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Game: Blades of Exile/Exile Scenario Editor
System: Computer
Author: Paul "headbanger"
E-Mail: headbanger1547 [at] gmail [dot] com
FAQ Version: 1.28

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|Table of Contents  |
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I. Introduction...................................8852
  A. Introduction to this Guide...................1452
    1. Version History............................4522
    2. About/Contacting Me........................1856
    3. Legal Information..........................7523
    4. Getting the Most out of this Guide.........6666
  B. Introduction to BoE..........................2058
    1. Just what is Blades of Exile?..............3251
    2. Where can I find Blades of Exile?..........8451
  C. Basic Information............................0014
    1. Controls...................................7535
    2. Description of Scenario....................9985
II. Blades of Exile...............................1485
  A. Description..................................3845
  B. Helpful Files................................9584
    1. Creating a Party...........................1548
    2. Statistic Descriptions.....................3435
    3. Trait Descriptions.........................1512
    4. Spell Archive..............................8568
    5. Alchemy Recipes............................7487
    6. Conditions.................................0312
    7. Combat Help................................2137
    8. The Perfect Party..........................8467
  C. Complete Walkthroughs........................4633
    1. Valley of Dying Things.....................9400
    2. A Mild Rebellion...........................9339
    3. The Za-Khazi Run...........................5368
  D. Playing Custom-Made Scenarios................6911
III. The Scenario Editor..........................9811
  A. Basic Description............................2542
  B. Overview.....................................0957
  C. Constructing a Scenario......................0579
    1. Help Files.................................8226
        a) Stuff-Done Flags.......................9796
        b) Special Nodes..........................1877
        c) Constructing Towns and Outdoors........6931
        d) Dialogue...............................0969
        e) Creating Custom Monsters...............1776
        f) Creating Custom Items..................5753
        g) Modifying Terrain Types................0753
        h) Customizing the Graphics...............6941
    2. Suggestions................................8899
        a) Building a Plot........................3072
        b) How To Pre-Plan your Scenario..........3081
        c) Making Your Scenario a Reality.........8343
  E. Other Information............................1478
    1. Testing Your Scenario......................3527
    2. How to Distribute Your Scenario............1830
IV. Comments from Other Scenario Authors..........1921
  A. Alec Kyras...................................8306
  B. Thuryl.......................................3061
  C. Drakefyre....................................8856
V. Other Information..............................1010
  A. BoE Websites.................................8565
    1. Scenario Downloads.........................1265
    2. Information................................3652
  B. Top 5 Custom Scenarios.......................8859
  C. Closing Words................................6663
    1. Credits....................................5548
    2. Special Thanks.............................4925


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1. Version History                                                        4522
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Version: 1.28
Completed: 4/8/10
Changes: Small stuff here and there.
Size: I dunno.

Version: 1.27
Completed: 1/8/06
Changes: Updated the "Legal Information" section to reflect the new year...
          again.
Size: Probably still 311k.

Version: 1.26
Completed: 2/9/05
Changes: Updated the "Legal Information" section to reflect the new year.
Size: 311k

Version: 1.25
Completed: 11/28/04
Changes: Removed several ways of contacting me, bringing it down to just
          e-mail. Also made a few other changes here and there.
Size: 311k

Version: 1.24
Completed: 9/23/04
Changes: Ugh, changed my e-mail address AGAIN. This should be the last time.
          Or at least I hope it will be.
Size: 310k

Version: 1.23
Completed: 9/4/04
Changes: Changed my e-mail address once again. Also added in a link to my
          message boards as a way of contacting me.
Size: 310k

Version: 1.22
Completed: 8/16/04
Changes: Fixed my e-mail address to keep away spammers.
Size: 310k

Version: 1.21
Completed: 8/5/04
Changes: Updated the fact that I don't allow people to send me scenarios
          anymore. I just don't have that kind of time, and virus threats are
          there as well. I'm sorry. If you do have a scenario somewhere on
          some website, you can link to it and send it to me, although I
          really doubt I'll ever get around to playing it. I plan on making an
          HTML version of this guide fairly soon, to be hosted on my website.
          This will take a long time to be implemented, and may be rather
          pointless. We'll see. Oh yeah... I changed the intro ASCII as well.
Size: 309k

Version: 1.20
Completed: 7/21/04
Changes: Fixed up the ASCII borders and added a way to "hop" from one section
          to another.
Size: 310k

Version: 1.12
Completed: 7/6/04
Changes: Changed Legal Information and updated my AIM and MSN.
Size: 304k

Version: 1.10
Completed: 6/27/04
Changes: Added in the comments made on the SpiderWeb software forums.
Size: ?

Version: 1.05
Completed: 6/15/04
Changes: Modified the "Rate this FAQ!" link.
Size: ?

Version: 1.04
Completed: 5/28/04
Changes: Added my AIM address and changed my e-mail address.
Size: ?

Version: 1.03
Completed: 4/4/04
Changes: Added my new IM address and added that this guide won FAQ of the 
          Month on GameFAQs.
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Version: 1.02
Completed: 1/31/04
Changes: Added some sites that can post this guide.
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Version: 1.00
Completed: 1/22/04
Changes: Walkthroughs on all three scenarios that come with BoE, in-depth BoE
          and Scenario Editor help.
Size: ?
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2. About/Contacting Me                                                    1856
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If you have a desire to contact me, just send an e-mail. My e-mail address is
headbanger1547 [at] gmail [dot] com.
 
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3. Legal Information                                                      7523
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This document copyright 2003-2010 Paul Buzbee.
Well, after thinking things out a bit, I decided to lax up my rules on letting 
other sites post this guide. I decided that I'm not running a business with 
these FAQs, so why should I be demanding in who can use them? There are a lot 
of gamers out there who need help, and they should be able to get that help. 
So, I decided that ANY site may post this, or any of my other FAQs, so long as 
they keep to the following guidelines:
1. Try to keep this guide updated the best you are able to. It's a real pain 
receiving e-mails asking questions that you have answered already. So, if you 
want to post this guide on your site, try to keep it updated. The most recent 
version can ALWAYS be found at http://www.gamefaqs.com/.
2. Post this guide as a .txt page, not as a .html page. Also, the whole guide 
should be on one page. If you are unsure as to what this means, check out the 
version of this guide posted at http://www.gamefaqs.com/. That is what I mean 
by a .txt page.
3. Give me full credit. Honestly, it's not that hard to do. All you really 
have to do is just post the full guide, not clip it or anything. In this guide 
it says I wrote it, and that's all that I'm asking for. Sure, if you give me 
credit in a bigger way I will be grateful, but you don't have to do that. Just 
give me credit. My guide, my work, so give me my credit. That's the only 
reason I write FAQs anyways. Don't take away my hobby from me.
4. If you plan to make any sort of profit from this guide, ask for my 
permission first. I will say yes, almost guaranteed.
5. I ask that you e-mail me the name of the site this guide will be posted on.
This is for my own personal reasons, and I doubt I'll ever do anything with
the information. I'd just like to know how many sites are getting use out of
my guide. My e-mail address is headbanger1547 [at] gmail [dot] com.

These regulations are not hard to follow. I'm not asking a lot. So, please, 
just follow them. And thank you.
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Before reading any further, know this.
Throughout the entire FAQ, I assume that you have general simple knowledge
about Blades of Exile and have played it. I am not going to act as an
instruction manual. You should know what Spell Points, PCs (<-not talking
about the computer), HP, resting, and all of that good stuff are before
reading further. If you have no clue what I'm ranting about, get yourself a
copy of the game and play it a bit to see what I'm talking about.

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If you can read the word, you will be in the clear for the entire FAQ.


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1. Just what is Blades of Exile?                                          3251
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If you are one of the many who have played at least one of the three games
that make up the Exile Trilogy, then you know just how much fun they are. If
you are also one of the many who have beaten the entire Exile Trilogy, then
you know that beating Exile III left you wanting more. That's why Blades of
Exile was created.
Blades of Exile ("BoE" for short) is a scenario-based role-playing game
created by the good folks at Spiderweb Software. Using a registered version of
the game, you can create and play custom scenarios and download from a large
amount off of the Internet. The game also comes with three scenarios which are
pretty in-depth. I, being kind, have provided walkthroughs for each.
Anyways, in other words, Blades of Exile is a game which can never truly end.

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You can download a package off of http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/ that
contains the following:
1) A demo (unregistered) version of Blades of Exile. Only the first scenario,
   Valley of Dying Things, is playable until the game is registered.
2) An unregistered version of the Blades Character Editor. This program alters
   your party to become stronger/weaker.
3) A free version of the Exile Scenario Editor. This is used to create custom 
   scenarios. Note, however, that BoE must be registered before you can play 
   your own custom scenario.
You can register your copy in several ways which are listed in the
documentation that comes with the game. If you are debating on whether or not
to buy this game, you can read my review on the game that is posted at
gamefaqs.com.


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1. Controls                                                               7535
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The controls for BoE are pretty simple and basic.
9 (keypad): move northeast
8 (keypad): move north
7 (keypad): move northwest
6 (keypad): move east
5 (keypad): pause, in combat: stand ready
4 (keypad): move west
3 (keypad): move southeast
2 (keypad): move south
1 (keypad): move southwest
p (lower-case): choose priest spell to cast
m (lower-case): choose mage spell to cast
P (capital letter): cast most recent priest spell
M (capital letter): cast most recent mage spell
g: get nearby items
r: rest
w: wait (in combat, go last)
a: bring up map
d: parry (dodge all attacks)
x: become active PC (in combat)
t: shoot arrows/throw missiles (in combat mode)
e: end combat (in town, in outdoor combat mode)
f: begin combat (in town)
l: look
u: use
Clicking in any direction moves you that direction.

I think that is it, but if I missed anything, make sure to inform me via
e-mail.
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As I mentioned earlier, BoE is a scenario-based game. A scenario is a
situation that your party is put into and must get out of. Not like a little
battle, but an entire storyline complete with monsters, specials, towns, and
dialogue. The average scenario is a little bit smaller than one of the Exile
Trilogy, but some of the ones out there are bigger than any of the Exile
epics. Each one is also rated based on its content, so if you don't want to or
don't want your kids to play scenarios that might be offensive, you can easily
sift through them due to content. Scenarios are also rated by difficulty. You
can get an easy one, or a hard one. Depends on what you feel like playing.
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BoE is where you PLAY the game. The scenario editor is where you MAKE the
game. Just so you know and don't get confused.

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As I said above, BoE is where you play the game. BoE runs off of scenarios,
which are described in the previous section. You can create scenarios for
others to play with BoE (see Scenario Editor), but you yourself must be
registered before you are able to play them.
It is in BoE that you create a party.
BoE comes with three scenarios:
1) Valley of Dying Things-"The crops have withered, the children are dying,
                           and even the water burns. Can you find the source
                           of the sickness before the entire valley dies?"

2) A Mild Rebellion-"The enemy - a secret band of deadly rebels. The job -
                     infiltrate them, win their trust, and find their leader.
                     The question - are you fighting on the right side?"

3) The Za-Khazi Run-"A fortress is under siege, and only you can get them the
                     weapons they need to survive. You have 20 days to find
                     your way through the nastiest caves in Exile, or all will
                     be lost."

Walkthroughs to all of the scenarios are provided a little ways below. Now, on
to creating a party.

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Your party is 1-6 characters that you play the game with. They are the ones
who attack, cast spells, etc. I will guide you into making an effective party.

The way I see it, there are 3 types of characters:
Thieves: Thieves are the ones who pick locks, disarm traps, perform alchemy, 
               and, if you're me, tend to use archery and thrown missiles.

Spellcasters: Spellcasters are people who, well, cast spells (huge 'ol 
               discovery). They cast mage & priest spells.

Warriors: Warriors excel only in hand-to-hand combat. All they're good for is 
               hacking foes to pieces. Even still, they are the most needed 
               type of character in the game.

A party is generally a 6-man combination of the three. Here are some common
combinations:
   
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|Party A     |This is an even mix of the three. I do not recommend this one as 
|____________|much as some of the others because one thief is usually enough.
|Warrior     |Thieves don't do much offensively, making two sort of redundant.
|Warrior     |
|Thief       |
|Thief       |
|Spellcaster |
|Spellcaster |
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|Party B     |This version is more effective than Party A. Triple spellcasters
|____________|helps in long battles and means you are a lot less likely to run 
|Warrior     |low on spell points.
|Warrior     |However, having triple spellcasters means fighting monsters with
|Spellcaster |magical resistances will become a lot harder.
|Spellcaster |
|Spellcaster |
|Thief       |
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|Party C     |Three warriors makes hand-to-hand combat a breeze. Two
|____________|spellcasters is much better than just one, but not as effective
|Warrior     |as three. You may find yourself running low on spell points
|Warrior     |sometimes.
|Warrior     |All that aside, I recommend playing with this party.
|Spellcaster |This is also the party I use.
|Spellcaster |I'm going to assume, in this FAQ, that this is the party you
|Thief       |possess.
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Whenever you create your party, remember that you don't have to follow mine to 
the word. Feel free to change it whenever (and please e-mail me with your
ideas)

Creating a Warrior
A warrior (at least mine) possesses the following traits:
 Race: Slithzeraki
 Advantages: Toughness
 Optional: Ambidextrous, Exceptional Strength, Good Constitution (recommended)
A warrior should be trained to the following:
 Health: 22
 Strength: 7
 Dexterity: 5
 Intelligence: 1
 Pole OR Bashing OR Edged weapons: 10
 Defense: 1
Once you are done, your strength will be boosted by 2, your IQ by 1.
As time goes by, fill up Strength, Dex, and one or two Weapon types. Slowly
work up Defense and Assassination. After you reach level 30 or 35, work
upwards on Luck.

Creating a Spellcaster
A spellcaster should possess the following traits:
 Race: Slithzeraki
 Advantages: Toughness, Magically Apt
 Optional: Highly Alert, Recuperation, Good Constitution
A spellcaster should be trained to the following:
 Health: 9
 Spell Points: 3
 Strength: 2
 Dexterity: 1
 Intelligence: 5
 Mage AND Priest Spells: 3 each
Once you are done, your strength will be boosted by 2, your IQ by 1. Having
both 3 in Mage and Priest Spells will add to your spell points.
As you gain your first few level, raise strength by one and then fill up your
health a bit. Until you reach level 6, only work on HP. Then, fill up IQ, Mage 
Spells, and Priest Spells. As time goes by, fill up Mage Lore. After you reach 
level 40, you can start worrying about luck.

Creating a Thief
Give a thief the following traits:
 Race: Slithzeraki
 Advantages: Cave Lore, Woodsman, Nimble Fingers, Toughness.
 Optional: Highly Alert, Ambidextrous, Good Constitution
Train a thief to the following:
 Health: 18
 Strength: 2
 Dexterity: 5
 Intelligence: 3
 Archery/Some Other Weapon Type: 7
 Disarm Traps: 4
 Lockpicking: 2
As time passes, work up Disarm Traps, Lockpicking, Item Lore, Archery (or
whatever weapon type you used), Intelligence, Dexterity, and Strength all
evenly. Over time, you might want to look into adding a normal weapon type if
you didn't do so in the beginning. At level 40, look into luck.


As I said earlier, feel free to alter from this. And, should you have a better
idea of the best way to start off, be it party combination or creating a
character, feel free to let me know.
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Here is a description of all of the statistics in Blades of Exile. Use them as
you need them.

Health Points (HP): This is how much damage your character can take before
 being mortally wounded. The higher this is, the more damage you can withstand
 before dying. This regenerates over time. Maxes out at 250.

Spell Points (SP): This is how many magic power you have at your discretion.
 Each spell uses up a certain amount of this. When you do not have enough SP
 left, you cannot cast any spells without a wand or scroll of that spell. Only
 people who cast spells should invest in this, because otherwise it is
 pointless. Regenerates over time. Maxes out at 150.

Strength: A measure of how much base damage you do. The higher this is, the
 more damage you will be guaranteed for every blow that connects (the weapon
 you are using affects your damage a lot too). Also, based on how high this
 is, more HP is added per each level you gain. This is a key stat and should
 not be overlooked by any class of adventurer. Maxes out at 20.

Dexterity: A measure of accuracy. Needs to be high for archers and anyone who
 must lockpick, disarm traps, etc. Warriors will only ever need 10, and even
 that might be too much. Anyone who participates in hand-to-hand combat should
 have this at least at 5. Anyone who uses missile weapons should have this at
 at least 10, and anyone who disarms traps and all that good stuff needs this
 at least at 15. This stat maxes out at 20.

Intelligence: Does two things: Increases the effectiveness of spells and the
 skill of all thievery stats. Any spellcaster should have this at a minimum of
 15 by the time they reach level 50. Any thief should work this up to at least
 10. This stat maxes out at 20.

Pole, Bashing, Edged: Those are the three types of melee weapons. Edged
 weapons are weapons with a true blade, like swords and sabers. Bashing
 weapons are like maces and axes. Pole weapons are like spears and halberds
 and tend to be the most powerful type of weapon. Anyways, these three stats
 tell your skill and accuracy with these types of weapons. The higher it is,
 the more likely you are to hit your mark with one of those types of weapons
 equipped. Anyone who uses hand-to-hand combat should at least have ten in the
 type of weapon they are using. Each of these stats max out at twenty.

Archery, Thrown: These two are missile weapons, which means they are
 thrown/launched from one place to another. They tend to be weaker and less
 accurate than the melee weapons. These stats are to missile weapons what the
 melee stats are to hand-to-hand combat. These two stats max out at 20.

Defense: A very useful skill. This does three things:
1) When parrying (dodging), your chance of evading blows is increased by
   having a high number in this stat.
2) It increases your chances of dodging attacks when you are not parrying.
3) Gives you a chance of casting Mage spells when your encumbrance is at 2.
 This skill is handy, and thus necessary to be at least at five on all of your
 characters. It reaches its top at 20.

Mage Spells, Priest Spells: These two stats allow you to use Mage/Priest
 spells of the level that your stat is. (ex: If you have a 6 in Mage Spells,
 you can use all level 6 Mage Spells you know). You need to know that you must
 have learned the spells to be able to use them also. This skill just allows
 you to use your knowledge. Obviously, these skills are necessary for all
 spellcasters, and should always reach 7, its max, eventually.

Mage Lore: Sometimes, Blades of Exile has special nodes that give you spells
 or other magical knowledge/items. The higher this is, the better your chances
 of getting that item/knowledge. Basically, this skill tells of your magical
 knowledge of the world. This skill is very important to the "free-upgrading"
 of your PC. This skill should be spread out rather evenly throughout the
 entire party. It maxes out at 20.

Alchemy: Sort of like Mage and Priest Spells, Alchemy determines what potions
 you can make. The higher this is, the more potions you will be able to
 create. Only one character in your party should be given this stat. I never
 really bother with alchemy, but since there are people who do, I guess I can
 say it does have its uses. Alchemy reaches its highest level at 20.

Item Lore: Most items in Blades of Exile come to you as unidentified, and you
 have to cast a spell or pay for them to be identified. The higher this skill,
 the more likely your character will be able to interpret what the item is
 when you come across it, and so you will not have to pay/cast anything for
 the identification of your items. I only recommend this stat in 6-PC parties
 where you have extra Skill Points to spread around. Maxes out at 10.

Disarm Traps: This skill, which should only be given to thieves, determines,
 along with Dexterity and Intelligence, your talent at disarming traps. At
 times, this skill is crucial, and so your thief should have at least 10 in
 this. Disarm Traps maxes out at 20.

Lockpicking: I never really bother with this skill as I usually just unlock
 doors by using the Unlock spell. Anyone whose party has a Mage Level 3
 spellcaster should not bother with this skill either. What this skill does,
 though, is increase your talent at picking the locks on doors. Your chance of
 unlocking the doors depends on several things: Your IQ, your Dexterity, the
 lockpicks you are using, the door you are picking the lock of, and, of
 course, this stat. If you decide to give this stat to anyone in your party,
 give it to the thief. Lockpicking is at its highest level at 20.

Poison Use: I have never once used this. What it does, though, is increase
 your ability to self-poison your weapons. I think that it is far easier to
 just cast Envenom on your weapons if you want to poison them. However, this
 skill is, I believe, used by some people. Only give this max-out-at-20 skill
 to thieves.

Assassination: A handy skill that can help eliminate and shorten many tiresome
 combats. Assassination gives you a chance of doing extra damage to monsters.
 The chance depends on the following:
1) The level of your PC. Your level needs to be higher than the enemy for
   Assassination to work.
2) The level of the monster. The lower it is, the better the chance
   Assassination will occur.
3) The level of this stat. The higher it is, the better the chance of
   Assassination and the higher the level of the monsters you can use it on.
 This is a skill that should only be given to PCs that use hand-to-hand
 combat. It is a waste of Skill Points for all other characters. But know that
 this skill is extremely useful and that it maxes out at 20.

Luck: Arguably the most useful skill, Luck minimizes your chance of dying.
 When you are hit with your would-be death blow, Luck lowers the chances that
 that blow will kill you. The higher that Luck is, the more that chance of
 death is lowered. When this skill is at 20, its top, it will take about
 twenty near-deaths before even one of your PCs is killed. But don't invest in
 Luck until other stats have been supported enough. Skill Points should go
 elsewhere first.
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3. Trait Descriptions                                                     1512
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When you create a character in Blades of Exile, you will first be forced to
choose between that character's traits. It is important to make sure you know
exactly what each one does, seeing as once you make your selections you are
stuck with them. Of course, you could always follow my guide to creating a
party, but maybe you want to try it on your own. And what's wrong with that?
Here is an in-depth list of all of the possible traits in BoE.

You must first choose what species your character is to be. You may only
select one.
Human (adds 0% to experience to the next level): Nothing special, just keeps
 the traits it is given. Not recommended because the bonuses in the beginning
 are actually very helpful.
Nephilim (adds 12% to experience to the next level): After you create your
 character, your Dexterity is boosted by one. Any thieves or archers in your
 party should probably be chosen as Nephils. But don't make spellcasters and
 warriors Nephil.
Slithzeraki (adds 20% to experience to the next level): All spellcasters and
 warriors should be sliths, despite the high experience requirement boost. All
 slithzeraki gain a boost of two to Strength and one to Intelligence after the
 character is created.

The next section of traits are your character's bonuses. You may select as
many as you want.
Toughness (adds 10% to the required experience for the next level): Nothing
 hurts you as much as it would normally because you are more resistant to
 damage. In my opinion, everybody in your party should possess this attribute,
 the warriors in particular.
Magically Apt (adds 20% to the required experience for the next level): If
 your character is most likely not going to cast spells at all, then do not
 bother to give them this trait, as it is pointless. Magically Apt boosts the
 power of your spells. In my opinion, any character who is fully a spellcaster
 should possess this trait to boost their power.
Ambidextrous (adds 8% to the required experience for the next level):
 Normally, you can equip two one-handed weapons at a time. But there is a
 penalty to the damage you do because of that. If you select Ambidextrous,
 there will be no penalty. This is handy for the most "hardcore" warrior in
 your party, but no one else really. Most of the weapons you use will be
 two-handed, making this kind of useless and a waste of experience.
Nimble Fingers (adds 10% to the required experience for the next level): Only
 one character in your party should have this trait, and that character is
 your party's thief. Nimble Fingers boosts your effectiveness at disarming
 traps and picking locks, and these boosts can be quite handy at times. Just
 make sure than no more than one character in your party has this stat.
Cave Lore (adds 4% to the required experience for the next level): Cave Lore
 tells of how well you know how to survive and of the life in the caves. This
 attribute has no direct effect, but it can be helpful. In some special nodes,
 you will not receive the desired effect without this trait. Example of what
 might happen with Cave Lore: "Your Cave Lore comes in handy as you find an
 alchemy ingredient underground.". Example of what might happen without Cave
 Lore: "You find an odd, familiar-looking plant lying on the ground, but you
 cannot remember if it is safe or dangerous, so you walk on." At least one
 person in your party should have this trait. Cave Lore generally affects only
 specials that are underground.
Woodsman (adds 6% to the required number of experience for the next level):
 This skill is identical to Cave Lore in every way but two: (1) It affects
 what is above ground instead of what is below ground, and (2) the experience
 per level is added to more than with Cave Lore. As with Cave Lore, only one
 person in your party should possess this, but it is crucial that one person
 possess it.
Good Constitution (adds 10% to the required number of experience for the next
 level): Helps the PC who possesses this trait to resist Poisoning and
 Disease. It is generally up to you if you should add this to a PC or not, but
 I think you should judge it by how much exp. it looks like they will need to
 the next level. Play it as you feel. But know that this trait is useful.
Highly Alert (adds 7% to the required number of experience for the next
 level): All I know is that this trait helps you to resist sleep. I never
 select it, but maybe you will.
Exceptional Strength (adds 12% to the required number of experience for the
 next level): This trait increases the amount of damage you do with melee
 weapons. I find it useful to give to all of my warriors because it makes
 combat a lot faster.
Recuperation (adds 15% to the required number of experience for the next
 level): This stat increases your PCs ability to regenerate health (I don't
 think it gives you a boost on regenerating SP). It is useful to give to
 spellcasters because when you create them, they will have little health to
 spare.

Now choose the negative bonuses for your character. In my opinion, you should
never select any of these, so I will give no recommendations for these traits.
Sluggish (decreases the amount of experience to the next level by 10%): Your
 character gets one less action point each turn.
Magically Inept (decreases the amount of experience to the next level by 8%):
 The PC this is used on can never cast spells or use certain magical items.
Frail (decreases the amount of experience to the next level by 8%): Your
 character is more sensitive to damage and dies easier.
Chronic Disease (decreases the amount of experience to the next level by 20%):
 Disease and poison are a lot more effective on your PC.
Bad Back (decreases the amount of experience to the next level by 8%): Your PC
 cannot carry as much weight as they would normally be able to carry.

Always remember that once you choose a trait, you are stuck with it. The only
way to switch between traits is by using the Editor that comes with the game.
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4. Spell Archive                                                          8568
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Blades of Exile contains a lot of spells (124 in all), and half of them are
Mage, the other half are Priest. Some spells are more useful than others, and
it takes a lot of time playing Blades of Exile for you to realize which spells
are better than others. Fortunately, I am going to tell you what each spell
does along with some other information I have discovered. Here is an example:

Spell Name: <-the name of the spell that this part is about
Casting Cost: <-how much SP it takes to cast the spell
Spell Range: <-if it applies, how many spaces away from the caster this spell
               can be targeted. I found this out by using the document that
               comes with Blades of Exile.
Description: <-what the spell actually does. Nothing else is put here.
Rating: <-my rating of the usefulness of the spell. Out of five.
Comments: <-my comments on the spell.

A couple of things to know:
->You start knowing all Mage and Priest spells up to level 3. You must find
  additional spells in the game.
->To use these spells, you must have learned the spell itself. You must also
  have the stat Mage/Priest spells up to the level that the spell is.
Spells are sorted from lowest level to highest level, and Priest spells come
after Mage. Let us begin, shall we?


Mage Spells
->Level 1:
Spell Name: Light
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Creates a weak light.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: I have never once used this spell. The only spell I use for light is
  Long Light because it lasts longer. Just forget about this spell. It
  sucks. A lot.

Spell Name: Spark
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: 6
Description: Does a small amount of damage to the selected monster.
Rating: 0/5
Comments: This spell really sucks. It does like 2 damage to the selected
  monster, if even that. Never cast this spell because it is a waste
  of Spell Points.

Spell Name: Minor Haste
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Weakly hastes the selected PC.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: The hasting effect is very weak, and doesn't last very long. I
  recommend using Haste or Major Haste, or something better than this.
  I find that this spell is very little help, and I can think of very
  few instances in which I have used this spell.

Spell Name: Strength
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Blesses the selected PC.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: The bless is weak, and it wears off fast. I think that you would
  have a lot better of luck casting the priest spell Bless. This spell
  doesn't have enough of an effect to be really useful.

Spell Name: Scare
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: 6
Description: Reduces the morale of the selected monster. When the morale
  becomes low enough, the monster will flee from your party.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Since I prefer just to kill all of the monsters, I detest this spell
  and anyone who uses it.

Spell Name: Flame Cloud
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 7
Description: Creates a small field of flame.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Yet another one of those spells that I have never really used. Don't
  waste your time on weak spells like this.

Spell Name: Identify
Casting Cost: 50
Spell Range: N/A
Description: When cast, this spell identifies all of the items your party has.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Good when you have like 50 unidentified items and you need to
  identify them. Also good when you want to know if you have an item
  of a certain kind when you are in the heart of some massive dungeon.

Spell Name: Scry Monster
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 14
Description: When casted on a monster, a box appears showing the monsters
  stats. The monster also appears in the "Monster" menu at the top
  of the screen.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: When you are fighting a single hard enemy, this spell is useful as
  it tells you just what you are up against, as well as how much
  harder you will have to fight to win. Being able to see the monster
  in the menu isn't a very big help, but it is pretty cool, actually.

Spell Name: Goo
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: 8
Description: Webs the selected area.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Gosh, a lot of these low-level spells really suck. I hate this
  spell. There are much better low-level spells out there, like
  Fireball, that you could be using instead.

Spell Name: True Sight
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Displays all of the area within several spaces of the caster.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Although this spell becomes useless with Magic Map, it is quite
  useful to the low-level party. It is good for finding secret
  passages and what not.

->Level 2:
Spell Name: Minor Poison
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 6
Description: Weakly poisons the selected monster.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Weak, and the poison will have little (if any) effect. You will have
  better luck by hacking the monster to pieces.

Spell Name: Flame
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: 8
Description: Does fire damage to the selected monster.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: The first good offensive Mage spell. This one isn't as good as
  Fireball or Wound, but it is a start. The casting cost is a bit high
  for the effect you get, but it is still better than nothing. Cast
  this when you are fighting against a single monster.

