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#102 Jun 03 2015 at 8:03 PM Rating: Good
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Lmao. I am already at 44 hours and I am level 15. You must have hit the main quest hard. I kind of leave the game open some while I tool around the house in between quests though. I did get hosed on "Get Shorty" tonight finished it with no XP. But /shrug after looking it up that one seems to be consistent for not giving XP. Not in a hurry I went back and boned Kiera just because I had put that off (50 XP! rofl). Now I am doing some other side quests, gonna do Vernan Roche side as quest I always liked Ves.

Edited, Jun 3rd 2015 7:09pm by Shojindo
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#103 Jun 04 2015 at 10:40 PM Rating: Good
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Level 17. So I think I just kinda like experimenting and respecing. My Griffin set and Quen build was certainly mighty and worked great, Heal on demand so strong you don't really need potions anymore. But I could not lay off collecting the full Feline set and respecing to mostly red with just 3 points in quen. Whirl is spiffy, definitely like it. And I farmed some more reds so I have a grip of attack power now. Sword DPS is the highest it's been for me, and well that's pretty cool. I think their are many many viable builds but I like that I can mess around with them for a mere 1k gold. (Not that much for me atm)

Gonna go after a few more places of power in Velen then head to Skellig soon since I finished the main quest in Novigrad now.
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#104 Jun 05 2015 at 12:52 PM Rating: Good
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Witcher 3 Fixes Money Exploit By Adding Cow Army

It used to be easy to earn money in The Witcher 3 by killing cows over and over again. The game’s most recent patch, however, has a clever way of stopping you from exploiting the world’s bovine.

Patch 1.05, which just went live for PC players, brings with it many important changes, including a bigger text size for the game’s interface, a host of quest fixes, and more. The full patch notes are right here. What caught my eye, though, was this:

Deploys the Bovine Defense Force Initiative

What the ****?!

It didn’t take me long to figure out his was a way of addressing the game’s easy money exploit.

Here’s how the exploit worked: kill some cows, collect their hides, meditate for an hour, and the cows quickly spawn back into the world. The hides were worth a pretty penny, so it didn’t take long to completely break The Witcher 3’s economy. Given that it otherwise takes dozens of hours to build up a decent amount of money in the game, it’s not a surprise CD Projekt RED would stamp this out.

Instead of removing cows from the world or reducing the price of hides, however, they summon an incredibly difficult enemy assuredly going to kill anyone but the most high-level Witcher 3 players.
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#105 Jun 05 2015 at 1:07 PM Rating: Good
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Bovine defense force 5!

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#106 Jun 05 2015 at 9:05 PM Rating: Good
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18 and completed the ?'s of Velen pretty much. Gonna do a couple follow up quests like Triss and head to Skellig. Game just seems to get better and better. It really is the brightest Witch of it's age.
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#107 Jun 06 2015 at 4:14 PM Rating: Good
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Roach is magical. Take a boat to Skellige get attacked by pirates. Wash up on shore. Roach is there... waiting. Who is the real Witcher?
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#108 Jun 06 2015 at 5:35 PM Rating: Good
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You can even get him to warp to small islands in the middle of nowhere !
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#109 Jun 06 2015 at 7:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Speaking of small islands in the middle of nowhere. I was wondering around, clearing some question marks when I ran into a treasure guarded my an Archgriffen. It had a red skull over it's head, but I saved and went for it anyway. I didn't go in prepared, so the first try I got close, but died. The second attempt, I went in using the right oil and bombs and wiped the floor with it. I go for the treasure, and it's one of those stupid notes with a key. I read the note and flag the quest (it turns out it's level 48) and go get the goods. It's a crappy saddle and some level 15 gear. I did this as at level 20. So not only should I not have won that fight, but the rewards should have been a **** of a lot better.

Edit:

Hmm, I think there is a bug in the last patch that's causing all of my stats to be ten times higher than they should be. Right now, if my stats on the inventory screen are to be believed, I've got:

DPS - Silver Sword 7807
DPS - Steel Sword 5099
Armor - 224 (this one seems correct)
Sign Intensity - +1034%
Vitality - 24600/24600

I suppose that explains how I was able to kill that Archgriffin.

Edited, Jun 7th 2015 12:22am by Turin
#110 Jun 07 2015 at 6:44 AM Rating: Good
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Turin wrote:
be believed, I've got:

DPS - Silver Sword 7807
DPS - Steel Sword 5099
Armor - 224 (this one seems correct)
Sign Intensity - +1034%
Vitality - 24600/24600


Edited, Jun 7th 2015 12:22am by Turin


Da fuq?
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#111 Jun 07 2015 at 8:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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Displayed stats or real stats? Are you one-shotting monsters?
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#112 Jun 07 2015 at 10:31 AM Rating: Good
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So Skellig=Skyrim=Vikings. Neat. I like all of those things.
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#113 Jun 07 2015 at 10:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, if you talked to the chick next to the dwarf smith in the Baron's keep, she goes on about Skellig's jarls and whatnot.
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#114 Jun 07 2015 at 12:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Jophiel wrote:
Displayed stats or real stats? Are you one-shotting monsters?


