tears, and Planescape Torment, which I do not like starting initially. Fucking Pharod and his junk throne.
Obligatory portrait pack.
Get a widescreen mod, if you haven't already. Some games from that era still look pretty good in modern resolutions.
And from all the possible ones you picked this one?
>3.5 players are smarter than the system allows.
>GURPS players proselytize while being unable to actually live up to any expectation of them.
I can dig it.
That joke wasn't even funny when it was new.
An excessive amount of them run on /tg/-rulesets, are based on /tg/-related fluff (fluff in general tends to be /tg/-related anyway), and/or are related enough to either of the above in some way that they get a free pass.
So go make the boards NOT shit by posting good things. Good conversation usually begets good conversation, even on places that "are shit". By the way, both of those places still have decent conversations about /tg/ related vidya.
>based on traditional games
>so it belongs in traditional games
So it makes sense to post about video game TTRPGs on /v/, right? That wouldn't be blatantly retarded and have everybody telling me to go to /tg/?
You're the newest newfag of them all. We don't call these threads CRPGs, we call them /tg/ vidya godammit. I was here before it was GG!
I didn't once call them CRPGs, and hey, if the mods weren't such raging fags I'm sure /v/ would have bitching 40k threads all the time. So I'm not really sure what you're point is.
>So it makes sense to post about video game TTRPGs on /v/, right? That wouldn't be blatantly retarded and have everybody telling me to go to /tg/?
If you posted on /v/ about a Halo or Super Mario tabletop RPG or something, there's a 50% chance it would be ignored, a 25% chance they would shit-fling about it, and a 25% chance there'd be a good thread. Just like if you posted about anything else /v/-related or otherwise.
Meanwhile, /co/ has threads about movies based on comic books all the time. And /tg/ has had threads about CRPGs for a long time.
And CRPG is an older term for them than "/tg/ vidya."
but anon, think of the romance!
Seventeen god damn dialogue options, probably about twelve of which is saying the same damn thing with different phrasing.
I kind of admire how much of a colossal waste of time that is.
>go on roughly slapping her face in a frenzy
I'M GETTING SLAP HAPPY!
I've often been tempted to do a "Worst of Baldur's Gate Modding Community" screenshot LP.
It's stopped by the fact that I haven't the stomach for scraping the depths and inflicting that on one of my all time favorite games.
Honestly, I don't think you'd need to. The top three are ones we all know about;
2) Imoen Romance
you don't really need to dig much lower, those are the only revoltingly standout ones.
There are other bad ones, but mostly they're just generically bad, astoundingly bland or mechanically broken.
the highlights are
1) the bitch won't even romance you if you haven't got a charisma of 17+
2) she's a 15 year old chosen one of Tyr
3) She railroads you into a romance/wedding and (I think) you lose reputation if you reject her. She certainly leaves if you don't go through with it
4) she speaks in ye olde English, despite the fact that literally nobody else does.
5) she literally dies of a broken heart if you fuck Phaere in the Underdark
6) she destroys the Ring of Gaxx is she's given it
7) all the other female romance options turn into shrieking, OOC, evil harpies.
8) see >>37353597 and >>37353617 for the general standard of writing she gets
9) everyone not a romantic rival worships the ground she walks on
Is it possible to uninstall a mod? I just installed this along with a bunch of others, not knowing this.
I just saw "young, beautiful, romanceable Paladin" and was like "cool, holy romance!" but this sounds awful.
Lolsorandumb/quirky Half goddess OP thief.
Nowhere near as obnoxious or as obtrusive as Saerelith, but still has plenty of bullshit sprinkled in. Like stealing from one of the shadow thief leaders for no reason other than to show how awesome she is
1) Young girl
2) Legit point. Fuck Tyr, fuck that guy. Helm is the boss of me!
4) Legit point
5) Best girl
6) Legit point. What a bitch
7) see 3)
8) Meh, I read War and Peace in 30 minutes
9) So a regular Mary Sue. That's irritating but so far it does seem as awful as the Imoen Mod.
>7) see 3)
I could have phrased that better.
I meant that the mod itself moulds them into this, not that she treats them as such.
IIRC, she stays holier than thou while the mod forces you to side with her or take a retardedly spiteful rejection of her.
I'm just saying, if she's some immature kid who wants to prove her worth so she ends up starting trouble, it's forgivable if she actually learns from it or grows throughout the story.