Spell Name: Slow
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 7
Description: Slows the selected monster
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Useful when fighting a single powerful monster. This is actually
  useless against a lot of monsters. When fighting multiple monsters,
  opt for Slow Group instead.

Spell Name: Dumbfound
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 10
Description: Dumbfounds whatever monster you select.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Useful against very high level and powerful mages and priests. Other
  that, this spell has little real use, and you would be better of not
  using it.

Spell Name: Envenom
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Poisons the weapon of the selected PC
Rating: 2/5
Comments: The only time I ever really bother with poisoned weapons is when I
  cast Major Blessing. I find that Envenom has little use, and is a
  prefect waste of a turn. I prefer to just cast Poison on the monster
  I want poisoned.

Spell Name: Stinking Cloud
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 8
Description: Creates an area that curses all monsters who walk into it.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Sort of useful. There have actually been times when I have casted
  this spell, although those occasions were admittedly rare. Don't
  overlook this spell, but don't worship it either.

Spell Name: Summon Beast
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Summons a weak monster to fight on your side
Rating: 1/5
Comments: All I can say is that you should NEVER bother to cast this spell. 
  The monsters it generates are weak and you will find yourself
  regretting that you ever casted this spell.

Spell Name: Conflagration
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: 8
Description: Creates Flame fields over a fairly large area.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Sort of like an upgrade to Flame Cloud. But I still hate this spell
  as it is weak and a waste of a turn.

Spell Name: Dispel Field
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 10
Description: Can dispel magical fields like fire, ice, blades, etc. Does NOT
  work on magical barriers.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Another one of those spells that I never use. I have little more to
  say than that.

Spell Name: Sleep Cloud
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Creates a cloud that has a chance of putting any monsters who
  enter it to sleep.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Another one of those spells that I never use. I have little more to
  say than that.

->Level 3:
Spell Name: Unlock
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Has a chance of unlocking locked doors.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: If a door is locked, this is the only way I try to unlock it. Forget
  lockpick. Forget bashing the door. This spell is better than both of
  those ways combined, and it becomes more effective the higher the
  level that the caster is. If the door doesn't open the first time,
  just try it a couple more times. That should tell you if the door
  can be unlocked or not.

Spell Name: Haste
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Increases the Action Points of the selected PC for a short period
  of time.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: There are better hasting spells out there, but, until you learn
  them, this spell is pretty handy. I liked to haste my most powerful
  warrior and then have him run in and wreak havoc. This is handy, but
  there are, as I mentioned, better hasting spells out there like
  Major Haste and Major Blessing.

Spell Name: Fireball
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: 12
Description: Does fire damage. Here is how it is layed out:
           xxx     +=targeted square
           x+x     x=damaged areas
           xxx
Rating: 4/5
Comments: When you first start off with a new party, this spell will be the
  best thing ever. It does a fair amount of damage for a fair casting
  cost. It is a fairly low level and so you can practically always use
  it. Once you learn more powerful spells like Divine Thud and Death
  Arrows, though, this spell becomes sort of useless.

Spell Name: Long Light
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Identical to the level-one spell Light, but this spell lasts
  longer.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Considering its use, this spell is the best source of light. It
  lasts for a good amount of time and has a low casting cost. This is
  the only spell I ever use for light. Ignore the other light spells
  and use this one instead.

Spell Name: Fear
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: 10
Description: Increases the fear (lowers the morale) of the selected monster
Rating: 1/5
Comments: As I've said, I detest fear-inducing spells and anyone who happens
  to use them.

Spell Name: Wall of Force
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: 12
Description: Creates a force wall that affects monsters who walk through it.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: I never bother with any wall spell except Wall of Blades. I find
  that Wall of Force is relatively effective, but it is not effective
  enough to justify the use of it and the loss of a turn.

Spell Name: Weak Summoning
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 4
Description: Summons several weak monsters to fight for you. Monsters
  disappear after a while.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: The monsters are so weak, this spell becomes practically pointless.
  I have probably only used this spell once or twice, ever. Don't
  waste your time with it.

Spell Name: Flame Arrows
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: 10
Description: Casts multiple Flame spells.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Of all of the arrow spells, I feel this one is the worst. The effect
  is actually less than a Flame spell, and so I would rather just cast
  Fireball or something like it to have a better and bigger effect.
  This spell isn't terrible, but there are just better spells out
  there to choose from.

Spell Name: Web
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 8
Description: Creates webs over a large area.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: This spell is effective, but once enough monsters come through your
  webs, they will no longer do any good. This spell will eventually be
  replaced by Slow Group.

Spell Name: Resist Magic
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Makes the selected PC magic resistant for a short while.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Although this may sound like a useful spell, you will soon find that
  there are few times when you will actually use it. When those happy
  occasions come, though, this spell is pretty handy to have.

->Level 4:
Spell Name: Poison
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: 8
Description: Poisons the selected monster.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: I only poison my enemies by using poisoned weapons, not by spells. I
  practically never use this spell anymore, but it is useful when you
  are at a lower level and have little more firepower than this.

Spell Name: Ice Bolt
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: 12
Description: Does cold damage to the selected monster.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Few monsters are immune/resistant to cold, so there are some
  monsters on whom this spell will be effective. But otherwise, cast
  Fireball or Kill for damage. This spell is good, but I rarely use it
  as I have more powerful spells in my arsenal.

Spell Name: Slow Group
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: 12
Description: Casts a "Slow" spell on all monsters within 12 spaces of the
  caster.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful to make would-be long combats short. You can cut down the
  attacks of your enemies and up yours with this. Not bad, but there
  are a few better spells out there to make combat easier.

Spell Name: Magic Map
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Completes the map for wherever you are. Know that you must have a
  sapphire to cast this spell.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Very useful. With the whole map, you can find secret passages,
  locations where you might have a mission at, etc. This is one spell
  to learn, and, once you learn it, you should always make sure you
  have a steady supply of sapphires with you.

Spell Name: Capture Soul
Casting Cost: 30
Spell Range: 10
Description: Preserves the selected monster into your party. It can then be
  summoned up with the following spell. However, this spell isn't
  guaranteed to succeed.
Rating: -Varies-
Comments: This spell can be useful or pointless. It all depends on which
  monsters you capture.

Spell Name: Simulacrum
Casting Cost: -Varies-
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Remember the monsters you captured with Capture Soul? Well, with
  this spell, you can summon them. The casting cost depends on the
  monster you are summoning.
Rating: -Varies-
Comments: As with Capture Soul, this spell all depends on which monsters you
  capture. Capturing a rat will do you little good, but capturing
  something like a Golem will do a lot of help. As long as you capture
  good monsters, this spell is extremely great.

Spell Name: Venom Arrows
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: 8
Description: Casts multiple Poison spells.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: A lot better than Flame Arrows. This spell is when you are fighting
  a lot of hostile mages/priests. It will poison them all and so you
  will have a much easier time of winning the battle.

Spell Name: Wall of Ice
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 8
Description: Creates an ice wall. They are more damaging and last longer than
  a wall of force.
Rating:
Comments: Even though this spell is one step up from the Wall of Force, I
  still never really use it. If you want a wall spell, I recommend
  Wall of Blades. But until you learn that spell, this spell should do
  enough for you.

->Level 5:
Spell Name: Stealth
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Makes you sneaky for a little while. Monsters will see you less,
  and so you can sneak by them and enter your destination a lot
  faster.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: I use this in dungeons where I want/need to avoid combat. It saves
  me a lot of pointless combat. This is yet another one of those
  useful spells that I rarely use at all, mainly because I forget
  about its existence.

Spell Name: Major Haste
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Casts Haste on every PC in your party.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful. The group-haste effect is extremely handy before entering
  large combats. This is one spell that should be cast before every
  battle, and never be overlooked. However, once you learn Major
  Blessing, you can forget about ever using this spell again.

Spell Name: Firestorm
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: 14
Description: Does fire damage like the following:
     xxx
    xxxxx
    xx+xx    +=Targeted Square
    xxxxx    x=Affected Area
     xxx
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Pretty much an upgrade to Fireball. This spell does just as much
  damage, just over a larger area. It is extremely useful, especially
  when you just learn it and have no spells that are more powerful.
  However, this spell loses practically all of its luster once you
  learn Divine Thud, which is a lot better.

Spell Name: Dispel Barrier
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Has a chance of dispelling magical barriers (fire or force) in
  your path.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Once you get this spell, you will immediately notice that a lot more
  of the scenario is now available to you. This is a spell handy only
  in that way.

Spell Name: Fire Barrier
Casting Cost: 9
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Creates a Fire Barrier. Fire Barriers last until you dispel them
  or a monster breaks through it. You can also walk through Fire
  Barriers.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: The only real use of this spell is to block Quickfire from killing
  you. Fire Barriers are easy for monsters to break down, and so
  useless from that respect. But as I said, they are useful for using
  to stopping Quickfire.

Spell Name: Summoning
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Like Weak Summoning, but the monsters that you summon will be
  stronger.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Better than Weak Summoning, but this spell still isn't anything 
  special. There are better spells for summoning out there.

Spell Name: Shockstorm
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 10
Description: Creates a lot of Force Walls in the shape of a circle.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Pretty much just an upgrade to Forcefield. The increase in the
  affected area is nice, though.

Spell Name: Spray Fields
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 12
Description: Like an arrow spell, but this one shoots out a randomly-selected 
  field.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Sometimes useful. Sometimes not. It actually depends on which fields
  are summoned.

->Level 6:
Spell Name: Major Poison
Casting Cost: 7
Spell Range: 8
Description: Greatly poisons the selected monster.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: The effect of the poison is great and will do a lot of damage. A
  great spell to cast on powerful enemies. Just make sure that they
  are not resistant or immune to poison.

Spell Name: Group Fear
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 12
Description: Reduces the morale of all monsters within several spaces of the
  caster.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: If you are going to use a fear spell, just make sure you use this
  one. The effect will actually do some good, and you can avoid combat
  pretty well using this spell. Still, I never use this spell.

Spell Name: Kill
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: 6
Description: Does a good bit of damage to the selected monster
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Because this spell does like 70 damage, it is a great spell to cast
  for damage. You should buy this spell the first chance you get. You
  will not regret it. I promise.

Spell Name: Paralyze
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: 6
Description: Like an arrows spell, but each monster you target has a chance of
  being paralyzed.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Useful against a ton of powerful monsters. In combats against weaker
  monsters, this is a useless spell.

Spell Name: Daemon
Casting Cost: 12
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Summons a demon to fight on your side.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Preferable to Summon Guardian as you can see the demon. The demon
  will cast a lot of spells and so help you in that respect.

Spell Name: Antimagic Cloud
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: 12
Description: Creates an area where magic can not enter/exit.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful when you are fighting a large group of enemy mages/priests.
  But if the monsters you are fighting do not cast spells, make sure
  that you do not use this spell!

Spell Name: Mindduel
Casting Cost: 12 (I think)
Spell Range: N/A
Description: The caster enters a mindduel with the targeted monster. Leads to
  loss/gain of Spell Points, and, eventually, death. Requires a
  Smoky Crystal to cast.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: A great way to kill powerful monsters. If you are at a high enough
  level, it will be easy, and you will find yourself victorious.

Spell Name: Flight
Casting Cost: 20
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Allows the party to fly for about three spaces.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Unless you are not given an item to allow you to fly, I find this
  spell useless. The short flight distance almost guarantees that you
  will not reach your goal in time. I usually do not use this spell.

->Level 7:
Spell Name: Shockwave
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Sends out a wave of power damaging all creatures, hostile, PC, or
  friendly, within ten spaces of the caster. More damage is done
  for the farther away the creature is from the caster.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful in debug mode to clear out all of those annoying monsters.
  Also useful when you enter combat and the entire party is on one
  square. This spell is handy, but there are better combat spells out
  there.

Spell Name: Major Blessing
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Blesses, Hastes, and mildly poisons weapons for every PC.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Another one of the greatest spells in the game. For only eight Spell
  Points, you get the equivalent of: Six Haste spells, six Bless
  spells, and six Envenom spells. Using this spell before a huge
  combat will at least quadruple your chances of victory. It can also
  shorten those annoying combats against weaker monsters. This is one
  of those must-have spells. Get it the first chance you get it.

Spell Name: Mass Paralysis
Casting Cost: 20
Spell Range: 8
Description: Paralyzes all monsters within about 8 spaces of the caster.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: About as useful as Paralyze, but able to affect a lot more monsters.

Spell Name: Protection
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Makes the selected PC invulnerable for a little while, and the
  entire party magically resistant.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: This is a useful spell, but I often find myself never using it. You
  will sometimes find uses for it, though.

Spell Name: Major Summoning
Casting Cost: 14
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Summons up several powerful monsters to fight on your side
  temporarily.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: One of the few summoning spells I actually use. This one actually
  gives you powerful monsters that will do some damage. It is great to
  cast in large combats to make it go by faster.

Spell Name: Force Barrier
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Creates a Force Barrier. Force Barriers cannot be walked through.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Preferable to Fire Barriers (unless you are boxing in quickfire),
  and are great for blocking the monsters from you. This is a useful
  spell. Don't forget it exists.

Spell Name: Quickfire
Casting Cost: 50
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Creates Quickfire, which will spread to cover almost all areas.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Useful, so long as you don't ever touch the quickfire. Quickfire
  will not travel diagonally or through Force or Fire barriers, so,
  when you cast it, make sure you know what you are doing.

Spell Name: Death Arrows
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: 6
Description: Casts multiple Kill spells at once.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: It's Kill x2-6! This spell saves a lot of time, and the only other
  offensive spell as good as this one is Divine Thud. Also, when you
  cast this spell on monsters who take up more than one square, you
  can place a target on each square, so they will get blasted more
  than once! This is undoubtedly a must-have spell, and if ever you
  get the chance to get it, go for it!


Priest Spells
->Level 1:
Spell Name: Minor Bless
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Gives the selected PC a weak bless.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Blessing is effective, but this spell doesn't give you a whole lot
  of power. You will be much better off with the spell Bless.

Spell Name: Minor Heal
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Lightly heals the selected PC from anywhere from 1-25 HP.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Useful when you really need to heal a PC and you have little Spell
  Points left.

Spell Name: Weaken Poison
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Weakens the poison of the selected PC.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Useless, considering you already have Cure Poison! I recommend that
  over this any day, as the former is much more powerful and effective.

Spell Name: Turn Undead
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 8
Description: Does damage to the monsters who are undead. If the monster is not
  undead, the spell does no damage.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: The amount of damage is decent (though not as good as Dispel
  Undead), and it can make your undead troubles a lot smaller. When
  you are fighting undead, don't forget about the presence of this
  spell.

Spell Name: Location
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Gives your party's coordinates. X is the horizontal location and
  increases as you travel to the right (east). Y is the vertical
  location and increases as you travel down (south). I use this
  spell to describe locations in my walkthroughs.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: The only purpose of this spell is so that you can communicate with
  people in real life where you went (like in my walkthrough). Other
  than that, this spell has no use, no purpose.

Spell Name: Sanctuary
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Makes the selected PC invisible for a little while.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Useful when one PC is nearly dead. Just remember that if they attack
  a monster, they will be seen.

Spell Name: Symbiosis
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: You heal the selected PC, but you end up taking some damage
  yourself.
Rating: 0/5
Comments: Kill your caster to revive a PC?! For three spell points?! Forget
  that! Don't waste your time with this spell.

Spell Name: Minor Manna
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Gives the party a little food.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Useful when you are extremely low on food, out in the middle of
  nowhere, and have Spell Points to spare. The spell "Manna" is
  better, though.

Spell Name: Ritual of Sanctification
Casting Cost: 50
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Sometimes, this spell must be casted on an area for you to do
  something in the scenario.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Only gets a five-out-of-five because some scenarios require that
  this spell be cast on a certain area for you to pass the scenario.

Spell Name: Stumble
Casting Cost: 1
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Webs the targeted monster.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Weak. You will be better off with the Mage spell Slow.

->Level 2:
Spell Name: Bless
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Blesses the selected PC, making them more effective for a little
  while.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Blessing is useful, especially when done with this spell. The effect
  here is good and will actually make a difference. Cast this on your
  most powerful PC and watch them unleash some hell!

Spell Name: Cure Poison
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Cures the poison of the selected PC
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Poison is a pain, and can easily kill a PC. With this spell, you can
  eliminate poison quickly. It is a great thing that you start off
  knowing this spell, otherwise you would be screwed over.

Spell Name: Curse
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: 10
Description: Makes the selected enemy less effective in all ways for a little
  while.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Good when fighting a single tough enemy and you have hardly any SP
  left. If you do have a lot of SP left, cast Holy Scourge. It is a
  lot more effective.

Spell Name: Light
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Does the same thing of the Mage spell of the same name.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: I never really use this spell. I only use Long Light to create
  light.

Spell Name: Wound
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: 5
Description: Does damage of no kind to an enemy.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Because the damage is of no kind, it damages all enemies that don't
  have the trait "Invulnerable". Very handy against enemies with tons
  of resistances, despite the fact that it only does like 20 damage.

Spell Name: Summon Spirit
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Summons a shade to fight alongside you.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Shades are pretty weak and die quick. You will have more luck with
  Summon Host.

Spell Name: Move Mountains
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Some terrains are weak/crumbling/moldy and can be destroyed. This
  spell blasts the targeted area, and if it can be destroyed, it
  will be.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful to allow you to access hidden areas that are usually very
  hard to access. This is a handy spell, but rarely is it required to
  reach certain areas.

Spell Name: Charm Foe
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 6
Description: Has a chance of getting the targeted monster to join your side.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Charming is useful, but only being able to charm one monster is
  little help (unless the monster you are charming is very powerful).

Spell Name: Disease
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Diseases the selected monster.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: I prefer not to bother with disease, as by the time it starts to
  truly take effect, I have usually killed the monster. You will
  probably quickly discover this if you try out this spell.

Spell Name: Awaken
Casting Cost: 2
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Wakes the selected PC from their snoozing.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: I just wait out sleep, and never cast this spell.

->Level 3:
Spell Name: Heal
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Restores some of the Hit Points on the selected PC. Has an effect
  greater than that of Minor Heal.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Heals about 20-40 damage. Useful, but usually you will have more
  than one damaged PC.

Spell Name: Minor Heal All
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Casts "Minor Heal" on ever PC in your party.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Whenever I cast this spell, it heals as much damage as the spell
  "Heal" does, and it does it on every member of the party. This is 
  one useful spell when all PCs are damaged.

Spell Name: Holy Scourge
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: 8
Description: Heavily curses the selected monster.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Great to cast on a single very powerful monster. It will make things
  a lot easier because they will be weaker and less effective.

Spell Name: Detect Life
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Displays, for a short time, all of the monsters in regions you
  have explored on your map.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful after you cast Magic Map to find out the best way to get to
  your destination. Also helps you find that one crucial monster that
  got away from you.

Spell Name: Cure Paralysis
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Cures the paralysis of the selected PC.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: I cannot think of very many occasions where I have been paralyzed. 
  And I can guarantee you I didn't use this spell then.

Spell Name: Manna
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Identical to the spell "Minor Manna", but the casting cost is
  greater and so is the effect.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Yes! Now you will practically never have to buy food again. This
  spell is useful, especially to parties who have a lot of
  spellcasters.

Spell Name: Forcefield
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: 8
Description: Creates a 3x3 area of Force Walls.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Good because it continues to remain there even after you place it.
  Fairly useful.

Spell Name: Cure Disease
Casting Cost: 3
Spell Range:  N/A
Description: Cures the disease on the selected PC.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: The easiest way to get rid of disease. This is one of those spells
  that you need, and will use often. Being diseased is a pain in the
  ass, and you can avoid/end it with this spell.

Spell Name: Restore Mind
Casting Cost: 4
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Helps to remove Dumbfounding from the selected character.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: I can only think of one really bad thing about this spell: It has a
  high spell level, so sometimes you will not be able to cast it due
  to the condition you are trying to remove! That can cause some real
  headaches sometimes, and can suck. But otherwise, this spell is very
  useful to your party as it is the only spell that removes
  dumbfounding. Otherwise, you need a potion, a healer, or the Editor
  to get rid of dumbfounding.

Spell Name: Smite
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: 8
Description: Should be called "Ice Arrows". This spell just fires cold damage
  at several targets.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: As bad as Flame Arrows. I didn't even know what this spell did until
  I wrote this part of the guide. Just goes to show that you can live
  without this spell.

->Level 4:
Spell Name: Cure All Poison
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Cures the poison from the entire party
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Great when your entire party is heavily poisoned. Saves a lot of
  time and Spell Points. For its class, this is a great spell to use.

Spell Name: Curse All
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: 10
Description: Curses all enemies within about eight spaces of the caster.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Handy in massive combat against a lot of enemies. But when fighting
  against only like 2 or 3 enemies, do not cast this spell.

Spell Name: Dispel Undead
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: 8
Description: Like Turn Undead, but with a much stronger effect.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: In difficult scenarios, undead are not common, but in lower-level
  scenarios where you are most likely low-level, this spell will be
  quite handy. Don't overlook its presence.

Spell Name: Remove Curse
Casting Cost: 15
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Has a chance of removing the curse from a cursed item.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: I always just toss/sell my cursed item, so I can't really talk too
  much about this spell....

Spell Name: Sticks to Snakes
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Summons a lot of snakes and asps
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Another one of the useful summoning spells. This one is good because
  it creates a lot of monsters, and you can use those monsters as a
  distraction, and so sneak by/kill easier your enemy.

Spell Name: Martyr's Shield
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Puts a Martyr's Shield on the selected PC (see the Conditions
  section for more info.)
Rating: 4/5
Comments: The effect is useful, yes, but there are few occasions when it is
  "right" to cast this spell. If you want a Martyr's Shield, you will
  have better luck casting Avatar.

Spell Name: Cleanse
Casting Cost: 5
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Cleans the selected PC of disease and webs.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Disease can be easier removed by "Cure Disease", and webs can be
  removed by pausing in place. This is one spell to ignore. Major
  Cleansing is a lot better, and actually useful.

Spell Name: Firewalk
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Allows the party to walk over lava without taking damage for a
  short while.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Saves you A LOT of damage for little Spell Points. This is a spell
  that will make the game a lot easier.


->Level 5:
Spell Name: Bless Party
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Blesses your entire party.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Handy when you only know spells up to level 6. The bless effect is
  noticeable, and it will actually help you out. The Mage spell Major
  Blessing is better, though.

Spell Name: Major Heal
Casting Cost: 7
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Greatly heals the selected PC.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Useful when only one PC in your party is in need of healing. The
  effect is good, and you will actually find it useful.

Spell Name: Raise Dead
Casting Cost: 25
Spell Range: N/A
Description: With a Resurrection Balm, has a chance of reviving a dead person.
  If it fails, the person will be reduced to dust, and then they
  cannot be revived with this spell.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: My PCs rarely die anymore (being humble :D), so this spell is never
  used by me. If my PCs do die, and I decide to use a spell to revive
  them, then I will cast Resurrection instead.

Spell Name: Flamestrike
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: 9
Description: Identical to the Mage Spell "Fireball", but more powerful.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: The first great offensive Priest Spell. This is better than Fireball
  because it does about 20-30 more damage.

Spell Name: Mass Sanctuary
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Makes the entire party invisible for a period of time.
Rating: From 2/5 to 5/5
Comments: If you combine this spell with Major Blessing and enter combat mode,
  this spell kicks enough ass to earn its five-out-of-five rating. If
  you just cast this and walk straight through the dungeon, it will
  only get a two-out-of-five. This spell is handy as your entire party
  will not be attacked by monsters for a while. Just remember that
  attacking a monster removes the Invisible effect.

Spell Name: Summon Host
Casting Cost: 12
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Summons up a Deva and 4 Spirits to fight for you.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful for low-level spellcasters as this spell always summons the
  same amount of monsters.

Spell Name: Shatter
Casting Cost: 12
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Casts Move Mountains on all areas immediately next to your party.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Just saves the time of casting Move Mountains on all the areas next
  to you. That's all this spell really does.

Spell Name: Dispel Fields
Casting Cost: 6
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Dispels the magical fields in a large area.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: I usually just tough the magical fields out. Using this spell is a
  waste of a turn and SP.

->Level 6:
Spell Name: Heal All
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Casts "Heal" on the entire party.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful, but becomes redundant when you learn Revive All. However,
  until that happy day comes, this spell is amazingly useful for
  healing your party.

Spell Name: Revive
Casting Cost: 7
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Completely heals and cures the selected PC of damage and most
  conditions.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Extremely awesome for one-PC parties or parties where only one
  character is in need of healing. Good because it completely heals
  them, saving a lot of worry.

Spell Name: Hyperactivity
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Wakes up all sleeping characters and, if any PCs are slowed, sets
  them back to normal.
Rating: 2/5
Comments: If my whole party is slowed, I will counter-act it with a Major
  Haste/Blessing! But, if my whole party is asleep, I will cast this
  spell.

Spell Name: Destone
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: If one of your PCs has been turned to stone by a Basilisk or
  something else, this spell will turn them back to normal.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: It is rare that you become stoned (not talking about wasted :D), but
  when you do, this is a handy spell to know as it will help to
  restore you immediately.

Spell Name: Summon Guardian
Casting Cost: 14
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Summons one Guardian (who are invisible) to fight on your side.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: It is, in my opinion, a bad idea to summon guardians. This is
  because they are invisible, and, by accident, you could attack them
  physically or hit them with a spell. If you are sure that this will
  not happen, this spell is fine to cast as Guardians are quite
  effective as bodyguards.

Spell Name: Mass Charm
Casting Cost: 17
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Has a chance of getting all hostile monsters within close
  proximity to your party to become friendly and fight on your
  side.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: I very rarely use this spell, but when I have used it, I have had no
  bad experiences. This is just one of those spells that are actually
  quite useful, but you just forget about its presence. One thing I
  have used it for, though, is in an outdoor combat with weaker
  monsters. I cast it, and, since all monsters become on my side, I
  can than end the combat. This is a good spell; make sure you don't
  forget it like I do.

Spell Name: Protective Circle
Casting Cost: 8
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Creates a circle in which you will not take damage, so long as
  you do not attack any monsters.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: Very useless. You are only protected in the circle, so, seeing as
  this spell is used primarily to avoid/escape combat, the moment you
  leave the circle as you escape or whatever, you will be vulnerable
  to attack. Never, ever use this spell.

Spell Name: Pestilence
Casting Cost: 7
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Inflicts a powerful disease on all monsters within eight spaces
  of the caster.
Rating: 1/5
Comments: I never bother with this spell, primarily because by the time the
  disease starts to take effect, the combat is almost finished. I
  suppose this spell has its uses, but I do not know them...

->Level 7:
Spell Name: Revive All
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Despite the name, this spell does not cast Revive on the entire
  party. Instead, it has the effect of several Healing spells
  casted on each member of the party.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Useful after things where the entire party was massively damaged,
  like large combats or walking through a huge pool of lava. The
  effect is great.

Spell Name: Ravage Spirit
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: 4
Description: Does like 70-150 damage to all members of demonkind
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Finally a spell that works on demonkind! Useful against the
  pain-in-the-ass Haakai's and all of there henchmen. Saves a lot of
  time and hard combat. However, if you are not at high enough level,
  the demons will resist the spell and no damage will be done to them.

Spell Name: Resurrect
Casting Cost: 35
Spell Range: N/A
Description: This spell requires a Resurrection Balm to cast. It revives the
  selected dead member of your party, even if they were reduced to
  dust.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: It has been a very long time since I have used a low-level party,
  and so my PCs rarely die. When they do, I just go to a healer. I
  have no real comments on this spell.

Spell Name: Divine Thud
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: 12
Description: This spell does Magic damage in the following pattern:
      xxx
     xxxxx   +=targeted space
     xx+xx   x=affected areas
     xxxxx
      xxx
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Arguably the best damage spell in the game, Divine Thud is very
  handy. Fewer monsters are resistant to magic than fire, so more
  monsters will be affected by this spell. It has a high range and
  does anywhere from 20-70 damage, and does more when you are at a
  higher level. If ever you have an opportunity to get this spell, go
  for it.

Spell Name: Avatar
Casting Cost: 12
Spell Range: N/A
Description: In one spell, you are blessed, made invulnerable, hasted, given
  magic resistance, and given a martyr's shield.
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Very useful for single-PC parties, Avatar is like the super-boost
  spell that is great for your spellcasters to cast before a large
  combat. A lot is done for a mere 12 Spell Points, and the effects =
  last a good amount of time. With single-PC parties, they find
  themselves completely prepared for a huge battle, and will have a
  much easier time than normal.

Spell Name: Wall of Blades
Casting Cost: 12
Spell Range: 10
Description: Creates a Wall of Blades, the most damaging of all of the wall
  types.
Rating: 3/5
Comments: Good to cast when a lot of monsters are coming after you. The spell
  will weaken them before they even touch you. I rarely use the wall
  spells, and so I know little about tactics with this spell. I do
  know that it has its uses and does a fair bit of damage.

Spell Name: Word of Recall
Casting Cost: 30
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Returns the party to the starting location of the scenario they
  are in.
Rating: -Varies-
Comments: The rating varies because in some scenarios, it is bad to teleport
  to the beginning of the scenario (like the Za-Khazi run). That can
  trap you there and make the scenario unbeatable. But in other
  scenarios where that doesn't apply, this spell is relatively handy,
  despite the high casting cost. I only really use this spell to save
  the time of traveling from place to place.

