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Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


extra stout posted:

I try not to read the thread too much because of spoilers, and I mostly read Comte's posts for some inside news from my favorite game company. But I was wondering has he ever mentioned the in house reaction to the president of the USA holding up a video game they made and pretending he's going to figure out how to play it but also saying it represents Poland's ability to succeed in the new world economy?

I'm not Polish, but it seems to be a thing of genuine pride. Obama, and the USA in general is pretty well regarded here. I don't know how much longer that will last...

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Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Most of the quests that characterized the Nilfgaardians as maybe not the most enlightened people in the world, got cut. The remainders of that questline are Eye for an Eye (significantly reduced from design), Patrol Gone Missing, and Blood Ties. Coincidentally, all mine, though I don't think they were my best work; and divorced from the main quest most people never even see them.

In Eye for an Eye, the Nilfgaardians were in that village to kill the people who helped the Temerian partisans escape Velen. Which is fair in war, I suppose, though the original design was for them to be in the village capturing slaves. (I must admit, the slavery thing was not *my* design, and I'm glad it got removed.)

in Patrol Gone Missing there is a hidden event that probably 99% of people never see that reveals that the Nilfgaardians were executing prisoners of war.

In Blood Ties, the dwarf "coachman" for the noblewoman is actually a slave, though it's never explicitly mentioned.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


fickle poofterist posted:

Im definitely part of the 99%
Where is that?

Far southeastern of the map is a huge Nilfgaardian military camp. There are two quests there. In Patrol Gone Missing after you fight the wyvern, keep investigating the area.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Shannow posted:

I stumbled across that by accident also, i think i picked up a scent rail or footprints that was nothing to do with my currently active quest. So maybe more than 1% found it.

One of my goals for that quest was that you could stumble on it if you are in the area and never need to visit the questgiver, so yeah, more people might have seen it. Still, divorced from the larger nilfgaardian army quest stuff it's very isolated.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


fickle poofterist posted:

Thats all good and well (stumbling across footprints etc) but whenever I do I am worried Ill stuff up the story elsewhere or fail a mission or something

Edit: Like i did when i stumbled across the DLC Where The Wolf and the Cat play. I wasnt ready for that, so I ran off but got a fail message.

We put a lot of effort into preventing sequence breaking, you shouldn't worry too much.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


necrobobsledder posted:

I think I managed to find it. Isn't there extra dialogue options with the guy back at the Nilfgaardian camp if you discover it? Because I remember getting a bit upset at the guy when he had just asked for something simple and wound up getting petty bullshit for compensation.


Yeah, the alternate dialogue is Geralt basically saying, "You lied to me." and then the quartermaster saying "Well you didn't need to know." And Geralt can refuse payment.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Shannow posted:

I called him out on it and refused his blood money and things got a bit frosty but then we played gwent together and he's all 'honour and glory' whenever I stop by.

It also interacts with the Blood Ties quest, if you helped him out with Missing Patrol he is friendlier when you ask about the woman's son, but if you refused his money he calls you a jackass.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Zorodius posted:



your legs, gerry. What happened to your legs

octopus decoction is hell of a drug

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


http://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-...s/2300-6430122/

Good interview with one of our overlords.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


The game stands on its own, and you are permitted to have your own relationship to the franchise based on the specific parts of it you chose to consume. "Canon" is loving stupid garbage. Someone says they didn't take Ciri to the Emperor because he's an abusive rear end in a top hat (becuase that player chooses to incorporate elements of his character from another source), that's fine. If another player choses to take her to the Emperor because none of those elements are part of this story, that's fine too, it's not an invalid choice just because you read a book where he's a jerk.


edit: everyone is permitted to have their own relationship with a work, the artist is dead, long live art

Comte de Saint-Germain fucked around with this message at 11:19 on Mar 23, 2016

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Palpek posted:

I wrote as much at the end of my post - that it's a different situation when you haven't read the books.

It is worth noting though that the connection between the games and the books isn't as superficial as you make it sound. It's not about arguing which things are canon or not - it's more that CDPR itself references tons of main characters, their relations and past directly from the books. It's not that shocking that people are second-guessing what stuff CDPR sees as things that actually happened and which didn't as the book/game plots aren't cut clean off.

In the end it's left to the consumer to decide but nontheless there's a lot of space left for discussion.

Yeah, I don't mean to sound so flippant about it, it's legit either way.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoL1NRh8JOI

i'm at :45 jammin out to robyn in my obsidian hoodie

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


koreban posted:

drat, even the April Fools videos are good. Congrats on your youtube premiere too. Were you also the bug guy? Seemed like a similar frame.

Nope, no idea who that is.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Gwent is great and if you don't play it you are a philistine, but you'll only miss out on one quest.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Funky See Funky Do posted:

Is there anything being done with Gwent for Blood and Wine that you can talk about?

