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How does one experience all the dreams at Erana's Garden/Staff without the screen refusing to go beyond fading to black? I read elsewhere it might have something to do with time synching or something like that, but I haven't been able to find anything here or a fix.
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When you say fading to black, is the game actually freezing up, or are you just sleeping through the night without a dream happening?

I do seem to recall that some of the later dreams are dependent on plot progress (and for one of them, your character class), so if you're doing this while just idling in town or training skills, without actually completing any objectives or the like, you may not be eligible for them yet.
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Garran: When you say fading to black, is the game actually freezing up, or are you just sleeping through the night without a dream happening?

I do seem to recall that some of the later dreams are dependent on plot progress (and for one of them, your character class), so if you're doing this while just idling in town or training skills, without actually completing any objectives or the like, you may not be eligible for them yet.
OP means the game freezing.

It happens to me occasionally, but not consistently enough for me to help.
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Garran: When you say fading to black, is the game actually freezing up, or are you just sleeping through the night without a dream happening?

I do seem to recall that some of the later dreams are dependent on plot progress (and for one of them, your character class), so if you're doing this while just idling in town or training skills, without actually completing any objectives or the like, you may not be eligible for them yet.
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Zachski: OP means the game freezing.

It happens to me occasionally, but not consistently enough for me to help.
The game freezes except for the music. So far, this has only happened during the dream in which the hero kisses Erana, and it happens every time, no matter whether it's in the garden or at the staff. It happens whether I'm at normal speed or whether I've sped it up with Alt+F12

As far as progress is concerned, pretty much the only things left for me to do are to rescue Tanya and then the endgame.
I had this problem too. It would happen consistently, but I slept in the inn that night instead and then killed a day of time and the next night the game didn't freeze during the dream. Not sure what causes the bug to happen or not happen, but hopefully that helps.
It's a game bug, and a very old one. QFG4 uses "lowmem" in DOS and was extremely prone to memory leaks. On PCs of its day it was obvious when these leaks would start getting bad, as the game would slow down gradually and substantially. At that point you knew it was a good idea to save and restart the game. In DOSBox on modern PCs, it's usually impossible to tell until it's too late. The "Erana's kiss" dream sequence seems especially sloppy in terms of memory consumption / leaks, and this goes double for the swamp tomb sequence as well. Before and after either scenario, it's a good idea to save and quit and then restart the game. Annoying, but still nowhere near as buggy as the game was for those of us who bought it when it was contemporary.