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The Witcher 3 in Wine
Pangaea commented on 16 January 2020 at 2:22 pm UTC

Well, damn. It is done

Stupid hard at the end, but eventually the game failed to repeatedly one-shot me. Perhaps it's a NG+ thing since everything hits harder and has a ton of health.

Rather a good game, this

Shmerl commented on 16 January 2020 at 5:38 pm UTC

Congrats! So you finished even the expansions?

Pangaea commented on 16 January 2020 at 7:07 pm UTC

Yeah, have played the whole lot now. Main story x2 (NG+) and then the expansions once. A wonderful journey.

Think I preferred the main story best, but Blood and Wine was really good too.

Although the NG+ experience overall was good, I do suspect that some fights were unbalanced and got terribly hard. Everything has more life and hits harder, but we don't gain any more health (not sure when that occurred, but it topped out at some point). Geralt hits harder with more levels too, but can't really keep up. At least that was my impression. However, for normal fights this means it's a lot of fun, because they last long and requires lots of dodging and moving around. Blood and Wine offers plenty of challenge in that regard.

One thing I found a bit frustrating, however, is that the top level Witcher gear (grandmaster legendary) fairly quickly is outpaced in damage and armour by random gear you find, because that gear has higher level requirements (roughly following your own level). I stuck with the Griffin gear I had crafted, but could have gotten maybe 100 extra damage from random swords instead (but ofc those lack the more special bonus effects from Witcher gear, both individual and from the set itself).

Edit: Wow, I spent 178 hours. Not sure if that counts both times through the main story or just the last. I always am 'slow' in these games, because it's so fun to explore and talk to everybody, and I'm a loot whore, but that's quite a lot of hours!

Another edit for an example sword. This is the only I had in inventory, but you can see the difference. Others I've sold are probably better, though.

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Last edited by Pangaea on 16 January 2020 at 7:20 pm UTC

Pangaea commented on 17 January 2020 at 9:39 am UTC

PangaeaAnd I hope Wikia won't eventually assassinate all Gamepedia wikis and "steal" the content. That takeover was such horrible, terrible news

Well fuck. Came across this: https://help.gamepedia.com/Wiki_Crossover_Project

The Witcher wiki shouldn't be in risk for now as it has loads of traffic and activity, but it's clear as day that in time they would prefer to assassinate all Gamepedia wikis and move them over to Wikia. Absolutely terrible news, and shows why this hostile takeover was so fucking bad. Perhaps it explains why certain staffers over at Gamepedia have appeared a bit cranky too. Can't be easy to swallow this.

Pangaea commented on 17 January 2020 at 2:30 pm UTC

This is a major character in the Hearts of Stone expansion, so people who haven't played it may not want to read the actual article. The first time I saw him in-game, the similarity to David Beckham jumped out of the screen and slapped me in the face. It's uncanny, particularly these two pictures. I find it very hard to believe CDPR were not inspired by him when designing this character, maybe even using that picture from Wikipedia.

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Last edited by Pangaea on 17 January 2020 at 2:34 pm UTC

Shmerl commented on 17 January 2020 at 5:45 pm UTC

Pangaea
PangaeaAnd I hope Wikia won't eventually assassinate all Gamepedia wikis and "steal" the content. That takeover was such horrible, terrible news

Well fuck. Came across this: https://help.gamepedia.com/Wiki_Crossover_Project

The Witcher wiki shouldn't be in risk for now as it has loads of traffic and activity, but it's clear as day that in time they would prefer to assassinate all Gamepedia wikis and move them over to Wikia. Absolutely terrible news, and shows why this hostile takeover was so fucking bad. Perhaps it explains why certain staffers over at Gamepedia have appeared a bit cranky too. Can't be easy to swallow this.


Oh, that's annoying. I noticed that big contributors who actually worked for Curse like Gamewidow stopped editing. I wonder if their bosses told them to stop, to see if it would help pushing things to Fandom...

Shmerl commented on 17 January 2020 at 7:15 pm UTC

As for above, the similarity is obvious, but unless CDPR said so, it's hard to say what the intent was.

Pangaea commented on 17 January 2020 at 11:39 pm UTC

Not followed that closely, but perhaps your theory is right and it's kind of a slow death now, until they finally pull the trigger. Certainly bad news if game widow has largely stopped editing her own "child".

The intent with the pictures is about as obvious as it can get, and perhaps if somebody but me made the edit it would have been allowed to stand. It's allowed on other wikis and on this one for similarly un-confirmed easter eggs and various cultural, contemporary and location references. But whatever. No idea what I've done, but it's been a recurring theme for a long while, so although my personality means I want to contribute for the common good, this stuff happening over and over and over again very quickly drains my enthusiasm out, and with it my will to contribute.

Although the Witcher wiki is very good ofc, as I look through things and try to find information, there are actually many things that could have been improved as well, and new things created. But with the likely result of everything getting wiped out again, I'm not even going to bother trying. Which is just as well I suppose, if the whole wiki itself may get terminated in 6 months or however long it takes for their new overlords to pull the trigger.

Pangaea commented on 18 January 2020 at 10:13 am UTC

What do you do when you have played maybe the best game released in the last decade two times?

You go again!




Oddly difficult to find concrete information about the various difficulty levels, but I found the same info two places, so hopefully this is correct. Death March has 80% of the normal XP, enemies have +80% health/vitality, and do +230% damage (holy shit!!!!). This is compared with sword and broken bones, where it's 90% XP, +20% vitality, and +130% damage. So almost twice as much damage. Rough!

But think I want to try it out. And build my Geralt differently. In the previous playthroughs I basically built him as a sign user (didn't know what I was doing), but ended up not really utilising signs. Re-spec? Meh, screw that.

Now I'd like to put much more emphasis into alchemy (I haven't touched those skills yet), much less on signs, and probably a bit more into combat -- depending on how much I can pick up. Axii is a must for dialogue options, and should perhaps still invest a bit into Quen. It's vital, simple as.

This has been the previous build, if you can tell what the icons mean. Yeah... I didn't know mutations added a few more skill slots, and never noticed it. Shows how often I checked out that tab, heh.

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Previously I went fully into the Griffin gear; now I'd like to try out the Cat school (light armour). Kinda wonder if it will actually play different too, or if the gear difference (light, medium, heavy) is just about stats. Unsure about what general skills to pick, but I suppose both Rage management and Focus isn't the best combo.

Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things, despite finishing the story a few days ago. Thankfully it's been maybe 9 months since I played the beginning last time, so I don't know all that by heart.

I hope the aptly named Death March (I'll die a lot!) won't be horribly frustrating, but we shall see. Enemies with that much more health and hitting almost twice as hard (easy to get one-hit killed I imagine) sounds like a gruesome combo. And cat gear has less damage reduction too. Yikes.

Shmerl commented on 18 January 2020 at 11:37 pm UTC

I switched to max difficulty now too (I'll see how it goes). And my current character build (first playthrough still) is focused on sword skills. I added just Griffin School techniques and improved Axii, since I like unlocking extra options in dialogs, Jedi style

Last edited by Shmerl on 18 January 2020 at 11:38 pm UTC

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