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Baldur's Gate Official Strategy Guide [Paperback]

Bill Keith , Nina Keith
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Dec 23 1998 Bradygames Strategy Guides
The BradyGames official strategy guide includes walkthroughs to help the player complete each quest. - Full list of items, weapons, magic, armory and monsters. - Chapters broken down into simple hints or detailed secrets as much or as little help as the player wants. - Tips for creating the perfect character.

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If there remained any doubt in gamers' minds, let it now be officially put to rest: the role-playing game (RPG) drought is over. And though we've seen a number of solid RPGs in recent years, none has been quite so impressive as Interplay's Baldur's Gate. This epic title, based on the Forgotten Realms universe from TSR's Dungeons & Dragons, is simply one of the largest, most ambitious, and most enjoyable RPGs ever. But let's be realistic: even the most seasoned fantasy adventurer needs a hint or two from time to time. BradyGames' guide to Baldur's Gate has all the info you need to survive your journey through Faerun. It starts out with a guide to the guide, which explains how the book is set up and which sections reveal lots of information and which ones offer basic advice only. Using this as a reference, you can then rely on the book to pick out just the information you need without spoiling any of the key plot elements in the game. Some of the topics covered include character creation (always one of the best parts of any RPG), spells and spellcasting, basic movement and control in Faerun, and, of course, a complete walkthrough. Unlike other strategy guides, however, this walkthrough is just an example. Since Baldur's Gate is different every time it's played, the experiences of Diana Nightflame (the authors' character) will not be identical to your own. The book closes with a description of each important location in the game, along with a list of things you must do at each (as well as some things you probably should do). Basically, this is the perfect companion guide for anyone journeying through the land of Faerun. --Michael Ryan