Kender are like that but they never learn.
Bought Baldurs gate 1 a while back and couldnt finish it, same for fallout 1&2 which I got as part of a package fallout deal. Still playing shadowrun: dragonfall and having some fun, but its getting thin.
Seems like a lot of these games are very simplistic. The writing seems above average for the genre as a whole compared to other rpgs, but freedom is limited and mechanics are either uninteresting or quickly become uninteresting due to constant repetition. Is this genre just not suited for me or have I just picked the wrong ones?
I tend to enjoy lots of options, customization, and good writing more than anything.
>Kender are like that but they never learn.
They can learn with a little help.
Another thing to consider is that the limited choices you have may be partly because of social stats. Higher CHA means more social options. Give Planescape: Torment a shot, with a high CHA score.
Also, try Fallout with a ludicrously low INT.
in what sense do you feel limited?
Limited by character/party building (I.E, you feel it's pointless branching out into interesting builds)?
Limited by exploration ?
Limited by speech?
Limited by how to go about quests?
Mostly exploration and quests, but everything you listed to an extent. The cRPGs I've played have a very linear path set in place for the player, and the kind of character you want to play basically just sprinkles some extra flavor on it here and there rather than changing the way things work. You generally notice a pattern of ~3 dialog options that fit ~3 predictions the makers had for what kind of character you wanted to be, and the entire premise of narrative immersion depends on one of them lining up with what you were trying to do. Obviously it is impossible to have a dialog cover every possible approach, but when dialog choice is the only meaningful choice you have to express your character with in a way the game recognizes (they generally don't react much to mechanical build) it gets dull.
I've been playing The Witcher.
That seems to have done a grown-up take on fantasy done right. People are arseholes, swearing isn't over-done but it's there much like normal conversations irl, consequences are a thing, and the history nerd in me enjoys the pretty believable take on the inhabitants of the world and how it's set out, and the weaponry on show. If I were running a fantasy rpg I'd certainly take a lot of inspiration from it.
I've also been playing Daggerfall. Again, fairly grown up, less so than The Witcher but more so than other Elderscrolls games. Mostly from boobs though. It's a much more ambitious game than I've seen in a long while. And the world of course, is really the foundation work of all following elderscrolls stuff with how much of the lore it established. Not so much that I'd take direct inspiration from though.
There's only one NWN2 romance mod that I know of. I don't know about the content for male PCs, but considering the Bishop romance is apparently cringey and OOC (haven't done it myself, but I've seen a few screenshots), and the Casavir one is bugged (it's a shame, because he's the best husbando), I wouldn't expect much from the Neeshka romance.
I'm playing Planescape: Torment for the first time. Just got out of Ravel's maze. I've gotta say, I'm enjoying this game a lot. Sigil's a bit hard to navigate, though. Thank God for automapping.
Also Morte is best companion.
Are you playing The Witcher 1 or 2? I love the second, but I couldn't quite get into the first one. I wanted to, but the combat kinda turned me away.
The first, will get to 2 at some point and then if it's as good as expected, the third. The combat is a bit weak but the rest of the game is carrying it well.
Planescape is on the list to play too. Replayed Icewind Dale/Heart of Winter for the first time in about 12 years. That game does not hold up to the sequel, which just does pretty much everything it does but with more polish, style and character.
>Is it possible to uninstall a mod?
It is possible but it is almost certain to corrupt your game.
You need to restart the game (ideally you would actually like to reinstall the game and then install the mods you really want from scratch.)
This game is very modded because of its fandom, the engine was not built for modding at all
You worded it properly, third party here, it was perfectly obvious to me that what you meant was "installing that mod modifies ALL the other female love interests to sabotage them into undesirable evil harpies"
This guy played through most of it, not expecting it to get as bad as it did. She gets dealt with wonderfully at certain point in a way that makes far more sense than the mod itself makes otherwise.
If that's for your character, you'll want a high charisma since it influences shop prices and has a few minor effects on dialog.
I'm guessing you don't have any weapons with a high enough enchantment bonus to damage it? Try Bolt of Glory - it does crazy damage to demons and IIRC it ignores spell resistance. Alternatively, lower resist spam and hit it with whatever damage spells until it's dead.
>I kind of admire how much of a colossal waste of time that is.
