Pathfinder: Kingmaker

I got to be honest, I use the Call of the Wild Mod just so that I can make the character I want (although it is missing my favorite class).

If we are being honest, I use the Bag of Tracks mods to make the rest frequency and encumbrance rules not as intrusive. I consider it a QOL improvement :)

I rolled with the same party for most of the game. My MC, Cleric of Zon Kuthon, Val as tank, Jaethal because her undead immunities are awesome, and I specced her as a support buffer and dispeller, Linzi because buffs, Octavia for traps and arcane stuff, and Ekun as DPS. I’d flex out Ekun if I wanted a challenge.

Ekun is so madly OP, at least through the midgame where they immediately give you a completely insane bow for him to use.

I liked how IIRC @Balasarius put it: You don’t even really have to control him, just aim the damage firehose in any ol’ vague direction and watch him powerwash the Definitely Not Forgotten Realms.

My PC performs better than Ekun in a similar role: Ranged Slayer/Deliverer. Sneak attacks from way down town.

Does this game track kills by character? I couldn’t find any character statistics screens, but I am pretty sure my PC has like 5X the amount of kills then any other character.

No kill tracker that I’ve seen.

Ekun gets maybe 1/2 the kills for my whole group combined. My MC is a druid, so his buffed pet is a distant number 2 within my group with Valarie as #3. My MC without pet gets a few kills, but nothing compared to Ekun.

I did just get Nok Nok, so maybe he will move to #2 on the kill list for my group.

Also what is the preferred “normal” difficulty? I am destroying everything on Normal difficulty. Currently LVL 8 chapter 2? The troll threat was already dealt with months ago but there are still unrelated quests nested under the category of Troll Trouble. I guess I am waiting for some hidden timer to trigger the next chapter switch event? Is that how this works?

I am in the exact same spot, although I finished all of the quests under Troll Trouble, all of my Companion Quests, and the Misc ones at the bottom. I believe I am waiting on that time that talks about the next event happening on that one Hill. It should be one of your Kingdom Quests (forget the actual name).

This is my first playthru, though, so I may be completely wrong. I have been meaning to look it up to make sure I am not doing anything wrong! I was going to take the time to explore the map as much as I can, claim some resources, and do some Kingdom quests with my main character and other advisors. I believe I am all caught up and waiting on that timer.

EDIT: I should say on difficulty, I am just on Normal also. I sort of like that challenge level, though, and don’t like to push my challenge in games like this. I am still running RTWP and pausing to select spells to cast periodically, and that is working well. I love turn based, but haven’t turned that on yet. It sounds like normal is a bit on the easy side for most of the game, though. I just keep it there as I like it to be a little easier.

Yea some triggers just need time. As for the dificulty, you probably have a good MC and a balanced party so you can up the difficulty. Normal for me was doable with a roleplay party without efficiency/min-maxing.

@Kelan yeah the haunted hill thing might actually be the “hidden” chapter 2 timer where in chapter 1 it was overt! Good catch. I still have a month.

I noticed Normal difficulty actually has enemies and crit damage set below normal values. WTF. I changed those to the Normal values and played for a while but I haven’t noticed much of difference. Maybe because I am in the twilight period of chapter 2 so the next chapter might wreck me?

I played through until I got the barony, and then sort of fizzled out. Only level 4, but the game began to feel like a min/max slog after a while. I can see all the crunchy goodness that appeals to many, for sure, but I guess my patience for such things has worn thin over the years. That, and the abysmal interface/system for the barony stuff.

That just sounds like total insanity to me. For me coming from the grand old Infinity Engine linage, this is totally and completely 100% my wheelhouse. Where have I been these past years?

I am a leprechaun that found his pot of gold.

That’s great roguefrog! PFKM is a real gem.

The beta for the sequel should drop in a few weeks.

Yeah, this game is awesome. The weapon impacts alone!

But it takes me back to high school when I played D&D 3.0./3.5 Now 3.75. 3.99.9. Whatever Pathfinder is, but it is fully recognizable.

I had a similar reaction until I got pissed at the mediocre-at-best content later in the game. Day one for the sequel though!

That’s exciting, I didn’t know the sequel was so close! Unless they do really long betas. I didn’t play Kingmaker day 1 so I don’t have any context for how it went the first time around.

I had figured out the settings you needed for a “Core Pathfinder run”, but it’s mostly making damage and crits on the PC work correctly. Which often leads to people exploding suddenly.

The difficulty isn’t too bad these days, but ultimately it comes down to if you’re playing with companions or mercs, if you’ve gone heavy into min/maxing or even respecing the companions, etc.

And the difficulty does ramp up as things go on a bit, but not explosively so anymore.

Just got word on the beta, I’ll update the other thread.

So I completed the season of bloom quest line:

Destroyed both flowers. God I hate those attribute damaging spiders, and I hope I never see them ever again. I caved and turned on the option to wipe all negative status effects on rest because I don’t got time for that: specifically the micro-chore of preparing specific spells to clear attribute damage one by one across the entire party until all damage is healed, then recalibrating the spell books back to their normal spells, all taking an uncountable number of rests ad nauseam…when I could just rest once and be done with it. (my head canon is the priest does all this stuff automatically for me)

But now I still have lots of time in chapter 3/when the Haunted hill countdown expires? Like over 150 days or something.

I am not sure if I am on pace for the kingdom management meta game but I suspect I should focus on that now? I just upgrading my capital to a town after having 3 settlements. Most of my advisors are rank III. I picked up two more advisors.

Just wondering if there are timed quests (feels like all quests are actually on a hidden timer in this game) that I have to find via exploring the map before it is too late?

Always have Delay Poison Communal up. Always.

It doesn’t delay poison, it makes you immune to it.

Unless you’re talking about Mandragoras, those are a blood drain effect iirc. But spiders as a whole become pretty easy to deal with when poison no longer exists.