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Which CRPG(s) will you be playing next?
(744 votes total)
of Bhaal (BG2 expansion) (261) 35%
Neverwinter Nights (213) 29%
Heart of Winter (IWD expansion) (176) 24%
Pool of Radiance: RoMD (94) 13%
the poll was a multiple-choice one, so there are a few more votes than
(by far) will be playing the expansion to Baldur's Gate 2 next. That comes
as no surprise since the series have been immensely popular since the
original Baldur's Gate was released.
Nights is the game a few people less will be playing next. It was probably
the prime choice for those that did not choose any other games off the
of Winter is not that hot anymore, with only about one quarter of people
who expect to be playing it next.
Of course, at the time of the poll the game was already widely available
in the USA and some have finished it already, but Europe has yet to see
the first copies of it.
alarmingly behind is the new Pool of Radiance, delayed yet again by the
latest reports. It is quite understandable that people get a bad feeling
about a game that has been delayed for almost a year already.
Hopefully we will see this title before Neverwinter Nights ships, otherwise
it will have to settle for being the second 3rd edition D&D CRPG released.
How often do you customize any Infinity Engine games with new custom portraits,
voice sets and similar items?
(242 votes total)
Sometimes (50) 21%
All the time (45) 19%
Rarely (44) 18%
Quite often (37) 15%
seem that customization of the Infinity Engine games isn't really very
popular, at least judging by the rather small number of people who voted
in the poll.
that did, the majority with 27% never changed anything about the games
but play them such as they come straight out of the box.
people do twiddle with custom portraits and sound sets, but only casually.
are some enthusiasts who do it all the time, namely 19% of all people
who have voted in the poll.
people customize their games on rare occasions and lastly, 15% of them
do it quite often.
Which BG2 NPC has the best dialogue in your opinion?
(572 votes total)
Jan Jansen (65) 11%
Viconia (48) 8%
Aerie (40) 7%
Jaheira (34) 6%
Korgan (33) 6%
Edwin (30) 5%
Yoshimo (20) 3%
Imoen (17) 3%
Haer'Dalis (13) 2%
Keldorn Firecam (12) 2%
Anomen (7) 1%
Mazzy Fentan (6) 1%
Valygar (3) 1%
Nalia (3) 1%
Cernd (2) 0%
users have noted in poll comments, this poll is far from fair, since no
one has recruited all of the NPCs. This is merely a general indicator
which NPC's dialogue the majority of people liked most.
place naturally goes to Minsc. There was hardly a party without him since
you can recruit him so early in the game, and after a while he really
grows on you. Not to mention that he has some pretty funny lines that
accompany his wacky character.
behind Minsc in popularity is Jan Jansen, the second most popular talker.
His witty stories never fail to bring a chuckle to one's face. From the
moment you meet him to the moment you decide to leave him behind, Jan
always has something funny to say.
place goes to Viconia, the ever popular Drow hottie. Goes to show what
a bit of dialogue and a romance option can do for a NPC.
She was one of the least favorite NPCs in the original BG, but players'
attitude towards her has shifted a great deal in BG2.
Aerie, the little winged elf you can't help but feel sorry for. Although
my romance with her has permanently stopped in the Underdark, I must say
that she has quite a lot of touching dialogue. Maybe not everyone's cup
of tea, but it seems that many people liked her.
stands proudly in sixth place. While she is a (somewhat) welcome addition
to the party in the beginning and has a great deal to say as well, she
was not exactly my favorite in BG2, although I had her in my party through
It's probably a bit different if you decide to pursue a romance with her.
is close behind Jaheira with only one vote less. His wicked lines are
well suited to those of evil alignment. He also has quite a lot to say,
most of it very unpleasant. But hey, just what'd you expect from a foul,
evil dwarf, right?
is the last of the most popular NPCs. (More than 5% of votes).
I found his continuos ranting and manifestations of the God complex that
has only grown since BG1 highly amusing. Not to mention the whole Edwina
incident, which is one of the funniest things in the entire game. Highly
NPCs had very poor/uninteresting dialogue, or most people didn't have
them in their parties so they could found out more about them.
Yoshimo, Imoen, Haer'Dalis, Keldorn Firecam, Anomen, Mazzy Fentan, Valygar,
Nalia and Cernd combined only got a total of about 15% of all votes.
Which monsters in Baldur's Gate 2 did you find the hardest to kill?
(553 votes total)
Liches (135) 24%
Mind Flayers (130) 24%
Beholders (45) 8%
Golems (23) 4%
Other (13) 2%
Umber Hulks (9) 2%
Pit Fiends (9) 2%
Undead (all sorts) (8) 1%
by the number of votes this poll received, I have come up with a pretty
interesting poll question.
should be, dragons stand firmly in the first place as the toughest monsters
in the game. We have been reading a lot of opinions on our message boards
about the dragons, and this result confirms that they are still the hardest
to beat for most people.