It was a better time friend. When you could play a bioware game gave you more choices then Angry Silly and Boring. It was about roleplaying a character. not just making choices that matter.
>Is there a good Neeshka Romance mod for NWN2?
I just used my imagination based on the scraps of it that were left over.
Heck, the ending where
she is able to break free of mind control MADE ESPECIALLY FOR HER out of pure devotion to you, was good enough for me
Does anyone else just install Baldur's Gate Trilogy mods with Big World Setup?
It crashed and became unplayable so many times that I learned to be sexually aroused by the prospect of reinstalling mods just to play Irenicus' dungeon again.
You and I must be the same person Anon.
I spent the entire bit of MotB not giving a fuck and just wanting to get rid of the stupid curse so I could go off and chill in my castle with my Demon waifu.
And then the game decided that my decision to try and topple the wall of the faithless didn't matter, and instead of going home I was going off to conquer distant planes instead.
I've never played BG2 before. How's the Mazzy romance option? Might add that if she's genuinely likeable, because her portrait is cute. Other than that, I'll stick to vanilla for my first run through.
Friend has played Fallout 3 and NV. Hasn't played any of the older ones or other CRPGs. What's a good "entry level" CRPG for someone who's mostly played newer vidya?
Turn-based is preferable. Something not too terribly old as well. Maybe Divinity? Or is that too hard for a newbie?
But don't do it if you've gone stupid and are wanting to try and do that Saerilith mod and actually have her as a precious waifu. That 17+ charisma requirement that's mentioned above? There's an event where you have to have it that high WITHOUT ANYTHING BOOSTING IT, and she'll leave forever if you don't.
If the mod was tweaked to fuck with the existing NPCs less and was made understanding that she's a shallow bitch, it'd be a lot more acceptable. Then you could just hate the character instead of the mod maker.
Some other dude who wants to be with her shows up and somehow temporarily blocks whatever magics are doing the charisma boost. If you have high enough anyway, you're all "yes, and still awesome enough" but if you don't then she's all "OH NOES, MY LOVE WAS APPARENTLY ALL FALSE."
you know, at first it sounds absolutely unforgivably stupid
but then when i stop to think about it, what exactly is charisma? its personality. so it really was false love, you were wearing a magic item that altered your personality to project a false attractive personality instead of the pathetic neckbeard autism you really are
I vaguely remember the first dragonlance novel I read having a kender that was a lot more... subdued. And she always wore gloves to cover some horrible maiming as a result of her early-life pilfering.
The answer to Kender training may very well be martial punishment.
HI LADIES, SO I HEARD THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BEST ROMANCE CHARACTERS, RIGHT?
The only reason to play her mod is that it gives you a way to get an extra pair of Boots of Speed that doesn't feel like cheating.
10) If you want to enter the Demogorgon Shrine in the Underdark she leaves your party. What kind of a Chosen of Tyr outright refuses to go near an evil place if it's likely to mean you get to kill evil monsters? What the fuck mod author? I JUST WANT THAT ENCHANTED PLATE MAIL.
I think the only reason I'm sane after trying her out (I kinda went like>>37354242 without even noticing she was 15 until it was too late) and I lacked the charisma to romance her so I didn't see the worst of it.
Not even remotely. You get full DEX modifiers to AC in BG no matter how much armor you have on. There is no reason whatsoever to have less than 18 DEX for a character that's meant to go near a melee. Yes, there are the bracers that give you DEX 18 but then you're limited to wearing those for the rest of the game and limitations like that are not good to start with.
CHA is mostly irrelevant to have because of the ring you can get right at the start and the price boost becomes irrelevant like one third of the way through the game so you can free up the ring slot.
Fighter/Cleric isn't a particularly good multi-class but that's not too important. Play the class you think will be the most fun to play for you.
>have to endure hours of an obnoxious whiny fedora bastard
I've never been able to stomach Anomen long enough to get to his personality reform. The starting personality is just too unlikeable.
Is it bad that I really enjoyed his romance ? I like flawed, annoying characters who think they're much better than they actually are, and courtly love is my thing.Plus, what are the alternatives ? The Kelsey mod ? I found it undewhelming. I'm trying the Xan one in my current playthough, there's a lot of content and not just romance, but for some reason I'm not impressed.