Spell Name: Major Cleansing
Casting Cost: 10
Spell Range: N/A
Description: Cleans the entire party of webbing and disease.
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Useful unless you are dumbfounded. Tossing everybody's disease at
  once saves both Spell Points and time, and tossing webs is just an
  added bonus. This is a handy spell to buy.


Well, those are all of the spells in Blades of Exile. Please let me know if
there are any errors with the information regarding the above spells.
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5. Alchemy Recipes                                                        7487
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Blades of Exile contains about 20 potions, and, although I never really use
alchemy, you might. And, if you do, here is a description of each recipe.
If you happen to know the ingredients required to make any potion or have any
tips/corrections to make, please let me know.

Recipe Name: Weak Curing Potion
Required Skill to Make: 1
Description: Helps to cure you off your poison.

Recipe Name: Weak Healing Potion
Required Skill to Make: 1
Description: Restores some of your HP.

Recipe Name: Weak Poison
Required Skill to Make: 1
Description: Can be used on weapons. Effect is weak.

Recipe Name: Weak Speed Potion
Required Skill to Make: 3
Description: Will weakly haste whoever drinks this potion.

Recipe Name: Medium Potion
Required Skill to Make: 3
Description: Like Weak Curing Potion, but with a greater effect.

Recipe Name: Medium Heal Potion
Required Skill to Make: 4
Description: Like Weak Healing Potion, but this has a greater and more useful
  effect.

Recipe Name: Strong Curing
Required Skill to Make: 5
Description: Like Medium Potion, but completely cures you.

Recipe Name: Medium Speed Potion
Required Skill to Make: 5
Description: Hastes you stronger than the Weak Speed Potion.

Recipe Name: Graymold Salve
Required Skill to Make: 7
Description: A healing potion of great power.

Recipe Name: Weak Power Potion
Required Skill to Make: 9
Description: Increases your skill temporarily.

Recipe Name: Potion of Clarity
Required Skill to Make: 9
Description: A Potion of Clarity is one potion that any party with
  spellcasters should always carry at least one of. It
  automatically cures you of dumbfounding.

Recipe Name: Strong Poison
Required Skill to Make: 10
Description: A powerful weapon poison.

Recipe Name: Strong Heal Potion
Required Skill to Make: 12
Description: Greatly heals the drinker.

Recipe Name: Killer Poison
Required Skill to Make: 12
Description: A very powerful and potent weapon poison.

Recipe Name: Resurrection Balm
Required Skill to Make: 9
Description: Required if you are going to cast the spells Raise Dead or 
  Resurrect.

Recipe Name: Knowledge Brew
Required Skill to Make: 19
Description: Increases the drinker's skill points a little bit.

Recipe Name: Strong Strength
Required Skill to Make: 10
Description: Greatly increases your strength temporarily. Useful if you can
  find one of these.

Recipe Name: Bliss
Required Skill to Make: 18
Description: I believe that this potion prepares you perfectly for battle by
  hasting and blessing you. I am not sure on this. Please let me
  know if I am wrong.

Recipe Name: Strong Power
Required Skill to Make: 20
Description: Greatly increases your skill in battle temporarily. Useful if
  you can find one of these, and I have, on very rare occasions,
  made this potion myself.
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Aside from just having HP and Spell points, your character also can gain a
condition. Each condition has a different effect on your character. Some of
these effects are positive, and others are negative.

Poisoned: Your character takes damage every couple of turns. This can be cured
by waiting for it to go away, or by casting Cure Poison. Its icon is green goo
with a white P in the middle.

Very Poisoned: This is similar to Poisoned, but your character takes more
damage more often. It is also harder to get rid of. If you are waiting around,
it will take a lot longer, and if you are casting a spell, it may take 2. Its
icon is a red P in the middle of green goo.

Hasted: Your PC gets more Action Points. I think the highest you can get
without any help is 12. What I mean by help is by wearing a ring of speed,
helmet of speed, boots of speed, etc. I think you can get up to around 18 this
way. By hasting your party, you can shorten many would-be long battles to just
a few turns. Casting multiple times makes the hasting last longer. Wears off
after a while, though. Notice the icon (when your PC is normal) where there is
a person with two arrows coming out of it. When hasted, it turns yellow and
three arrows come out of it.

Slowed: The opposite of haste. Your PC has fewer action points if hasted, and
otherwise they will miss a turn. Counter with Haste. Being slowed several
times makes your PC miss more turns in a row. Wears off after a while, though.
The icon is like Haste's, but with one arrow and a brown body.

Blessed: This is handy, and the more times it is casted, the more the effect.
Basically, being blessed has several benefits: In physical combat, you hit
your target more and do more damage, your spells are better, and your enemies
can't hit you as well. Plus, I think this also boosts all of your stats
(except the things like Mage/Priest Spells, HP, and Spell Points) by 1.
Combine with Haste to wreak major havoc. A bless wears off after a while. The
icon is a blue B with a yellow # right next to it.

Cursed: The opposite of a bless. Your spells are worse, your stats get worse
(I think), you do less damage, and hit your foe less. Also wears off, and
multiple curses have a greater effect. The icon is the same as Bless, but with 
a C instead of a B.

Webbed: This, unlike the above conditions, does not wear off after a while.
The only way to eliminate it is to cast Cleanse, or just pause where you are.
Your PC's will clean there webs. It usually takes several times, though. When
webbed, your PC will have less AP's, one less for each time you are webbed.
Your spell's range also is reduced. The icon is a spider web.

Disease: This is like a combination. When diseased, it acts on a time basis,
like Poison. When it acts, you might be Dumbfounded, Cursed, Slowed, or
Poisoned. The only way to get rid of this is to cast Cure Disease; but I think
it wears off in time. The icon is a frowny face.

Dumbfounded: This condition only affects people who are casting spells. When
dumbfounded, you cannot cast spells of high level. More levels become 
off-limits to you when you get dumbfounded worse. The only cure is to cast
Restore Mind or drink a Potion of Clarity. I think (don't take my word) that
this wears off after a LONG time. The icon is a gray question mark.

Invulnerable: When invulnerable, you cannot take damage. Obviously, its very
handy because of that. You can get this, among others, when casting Avatar.
Invulnerability can also come to you by the way of a scroll. Unfortunately, it
does wear off fast. Way too fast. The icon is an I with a gray shield around
it.

Invisible: When invisible, you cannot take physical damage. This wears off
with time and also if you attack someone else. Useful for sneaking through
dungeons. The icon is a gray body.

Weapon Poisoned: When this is present, your weapon is poisoned. This means
that it may poisoned the attacked monster. I don't use this much except for
when I cast Major Blessing. I usually just cast Poison on the monster. The
only exception is that the spell Poison has bad range. So I poison my archer's
arrows and shoot the person, which poisons them. The icon is a PW with a blade
dripping poison.

Magic Resistant: When Magic Resistant, you cannot take damage from Magic. I
don't use this much, so I can't really say anything about it. The icon is a
body leaving a yellow shadow.

Martyr's Shield: If you have this, when you are attacked, the person who
attacked you will receive as much damage as they did to you. Useful on golems.
The icon is a M with a red shield behind it.

Asleep: To be perfectly honest, I do not know just what this one does. Please
let me know if you should find out.
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7. Combat Help                                                            2137
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Blades of Exile generally revolves around two things: puzzles and combat. I
cannot help you with the first one, but I can help you with the second.
Combat is a major part of BoE, and it really helps to know what you are doing.
In this part, I will describe how to survive in several situations. I do this
in a step-by-step program.
I assume that you have the following. If you do not, you will have to look for
alternatives to the ways I say:
1) A six-person party with 2 spellcasters and 4 warriors.
2) Spell knowledge and ability up to level 7.


->Killing a Single Powerful Monster<-
1. Enter combat mode.
2. Hit "wait" on all of your warriors, and have each spellcaster cast "Major
   Blessing".
3. Send my warriors to attack and block off the primary route to my
   spellcasters.
That should have ended the first turn. Now, on the second turn, I do/consider
the following:
4. Attack the monster with my warriors.
5. Have a spellcaster cast "Scry Monster" and discover its health and
   everything.
6. If the monster does a lot of damage or can cast spells, I will cast "Slow"
   on that monster. Otherwise I will cast "Curse" on it.
7. Have my other spellcaster bash it with "Kill" spells. If the monster is
   immune to magic, I will cast Major Summoning around the monster.
You are generally now prepared to last out this monster. Some things to do:
1. Alternate between casting Major Blessing, Slow, and Curse.
2. Cast Revive [All] if the situation calls for it.
3. Cast Major Summoning or Daemon every once in a while.
4. If you run low on spell points and you are fighting a spellcaster, use your
   last bits of energy to cast Antimagic Cloud on the monster.

This should work when fighting that single monster. Of course, the monster
could just plain be stronger than you and could kill you.

->Killing Many Monsters<-
1. Enter combat mode.
2. Hit "wait" on all of your warriors, and have each spellcaster cast "Major
   Blessing".
3. Send out my warriors to attack the monsters.
That will end the first turn. On the next few:
4. Cast "Slow Group" a couple of times. This can really shorten your battle.
5. Cast spells like Divine Thud and Death Arrows. This will greatly reduce the
   number of monsters left.
6. If there are any enemy mages/priests, send a warrior out to busy them.
7. Summon a lot of monsters with either Sticks to Snakes or Major Summoning.
   Each one will have a great effect.
All you really have to do is repeat steps 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7. That should last
you through the battle. If the situation calls for it, cast Revive [All].


A few tips:
1. When casting spells, think before you cast. Consider the good and bad
effects of your spell (of course, this is only in difficult combats). Choose
the one that will benefit you the most, not the one that will have the most
devastating effect.
2. Take out enemy spellcasters first. They will build up a large amount of
damage and summonings to fight you.
3. Send multiple warriors onto hard targets. They will have a greater effect
than one and will be better in the long run.
4. If the situation calls for it, consider a Wall spell. Example:
   -------------|--------**-*-          -:Empty Space.
   -----x-------|-----*--*---*          x:One of your PCs.
   ----x--------|---*--*--*--*          *:Hostile Monster
   ---x---------|---**-*-*-*-*          |:Place to put the wall.
   ---x---------|+-*-**-*-*-*-
   ----x--------|*-*-**---**--
   -----x-------|--*--*----*-*
   -------------|**-*-*-*-*-*-
5. If you find yourself hopelessly outnumbered, just cast Quickfire and make a
run for it.
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8. The Perfect Party                                                      8467
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When I say "The Perfect Party", I am, of course, referring to mine. Yes, that
is right, you are blessed. I am going to share with you my ultimate and
perfect party!

Some things to know:
->Of course, every PC has full stats and complete spell knowledge.
->There are six PCs.
->To make this party, just make a custom scenario with the items I use, and
  use the Editor/your scenario to boost stats and things like that.


Here are the items. The items that each PC has equipped is a combination of
the following. Note that all of these items are made from scratch and have
nothing to do with the default items which have similar names.
DeathBlade: 1-Handed Weapon
->Ability: Soulsucker
->Comments: Good for automatic restoration of HP.
DoomBlade: 1-Handed Weapon
->Ability: Poisoned Weapon
->Comments: Poisoning the monster makes combat a lot shorter.
Sickness Plate: Armor
->Ability: Full Protection
->Comments: This is practically the perfect armor.
Regeneration Amulet: Necklace
->Ability: Regeneration
->Comments: Enhances regeneration, reducing the risk that I will die.
Speed Ring: Ring
->Ability: Speed
->Comments: Adds to my speed.
Strength Ring: Ring
->Ability: Giant Strength
->Comments: Adding to strength means more damage.
Speed Helmet: Helm
->Ability: Speed
->Comments: One more AP is always nice....
Boots of Strength: Boots
->Ability: Giant Strength
->Comments: Adds to the damage I do.
Gloves of Spells: Gloves
->Ability: Intelligence
->Comments: Increases the effectiveness of spells.
Thieving Gloves: Gloves
->Ability: Thievery
->Comments: Boosts my skill at working away at traps and such.
Hasting Gloves: Gloves
->Ability: Occasional Haste
->Comments: The occasional hasting along with lots of extra AP means tons of 
  AP.


First PC:
Name: Kavon
Used As: Warrior
Weapons: DoomBlade, DeathBlade
Armor: Sickness Plate
Helm: Speed Helmet
Gloves: Hasting Gloves
Boots: Boots of Strength
Amulets: Regeneration Amulet
Rings: Speed Ring, Strength Ring
Comments: Leading off in combat is a warrior. He rushes up and strikes all who
   dare oppose me.

Second PC:
Name: Dylan
Used As: Warrior
Weapons: DoomBlade, DeathBlade
Armor: Sickness Plate
Helm: Speed Helmet
Gloves: Hasting Gloves
Boots: Boots of Strength
Amulets: Regeneration Amulet
Rings: Strength Ring, Speed Ring
Comments: If my first warrior did not finish of all of the monsters, Dylan
   rushes in to do his part.

Third PC:
Name: Johnny
Used As: Warrior, Thief
Weapons: DoomBlade, DeathBlade
Armor: Sickness Plate
Helm: Speed Helmet
Gloves: Thieving Gloves
Boots: Boots of Strength
Amulets: Regeneration Amulet
Rings: Strength Ring, Speed Ring
Comments: My third warrior also acts as a thief. Every party needs a thief,
   and mine just so happens to double as a warrior. As a warrior, Johnny is
   there to do what Dylan and Kavon could not.

Fourth PC:
Name: Lance
Used As: Primarily Warrior, but sometimes Spellcaster
Weapons: DoomBlade, DeathBlade
Armor: Sickness Plate
Helm: Speed Helmet
Gloves: Hasting Gloves
Boots: Boots of Strength
Amulets: Regeneration Amulet
Rings: Speed Ring, Strength Ring
Comments: Sometimes you need more than two spellcasters in certain combats.
   Sometimes you need more than three warriors in certain combats. That's what
   Lance is for. He is usually a Warrior, but sometimes he is a spellcaster,
   and sends out extra spells when the party is in need of some help.

Fifth PC:
Name: Paul
Used As: 1st Spellcaster
Weapons: DoomBlade, DeathBlade
Armor: Sickness Plate
Helm: Speed Helmet
Gloves: Gloves of Spells
Boots: Strength Ring
Amulets: Regeneration Amulet
Rings: Speed Ring, Strength Ring
Comments: Yeah, this is me. I am the most powerful PC in the party :D. I act
   as the first real spellcaster, and I usually unleash the offensive spells
   like Divine Thud and Death Arrows. Also, if the situation calls for it, my
   character will run forward and hack the monsters to bits with my Death and
   Doom Blades.

Sixth PC:
Name: Kyle
Used As: 2nd Spellcaster
Weapons: DoomBlade, DeathBlade
Armor: Sickness Plate
Helm: Speed Helmet
Gloves: Gloves of Spells
Boots: Strength Ring
Amulets: Regeneration Amulet
Rings: Speed Ring, Strength Ring
Comments: The second spellcaster usually does the little side spells like
   cursing, slowing, healing, and Major Blessing. This is generally the
   behind-the-scenes guy that ends up actually doing a lot. Although Kyle's
   position is not as crucial as Paul's, this is still a necessary character.

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As I stated earlier, Blades of Exile comes with three scenarios: Valley of
Dying Things, A Mild Rebellion, and the Za-Khazi Run.
I have provided walkthroughs on all three.
Be aware, though, that, in my walkthroughs, I say the quickest way to beat the
game. I leave out all of the detail that I can to give you the shortest and
fastest way to end that scenario. In future updates I might add more detail
and information about each scenario, but for now, you'll just have to stick
with this.
But feel free to stray from the guide to pick up more of the plot.
And, should I have made an error typing the information, e-mail me to let me
know.

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1. Valley of Dying Things                                                 9400
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 You start in Fort Talrus. Leave to the north and follow the road into
Sweetgrove City.
 Once you are in Sweetgrove, pick the lock of the abandoned shop with "Avizo"
written on the sign. Inside, walk across the rune and attempt to disarm the
trap. After that, search the potted plant and take the stone.
 Leave Sweetgrove and go north until you reach the round mountain. All four
sides (east, west, north, and south) have entrances. Enter each (the west
entrance is across a river that you have to ford) and place the stone into
each slot.
 When you place the stone into the fourth hole, the portcullises will open and
you will have access to the School of Magery. Walk in and go to the middle of
the level. Walk down the path.
 Once on the second level, go south through the magic barrier. Then walk
through one of the barriers on the east side of the room. Follow the hallway
around both corners and go north until you find the Goblin Eater (it's a big
monster). Kill it. Leave the room to the west. From there, go north until you
find the wall on the west side that has green mold on it. Cast Move Mountain
on it. Walk through the hole in the wall and look around until you come across
a stairway. Go down it.
 On this level, walk south until the dragon gives you a vision. From there, go
into the western passage just south of you. Walk over the runes and around
until you come into the dragon's chamber.
 Ask the dragon about "word". She will tell you that the word to set her free
is "quark".
 After talking to the dragon, go back up the stairway. Cast Move Mountain on
the same spot as before and again walk through the hole in the wall. Walk
north and then east as the walkway bends. Go south and then down the stairway.
 If you have done everything right so far, you should be at the Holding Cells.
Follow the path around, across the rune, until you reach the part with the
odd-colored walls. Go north and then turn into the eastern hallway. Keep going
east until you reach the very end of the hallway. At (46,26[<-cast the Priest
spell "Location" to find out. First number is horizontal location, second is
vertical location]) there is a secret passage. Walk into the control room and
sit at the northwest panel. Type in "quark" to set the dragon free.
 After that, leave the control room and walk as if you were going back to the
School of Magery's 2nd level. But when you come across the sign on the south
side of the hallway that says "Administrative Level". Go down that staircase.
 At the Administrative Level, work your way to (27,35). You should receive a
message about spiders. Search around until you find the spider standing still
guarding the passage to the "yummy bugs". Say "gnats" to the spider and he'll
skidaddle.
 Fight your way to (59,4) and grab the gnat eggs. After grabbing the eggs, go
back to the Spider Caves.
 In the Spider Caves, ask every spider about their job until you find one that
tells you he is the chief. Ask him about "rock" until you see a message, at
the bottom of the dialogue, that says "you take note of this".
 Go back into the gnat caves and search the filth at (25,3) to find the
opening stone. When used, the opening stone opens those damned green glowing
portcullises.
 After getting the Opening Stone, leave the gnats & spider caves by going to
the heart of the Administrative Level.
 Go through the doors at (11,48) and kill the two Haunts. Leave the
Administrative Level to the south of the room.
 When you leave the level, you will be outdoors in an underground passage. At
the west side of this passage is a cavern that takes you back to the surface.
I advise going through it because it will save you time going through the
levels of the School of Magery.
 Anyways, in the outdoor cavern, follow the road south across the diseasing
bridge. Follow the road into the Lower School.
 It should be known that past a secret door in the Apothecary (which is in the
northwestern part of this level) is a scepter that can cure your disease when
used.
 But that's beside the point.
 Upon entering this level, go through the western door. Follow the hallway
south. Unlock the door of the room that has a sign reading "PROVOST" right
next to it. Search the bookshelves to find a key you need.
 After getting the key, go back to the entrance to this level. This time, go
through the eastern door in the level. Go through the hole in the southern
wall and then through the door at the south side of the room. Go west down the
hallway and use your key to get through the door. In this room, go down the
stairway on the east side. It will take you to the Library. Go east, past the
main library entrance with the glowing portcullis. After crossing the Library
entrance, go through the first door on the north. Then go through the second
door. Go down the passage to the Vahnatai Caverns.
 In the Vahnatai Caverns, follow the passage to the room with three Vahnatai
sitting in it. Ask the southwestern one about "stone". Then go back to the
library.
 In the library level, go back out both doors into the heart of the level. Go
east and then down the staircase. Go through the doors at (36,9) and at
(40,11). Kill the Spirit and grab the School Textbook. Again, go back to the
Library level.
 At the Library level, use the Opening Stone to open all of the glowing
portcullises.
 Once in the library, go to (43,6). Place the School Textbook on the pedestal.
A key will be given to you.
 Go back down the stairway to the Experiment Halls (where you found the
textbook). Go straight south and follow the hallway back to the surface.
 You are to find a man called "Pangle".
 Starting right next to the town Marralis, go southwest until you are
alongside the mountains. Go south until you find a passage within the
mountains that pops up a message "this land is doing better than the rest of
the Vale" or whatever it says. Go into the hut.
 Ask Pangle about "papers". You will spend 500 gold and buy a scroll. Go out
into his shed and search the southern chest to get your scrolls.
 Go back into the Experiment Halls the way you came out.
 Once in the Experiment Halls, work your way west to (14,16). Follow the
hallway until you can't go west anymore. Then go south until you can't go
south anymore. Then go east until you can't go east anymore. Then go north
until you can't go north anymore (I think that covers every direction...).
Unlock the doors right to the east of you and go south down the path to leave
the level.
 In this outdoor cavern, follow the path until you reach the cave (the Control
Chamber).
 Upon entering, use the Opening Stone. Then walk into the building. Go south
and stick alongside the western wall. As it bends, stick alongside it, no
matter what. When you turn north, go north until you reach the pit. Sit in the
chair at (34,20). Leave this town/dungeon/thingie and go all the way back to
the first outdoor cavern (where there is also an exit to the surface). This
means you have to go through the experiment halls, the library, and one other
floor.
 Once in that cavern, follow the road going EAST. Enter the cave you find.
 In the cave, don't enter the actual building yet. Go east until you come
across the cracked wall. Cast Move Mountain on it. Go north through the rooms.
At the farthest north one, go west into the "WASTE ARRIVAL" room. Go through
the gap in the western wall and then go south. Keep going south until a fight
with demons occurs. After killing all of the demons, go through a portcullis
in the eastern wall. This takes you to the Control Chamber. Use the Opening
Stone to get rid of the glowing portcullis and sit in the chair. Push the
button and insert the crystal. After the quickfire starts, go east until you
are teleported.
And, viola! You have finished this scenario!

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2. A Mild Rebellion                                                       9339
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You start this scenario in Selanthi. Go north until you are off of the dock
than go east until you reach the inn. Go in the inn and talk to the dude in
the blue. Ask him about "contact".
Leave Selanthi and follow the road going east. You should get a message from
the Hill Runners asking you to join them. Ignore the note-for now. Instead,
follow the road until you get to Willow.
Enter Willow from the west side and go through the secret passage at (x6 y26).
Go down the stairway. Follow the path until you reach the chair. Sit in the
chair and say "yes" to its question. Now, go to where that note from the Hill
Runners told you to go to. The town is east of Willow.
Go into the alchemy shop and ask the wizard about "mission". He will give you
a scroll telling you what to do.
Head back to Selanthi, but don't go in the town. Instead, go northwest until
you reach the mountains. Go in the cavern/fort thingie. Kill the ogres on the
way to the stairway at (x9 y18). Go down the stairway, and get ready for a few
good fights.
Follow the ice tunnel path thing around until you reach the Drake at the end.
When you talk to the drake, click the buttons in this order: wait, yes, yes.
That will get you the scroll and you will avoid a fight.
Once you leave the fort, go back into Selanthi. Go into the storage room at
(x9 y50). Walk around in there until you find a place to put the scrolls.
Go back to the dude who gave you the scroll mission in Liam and ask him about
"mission" again.
Go to the town of Muck. It is a little ways north of Selanthi in a large
swamp. Walk into the barracks and ask the dervish about "rebellion". Then ask
him about "test". Go back to Willow and go down that hidden stairway. Sit in
the chair once more.
Then go back to Selanthi and ask the chick in the store at (x48 y41) about
"saintwood". Then ask her about "chest."
Go into the room she is talking about. It is at (x40 y7). Break in and search
the dresser to take the chest.
Leave Selanthi and go north to Zaskiva. It is on the way to Muck, but then
turn left at the bridge. Follow the path until you get to the ferry. Take the
ferry and go into the town.
Once in Zaskiva. ask the man at (x33 y13) about "statue". He will unlock the
door for you to enter. Go into the room and place the box in the square where
it gives you that option. That square is on the west side of the room.
Once you are in the sewers, go and follow the path as it generally heads
north. Don't cross the bridge over the water.
At the end of the path, jack one of the the boats and row it over to (x22
y11). Get off and search the chest in the southeast corner of the room to find
a key. Get back in the boat and row over to (x4 y34). Go into the little path
in the cave and open the door.
Follow the path around. There is one secret passage, but it is easy to find as
it is right at the end of the first bridge. At the end of the path, you will
be right next to a chasm. At the chasm, turn south and follow this path
around, past the roaches and everything. There is a secret passage at (x47
y23). Go through it. Go south and search the body at (x60 y28). Take the key.
Go back through the secret passage and the roach caves until you come to the
building.
Use the key you found to open the door. Inside, pull the lever. Leave the
control room and this time, go south and follow the path is it turns back
north. Keep going north and turn at (x21 y38). Go into the undead lair and
kill all of the undead. Loot the place and leave the way you came in. Once on
the path, go north and follow the path around and into the building. Search
the far eastern desk to find Sewer Key 3.
Now, backtrack all the way back to the place were you picked up Sewer Key 2
(on the dead body, remember?).
In the little nook with the dead body, go through the southern door. Go south
until you reach the water and then go along the east side of the water. Follow
the path along until you get to the ghost. Ask it about "revenge". If you
killed all of the undead in that one lair, then the ghost will help you
escape.
If you killed the undead, backtrack until you find the newly-finished bridge
at (x60 y55). Cross it and hop in the boat.
Boat over to the dock at (x42 y56). Go west onto dry land, kill the basilisks,
and go up the stairs.
In the safehouse, kill the Empire soldiers and flee the safehouse.
Once you're outside, go to the ferry that leaves the island. At the dialog
box, select "yes".
Go back and sit in the chair in the hidden place under Willow.
Now, go to the northeast part of the isle, into the mountains. Enter the town
of Buzzard from the south.
Search the plant at (x22 y18). Go through the newly-opened secret passage and
down the staircase.
Sit in the chair at (x10 y11).
Here, unfortunately, you must make a decision:
Do you want to join the Hill Runners and help the strike against the Empire,
or continue to secretly work for the Empire against the Hill Runners?
If you want to truly join the Hill Runners, read on. Otherwise, skip down a
ways until I skip a line.

So, you decided to join the Hill Runners.
First, leave Buzzard and then leave the Hill Runner lands. Walk alongside the
mountainside and cross the bridge.
Follow the southside of the mountain around until you come across the cavern.
That is the Empire's fort. Walk into it.
Once inside, go due north, through the mountain. Even though the portcullises
close when you walk in, just keep going north. They will open up. Still, keep
going north and click "approach" at the next dialog box that appears that has
that option. Now all of the soldiers in the fort will attack you. Follow the
path around and through the laboratory, killing soldiers as you go. In the
room where the quickfire tries to kill you, go through the secret passage at
(x26 y17). Wait it out there. Walk back out and kill the new soldiers. Go
through the door on the western wall. When you get the message about the door
being locked, go through the northeastern path. Open the chest and run south.
The door is now blown away. Go down the hallway and go through the door on the
west wall. Try to pull the lever. When the quickfire comes, flee through the
secret passage at (x1 y4). Go through the secret passage in the south wall and
kill the soldiers there, especially the Empire Dervish. After killing the
soldiers, go through a secret passage at (x18 y11) and pull the lever.
Backtrack all the way into the chamber where you set off the alarm and pull
the lever at (x16 y36). Now run out of the fort.
Go back to the chair underneath Buzzard and sit down. You will be told to go
see Stalker. Leave Buzzard to the south and head southeast from there. Follow
the path along until you come across the rebels that want to kill you. Do not
surrender, and kill all of them in the combat.
Keep going north after killing the rebels and go into Stalker's fort. Follow
the path along and go into the north door from the courtyard. Go into one of
the doors in the western wall and then talk to Stalker. He is sitting in that
room. Ask him about "mission" to receive your final mission.
After that, go towards Liam. Instead of entering the town, stand one square
north of it. Go straight north until you reach Jaen's fortress. Ask the dude
in the blue about "enter" to receive some information. Then go down the hole.
Follow the path and head north until you get a chance to enter the fort. Go in
and prepare yourself for a fight. Walk in and kill Jaen.
Then, run outside and leave the fort to the east.
Go back up to Stalker's fort and walk back into his throne room. Ask him about
"mission" to receive your reward. Go through the door at the north side of his
throne room and go down the stairs. Walk to the end of the dock and leave
Morrow's Isle.
Congratulations! You have finished this scenario!


So you've decided to still work against Stalker.
Here's what you do:
From the chair, go back to the chair in Willow. Sit in it. You will be sent
back to the chair under Buzzard. In Buzzard's chair, tell them that you wish
to see Stalker.
Go to where they tell you: the far east side of the isle. Go due north
alongside the coast. Keep going along the path until you enter the Pit of
Plentiful Goo.
Once in the Pit of Plentiful Goo, follow the path around, killing slimes as
you go. Enter the subterranean building. Go through the secret passage at (x26
y7). In this room of levers, pull all of them except the one farthest east. Go
back out into the hall of portcullises and go through the one second from the
right. Search the body at (x24 y44) and get the key. Go back into the hall of
portcullises. Go through the second door on the left this time. Wander around
until you find the bodies of the dead magi. Search them until you find the one
with the key. Go back into the subterranean building and use one of your two
new keys to get through the door at (x25 y1). Keep going west until you grab
the exploding box. Now, go back through the portcullis on the far left. Follow
the path around until you reach the closed portcullis. Place the exploding box
right next to it and leave to the west after it explodes.
Walk down the mountain path and surrender to O' Grady and his soldiers. You
will awake in a cell.
Hit the "w" key until you are set free by Jaen's troops. Talk to the man in
blue and then head north, out of the cell block.
Once you receive the message that the game is now timed, head due west and
kill the troops in there. Leave this area at (x41 y43). Then, work your way
around and go through another secret passage at (x21 y43). Go through the
portal. Go north and into the barracks-like area. Leave the room you enter and
then go north in the hallway. Follow it as it turns west and go into the most
western door available to you. In the western wall of this room is a secret
passage you are to go through. Walk into the dining room and kill the guards.
Then, go into Stalker's throne room. Kill everyone there, including Stalker
himself. After assassinating Stalker, go through the secret door at (x7 y7).
Go through the secret door at (x8 y5) and then the door northeast from there.
Follow that path and go downstairs. At the docks, search the chest and then
walk north to the end of the dock. Say you want to leave the island.
Congratulations! You beat this scenario!

