archaic words like "Skullduggery" and "Legerdemain"
Thanks for your answer. You're right, there's no "late time answer" for such kind of questions.
Well, you can imagine how these words can bewilder the non-English speaking person... :) If in the first one I can recognize the "skull-" part (I'd think it's a some kind of head-crushing skill or something ;) ), the second word leaves me with no clue at all... Something French, I guess.
Both words actually mean the same thing: trickery or chicanery. Something roguish.
Skulduggery (note the single "L") actually has nothing to do with skulls. Most etymology (word origin) sites attribute it to the Scottish "sculduddery" (adultery, obscenity), but I've also seen references to the Swedish "skuld" meaning "debt"; used to refer to bilking somebody out of money with a false promise to pay.
You are correct on legerdemain; it is French for "light of hand", as in the dexterity needed for magic tricks and the like.
Back to the subject at hand, Wizardry 8 is probably the best of the lot; the character development and battles are both much richer than anything in the MM series. But after awhile, this is also its downfall. After around the 15-hour mark, the battles can get very long and tedious, and I find the whole game slows down too much.
For this reason, even though I think W8 is objectively "better", I find MM6-8 more fun. And MM7 is probably the best of the 3, as others have mentioned. If time is a major factor, I recommend MM7.