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December 14th, 2002

Fun Is Against Me

Icewind Dale II is just not as much fun to play the original Icewind Dale was. IWD1, while combat-heavy, at least had something resembling a storyline; IWD2 is nothing but fight, fight, fight. And those fights come in two varieties: either you go through the enemy like tissue paper, or Total Party Kill.

The flow of the game is: "Wander, kill a baddie, wander, kill a baddie, wander, hit an unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, unexpectedly get through the unwinnable battle unscathed, return to wandering."

Oh, and there are traps every five feet ... but even with maxed out Search skill, your rogue can't find any of them.

Last night, after posting today's Grab Bag (I like the kitty, he's kyoote!), I hit the "replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle, replay the unwinnable battle," stage again, and decided I'd give up on it for the evening after an hour of replaying the battle and try again in the morning.

This morning, I could only stand to replay the unwinnable battle for half an hour before getting sick of it. If I get really sick of it, I'll just crank the difficulty down, win the damn fight, and set it back to normal again. I hate to do that, but soon it's going to reach the point of doing that, or just putting the game on the shelf and never playing it again. I've got other things to spend my time on.

The kicker is that just to calm my nerves, I pulled out "Spider Solitaire," a game which is usually fairly easy for me, just to play a hand or two. Guess what? Lost, lost, lost, lost, lost.

There will be no fun for me today, it seems. :P

-The Gneech

Been Shopping? No, I've Been Shopping

I finished getting Laurie's Christmas presents today, as well as a bit of miscellaneous shopping. Also, the eBay "SNAGGED IT! WOOHOO!" present I got for her -- something she really wants but is no longer on the market -- came today, and it's perfect. :)

I'm pleased. :)

-The Gneech

Argh! Get It Out of My Head!

"I Farted on Santa's Lap" won't get out of my head!

*bangs head on the desk, on the monitor, on the walls...*

-The Gneech

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