You mean Original Sin? Me and a friend, both fans of the original Divine Divinity, have been playing for 38 hours this week. I haven't played a game this genuinely fun since the 90s, despite the fact that I'm currently sick as shit of turn-based games.
I only regret not being part of the kickstarter.
I'm gonna shill this games until I die.
I wanted to play the game really bad, but it lags like crazy on Windows 8. It makes moving from one point to another absolute agony. It's a shame because from what little I've played, it seemed well written.
Man, back when it came out, I would've played it more if I hadn't been dealing with all sorts of college shit. Lost the disk later... I might try picking it up again at some point.
>implying Keldorn could rest easily knowing you were going off alone
>implying he could rest easily knowing Irenicus is on the loose.
He's Keldorn fucking Firecam. The man destined to fight off an army of fire giants single handedly as an old man, and earn the personal attention of Torm when he dies
I always gave him a day to sort shit out, then treated it as his retirement mission.
She gets better in ToB, IIRC.
There are also a few mods that tone her down a bit, and make her not leave because Korgan's being mean.
It's also hilarious seeing her get absolutely wrecked by Viconia
>What have you been playing lately? Anything based on tabletop rules?
Everoyne needs to check out Hand of Fate on steam. Its the fucking BEAST. everything i wanted from a semi-board-game based delver + storyline enabled fighty-funtimes with a slice and a dash of deckbuilding. Also the most fitting voice actor like, ever.
holy fuck that game sucked my week away
The Witcher is one of my favorite settings and Geralt himself one of my favorite fantasy characters.
First time I saw him in a pic before reading any books or playing the games I though "Oh boy, this guy looks like some guy's Sephiroth self-insert". I was pleasantly surprised when I learned more about him.
Does anyone else feel like they sort of slipped after Time of Contempt?
I remember enjoying The Last Wish the most, particularly the titular short, and when the wannabe knight gets rekt, all while the dwarf bro lets it happen
Speaking of BG portrait packs, I really like this one.
Am I the only one who actually liked Eldoth and Skie?
Skie was adorable. It's a shame she sucked as a character.
Uh what? Skie was the innocent people. Are you thinking of Safana?
"But you can't romance a girl unless you save her from rape and help her move on from the trauma of her Dark Past™"
And the only thing broken about Mazzy was DnD racism not allowing her to be a paladin, just like how it kept me from ever playing a ranger/druid.
I have to play vanilla, once i start modding a game I'll keep tweaking to make everything perfect, which is impossible so I give up in disgust.
BG it was the inability to do a Ranger/druid, and I have no idea why I got stuck on that idea, animal companions, ranged combat an druid magics were all shit anyway.
Hell I spent nearly a year trying to create a monk in skyrim but every mod was either stupid OP, bundles with a ton of worthless shit, modular but only balance with everything enabled, or awfully done.
>I have to play vanilla, once i start modding a game I'll keep tweaking to make everything perfect, which is impossible so I give up in disgust.
I know that feel. Wish I knew how to stop that from happening.
Ranged combat in BG1 was insane.
This nigga gets it.
Modding yourself to have Irenicus' model that spams summon cow is a glorious experience.
Same with modding Minsc into a sorcerer, and Edwin as a muscle druid
Though you do need a bit of restraint with it.
While I don't konw the english names for the books, I gotta agree that it slipped at some point.
I also don't know what to think about the timetravel / universehopping at ciris part.
But the books are still very enjoyable imo
>install sword coast stratagems
>get outside of candlekeep
>go kite bears with imoen
>bears bumrush and rip us to shreds
always read the component list
The abusing stuff part is largely what makes replaying the game fun to me. Stuff like going to kill Shoal the Nereid the first chance you get, collecting all the magic items as fast and effortlessly as you can, pickpocketing certain characters because you know they have good shit, stuff like that.
Well, it's a way to stay alive at least. Since melee tends to lead to even higher level characters getting randomly murdered.
I find it a pretty enjoyable experience in itself to mod a game so that it suits me. The satisfaction when it works out and you get to experience all the cool new shit you got from banging your head against the wall for hours with the mods is totally worth it. Just have to learn to draw the line somewhere, like when Skyrim starts to severely lag in all outside spaces you know you have to tone it down or get a better PC.
>not giving Viconia the +6 dick of alignment change
never going to make it.
