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Hi there! My name's Lilura and welcome to Lilura1! For its treatment range: the Role-playing Game Renaissance (Core: 1996-2002), this blog contains three main forms of content: retrospectives, reviews and pro-tips. As you may have gathered from the image above, the coverage is mostly for Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights; however, other classic and some current gen role-playing games receive coverage, too, such as Fallout, Jagged Alliance 2 and Underrail. Hell, I even wrote a starting-point for emulating the Amiga.

As for me, I'm a Fallout and Baldur's Gate veteran whose fave RPGs are basically those two and a few others from Black Isle, Troika and Sir-Tech (R.I.P x3). Of course, if we take mods into account then Neverwinter Nights blows everything away though the mainstream RPG community remains largely ignorant of its greatness; in fact, one reason this blog exists is to showcase what modders have churned out over the last decade.

My fave NWN campaign is the award-winning Swordflight, a series of traditional adventure modules built by Rogueknight 333 — and inspired by the likes of Baldur's Gate — which can contend with any of the above in terms of depth, breadth and polish. Don't pass over it just because "it's a mod". You have no idea how good it is.

Thanks to all my readers for venturing forth with me on this journey through the wonders of Infinity, Aurora and Electron engine content, which is seemingly inexhaustible.











31 comments:

  1. I like your blog and have a good time when reading through it, as i have played most of the games in your blog.
    Just to let you know there is someone appreciate your work. ^ ^

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  2. Hi, Vecho! It's good to receive feedback. Thank you. :)

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  3. Thank you for posting all those wonderful pages. It really helped me, especially with the The Aielund Saga. Keep up the good work!

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  4. AnonymousJune 26, 2016

    Echoing what others have said, really appreciate all the stuff you post here.

    After I'm done with Swordflight I'm probably going to move on to NWN2, and I've already checked all the cool NWN2 mods you've posted.

    Thanks for all of your hard work.

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  5. You're most welcome, whoever you are. :P It's been fun writing all this stuff up!

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  6. Hallo!

    Your website is magnificent and very elucidating and informative - I'm writing currently on the history of fantasy RPG tabletop and e-gaming
    since 1974 and searched the net for Bioware games and dragons. I've played since the 1990s flight simulations and discovered in the 2000s the RPG-genre.
    I finished recently Dragon Age: Inquisition on an aging PS3 as a knight in 200h, fiddling around with Dragon Age: Origins on an XB360 standing as knight in Ozammar and wanted to know how all that happened finishing recently the excellent RPG of Amalur, too. Your UI Evolution of Bioware's top RPG games
    BG and NWN helped a lot to understand the developement of RPGs on Computers.
    Now I have to close regrettingly - Dark Souls Prepare to Die is awaiting!

    Nice greetings from Munich and have a nice day/night!

    YK

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    1. Hey, sorry for not replying to you for so long: good luck with your history book!

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  7. It's my favorite thing to stumble across people who still play old games regularly and with great enthusiasm. Thanks for helping to introduce me to the world of Neverwinter Nights community modules (in 2017, 15 years after release!). I've just started the Aielund Saga as a dwarven ranger. Keep up the good work Lilura!

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    1. Hi, Ben! I hope you get as much enjoyment out of the Saga as I did. Be sure to try out the Swordflight Series when you're done!

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  8. I'm not sure exactly where to post this comment, but this seems to be relatively high level so I'll just take the chance. Deal? ;)

    I was wondering, since you've provided installation instructions for several of the modules/series and a tutorial about modding, would it be at all possible to compile a list of suggested fixes and/or accommodations needed for both new owners and veteran owners who have transitioned over to Win10?

    My bias is towards successful installation and operation of NWN1, the original version, but could be extended to other games, especially if they share the same sorts of issues that Win10 has been causing. After all, THAT is the first step before any of this wonderful expose' has relevance, right?

    My main reason for bringing up the possibility is due to how well your blogs have been organized... everything just a click a way. I think the NWN1 community in particular has been scrambling to provide a "go to" venue ever since the dismantling of the Bioware forums (and now the BSN forums as well). The NWNVault forums are mainly dedicated to resolving modding type issues rather than providing solutions for users who have been forced into an unsympathetic, new and shiny OS. So there is a void with no centralized repository of such information.

    Even with all the NWN-related Facebook, Reddit and other venues that evolved, it's really tough for prospective players to get assistance any better organized than a random suggestion by posters trying to make their best guess as to the cure of their woes. I'm not sure if you've already made the "leap" into Win10 but, if so, may be in a position to compile the possible issues (and there seem to be many more than ever before) and suggest remedies either by hyperlink or descriptive text. I would myself but, TBH, am scared to death of Win10's changing the integrity of how I interact with my software.

    I realize that this topic may not align perfectly with your original intent but figured I'd at least plant the idea. Can't hurt to ask, right?

