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So, Larian Studios (Makers of Divinity: Original Sin) teased this image today.

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Everyone assumed it was for Divinity OS 3, but wait a sec...
This morning, Larian put up a teaser on the company’s website with a big ol’ three (see above), which led many of us to believe that Divinity: Original Sin 3 was en route. But some clever HTML snooping by Twitter user @kunkken (and confirmed by Kotaku) leads to a whole bunch of hints that this is Baldur’s Gate 3, officially licensed from Dungeons & Dragons makers Wizards of the Coast.
If true...holy shit. :shock:

(The Twitter snooping in question is here.)
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As long as you can re-roll your character stats.
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Jaymann wrote: Thu May 30, 2019 8:56 pm As long as you can re-roll your character stats.
I enjoy those first few hours of the game as well.
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As long as Minsc and Boo are back.
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The real question is, does it use 2nd edition AD&D rules, and can I import my level 30 demi-god who wields a five-headed elemental flail, wears armor made from dragon scale and can call flaming columns down from the sky at will?
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NickAragua wrote: Fri May 31, 2019 1:21 pm The real question is, does it use 2nd edition AD&D rules, and can I import my level 30 demi-god who wields a five-headed elemental flail, wears armor made from dragon scale and can call flaming columns down from the sky at will?
Well, there's no "demi" about it by the end of the expansion. It would be awesome if BG3 was basically a re-skinned Populous.
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True. Although you technically *could* decide not to take up the mantle of godhood.
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NickAragua wrote: Fri May 31, 2019 1:21 pm The real question is, does it use 2nd edition AD&D rules
This was my first thought as well. While it would be nice for nostalgic reasons and for continuity, it might be a great opportunity for WotC to get the 5e rules into a game. I think they'd be a great fit, although it would certainly stir up nerd controversy. As I recall, Icewind Dale 2 used the early 3rd edition rules, so it wouldn't be unprecedented.

I can't imagine it being a continuation of the story, though. That story reached its conclusion. Perhaps a follow-up to that story, though.
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The further adventures of Jan Jansen in the cutthroat turnip farming business. With guest appearance by Korgan and Aerie (if she survived).
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If anyone can successfully pull this off, there's not a developer I'd much rather see doing it than the same talent behind Divinity: Original Sin 2 (as that easily ranks among the very best modern CRPGs around, IMHO).
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Anonymous Bosch wrote: Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:28 am If anyone can successfully pull this off, there's not a developer I'd much rather see doing it than the same talent behind Divinity: Original Sin 2 (as that easily ranks among the very best modern CRPGs around, IMHO).
I am aware I'm being selfish here. That said I don't think I'm comfortable with Larian making BG3. Larian makes terribly hard games that I keep bouncing off of.
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Will be very impressed if there's a pantaloons side-quest / Easter egg.
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NickAragua wrote: Fri May 31, 2019 9:42 pm The further adventures of Jan Jansen in the cutthroat turnip farming business. With guest appearance by Korgan and Aerie (if she survived).
I demand a quest around Jan's army of trained monkey assassins.
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Animated tentacles going around the logo were added this weekend over at Larian's site. Hmmm...

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El Guapo wrote: Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:38 am
NickAragua wrote: Fri May 31, 2019 9:42 pm The further adventures of Jan Jansen in the cutthroat turnip farming business. With guest appearance by Korgan and Aerie (if she survived).
I demand a quest around Jan's army of trained monkey assassins.
They came in the night. Took my turnips. But they made one big mistake: they left my monkeys alive. Now, it's time to make them pay.
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Well, hopefully at least there will be better pathfinding. I spent almost as much time waiting for my party before venturing forth as I did re-rolling.
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Guess I should hurry up and finish BG 2. Nineteen years and multiple purchases are not enough to get it done it seems.