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You start this mission in Fort Goodling.
Head into the main dining room and go into the commanderÕs office. The door is
in the southeast corner of the room. Ask the woman sitting there about
ÒacceptÓ. Then go back into the dining room. Look for the guy in purple robes.
His name is Seletine. When you find him, ask him about ÒbundleÓ.
After getting the wands, go through the doors in the northwest corner of the
room. Get the food and hop into one of the boats.
Leave Fort Goodling and follow the river, even through the waterfalls, until
you reach the first fork in it. At this fork, go north. This puts you in a
large lake. You are to leave it through the north, but there are five rivers
to choose from! You are to go through the middle one.
In the next lake that the game puts you on, go northwest to the fairly big
island. Go into the cave. Go straight into the room. Here, check if you have
1,200 gold. If so, ask the slith on the left in the chair about ÒgoldÓ. Answer
ÒyesÓ to his question.
Leave the cave and hop back into your boat. Keep going northwest and go
through the narrow passage between the obelisks. Follow this river around.
Keep following the river until the game tells you that you must continue on
foot. From there, walk onto shore and go northwest through the cave passage.
Once you enter the huge cave, go west. In the southwest corner of the cave is
a unicorn cave. In there, talk to the unicorn named ÒAetheriusÓ. The unicorn
is in the northwest corner of the unicorn place. Ask the unicorn about
ÒacceptÓ. Then leave the cave to the north.
Backtrack towards where you left your boat. This time, cross the bridge that
crosses the river. Kill the giants that you are forced to do combat with.
Follow the road into the giantsÕ cave.
In the northwest corner of this cave is a stairway that you are to go down. At
(x5 y37) there is a secret passage. Walk through it and go through the door.
Search the chests until you find the horn.
Leave this cave the way you came in. Go back to the Unicorn Citadel and talk
to Aetherius about Òhorn". Leave this dungeon and head north, out of the
unicorn caves. Enter the unicorn gate and walk up the portcullis. It will
open. Leave the unicorn gate and walk north. When the specters ask for the
password, tell them "calamity".
Go north in this cave and walk into the cave caldera and enter Morog's Castle.
Go south and talk to the lich. Ask her about "mission". Then go through the
portal at (x42 y57). Then go through the portal at (x46 y41). Once in this
cavern, go through the secret passage at (x24 y4). Go straight east through
another secret passage. Go into the northeast corner of this room and grab the
mushrooms. Go back through the all of the portals you came in. Talk to the
lich about "mushrooms". Say "no" to both of her offers. Then leave this
castle.
Leave the lich's caves to the northwest. You will now be in the poppy caves.
Work your way through the caves slowly. You want to head northeast, but there
are less poppys in the southeast, so kinda curve that way.
In this next outdoor section, you will be told that you need another boat. Go
west into the Spiraling Cave. Fight your way into the corners of the level and
climb the stairway.
On this level, step on the runes at (x15 y3), (x19 y3), (x3 y11), and (x15
y27). You have to do this fast. If you get a message that the colors have
changed, then you will have to start over. After stepping on those four runes,
step on one of the runes in the large corner rooms. Then go back downstairs.
At (x13 y10) a passage has opened up. Grab one of the boats. Go north until
you reach the lake, and go to the north shore of the lake. Take this path
north. Navigate to the eastern part of these paths and into the Broken Fang
Clan dungeon. Pull the levers at (x33 y6) and (x34 y40). Now go back to your
boat and navigate your way through the water back to the Broken Fang Clan.
This time, go straight through the place, only this time on water. Keep going
on the river until you find the castle. Go in it. This castle is a maze of
conveyor belts that even I do not know by heart how to pass. What you must
first do, though, is work your way to the southeast corner of the dungeon and
tell the statue "yes". After a lot of hard work, you will find yourself in the
Pillar Hall. Slay the golems and move on. Work your way into Khoth's chambers.
Ask the mighty dragon about "payment". He will allow you to leave this tower
to the northeast. Go through the obvious secret passage in the cave wall.
Now, all you have to do is merely walk to Fort Cavalier. Kill the Sliths in
the combat, and then walk into Fort Cavalier. If you made it, you will know
it. Go through the Emergency Exit in the east part of the fort after talking
to the fort commander to exit this scenario.
Congratulations! You have beaten this scenario!

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BoE would not be nearly as good as it is if it weren't for one thing: You can
play custom-made scenarios.
It's not that hard, really. Here is what you have to do:

A) Get/make a scenario to play. This is the hardest part.
B) Place the scenario in the Blades of Exile Scenarios folder. The scenario is
   an 8-character-or-less name and then a .exs
C) If there is also a custom graphics file, that must also be in the folder.
   If you are using a Windows computer, it will end with .bmp. If you are
   using a Macintosh, it will end with .meg.
D) Launch Blades of Exile
E) Load/Create a party that isn't in a scenario.
F) Select Custom Scenario.
G) Select your scenario.

At least that's how you do it on a Macintosh computer. If it is different on a
Windows, please E-mail me the steps to playing a custom scenario on it.


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You have reached the heart of this guide. Congratulations.
The Exile Scenario Editor comes with BoE (at least it did for me). This
program is free (at least it is as far as I know anyways). It has only one
purpose: to make and/or edit scenarios.
Keep in mind, though, that those scenarios cannot be played without a
registered version of BoE.
Anyways, the Exile Scenario Editor (which I will sometimes call "ESE") is a
complex program capable, pretty much, of making an Exile-sized game to play.
Be warned, though, that scenario making isn't for everyone. It takes months of
hard work and thought to make a large scenario, and at least a week to make a
small one. And that's not including time it might take to test your scenario.
At times it can get pretty boring, but you will just have to stick through it.

This section describes how to use different parts of the editor. It gives
information and explains what things are and how to do them. Further info can
be found in the file, "Blades Scenario Editor Docs", which comes with the
Scenario Editor. You will, however, learn best through the classic methods of
trial and error.

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This section covers what each menu item does. It also lists the
numbers/information for the following:
1) Sounds
2) Mage Spells
3) Priest Spells
4) Alchemy Recipes
5) Statistics
6) Scenario Text Messages
7) Town Text Messages
8) Outdoor Text Messages

"File" Menu
1) Open: Loads a different scenario. If scenario was given a password, you
   will be asked to type it in.
2) Save: Saves any changes you have made since the last time your scenario was
   saved.
3) New Scenario: Starts you from the beginning in making a new scenario.
4) Quit: Quits the Exile Scenario Editor.

"Scenario" Menu
1) Create New Town: Makes another town. Your scenario must be saved to create
   a new town.
2) Scenario Details: Brings up a box which contains information on your
   scenario. Here is where you can change your version number (default is
   1.00), your contact information (usually an e-mail address). You can also
   say who created the scenario and use one of the two boxes to describe your
   scenario. There are also buttons at the bottom to specify the content
   rating (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17) and the scenario's difficulty (this refers
   to what level the party should be).
3) Scenario Intro Text: This is where you set the text that is to appear when
   you begin your scenario. It is also where you choose the icon for your
   scenario.
4) Set Starting Location: This is where you set where the party begins its
   adventure. The game asks for the X and Y coordinates, as well as a town
   number referring to where the party starts. If done right, the word START
   will appear where the party is to start.
5) Change Password: This where you change your scenario's password. If you set 
   the password at 0, then ESE will not ask for a password.
6) Edit Special Nodes: This is where you can edit the 255 special nodes that 
   run for the whole scenario, not just a town or outdoors. You can edit a 
   special item's ability here. Just click on the node to change. See the 
   section on special nodes to find out just what these are.
7) Edit Scenario Text: You can edit all of your the basic scenario text
   messages here. Just click on one and type it the way it should have been
   typed (for more info, see Scenario Text Messages later on in this section).
8) Import Town: If there is a town in a different scenario you would like to
   put in yours, select this. It asks for the number of the town you want and
   that scenario's password. Make sure you have both handy. This is useful
   when you are making a series of scenarios that use the same towns. It saves
   a lot of time. Be warned, though, that the personalities will not match the
   town's range.
9) Edit Saved Item Rectangle: The game can remember your items in three
   different places (three different towns). This means that when you leave
   that town and come back God-knows-when later, all items you dropped in the
   area will still be there. You are to specify the town number. You also have
   to list the coordinates of each side (Top and Bottom are Y coordinates,
   Right and Left are X coordinates).
10) Edit Horses: A scenario can have up to 30 horses. I have no clue what the
    purpose of horses are, and, should anybody know, please e-mail me to tell
    me. Anyways, you list the STARTING x & y coordinates of the horse and the
    town it starts in.
11) Edit Boats: A scenario can also have up to 30 boats. These I know the
    purpose of. Boats allow you to move across water (just like in real life!
    Sorry to anybody who doesn't know what a boat is). As with horses, you
    must tell the program the X and Y coordinates and the town the boat will
    be in.
12) Set Variable Town Entry: If anybody has ever played Exile I, they know
    what I'm talking about. You would go to Fort Remote when it was hustling
    and bustling, all fine and dandy. Then, one day, it was destroyed. When
    you entered the town, it was different. It had rubble all over the place
    and everything. That's what this does. If a stuff-done flag (one you tell
    the game, more about them later) was set to one, you enter a specified
    town instead of a different specified town.
13) Set Scenario Event Timers: Using this tool, you can have something happen
    every so often. The first number (number of moves, I think) is where you
    specify how many times you move before the event happens (keep in mind
    that time goes by faster outdoors). The second number is where you list
    what happens. This is a scenario special node number that will happen no
    matter where you are. The game recommends, and I agree, not to have these
    happen too often as it does slow down the game. These are useful for
    things like regrowing alchemy ingredients and scenarios with a time limit.
14) Edit Item Placement Shortcuts: When you start creating towns, you will
    find that placing the basic dungeon loot can become very long and
    annoying. That's what this feature is for. You set what items are to
    appear on what terrain number and what the percentage chance of them
    appearing is. I recommend using this, of course, but not to have too
    many items or have too high of a percent chance (if you're over five,
    that's probably too much). This is a good way to decide what items should
    be in treasure chests, though.
15) Delete Last Town: Deletes the highest numbered town in your scenario (ex:
    you have towns numbered 0-43. Deletes town number 43). I think it would be
    better if you could delete any town you want, not just the last one.
16) Write Data To Text File: Creates a text file (called "scenario data") that
    lists the names of your terrains, monsters, and items. I usually do not
    bother with this at all.
17) Do Full Text Dump: Writes every single word in your scenario to a text
    file (called "scenario text"). You can then go through the file to find
    errors in things like spelling, grammar, or information. I recommend
    running this document under  a spellchecker to correct your scenario's
    spelling mistakes.

The "Outdoor" Menu
1) Outdoor Details: When you select this option, a box appears where you are
   to type in a basic description on an area (ex: "Near Erotu City", or
   something like that). This appears at the bottom of the screen when people
   play your scenario.
2) Outdoor Wandering Monsters: Don't get Wandering Monsters confused with
   Special Encounters, as the dialog box that comes up looks nearly identical.
   Anyways, Wandering Monsters are the monsters that appear on their own every
   so often when you're outdoors. These are the basic fights that occur. The
   window gives you the choice of adding people who will fight on your side,
   should you want it. The number ranges (ex: "15-30", [the monster's name
   here]) refer to how many will appear. So if you put "Soldier" next to the
   above example, a number between 15 and 30 would be chosen and that's how
   many soldiers you'd have to fight. The game also provides several other
   options: "Monster's Can't Flee Party" means that a monster group will never
   flee your party because you are too strong. "Encounter Is Forced" means (I
   believe) that right when the monsters are spawned, you will fight them. You
   can also set special nodes to be called when your party wins, flees, and
   when the encounter begins. You can use these to say things like, "After
   killing off all of the slith invaders, you find a nice sword." and then
   give the party a sword. You can also set a stuff-done flag (more about
   these later) that, when set to or above 1, causes the encounter to become
   non-existent. This is handy when, say, you fought your way deep into Nephil
   lands, killed their king, and all of the other Nephils fled. That way, it
   shows that they fled because you won't have to fight them anymore. In
   conclusion, I want to let you know that there are four encounter slots
   (0-3). Just remember that.
3) Outdoor Special Encounters: Special Encounters occur only when you do
   something. An example is this: "You walk into an ominous crypt, only to be
   ambushed by undead." Suddenly, a bunch of undead appear right next to your
   party that you're gonna have to fight. The dialog window is the same as
   above. I just want to say a few things: I recommend always having "Monsters
   Can't Flee Party" set. Otherwise, your encounter loses its flavor. You also
   shouldn't set a stuff-done flag unless you have good reason. Again, you
   still have four encounter choices.
4) Frill Up Terrain: Adds frills to the two basic terrain types (cave floor
   and grass). Random parts of grass will gain flowers, random parts of cave
   floor will gain mushrooms. Select multiple time to show that the land is
   very verdant and prosperous.
5) Remove Terrain Frills: Removes the frills you set in the above. All of
   them.
6) Edit Area Descriptions: You can make area description rectangles (see
   Constructing Towns & Outdoors). Here is where you edit/delete the text if
   you messed up or changed your mind regarding it.
7) Set Starting Location: For some reason, when you leave a town for the first
   time in your scenario, the game has to put you in this spot. You can only
   have one of these.
8) Edit Special Nodes: Allows you to edit the 60 (0-59) special nodes in the
   selected outdoor section.
9) Edit Outdoor Text: Allows you to edit the outdoor text messages (see
   Outdoor Text Messages later on in this section).

The "Town" Menu
1) Town Details: Brings up a dialog box where you set the following things
   about your town: "Town Name": Every town needs one. Don't just stick with
   "Large Town" or whatever. "Day When Town Dies": When you reach this day in
   your scenario, the town will become abandoned. If -1, town will not be
   abandoned on a certain day. "Event Which Prevents Town Death": If there is
   a number here, when this event occurs (see General Special Nodes), the town
   will not be abandoned on the above date. "Lighting": How well lit the town
   is. Fully light means that it will always be bright and you can see
   everything. Dark (usually used on caves) means that you will have to use a
   light source (spell, torches, etc) to fully see the town. Very Dark means
   the same thing, just that it will get dark faster. Totally Dark means that
   it will always be dark, and there's nothing you can do about it. "Maximum
   Number of Monsters": When you've killed this many monsters in the town, all
   monsters (friendly or hostile) will leave for good and the town will be
   abandoned. "Difficulty": Supposed to set the difficulty of traps and doors
   and how fast wandering monsters appear, but I tend to see no difference. I
   do know one thing, though. This number affects the sound that is played
   when you enter a town. If 0 or 1, it is probably a friendly town because of
   the noise.
2) Town Wandering Monsters: Every so often, the monster numbers (the numbers
   refer to the monster, of course) will appear at the space you select (see
   Constructing Towns and Outdoors). If it is set to "empty", no monster will
   appear in that category.
3) Set Town Boundaries: You are to set the upper-left and lower-right corner
   of the town. When the white line it draws is crossed by your party in a
   scenario, they leave the town.
4) Frill Up Terrain: Does the same thing as in the outdoors.
5) Remove Terrain Frills: See Above
6) Edit Area Descriptions: See Above
7) Add Random Items: If you have set items to appear on a terrain number (See
   "Set Item Placement Shortcuts" in the scenario menu), they will then be
   randomly generated.
8) Set All Items Not Property: When this option is selected, all items you
   have placed in a town become nobody's property (party doesn't have to steal
   them)
9) Clear All Items: All items you have placed in a town are removed.
10) Edit Special Nodes: Change any of a town's 100 special nodes by clicking
    on it.
11) Edit Town Text: Edit a town's text messages (See "Town Text Messages"
    later on in this section).
12) Advanced Town Details: Brings up a dialog box that requests certain
    information. If you set a number into the "Exit Town Specials", a town
    special node will be called when you leave the town in the specified
    direction. "Town Entry" nodes are called when you enter the town when it's
    alive and kickin' and when you come when it's been abandoned. "Exit Town
    Locations" are where your party is placed when they try to leave the town
    in a certain direction. An example of this is the School of Magery in the
    scenario, Valley of Dying Things. If the button "Town Hidden" is pressed,
    that town is hidden and cannot be entered until a special node reveals it.
    An example of this is the two side exits to the School of Magery in Valley
    of Dying Things.
13) Set Town Event Timers: Every so often, you can have a town special node be
    called. Box works similar to the one in the "Scenario" menu.

"Help" Menu
This menu just provides more information on testing, distributing, and getting
started on a scenario. It also provides info about a scenario contest held
about 5 years ago.

"'I1'-'I5'" Menus
These menus list all of the items in your scenario. In towns, by selecting an
item from these menus, you can place it in the town by clicking on the desired
location.

"'M1'-'M4'" Menus
Works the same as the above, only with monsters instead of items.

Main Menu
OK, this isn't a menu. But when you first start editing a scenario, right from
when you loaded it, these are the options given to you directly:
1) Edit Terrain Types: Allows you to edit the different terrains in your
   scenario.
2) Edit Monsters: Allows you to edit the different monsters in your scenario.
3) Edit Items: Allows you to edit the different items in your scenario.
4,5) Create New Town, Edit Scenario Text: Does the same things as the
   respective options in the Scenario menu.
6) Edit Special Items: Allows you to edit the 50 special items in your
   scenario. Brings up a dialog box that asks for the item's name, a
   description, if the item is with the party from when they start a scenario,
   if it can be used, and, if the item can be used, what scenario special node
   is to be called when it is used.
7) Load New Section: If you have your work saved in the current outdoor
   section, you can load another one to edit.
8) Edit Outdoor Terrain: Puts you in the terrain-editing window for the 
   outdoor section you have selected.
9) Load Another Town: Same as Load New Section, only with towns.
10) Edit Town Terrain: See "Edit Outdoor Terrain", but this time it is for
    towns, not outdoor sections.
11) Edit Town Dialogue: Can edit/create the personalities and their responses
    for the 10 personalities the game gives you per town.

And, finally, we have finished with the menus.

Now, here is the list of all of the sounds and the numbers of each. Note that
I have copied the wording from the document that comes with the editor.

0: High Beep
1: Low Beep
2: Sword Swish
3: Cough
4: Bless Noise
5: Explosion
6: Chewing
7: "Cool"
8: Bubbles
9: Lock click
10: Teleportation sound
11: 3 Fast Booms
12: Longbow
13: Party death sound
14: Thrown Missile
15: Cash Register
16: Town entry
17: Short cough
18: Drawing sword
19: Sword swish
20: Yawn
21: PC Dying
22: Opening Music (You can't call this sound)
23: Start Outdoor Combat
24: Cast Priest Spell
25: Cast Mage Spell
26: Gremlin Laugh
27: Monster dying 1
28: Waterfall29: Monster dying 2
30: Monster dying 3
31: Monster dying 4
32: getting hit 1
33: getting hit 2
34: Button press 135: Spider "Hi"
36: Spider "Hello"
37: Button press 2
38: Coins on counter
39: Coins jiggling
40: "Thank you"
41: "Darn"
42: "Dang"
43: Stoning noise
44: Monster Breathe
45: "On who?"
46: growl
47: Walk - gravel
48: Boat move
49: Step 1
50: Step 2
51: Magic noise 1
52: Magic noise 2
53: Magic noise 3
54: Scream
55: Walk - squish
56: Swallow
57: Special Noise
58: Open door
59: Close door
60: Small boom
61: Summoning
62: "Mmmmmmm"
63: "Ow"
64: Spit
65: Draining Noise
66: Disease
67: "Huh?"
68: Identify noise
69: Sword 1
70: Sword 2
71: Sword 3
72: Club
73: Fire Impact
74: Fireball Swoosh
75: Cold Damage
76: Chirp 1
77: Chirp 2
78: Drip 1
79: Drip 2
80: Bark
81: Meow
82: Baa
83: Moo
84: Neigh
85: Gallop
86: Attack - Claw
87: Attack - Bite
88: Attack - Slime
89: Attack - Zap
90: Paralyze
91: Chirp 3
92: Chicken
93: Sheathe sword
94: Lever
95: Enter Dungeon96: Sleep
97: Damage - "Uh"
98: Missile hit

Here are the numbers for all of the Mage Spells that are Level 4+.
0: Poison
1: Ice Bolt
2: Slow Group
3: Magic Map
4: Capture Soul
5: Simulacrum
6: Venom Arrows
7: Wall of Ice
8: Stealth
9: Major Haste
10: Firestorm
11: Dispel Barrier
12: Fire Barrier
13: Summoning
14: Shockstorm
15: Spray Fields
16: Major Poison
17: Group Fear
18: Kill
19: Paralyze
20: Daemon
21: Antimagic Cloud
22: Mindduel
23: Flight
24: Shockwave
25: Major Blessing
26: Mass Paralysis
27: Protection
28: Major Summoning
29: Force Barrier
30: Quickfire
31: Death Arrows

Here are the numbers for all of the Priest Spells that are Level 4+.

0: Cure Party Poison
1: Curse All
2: Dispel Undead
3: Remove Curse
4: Sticks to Snakes
5: Martyr's Shield
6: Cleanse
7: Firewalk
8: Bless Party
9: Major Heal
10: Raise Dead
11: Flamestrike
12: Mass Sanctuary
13: Summon Host
14: Shatter
15: Dispel Fields
16: Heal All
17: Revive
18: Hyperactivity
19: Destone
20: Summon Guardian
21: Mass Charm
22: Protective Circle
23: Pestilence
24: Revive All
25: Ravage Spirit
26: Resurrect
27: Divine Thud
28: Avatar
29: Wall of Blades
30: Word of Recall
31: Major Cleansing

Here are all 20 alchemy recipes and their corresponding number.
0: Weak Curing
1: Weak Healing
2: Weak Poison
3: Weak Speed
4: Medium Poison
5: Medium Healing
6: Strong Curing
7: Medium Speed
8: Graymold Salve
9: Weak Power
10: Potion of Clarity
11: Strong Poison
12: Strong Healing
13: Killer Poison
14: Resurrection Balm
15: Medium Power
16: Knowledge Brew
17: Strong Strength
18: Bliss
19: Strong Power

Here are the numbers for all of the statistics. A statistic is your PC's stat
(strength, bashing, luck, etc.)

0: Strength
1: Dexterity
2: Intelligence
3: Edged
4: Bashing
5: Pole
6: Missile
7: Bow
8: Defense
9: Mage Spells
10: Priest Spells
11: Mage Lore
12: Alchemy
13: Item Lore
14: Disarm Traps
15: Lockpick
16: Assassination
17: Poison
18: Luck

Here are all of the Scenario Text Messages. Info came from Blades Scenario
Editor Docs.
0: Name of Scenario
1,2: Descriptive text and credits (each max. 60 characters long)
3: Contact Information
4-9: Intro Message (when scenario is started)
10-59: Currently unused
60-159: Name and description of 50 special items (60 is name of special item
        0, 61 is description of special item 0, 62 is name of special item 1,
        and so on)
160-259: The 100 text messages for the scenario special nodes. The messages
         that begin with an * are unused special messages.

Here are all of the Town Text Messages. Info came from Blades Scenario Editor
Docs.
0: Name of Town
1-16: Descriptions of area rectangles
17-19: Private comments on the town (not used in scenario)
20-119: The 100 text messages for the town section special nodes
120:134: The text for the area's signs (string 120 is for sign 0)

Here are all of the Outdoor Text Messages. Info came from Blades Scenario
Editor Docs.
0: Name of area
1-8: Descriptions of area rectangles
9: A private comment on the section (not used in scenario)
10-99: the 90 text messages for the outdoor section special nodes.
100-107: The text for the area's signs (string 100 is for sign 0).

Would you know it? It looks like we've finally finished with the overview.
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Before reading further, test out the Scenario Editor for a little while. I
promise you that you won't regret it.
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1. Help Files                                                             8226
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Within this section is a bunch of information pertaining to individual parts
of the Scenario Editor.

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|a) Stuff-Done Flags| 9796 |
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What are Stuff-Done Flags?
If you have played any of the games of the Exile trilogy, you might remember
things like the following happening:
1. You walked into a dungeon and killed the leader of the dungeon. You later
   returned to the same dungeon and found that that leader was not there
   again.
2. You walked into a room and a message appeared. You walked into the same
   room again, but no message appeared.
So, how did these things happen only once?
Well, with stuff-done flags, of course. A stuff-done flag (from now on called
a SDF for short) is something that the game is supposed to remember in
particular about your scenario.

This next bit is kind of hard to explain, so you will just have to bear with
me.

In the computer's mind, there is a grid of all of the possible SDFs. This grid
contains 10 columns (it is ten units wide. The numbering starts at zero, so it
goes from 0-9. This is part A, or X, if you prefer, of a SDF) and has 300 rows
(it is three hundred units tall. The numbering starts at zero, so it goes from
0-299. This is part B, or Y, if you prefer, of a SDF). So, in other words, an
SDF is a coordinate pair. (<-told you it was confusing)

Now, each SDF has a value, from 0-250. The value is what you use to tell the
game if something has been done and doesn't need to be done again. Here is an
example:

You want someone in the game to reward you if you killed an evil Banshee, so
you use an SDF. First, you decide that the SDF will be (x3, y16). Then, when
the Banshee is killed, you set a value to it. Let's say you set it to 1. Then,
in the dialogue, you make the game check if that value is 1 or higher (more
about checking SDFs later). If so, you receive your reward and a message
unlike if you hadn't killed the Banshee (because the SDF would still be one).

Now, here are three common values of SDFs and their common uses in BoE:
0: All SDFs start as this by default. Zero usually means that you have not yet
   done the task, or that something has not occurred. Some circumstances
   change this, but that is very rare.
1: Usually means that something has been done, but the SDF can still be called
   upon.
250: Means that the flag is done. Used mainly for one-time things like dialog
   boxes and text messages (more about this later).

One thing to know is that no scenario can be proper and fun without the use of
at least 30 SDFs, and no scenario can be great without using at least 60 SDFs.
For this reason, it is important to take notes on which SDFs you have used and
which ones are free as to prevent the shared use of a SDF which could make th
game unwinnable.


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|b) Special Nodes| 1877 | 
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Oh boy. This section is long. In fact, it is probably longer than any other
section of the FAQ. I mean, seriously, this could stand as its own FAQ. So,
you should get ready for a lot of reading. If you are looking for a specific
thing, I recommend that you search for it.


If there is one thing in the scenario editor you must master, it is the use of
special nodes.
No one thing is more crucial to the running of a scenario. You might think
that Stuff-Done Flags are more crucial, but how would you set any of those
flags without special nodes? My point exactly.

Anyways, special nodes are the way you get the game to do this or that. As I
said, it is crucial to master the use of Special Nodes.

Alas, I cannot teach you to be a master of special nodes. Only trial, error,
and playing other scenarios can make you that. But I can put on that path. I
will do this by describing every single different special node in the game. I
will give examples of when it might be used.
But still, I recommend that you make a test scenario and try out the special
nodes there. It will give you a better feel for what special node chains work
best.
If you are a little bit confused by my description, I advise that you check
the Scenario Editor documentation. There is a listing of the special nodes
there as well.
Here is how I describe each special node:

Name: <-the name of the special node
Description: <-a description of what the node really does
Uses: <-an example of when you might use this node

So, let's begin, shall we?
Oh, and, by the way, the nodes are sorted by type.

------>General<--------
Name: No Special
Description: This does nothing. However, if there is a node number in the Jump 
  To box, then that node is called.
Uses: When you mess up in the special node chain and can't start over. Just
  make all of the bad nodes this type.

Name: Set Flag
Description: Sets the specified stuff-done flag to the specified value.
Uses: A simple way to mark that something has happened. Let's say that Jim
  sells you a club for 100 gold, and you only want him to sell it once. You
  mark that it has been bought by using this node.

Name: Increment Flag
Description: Changes the value of a Stuff-Done flag the desired amount.
Uses: Let's say that the party has to find a sword, a crystal, and a shield to
  reach a certain point in the game. The order in which the party gets these
  items doesn't matter. So you increment the selected stuff-done flag by one
  every time the party gets one of the three items. Then have a special node
  checking if the flag is at the value of "3", and, if it is, the party can
  advance in your scenario.

Name: Display Message
Description: Brings up a dialog box containing either one or two messages.
Uses: This is your simple way of giving text to the party. Use this when you
  want the party to know something or are describing something. This node will
  be used quite a lot in your scenario.

Name: Secret Passage
Description: I believe that I read somewhere that this has to be the first
  node in a chain, but I'm not sure....Anyways, this node only does something
  when the party steps on it. What it does, though, is allow the party to step
  on that space, even if they are not normally allowed to do it (for example,
  the party can walk through solid walls)
Uses: When there is a terrain that the party is able to walk through.

Name: Display Small Message
Description: Places the selected message in the lower-right corner of the
  screen (where text is displayed).
Uses: Seeing as there is no notification of the message being received, the
  only way the party will even know about it is if they happen to look down
  there. Use this node only when the text that is displayed is entirely
  optional as to whether or not the scenario player uses it.