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    1. Hi Iconclast. It's an interesting idea you have there, but:

      -I'm unlikely to transition from 8.1 to 10 anytime soon.
      -Hardware and OS isn't really the focus of my blog. I really think this is best left to GoG, NWVault and reddit. (The assumption I put on readers is that they are old enough and ugly enough to know how to set up their systems, anyway.)
      -Issues change with the times and are hard to keep up with. There are tons of potential problems people can run into and most of the time it's just user error. I've read extensive install guides written for certain games, and you know what? A year or two later they are redundant.

      That said, I've added a couple of lines at the start of this post. Who knows, it may grow. :)

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  9. Hey,
    Any chance you'd cover NWN's Persistent World servers here on the blog? I think it's rather interesting subject (and pretty unique - at least, never managed to find anything close to it). Despite the game's age, there are still some worth trying out (like Prisoners of the Mists), with stable playerbase, active dungeon masters and things going on. I think they should get some more coverage, because still feel like fairly obscure thing that more people into RPG's should know about. If not from a playerside, I'd be interested in your opinion from a more technical point of view - as the PW's are fairly complex modules.
    Cheers.

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    1. Hi Imre V.

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      I'm 90% a single-player gamer, and have only limited experience with PWs and multi-player (haven't clocked up more than a few hours in all these years), so I don't think my write-ups would be all that insightful. I can certainly see how PWs and DM'd multi-player would represent some of the very best the NWN platform has to offer; it's just no my forte.

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  10. Hey Lilura1 - found your blog randomly but really glad that I did. Love your commentary and your style. Your focus on the games that I consider best of all time is much appreciated. Can't believe that we are still playing JA2 and BG but we are. I'm exclusively using a Mac now. GOG and Beamdog have brought a lot of classic games that run on Mac, but do you have any thoughts on other sources of similar good Mac games? Thanks and keep it up!

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    1. Hi FlaSlacker, and thanks for commenting. Sorry, but I have no idea about Mac gaming. Good luck finding all the classics you want to play, though!

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  11. i dont understand rules of neverwinter nights but i will try to play mask of betrayer cause you named it as one of the best rpgs. what do you think of dark souls it looks great all those monsters and stuff.

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    1. Played Dark Souls PvP for 3 months solid, back when it first came out. Played SP several times until burn out. Good game, got my fill, but I'm not interested in the sequels. Enjoy MotB.

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  12. Olsen PotterSeptember 16, 2017

    Hi! I love your blog! I was up reading it until about 5:00 am this morning because it's exactly what I've been looking for for the past 5 years! I obviously need to play the first 2 Fallout games since you hold them in such high regard.

    I was just wondering if you have played any of the Divinity games and what you thought of them.

    Keep the blogs coming. You're amazing.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Olsen. I have played the two older Divinities but I've only dabbled in the two new ones. I'm not a fan of Larian so I won't be covering their RPGs. My blog is mainly for BG and NWN, anyway. Cheers! - and I hope you enjoy Fallout.

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  13. I just wanted to break my usual habit of being a lurker and tell you how much I appreciate browsing through this blog from time to time. It has given me plenty of inspiration on (re)plays of some wonderful RPGs and drawn my attention to many a missed detail where I thought I had combed out each and every corner. That aside, it's also pleasant to see someone comment on games in a balanced and thoughtful manner, as well as a concise writing style. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Isabelle. And you're welcome. If you notice any errors or omissions in my write-ups, please let me know.

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  14. Avernum 1 escape from pit. This second remake of exile includes battle disciplines from avernum 5 & 6. This game is greatest rpg ever made.
    Cya.

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  15. Any plans of playing Pool of Radiance remake on nwn2? That's a pretty awesome module. Path of evil would also be nice xD

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    1. Not sure about in-depth commentary but I might review them in the future. I've dabbled in both and I've got a rough copy for PoE sitting in my drafts folder already.

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    2. Also Dark Waters. Dark Waters has the most awesome first act xD

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  16. Lilura thx for your block. Best source for rpg on entire net. but regarding article best years for rpg gaming mentioned lots of games here but i think your missing greatest rpg ever made. where is avernum ?

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    1. Avernum is listed in the Renaissance write-up and its related poll, but in-depth coverage of Avernum is not on my agenda at this point.

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  17. Lilura combat wise which rpgs come next after Knights of Chalice & TOEE besides Jagged Allience 2.
    Thank You.

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  18. Ok, this blog looks pretty damn awful in smarthphone view. I briefly tried out a smartphone-friendly theme called "Dynamic Views", but I couldn't stand how it dumbed down Desktop view. So, instead of changing to a more mobile-friendly theme, I have just forced on Desktop view for smartphones. Thus, this blog is not as easy to navigate on smartphones as it should be, but at least the formatting is correct.

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