How's IWD:EE in terms of bugs and such now? I never had any of the big game-ending bugs in BG:EE/BG2:EE, but I'm still not super eager to take my chances if it's got a bunch of unpatched bugs. On the other hand, at least IWD had barely any mods, and losing compatibility with them was about the biggest con of the BG ones.
BG1 was so different with mods that take out most of the magic items. Suddenly you need to work hard to get A SINGLE +1 LONGSWORD and there's like a total of 3 charges in all the wands of fire in the game.
They dont' break that often. Just carry a few extras with you. I must say I enjoyed the experience a lot because frankly the game is way too easy once you've played it vanilla a time or two.
Guys I installed Baldur's Gate keeper and can't stop adding magic items and turning my characters into god like beings abd giving them bear or spider character models....
I...I think I need help
Look, she clearly needs a man. I'm doing him a favor by taking care of his widow.
By the way, there was another thread about a third BG game being made, and somebody mentioned running around with Valen and Bodhi and killing shit. Is there a mod that makes Bodhi available as a party member? Because that sounds awesome - Bodhi's probably my favorite of all the BG villain characters.
Too late i created a ranger/cleric and maxed stated 25 in every column, gave him 5 star proficiency in warhammer and flails, equipped him with Crom faer and flail of ages maxed, at lvl one with 4 movement and 5 attacks per round..... I'm not sorry
This is what it feels to have unlimited power
>mage has to cast friends just to get people to talk to him
Going to start divinity original sin, what kind of party i should make? Heard that mages are not required here and martials are much stronger, can i beat game with full-on berserker party?
Not familiar with the game engine at all. I thought it was two party total? I'm sure you'd want to mutlispec one of them to widen your effectiveness but that's classic rpg me thinking
Class selection doesn't really matter much, it just decides your starting skills and stats but after that you can progress into any direction you want. "Multiclassing" isn't great I guess, a pure martial is much better than a martial who's dabbling in magic in general.
I disagree very much that martials are much stronger, some fights are very hard without magic. Magic has a lot of useful ground control.
I would I guess advice to stick to singleclass characters, dabbling in too many things ends up with weak characters. Do make sure you have access to most kinds of magic, it's really just very very useful.
Anyway, the game offers you very strong NPCs for both types.
>I'm sure you'd want to mutlispec one of them to widen your effectiveness but that's classic rpg me thinking
It really is better to just focus. Progressing your key abilities faster is more relevant than being able to do many things a little.
It's two PCs + maximum two NPCs.
There's some I guess but can't remember any that I know for sure will sell what you want.
There's going to be plenty of lootable potions to buff Wisdom before you get anywhere near acquiring Wish anyway so why worry about it?
I don't know if there enough pure fighters in BG to pull that off.
Fightwr/fighter-theif/cleric/paladin/ranger could work probably.
IWD obviously offers full customization but it would be difficult
You'd need Dispel Magic and spells to stop yourself from getting assfucked by any of the numerous monsters that throw out save or loses, like mind flayers, vampires, etcetera.
It's technically doable but it's horrible to play.
Martials and spellcasters are both fucking awesome in that game. Spellcasters get more incredible effects, but martials genuinely hurt and aren't left out in the cold when it comes to utility.
It's a fully playable game no matter what your party is.
There are only 2 pure fighters in BG2, that's why I said martials.
Something like Bhaalspawn, Minsc, Valygar, Keldorn, Mazzy. Add Korgan if you want a mixed-alignment party. Some things will be incredibly hard without an actully good tank but I'm thinking it's probably not too hard overall without difficulty mods. There's not much that can stand in the way once you get 6 characters who can Greater Whirlwind Attack.
>make a BG2 character
>think "oh, shit, this character concept is golden"
>decide to make basically the same character for D&D game
>remember I'm not playing in a D&D game, and when this campaign ends in two weeks, I become GM
>kind of wish I was just playing again
>this will be three out of the last four games my group has had where I was the GM
Self-buffing isn't as useful as offensive casting. You really just want access to stuff that can stun enemies and stuff that can knock out opposing rangeds from far away even if you cant Charge them.
I'm sure you can beat the game fine with a party like that but genuinely what I found the most useful in magic by far are the spells and spell combinations that cause stuns and knockdowns.
It's kind of balls hard, though. At least if you don't go "everyone uses assault rifles" and just suck it up with regards to ammo being scarce for the first part of the game.