Name: Flip Flag
Description: If the stuff-done flag that you specify has a value of 0 or 1, it
  is switched to 1 or 0 (respectively).
Uses: I use this as a simple way of setting a stuff-done flag to zero. Other
  than that, I have used this flag for nothing else. I believe that you could
  probably use this for alchemy ingredients, though.....

Name: Out Block
Description: Ends the special node chain if the party is outdoors.
Uses: Let's say that you have a special item whose effect should only work in
  a town. Use this node in the beginning of the chain to make sure that the
  special item only works in towns.

Name: Town Block
Description: Ends the special node chain if the party is in a town.
Uses: Going with the above example, let's say that you have a special item
  whose effect should only work outdoors. Use this node in the beginning of
  the chain to make sure that the special item only works outdoors.

Name: Combat Block
Description: Ends the special node chain if the party is in combat mode.
Uses: Let's say that, for example, in your town, you have a bunch of hostile
  nephil mages blast through a wall. When the party steps on the space where
  the wall used to be, it displays a message. This message shouldn't be
  displayed if the party is in combat, so you should use a combat block to
  prevent this from happening.

Name: Looking Block
Description: Just like all of the other blocks, this node ends the special
  chain if the party looks at the space with the node.
Uses: When the node is on the border of a blocked off area and its content is
  based on the fact that the party has unlocked this area.

Name: Can't Enter
Description: The party cannot enter the space that this node is used on. Even
  if the party repeatedly tries to step on this space, it will do nothing for
  them.
Uses: To block off certain parts of your map from the party. Also useful when
  the party can't enter certain areas unless they have done something.

Name: Change Time
Description: Adds to the number of ticks in your scenario. "Ticks" are the way
  that time is measured. One is added for every step you take in a town, and
  ten are added for every step you take outdoors. About 3,000 ticks equals one
  day.
Uses: When the party triggers a special node that is supposed to take some
  time. Like, for example, "you awake three days later". Then follow up that
  message with one of these nodes, set to nine thousand ticks.

Name: Start General Timer
Description: Starts a timer that decreases by one for every move the party
  takes. When the timer runs out, a SCENARIO special is called. If you do not
  want a scenario special called, use the town special node with a similar
  name.
Uses: When the party only has a limited time to do something.

Name: Play a Sound
Description: Plays one of Blades of Exiles sounds. See the "Overview" section
  for a listing of each sound's number.
Uses: When you do something that should call a sound, use this node.

Name: Change Horse Possession
Description: Changes the possession of the horse number that you specify. If
  the horse belonged to the party, you can set it to not be the party's
  property. If it did not belong to the party, you can set it to be the
  party's property.
Uses: Shouldn't this be obvious? You use this node when you want to set
  whether or not the party owns a specific horse.

Name: Change Boat Possession
Description: Changes the possession of the boat number that you specify. If
  the boat belonged to the party, you can set it to not be the party's
  property. If it did not belong to the party, you can set it to be the
  party's property.
Uses: Shouldn't this be obvious? You use this node when you want to set
  whether or not the party owns a specific boat.

Name: Show/Hide Town
Description: If the town number you specify is hidden to the party, then that
  town is now revealed and the party can now enter it. If that town was
  revealed, it is now hidden.
Uses: When you want to reveal the location of a town without using dialogue
  (there is a dialogue option that reveals towns, too)

Name: Major Event Has Occurred
Description: Each scenario has ten major events. They are used often, like in
  determining when monsters appear/disappear, when towns are abandoned, and in
  many more places. They are always referred to "events". As I said, you have
  ten. Use this node to mark if one has happened.
Uses: If killing the evil assassin is a major event, use this node to mark if
  it has happened.

Name: Forced Give
Description: The selected item is placed in the party's inventory, no matter
  if it is too heavy for them. I do not believe that this node works if the
  entire inventory is filled.
Uses: When the party finds an item outdoors and you give it to them by using
  nodes. This all but guarantees that the party receives the item.

Name: Buy Items of Type
Description: The party is able to purchase all items of the set special class.
Uses: When, for example, all helmets have a special class of "2". You want the
  party to be able to buy all helmets, so you use this node and have the party
  by all items with a special class of 2.

Name: Call Global Special
Description: *Only works in Town or Outdoor Special Nodes* This node type
  calls a scenario special node that you specify the number of.
Uses: If there is some big long scenario special node chain that you need the
  exact same thing for, just use this node to avoid recreating it.

Name: Set Many Flags
Description: Sets all flags with the same part A to the value that you set.
Uses: When you have a set of stuff-done flags with the same A that all need to
  be set to a certain value (I use this node for alchemy ingredients)

Name: Copy Flag
Description: The value of a specified stuff-done flag becomes the same as a
  different stuff-done flag.
Uses: When two flags are related in their use, and you just want to save time
  by using this node.

Name: Ritual of Sanct. Block
Description: The special node chain ends. The only way for it to continue is
  if the party casts "Ritual of Sanctification" on the space.
Uses: When the party has a mission to cast Ritual of Sanctification on a
  certain space.

Name: Have a Rest
Description: The party takes a rest and the set amount of health and spell
  points are restored.
Uses: When the party is forced to rest in your scenario, like when they walk
  into a room with lots of beds and choose to rest.

Name: Wandering will fight
Description: You can set if the wandering monsters will attack the party or
  not.
Uses: When the outdoor wandering monsters only attack the party if they have
  done a certain deed.

Name: End Scenario
Description: Pretty straight-forward. This ends the scenario, and the only way
  for a party to re-enter it is to start over or load a save file.
Uses: This is the node to call when the party beats your scenario. At no other
  time should it be called (except in special circumstances).

---------->One-Shot<----------
*When nodes of this type are given a stuff-done flag, then this node will only
 occur once because the stuff-done flag is set to 250. If no stuff-done flag
 is given, this node can occur over and over again.*

Name: Give Item
Description: An item is given to the first character in the party with room to
  carry it. You can also give the party gold or food.
Uses: When you give the party an item in your scenario.

Name: Give Special Item
Description: Gives the party the selected special item.
Uses: When you want the party to get a special item, and only once should they
  get it. For example, the party finds a key on the ground outdoors, and they
  take it with them as a special item.

Name: One-Time do Nothing
Description: Identical to "No Special", but with one difference: This node
  only does something if the stuff-done flags value is not at 250, so the Jump
  To: Value is done only once.
Uses: This is how you make other one-time encounters in your scenario that are
  not listed in the One-Shot section.

Name: One-Time and Set
Description: I'm sorry, but I have no idea what the difference between this
  and the above node is. Please tell me if you know.
Uses: ?

Name: One-Time Text Message
Description: Like a "Display Message" node, but it can only be called once.
Uses: When a text message should only be displayed once, like with room
  descriptions.

Name: Display Dialog (dialog pic)
Description: Displays many text messages, and this node also can contain
  several buttons, each of which can call different special nodes. Also, a
  Dialog picture is displayed along with the text.
Uses: You can use these nodes for situations where the party is given choices.
  These are also a useful way of displaying a lot of text.

Name: Display Dialog (terrain pic)
Description: Displays many text messages, and this node also can contain
  several buttons, each of which can call different special nodes. Also, a
  Terrain picture is displayed along with the text.
Uses: You can use these nodes for situations where the party is given choices.
  These are also a useful way of displaying a lot of text.

Name: Display Dialog (monster pic)
Description: Displays many text messages, and this node also can contain
  several buttons, each of which can call different special nodes. Also, a
  Monster's picture is displayed along with the text.
Uses: You can use these nodes for situations where the party is given choices.
  These are also a useful way of displaying a lot of text.

Name: Give Item (dialog pic)
Description: Like the "Display Dialog" nodes, this one displays multiple text
  messages, can contain several buttons, and shows a Dialog picture. In
  addition, though, it also gives the party an item.
Uses: When you want to give the party an item along with display a lot of
  text.

Name: Give Item (terrain pic)
Description: The same as the above, but with a terrain picture instead of a
  dialog picture.
Uses: See above.

Name: Give Item (monster pic)
Description: The same as the above two, but with a monster's picture instead
  of a dialog or a terrain picture.
Uses: See the above two.

Name: One-Time Place Outdoor Enc.
Description: Remember how I said that each outdoor section can have several
  special encounters, which only appear when called with special nodes? This
  is how you spawn one of those encounters.
Uses: When you want an outdoor special encounter monster group to appear and
  hunt the party down.

Name: One-Time Place Town Enc.
Description: Also, do you remember how I said how monsters in towns can belong
  to special encounter groups, and that they will only appear when you use a
  special node placing their special encounter group? This is how you do it.
Uses: Did I just say that in "Description"? My bad....

Name: Trap
Description: This space is a trap. You can set the effects of the trap, and
  how hard it is to disarm. This is a common and useful special node.
Uses: When you have put a trap on a treasure chest and the party has to disarm
  it to get the goods inside of it.

------->Affect PC<--------
Name: Select a PC
Description: The party selects a particular PC. Everything else in the special 
  node chain only affects that one PC.
Uses: When, for example, the party has to choose which one of its members will
  learn the particular mage spell.

Name: Do Damage
Description: The entire party is damaged. You can set the amount and type of
  damage to be done.
Uses: An effective and useful way of doing damage to the party.

Name: Affect Health
Description: You can increase/decrease each PCs health. Note that it effects
  the CURRENT health, not the maximum health.
Uses: This is a useful way of restoring health to a PC. It is also another
  method of doing damage to a PC.

Name: Affect Spell Points
Description: You can increase/decrease each PCs spell points. Note that it
  effects the CURRENT spell points, not the maximum spell points.
Uses: A way of restoring a PC's spell points. Also a way of removing a PC's
  spell points.

Name: Affect Experience
Description: Adds/Decreases the set amount of experience from the party.
Uses: As a reward for completing a mission. Make sure not to give out too much
  experience, and also make sure not to use this node type too often.

Name: Affect Skill Points
Description: Adds/Decreases the set amount of skill points from each member of
  the party.
Uses: A way of rewarding party members. This node type is not used often.

Name: Kill/Raise Dead
Description: Kills/Resurrects the party.
Uses: This is the node to use when the entire party dies, one way or another.
  An example of when to use this is when the party is robbing the nation's
  treasury. An explosion goes off and burns the party to dust. You then set
  this node to kill, and the party dies. However, you should usually run the
  node twice in case any members of the party have items that are lifesaving.

Name: Affect Poison
Description: Poisons/Removes the poison on the party.
Uses: When, just for example, the party is walking in an area and a poisonous
  gas fills the room and poisons the entire party.

Name: Affect Slow/Haste
Description: You can slow or haste the entire party.
Uses: Useful when the party is about to enter a large combat, and, still
  running off of an example, you step across some runes and the party is
  slowed (in case you were wondering, that "example" is off of the scenario "A
  Mild Rebellion").

Name: Affect Invulnerability
Description: Affects whether the PCs are invulnerable or not.
Uses: Here's an example I thought up: The party is walking into a massive
  combat against some demon. Then, a spiritual guardian of the party comes in
  and makes them temporarily invincible for a while. This node type isn't used
  very much.

Name: Affect Magic Resistance
Description: Affects whether magic can hurt PCs or not.
Uses: You can use a node of this type and link it to a special item that makes
  the party temporarily resistant to magic.

Name: Affect Webs
Description: Affects the amount of webbing on each PC in the party.
Uses: Some scenarios have used this node in dungeons where there are lots of
  opportunities to get webbed. They have a "Cleansing Area", where the party
  press a button or pulls a lever and they are cleansed of all webs.

Name: Affect Disease
Description: Affects whether or not PCs are diseased.
Uses: This can be used as a defense mechanism (like with the "Affect Poison"
  node), or like with the "Affect Webs" node (which would be an example of
  curing the disease).

Name: Affect Sanctuary
Description: Affects whether or not PCs are invisible.
Uses: Here is one way that I have used this node: The party has just defeated
  a powerful demon, and now they must escape the crumbling fortress. A
  guardian angel comes down and makes the entire party invisible (using this
  node).

Name: Affect Curse/Bless
Description: Use this node to curse or to bless the party.
Uses: Used almost exactly as the "Affect Slow/Haste" node. However, there are
  times that this node is very preferable to that node.

Name: Affect Dumbfounding
Description: Affects the amount of dumbfounding in the party (you can remove
  or add dumbfounding).
Uses: Usually used as a defense mechanism (as with the "Affect Disease" and
  "Affect Poison" nodes) or as a type of cleansing thing (like having a
  special item that calls this node when used).

Name: Affect Sleep
Description: Affects whether or not PCs are asleep.
Uses: Can be used similar to cursing/slowing the party. This node is used
  generally like all others of this type.

Name: Affect Paralysis
Description: Affects whether or not PCs are paralyzed.
Uses: Pretty much like "Affect Sleep", but this paralyzes instead of putting
  to sleep. This is like a step-up on the intensity scale from "Affect Sleep".

Name: Affect Statistic
Description: Affects any of the parties statistics ("statistics" are like
  Dexterity, Strength, Mage Spells, Item Lore, etc.)
Uses: What it says in the Editor documentation is pretty true: Don't use this
  node too much, and don't take away too much from party stats. You should
  avoid using these nodes more than five times in your scenario (unless the
  party has to pay for improvement) when improving PCs, and you should avoid
  using the nodes more than six times when taking away from PCs stats.

Name: Give Mage Spell
Description: Gives the selected Mage Spell to the party.
Uses: This is a useful node, but don't use it too often. This is how you give
  spells to the party for free. Let's say that they search a bookshelf and
  find a book that teaches them a spell. You use this node to give them that
  spell.

Name: Give Priest Spell
Description: Gives the selected Priest Spell to the party.
Uses: The same uses as "Give Mage Spell" (if you don't get the hint, that
  means to look at the uses of "Give Mage Spell" :D).

Name: Affect Gold
Description: Affects how much gold the party has.
Uses: When things in your scenario give/take away gold, mainly as a
  reward/checkpoint (like some statues jump out and demand your gold for you
  to pass).

Name: Affect Food
Description: Affects how much food the party has.
Uses: Pretty much the same uses as "Affect Gold". Use this either as a way of
  rewarding the party or as a way of taking things from the party.

Name: Affect Alchemy
Description: Gives the party an alchemy recipe that you specify.
Uses: As with "Give Mage Spell", this is useful when, say, the party reads a
  book in a library and it teaches them how to make a specific potion.

Name: Affect Stealth
Description: Affects whether or not the party is in stealth mode.
Uses: Here is one way that I have used this node: The party enters a large
  building, and a message pops up saying that there are guards all around, and
  that the party had better be sneaky. As you walk into the room, this node is
  called making the party enter stealth mode.

Name: Affect Firewalk
Description: Affects whether or not the party is in firewalking mode.
Uses: For example, let's say that you have a demon who lives in a huge fort.
  This fort just so conveniently happens to be across a huge path of lava, and
  the only way to get to the demon's fort is to cross the burning hot lava.
  So, most likely, the party will cast "Firewalk" and start walking across the
  lava. But, when they get about halfway, the demon appears and removes their
  firewalking status (by using this node). Of course, you would have to
  repeatedly use this node as the party could just cast "Firewalk" again.

Name: Affect Flying
Description: Affects whether or not the party is flying through the air.
Uses: I don't think I ever really use this node, so there isn't really that
  much I can say about it. Sorry. If you ever use this node, let me know how.

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Name: Stuff Done Flag?
Description: If the selected stuff-done flag is at a certain value or higher,
  the selected special node is called. If it is less that another value, a
  different special node is called. If it is between the two values, then yet
  another node is called.
Uses: This is the node you use to check stuff-done flags that end up having
  multiple values (like when its value is zero, the party hasn't started the
  mission. When its value is one, the party has started the mission. When the
  value is two, the party has finished the mission). If you only give a
  stuff-done flag two values (like zero for not being done and one for being
  done), than you should use the "Stuff-Done Equal?" node instead of this one.

Name: Town Number?
Description: If the party is in the specified town, then the node that you
  choose is called.
Uses: The only node type that uses this is scenario special nodes. Even then,
  it is generally only used for items that work in certain towns only.

Name: Random Number?
Description: The game generates a random number between 1 and 100. If it is
  above the number you set, a certain special is called. If it is below the
  number that you set, a different special is called.
Uses: This is how you have the game decide randomly whether or not an even
  occurs. This is a useful node, as there are no other way of randomly
  determining outcomes.

Name: Have Special Item?
Description: If the party has a certain special item, a node is called. If
  they do not have the special item, a different node is called.
Uses: This is the node to use when you want to check whether or not the party
  has a certain special item before they can do a certain thing. For example,
  the party cannot enter the capitol city unless they have a pass (the pass is
  a special item). You then use this node to check whether or not the party
  has the pass when they enter the town.

Name: Stuff-Done Compare?
Description: Compares the values of two different stuff-done flag. The node
  that is called depends on he outcome of the node.
Uses: To be honest, I didn't even know what this node did until I tried it out
  to type it here. In other words, that means that I never use it, and thus
  don't know why it exists. Let me know if you have a use for it.

Name: Terrain this type? (town)
Description: If the specified space in the town that you are in is the terrain
  that you select, the set special node is called.
Uses: For example, the party pulls a lever. The lever reveals a secret passage
  (changing the terrain on the space). You then use this node to check if the
  terrain has changed. If it has, then you display a message telling that it
  would be pointless to pull the lever again.

Name: Terrain this type? (out)
Description: The same as the above, but the terrain that is checked is
  outdoors.
Uses: Rarely do I check the terrain type outdoors. I usually use this to check
  to see if previously-hidden areas have been revealed or not.

Name: Has gold?
Description: If the party has the set amount of gold, then the specified
  special node is called.
Uses: When the party is looking into buying an item of some sort and you need
  the game to first check if the party has enough money to afford it.

Name: Has food?
Description: If the party has enough food, the set special node is called.
Uses: For example, a salesman only sells the party food if they have too
  little. Use this node to check if they have enough food.

Name: Item Class on Space?
Description: If an item with the selected special class is on the space that
  you set, then a certain special node is called. Otherwise, a different
  special node is called.
Uses: The party has to place a unique item, like maybe an amulet, on a certain
  place, like a pedestal, before they can advance in the scenario.

Name: Have Item with Class?
Description: If the party has an item in their inventory with the specified
  special class, then a different node is called.
Uses: To check if any members of the party have a certain item before they can
  go further. For example, a dead man's ghost jumps out and tells the party
  that they can go no further until they have the Sword of Waluba.

Name: Equipped Item with Class?
Description: The party has to have an item with the selected special class
  equipped for a certain node to be called.
Uses: The same as the above example, but the party has to have the Sword of
  Waluba equipped, not just in their inventory.

Name: Has Gold? (+take)
Description: Every single special node with "(+take)" in it does the same
  thing as its counterpart without that addition, but with one difference: It
  takes the gold/food/item that it is checking to see if the party has.
Uses: Use this node type when the party is buying something, like say a unique
  sword, through special nodes instead of the buy screen.

Name: Has Food? (+take)
Description: Every single special node with "(+take)" in it does the same
  thing as its counterpart without that addition, but with one difference: It
  takes the gold/food/item that it is checking to see if the party has.
Uses: For example, a bunch of statues come out and will not let you pass
  unless you give them 2000 food. Use this node to check and take that much
  food from the party, allowing them to pass.

Name: Item Class on Space? (+take)
Description: Every single special node with "(+take)" in it does the same
  thing as its counterpart without that addition, but with one difference: It
  takes the gold/food/item that it is checking to see if the party has.
Uses: The party has to place a certain item on a certain spot, and, when they
  do, that item is also taken away, so the party can never retrieve it.

Name: Have Item W. Class? (+take)
Description: Every single special node with "(+take)" in it does the same
  thing as its counterpart without that addition, but with one difference: It
  takes the gold/food/item that it is checking to see if the party has.
Uses: For example, the party steals a sword from a crypt, but, as they are
  leaving, the tomb's security enchantments make the sword disappear from your
  inventory.

Name: Equip Item W. Class? (+take)
Description: Every single special node with "(+take)" in it does the same
  thing as its counterpart without that addition, but with one difference: It
  takes the gold/food/item that it is checking to see if the party has.
Uses: To take all equipped items with a certain special class. For example, a
  demon does not want the party to fight using powerful items they may have
  found in the scenario. All of these powerful items have the same special
  class. You can say that the demon takes these items by using this node to
  take all items with that one special class.

Name: Day Reached?
Description: If the party has reached a certain day in your scenario, than a
  specified special node is called.
Uses: When, say, the scenario will only tell a party certain information if
  they have been in a certain area for long enough (and since the party starts
  the scenario in that area, the day number reflects how long they have been
  in that area).

Name: Any Barrels?
Description: If there are any barrels in the selected town, then the set
  special node is called instead.
Uses: As a puzzle, the party must push all of the barrels into the water to
  advance.

Name: Any Crates?
Description: If there are any crates in the selected town, then the set
  special node is called instead.
Uses: As a puzzle, the party must push all of the crates into the water to
  advance.

Name: Special Thing Happened?
Description: If an event has occurred before the given day, than a specified
  special node is called.
Uses: For example, the party has to kill the evil mage before day 20. You want
  to check sometimes if the party has killed the mage. So you use this node to
  check that.

Name: Has Cave Lore?
Description: If any living PCs in the party have Cave Lore, then the selected
  special node is called.
Uses: Just so that you know, Cave Lore is to test whether or not the party is
  to know rare information BELOW ground. For example, the party might not know
  that that is graymold they're walking on, because graymold is rare and only
  those skilled in Cave Lore know what it is. So you use this node to check
  it.

Name: Has Woodsman?
Description: If any living PCs in the party have the Woodsman skill, then the
  selected special node is called.
Uses: Just so that you know, Woodsman is to test whether or not the party is
  to know rare information ABOVE ground. For example, the party might not know
  that that is graymold they're walking on, because graymold is rare and only
  skilled Woodsmen usually know what it is. So you can use this node to check
  it.

Name: Has Enough Mage Lore?
Description: If the combined Mage Lore of every living PC in the party is a
  certain amount, than the given special node is called.
Uses: For example, the party reads a book in a library and the book is in
  another language. The party only knows this language because their Mage Lore
  involves it. So use this node to check whether or not the party can read the
  book. You shouldn't set this higher than 20.

Name: Text Response?
Description: The party is given a blank text box, where they type in their
  response. If it is the same as the set SCENARIO (not outdoor or town) text
  message (see the Overview section for the numbers of scenario text
  messages), then a certain special node is called.
Uses: This is how you ask the party riddles and passwords. Remember that this
  node is here, and also remember to check for a scenario special message.

Name: Stuff Done Equal?
Description: If a stuff-done flag has an EXACT value, then the specified
  special node is called.
Uses: When you give one stuff-done flag multiple uses by using multiple
  values, and this node checks to see if you have done an exact deed by
  checking for the exact value.

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Name: Town Hostile
Description: Makes all of the friendly monsters in the town hostile.
Uses: For example, you have just stolen a dragon's treasure, and now all of
  his minions are out to attack you.

Name: Change Terrain
Description: Changes the set space to the set terrain.
Uses: For example, the party pulls a lever that rolls up a portcullis and
  allows them to pass.

Name: Swap Terrain
Description: Switches the terrain of a space from one type to another or back.
Uses: This is generally a more complicated way of using the "Change Terrain"
  node. I personally never really bother to use this node.

Name: Transform Terrain
Description: Changes the selected space to the "Transform To What" value (see
  the section on modifying terrain types for more information).
Uses: Let's say that the "Transform To What" value of a portcullis is the same
  as that of an open portcullis. The party presses a button that opens that
  portcullis. You can use this node on that space to open/close that
  portcullis.

Name: Move Party
Description: If the party is not in combat, then they are moved to the
  selected location within the town.
Uses: For example, the party wants to go see the king. The only way to get
  into the king's chambers is a portal. Use this node on the portal for the
  party to enter the king's chambers.

Name: Hit Space
Description: All monsters on the selected space take damage of the set type
  and amount.
Uses: Use this for just about anything that does damage in your town that does
  not involve traps, monsters, or explosions.

Name: Explosion on Space
Description: Like "Hit Space", but affects a greater area and makes an
  explosion.
Uses: For example, the party tries to pick the lock of a chest, but it fails.
  There is an explosion that badly damages the party.

Name: Lock Space
Description: If the terrain on the selected space is unlocked and has the
  ability to be locked, it will be locked.
Uses: Use this when doors in your town get locked by the party's actions.

Name: Unlock Space
Description: If the terrain on the selected space is locked and has the
  ability to be unlocked, it will be unlocked.
Uses: Use this when doors in your town get unlocked by the party's actions.

Name: Do sfx Burst
Description: There is a fire/electric/teleportation burst on the screen. This
  does nothing else.
Uses: A way of displaying effects in your town, like explosions, and such.

Name: Make Wandering Monster
Description: Places one of the town's wandering monster groups at one of the
  designated arrival points.
Uses: When you want the monsters to spawn a little bit early.

Name: Place a Monster
Description: Places the selected monster on the selected space.
Uses: Used to spawn an individual monster in your town. If there is room in
  the Special Encounter groups for this monster, it is usually better to place
  the monster using one of those nodes instead of this.

Name: Destroy Monster
Description: Destroys all monsters of the selected type.
Uses: To destroy all the monsters of the same kind all at once. Usually, nodes
  of this type are called when the party accomplishes a certain goal, and the
  monsters that are destroyed are hostile to the party.

Name: Destroy All Monsters
Description: Destroys all of the friendly, hostile, or both, types of monsters
  in your town.
Uses: For example, you kill the boss of the town and his minions flee from you
  out of fear.

Name: Generic Lever
Description: A box appears saying that the party has found a lever. They have
  the choice of whether or not to pull it. A different special node is called
  depending on whether or not the party pulls the lever.
Uses: For example, the party has to free a certain prisoner from his cage. If
  they pull the lever, a node is called that changes the terrain, freeing the
  prisoner.

Name: Generic Portal
Description: There is a portal that gives the party the choice of whether to
  leave or to enter. If the party enters the portal, they are taken to the
  selected space within the town.
Uses: The party uses a portal to get to a different place within the town.

Name: Generic Button
Description: Same as "Generic Lever", but the text reflects that of a button
  instead of a lever.
Uses: See what I put for "Generic Lever" instead.

Name: Generic Stairway
Description: Text appears telling the party that they have found a staircase.
  They are given a choice of whether or not to go up/down it.
Uses: The simple staircase format, and, by far, the most common. Almost all
  scenarios use this node when they want the party to move up a story within
  the town or dungeon.

Name: Lever
Description: A more complicated form of "Generic Lever". In this node, you
  choose the text that appears.
Uses: Use this whenever the text that pops up in "Generic Lever" is not what
  you are looking for.

Name: Portal
Description: A more complicated form of "Generic Portal". In this node, you
  choose the text that pops up.
Uses: Use this node whenever the text that appears in "Generic Lever" is not
  quite what you wanted, and you need to be more in-depth.

Name: Stairway
Description: A more complicated form of "Generic Stairway." In this node, you
  can choose the text that pops up. You can also make the party go up the
  staircase, and no message will appear.
Uses: Use this node whenever the text that comes up with "Generic Staircase"
  is not what you were looking for. Also use this in situations where the
  party is forced to go up/down the staircase.

Name: Relocate Outdoors
Description: Puts the party at the selected location in the selected outdoor
  section.
Uses: This is how you move the party great distances throughout the scenario.
  For example, let's say that you have a portal that takes the party to right
  by a faraway town. Use this node to place them in the outdoor location right
  next to the town that you want them to be put into.

Name: Place Item
Description: Places the selected item on the selected space.
Uses: For example, the party pays someone to forge an item for them. You want
  this item to appear on an anvil. So use this node with the X and Y
  coordinates set to that of the anvil.

Name: Split Party
Description: This node splits up the party, and only one PC can go on.
Uses: You should make sure that the party can always be reunited when you use
  this node. But, generally, use this node in situations where you only want
  one PC to enter.

Name: Reunite Party
Description: Reunites a split-up party.
Uses: Always use this node in situations where you split the party up.

Name: Start General Timer
Description: Starts a timer that, when it expires, a town special node is
  called. If the party leaves the town, the timer is ignored and no special
  node will be called.
Uses: When the party must complete certain things within the town in a certain
  amount of time.

Name: Unused
Description: Why are this and the next four nodes even listed in the special
  node choices? Maybe Jeff Vogel messed up a bit.... Who knows.
Uses: NOTHING! This node is useless and to select it would make you look like
  a complete idiot.

Name: Unused
Description: ?
Uses: ?

Name: Unused
Description: ?
Uses: ?

Name: Unused
Description: ?
Uses: ?

Name: Place Fire Wall
Description: Fills the selected area with a wall of fire.
Uses: Obvious. When you want a certain area filled with walls of fire.

Name: Place Force Wall
Description: Fills the selected area with a wall of force.
Uses: Also obvious. When you want a certain area to be filled with force
  walls.

Name: Place Ice Wall
Description: Fills the selected area with a wall of ice.
Uses: Again, obvious. Use this when you want a certain area to be filled with
  ice walls.

Name: Place Blade Wall
Description: Places walls of blades within the selected area.
Uses: For the fourth time, obvious.

Name: Place Stinking Cloud
Description: Places clouds that curses anyone who enters it within the
  selected area.
Uses: When you want a cloud with the power to curse anyone who enters it in a
  certain area.

Name: Place Sleep Field
Description: Places clouds that have a chance of putting to sleep anyone who
  enters it within the selected area.
Uses: When you want a cloud with a chance of putting to sleep anyone who
  enters it in a certain part of your town.

Name: Place Quickfire
Description: Puts quickfire in the selected space.
Uses: Be careful. Remember the properties of quickfire when you use this node.
  Otherwise you will end up making your scenario very frustrating, as the
  party will always die when they reach certain points with nodes of this type
  in it.