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And shockingly, after all this time, the ending was just spoiled for me. :)

I had no expectations that a game ending should remain secret after this long--I'm just amazed it hasn't happened before now!
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Looking more and more likely. Possible announcement this week.
According to a new report, Larian Studios will reveal Baldur's Gate 3 this week. More specifically, the new entry in the classic Dungeons & Dragons role-playing video game series will be revealed during Google Stadia's "Connect" on Thursday, likely as the opening of the show. The report comes way of journalist Liam Robertson, who has built a reputation in the industry for having scoops and accurately reporting on them. And this lines up mostly with what I've heard about the game's reveal as well.
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Tentacles...why did it have to be tentacles?
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I didn't know that were-illithids were a thing.
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That's actually how they reproduce. The tadpoles are implanted and take over the brain, then expand out and 'borrow' the body when they mature.
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Ick.
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Just a less wasteful variation on xenomorphs. I mean, why go to all the trouble of growing a whole body when you've got one right there you can convert?
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Larian has proven they can make great crpg’s. I’m happy they’re on it.
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So I was curious about the Illithid biology. After 10 minutes on Wikipedia I think I already know the story of Baldurs Gate 3...
When an Illithid undergoes ceremorphosis, it can occasionally take on some elements of the absorbed host creature's former mind, such as mannerisms. This typically manifests as a minor personality feature, such as a nervous habit or reaction (e.g., nail-biting or tapping one's foot), although the process that determines the type and number of traits so inherited appears to be stochastic. Some adult Illithids have even been known to hum a tune that its host knew in life. Usually, when a mind flayer inherits a trait like this, it keeps it a closely guarded secret, because, were its peers to learn of it, the Illithid in question would most likely be killed. This is due to an Illithid legend of a being called the "Adversary". The legend holds that, eventually, an Illithid larva that undergoes ceremorphosis will take on the host's personality and memory in its entirety. This Adversary would, mind and soul, still be the host, but with all the inherent abilities of an Illithid.
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This is amazing. Swen's pitch for the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... 4v6hC_rjM
Watch how Swen and the team managed to convince Wizards of the Coast to allow us to unleash our own brand of madness on Baldur's Gate! Its a harrowing tale of knights, vampire swords, abductions and the horrifying effects of ceremorphosis...

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I received a Kickstarter update from Larian today announcing this. Smart marketing.
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BG3 is based on the fifth edition [of D&D]. We started by setting out the ruleset very meticulously, and then seeing what worked and what didn’t work – because it is a videogame, and D&D was made to play as a tabletop game. So for the things that didn’t work, we came up with solutions.

The cool thing we found is that a lot of what makes D&D, D&D, actually survived the translation, so I think that if you like Dungeons and Dragons and you want to play BG3, you’re going to be happy.
BG3 is set directly after Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, which is the recently-announced pen-and-paper campaign from Wizards of the Coast, and is launching in September.
That puts it ~120 years after Throne of Bhaal. Note that there are several characters from the original who are alive and active, including Minsc, Coran, and Coran's son. It is likely that some of the longer lived races (especially the elves) could still be around, too.
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How the heck is Minsc around as he is human.
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Daehawk wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:09 pm How the heck is Minsc around as he is human.
A wizard did it.
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Jaymann wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Daehawk wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:09 pm How the heck is Minsc around as he is human.
A wizard did it.
I understood that reference.
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Pretty much. The Baldur's Gate comics that are being published alongside WotC's recent offerings covered it. Short version, spoilers if you ever want to read them:
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Basically, there was a statue in Baldur's Gate called the "Beloved Ranger", dedicated to one of the heroes who'd saved the city years before (and his... unusual animal companion.) A wild mage was being attacked nearby. A spell went awry and hit the statue. Instant Minsc. They're deliberately vague as to whether it really is the original, returned to life, or some sort of magical clone. Regardless, he is pure Minsc.
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I keep forgetting he's a ranger, because I always had him dressed in full plate with a two-handed sword.
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Jaymann wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:31 pm That guy ate a bad order of calamari.
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I'm not familiar with this developer's work or with the latest AD&D rules. Can we infer that combat will proceed in segments and turns, based on action points? Please assure me that it won't be a realtime clickfest.

BG2 was one of the greatest games of all time, and I hope BG3 will be worthy. I like what I've read so far.
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