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Finally got the game and good luck for the (dark?) future[edit source]

The page is clean so I hope posting here isn't awfully inconsiderate. Be kind, as I am about to start on the Path :) After reading the game is finally pretty darn stable on Linux (thank you DXVK), I bought it. I'm so excited!! Going to be a wonderful journey, I'm sure. Will probably use this magnificent wiki a fair bit, but will also try to hold off for fear of spoilers. With sad heart I heard Gamepedia got eaten by Wikia. I guess all you guys just have to like it now, and can't say much to the contrary, but I'm really saddened by it, and I saw a giant warning about their activities on this very page. At least I hope the design of the wikis (previously?) hosted by Gamepedia will remain, and won't get forced into the 2 cm width from Wikia. It would be such a smack in the face for all the incredible work all you people have done over the years, especially on this wiki, which I saw as the benchmark for all others to try to reach (and largely fail). Anyway, just a note from me about finally getting the game, and being rather giddy about the Path ahead. I hope you're all doing relatively well despite the takeover, and that people won't lose their jobs or anything of that sort. --— Pangaearocks (talk) 21:50, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

I'm really glad to hear you finally get to play this fine game! So far, the merger is going well and I am hopeful that once we work through all the processes, we will emerge a better company for both sides. Feel free to drop me a line here if you'd rather not get spoilers and i'll try to help you in a spoiler-free manner. Great to hear from you, btw! — Game widow ( talk ) 22:02, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, that is kind of you :) The interesting thing now, with a game I know next to nothing about, is that I can approach a wiki from a reader/user perspective rather than as editor/admin. I try to look up things I wonder about. Sometimes I find it, but sometimes I actually don't. Do you have a page with basic gameplay or terms explanations? Some or all of this will be in the in-game tutorial section, but some things I tried to look up here is (item) durability, adrenaline, stamina, whether mutagens are permanent, whether runestones are not, stuff like that. Came over the adrenaline rush page, but that is for Witcher 2. There is a page for stamina, but it's for the first game. Can't really find anything about adrenaline. Soon enough it will probably become very obvious (it sort of is), but if there isn't some type of beginner's explanation page, maybe that could be an idea -- even if the game is a few years old now? For instance, it took a long time until it suddenly dawned on me what that hammer-icon was about for items/armour. About non-spoiler advice, what is a sensible approach to recipes, ingredients and what to sell/keep? Should I buy all recipes at vendors, or will I find most of them by exploring? Such an awesome game though (if a little awkward with mouse+keyboard, especially in menus). I'm amazed at how GOOD it looks. The details on armour and especially faces blows my mind. Not at all used to such quality from the games I play (admittedly I don't play a ton of new games). Only up to level 4 and about to leave White Orchard, and it's been a ton of fun so far. Can't wait for the rest. Must remember to eat and drink this weekend, haha! — Pangaearocks (talk) 09:15, 23 February 2019 (UTC)
I am by nature a packrat when i play games, so my advice might be lacking there. Where recipes can be found for free seems to vary (or at least no one has reported consistently finding any given recipe anywhere in particular), but where they are sold appears constant, so if you have sufficient crowns, and you want a recipe, i'd say to just buy it when the opportunity arises. I try make sure I have all the substances recipes asap but i don't immediately worry about mutagen formulae, you can find a lot of mutagens by looting corpses. I, of course, loot every single corpse and container i come across and initially, i swap out my equipment if i find anything better until i can upgrade my starting armor and swords. Once I find diagrams for actual Witcher armor and weapons, i begin to upgrade those and stick to them and proceed to sell or dismantle any armor or weapons i find unless they are strictly better than my current set. It's up to you which school of armor you like but in general, all Witcher armor and weapons are better than "regular" armor and weapons.
Mutagens, runes and glyphs are permanent (unless you actually remove them or destroy them) while oils and potions are temporary. I've never worried about adrenaline, i simply try to keep all my status bars as full as i can and if that adrenaline bar gets close to zero, i stop running or leave combat and wait for it to replenish. That's it for now, but I'll add more information later and try to make searching easier, thanks for the good feedback. — Game widow ( talk ) 14:52, 23 February 2019 (UTC)
I totally missed this whole sale to Wikia story, so this is a complete surprise for me. What does it mean for the future of the Gamepedia Witcher wiki? Will it be adopted instead of Wikia one (which I see as a worse version), or it will be forced to merge with it, what will happen with design, previous restrictions that caused the whole split to begin with, and so on. May be it was all explained somewhere, but I was totally not paying attention :) I'm back to finally playing TW3 now (also on Linux), so I'm back to contributing there. — Gilrond (talk) 01:27, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice above btw, User:Game widow. Despite not replying I took it to heart. Don't know more about the details, User:Gilrond. Thankfully the design has stayed for now, although I do see some wikia-related sites are hooked into this wiki (easy to see when you use the excellent NoScript extension/add-on). Hopefully all these (once) Gamepedia wikis aren't put down, as I see them as much better than what they have at Wikia. But I'd love to know why their stuff has the far superior SEO. Typically I have to add "gamepedia" to get this wiki up in hits. It's pretty sad. — Pangaearocks (talk) 02:07, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Source for a warning poster?[edit source]