Name: Place Fire Barrier
Description: Puts a fire barrier in the selected area. Fire Barriers can be
  walked through, and are permanent.
Uses: When you want walkthroughable barriers in certain parts of your dungeon.

Name: Place Force Barrier
Description: Puts a force barrier in the selected area. Force Barriers cannot
  be walked through at all, and are permanent.
Uses: When you want certain areas to be blocked off. Note that these areas
  will be accessible if the party casts "Dispel Barrier" on most/all of the
  barriers. 

Name: Cleanse Rectangle
Description: Removes all fields, walls, and clouds from the rectangular area
  you select. It can also be set to remove magical barriers, quickfire,
  crates, barrels, and webs as well.
Uses: Usually used when the party reaches a certain point in the level that
  causes these annoying things to go away (sort of like a checkpoint).

Name: Place SFX
Description: Fills in the selected area with blood, slime, ashes, rocks, or
  bones.
Uses: Obvious. When you want any of the above to fill in a certain area.

Name: Place Barrels, Etc.
Description: Use to place webs, crates, or barrels in selected areas.
Uses: When you want to fill in a certain area with crates, barrels, or webs.

Name: Move Items
Description: Moves items within the rectangle to a space that you select.
Uses: When you want the items to be removed from an area and brought to
  another.

Name: Destroy Items
Description: Destroys all of the items within the rectangle whose boundaries
  you set.
Uses: When you want all of the items in a certain area to be destroyed.

Name: Change Rectangle Terrain
Description: Changes all of the terrain within the selected area to the
  specified terrain type.
Uses: When you want an entire area to be changed to one terrain type.

Name: Swap Rectangle Terrain
Description: Switches all terrains of a certain type within the specified
  rectangle to the selected type.
Uses: For example, you want all of the pillars in the room to be removed when
  the party pulls a lever. So you set the rectangle to the boundaries of the
  room, and set the terrain type to be changed to that of the pillar, and set
  it to be changed to normal floor.

Name: Transform Rectangle Terrain
Description: Switches all terrains in the selected rectangle to their
  "Transform To" value.
Uses: When you want to use the "Transform To" values over a larger area.

Name: Lock Rectangle
Description: Locks all unlocked terrains that are capable of being locked in
  the selected rectangle.
Uses: When, for example, you want to lock many doors throughout your town or
  dungeon.

Name: Unlock Rectangle
Description: Unlocks all locked terrains that are capable of being unlocked
 within the selected rectangle.
Uses: When, for example, you want to unlock many locked doors throughout your
  town or dungeon.

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Name: Make Outdoor Wandering
Description: Makes one of your wandering monster groups appear at one of the
  designated arrival points.
Uses: When you want to spawn one of your wandering monster groups a little bit
  early.

Name: Change Out Terrain
Description: Changes the terrain of the given space to the selected terrain
  type.
Uses: When you want the terrain of the outdoor space to be switched to
  something else. Usually used when the party completes a certain task and is
  allowed to enter a certain space by way of changing terrains.

Name: Place Outdoor Encounter
Description: Places an outdoor special encounter monster group near the party.
Uses: For example, the party enters a space and they are told that a band of
  slimes jumps out and attacks them. Then, you use this node to spawn that
  monster group right by the party.

Name: Outdoor Move Party
Description: Moves the party to the selected space outdoors.
Uses: When you want to move the party to another space in the current outdoor
  section. For example, they near a hermit mage's hut, and he casts a spell
  that makes the party go away.

Name: Outdoor Store
Description: The party is put into shopping mode, and can buy the selected
  items from a store, all without ever entering a town.
Uses: For example, there is a woman who lives in a small hut that sells items.
  You do not want to make an entire town for this one woman, so you can use
  this node instead.


Those are all of the different special node types. I am sorry if my
information was unclear or inaccurate at parts. Please let me know by e-mail
if this is true, and I will make sure to look into it. Thank you.

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|c) Constructing Towns and Outdoors| 6931 |
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One thing that is unique to each scenario author is their design of towns and
outdoors. Each designer seems to style theirs a different way, and I guess
that that is a good thing.
Taking your time when designing your towns and outdoors in a good way will,
although you most likely will not notice it, add to the flavor, feel, and fun
of the scenario.
Not taking your time will lead to boring, wide-open landscapes filled with too
many monsters and a lack of flavor. It will also make your scenario seem
unrealistic.

Here is how you edit the terrain:
Starting at the main menu, decide if you want to edit outdoor terrains or town
terrains. Click on the button for the one you decided to do.

Now, a window changes to show a couple of things:
1. In a large square, the terrain. It shows what the land looks like for a
   zoomed in area (I will tell you how to zoom out a little bit later on).
   When you want to place something in here, all that you have to do is click
   on the desired location for it to go to.
2. All of the terrain types. There is a place to change them, but it is not
   here. Click on a terrain type to select it.
3. A bunch of buttons. Each one has a different function. Here is what they
   do, going from left to right and then top to bottom. Note that the names
   for each function thingie were copied out of the Blades Scenario Editor
   Docs.

->Draw Terrain: Places the selected terrain on whichever space that you click
  on. You can drag around to change multiple areas quicker. This one is really
  pretty obvious.
->Big Paintbrush: Fills in an area like the following with whatever terrain
  you have selected:
            xxxxx            
           xxxxxxx       x=all other areas changed
          xxxxxxxxx      +=area you click on
          xxxxxxxxx   
          xxxx+xxxx      I know that it looks elongated, but in the
          xxxxxxxxx      editor it is actually round.
          xxxxxxxxx
           xxxxxxx
            xxxxx
  The paintbrushes are useful when you want to fill in large areas that are
  not able to be filled with the "Full Rectangle" command.
->Small Paintbrush: Basically just a smaller form of the above. Fills in an
  area like the following with whatever terrain you have selected:
           xxx     x=all other areas changed
           x+x     +=area you clicked on
           xxx
->Large Spraycan: Remember the large area that the "Big Paintbrush" filled up?
  The Large Spraycan affects that area, but whether or not the chosen terrain
  is placed is chosen at random. So, let's go with this:
            xxxxx            
           xxx-xxx       x=all other areas that could have changed
          xx-xxx-xx      +=area you click on
          -xx--xx-x      -=areas changed
          x-xx+xx-x      I know that it looks elongated, but in the
          xx-xxx-xx      editor it is actually round.
          -xx-xxx-x
           xx-xx-x
            xx-xx
->Small Spraycan: Same as the above, but the area that has a chance of being
  affected is the same as that of the "Small Paintbrush".
->Eyedropper: Changes the selected terrain to whichever terrain you click on
  in the editing window.
->Empty Rectangle: Creates a hollow rectangle that the borders are the same as
  the selected terrain. So, in other words, only the outer edge of the area
  you select is changed to the terrain. Everything else stays the same as it
  was. This is useful when putting walls into your buildings.
->Full Rectangle: The same as the above, but the entire area that you select
  is changed to whichever terrain you currently have selected. Useful when
  filling in large areas of the map.
->Change View: If the editing window is zoomed in, you will zoom out. If the
  editing window is zoomed out, you will zoom in. Pretty simple, but also very
  useful.
->Eraser: Changes a fairly large amount of terrain back to what it is by
  default (which is usually grass or cave floor). It is generally better to
  fix your mistakes by hand than with this tool, but there are some
  exceptions.
->Edit Sign Text: If the area that you click on is a sign (you will no because
  the area will have a picture of a sign in its corner), than you will be able
  to edit the text that the sign displays when the party looks at it.
->Set Area Description: Works like the Rectangle options, but, when the party
  enters this area, the text in the bar at the bottom of the screen changes to 
  match what you enter in here. Make this a description of the area (big
  discovery). For example, "Hal's Kitchen", "Ominous Dungeon", or, if you're
  outdoors, "Near Geata" (assuming that Geata is a town). You should be
  descriptive here.
->Place Wandering Monster Arrival Point: In towns and outdoors, you can have
  up to four spaces where wandering monsters appear at. When you click on this
  button, you will be asked to designate each point where they appear. If the
  situation calls for it, place each arrival point judging by the monsters
  that appear through it. Like you should place the slith point by the slith
  castle and the nephil point by the nephilim fort, not the other way around.
->Replace Terrain: Should be called "RANDOMLY Replace Terrain". This option
  gives you the choice of switching one type of terrain (specified by the
  number that you enter) to another type of terrain (specified by another
  terrain number) with the chance of the switch being a percentage that you
  set. Useful when filling up your outdoors. This will save a lot of time in
  certain parts of the editing window. And, should you make a mistake, it is
  quite easy to correct. 
->Set Town Entry: *Only Works OUTDOORS* If the space that you click on is a
  town (it is a town if it has the little crown icon on the space), you will
  then be told to give a number of the town. When the party steps on this
  space, this is the number of the town that they will enter. It is here that
  you will link towns to their locations outdoors. Every scenario uses this
  button at least once.
->Edit Item: *Only Works in TOWN* Seeing as there are no items outdoors, this
  one is obvious as to why it only does something in towns. Anyways, if you
  have an item layed on whichever space you click on when this option is
  selected, a dialog window appears with several options to tweak the item you
  just placed:
    a) Amount or Charges: If this item is gold/food, then type in the amount
       of gold/food that this item is. If the item has charges, type in how
       many charges it has.
    b) Always Here: This item will always be here. If the party takes the
       item, leaves the town, and then comes back, the item will be back. No
       matter how many times the party takes the item, it will always appear
       there.
    c) Someone's Property: This item belongs to someone. If the party takes it
       and someone sees, the current town that the party is in will become
       hostile. Most items in towns have this option selected.
    d) Contained in Something: If the terrain that this item is placed on is a
       container and this option is selected, the only way the party will know
       of the existence of the item is if they search the container. If the
       item is in a treasure chest, dresser, etc. you should select this
       option.
->Duplicate Item: *Only works in TOWN* When this option is selected and you
  click on any space in the town, it places the last item that you
  edited/placed. So let's say you just placed a Bronze Broadsword. Then you
  click on this button and then on the space right next to the sword. Another
  Bronze Broadsword will appear there. Also, the item is given whatever
  features the last one had. So, going back to the Broadsword, let's say that,
  before clicking on the "Duplicate Item" button, you edited the item. You
  made it someone's property and set for the item to always be there. Then,
  you click on the "Duplicate Item" button and click on the space next to the
  sword. Now, a Bronze Broadsword will appear that has "Someone's Property"
  and "Always Here" selected. This is a very useful features when creating
  duplicate items that you changed a little bit.
->Erase Item: *Only works in TOWN* Deletes all of the items on whichever space
  that you click on. Not just one, but all. Useful when you realize that that
  item shouldn't be there at all.
->Create/Edit Special Encounter: This is where you put a special encounter
  into the town/outdoors. When you select this option and then click on a
  space in the town/outdoor, a special node box comes up. This is the special
  node that will be called whenever the party steps on this space. For
  example, you want a message to appear whenever the party steps on that one
  piece of flooring. So you use this option on that space, and then make a
  "Display Message" node displaying your message. Also, if there is already a
  special node encounter on the space you click on, you will now be able to
  edit the special node chain. Oh, and, by the way, the nodes that this option
  creates are outdoor or town, depending on which you are editing. It doesn't
  use any Scenario Special Nodes.
->Copy Special Encounter: Let's go with the above example. Let's say that you
  wanted that special node on another space, too. So you hit "Copy Special
  Encounter" and then click on the space with the node. This option just copys
  the node number of the space you select. It does nothing more.
->Paste Special Encounter: Continuing off the above example, you will notice
  that the node hasn't been placed on the space that you wanted! So now what?
  Well, then you click on "Paste Special Encounter" and then you select the
  square where you also want that message to be displayed! Pretty much, the
  Copy/Paste Special Encounter options work just like it would when you are
  editing text. These are useful features.
->Erase Special Encounter: Again, we'll go with the above example. Let's say
  that you realized that you didn't want the message to be displayed on both
  spaces. So what do you do? Well, you select this option and then click on
  the space where you do not want the node to be called upon when the party
  steps on that space. So, pretty much, this option deletes having the node
  called when the party steps on the space. Note that the nodes are unchanged
  by this option.
->Set Special Encounter: For the last freaking time, we will go with the above
  example. Let's say that, after erasing the "Display Message" node encounter
  thingie, you realized that you would be better off with it. So you have to
  put it back. But do you have to do the whole copy-paste procedure? Heck no
  you do not! If you know the special node number (let's say that it is 2),
  then all you have to do is select this option and then click on the space
  where you want that goddam special node at, and, when the box appears asking
  you for the node number, just type in whatever number your special node is
  (so for the example it would be two)! Note that this option is only useful
  if you know the special node number. Otherwise, it is faster just to use the
  copy-paste method.
*****The rest of these options ONLY appear when editing a town's terrain.*****
->Edit Monster: If you have placed a monster on whichever space that you click
  on, a dialog box will pop up giving you several ways to tweak the monster.
  Here is what you can do:
   a) Creature Type: Let's say that you accidentally placed the wrong
      creature. Well, you can now edit that. Just select the button right by
      this and pick the monster that it should have been.
   b) Creature Starting Attitude: (for a description of what each attitude is,
      see the section on editing monsters) Sometimes the default attitude that
      your monster is set to is not what it should be for this individual
      monster. Rather than create an identical monster that has a different
      attitude, just select the one here that matches your needs. This is
      useful when, for example, you have a slith prisoner who will give you
      the information you seek.
   c) Creature Can Move?: Select "Yes" if the creature is able to walk around
      the town. Select "No" if the creature is stuck in the space that you
      place it.
   d) Personality: This and the next option are only important if the party is
      able to talk to this character. Anyway, this option is the personality
      number that is brought into dialogue when the party selects to talk to
      this character. Note that ANY personality can be placed here, not just
      ones within the town's range (if what I just said confuses you, see the
      "Dialogue" section for more help).
   e) Facial Graphic: When this character is brought into Dialogue mode, this
      is the graphic that appears as their face.
   f) Advanced Traits: Sometimes the above options aren't what you are looking
      for. If so, click on the button that says "Advanced". A dialog box comes
      up giving you a few more options:
     1) When is creature here?: This is also what the next two value boxes
        depend upon. Select one of these options:
      a) Always Here: This character is always at the location you place it.
      b) Appear on Given Day: When the party reaches a certain day in your
         scenario, this character will appear.
      c) Disappear on day: When the party reaches a certain day in your
         scenario, this character will disappear and never return.
      d) Sometimes here A: This creature will be present on days 1, 4, 7, 10,
         13, 16, 19, 22, etc.
      e) Sometimes here B: This creature will be present on days 2, 5, 8, 11,
         14, 17, 20, 23, etc.
      f) Sometimes here C: This creature will be present on days 3, 6, 9, 12,
         15, 18, 21, 24, etc.
      g) Appear when event: When a certain event occurs, then this character
         appears.
      h) Disappear when event: When a certain even occurs, this character
         disappears.
     2) What special encounter group is this creature a part of?: There are 10
        special encounter groups, and the monsters of each do not appear until
        the party triggers a special node that creates them (like a Place Town
        Encounter Node). These are used, for example, when a party destroys an
        altar and you have demons summoned. The demons, still going by
        example, would all be encounter 3, and when the altar was destroyed
        you called a special node that summoned all encounter 3 monsters. By
        the way, if you select "None", than the monster is always there and no
        special node is needed for it to appear.
     3) Number of town special node to call when creature is killed: That is
        pretty self-explanatory, but I'll tell you what it means anyways. When
        this monster dies, a town special node will be called, the number of
        which you put here. For example, the king of the country dies from
        your party, and a special node is called that kills the party, saying
        that the guards do not allow for you to escape. Set this option to -1
        if you do not want a special node called when this creature dies.
     4) Stuff-Done Flag creature's life is linked to: The stuff-done flag that
        you specify will always be set to zero, until the creature is killed.
        For example, you set Stuff-Done Flag (x7, y8) here. That stuff-done
        flag is supposed to be linked to the Slith King's life (so later on
        you can check to see if the party killed him). So you would set "7" in
        the first box and "8" in the second. When the Slith King is killed,
        this stuff-done flag's value will be changed from zero to one. Note
        that if either box is at -1, then no stuff-done flag is set to the
        creature's life.
->Duplicate Monster: First read the option "Duplicate Item" a little ways
  above. Finished? Well this option is identical to that, except that it
  duplicates monsters instead of items. This is really handy when you are
  tweaking the settings of one monster a little bit but need a lot of monsters
  with the same settings. Just use this to avoid editing all of them.
->Delete Monster: Deletes the monster on whichever space you select. If more
  than one monster is on the space, then they will all be deleted.
->Set North Entry: When the party enters this town from the north side,
  whichever space you select after clicking on this option is the space that
  they will be placed within the town.
->Set West Entry: Same as the above, but the space the party is placed on when
  they enter from the west.
->Set South Entry: Same as the above, but the space the party is placed on
  when they enter from the south.
->Set East Entry: Same as the above, but the space the party is placed on when
  they enter from the east.
->Place Web: Places a web on the space you select.
->Place Crate: Places a crate on the space that you select.
->Place Barrel: Places a barrel on the space that you select.
->Place Fire Barrier: Places a Fire Barrier on the space that you select. Fire
  Barriers can be walked through, but the party will take damage. Fire
  Barriers are permanent until a monster breaks through them or the party
  casts "Dispel Barrier" on the space.
->Place Force Barrier: Places a Force Barrier on the space that you select.
  Force Barriers are identical to Fire Barriers, but they cannot be walked
  through.
->Place Quickfire: Places Quickfire on the space that you select. Remember
  that Quickfire spreads to fill up most/all of the level unless blocked off
  by a Fire/Force barrier or a wall. Use Quickfire with caution.
->Erase Space: Erases all of the special effects on the space that you select.
  Special effects include blood, slime, ash, bones, rocks, magical barriers,
  crates, barrels, webs, and quickfire.
->Place Blood: Places a small stain of blood on the space that you select.
->Place More Blood: Places an averaged-size stain of blood on the space that
  you select.
->Place Lots of Blood: Places a large amount of blood on the space that you
  select.
->Place Little Slime: Places a small pool of slime on the space that you
  select.
->Place Lots of Slime: Places a large amount of slime on the space that you
  select.
->Place Ash: Places an ash pit on the space that you click on.
->Place Bones: Places bones on the space that you click on.
->Place Rocks: Places a small pile of rocks on the space that you click on.


Those are all of the terrain-editing options. But the terrain-editing windows
also use some different symbols. What do they mean?

Symbol: "START" in blue letters
Description: Starting location
What that means: This is where the party starts the scenario (if you are in a
 town), or were they are placed when they go outdoors for the first time (if
 you are outdoors). Only one town and one outdoor section contain this.

Symbol: Purple arrow, pointing either up, down, right, or left.
Description: Town entry point
What that means: Only towns contain this. When the party enters the town from
 the relative direction, this is where they appear at in the town.

Symbol: A brownish stick-figure of a dog
Description: Wandering Monster Spawning Location
What that means: When wandering monsters spawn, this is one of several
 locations that they spawn.

Symbol: Black arrow, pointing either up, down, right, or left.
Description: Conveyor Belt
What that means: When the party steps on this space, they will be moved in the
 direction that the arrow points.

Symbol: Red dot
Description: Fire Damage
What that means: When the party steps on this space, they will take fire
 damage.

Symbol: Blue dot
Description: Cold Damage
What that means: When the party steps on this space, they will sustain cold
 damage.

Symbol: Purple dot
Description: Magical Damage
What that means: When the party steps on this space, they will be hit with
 magical damage.

Symbol: Treasure chest
Description: Can contain items
What that means: If an item is placed on one of these spaces, it will not
 appear unless the party searches the spot. This is usually used for things
 like treasure chests.

Symbol: a green "G"
Description: Grass walkway
What that means: A walkway that exists on the surface. At the bends of the
 walkway, grass appears.

Symbol: a blue-green "C"
Description: Cave walkway
What that means: A walkway that exists below the surface. At the bends of the
 walkway, cave floor appears.

Symbol: A picture of a brown sign
Description: Sign
What that means: If the party searches one of these terrain types, a text
 message that you enter will appear.

Symbol: A brown crown symbol
Description: A town
What that means: These terrains can be given a town number, and so, when the
 party steps on the space, they enter a town.

Symbol: A black "S"
Description: Special encounter
What that means: When the party steps on this space, a special encounter that
 you set is called.

Symbol: A light-green "L"
Description: Locked
What that means: This is a locked door, and can be opened by bashing,
 lockpicking, or casting "Unlock" on it.

Symbol: A green "M"
Description: Magically Locked
What that means: This is a locked door, and can only be opened by casting
 "Unlock" on it.

Symbol: A black "I"
Description: Impenetrable
What that means: This door cannot be opened by lockpicking, bashing, or by
 casting "Unlock" on it. The only way to open it is to call a special node
 that changes the terrain type.

Symbol: A blue "S"
Description: Secret Passage
What that means: The party can walk through this space, even if it is solid
 (like a secret passage in a wall).

Symbol: A light-green "P"
Description: Poisons
What that means: When the party steps on this space, they will have a chance
 of getting poisoned.

Symbol: A green "D"
Description: Diseases
What that means: When the party steps on this space, they will have a chance
 of getting poisoned.

Symbol: A blue "B"
Description: Blocked to Monsters
What that means: Non-PCs (monsters) cannot step on this space at all.

Symbol: A blue "A"
Description: Can be destroyed
What that means: If the party casts "Move Mountains" or "Shatter" on this
 space, it will change to a different terrain (almost always cave floor or
 grass).


Tips when building Towns & Outdoors:
*Avoid wide, open, spaces. These make your scenario look really boring and
 drab. It also makes it look unrealistic. It is better to be too crammed than
 too spread out.

*Stick to one thing. Except in some special circumstances, you will not switch
 between terrain types too much. For example, you should not have one kind of
 flooring in one room and a different one in the room right next to it. It
 will look fake, and, moreover, funky.

*Include a lot of detail. Put things like they would be in real-life, not like
 they would be in a video game. This will add a lot of flavor to your
 scenario.

*<OUTDOORS ONLY> Add in things like alchemy ingredients, outdoor shops, and
 special encounters. It will make the outdoors something that people will also
 remember about your scenario.

*<TOWNS ONLY> Put in a lot of monsters. It is better to have too many than to
 have too few.

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|d) Dialogue| 0969 |
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Yet another major factor in most Blades of Exile scenarios is dialogue. I am
referring, of course, to talking to other characters in the game. Without
dialogue, your scenario is drab, simple, and yet a lot more boring. Nobody
wants to play a scenario that lacks dialogue.

To begin editing the dialogue, click on "Edit Town Dialogue" in the main menu.

Before we begin, here are some things to know:
Each town has 10 different personalities and 60 speech nodes. Every character
has to have a personality. The personality is then linked to the nodes, which
are your characters responses to whatever the scenario-players asks. The nodes
are tied to the personalities.

Let's start with editing personalities.
First, click on a personality. They are at the top of the scroll box.
A dialog box appears. It asks you several things:
Character Name: This is what appears up top in the dialog box as your
   character's name. This should relate to the response for "Name".
Don't Understand Response: What this character says if the party asks it about
   something in which it was not given a response to in the nodes. For
   example:
      This character is set to respond to:
      a) pain      c) mayor
      b) evil      d) wife
      But a party asks it about "death". What you type in this blank is what
      the character will respond with.
Response to 'look': When someone who is playing your scenario clicks on "Look"
   in the dialogue box, this is the text that appears. This box is generally
   used to describe the physical appearance of this character. You should be
   descriptive when describing your character. Here is an example:
      "Sitting in this chair is a crusty elderly man who reminds you of a
       pirate. His face is covered with deep red scars, and he wears a gold
       necklace encrusted with diamonds. He eyes you suspiciously."
Response to 'name': When someone who is playing your scenario clicks on "Name"
   in the dialogue box, this is the text that appears. In this box, your
   character should state his name. Here is something that you might enter
   into this box:
      "The crusty man looks up. 'My name is Roy, but most people call me
       Red.'"
Response to 'job': When someone who is playing your scenario clicks on "Job"
   in the dialogue box, this is the text that appears, In this box, you should
   put your character's occupation and maybe a few other comments that could
   link to your character's speech nodes (more about this later). Here is an
   example of something you could put in the 'job' box:
      "Roy shakes his head. 'I used to be a pirate, the scourge of the seas.'
       He suddenly looks angry. 'That was until that damned king took the
       throne.'"


So now that you have created a personality, it is time to add a few speech
nodes to it. So click on a node number. A box comes up which asks you these
things:

For Personality: The personality number of the character whom these responses
   generate this answer. If this number is -1, then this node is pretty much
   inactive. If it is -2, then all personalities in your town will generate
   this response. Let's continue with my crusty man example. Let's say that
   his personality was, oh..., 15. Then I would put 15 in this box.
Response to: What two words, that, when asked, generate this response. When
   someone who is playing your scenario clicks on "Ask" and they type in one
   of these two words, they get this node's response. Remember how I had the
   crusty dude say " 'That was until that damned king took the throne.'"?
   Let's use that. We'll assume that people will be interested in "that damned
   king". They will then ask the character about "king". So I type "king" in
   this box. By the way, you should have these responses be what you think
   that people are most likely to ask. Like for mine I would not put "that" in
   this box. Also note that everything in this box must be at least four
   letters and they may not have any caps whatsoever. If you only want one
   response, then just leave the other at "xxxx".
Node Type: Choose what extra things this dialog does. Here are the choices:
->Regular Speech: Does no extra things. Just displays the text. Nothing more.
->Response depends on Flag: Sort of like an Stuff Done Flag? If-Then node.
  Pretty much, this means that if a stuff-done flag is a certain value, then a
  certain message will be displayed. If it is not, then a different message
  will be displayed. Useful when you want the game to check if/if not the
  party has done a certain thing, and, if they have, the character gives a
  different message.
->Set flag to 1: Sets the specified stuff-done flag's value to one. This is
  useful when, later on, you want the game to check to see if the party was
  given a certain response. For example, one character tells you that the
  hidden ring is under a rock. The party goes to that rock, and you have a
  special node check if the stuff-done flag is at one. If so, the party finds
  the ring. If not, then the party finds nothing at all.
->Inn: When the character you are talking to runs an inn and you pay to get a
  room. Just fill in the "Extra Values" boxes and the "Message" boxes.
->Depends on Day: If the party is past a certain day in the scenario, then a
  different message is displayed than if they were not. Useful when, for
  example, a bunch of sliths have sieged a fort. Before day 25, the fort
  commander says that they will fight back. After day 25, the commander says
  that they have begun to consider surrender.
->Depends on time (and event): If the party is past a certain day in the
  scenario and the specified event has not occurred, then a different message
  is displayed. Continuing off the above example: If you have not eliminated
  all of the slith troops sieging the fort (which you set to be event 3) by
  day 30, then the commander gives you an order to suggest surrender to the
  fort's council.
->Depends on town: Since you can give any character any personality, this is
  useful when you have the same character in two or more towns. For example,
  Mary Sue moves to Yima from Juk when Juk gets destroyed. In Juk, she says
  how happy she is where she lives. In Yima, she says how pissed she is that
  her hometown got destroyed.
->Buy Items: When the party can buy items from this personality, like with a
  shop. Just fill in the Extra Value boxes.
->Receive Training: This personality is a trainer, and will train the PC the
  party selects in the statistics that the party chooses.
->Mage Spell Shop: This personality sells Mage spells. Similar to "Buy Items",
  but with spells instead of items.
->Priest Spell Shop: The same as above, but for Priest spells instead of Mage
  Spells.
->Alchemy Shop: Similar to the above two, but sells Alchemy recipes instead of
  spells.
->Healer: This personality is capable of healing injured, poisoned, diseased,
  dead, etc. PCs for a cost. Useful when you have a town healer.
->Sell Weapons: The party can sell their weapons to this personality. Useful
  when Billy Bob needs swords, so you can sell him yours.
->Sell Armor: The party can sell their armor to this personality. Useful when
  Billy Bob needs armor now, so you can sell him yours.
->Sell All Items: The party is able to sell all of their items to this
  personality. Usually used for sages.
->Identify Items: This personality gives the party the choice to identify any
  unidentified items that they have.
->Enchant Weapons: This personality can magically augment/enchant/improve
  (whatever you call it) the party's non-magical weapons. Useful for really
  powerful characters who are capable of things like this. Don't use this too
  often because this option is supposed to be pretty rare.
->Pay for Response: The party has to pay to get the desired response. Useful
  when, for example, Jim won't tell you where he saw the ghost ship unless you
  pay him 250 gold.
->Buy Response, Change Flag: The party has to pay to get the desired response.
  If they get the desired response, the selected stuff-done flag is set to the
  value that you specify. Let's go with the above example. When the party
  nears the ghost ship, they do not see it unless the above flag is set to
  one. So they have to go through Jim first.
->Ship Shop: Used when the party is purchasing a boat. You can have the party
  buy one or more boats. This is useful when the town that the party is in
  sell boats and there is a boatshop.
->Horse Shop: Same as the above, but sells horses instead of boats.
->Buy Special Item: This personality is selling special items. When the party
  asks the character about whatever it is you want, they pay a set amount for
  a special item. If you do not want the party to pay for the special item,
  then set the cost to 0. This is good when, for example, Frank sells the
  party the Staff of Demon Summoning, which summons demons at will (assuming,
  of course, that the staff is a special item)
->Magic Shop: The party is offered several random (and often magical) items
  that they can buy. This should be called "Sell Random Items", but for some
  reason it is not. This is useful, but do not use too many of these. They are
  meant to be fairly rare.
->Reveal Town Location: Let's go back to that example with Jim and the ghost
  ship. Let's say that you set for the ghost ship not to appear unless the
  party has talked to Jim. In other words, even if you are right on top of
  where the ghost ship is, you will see no ship and will not enter it. When
  you ask Jim about whatever it is you set it to, though, he will describe the
  location of the ship and the ship will appear. You will be able to enter the
  ship as well as see it. This is a very useful dialogue node.
->Eliminate Creature: Ends the conversation, as with below, and gets rid of
  the creature. For example, you are talking to a Nephil sailor in a chair.
  This message type is called, and the conversation ends. But the Nephil is no
  longer in the chair!
->Force Conversation End: When the party asks the character about whatever it
  is you set, the dialogue options (which are like "Name","Look","Job",
  "Record", etc.) all disappear except for "Record" and "Done". In other
  words, the party has no choice but to end the conversation. Useful when, for
  example, you bring up a topic that the personality is very emotional about,
  and he gets sad/mad and turns away from you.
->Hostile Conversation End: The same as above, but, when the conversation
  ends, the character also becomes hostile. Using the above example, let's say
  that that dude got really mad when you brought up that topic. Now he wants
  to kill you.
->Town Hostile Conv. End: The same as the above, but, when the conversation
  ends, the entire town becomes hostile, along with that character. Useful,
  when, for example, you have an evil character that the party has to kill.
  His minions have surrounded you, but are not attacking. You have to talk to
  the evil character first, and he suddenly gives the order to kill you. He
  and his minions then attack you.
->Call Town Special: Calls the town special that you choose. This is really
  useful, and you can have a lot happen here. You can use this to do just
  about anything that the dialogue nodes can do (with a few exceptions, and,
  besides, to only use this is a waste of time). However, you end up with the
  added responsibility of perfecting your special node chain. This is useful,
  but just make sure that it is necessary. Here's an example of how you would
  use this. Let's go back to good-old Red, the crusty old fart.
             You tell Red: "king"
       Calls special node: "Display Dialog" (tells part of his story)
      Above node Jumps to: "Display Dialog" (tells more of his story)
      Above node Jumps to: "Display Message" (Red telling you that that is his
                                              story)
  As I've said, this is a very useful dialog node in situations like this.
  Other times to use this are when you are rewarding the party for their
  mission. Then it would look like this:
                        Party's Response: "mission"
                                   |
        If-then node checking for mission-completed stuff-done flag.
             /                                        \
     Stuff-Done Flag                               Stuff-Done Flag
     not high enough.                              is high enough
            |                                              |
      Display Message                               Affect Gold node
      node saying that                                     |
      the party hasn't                             Affect Experience Node
      completed the                                        |
      mission.                                        Display Message
  As you can see, this is a very useful option.
->Call Scenario Special: The same as "Call Town Special", but this calls a
  scenario special instead of a town special. In some ways more useful than
  the above, but in others more limiting than the above.
Anyways, those are all of the Node Types. Make sure you choose the one that
fits this response best.
Extra Values: Here is where you enter in the numbers that the dialogue nodes
   require. For example, if you used an "Inn" dialog node, then you would have
   to set the quality and cost of the inn along with where the party is
   placed.
Message 1, Message 2: The text that appears when the party gives the response.
   The top part is basically the first half, the bottom part basically the
   second half. Some Node Types use these boxes in different ways than normal.
   When you select the Node Type, make sure that you know what you are doing.
   For example, that crusty-dude named Red says what he thinks of that "damned
   king" here. 
       "Yep." He snarls. "The king was the one who lost me job." He suddenly
        looks really angry. "He also lost me my family."
   Note that, if the dialogue requires it, you should have some text here
   suggesting that the conversation goes on. For example, with the above
   message, after Red says this, the scenario player is then likely to ask Red
   about "family". You should then have a new dialogue node for "family". Of
   course, you do not need a response for everything, but for more major
   things like the example, you probably should.

