Leveling up slow in Xak 2?

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By The Apeman

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29-01-2021, 16:23

I've started playing Xak 2 - Rising of the Red Moon (Oasis translation) and after leaving the first village I find that however many of the monsters I beat (really dozens now), my exp doesn't appear to go up, and the frogs can easily beat me.

Do need to grind for hours on end, or it there something I'm missing here?

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By Meits

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29-01-2021, 16:46

Wasn't this one of their funky copy protections?

By JohnHassink

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29-01-2021, 16:48

Or just the Karma mechanic?

By Randam

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29-01-2021, 17:03

The Karma mechanic needs you to go to the church to have your Karma removed and get more experience after. If you made a bad copy of your disks/ diskimages, Xak two has several bad effects:

In the crystal valley going through a door warps you to a dead end room. Your Karma is maxed and you can't enter the church and won't get any experience. And probably you would also have some difficulty in the castle, but I have never tried that.

By The Apeman

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29-01-2021, 19:13

I went into that church to get the priest to ask me to slay the monsters. Is that what you mean by removing the karma mechanic?

Yesterday I started over from the beginning to see if I missed something, but I couldn't even enter the church (the screen flashed white).

By JohnHassink

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29-01-2021, 20:24

If you can't even enter the church, this means that the copy protection is active.
You need to find another version in that case, because it's a dead end.

The reason you need to be able to enter the church is that killing enemies nets you (bad) karma points.
When your karma is at maximum (about 130 if I remember correctly), you'll stop getting experience points all together, meaning you can never level up.

Later in the game, you can get rid of karma by using a dedicated item (cross?), but until you get that, your only means of removing karma is to enter the church and have one of the nuns help you (one of them always offers to do so; I think it costs gold).

By The Apeman

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29-01-2021, 20:27

Odd: I went back to that village, had a nun remove my karma (twice) but it doesn't seem to help (got in the church using the debug 'feature').

Below the bar called exp, there are two numbers, 1000 and 10. I'd expect the 10 to increase with every monster I beat (or at least every five or so) and my character to level up when the latter has increased to the former, but it stays at 10, even when I beat monsters.

Is this translation playable?

By JohnHassink

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29-01-2021, 21:00

There is a version of the English translation in existence that has the copy protection disabled succesfully.
If your version doesn't let you in the church, I would not bother with it anymore and find another.

By Meits

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29-01-2021, 21:20

write down its hash so you don't try the same disk over and over again Wink

By Daemos

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29-01-2021, 22:04

The Apeman. If I could reach you somehow (like some email adress) I can help you out finding the right image.

By The Apeman

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29-01-2021, 22:19

Thanks, very helpful all!

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