Stuff around my level I am. I fought a level 34 Basilisk out by Bald Mountain last night, and it took a few hits to kill it. I was doing 4500-5000 damage a swing...
#115 Jun 07 2015 at 4:53 PM Rating: Good
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Contract: Take out the evil Turin. Weaknesses: Bacon oil and toast. Reward: 35 crowns. ( all rewards are ****** get used to it)
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#116 Jun 07 2015 at 5:08 PM Rating: Good
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Edited, Jun 7th 2015 4:12pm by Shojindo
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#117 Jun 07 2015 at 5:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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NexusMod has some DLL files that supposedly help increase AMD card frame rates if anyone is using a Radeon card and wants to give it a whirl. I "installed" them, i.e. dropped them into the correct folder, and think they may have added a few FPS but I'm to quite sure.

I also modded to increase merchant gold and increase my carry limit to 120 because I'm lazy.

Level 14, rocking my Kitty-Cat armor and swords and wandering about before I muster the enthusiasm to follow more quest NPCs around Novigraad (or however its spelled)

Edited, Jun 7th 2015 6:30pm by Jophiel
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#118 Jun 26 2015 at 5:48 PM Rating: Good
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And finished. 93 hours of great fun. Was level 34 when I finished, had master crafted Griffon armor and swords. Focused mostly on Yrden and Quen. Lightning Yrden trap + Dot Yrden trap x2 at max level really controls the battlefield at 230% signs boost. All that is natural no dimetritium nonsense or whatnot. I also took 5/5 in light and heavy 1st tier and less damage from dodging so I could fill a full greater red mutagen tier. Rest were full blue tiers minus the medium armor standalone.

Was mostly OP for a while after 30 until I got to a few of the final boss fights. Gave me a decent challenge those. Stayed patient and knocked um out.

THE STORY. Is ******* fantastic. Well worth sticking through. Only point where weariness kicked in was Novigrad because its so running around no combat at times. Those stories are critical to the fate of the whole thing though. Once I got to Skellige the game just became super great again.

I'll just jump on the bandwagon and gush now. GOTY easy.
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#119 Jun 26 2015 at 11:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, I got burned out in Novigrad where I had like three plot/quest paths I needed to worry about and didn't give a damn about any of them. I'll get back to it sooner or later, I guess.
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#120 Jun 27 2015 at 6:45 AM Rating: Good
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You know for some people Novigrad was their favorite area? I don't get it but /shrug. Velen and Skellige were way cooler.

Edited, Jun 27th 2015 5:46am by Shojindo
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#121 Jun 27 2015 at 12:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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#122 Jun 27 2015 at 1:55 PM Rating: Good
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Windowlickers and mouthbreathers are people too you savage!
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#123 Jun 29 2015 at 12:28 PM Rating: Good
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I started a new character... I might even play gwent this time! My goal is to do more wandering about and not give a F if I am at the right level for the main story. I know what happens now so I just want to cruise around and be Witchery.

Also I am thinking of going heavy strikes with a bit of alchemy playing on blood and broken bones. I kinda liked the Ursine sets looks but because I got addicted to the OP signs I never bothered to collect it.

*Edit: Also think I will pick Triss. Yen is kind of a frosty box anyway. Still miss Shani though my OG Witcher girl.

Edited, Jun 29th 2015 11:30am by Shojindo
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#124 Jul 18 2015 at 11:08 AM Rating: Good
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http://thewitcher.com/news/view/1081

Today's patch is amazing! If you fell off give it another try. Better movement, storage, inventory.

I'm on my second playthrough now in Skellige at level 18 wearing Ursine focus heavy strikes, with enough tolerance to have 2 concoctions up at once and still use potions. Playing on Blood and Broken Bones and crushing everything. I might turn it up to death march soon but just enjoying my newfound uber after a rough start on BB difficulty.
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#125 Jul 18 2015 at 5:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Do you mean that 7GB patch that is murdering console framerates? Makes me glad I play the game on PC. Though, this patch finally did fix my stats being absurdly high. No more one shotting everything is site.

Edited, Jul 18th 2015 9:01pm by Turin
#126 Jul 19 2015 at 7:44 AM Rating: Good
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Playing on PC as well. Did not know about the console problems. I knew about the dimetritium bomb stat bug though, cool they fixed that.
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#127 Aug 02 2015 at 2:51 PM Rating: Good
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191 Hours later and I finished my second play through. That heavy strikes adrenaline double concoctions build pretty much annihilated Blood and Broken Bones. I also came to enjoy gwent. Beat all the gwenters and won the tourney.

NG+ is coming soon but I think I will wait for content DLC before I play more.
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#128 Oct 12 2015 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
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So, since I loved the **** out of my time with The Witcher 3, I sprung for the season pass (when it was on sale for 20% off). Today is the day that the first expansion, "Hearts of Stone", drops. I haven't had much time to spend with it yet, but so far it's a solid piece of new content. It's geared towards players that are level 30+, so it you haven't gotten that far yet, there's not much point in buying it.