So, now you know how to edit Dialogue! Here are a few tips/pointers of mine:
*You are not limited to ten talking characters per town. Although the
 personalities specified in the dialogue nodes have to match the town range
 (the personality numbers that are offered for that town), there is nothing
 stopping you from placing a Personality #64 in a town whose personality range
 is 10-19. You just have to make the dialogue nodes and personality in the
 town whose range is Personalities 60-69, and, when in the former town's
 editing window, place your monster and then go to "Edit Monster". Type in the
 personality there. This works, but only under one condition: The characters
 with those out-of-range personalities use no dialogue nodes that call upon
 specials, no matter if they are town specials or scenario specials. This
 feature is useful when you want to have the same character in two or more
 towns or you need more than 10 personalities in one town.

*Always put a lot of dialogue in your town. It is best to fill up most/all of
 the towns personalities, and use most of your nodes. The more that one
 character says, usually, the better. It is much better to have too much
 dialogue nodes than too little, as talking is basically optional in this
 game. So, don't cut corners, and add a lot of dialogue. It will add to the
 overall quality of your scenario.


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|e) Creating Custom Monsters| 1776 |
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Sometimes, when creating a scenario, you will have a need to use a monster
that is different from the default ones in one way or another. Maybe your
scenario revolves around one really powerful monster. Maybe your scenario
involves several shape-shifting blobs. Who knows.
But a great thing about the Blades of Exile Scenario Editor is the ability to
make/change the monsters used in your scenario. Read on for how to do it.

First, at the main menu of the scenario, select "Edit Monsters". Now, scroll
down until you find the monster slot in which your monster should be in (the
slot generally doesn't matter, but if you already have special nodes depending
on a certain monster number, than you will have to use that slot). Click on
it.
Now, a dialog box appears that asks you many things. Here is a description of
the dialog box:

Monster Type Name: The name of this monster. Make it something both general
  and specific.
Monster Picture: The picture number that the monster will use as its graphic.
  In other words, what the monster looks like. If you are unsure of the number
  of the graphic you are going to use, click on "select icon" and scroll
  around until you find the picture suitable to you.
Monster Level: A number that determines a lot of things, like how much
  experience your monster gives when killed, how hard it is to
  charm/capture/scare, and things like that.
Monster Health: How much HP the monster has and how much damage it can take.
Monster Armor: How resistant your monster is to blows and thus how hard it is
  to damage. Don't make this too high unless your scenario is supposed to be
  really hard. Otherwise would-be simple combats will take a lot of time.
Monster Skill: Adds extra damage to your monsters attacks and acts as the
  accuracy rating.
Monster Speed: How many action points your monster gets each turn.
Monster magic/priest spells: The level of mage/priest spells that your monster
  has the ability to cast, if any.
Monster Type: Select which classification that your monster most closely fits
  under.
Attack 1 type: The text that appears when attack 1 hits your PC.
Attack #2,3 type: The same as the above, but for both attacks 2 and 3.
Default talking picture: In dialog, this is the picture that will be the
  default for your monster. It doesn't matter too much as to what is here
  because you can always change it later.
Default Attitude: Choose one of these four:
   Friendly, Docile: This character will not attack the party or hostile
    monsters.
   Friendly, Will Fight: Will not attack the party, but it will attack hostile
    monsters.
   Hostile, Type A: Attacks all friendly and "Hostile, Type B" monsters.
   Hostile, Type B: Attacks all friendly and "Hostile, Type A" monsters.
Attack 1-3 Number of Dice/Sides: This goes for all six boxes, and it might be
  kind of confusing. Damage is figured out by dices. What the game does is it
  rolls the number of dice for Attack 1 (so let's say you chose three). Each
  one picks a random number from 1 to what you put for number of sides (so
  lets say you chose ten sides, and the game rolls a one, an eight, and a
  six). It then combines what it rolls to give you the amount of damage for
  that attack (so this one would have done 15 damage). The game does this for
  each of the three attacks your monster can have (although I recommended that
  you only give each monster one attack to prevent excessively large damage
  rates).
Monster Treasure: Each increasingly higher number means that your monster will
  dish out increasingly more treasure when it is killed. Don't set this too
  high, or your scenario will be giving out too much cash.

Okay, this is all good and well, but what if you wanted to give your monster a
special ability or two? Then what do you do? Well, then click on "Abilities"
at the bottom of the screen. A dialog box appears that asks you some things:
Monster Poison: The level of poison that your monster inflicts on any PC it
  hits.
Monster Breath Weapon strength: Remember what I said about damage using dice
  and sides? That's what this is. You are setting the number of eight-sided
  dice to be rolled when the monster breathes.
Breath weapon type: The type of damage that is done when your monster breaths.
Special Ability: See below.
Create monsters/fields: See below.
Summon Type: Choose the one that fits your monster best.
   No Summon: This creature cannot be summoned.
   Type 1: Summoned with Weak Summoning.
   Type 2: Summoned with Summoning.
   Type 3: Summoned with Major Summoning.
Item to drop when killed: The number of the item that your monster might drop
  when it is killed. For example, if you have a mage that always drops a
  certain amulet when it dies, you can enter in that amulet's item number
  here.
Chance of dropping: The percentage chance that the item you set to drop will
  be dropped.
Monster Resistances: The type of damage(s) that your monster is resistant or
  immune to. Choose carefully.

->Special Abilitys<-
*can only choose one*
No special ability: This monster has no special ability (what a discovery...)
Throws darts (dam 1-6), Shoots arrows (dam 2-12), Throws spears (dam 3-18),
  Throws rocks (dam 4-24), Throws rocks (dam 5-30), Throws rocks (dam 6-36),
  Throws razordisks (4-24), Good archer (dam 7-42), Shoot spines (dam 7-42):
  All of these are what type of missile weapons your monster uses, and in
  parenthesis are its damage range. Choose the one that fits your monster the
  best.
Petrification ray: Used in basilisks, this means that your monster can petrify
  PCs from a distance.
Spell point drain ray: Monsters with this can drain PCs spell points from a
  distance.
Heat ray: This monster can do fire damage from a distance. The difference
  between this and breathing fire is the text that appears. This one shows up
  as  "heat ray".
Invisible: Your monster cannot be seen. Whatever graphic you put does no
  effect.
Splits when hit: Your monster splits in half when hit with most types of
  damage (physical included).
Mindless (resists fear): Your monster will not have its Morale reduced, and
  so is unlikely to flee your party.
Breathes stinking clouds: Breathes clouds that curse anyone who walks in them.
Icy touch: Monster does extra ice damage when it makes physical contact with a
  PC.
Experience draining touch: Your monster sucks experience when it makes contact
  with a PC.
Icy and draining touch: Your monster does extra ice damage when it makes
  physical contact and it sucks some life out of them as well.
Slowing touch: When it makes contact, your monster will slow whoever it hit.
Shoots webs: Your monster can web from a distance.
Steals food when hits: When your monster makes contact, it will steal some
  food as well as do damage.
Permanent martyr's shield: Your monster always acts as if it had just been
  cast with a Martyr's Shield spell.
Paralysis ray: Your monster can paralyze PCs from a distance.
Dumbfounding touch: Your monster will dumbfound any monster it makes contact
  with.
Disease touch: Your monster diseases any monster that it hits.
Absorbs Spells: When hit with magic, your monster will absorb its power and
  become stronger.
Web touch: When your monster hits someone, they will be automatically webbed.
Sleep touch: Anything your monster hits will go to sleep.
Paralysis touch: If your monster hits someone, they have a chance of being
  paralyzed.
Petrification touch: Anything that your monster hits has a chance of being
  petrified.
Acid touch: When your monster makes contact with something, it sprays acid all
  over them.
Breathe sleep clouds: Your monster breathes out clouds that puts anyone who
  walks into them asleep.
Acid spit: Like Acid touch, but is done from a distance instead of physical
  contact.
Death Touch (use with care): That is right. Use this with care. If a monster
  has this, there is a chance that they will kill any monster they hit. It is
  not recommended that you put this on a monster that the party is supposed to
  kill.
Invulnerable (use with care): Again, you should use this with care, and you
  should NEVER put this on a monster that the party is supposed to kill. That
  is because any monster who has this ability cannot be harmed in any way, and
  thus is virtually impossible to kill (the only way to kill them, I believe,
  is to use a special node that does unblockable damage or kills all
  monsters).
Guard: Normally, this monster will not move, but when the party commits a
  crime, the monster gains more health and power and goes hunting after the
  party.

->Create monster/fields<-
*only one may be selected*
No ability: This monster does not radiate fields or automatically summon
  monsters.
Radiate fire/ice/shock/antimagic/sleep/stink fields: Your monster will radiate
  a field of the type you select. The chance that your monster will radiate
  the fields is set in the blank when you hit OK.
Summon (x% chance): Your monster will summon the monster number you select
  when you hit okay the percentage that is set in parenthesis.
Death Triggers scen. Special: When your monster is killed, it will call a
  scenario special. This node number is chosen when you hit OK.

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|f) Creating Custom Items| 5756 |
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One pretty cool thing about making your scenarios is that you can customize
the items. This is a good thing to know how to do. First, go to the main menu
and click on "Edit Items". Then click on the item you wish to edit. Empty
slots are at the bottom.
Right now, a window pops up. It asks you for the following information:

->Name: What will this item be called when identified? Mages Staff? King
  Sword? You decide.
->Unidentified Name: If this item is not identified, what will it show up as
  in your inventory? It should be a simpler form of its full name. If you were
  going with the above examples, it could be like 'Staff' or 'Greatsword'.
->Item Picture: Select the "choose" button and scroll through the default
  pictures for the one that most closely matches your item.
->Item Type: Select what kind of item your item is. Make sure you are exact,
  because otherwise you could end up making something that is supposed to be a
  sword a piece armor by accident. It is usually very easy to find out the
  item type you are looking for, but, if you are unsure, go ahead and ask me.
->Item Level: Item Level only affects certain things. For armor, it affects 
  how much damage is blocked. For weapons, it affects how much base damage it
  does. It also affects the default amount of gold/food.
->Awkwardness: The higher this is, the more is added to the PCs encumberance
  when this item is equipped.
->Bonus: Weapons and Armor only. For armor, it increases the number of damaged
  blocked. For weapons, it increases the amount of base damage the weapon
  does.
->Protection: If this item is equipped, it will reduce the amount of damage
  you take.
->Charges: The number of uses you can get out of something. Examples of this
  would be wands, some rings, potions, missiles, etc.
->Type Flag: Some items are identical and can be combined. Give these items a
  unique type flag. Know that the designers of Blades of Exiles have already
  used flags 0-100.
->Value: How much you can sell/buy the item for.
->Weight: How much weight the item has. The more, the more space it takes up
  in your inventory. Make it reasonable, not too light or too heavy, and
  relative to the item that it is (ex: swords are heavier than potions).
->Special Class: If you want the game to check sometime if the party has this
  item, give it a special class. You can than create a special node checking
  for this special class. Remember to take notes on the special classes you
  use and that the game deletes your party's items with a special class after
  you finish your scenario.
->Weapon Type: If your item is either a 1- or 2-Handed weapon, you must give
  it one of these types. Edged is generally for things like swords and sabers,
  Bashing is for weapons like maces and axes, and Pole is for things like
  Halberds and spears. If your item is not a weapon, the box that is selected
  will not matter.

Abilities: You can give your item a special ability. To do so, select the
button that reads "Abilities" at the lower portion of the screen. A box
appears giving you the following options:

->Ability Strength: How strong is the special ability you gave the item? Ten
  is the highest, and zero is no effect at all. It is recommended that you
  relate this number to two things: How rare your item is, and how much it is
  worth. This is an important number. Make sure that you know what you are
  doing when you make it.
->Item Use Properties: This only affects items which can be used, not items
  that are equipped. Decide whether the item hurts/helps, and if it affects
  the PC who uses it, or if it affects the entire party. This is also
  important, but not as much as the Ability Strength.
->Item Treasure class: Pretty much decides how likely monsters are to drop
  this item. 1 is the least rare, and 4 is the most rare. 0 means that the
  item will not be dropped by monsters under any circumstances.
->Other Properties: "Always Identified" makes it so that the item will always
  be identified, no matter what your Item Lore is. This is useful for common
  items or for rare items that you hear about often in your scenario, and so
  it is common knowledge what the item is. "Magical" means that the item is
  already magical, and cannot be augmented for improvement. Useful for already
  too-powerful items. "Cursed" means that this item has a negative effect on
  the user/wielder. "Conceal Ability" means that the item, even when
  identified, will never tell its special ability. This is useful for powerful
  items that no one in your scenario seems to know about.

Now you must also choose the ability in question. You do this by clicking on
one of the six buttons. Each one brings up a box with different options. Here
is what each option is:

->Weapon Abil<-
*For melee weapons only*
No Ability: This item has no special ability, and any other options which have
   to do with the special ability are ignored.
Flaming Weapon: When you strike a monster with this weapon, it will do extra
   damage (fire damage, which is where it gets the "Flaming Weapon" name
   from).
Demon Slayer: Does extra damage to the members of demonkind.
Undead Slayer: Does extra damage to all of the undead monsters.
Lizard Slayer: If a monster is of the "reptile" type, a weapon of this type
   will do extra damage to it.
Giant Slayer: Does extra damage to giants.
Mage Slayer: If your opponent is classified as a mage, a weapon of this type
   does more damage to it.
Priest Slayer: If your opponent is classified as a priest, a weapon of this
   type does more damage to it.
Bug Slayer: If the opposing monster is an insect and you strike it with one of
   these weapons, extra damage will be done.
Acidic Weapon: Sprays acid all over the monster it hits. The acid will burn at
   the monster for several turns.
Soulsucker: When you hit a monster, you will suck up some of their HP.
Drain Missiles: If the opponent you hit has missiles of any kind, you will
   steal some of them.
Weak Weapon: Does less damage than normal. The effect that the Weak Weapon
   ability has is based on the number you enter for Ability Strength. The
   higher, the less damage is done with this number.
Causes Fear: Lowers the morale of any monster this weapon hits.
Poisoned Weapon: When a monster is hit with this weapon, they will be
   poisoned. Consecutive hits will increase the effect of the poison.

->General Abil<-

Protection: Helps protect whoever equips this item from damage.
Full Protection: Helps protect whoever equips this item from everything,
   damage included.
Fire Protection: Helps reduce the amount of damage fire does to the PC who
   equips this item.
Cold Protection: Helps to reduce the amount of damage cold does to the PC who
   equips this item.
Poison Protection: Reduces the effect of poison on whoever equips this.
Magic Protection: Reduces damage from enemy magic on the PC who equips this
   item.
Acid Protection: Reduces acid's effects on whoever equips this item.
Skill: Increases the effectiveness of whoever equips this in hand-to-hand
   combat.
Strength: Ups the strength stat of whoever equips this.
Dexterity: Increases the dexterity stat of whoever equips this.
Intelligence: Adds to the intelligence stat of whoever equips this.
Accuracy: Makes the user of this item more accurate with combat weapons.
Thieving: Makes the user more effective at thievery.
Giant Strength: Like "strength", but with a much greater effect.
Lighter Object: Object weighs less than it normally would.
Heavier Object: Object weighs more than it normally would.
Occasional Bless: Every once in a while, the PC who equips this item will be
   blessed.
Occasional Haste: Every once in a while, the PC who equips this item will be
   hasted.
Life Saving: If you die, this item will bring you back to life and restore you
   to full health once.
Prot. From Petrify: The PC who equips this item will have a smaller chance of
   being petrified.
Regenerate: Every PC regenerates health, although it happens slowly. With an
   item of this type equipped, then the PC will regenerate a lot faster.
Poison Augment: If you are poisoned, this will make the effect a lot worse
   than it would normally be.
Disease Party: Every once in a while, an item of this type that is held in a
   PC's inventory will disease the entire party.
Will: The PC with one of these items equipped is harder to dumbfound and more
   effective in Mindduels.
Free Action: Sorry, but I do not know what this item does.
Speed: Increases the Action Points the PC with an item of this type equipped
   gets each turn.
Slow Wearer: Read Occasional Haste. Done? This is like the opposite, slowing
   instead of hasting.
Protection from Undead/Demons/Humanoids/Reptiles/Giants: Members of whichever
   classification of monster you choose will do less damage to a PC with an
   item of the respective type equipped.
Prot. from Disease: Disease will have a smaller effect.

->Usable Ability (Not spell)<-
*All effects occur when the item is used.*
NOTE: Everything in here has a good/bad effect, Some items openly say it, like
with "Add/Lose Web". Whether the effect is positive or negative depends on
what you set it to in the "Item Use Properties".  Pretty much everything here
ends up being self-explanatory, but the items that are not are listed here.
Poison Weapon: Poisons the weapon of the PC who uses this item.
Bliss: I believe this has a random effect.
Doom: Hurts the PC who uses this in one way or another.
Light: Affects the light around your party.
Stealth, Firewalk, Flying: Affects your party's current status with "Stealth".
Major Healing: Greatly heals/hurts the party.

->Usable Ability (Spell)<-
*All items of this type cast the selected spell when used. For info on the
spells, see the Spell Archive.*

->Reagents<-
*These abilities are always in effect*

Holly/Toadstool, Comfrey Root, Glowing Nettle, Crypt Shroom/Wormgr., Asptongue
Mold, Ember Flowers, Graymold, Mandrake: All of these have to do with alchemy,
   and whichever effect you choose ends up being the alchemy ingredient that
   your item stands for.
Sapphire, Smoky Crystal, Resurrection Balm, Lockpicks: Acts as that item.

->Missiles<-
Returning: This missile is infinite, and your amount of it will never
   decrease.
Lightning: Extra electric damage is done when the missile hits home.
Exploding: Makes a huge explosion that damages a large area and all monsters
   in it.
Acid: Does acid damage to the monster it hits.
Slay Undead/Demon: Does extra damage to Undead/Demons.
Heal Target: Heals whoever you hit with this. Only should be shot at PCs.


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|g) Modifying Terrain Types| 0753 |
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One of the great things about the Scenario Editor is that you can change
things about the terrains available to you.

First of all, you should know that the only thing you can change for the first
90 terrains is the graphic. Other changes you make will not be saved.


Terrain Picture: When you change the graphic, you have two choices: animated
                 or basic. Basic terrains are just pictures that do not change
                 at all. Animated terrains are terrains that seem to "move".
                 Animated terrains go through a cycle of four different
                 pictures over and over again. They look nicer, but there are
                 few animated terrains available to you, so you will have to
                 make do with what they give you.

Terrain Blockage: There are 6 options here, and it is quite crucial to make 
                 sure you make the correct choice.
    a) Clear: You can see through this terrain, and you can walk onto it as
       well. This is your basic terrain type.
    b) Walkthrough, Opaque: You cannot see through these terrains, but you are
       able to walk onto/through them freely. Few terrains have this option,
       but you will undoubtedly find it useful at times.
    c) Clear, Special: Terrains of this type are identical to clear, but
       monsters cannot access these spaces. Useful for special encounters.
    d) Clear, Blocked: Your party can see through this terrain, but they
       cannot walk through it.
    e) Blocked, Obstructed: Your party cannot access the space. It is blocked
       to vision as well as movement.
    f) Blocked, Opaque: As far as I know, terrains of these type are identical
       to Blocked, Obstructed.

Can fly/boat/horse over?
Fly: If your character has casted Flight or used an item that gives them the
 ability of flight, they will be able to step onto this space in midair.
Boat: If you are in a boat, you will still be able to boat over these
 terrains. Useful for water.
Horses: If you do not want a party to be able to bring a horse onto the space,
 check the box.

Shortcut Key: In the editing window, by typing a certain letter, you will be
automatically given certain choices as to the terrain you are choosing. This
option is the key that this terrain falls under. If you do not want a
shortcut, leave the box empty.

Light Radius: If your item is meant to give off light (like lamps or fire),
than set this to how many spaces out from the terrain light is given off to.

Transform to What?: When the special node "Transform Terrain to..." is used on
a terrain of this type, this number is the terrain that it will be transformed
to.

Special Properties:
None: Just your basic terrain, and it might be there for decoration or just to
   walk on. In other words, your terrain has no unique purpose.
Change When Step On: When a party steps onto terrains of this type, it will
   transform to another terrain.
Does fire Damage: Self-explanatory
Does cold Damage: Self-explanatory
Does magical Damage: Self-explanatory
Poison Land: When a party steps on a terrain of this type, they have a chance
   of becoming poisoned to a set level.
Disease Land: Same as the above, but this terrain type diseases you instead of
   poisoning you.
Crumbling Terrain: If you cast Move Mountains or Shatter on a terrain of this
   type, it will transform to another terrain type that you specify below.
Lockable Terrain: No clue what this is for, but it seems to be used for
   portcullises somehow.
Unlockable Terrain: Your basic locked door. By setting the difficulty to 10,
   the door is impossible to unlock.
Unlockable/bashable: Anything of this type is the same as the above, but it
   can be bashed open as well as lockpicked or magically opened.
Is a Sign: You can create text to be displayed when the party views this
   terrain.
Call Local Special: When terrains of these types are searched/stepped on, a
   town or outdoor special is called.
Call Scenario Special: When terrains of these types are searched/stepped on, a
   scenario special of your choice is called.
Conveyor north, south, east, west: When the party steps on a terrain of one of
   these types, they are moved one space in the direction shown in
   parenthesis.
Blocked to Monsters: Monsters cannot step on spaces of this type under any
   circumstances. Used to block monsters from leaving/entering certain areas.
Town Entrance: These spaces can be set to act as a town and when parties
   enter, the enter a town number that you set.
Can be Used: If you select "use" and then click on a terrain of this type, it
   will be changed in one way or another.
Call Special if Used: If you select "use" on this terrain, it will call a
   special node that you set.


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|h) Customizing the Graphics| 6941 |
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One of the coolest thing about making scenarios is that you can change the
graphics to fit your scenario needs. Know that custom-graphic making is not
for everyone and that it will take some time. Also know that the information I
am about to give you will be a little confusing, and so it is helpful if you
try it out yourself.
I also got much of this information from the documentation that comes with the
Scenario Editor, and little of it did I find out myself.

This is very confusing, so please read this carefully. Each individual custom
graphic is called a slot, and it must be 28 x 36 pixels. When you have created
all of your custom graphics, they must be assembled on a single .BMP file
(Windows users) or a PICT (Macintosh users). This huge graphic containing your
small graphics must be 280 pixels wide (that is wide enough for 10 slots) and
any multiple of 36 pixels high. This single large picture is called the custom
sheet. In the first row (rows are horizontal) are slots 0-9, going from left
to right. In the second row are slots 10-19, and so forth.
If you are confused by this, I recommend you look into the custom graphics
files that come with the scenarios that accompany BoE or the Scenario Editor
documentation. As I've said, this is a confusing concept and will take a while
to understand fully.

If you are on a Macintosh computer, you will need to download a program called
ResEdit. This program is free, and can be found at several websites. I believe
that there is a link to it at spiderwebsoftware.com.
You must first make all of your graphics (info about the graphics is below)
into that one single custom sheet and make sure it fulfills the requirements.
Then, open up ResEdit and create a new file. Then, name it the same as your
scenario but end it with .meg instead of .exs. Create a PICT resource and then
copy-paste your custom sheet into the PICT resource. Go to Get Info and give
the resource a resource number of one. Save this file in the Blades of Exile
Scenario Folder.

If you are on a Windows computer, do the following:
1) Duplicate one of the Blades of Exile graphic files.
2) Give it the same name as your scenario, but end it with .bmp instead of
  .exs.
3) With your painting program, open up this file.
4) Change the size to the size of the custom sheet. Draw your graphic here.
5) Place your bitmap file in the BLDSSCEN folder.

That is how you make the finished sheet work, but how do you specify what each
graphic type will be?

Terrain (not animated terrain): One 28 x 36 graphic. If you are going to make
  a terrain use this graphic, you must add 1000 to wherever it asks for a
  terrain number (usually modifying terrain types, but there are other places
  you might want to use your custom terrain as well)
Terrain (animated this time): Animated terrains need four graphics, and they
  must be in consecutive slots. In case you are confused about what an
  animated terrain is, it is a terrain that changes what it looks like every
  couple of turns (usually to give the notion that it is moving, like water or
  fire). Add 2000 to the slot the first graphic is in to use it.
Dialog Picture/Dialog Face: A 36x36 picture that must be split into two
  halves. Put each 18x36 half into two consecutive slots in your custom
  graphics sheet. To use this graphic in a "Display Dialog" node, add 1000 to
  the slot number the first part of the graphic is in. If you are using this
  graphic as a character's face, then you still add 1000 to the slot the first
  part of the graphic is in and place it in wherever it asks for a facial
  graphic.
Item: Each item is a 28x36 picture. To give something this picture, add 150 to
  the slot number the item is in.
A 1x1 Monster: You need 4 graphics, and they must be placed in this order:
->monster, normal, facing right
->monster, normal, facing left
->monster, attack picture, facing right
->monster, attack picture, facing left
  When giving monsters this picture, add 1000 to the first slot that the 4
  graphics are in and put that number in wherever it asks for a monster pic.
A 2x1 Monster: You need 8 pictures, and in this order:
->left half of monster facing right
->right half of monster facing right
->left half of monster facing left
->right half of monster facing left
->left half of monster attacking right
->right half of monster attacking right
->left half of monster attacking left
->right half of monster attacking left
  Add 2000 to the first slot the monster's graphics are in and place that
  number wherever it asks for a monster picture number.
A 1x2 Monster: You need these 8 graphics, in this order:
->top of monster facing right
->bottom of monster facing right
->top of monster facing left
->bottom of monster facing left
->top of monster attacking right
->bottom of monster attacking right
->top of monster attacking left
->bottom of monster attacking left
  Add 3000 to the slot number of the first graphic, and place that resultant
  number wherever it asks you for your monster graphic number.
A 2x2 Monster: You need to have a full sixteen graphics, and in this order:
->top-left of monster facing right
->top-right of monster facing right
->bottom-left of monster facing right
->bottom-right of monster facing right
->top-left of monster facing left
->top-right of monster facing left
->bottom-left of monster facing left
->bottom-right of monster facing left
->top-left of monster attacking right
->top-right of monster attacking right
->bottom-left of monster attacking right
->bottom-right of monster attacking right
->top-left of monster attacking left
->top-right of monster attacking left
->bottom-left of monster attacking left
->bottom-right of monster attacking left
  When asked to give the monster's number, add 4000 to the first slot that the
  monster's graphics are in. Place this number in wherever you are asked for
  it.