Maybe on one of the easier settings with the weapon rebalance mod.
That's true. Maybe I will recommend Wasteland 2. Still going to suggest the weapon rebalance mod because assault rifles and brawling being that much better than everything else is silly.
Assault rifles being better all-around is a fact, though.
>semi auto or full auto
>good ammo capacity
>not majorly heavy
They're bog standard, sure, they are are so for a reason.
I can't really weigh in on brawling, though.
just keep to the cardinal rules. Only use Shadowkeeper if
1) it saves you doing an incredibly tedious thing you would have done anyway (I.E, rolling optimum stats, going halfway across the world for a quest item you forgot to pick up, etc)
2) To balance in game bugs/oversights (Like Imoen level freezing and becoming useless, or party dialogue not starting)
3) if it's really fucking funny.
Yeah. I think game balance is more important than realism, though. Especially to a newcomer to the genre.
As far as brawling, I'll acknowledge that being able to punch someone to death would be useful in a combat situation, but I have a hard time believing that even an expert in some martial art would be able to single-handedly best someone who was equally skilled with the knife in their hand. Basically, at high levels brawling does ludicrous damage.
Bodhi can potentially join you in the closing act of Throne of Bhaal to help fuck up the end boss if you have the Ascension mod installed. Valen's role is vastly expanded as a mod NPC. Both are from http://weidu.org/main.html
Going to shill in this thread for a bit and mention The Age of Decadence, it's one of the best RPGs I have ever played and I have been following it for several years so I would really like it to get enough exposure and sales to succeed. It's on steam in early access, full release should be in a two months or so, go check it out.
>Not using Runehammer
I mean, if you already have 25 strength, one of Crom Faeyr's abilities won't have any effect on you. But if you use Runehammer, you don't have to worry about that pesky Negative Plane Protection (If you're not already using the Amulet of Power)
Crom Faeyr really isn't that good at all. 25 STR isn't much better than the 21 or 22 you get from belts when you take into account all the good stuff you can put into your weapon slot that doesn't just instakill Trolls.
In the most negative light it can be seen as paying for beta testing.
Essentially you pay for the game and will be able to play it in it's current incomplete state the game is then periodically updated until it eventually gets fully released and you will keep owning it.
In relation to AoD the EA version currently has 2 towns out of 3, the third is to be released in a week or so and then the final act with endings is to be released in around two months. As a point of reference I have 42 hours played in my steam version of the game(I downloaded it on steam like two months ago) and I believe something close to a hundred in the non steam version which I have used to play through older versions of the game in the past
Honestly that's part of the game's charm for me, trying to break it and make a character build strong and versatile enough to get as much content as possible in one run. But that's something that you shouldn't try without understanding the system well and playing through at least a few normal non munchkin characters.
She's useful but only actually good by the time you get to ToB. It's nice to have extra low and mid level spells through her but she doesn't even begin to compete in usefulness against a pure arcane and pure divine caster who get access to spells in a timely manner. If you try to replace a full caster of either side with her you're just severely gimping yourself.
Sorcerer is broken. Fighter/Mage is broken. Kensai/Mage is broken.
Mage/Cleric really is not because the classes aren't complementing each other in a way that makes the sacrifice in spell progression speed worth it.
Anything dualclassed from a 9th level Fighter is pretty damn good. I don't like Fighter/Cleric because Cleric doesn't get nearly as good defensive magic as Mage does so it's not as useful for a melee fighter to cast divine magic.
Yes, game balance is favorable to realism, but all the weapons have their place. ARs are just effective in all situations instead of being better suited to specialized applications. Wasteland was always slightly rooted in realism.
As far as brawling, I don't know why, but it's just always able to become ludicrously overpowered in post-apoc games. I don't understand it. It's hilariously OP in Fallout 1, 2, 3, and New Vegas and then Wasteland 2. I don't have a rationalization for it other than disregarding reality in favor of fun.
Nothing wrong with TV Tropes.
Better idea would be to start LG unless you plan on going evil as you get a higher starting rep and that gives you a discount.
Though that only really helps at the very start since you'll soon be swimming away from all that excess cash trying to crush you
I picked this up over the last sale and really enjoyed it in the very begining, but after the first tutorial all the combat felt super hard and unforgiving. "Fight these guys who are both high level than you and outnumber you by 2:1" type of stuff. It kind of ruined it for me.