Hi! Do you know if this poster is found somewhere in the game data? I didn't find it in the bundle you gave me a while ago for decoding. — Gilrond (talk) 01:20, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

I'm sure it is, but i deleted that stuff a long time ago, so i'd have to extract it all over again to check — Game widow ( talk ) 02:37, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
But that's at least the second image i want to find, so i will probably redo the extraction — Game widow ( talk ) 16:00, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. I looked into extraction before for the purpose of getting the list of audio tracks from game files, but that was a while ago (some results here). It's possible in Wine using modkit. I can take a look again. — Gilrond (talk) 16:49, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
I did keep the guards farting and "pamparan" tracks locally, if you want them :D — Game widow ( talk ) 17:00, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
Hehe, I was more interested in the background music that plays during Gwent (as a motivation to write the script). It's not in the official soundtrack found on GOG. But there are a ton of such tracks there, I didn't go trough them yet, there are just so many. I'll probably revisit my script and pair it with track names from the XML, so it will save files and name them at the same time to make it easier to navigate the result. — Gilrond (talk) 17:03, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
That sounds great! It would be a nice addition to the wiki, too — Game widow ( talk ) 17:19, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
Oh! and while i think of it, if you are extracting icons, i'm sure there's one for Yennefer's omelet, but i can't find it on my hard drive anymore. If you aren't extracting icons, i'll probably do that on the weekend — Game widow ( talk ) 17:20, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
I haven't looked at icons before, I was mostly focused on music since it was obviously in the soundcache files and I was figuring out how to produce actual playable audio files + track names. Putting some details on the wiki about it is a good idea. Probably once I'll bring it in better shape with track naming. — Gilrond (talk) 17:24, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

DPL for status effects etc[edit source]

Don't know how DPL works as I was on the Cargo side back when I was an admin, but I see it is used on for instance The Witcher 3 silver swords. Is this something that can be applied for pages such as Bleeding and various other status effects and suchlike? Maybe weapons and other equipment too? I would think making such lists for what creatures and equipment is tied to e.g. bleeding would be pretty brutal to do manually -- as seems to have been done for the first two games. Bound to be heaps of weapons and other equipment that apply various effects, or reduce the effect's damage (mitigation). Just a thought. — Pangaearocks (talk) 02:20, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

About the wiki on mobile[edit source]

Sometimes I check out Recent Changes while on the cellphone in bed. If I check out the change on a particular page (diff/changes) and have the phone on the side (so it's easier to read), a bottom bar with the last editor (user) fills up half the screen, making it rather awkward to read. Seem to recall this happening on other wikis too, so it's perhaps a site-wide thing. Also seem to recall looking into this way back on the Pillars of Eternity wiki, without finding anything that would sort it out (but I'm not an expert on the inner workings of CSS). Is this something that can be done on the CSS side? — Pangaearocks (talk) 02:30, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

About Poem extension[edit source]

Just created a new page, Poem, as I couldn't see it in the wiki, and used <poem> as I saw the extension is part of the wiki. But after many, many attempts I couldn't get the formatting right because the space in the beginning (from : ) didn't "take". It seems to break up poem, so I have to use <poem>...</poem> on each line. Are you able to fix this so the spacing in the article looks right? — Pangaearocks (talk) 15:13, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

Fixed and i added the French, Italian and Polish pages — Game widow ( talk ) 11:57, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks :) — Pangaearocks (talk) 15:53, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

Vandalism[edit source]

The user (and his/her IP) that was temp banned for 3 days earlier is now back and vandalising the same pages again. Seems such a strange thing to do. Harsher measures may need to be put in place. I've reverted the changes for now, but I don't expect that to last. It's on the pages of Shani, Yennefer and Triss Merigold. — Pangaearocks (talk) 18:17, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

I blocked that vandal. — Gilrond (talk) 02:54, 30 June 2019 (UTC)
And it continues... Reverted Triss for now. — Pangaearocks (talk) 23:19, 30 June 2019 (UTC)
Not sure if blocking IPs is effective. The vandal IP is from Poland btw. I think in general, the wiki should forbid any edits without registration. — Gilrond (talk) 23:27, 30 June 2019 (UTC)
Blocking IPs is a tricky affair, as they tend to change frequently, and then you risk banning an innocent party. If this continues, it may be needed to change the protection of the affected pages, to autoconfirmed users for instance. There is merit in unregistered people being able to edit, so they can fix spelling mistakes and so forth. On an active wiki like this, vandalism probably isn't much of an issue, as somebody will drop by within hours and revert it. — Pangaearocks (talk) 22:35, 1 July 2019 (UTC)