I'm level 35 with the full set of Wolf School gear, so I'm probably a bit stronger than recommended, but the very first fight I was in was noticeably more challenging than what I'm used to. I was fighting a group of well equipped level 33 soldiers. They seemed to hit a bit harder than I'm used to, and they seemed to work together a bit better. Sticking together, attacking when my guard was down, etc. It may just be that I'm used to being so much stronger than the typical grunts, but it was a nice change of pace to actually have to pay attention to combat again.

Anyway, the first thing you'll notice when you start up the game and check out the map is that there is a huge chunk of new real estate up in the North East corner of Velen. It's probably about two and half to three times as large as the Kaer Morhen map, or maybe a little bit more than twice the size of White Orchard. There's a couple of large estates, and small towns, as well as what looks like a larger town spread out around a lake about half the size of Oxenfurt. Along with new areas are a bunch of new mobs. Some of which have some interesting attacks that forcing me to alter my usual tactics a bit.

One of the new features in the game is a new character called a Runewright. Once you finish his quest (which takes a large pile of Orens and some fetching) he can take runes and glyphs and combine them on any item with three slots to create new effects. He can also add extra slots to equipment that doesn't already have the necessary three available. I really wasn't too terribly impressed with the extra effects though. They don't really fit my play style, but I'm sure others will see some benefit to it. I honestly found much more use by the addition of two extra potion slots. I usually keep Swallow and Thunderbolt slotted and mostly ignore the rest, now I've got some extra space for a couple of decotions too.

I haven't gotten very far into the story yet, but the devs claim that it should take about ten hours or so. Then there's exploring all the new areas and side quests to push the number a bit further. For ten dollars, I'd say it's worth it.

Edit: Yep, fights are definitely harder now. I actually almost died a couple of times, something that didn't even happen during the final boss of the main story. My usual plan of wade in, attack fast, dodge, and abuse the **** out of Quen to get free healing doesn't seem to work as well against the new mini boss fights. That coupled with a the change to Swallow that slows the healing down significantly has made things much more interesting. I might have to take a closer look at my ability tree and see what I can come up with.

Edited, Oct 13th 2015 8:22am by Turin
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#129 Oct 15 2015 at 7:27 AM Rating: Good
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I'm on a Diablo 3 bender on my PS4 right now. So nice to play it with a gamepad, crusader is pretty fun so far as well.

On topic i paid for this DLC a while back and it looks interesting. But I am not sure when I will get over my "Recently played 200+ hours and 2 complete plays of Witcher 3 burnout" to want to fire it up.
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#130 Nov 08 2015 at 7:53 PM Rating: Good
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Fired it up this weekend, I agree it's harder but fun so far. I started with just opening up the rune guy and the merchant. Boy was I rusty when I first faced those knights. Also ***** the spiders who RUN AWAY non stop.Story seems cool, since I took a break it does not seem anti-climatic and non canon Ciri related as bad. It's pulling me in decently.

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#131 May 22 2016 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent
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If it's still on the front page, does it count as a necro? Think about it.

Anyway, for those such as myself that just can't get enough Witcher goodness, the second and sadly final expansion, Blood and Wine, drops on May 31st. I'm a bit torn on this one. I would love to dive right back into the game, and explore the new areas and kill the mobs, and do **** things to the new ladies. But, I'm planning on buying a new video card next month, and the game will look a **** of a lot better than I can make it look right now. Decisions, decisions....

Here's a trailer thingy:



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#132 Jun 29 2016 at 7:49 PM Rating: Good
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It's good Turin. It's so **** good. I enjoyed Hearts of Stone and the story in that was top notch but Blood and Wine has it all man. Not just a great story. (it is) But super Mutagens (Eupharia + 3-4 decoctions FTW). A beautiful new continent. (Rainbow's and Unicorns and stinky French!) ((I'm part French so thats not racist) An entire new Gwent Deck, that you will hate at first but grow to love. And so many points of interest + contracts that your random walk abouts will be a real joy. Di I mention you get your own vinyard to decorate and repair and retire too happy ever after?

I just finished it a coupel days ago and it really brought back the Witcher 3 joy. Problem is now all games seem like **** in comparison again for a while.
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#133 Jun 30 2016 at 6:34 AM Rating: Decent
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Like I haven been playing the **** out if it...

I even bought a GTX1080 mostly so I could finally play on Ultra (game looks ******* amazing by the way). So far, I've done a ton of side quests, maxed out my mutations, snagged the new set of Wolf armor, picked up the sword from the lady in the lake, and did a few of the main story quests.
#134 Jun 30 2016 at 1:03 PM Rating: Good
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Turin wrote:
Like I haven been playing the **** out if it...

I even bought a GTX1080 mostly so I could finally play on Ultra (game looks ******* amazing by the way). So far, I've done a ton of side quests, maxed out my mutations, snagged the new set of Wolf armor, picked up the sword from the lady in the lake, and did a few of the main story quests.


GTX1080...nice. 970 here but it gets the job done. Aerondite sword is fantastic. I took a long time to do the main quest becuase I was roaming the land building my gwent deck and side questing as well. But I was really impressed with it once I got back into it.
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