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Hello there.

I'm sorry if this has been answered before, to my defense I DID search for it but I couldn't find anything.

My question, request rather, is this;
Is there a RPG where you can play as a proper Necromancer?
Also, I've been looking for a cRPG with a grid-based inventory system. Kind of the Diablo 2 one.
Preferably, the games should have a good story. I HAVE looked at Baldur's Gate 2 and Planescape Torment but those just don't seem that appealing to me.

The thing that put me off TOEE is that people complain about the story and pretty much everything except the combat, which I'm not that interested in.

Thanks in advance!
This question / problem has been solved by Lerouximage
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Danii5555: Also, I've been looking for a cRPG with a grid-based inventory system. Kind of the Diablo 2 one.
For this part, Might and Magic has you covered, 6-8 for sure, can't recall the inventory of 3-5. And you can learn dark magic in them, not sure if you'd count them as necromancers.
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JMich: For this part, Might and Magic has you covered, 6-8 for sure, can't recall the inventory of 3-5. And you can learn dark magic in them, not sure if you'd count them as necromancers.
I read up on MM 8 and everything seems great except for one thing that I might have forgot to mention in the OP.
I kind of don't like party based games. I prefer single hero adventures.

Oh my, I sound so needy and pretentious :/

I really appreciate your answer though.
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Danii5555: I kind of don't like party based games. I prefer single hero adventures.
Well, it is (in theory) possible to solo the Might and Magic games, but not sure how well it would work with pure magic user :P
Don't worry, I'm sure someone will pop up and suggest another game, though the Might and Magic ones are highly recommended, even if they are party based.
Give Path of Exile a try. It's free2play, so you can just try it out rightaway, characters are customizable to the level of insanity, so if you want to be a Necromancer, by all means, be a necromancer, raise zombies and skeletons, possess the souls of your dead enemies, leech life from the living ones and eternally curse the rest! There's absolutely no problem soloing the game, in fact it's designed with that possibility in mind, there is a grid-based inventory system, and the story is surprisingly good for an action RPG.
Two Worlds comes to my mind. The inventory system is the generic Diablo-esque kind. There's no classes in single player but necromancy is one of the five schools of magic there, this includes the ability to summon undead creatures. Plot-wise the game is pretty dull but at least there is a fair amount of dialogue and quests.
Post edited March 04, 2013 by F4LL0UT
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Danii5555: I kind of don't like party based games. I prefer single hero adventures.
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JMich: Well, it is (in theory) possible to solo the Might and Magic games, but not sure how well it would work with pure magic user :P
Don't worry, I'm sure someone will pop up and suggest another game, though the Might and Magic ones are highly recommended, even if they are party based.
Do they hold up to this day, even though I don't have any nostalgic experience with them?
Also, which game is the best for a beginner?

Also also, I guess the thing that makes me back off these games are the fact that they just seem so intimidating. I don't know if I have what it takes to play a game that takes several weeks, months even, to complete.
As I recall in Baldur's Gate the second character you find on the road (and can recruit) is a neutral-evil Necromancer, Izar or something
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Fenixp: Path of Exile
I have played Path of Exile and while it is amusing it focuses way to much on hack n' slashing over a remarkable story.

Has anyone here played Neverwinter Nights?
All right, Morrowind then. Grid + weight - based inventory system, and by combining your spells right, you can be a necromancer / summoner.
Arcanum with black necromatic spells?
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Danii5555: Also, I've been looking for a cRPG with a grid-based inventory system. Kind of the Diablo 2 one.
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JMich: For this part, Might and Magic has you covered, 6-8 for sure, can't recall the inventory of 3-5. And you can learn dark magic in them, not sure if you'd count them as necromancers.
M&M 3-5 have inventory lists with icons and names, no grids. From my experience the M&M are very combat-heavy, sometimes even close to grindfests, and it seems the OP puts more store in story than combat?

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Danii5555: Has anyone here played Neverwinter Nights?
Yes, and that would have been my best recommendation. Not necessarily the official campaign, at least thematically that might not be what you're looking for (it's a bit generic and bland), but you might want to consider getting NWN in order to play fan-made modules which are often of professional quality and heavy on story-telling; and there are so many of them that you could also choose them according to gamelength - they range from short story of less than one hour to epic modules of 30 hours and more, and everything in between, whatever you prefer. And if you like the game, you can have fun with NWN's community content for years.

Neverwinter Nights has a grid-based inventory system just like Diablo 2, only that it offers much more room (six tabs and each is about the size of the single inventory tab in Diablo 2). And it's a single-hero-RPG (even though you can have henchmen/companion joining you, but you don't control them, which might be a drawback for some but maybe not for you?).

The game also offers Prestige classes, which are like specializations for the base classes, and one specialization for wizards and sorcerers is Pale Master, which is a kind of necromancer.

There are a few modules that are thematically related to necromancy, and where your character is involved in acts of necromancy (even though it's doesn't necessarily mean you're playing a proper necromancer in terms of class choice). Check out e.g. these ones:

Revenant
Deja Vu
Bone Kenning I: Art of the Thanaturge
Almraiven
Shadewood
The Breach

(In the last one you play as a - pregenerated - undead lord though, not a necromancer, and it's the only I haven't played myself, but it's supposed to be good, too)
Post edited March 04, 2013 by Leroux
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Crosmando: As I recall in Baldur's Gate the second character you find on the road (and can recruit) is a neutral-evil Necromancer, Izar or something
First is your character (duh) second is Imoen (thief) depending on how you play you can get the chaotic-evil Necromancer Xzar and his buddy Montaron a Fighter/Thie (Neutral Evil) 3rd and 4th
I thought NWN had a nice Necromancer option, it just takes a lot of building and concetrated point placement which is why I never did it.

On a side note, whenever someone gives me shit for calling D2 the greatest dungeon crawler ever, I point out that it is one of the only games ever with a full blown good and decent Necromancer! He has the look and he has the power which is why D2 stands heads above 1 and 3. :D
Post edited March 04, 2013 by tinyE
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