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Pillars of Eternity

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  1. Aryvandaar

    Aryvandaar Active Member

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    Have anyone else here picked up Pillars of Eternity?

    For those who don't know, Pillars of Eternity is a RPG like Baldur's Gate II & Icewind Dale, but many compare it to Planescape: Torment story wise.

    I haven't gotten so far, only like an hour or so into the game because I remade characters a lot, wasn't sure what I wanted to play, so I ended up playing a Wood Elf Ranger with a Wolf companion.

    The game runs perfectly as well in Linux. I suspect that it is a native.
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I love RPG's but for some reason I haven't played any of the games you have mentioned. I played Icewindale II once, it was fun, but I was just testing it in Linux.
    I think eventually I will pickup Baldur's Gate I & II Enhanced Editions

    Can you make a gameplay video and explain how the game works for us?
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    I just redeemed my backer reward on GOG, will most likely start playing this weekend when I'm done with studies. I am really excited to give it try.
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Screens please! I would love some tips-n-trick on how to play.
    Not that I'm buying it anytime soon ;)
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    The game is more about the story, the interaction between characters & companions and RP. The combat is real-time, but you can pause it any time you want to assign action to your controlled characters.

    If you want you can just use the companions you meet throughout the game, or make your own party in an inn, Icewind Dale style.

    The gameplay system is very similar to D&D, the systems used in IWD, BG and such, but with some differences. If you mouse over the attributes (might, dexterity etc) in character creation you can see what it does, and all classes have attributes which are set as highly recommended and recommended.

    I will see about making a gameplay video. I haven't installed a screenrecorder yet.
  6. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Great explanation!
    I like the sound of real-time combat.
    Makes things more action oriented

    Try SimpleScreenRecorder
    It works great with video and sound.
    But I have only used it with PlayOnLinux games
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    SSR requires pulseaudio. I'm not very fond of pulseaudio, and I would prefer to keep it away from my systems.
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Understood. I don't hate PulseAudio but it seems to work find in Debian based systems.
    I would use JACK, but I really want my guides as "vanilla" as possible to simulate other gamers experience.
    So I'm kinda stuck with it.
    I still get "buffer underrun" errors from time to time
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    I find pulseaudio to be bloated and uneccesary. Alsa does the job perfecly for med and with GUI frontend it has the same feautured and natural volume. Pulseaudio normal volume is really low which is annoying if I want to watch a film with proper sound.
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Doesn't ALSA have a limitation of one program only?
    As in, you can't use two program with audio at the same time?
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    That is not correct. I can play youtube in chromium, music from my media player and film from vlc at the same time. If I want to I can play a game and listen to music at the same time.
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    I have just redeemed my copy on GOG a few days ago and I have only played an houer and a half. But so far it feels great! Like the old Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale games. The graphics aren't that good for our time but the art style is well done and adds a lot to the atmosphere. The character creation screen makes you feel like playing the old Obsidian games where you could put hours in just creating your characters. Although I have just a short first impression of the game I have to say that this game shines storywise and it has a great atmosphere so far!
    But I haven't tested the Linux version yet because my Arch notebook is propably too slow to handle PoE.
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Oh, I didn't realize that. So what is the benefit of using Pulseaudio with ALSA instead of ALSA alone?
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    PoE? Path of Exile?
    Maybe, but its worth a try. Depends on the video chip your laptop has and the drivers... of course.
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    With PoE I meant Pillars of Eternity ;)
    I have a Intel HD3000. A few days ago I read a forum post that someone with the same graphical device can't play smoothly. But I may test this by myself ;)
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Of course... I don't know what I was thinking :oops:
    Ugh, Intel HD 3000 is pretty old. I have an Intel HD2000 on my Chromebook and it doesn't play much.
    It CAN play Torchlight 1
    Which was a surprise to me.
    I can play mostly older games in Ubuntu 12.
    If I upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 the Intel drives don't install, so I'm stuck without games.
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    This is bad...
    But that's why I am using Arch Linux ;)
    My main gaming rig is a Windows machine. But when I am outside or while travelling my notebooks fits quite well and I can play all the older games like Baldurs Gate, Gothic, Might and Magic and recently Doom I+II.
    I hoped that Pillars of Eternity would run on my laptop.
    But I am going to buy the new Lenovo T450s for university when I have the cash, so it will be a better mobile "gaming divice" :cool::D
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    yeah, unfortunately those older chips aren't supported a much. If we are lucky, we can use older drivers, but not in newer distros. At least that is my experience. If intel decides to support my HD2000 in Ubuntu 14.04 then I'll happily upgrade

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