I have what I hope is a better idea. Similar to what the RPS folks did in their original write up (the one that convinced me to get the game) I would like to record my own individual efforts over here, for all to enjoy. For the unitiated, it will instruct. For the bored, it will amuse. For the skilled (like Pyperkub, curse you Pyperkub), it will perhaps impress.
There will be screenshots. There will be ponderings, musings, and schemings. Perhaps there will be victory.
There will also be this guy:
Perhaps you recognize him. That fellow is Jon Irenicus, the antagonist of Baldur's Gate 2. I am very, very tempted to write in his voice. He will be my avatar for this game, and with luck together we will have victory.
I am still awaiting one more turn file before we begin the game, but we can still talk about Irenicus and his stats. (Note: Apparently I made some error submitting Irenicus, and his stats are a little different. He actually has an intellect of 2, a charisma of 3, all other stats 0. Whoops. That certainly explains his lackluster starting legion.)
For the unitiated (click for info dump about game mechanics):
His "Saturated Ichor" perk is what gives Irenicus a slight edge. It gives a +2 to all of his spell rolls. This means that, especially early on in the game, his spells are less likely to fail. This perk is useful because it will work for Irenicus throughout the entire game, and gives him an edge in both mystical defense and offense.
Obscure is a "negative" perk you can choose to earn more points to spend at character creation. It lowers income somewhat, but grants eight points. It paid for my Charisma, so it's a welcome tradeoff.
Irenicus' sin is Lust (for those who played Baldur's Gate 2, it was more a Lust for power than anything else...actually I'm pretty sure Irenicus fell to pretty much every deadly sin save Gluttony and Sloth), which means he has to hold a special place of power by the end of the game. Whether that happens or not is up to chance.
Irenicus' rank is Prince, which is the highest rank possible. High rank means you are difficult to target politically, are subject to certain privileges during events, and start off with more Tribute. As Irenicus' starting stats are less than spectacular, he's going to need to avoid getting targeted for some time.
For the initiated: His perk will give him an edge when it comes to conquering POP's quickly, his starting legion will be somewhat decent, and he'll have a nice amount of tribute to start. His main priority will be securing at least two POP's and a decent legion off the bazaar to help bandage his military shortcomings. People who vendetta him should expect Infernal Afflictions as well as stern resistance from his personal legion who may or may not be completely shit.
For those in need of a laugh: here's my avatar for the other RPS game, Solium Socordia.
It's more or less a joke build. It is currently winning the game.
The reason why for the unitiated: Daleks kick ass.
The reason why for the initiated: Daleks kick ass. Also, he owns Naphula and has trained her with Veil of Smoke. He also hold the Palace on the Lake of Fire, which due to a deliberate SNAFU involving multiple borders, the Beast, and Darkweeble, no one is man enough to try and take the Palace from him. His Sorcerer perk also means pretty much every legion he owns becomes extremely frightening, and POP's become much harder to take.
Looking forward to writing this up. I hope you will all enjoy reading it. It's Acheron's Loch, and it's a long game. Wish Irenicus the best of luck, hopefully this will go better than that whole "Bhaalspawn incident".