So that is how you customize the graphics. Use this features to give your
scenarios a personality all their own!
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To be good, every scenario must have this one thing. This one four-letter
word: PLOT.
Without a quality plot, a scenario will suck. Nobody wants to play a scenario
without a story to go along with it. Period.
When thinking of a plot, here are some things to think of:
1) The conditions of the setting of the story.
If the story takes place on an island, how are things there? Are they
miserable, wealthy, abandoned? This is very important as most characters in
your scenario must reflect this decision.
2) Based on the conditions, what is the biggest problem?
This is what most people in your scenario are focused on. In the Valley of the
Dying Things, it is the plague. In A Mild Rebellion, it is the rebellion.
3) What is the party supposed to do?
This is the whole point of the story. What problem is the party supposed to
solve? Are they supposed to solve the biggest problem, or just a small thing?

Once you have answered those three questions, move on to the next section. If
you haven't answered them yet, read on.

I know it is hard to answer those three questions. It took me a long time to
think of a genius plot, and it still isn't even close to being perfected. But
once you get an idea, answer those questions fast to get a good idea of what
your scenario will form into.
Remember, the plot is the heart of your story. If it sucks, your scenario 
sucks.
Take your time deciding a plot. It is worth it.
Here's some advice, though:
1) Take an event that happened in history. Reproduce it into a scenario, but
   make a few changes here and there.


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1) What you should first do is estimate how many outdoor sections there should
   be. If your scenario is a going to be a large epic, it might need a lot of
   sections. Otherwise, 10 or so sections will be enough.
2) After you decide how many sections there is going to be, then draw a grid
   on a piece of paper with that many sections within it. Then, ignoring the
   grid lines (except in some special circumstances), fill in the map for your
   scenario. Color in water and cave walls/mountains.
3) After you do this, place in the cities on your map where you think they
   should be placed. Place the cities most important to the plot down first.
   That will make them there and in the best space possible. Remember that if
   there are too few of cities, your scenario might become too boring. If
   there are too many, your scenario may seem overcrowded and it will take a
   lot longer to make your scenario.
4) After you decide on the amount and locations of the cities, then you should
   decide where the party starts your scenario. I think the party should start
   scenarios as far away from the ending place as possible, but that can
   definitely change based on the scenario's plot.
5) After deciding where the party is to start, go ahead and decide what parts
   of the quest are done where. Is the party supposed to talk to a poor beggar
   in this town? Or are they supposed to talk to the king of the land in the
   huge castle? This is important is it makes some things necessary right from
   the start.
6) Make a list of all of the towns in your scenario. Write down what number
   they are or will be.
7) Go ahead and launch the Exile Scenario Editor
8) Click on "Make a New Scenario".
9) Follow the steps filling in all of the information EXCEPT for the town
   numbers. Just keep that as it is.
10) Go on to the next section.


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If you really want to make your scenario famous, popular, good, whatever, just
remember this one thing:
                  "Good scenario design takes time."
That is really true. If you are going to make an epic like the Exile trilogy,
expect to take at least three months to do it-and that's if you're lucky.

Here are a few other tips:

While making your scenario, take careful notes. On everything: The stuff-done
flags you use, coordinates for something, special item numbers, etc. All of
that is very important that you know it because otherwise, you will go looking
for it and not be able to find the answer to your question.

TAKE YOUR TIME. If you rush through your scenario, it will suck. Believe me, I
found that out after building my first scenario. I only put the necessary
characters in a town and maybe 1 or 2 others. My scenario was VERY boring
because no one really had anything to say, and so my scenario turned out not
only boring, but easy because I could find the right characters easier than I
should have. If you take your time your scenario will be a lot more fun, more
in-depth, and the storyline will seem amazing.

Size doesn't ALWAYS matter. A 100k scenario could be a lot better than a 1000k
scenario. The plot is more important than anything in your scenario, be it
items, monsters, whatever. If one scenario has 200 towns, that doesn't make it
better than one with 20 towns. But, if plot is of equal quality, a larger
scenario is generally better.

Always stick to your original plot. Don't change things around unless you will
be able to change it everywhere you first put it. Otherwise, your scenario
will become confusing, annoying, and, in some cases, unbeatable. Nobody wants
to play a scenario like that.

Don't give players too much loot. If you give them like 10,000 gold for one
simple mission, it makes your scenario way to easy. Don't just hand out
DoomBlades+50. Make the player earn it (if it is even in your scenario at
all), and make them earn it well. On the same line, don't lower the cost of
should-be expensive things too much because it makes your scenario too easy.


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If you are planning on releasing your scenario to the whole wide world, then
make sure you test it. I found out a lot of errors in my scenarios when
testing them that I had no clue even existed. My scenario would have been
impossible to beat if I had not tested it.
Although you may think that yours is perfect in every way known to mankind, it
is probably not. Not to insult you or anything, but that is probably true.
First, you yourself should test your scenario to look for major errors that
make the scenario completely unbeatable.
This might take a while, but it can go faster by using Debug mode. More
information about Debug mode is available in the "Help" menu of the Scenario
Editor.
After that, give your friends a copy of your new scenario and have them play
it. This will let you know if there is some information that only the author
of the scenario (you) would know and no one else can find it and,
conveniently, it is needed to beat the game. Make sure you don't give them any
help whatsoever. If they can beat it (without editing it, that is), then your
scenario is ready for release.
If your friends could not beat it, then ask them where they got stuck. Fix
whatever problem was there, and all of the others they found. Then have them
try again.
Once your scenario is thoroughly tested, go ahead and read on.

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I recommend submitting your TESTED scenario straight to spiderwebsoftware.com.
They have a way of uploading your scenario into their database. I forgot the
exact link, but I know it is there. Just make sure you follow their
instructions. As far as I know, spiderwebsoftware.com is the best place to
submit a scenario to.
If you know of any others, feel free to e-mail them to me.

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IV. Comments from Other Scenario Authors

I would post most of this stuff throughout the FAQ where it belongs, but that 
would take me too long and I would have to filter out my errors and everything 
else...most of what is here I can say for sure is correct....these guys know 
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1. Party Creation: I'd say that it's important to note that more than one NC 
character is unnecessary, and thus to steer well clear of Party 1.
2. Party Creation: It's worthy of note that parties can and do get created 
with fewer than 6 characters; this tends to be more challenging, but makes the 
division of loot and EXP among party members less harsh.
3. Party Creation: It's also worthy of note that the default party has many, 
many more points to work with than a scratch party.
4. Party Creation: I would personally discourage the use of nonspecialized 
spellcasters until the party hits a higher level; casters with both mage and 
priest tend to be weaker than just mages or just priests.
5. Character Archetypes: Luck is useful for ALL character archetypes, and best 
gotten early. At 20 luck, the character has a 95% chance to cheat death 
whenever killed.
5. Stats: Dexterity is an important statistic for warriors more than anyone 
else: it has NO impact on lockpick/disarm traps/&c.
6. Stats: Intelligence has NO impact on lockpick/disarm traps/&c.
7. Stats: The maximum encumberance a mage can cast spells with is 1, not 2. 
Defense does not change this, it merely makes it so that mages with 1 
encumberance fail less.
8. It is worthy of note that ALL characters get all the spells of level 3 and 
below automatically, and can cast them whenever they get the skill.
9. Stats: Again, Disarm Traps is the ONLY skill which makes any difference in 
disarming traps.
10. Stats: Lockpicking skill, type of lockpicks, and TOWN DIFFICULTY (NOT type 
of door -- locked doors can be lockpicked, magically lock doors can't, and 
impervious doors can't be lockpicked or magically unlocked) determine chance 
of success in picking door locks.
11. Stats: I personally think one should get luck early, and lots of it, but 
that's a doctrine difference, really.
12. Attributes: Nephil also boosts either archery or thrown weapons, I forget 
which. I repeat, 'thief' characters do not benefit from extra int or dex 
unless they are also casters or warriors, respectively.
13. Attributes: Toughness removes exactly 1 point of damage. It is nearly 
worthless, IMO.
14. Attributes: Ambidextrous is a very valuable trait, actually -- all of the 
best late-game weapons are one-handed, and there are few good late-game 
shields or late-game 2-handers.
15. Attributes: Cave Lore and Woodsman are almost utterly worthless, given 
that no one seems to use them.
16. Attributes: Highly Alert is rather good for the simple fact that it's 
impossible to be immune to magic without complete invulnerability, and sleep 
and paralysis are devastating and dangerous effects.
17. Spells: It's worthy of note that no hasting spell is more effective than 
any other, they just affect more people and last longer.
18. Spells: Ignore Drakefyre's propaganda. Summoning spells are good for 
situations where you get chewed up if you don't have a lot of targets flying 
around.
19. Spells: Sleep Cloud is EXTREMELY useful against magic-weak monsters, which 
constitutes a lot of them. It stops them from acting and makes any melee 
damage you do to them more effective.
20. Spells: Wall of Force can be useful as a screening spell; monsters hate 
crossing fields even if they are immune to them, and it will do damage to 
quite a few monsters if used properly.
21. Spells: Anyone who's ever participated in the Arena will tell you you're 
dead wrong about Weak Summoning, for the same reason I gave a little bit ago 
for Summon Beast.
22. Spells: I find it vaguely ironic you give Web a 2 and Sleep Cloud a 1.
23. Spells: Paralysis is strong for the same reason Sleep is, only it's harder 
to resist (resistance to it is flat, not increasing by level), it increases 
extra damage done by more, and the monster doesn't have a chance to swing at 
you after being paralyzed.
24. Spells: I've never been able to use Mindduel to any great good since it 
was tied to Magic resistance in E3.
25. Spells: Both Shade-summoning spells are useful because undead pierce 
armor, which is rather common.
26. Spells: Cure Paralysis is good because being paralyzed stops the PC from 
acting and causes them to take scads more damage, as well as being rather hard 
to resist.
27. Potions: Potion of Power only changes physical combat skill, I think.
28. Potions: It is impossible to overemphasize how good Knowledge Brew is.
29. Potions: Liar -- you can't make Strong Power potions.
30. Conditions: Being blessed does not change your stats or your magical 
skill.
31. Conditions: Being cursed doesn't either.
32. Conditions: You are wrong on Dumbfound -- it's permanent.
33. Conditions: Sleep and paralysis wear off after some time -- paralysis 
takes longer to wear off -- and cause the character to be unable to act, and 
take much more damage in melee combat. Sleep looks like 3 'Z's, and Paralysis 
looks like a character icon with bars over it.
34. Combat with spellcasters: ALWAYS cast AM cloud if you can help it. Being 
anywhere near an AM cloud prevents mages and priests from casting, and they 
seldom have an attack much better than their spells. Monsters cannot breathe 
out of or into AM clouds, unless they use Darkness.
35. It is good to note that most types of monsters with ranged (NOT breath) 
attacks can be stopped from using these by closing into melee range with them 
with one character -- if a missile monster can attack at melee range, it will 
never shoot.
36. Judicious use of paralysis and Sleep Cloud on magic-weak monsters can 
really shorten combat.
37. Do note that BoE comes with 3 scenarios, but there are hundreds available 
for download free.
38. I'll let someone with editor experience look at the guide to the editor.
39. *coughs loudly* ONLY SW offers quality scenarios? Look up Alexandria and 
the Lyceum; they both offer a tremendous wealth of information about good 
scenarios and bad ones, as well as an accurate reviews system.
40. After you've seen some of the scenarios at Alexandria, you might change 
your Top 5 list a bit (I liked Tatterdemalion too, but I wouldn't call it my #
1 favorite)
41. Your spelling of 'awesome' makes me cry.

On custom monsters:
1. It's important to note that skill doesn't change anything except chance to 
hit in melee.
2. It's also important to note that some types change things: slimes, stone, 
and undead are immune to sleep, demons and undead ignore armor, Importants 
cannot be copied with Capture Soul, and some monsters make different death 
sounds when killed.
3. It's important to note that a monster with 1d20 is more effective than a 
monster with 20d1, because a 20d1 monster will always do 20 (or, well, 22), 
whereas a 1d20 monster does an average of about 10; similarly, 20d1 20d1 20d1 
is more effective than 20d3, because 20d1 * 3 does 60 (or, well, 66), whereas 
20d3 only does an average of about 40.
4. It's also important to note that the number of dice that a monster will use 
is one MORE than the one entered -- e.g. a monster which is given 20d1 in the 
editor will do 21d1 in the game, and a monster given 0d50 in the editor will 
do 1d50 in the game.
5. Darkness breath is distinguished in that it damages everyone except 
invulnerable PCs and has even more awful AI than regular breath. It is notable 
that, on Windows BoE, regular breath costs 3 AP and darkness costs 5, whereas 
in Mac BoE, all breaths cost 4.
6. You neglected to mention resistances/immunities: monsters with 
cold/fire/poison resistance will take less damage from those sorts of damage, 
and with C/F/P immunities will take NO damage from those sorts of damage. 
Monsters with magic resistance will take reduced damage from magic damage and 
have a reduced chance of being harmed by special effects. Monsters with magic 
immunity will take no damage from magic damage and will be immune to nearly 
all special effects. Resistance and immunity can be stacked, but this is silly 
and pointless.
7. It is important to note that antimagic clouds do a horrible hatchet job on 
all monster spellcasters, both friendly and hostile to the user; and also, 
monsters are loath to cross fields they are weak to, and not even enthusiastic 
about crossing fields they resist or are immune to.
8. There is a BIG difference between Heat Ray and fire breath: heat ray costs 
only 1 AP, as opposed to 4 (Mac) or 3 (PC), has fewer crippling AI problems 
than Breath, and so on. A high-speed monster with heat ray will chew up a non-
invulnerable party and spit it out.
9. It is important to note that Splits When Hit is ineffective on friendly 
monsters: the copy it creates is Hostile Type A no matter what. It's ALSO 
notable that the monsters created by Splits have as many HP as the monster who 
generated them did after being hit -- so eventually, it's possible to reduce a 
single strong monster to a crowd of weak ones.
10. It is important to note that Steals Food, both Drain Touch abilities, 
Spell Point Drain, and Permanent Martyr's Shield do not work monster-to-
monster.
11. Specifically, when hit with non-poison, non-physical, non-darkness damage, 
a monster will gain as many HP as it would normally lose. This does not work 
if it is immune to those elements, and works less if it is resistant to them. 
It does NOT block paralysis or sleep, poison, darkness, or physical damage.
12. Petrification Touch does not work in any version of BoE.
13. Your description of Death Touch is inaccurate. It does tremendous amounts 
of what I believe to be Darkness damage on physical contact, but it does NOT 
instantly kill anything.
14. Invulnerable reduces physical, darkness, and poison damage by 90%, as well 
as rendering the monster completely immune to everything else, incl. all 
status effects. Wound counts as Darkness damage, apparently; the 90% comes 
with some kind of threshold, so it does NOT render a monster completely 
impervious to damage, although it takes very little. A monster with 
Invulnerable and ~30 HP would be an easy kill for a medium-level party.
15. Guard: This is an ability no sane scenario maker should have any truck 
with -- the monster gains 1000 HP a round (up to the 16-bit maximum, 32767) 
whenever it becomes Hostile Type A. This basically makes it immune to 
everything except superparties.
16. Incidentally, poison only strikes on the first attack -- a monster with 
poison 4 will not poison any more severely on a 3-hit barrage than on a 1-hit 
barrage. If the first hit of a barrage misses or does no damage, no poison 
will be inflicted.
That should be all for that.

EDIT: List of abilities in terms of AP cost:

0-REACTIVE: Field, summon (these abilities take place at the same time of any 
other action -- e.g. whenever a monster performs any action, they have a % 
chance to surround themselves with fields or summon one monster 
automatically). To an extent, touch specials are also reactive -- although 
they only work on melee attacks, NOT any other action.
1: Heat Ray, Move
2: Good Archer, Throw Razordisks, Shot Missile (PC?)
3: All remaining missile specials, non-dark Breath (Win), thrown missile (PC), 
Use Item (PC), all ray specials
4: Physical Attack (PC/Monster) (NOTE: This includes all physical attacks in 
the barrage and any associated touch specials; ambidextrous PCs have a two-hit 
barrage, and monsters can have two-or-three hit barrages), all breaths (Mac)
5: Priest (Monster?/PC), Mage (Monster?/PC), Dark Breath (Win)

Note that abilities take that many AP or however many are left, whichever 
number is less. A monster with 5 speed can give two attack barrages, and so 
can a monster with speed 7, provided BOTH are at melee range when they start 
the combat.
There's a list of what level mage monsters can cast what spells; I don't know 
where it is, or I'd repost it.

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    quote:Immediate corrections:
    1. Party Creation: I'd say that it's important to note that more than one 
NC character is unnecessary, and thus to steer well clear of Party 1.

Agreed. I give one of my fighters 5 or 6 ranks of Disarm Traps to start with 
and then forget about it, and don't normally bother with alchemy or 
lockpicking at all.

    quote:3. Party Creation: It's also worthy of note that the default party 
has many, many more points to work with than a scratch party.

Right. And more importantly, at character creation these points can be 
reallocated to other skills more useful than the ones they're in by default 
(Poison Use? Really, now...) This almost feels like cheating, though.

    quote:4. Party Creation: I would personally discourage the use of 
nonspecialized spellcasters until the party hits a higher level; casters with 
both mage and priest tend to be weaker than just mages or just priests.

In the long run, the best way to make a spellcaster is to avoid investing too 
many points in intelligence or SP during character creation. There's no reason 
to start with more than 4 intelligence; at low levels, I find myself doing 
most of my damage with field spells (Conflagration, Wall of Force, etc.) 
anyway, which inflict damage not dependent on intelligence.

As for spell points, those 3 free spell points for every starting spell level 
add up, and you'll be grateful for them at higher levels. I try to get all my 
spellcasters at least 12 total spell levels (mage + priest) right from the 
start.

    quote:5. Character Archetypes: Luck is useful for ALL character 
archetypes, and best gotten early. At 20 luck, the character has a 95% chance 
to cheat death whenever killed.

Agreed. Start all characters with 1 luck if you can spare the points; it 
effectively allows you to get out of ANY situation by saving/reloading a few 
times.

    quote:5. Stats: Dexterity is an important statistic for warriors more than 
anyone else: it has NO impact on lockpick/disarm traps/&c.

Weapon skills (Edged, Bashing, Pole, even Archery or Thrown if you're into 
that sort of thing) are much more effective than Dexterity, as long as you can 
decide early on what weapon type each fighter is going to be using. I don't 
bother putting Dexterity higher than 4.

    quote:7. Stats: The maximum encumberance a mage can cast spells with is 1, 
not 2. Defense does not change this, it merely makes it so that mages with 1 
encumberance fail less.

This just isn't true. My mages' spells never fail with 1 encumbrance and no 
defence; at 2 encumbrance, they always fail with no Defence and still fail 
fairly often with 5 or even 10 Defence. I'm not sure if it's possible to 
succeed with more than 2 encumbrance; I suspect not. I'd rather just keep my 
mages' encumbrance at 1 and not waste points in Defence.

Defence may also reduce the chance of fighters losing AP due to high 
encumbrance. I'd still rather keep my fighters' encumbrance down to 2 or 3, 
though.

    quote:10. Stats: Lockpicking skill, type of lockpicks, and TOWN DIFFICULTY 
(NOT type of door -- locked doors can be lockpicked, magically lock doors 
can't, and impervious doors can't be lockpicked or magically unlocked) 
determine chance of success in picking door locks.

Actually, there is a field in the editor with "Lock Difficulty" in it on 
locked door terrain types, that can be set to a number from 1 to 10. I think 
it has at least SOME effect in determining chance of success in picking the 
lock.

    quote:11. Stats: I personally think one should get luck early, and lots of 
it, but that's a doctrine difference, really.

In my experience, 5 luck is enough to cheat death more than half the time. 10 
luck is enough to cheat death nearly every time. More than that is excessive.

    quote:12. Attributes: Nephil also boosts either archery or thrown weapons, 
I forget which.

It's an effective bonus, like the Slith bonus with polearms. It doesn't 
actually show up in stats, I don't think.

    quote:14. Attributes: Ambidextrous is a very valuable trait, actually -- 
all of the best late-game weapons are one-handed, and there are few good late-
game shields or late-game 2-handers.

I don't mind halberds, actually. Dual waveblades may theoretically do more 
damage, but most things you're likely to fight with a party that well-equipped 
are going to be armed. I'd recommend two polearm-wielders and one ambidextrous 
edged-wielder, or vice versa.

Of course, all this balancing goes out the window when scenario designers fill 
their scenarios with 50+60 swords and the like, but if you're going to count 
that sort of thing you may as well just cut out the middleman and get your 
items from a cheat scenario.

    quote:15. Attributes: Cave Lore and Woodsman are almost utterly worthless, 
given that no one seems to use them.

On the other hand, hey, 4% and 6%, and you only need them on one character 
each. It's not like they cost the world.

    quote:16. Attributes: Highly Alert is rather good for the simple fact that 
it's impossible to be immune to magic without complete invulnerability, and 
sleep and paralysis are devastating and dangerous effects.

Highly Alert doesn't protect from paralysis -- or doesn't protect completely, 
at any rate. Immunity to sleep is still good fun, though.

    quote:17. Spells: It's worthy of note that no hasting spell is more 
effective than any other, they just affect more people and last longer.

Well, if you haste yourself strongly enough, you can triple your AP instead of 
doubling it. Still, your basic point holds; this can be done by repeated 
castings of Minor Haste just as well as it can be done by one or two Major 
Blessings.

    quote:20. Spells: Wall of Force can be useful as a screening spell; 
monsters hate crossing fields even if they are immune to them, and it will do 
damage to quite a few monsters if used properly.

Better still, trap them; surround them completely with walls as well as 
dropping one on their heads, so they're taking damage every round and can't 
step out of the field (or if they do, they take more damage in the process). 
This is how my low-level parties deal with most outdoor encounters in high-
level scenarios.

    quote:22. Spells: I find it vaguely ironic you give Web a 2 and Sleep 
Cloud a 1.

Webs do have one useful feature, in that 2 or 3 of them in a line will obscure 
vision. Good for stealing from shopkeepers before you get Fire or Force 
Barrier.

    quote:26. Spells: Cure Paralysis is good because being paralyzed stops the 
PC from acting and causes them to take scads more damage, as well as being 
rather hard to resist.

Hee hee. Scads. You're right, though; paralysis takes hundreds of rounds to 
wear off and is generally bad, although getting paralysed isn't actually very 
common.

    quote:27. Potions: Potion of Power only changes physical combat skill, I 
think.

There's no such thing as a Potion of Power. I think the alchemy screen calls 
energy potions power potions (or some of them, anyway). It's Strength potions 
that bless you (which increases your accuracy and damage inflicted with melee 
and missile weapons, and decreases opponents hit rate and damage against you).

    quote:28. Potions: It is impossible to overemphasize how good Knowledge 
Brew is.

It takes almost 40 skill points invested in Alchemy to be able to make 
Knowledge Brew. Just to recoup the costs you'd therefore need about 40 of each 
of the ingredients. I doubt I've run across 40 mandrake roots in all the 
scenarios I've ever played... well, there are scenarios where you can buy the 
things, but eh.

    quote:35. It is good to note that most types of monsters with ranged (NOT 
breath) attacks can be stopped from using these by closing into melee range 
with them with one character -- if a missile monster can attack at melee 
range, it will never shoot.

Shoots Spines is the exception to this.

Regarding AP use for missile weapons used by player characters, I believe bows 
cost 2 AP per shot and crossbows cost 3 AP per shot.

Poison also does a small amount of damage to invulnerables. It's a bit of a 
slow and inefficient way of doing things, and no use if the monster's also 
immune to poison, but worth knowing if you ever happen to be up against an 
invulnerable monster and you can't or don't want to fight it in melee or 
Quickfire it.

Does anyone know if field spells other than Quickfire can damage 
invulnverables? I suspect they can. Ordinary damaging spells can't, though 
(not even Wound); a small amount of damage will sometimes appear in the 
"splash" when the spell hits, but Scry Monster reveals the damage hasn't 
actually been inflicted.

Assassination and flaming/lightning weapon damage are definitely the best way 
to go, though, because they do full damage (not reduced!) against invulnerable 
monsters. Of course, to get that full bonus damage you have to damage the 
invulnerable monster with an ordinary hit...

Regarding AP costs for monsters' missiles: I'm pretty sure it's 3 for 
everything except Razordisks and Good Archer.

Regarding AP costs for mage spells: It seems to depend on the spell being cast 
and the caster's level (and intelligence?) for PCs, and the spell only for 
monsters. For both PCs and monsters, Major Haste, Major Blessing and Shockwave 
*always* seem to cost 6 AP. Summoning spells and lesser hasting spells also 
usually seem to cost 6 AP, especially for monsters.

Regarding AP costs for priest spells: Always 5 for PCs, 4 or 5 for monsters. 
Avatar always costs 5, all other spells usually seem to cast 4.

All results are for my copy of Blades on my Mac. YMMV.

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I have all priest spells and low-level mage spells as 5, while higher level 
mage spells cost six, but at a lower level, even some lower level mage spells 
will cost six AP.

Quickfire will not damage someone fire immune, though, and most invulnerables 
we run across are Fire Immune.

Scenario Editor Section:

1. Scenario Details: Contact information box does not display on the scenario 
entering screen.
2. Variable Town Entry: Not exactly. You have an SDF for the town, and the 
value it's set to is a number you add to the town's number to find the new 
town. If town 6 has SDF 3,4 set to 5, town 11 will be the new town.
3. Events generally don't work as they're supposed to. This does not apply to 
the timers, which are a different kind of 'event'.
4. Writing data to a text file is useful when you need to put in the number of 
an item/terrain/monster and have it right there on paper.
5. Outdoor Special Encounters: it's also recommended that you check the box to 
have them fight the party right away.
6. 95: Enter Dungeon96: Sleep - should be a line break.
7. Show/Hide Town is extremely buggy in all aspects.
8. Major events - don't work.
9. If the inventory is full for a forced give, the item drops to the ground.
10. Buy All Items of Type - doesn't work like that. NPCs buy the items of that 
class from the party.
11. One Time Do Nothing vs. Do Nothing and Set - the 'do nothing' does not set 
the flag to 250 when it jumps to - another node is needed to do that. In 'do 
nothing and set', the flag is set to 250 when the next node is jumped to.
12. SFX Burst - Electricity and Teleportation are switched - the docs are 
wrong in the order.
13. Stairways are extremely useful for teleportation between towns. They're 
the only node that changes towns.
14. Some rectangle nodes only work in the upper left corner. I don't remember 
which ones those are.
15. Creature Can Move: If it sees a hostile creature, it will move no matter 
what this value is.
16. On Macs, dialogue that's too long is sometimes cut off at the bottom of 
the window.
17. Ability Strength for items doesn't work like it's supposed to.
18. Weak Weapons and Poisoned Weapons don't work like they're supposed to.
19. Accuracy only helps missile weapons.
20. Free Action protects from sleep, paralysis, and other movement-restricting 
status effects.
21. Bliss is a strong blessing.
22. You can also change the names of the first 90 terrain types, along with 
their graphics.
23. Lockable terrain is for opened doors/portcullises
24. Look at the Lyceum forums and TM's BoE Website List.

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This section contains information that couldn't be placed into any other
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Of all of the websites I have been to, only one actually gives you QUALITY
scenarios available to download. I am talking, of course, about this website:
http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/
Here there are many scenarios available to download, and, as I've mentioned
before, you can submit your own to this website as well.

If you happen to know of any more download sites, please let me know via
e-mail.

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These are websites that give you tips and help for making scenarios. They
provide input from BoE users. I have only been to one, and it is really great.
Here it is:
http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/
Man, this website seems to have everything.

If you know of any more, please let me know soon.

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As of today, these are the five best scenarios that I have played:
1. Tatterdemalion
2. Falling Stars
3. Shadow of the Stranger
4. Emulations
5. New Life

All of these scenarios are available for download at spiderwebsoftware.com
(where else). You should check them out today.

If you have played a scenario that you think is really great, submit your
rating of it to me. Your rating must follow these guidelines:

1. You cannot rate a scenario that you wrote, and the scenario must be posted
   at spiderwebsoftware.com.
2. Your ratings must be out of 10. No 11/10, 10.5/10 -1/10, etc. Decimal
   ratings are OK. Ex: 9.5/10
3. (optional, but strongly preferred) Give me a reason behind your rating.
4. Give me your name, so I can post your comments up here (if you don't want
   your comments posted, let me know that in the e-mail).

Chances are I will look into your scenario to see just how great it is,
unless, of course, I have already played it.

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1. The author of the documentation that came with Blades of Exile (I do not
   know who the author is). It is here that I found out the range of each
   spell and some of the info for the custom graphics. Thank you very much.

2. The program FIGlet, for the ASCII intro-text. Thank you.

3. Alec Kyras, Drakefyre, and Thuryl. Thank you for your input and
   corrections. Sorry I couldn't put them where they belong, but still, thank
   you very much.

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1. All of the wonderful people in my life!

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