Of course, there are some lame ways to dispose of them (Cloudkill in the
fog of war comes to mind), but if you take them on toe to toe, you won't
get away lightly.
the undead terrors haunting 2x2x1m tombs (ok, I suppose the one in the
Gate District is an exception) are second toughest opponents. With all
the magic at their disposal, it's no wonder. One Time Stop is usually
enough to wipe out an entire party if they are foolish enough to take
on liches insufficiently prepared and experienced.
Now imagine how hard they would be if they were actually implemented by
are in the third place, with almost the same number of votes as liches.
Personally, I think they are much more annoying and harder to beat than
even dragons and liches. (I'm talking about groups of mind flayers, of
You can throw every single protective spell you've got on yourself, and
you still face a chance that they'll stat drain some of your characters
Nasty buggers, indeed.
the dominant trio at the top of the list, beholders lag way behind in
popularity. Only 8% of people deem them to be the hardest monsters in
the game. I wonder if everyone was using the Shield of Balduran or Cloak
of Mirrors against
When I fought them without those items, they were VERY hard to beat. I
suppose it's Bioware's fault for putting such items in the game. You can't
help but feel sorry for them when you simply stand around and watch them
kill themselves in oh-so-many imaginative ways.
This, of course, is due to being equipped with the Shield of Balduran
which reflects everything eye tyrants throw at you right back at them...
golems, with half less votes than beholders. I certainly expected them
to be placed higher in the list, judging by the amount of trouble people
on our message boards were having with them. Adamantine ones are a force
to be reckoned with, and even a high-level party may be in trouble when
they come pounding mercilessly.
people voted for the option "Other" than what I had in the list.
The only tough monsters I left out that were mentioned in the poll comments
are the balor the svirfneblin dug up, and various demons you encounter
during the course of the game.
"tough" monsters are umber hulks, pit fiends and various sorts
of undead. Altogether they only scored 5% of all votes, so obviously people
don't regard them as too tough.
Even though vampiric level drain certainly classifies as one of the most
annoying "new additions" to Baldur's Gate II. ;)
Which of the Infinity Engine games has the best musical score in your
(360 votes total)
Dale (140) 39%
Baldur's Gate 2 (115) 32%
Planescape: Torment (88) 24%
Baldur's Gate (17) 5%
as no big surprise that Icewind Dale's musical score rocked the poll with
almost 40% of all votes. IWD's soundtrack hasn't won so many awards without
good reason, for its music is truly excellent.
place is much more surprising however. Baldur's Gate 2 is close behind
with 32% of votes. Now I wouldn't go as far as to say that its music wasn't
good, but most of it just didn't do anything for me.
Planescape: Torment should definitely appear in this place, but since
a much smaller part of the visitors to Sorcerer's Place have also played
Torment, I'm quite sure it missed this spot only because its fan base
here is much smaller than the one of BG2.
place is (obviously) Planescape: Torment's music, to me the best of the
bunch. So filled with emotions, sometimes sadness and grief, that is pulls
you into the game and really makes you feel that you are in Nameless One's
skin. It is a real shame that an official soundtrack of it was never produced.
belongs to the original Baldur's Gate, which for most people happened
a long time ago, and not everyone played it either. Therein I suppose
lies the reason for the low percentage of votes it received, since the
musical score was quite good.
also produced quite a big amount of fan comments, so I'm posting a few
a tough call between Planescape and Icewind, but the battle music in Icewind
is just too good!
- IWD's score is awesome! You get the impression you're in the frozen
wastes right from the beginning!
- There's nothing better than BG2 romance musics!
- P:T had the best score by far... especially in the Fortress in the Negative
- The song played when you meet Annah (Planescape: Torment) is the best
I have heard in any game ever
- The music in BG2 is o.k. but Torment has the best music by far. The
most memorable song though is the theme song from BG, it has been 2 years
since I played the game and yet it stays in my head
Are you interested in joining any Neverwinter Nights guilds?
(189 votes total)
Maybe (63) 33%
No (25) 13%
I already am in one (11) 6%
judging by the number of votes NWN guilds aren't exactly on top of most
people's list of things of interest. Still, the results we got are quite
50% of people have expressed their interest in joining a NWN guild, a
quite large number. But since most people will play NWN online at least
occasionally and guilds have traditionally formed around CRPGs, this comes
as no surprise.
Everyone interested should check out our own NWN guild - AORTA.
one third of people aren't sure yet if they'll be joining any guilds,
and to them I also suggest they check out our own guildpages and see if
they find it interesting.
of people are quite sure they will not join any of the guilds. I expect
those will be primarily offline players which have no need for larger
6% of people who voted already belong to some guild or another.
Would you buy a (spiritual?) sequel to Planescape: Torment if it was made
by the same people (BIS) as the original?
(294 votes total)
Maybe, depends on reviews (40) 14%
No, never (22) 7%
that I'm not the only one that gets nostalgic every time Planescape: Torment
is mentioned. Our poll shows that almost 80% of people would definitely
buy a sequel to it, should one be made by Black Isle Studios.
15% of people are undecided and would wait until more is known about the
game before buying it, though if the reviews favored the sequel, they
would buy it.
7% of people would (for reasons unknown to me) never buy another such
there is not much more to say on this subject, I'll post a few comments
from the people who voted in the poll. Unfortunately there's little chance
of a sequel to Torment ever being made, but that won't prevent us from
dreaming about it, now will it? ;)
do you mean by 'spiritual?'
- Well you can't really have a literal sequel unless you intend to have
a whole game about fighting in the Blood War. ;) -Sorcerer
- HELL YES
- It's such a game, that there is no way out ;-)
- the game is too damn good!
- Don't believe (corrupted) reviews, Just Buy It !
- Planescape freaking rocks
- I would suggest to them doing a planewalker theme though in the planescape
- It is the best
- planescape torment was the best game ever and it needs to be given more
credit and more publicity!
- the new sequel could be about the nameless one finding his name and
trying to get out of purgatory!
- Inventive but just too much text - I'll stick with BG 1 and 2, and IWD
- planescape was a fantastic game if they can build on the original then
this could be absolutely bloody amazing
that for a loyal fan base?
Which new feature in Heart of Winter excites you the most?
(195 votes total)
New weapons & items (46) 24%
800×600 support (33) 17%
New monsters (25) 13%
New spells (18) 9%
Gem, potion bags (15) 8%
Other (7) 4%
pondering why this poll got so few votes for almost a week before I remembered
that BGC, oops PBG has been running a poll with the same question since
almost the dawn of time.
Ugh, there goes any interest of whatsoever in answering this one here.
lack of people willing to vote in the poll aside, we got what we wanted
all the same.
seem that most people can't wait to see the new areas Heart of Winter
will deliver. Lonelywood, Burial Isle, Barrows and so on are all pretty
exciting. Well, apart from Lonelywood which manages to be even more boring
than in Salvatore's books. *snicker*
Anyway, 26% of people want new areas, pronto.
less are most excited about the new weapons and items. Definitely a good
pick. From what I've seen in the press preview, this will most definitely
be one of the best new things HoW has to offer.
support also has it's number of fans. 17% of people are waiting the most
for it. Having seen it in action, I must say that it really makes a huge
didn't seem to make as huge a impact, but that was only to be expected.
Aside from remorhaz and the obvious white dragon, it's more or less variation
on a theme. But don't be fooled, new cannon fodder looks pretty cool too.
excite only 9% of people, in spite the fact that there are some really
neat new ones coming. Seven Eyes comes to mind...
But then again I suppose there aren't that many people who played mages
in Icewind Dale...
potion bags and scroll cases aren't major additions to the game by most
people's reckoning, so they only received 8% of votes.
goes to other things, with 4% of people voting for something that was
not on the list. The ALT key showing all items on the floor and highlighting
all doors would be one of them.
Have you read the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien?
(554 votes total)
than once (337) 61%
Yes, once (137) 25%
No, not yet (61) 11%
No, and I never will (19) 3%
well... I knew our visitors are quite familiar with fantasy books, but
the results of this poll have surprised me all the same.
of 61% of respondents have said that they read the Lord of the Rings more
than once, and judging by the comments left in the poll, some have read
it over 5 times and some read the whole thing annually. Remarkable.
I'm sure old J.R.R. would be pleased.
a round 25% of people have read the book once. Combining the two entries
we can gather that 86% of people have read the book at least once!
respondents to our poll haven't read it yet, but probably plan to in the
there are 3% of people who answered that they have not read it and do
not plan on doing it either. If any of you who voted for this option are
reading this, I beg you to reconsider.
As you can see, the amount of people who have read it is huge, so there
must be something about Tolkien that puts him about all others in term
of fantasy writing. There is only one way to find out... ;)
At the end of this last year of the old millennium, how would you rate
the year 2000 on a scale of 1 to 5?
(274 votes total)
4 (Very good) (70) 26%
1 (Disaster) (51) 19%
5 (Excellent) (39) 14%
2 (So-so) (31) 11%
that everyone will find this new year more satisfactory than year 2000.
It seems that for most people this year wasn't anything special so 3 was
the most common rating for the last year of the millennium.
the scale was the rating of 4, which means that about one quarter of our
visitors think that the year turned out to be very good.
place goes to the grade of 1, something I certainly didn't expect to see
20% of people vote for. Better luck this year I suppose.
15% of people think that year 2000 was excellent and lastly, 11% have
rated the year behind us as so-so.
Which of these games have you played the most?
(475 votes total)
Gate II (200) 42%
Baldur's Gate (156) 33%
Planescape: Torment (71) 15%
Icewind Dale (48) 10%
what I call a surprising turnout!
The winner of the poll was known in advance I suppose... Baldur's Gate
II, this year's finest RPG has obviously conquered a lot of hearts and
therefor won with a vast majority of votes.
most played game was the original Baldur's Gate with 33% of votes, a surprisingly
high number as well.
place is where I was surprised the most. I was certain that Planescape:
Torment would win the last place in spite that fact that it is one of
the best RPGs in existence, mainly because it didn't sell all that well
and many people are unfamiliar with it.
Obviously not so here. Maybe it's just the visitors of Sorcerer's Place
(whom I have been constantly urging to try the game), or maybe it's the
fact that many people have replayed Torment at least three times to try
out all of the available classes (mage, warrior, thief).
Whatever the reason, I'm glad that people have given Torment at least
a bit of the recognition it deserves.
goes to Icewind Dale with 10% of votes. Don't ask me how the game that
practically everybody was replaying over and over again came to be the
last in this poll. I really couldn't say.
Possibly because the time playing it seemed to flow faster than with Baldur's
Gate? Or because you can only take so much hack&slash until you get
bored if you repeat it?
above would suggest that Icewind Dale sold very few copies, but it most
definitely did not. In fact, it sold MUCH better than Planescape: Torment,
one of the reasons that the folks at Black Isle are putting together an
expansion for it dubbed Heart of Winter.
can sometimes be surprising indeed.
We need you to help us out by picking a name you think would be the most
appropriate for our upcoming chatroom. The winning entry gets to stay
permanently as the official name of our chatroom, so choose wisely!
(404 votes total)
Arm Inn (99) 25%
Smoldering Corpse Bar (63) 16%
Burning Wizard Inn (57) 14%
The Copper Coronet (55) 14%
Elfsong Tavern (43) 11%
Other (Suggested answers) (35) 9%
Den of Seven Vales (20) 5%
Snowdrift Inn (18) 4%
Winter's Cradle Tavern (10) 2%
The Marketplace (4) 1%
say I was quite surprised with the turnout of this poll. Although it ran
for about 20 more hours than usual (thank a certain lightning bolt who
found my modem so attractive it decided to pay it a close visit), the
number if results it got is still quite high, especially because I set
the security on it as high as it goes to prevent cheating. (I.e. you could
only vote for one choice in the whole week).
that the name most people liked most is Friendly Arm Inn (from BG1) which
is now also the official name of our chatroom.
A square 25% of people voted for it.
Smoldering Corpse Bar (from PS:T) came in second with about 16% of votes.
Burning Wizard Inn (from BG1), a personal favorite of mine (and Syl's),
received almost 15% of votes, a bit of a disappointment since it was in
the lead for a while.
The Copper Coronet (from BG2) was also popular with only two votes less
than Burning Wizard Inn.
in line is the Elfsong Tavern on the 5th place with 11% of votes.
were a total of 9% of votes for Other (that is, suggested names). We could
see quite a few cool names among them so I'll list some of them here in
case you missed them:
Sorcerer (-ed. ouch, hehe)
Arse Inn (-ed. BG1 joke here)
Inn of the Last Home
of the Last Word
Half Uttered Oath
Surprising Saloon (-ed. LOL)
Wizard's Vault/Sorcerer's Sanctum
Halls of Rivendale
4 entries all received less than 5% of votes each. It seems that Icewind
Dale taverns weren't all that popular.
again to everyone for giving us so many great alternatives, even though
I picked FAI in the end. I was quite tempted to choose one on the wizard/sorcerer
theme to stay in line with the rest of the site, as one voter suggested
we should. But hey, who says sorcerers can't go to the Friendly Arm Inn
How are you going to play Neverwinter Nights?
(283 votes total)
player (offline) mostly (140) 49%
Multiplayer (online) mostly (81) 29%
Multiplayer (offline, LAN) mostly (40) 14%
Multiplayer (online) only (14) 5%
I won't play it (8) 3%
poll has certainly shattered some of the ideas many people I know have
It seems that NWN will still be played mostly offline by far.
50% of people who voted in the poll have stated that they will mainly
play Neverwinter Nights offline, in single player mode.
Hmm, it seems that we'll have to redefine that thinking that continuously
places NWN among online-only and MMORP games. Maybe the developers should
think about the offline part of the game a bit harder. And possibly reveal
some info about the story, since we still know next to nothing about it.
30% of people have voted for Multiplayer (that is, online) as their prime
choice. Not that small a number, but certainly a lot smaller than we'd
entry that can be more or less combined with the first one is Multiplayer
(LAN) mostly. About 15% of people prefer this way of playing, without
any lag or server delays.
almost least) is Multiplayer only. Only 5% of people have said that they
will play NWN exclusively online.
Heh, there goes the persistent worlds idea. I just hope that there aren't
more DMs and enthusiasts with their servers than people willing to actually
play on them.
this poll got a scarce amount of votes (poll server problems), the situation
after the first 150 votes hasn't changed substantially so I think that
these results are valid nonetheless. Who knows, maybe it's still too early
to make such predictions when NWN is still more than half a year away.
Nevertheless, the results are something to think about.
Which area in Baldur's Gate II is your favorite?
(303 votes total)
Athkatla (79) 26%
Trademeet (21) 7%
Windspear Hills (20) 7%
Suldanesselar (18) 6%
de'Arnise Hold (17) 6%
Umar Hills (17) 6%
Asylum (13) 4%
Druid Grove (9) 3%
Other (8) 3%
Temple Ruins (7) 2%
voted rather late in the week (from Friday to Sunday), you probably noticed
that the poll was either down completely, or displaying errors if you
tried to vote. The fault is (as usual) with Pollit, the site our polls
are running on.
The problems seem to have been rectified, but it cost us about 100 votes
in the process.
here are the results, all neatly sorted by percentage.
has won the first place in the poll with almost a third of all votes (31%),
with Athkatla coming in second with only 5% less.
is certainly a unique experience (to say the least). While some people
have found it depressing and too evil to suit their tastes, it seems that
a vast majority loved it. Athkatla is the second favorite. With so much
to do at the city and so many interesting sights, it's no wonder.
9 options combined got 43% of all votes.
The third favorite is the city of Trademeet with 7% of votes and next
Windspear Hills with just as many.
with Suldanesselar and de'Arnise Hold; they both got roughly the same
number of votes. (6%).
wasn't a very popular locale and therefor received only 4% of votes. Druid
Grove fares even worse with 3%.
3% of voters have stated that their favorite spot in the game wasn't one
of the listed ones.
the least popular place of all are the Temple Ruins.
Would you chat with other people here if a web-based chat room(s) were
(212 votes total)
No, probably not (61) 29%
No, never (50) 24%
Yes, very often (26) 12%
was more of an indicator for me than something most people would be interested
in (as are other polls), but we managed to get a few things out of it
despite the low vote count.
that about 47% of people coming round here would also chat here (even
if only occasionally) and that's a good sign that there is some interest
in the idea.
53% probably wouldn't chat online here, or never at all.
I decided to go through with the online chat idea anyway. I'm sure that
with time we'll get even more people interested. ;)
I'm in the process of trying out various solutions and when I decide which
one is best, I'll be sure to let you all know. And of course, invite you
all to chat with us!
Have you finished Baldur's Gate II yet?
(594 votes total)
yet (365) 61%
Yes, once (97) 16%
No, I'm not playing it (65) 11%
Yes, twice (34) 6%
Yes, more than three times (26) 4%
Yes, three times (7) 1%
week, another poll... And as everyone is busy (re)playing Baldur's Gate
II, this one seemed appropriate to ask.
show that a large majority of people still haven't finished the game,
a bit contrary to what I keep hearing all time. (It seemed to me that
Sylvus and I were the only ones who haven't finished it yet).
Well, I feel a bit better now. And really, I see no point in rushing through
the game just so I can play it three times to see all of it and do all
quests. Kinda pointless. At least that's how I feel.
waaay back by the number of votes (but on second place) are the ones who
have finished the game once.
place is taken by those who aren't playing the game at all. (Or haven't
started yet). About 11% of our visitors obviously come here for other
things, like Icewind Dale and Torment info.
people have finished the game exactly twice, 4% more than three times
(what wouldn't I give to have so much time on my hands! ;) and lastly,
a whooping 1% of people finished it exactly three times.
Which of the upcoming D&D games/add-ons are you mostly looking forward
(475 votes total)
Nights (195) 41%
Baldur's Gate II addon (168) 35%
Pool of Radiance: RoMD (58) 12%
Heart of Winter (IWD addon) (54) 11%
that the majority of us are mostly looking forward to playing Neverwinter
Nights, not much of a surprise. With the exciting new features and the
ability to create your own dungeons and areas with very little effort,
this one is going to be another bestseller for Interplay. (Trust me on
place goes to the still unnamed and unannounced Baldur's Gate II expansion
that we all know the Bioware guys are hard at work on, but we'll have
to wait a bit longer before we can post anything concrete about it.
The sheer amount of votes this unnamed project got clearly indicates that
people will buy just about anything with a BG II title on it.
But then again, I'm not one to judge since I'm among that crowd. *grin*
the new Pool of Radiance beat the Icewind Dale expansion. Not by far,
but still. It has been least favorite of all our previous polls and it's
standing today isn't rosy either. And since it has been delayed until
May next year, I fear the majority of people that might've otherwise bought
it this winter will rather buy Neverwinter Nights which is scheduled to
arrive only a bit later.
place goes to Heart of Winter, the Icewind Dale expansion that's about
to be released next month sometime. (Hopefully).
It didn't really fare well in this poll, but since this was a people's
selection of "most anticipated" we can assume that many people
who voted for other three options will play it as well, it just won't
be their favorite.
(This conclusion is based on the poll we've had three weeks ago when we
questioned gamers if they will buy the IWD expansion).
Will you buy the inevitable expansion(s) to Baldur's Gate II?
(560 votes total)
Not sure (45) 8%
No way (14) 3%
Two weeks ago we had a similar poll regarding the upcoming Icewind Dale
expansion, and I thought that one had a pretty amazing outcome.
Hah, check this out. Practically 90% of people who bought Baldur's Gate
II will certainly buy it's yet unnamed expansion as well. 8% are still
undecided (logically, nothing has been revealed about the expansion yet),
but only 3% of people are certain they won't buy it.
Interplay is finally out of the red zone. Baldur's Gate II is a tremendous
success, and with an expansion in the works it'll be an even bigger one.
Likewise with Icewind Dale.
Who would have thought that a genre considered dead only a couple of years
ago would be saving giants like Interplay today?
Who are your favorite Baldur's Gate II NPCs?
(2131 votes total)
Aerie (212) 10%
Imoen (198) 9%
Jaheira (169) 8%
Viconia (154) 7%
Yoshimo (120) 6%
Keldorn (109) 5%
Jan (102) 5%
Valygar (87) 4%
Nalia (86) 4%
Korgan (85) 4%
Edwin (84) 4%
Mazzy (84) 4%
Anomen (71) 3%
Haer' Dalis (58) 3%
Cernd (38) 2%
were no major surprises in the poll. Comparing this poll with the one
that we had a year or so ago for the first Baldur's Gate we can see that
Minsc's popularity has only skyrocketed and he is still the most popular
NPC (in both Baldur's Gate games now).
Sadly, Imoen's popularity dropped a great deal, thanks to the character
Bioware made out of her. Presently she is but another mage with lacking
thieving skills, while she was the thief of choice for many a party in
the original Baldur's Gate. Alas, poor Imoen. I knew her when she still
is at almost the same spot she was more than a year ago, but Viconia's
popularity has risen a great deal. Due to her being one of the the 3 love
interests, no doubt. Edwin, the least popular guy in the original Baldur's
Gate fares only a little better this time. Ah well, he can't expect anything
else when he's being such a prick all time. ;)
Will you buy Heart of Winter, the Icewind Dale expansion?
(471 votes total)
Of course (326) 69%
Not sure (94) 20%
No way (51) 11%
Well it seems that Black Isle don't need to worry about whether their
addon will sell... it's quite obvious it will. Almost 70% of people are
certain they'll buy it, a very good sign.
20% aren't sure yet, but let's say that half of them buy it and we get
a nice round figure of 80% of people buying the expansion. A figure software
developers can usually only dream of...
About 11% of people are certain that they will not buy it, a figure that
doesn't inspire much concern. If this poll is any indicator, Black Isle
is going to make another best seller with IWD: Heart of Winter.
Post your thoughts about the upcoming Icewind Dale expansion on our message
On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate Baldur's Gate II?
10 (363) 34%
8 (124) 12%
7 (35) 3%
6 (17) 2%
1 (9) 1%
5 (7) 1%
4 (0) 0%
that for an independent review of a game? More than 1000 people were given
the option of choosing how much they liked Baldur's Gate II, and a vast
majority obviously loves it.
we combine the top two results we can see that 81% of people rated Baldur's
Gate II Excellent (10) or Very Good (9).
gave it 8/10 points, the last big amount of percents in the whole poll.
All other scores combined (from 1-7/10) yield about 8% more.
is no doubt about it left in mind. (Not that there was any to being with).
Baldur's Gate II is the best CRPG of the year for me, and for thousands
of people around the world. Just wait till all the big magazines dare
to bestow that title upon it. The end of the year is near, so the wait
should be fairly short indeed.
How far in Baldur's Gate II are you?
Chapter 2 (396) 31%
In Chapter 3 (192) 15%
In Chapter 1 (182) 14%
It hasn't been released yet where I live (154) 12%
Haven't started playing yet (153) 12%
Finished the game (76) 6%
In Chapter 4 (52) 4%
In Chapter 5 (41) 3%
In Chapter 6 (21) 2%
In Chapter 7 (11) 1%
seems that most people who already play have barely scratched the surface
of Baldurs' Gate II yet, with 60% of them (combined) still in the first
of people are probably quite angry because they can't buy BGII yet where
they live, and another 12% have the game but haven't started playing it
big surprise awaits at the 6th place though. 6% of people claim that they
have already finished it!
they buzzed through the game very quickly or spent 200+ hours on it remains
a mystery. But the good thing is that most people on our
boards think the replayability value is very high so I'm sure most
of them will go through the game at least twice. Talking about those Road
Runners of course.
I'll probably play it for 300 hours to explore every nook and cranny and
I doubt I'll have the time to do it more than once. It'll probably take
me a year anyway, since I have so little time to play. :p
Which of the returning NPCs will you have in your BGII party?
Imoen (587) 32%
Jaheira (344) 19%
Viconia (154) 8%
Edwin (105) 6%
None/Don't know (43) 2%
made a multiple-selection poll here for a change so the number of votes
is that much higher because most people chose at least two or three NPCs
that they'll have in their party.
& Imoen were wrestling for the first place the fist couple of days,
but eventually Minsc took the lead and won the 1st place in the poll with
33% of people wanting him badly in their party. Boo's joy will be great
to Minsc was Imoen, with only 10 votes less and still 32% of total votes.
About 65% of people will have both her and Minsc in their party, quite
an interesting figure.
won the 3rd place with much fewer votes than the top two, but still quite
popular with 19% of people wanting to have the infamous Fighter/Druid
in their party. May Lathander give you patience to deal with her.
and Edwin are the least popular choices, and guess what? They're both
evil so that's not much of a surprise. But the developers tell us that
you can have a very mixed alignment party and that they won't kill each
other, but instead make some very interesting dialogue so they might be
worth taking into your party to see how they fare with your other characters.
8% of people would let the vicious Drow Viconia join their ranks and only
6% would go with Edwin, a member of the ill-reputed Red Wizards of Thay.
grand total of 2% of people either wouldn't take any of the old NPCs into
their new BG II party, or haven't played the original Baldur's Gate so
they wouldn't know who to pick.
How often will you play Baldur's Gate II?
day until I collapse of exhaustion (311) 52%
More than 3 hours a day (138) 23%
2 hours a day (100) 17%
1 hour a day (24) 4%
Once in a while (11) 2%
Less than 1 hour a day (3) 1%
Never (gasp) (8) 1%
can I say, the results speak for themselves. In fact I wonder why do I
even bother typing this up when I know that no one is going to read it
because you'll all be too busy playing BG II.
only a quick breakdown:
than half of our community (52%) could be labeled seriously BG addicted
because they're going to risk their health and well being playing BG II
until they drop. Please take notice of the in-game warning that Bioware
doesn't want to lose any dedicated players. Thank you.
40% of people will play the game for 2 hours and more each day, leaving
only 8% of people who will play the game 1 hour a day or less.
With the release of new 3rd Edition D&D rules are you:
interested in manuals (63) 30%
Already purchased the Player's Handbook (48) 23%
Already purchased both the PHB & DMG (38) 18%
Going to purchase both the PHB & DMG (29) 14%
Going to purchase them after playing a 3rd Ed. CRPG (NWN, PoR II) (18)
Going to purchase the new Player's Handbook (10) 5%
Going to purchase the new Dungeon Master's Guide (5) 2%
Already purchased the Dungeon Master's Guide (1) 0%
I suspected, a majority of people voting here are not interested in
3rd Edition manuals at all. I guess this is still more the domain
of dedicated pen & papers and dungeon masters.
Nonetheless, the Player's Handbook is quite popular in the role-playing
community. If we combine those percentages from the poll, the results
show that about 40% of people already have it, and another 20% will probably
buy it in the near future.
The last entry in the poll is interesting; you could call it a confirmation
of the fact that no one will buy just the Dungeon Master's Guide without
having bought the Player's Handbook first. (Or bought both at the same
Which Infinity Engine game did you like best?
Dale (188) 38%
Planescape: Torment (175) 35%
Baldur's Gate (85) 17%
Baldur's Gate: ToSC (45) 9%
I first mentioned this new poll to Calis (our dedicated News Monkey),
he said that it was a good one, but that it was easy to predict Baldur's
Gate would win. Of course, having a few months of experience with making
polls, I really doubted it. And guess what?
I was right.
won't lie, the final outcome surprised me as well, but I guess this was
a tricky question, and probably not very fair to begin with. It's logical
that the game you played last will be your favorite (at least for most
people), not just because it is improved over the ones before, but also
because the memory of playing it is still fresh.
just wanted to get this straight before people started mailing me how
the hell did I get those percentages. It's all your will, I'm afraid.
usual, we'll start with the winning team.
Icewind Dale won the poll fair and square, with almost 40% of the votes.
Plenty of hack & slash, excellent music, interesting setting and monsters,
all of this made Icewind Dale an instant hit.
place goes to Planescape: Torment, another game made by Black Isle (through
the use of the Infinity Engine licensed from Bioware).
got 35% of your votes in the end, although it has been in the lead for
the first three or four days. A dark atmosphere, the best soundtrack ever,
an immortal main character plus a floating skull that flirts with every
passing zombie are but a few of the delights Torment has to offer. Truly
an amazing game, and one you should definitely try out if you haven't
combine the last two entries (that is Baldur's Gate and Tales of the Sword
Coast, the official expansion). Together they scored 26%, not that bad
given the fact that this was the first Infinity Engine game and that ol'
Infinity has seen plenty of modifications and improvements since then.
Still, Baldur's Gate started the avalanche and rebirth of the whole RPG
genre, and there's no real way in which that can be measured.
I can say is, you cannot rate legends. And speaking of which, Baldur's
Gate II is on it's way...
Out of the three new 3rd edition D&D classes, which one would you play
in BGII first?
Sorcerer (128) 35%
Barbarian (104) 29%
I didn't forget to change the total number of votes... It's actually exactly
the same as last week's. Interesting coincidence. This
will obviously be the easiest poll yet to comment, so I might as well
even the order in which the three options were laid out changed, it's
exactly the same as I listed it in the poll. Monks won the 1st place as
the most popular new class, but only by a fraction of an inch. I'm surprised
so many people decided to play a new class whose primary weapons will
be exclusively his limbs, since there are so many neat new weapons in
the game. Maybe the choice was affected by the fact that many played monks
have been in the lead for almost half a week, so they're a very popular
new class as well. I can highly recommend them, since I played one myself
in the preview version and it proved quite interesting to say the least.
You can check my journal entitled "Sorcerer's
Way Through Baldur's Gate II" for more info.
but not least are the Barbarians, a class that is a bit less popular than
the other two, possibly because of the fact that many people have played
it in Diablo as well. But still, I can imagine many people lumbering around
as half-orc barbarians. The word "tank" gets an entirely new
anyone feels like explaining the specifics why would he/she play one of
the new classes, please make your opinion public on our
message boards. I'd especially like to hear from any of you monk-ees.
just couldn't resist. *grin*
How will you play Baldur's Gate II?
my imported character(s) from BG1 (212) 58%
With one of the 3 new 3rd Edition classes (86) 24%
With a newly created 2nd Edition class character(s) (53) 15%
I won't play it at all. I'm from Mars (13) 4%
relatively simple question, but the final feedback is quite interesting.
60% of us will play BG II with an imported character from the first part
of the Baldur's Gate saga. This surprised me because of the amount of
discussions on the new character kits going on at our
message boards, how will they be better than plain old chars and so
on. But I guess in the end most of us will still try our old avatars first,
and maybe play with something new the second way through.
25% of people, however, decided that the new 3rd edition classes (Sorcerers,
Monks and Barbarians) are interesting enough to start anew with them.
I'll be giving sorcerers a spin in the preview version, so check back
often for some cool screenshots of them in action.
about 15% of people will play BG II as we did the original - since 2nd
edition classes were all that was available back then. But I guess there'll
be plenty of improvements in this field as well, so I'm sure it won't
be boring either.
finally, let me express a friendly greeting to all our fans on Mars...
Tough luck guys, maybe something more interesting than BG II will come
up for you to enjoy.
What are you looking forward to the most about Baldur's Gate II?
High level advancement (73) 21%
Kits (61) 18%
Very powerful items & spells (51) 15%
Seeing the old NPCs again (39) 11%
Higher screen resolution (27) 8%
Familiars (18) 5%
Of course every fan that's been keeping track of the news now knows that
Bioware officially announced that dragons will be present in the game.
Yup, that's what we've been waiting for, as the votes confirm. 22% of
the people regard seeing and slaying them in BGII as the event they're
most looking forward to.
almost as many (21%) think that high level advancement is the thing...
And with the experience cap set at almost 3 million points, they will
not be disappointed.
the top choice in the first 3 days of the poll came in third with 18%
looking forward to using them the most. Accidentally, if you want to lean
more about them check out Sorcerer's
Guide to Kits. It should give you a good idea which kits will be in
and (if you're new to all this) what kits actually are.
powerful new items & spells are a thing we're all looking forward
to, and 15% of you think they're the best thing we'll see in BGII. Staff
of the Magi? Oh yes.
of people are looking forward to seeing the old NPCs again. Actually not
that great a number and obviously most of the people didn't think they
were THAT memorable (or irreplaceable). Well I'm still looking forward
to seeing Imoen again, for one. ;)
screen resolution got 8% of votes which yet again validates the old saying
that content is the king, and all bells and whistles just hm? a jester?
Don't tell anyone, but there's a witty pun in that one. Kinda.
last but not least are the familiars. Pseudo-dragons, cats, owls... Funnily
enough, I was convinced that they would get more votes, since one of our
previous polls showed that 24% of people usually play mages in CRPGs.
What do you think of the new character portraits for Baldur's Gate II?
look great! (156) 28%
I like them (121) 22%
I liked the old ones better (106) 19%
I could grow to like them (92) 17%
I hate them (41) 7%
I don't care how they look (38) 7%
first actually official poll on our redesigned site... Which unfortunately
ran for two weeks while I was on holidays in London. But no harm came
of it, since people had to get used to the poll being site-embedded and
on a familiar place on the site.
poll question has been the topic of heated discussions on the official
forums for a while, so it seemed a good choice for a poll. However much
closer to the final judgment we got not.
you combine the first two answers you get exactly 50%, and that is the
number of people who we could say like the new portraits art just fine.
Let's see how the other 50% are divided:
20% of people liked the old ones better, which says much about our emotional
involvement with the game (sic). I must admit that at a glance I would've
joined this semi-linch mob, but I think I'll wait for the final version
of them before I revert back to the old portraits.
17% of people are caught somewhere in the middle, unsure whether they
like them or not, but will get used to them nonetheless.
7% of people actually and unconditionally hate the new portraits. That's
not too bad I guess. I doubt everyone liked the originals without exception
another 7% don't really give a damn about how they look. I guess this
bunch will be the easiest to satisfy. ;)