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BradyGames Baldur's Gate Official Strategy Guide includes: WALKTHROUGH--A complete walkthrough of the game as told through the journal of the fighter-mage Diana Nightflame, SECRETS--Discover the solutions to all the complicated riddles, and uncover the hidden secrets in the game, SUB PLOTS--Delve into the mini-quests and non-player characters that you will encounter during this grand quest.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You People Are On Dope Nov. 2 2003
By Stealth
Dude seriously whats up with these people and complaining about a book? First of All This Guide Is The BEst one realeased cuz like some one else said it lets you chose you own decisions and some idiot also said it didnt show how to find an ankehg plate mail, well Mr Idiot if you Had Actually Bothered To Play the game you would have found that there is a monster called just that.......no not idiot.....called ankehg and if you even maneged to kill him you would have found that you get its Shell...and once again if you had played the game you would have hear that thunderhammer smithy makes "special"armor and incase you didnt even know WHERE he Was Well He's Located In Beregost that building in the east just click on the door and open then you pay him money give him the shell wait a tenday and there ya go........and i hope this helped other people too who werent sure how to get this mail plate. And If Your Gonna Whine About A Book That This Person Maybe SO it could help you and all you do is cry well make a guide of your own then whine as much as you want if you even get to make a guide that contains 1/12th of the entire game:P So yeah to Those Interested In This Guide Give It A chance and Dont Listen to these guys who haent even tried playing every single quest i hope this was helpful to all you thinking about buying this book!:D
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Worthless July 12 2002
Some people apparently liked this book because it didn't give away too much of the plot.... why were these people reading a guidebook? The Icewind Dale guidebook was amazing. It had a complete walkthrough that took you through all of the little nooks and crannies of the game and separate sections for every item type and creature you can find/encounter.
The main section of this book is vague journal entries that are intended to take you throught the major plot moments. This was an awful idea as a typical entry reads something like "We hurried through the cavern encountering countless skeletons, spiders, and mercenaries". That will get you nowhere! If you're reading the guide you wanna know what corridors you will walk down and exactly who you will encounter.
The main narrative ignores almost all of the little subquests in the game. If you don't take on a good number of these quests your characters aren't going to have the experience you will need to beat the game. The section on subquests is nearly indecipherable.
The most inexcusable sin committed by this guide is it's horrible maps. The maps are not no help at all. The map of the sewers in Baldur's gate will not tell you what you will find in any given room or corridor.
I usually buy the guidebook for any rpg i play just to make life a little simpler, this book was no help at all. the game's non-linear setup would be challlenging for any writer but they coudl have at least labelled the maps!
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2.0 out of 5 stars To spoil or not to spoil... Aug. 2 2001
Well, there is a lot to say, but I begin with this: buy this book, but know that you are buying a badly written book with a lot of flaws and bad aspects. In the end, it is always the question of spoiling the fun of discovery if you give too much detailed information, and that is precisely the problem with this book. In an atempt to not spoil the fun of discovery the authors gave half-way informations that in my opinion ends up spoiling the fun of discovery anyway. If you stop to think about it: what is the purpose of a strategy guide? Well, the original concept was to offer every single nook and cranny of every corner of the game in full color and detail. However you should organize the material in a way that it could be acessed without making the reader see unecessary information. This book does neither, once it omits a lot of the subplots but at the same time say that they are there. Example: they mention a plot with Montaron and Xzar but do not say when and how. Come on! If I didn't want to SPOIL my fun I wouldn't have bought the damn book in the first place! If I bought it is because I want to spoil it or I already played the game but now want to explore all areas previosly missed. So frankly, buy but be prepared for disapointment. I suggest the good old Internet, they have sites much more complete that this book. PS: Don't even get me started with the romance version of the walkthrough! What the hell is that? You want to write a romance version of the game plot, cool, that's a very good concept, but have the decency to write it in an atractive way, wich is definetly NOT the case of the adventure of the infamous Diana Nightflame.
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This is a truly excelent strategy guide. Many of the features it has should be included in all strategy guides. Whether your a newbie to Baldurs Gate or an experienced player this book has something to offer. One feature that I truly thought was great was how they went through a walkthrough of the game (this does not have all the quests, so reading it wont ruin the game for you) with a sample character Diana Nightflame. Instead of the standard strategy guide that just has a dull section that tells you every secret, quest, and cheat it actually went through the game with a chracter giving you not only the info for hardcore experienced players but also a feel of the game for newbies. Another good feature is the ideal stat for class section in the back. What this does is give you a basic idea of what stats and skills you want for each class (fighter,mage,thief...). Although it is a truly great guide it does have one large drawback. Although it does go through all the quests I personnaly don't think it goes through in enough detail. The reason being I assume is so that you actually have some of the mystery to solve yourself. The problem is though if you are already looking in this section chances are you want to know exactly how to do each quest not just a small paragraph to just guide you along the right path. If what you want is just to be guided along go back to the sample character walkthrough and read that. Other than this minor drawback though this strategy guide is excellent and a must have for any Bgate player. Hope this helped:)
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's marginally helpful getting through the game
I am having a terrible time getting through the Baulder's Gate game, and I thought this would make it easier. It does, but not by as much as I had hoped. Read more
Published on June 6 2010 by Kenneth Sandberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Very incomplete
This book doesn't even come close to giving away all the Baldur's Gate secrets. It seems as though it tries to help guide you without giving away too much. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2002 by Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is okay... If you lost your game manual.
This book is incredibly bad. Its mostly just the manual reprinted. Under the character section I didn't find how to make a good character, I found the exact same descriptions... Read more
Published on July 26 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely worthless...
This "guide" if it qualifies to be called that, has all but no content, it's cryptic, obscure, gives no direct information, and free text/graphic guides from fan sites or... Read more
Published on July 18 2002 by "asestrin"
1.0 out of 5 stars lacks info for beginners
I was very disapointed in the book. One of the main pieces of information I was looking for was how the ratings of weapons and armor work, ie is a 2D4 sword better or worse than a... Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by D
2.0 out of 5 stars I agree with John Ciko
I use stategy guides to answer specific questions about games, items, and quests. This book is almost worthless. Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by Dale L. Housley
4.0 out of 5 stars Allows you to "cheat" as much, or as little, as you want!
This is an excellent guide! It has basically three different levels of "aid" that you can utilize as you play BG. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by Russell P. Horton
1.0 out of 5 stars Baldur's Gate : Official Strategy Guide review
I found this book hard to use, due to its journal form. It was confusing because of the use of the words I, me, and mine, as it was told from a first-person view. Read more
Published on May 11 2001 by SuzyD
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book
As soon as I bought this book I regretted it because I found a free website that is MUCH better. The book gives a few hints here and there and helps out on certain stuff.
Published on Dec 3 2000 by Jon McMahan
1.0 out of 5 stars This guide is a waste of money!
...The hints and info it does offer up are of no great value.You could learn the same things by simply saving the game and tryingthe different conversation paths in each NPC... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2000
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