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Posted: November 8, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
Most of these settings can also be changed within the baldur.ini file, which is located within the game's subdirectory. There are several changes that you might consider making that can't be done within the configuration program, and are as follows:
- Debug Mode=1 - Turning on Debug mode (under program options) will allow you to have access to the console (accessable by pressing Ctrl+Space) within the game. This console will let you do some very interesting things (including cheating) which are kind of cool. Summoning monsters to fight is always fun.
- Cheats=1 - Turning this on obviously turns on the in-game cheats. These cheats are available through Debug mode as well, but this actually associates them with keys. To fully enable this, go into the console (remember, ctrl+space) and type in CLUAConsole:EnableCheatKeys(1);.
- Bored Timeout=# (where # is a number in hundredths of a second) - This is the amount of time it takes before the NPCs start talking because you (the player) are being boring and aren't doing anything. The default value for this is 3000, or 30 seconds.
- HP Over Head=1 - This setting makes the characters hit points float above their heads. This is a kind of cool feature so you may want to turn it on.
- Maximum Frame Rate=30 - Yes, this is the same frame rate setting from the config program, but what you don't know is that this can be set as high as 90. If you want the game to run even faster, use this to force the fps above 60.
I don't have a lot of information on the various console commands for the game short of the cheats that I grabbed at IGN. However, what I can tell you is that all of them are in the format of CLUAConsole:Command(#);, so if you want to do some experimenting, have fun with it. