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After playing 16+ hours I would like to update the feedback with general things.
The game plot is based on the DOS 2 or at least feels the same, but it’s not That issue for me.
The main concern is the fact of missing the core idea of the TTRPG in general and D&D in specific.
Although, the idea of “bug-in-the-head-that-is-so-special-and-that-is-only-reason-why-everything-is-happening” is gross. There is a ton of ways, how to solve the problem, but always we are failing, cuz it’s “special”! D&D is not dealing with exceptions, but with rules.
The idea is to provide the player with a world that is living by straight rules, a goblin is always a little goblin with a DIY spear, and a knight is always geared monster slayer. So, the goblins very unlikely to have any special equipment or 100+ g.p. loot. This point is essential to make the world clear to the player and to make it feel Real. Or scrolls may be used only by casters, or that the True Resurrection is the mightiest healing spell, that may solve ANY problem, or then Ilithids have to use Mind Blank (8th LVL. spell) to be free from BigBrains Co., but not the little cheap Ring of Mind Protection. Yes, this seems to be meaningless, but it is the core of D&D to make it work and real.
Next essential point, is that Skills are made to help the player to solve problems, not to Forced them to get any suitable outcome, not to punish them. The Skill check is supposed to be resolving for the whole situation, that means, that if you scared the gith, he will be feared of you for all the time and the situation will be resolved based on that, no further checks needed.
The fights. The fight in TTRPG is a clash of opinions, the fight for some purpose with feelings on both sides, plot and interaction. The attack rolls spells and so on just giving the bones for it. The “-100 hp” is not the aim, but only consequence of that, for instance, that after receiving such a damage goblin will dramatically explode in the air, and the dragon may be scared and deeply wounded by such a terrifying strike. That is what essential, to show reactions, emotions, wound and how it affected them, so the goblin, left in 1 hp is most likely to surrender or will cry for help and try to disengage and so on.
Summing up everything. D&D is a strongly ruled system with the straight approach toward any event, that may be reproduced with the same result. This ruleset helps to make a good story, giving the DM a ground for all that is happening on the “stage”. The dice rolls are not meant to be punishing but only helps the players to advance the story in most likely interesting for THEM path. The story is closely bounded with ruleset as it gives bones to it and makes world “real”, as the players gain the experience of “how it is working in the world” and may easily understand the power on the NPC caster by the very minor things, like to be scared, if they see, that he is capable of permanent polymorph as the has a “frog-prince” on the shoulder. And I hope, that game designers understand examples given.

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The problem with an RPG is that most things in the 'Tutorial Zone' as we are in has to scale to your level. You should really tag some spoilers.

Larian wants us to have a 'Dangerous' Adventure off the gate with companions with larger than life backstories at level 1. To be honest I find the game more fun with a custom party of custom player made characters.

Most game companies want you to feel special hence you are always the "Dragonborn, Savior, Hero". Or in this case, guy with special thing that doesn't transform.

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The mountain of criticisms I have towards Larian at the moment could dwarf Everest.

That said, I actually don't mind the tadpole bit *yet*. It is, to me at least, basically the single thing that is seemingly done as an homage to the original Baldur's Gate games. CHARNAME was special because of something inside them (their 'bloodline') that started to manifest into powers (slayer), but if those powers were abused too much, could potentially take over the player. It was up to the player whether they wanted to embrace those powers, or try to get rid of them. However, CHARNAME also *wasn't* special because there were numerous other Bhaalspawn, just like there are other numerous mutated tadpole NPCs.

Yes, I would prefer if every single NPC didn't have the same affliction, make it slightly more special, but at least it seems somewhat in line with the BG storyline. It just sucks that Larian has stopped there.


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