Of course not.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Nah, gwent is genuinely good, and well worth the 5-10 minutes it takes to learn. You might not enjoy it enough to go whole-hog, but it's worth trying.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


WoodrowSkillson posted:

Sorry, but no, its not. If i wanted to go play magic i would do so. It's tacked on, makes no sense in the in game world, and takes far too long. At least dice poker made sense in the world. The humor of geralt walking around with pokemon cards notwithstanding.

The fact that it's not diegetic is a matter of taste, for sure, and if that's a deal-breaker, sorry, but yeah, it is a good game.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


andrew smash posted:

I still disagree, it's fine as a distraction but if you play any kind of card or board games regularly it's pretty lackluster. If I'm going to play video games i'd rather play the witcher, if I'm going to play card games I'd rather play netrunner. It could probably be improved with better AI and/or a drafting mechanic though. One of the biggest problems with it is that it's basically never challenging once you have a functional deck because the AI is so easy to bait.

I actually agree with this, which is one of the reasons I thought it was weird that people got so mad that NG+ mode takes away your cards. With a full deck it's pretty trivial to steamroll the AI. My point is that I think it's good enough to invest the time to learn it rather than just assuming it's just a garbage minigame.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Bogart posted:

On that note, am I missing anything good by ignoring the horse racing / fist-fighting sidequests? Cause good lord, I have no interest in racing at all, and the combat system loses a lot of fun without Signs.

Some cool horse armor, otherwise, no.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Geralt's True Love is Roach.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Palpek posted:

No, don't drink it Geralt, it's not wine.

but so tasty/refreshing

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


smokin' fisstech sippin' on blood & wine

laaaid back

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Staltran posted:

I don't think you're supposed to smoke fisstech... Don't you absorb it through your mucuous membranes?

yeah but I asked the office and no one knows what they smoke in the witcher universe, everyone just shrugged and said "herbs?"

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Zorodius posted:

It's weird to me that Sapkowski, or any author, wouldn't be irresistibly curious about what they'd done with his material.

The games sold millions of copies and dozens of highly talented artists spent years bringing his world to life - how can he know that and be like, "whatever, not worth a look"?

Along the same lines, I know Ken Kesey hated how they changed the PoV character in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but when someone's adaptation of your story wins five academy awards, and you still refuse to try watching it... I don't get that.

Artists usually have deeply personal connections to their work, they can be really powerful and really complex. Stephen King *hates* Kubrick's Shining, I get why he doesn't like it despite the fact that it's a masterpiece.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


WoodrowSkillson posted:

especially considering how much better it would have been if he directed it himself


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggWS4tTzs60

cocaine, hell of a drug, etc etc

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


PR posted some new screenshots: https://www.facebook.com/thewitcher

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Gort posted:

Sorry, this content isn't available at the moment
The link you followed may have expired, or the Page may only be visible to an audience that you aren't in.

Anyone else having this problem? Are you logged in?

Other sites will pick them up eventually.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


That's not the final quest.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


OAquinas posted:

Roach knows who's best for his her bro Geralt.


...and the stuffed unicorn, yes.

fixed

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sVoDJ_DITs

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Gamespot was apparently allowed to record, so they have a lot more footage.

http://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-...t/2300-6432053/

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Baiard posted:

It's too bad you guys didn't think to post that months ago so our resident developer could put it in, it definitely sounds like something he'd write.

I did one better.

My troll quest got cut, though

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


extra stout posted:

Thanks for the quest help all, also how much does the gwent set cost? Doesn't show up on the store without that code. Debating on buying Hearts of Stone even though I'm only 30 hours into the game, it's not likely to be discounted in the steam summer sale is it?


Are you allowed to tell us about it or why it was cut? Wanna play that quest

Maybe after release.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Deakul posted:

Those shipping costs are ridic but I got my code and I'll probably pick one of these up like next week, poo poo looks cash.


That's hosed up, c'mon CDPR don't be like that.

The "I did one better" is still in. The troll quest is not.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


BTW interview I did; I stole a joke from this thread: https://www.vg247.com/2016/05/11/th...sery-simulator/

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


Deakul posted:

That's what's hosed up!!!!





Error is his, not mine! He's british, cut him some slack.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


W1 Geralt looks like someone who posts at return of kings.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


megalodong posted:

As much as they're still video game sex scenes, the witcher is really good at making it look like two people who are actually into each other.


I loved it but i also loved vanilla STALKER so i think i just have a thing for janky cyrillic games or something

Poland uses the roman alphabet.

Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5BsJ1TRMh8

Guy talking about our environments. He thinks we do a good job (I agree).

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Comte de Saint-Germain
Mar 26, 2001

Snouk but and snouk ben,
I find the smell of an earthly man,
Be he living, or be he dead,
His heart this night shall kitchen my bread.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP-ZsLYGJfQ

New trailer, I helped with this one. (but did not pick the music so leave me alone ok)

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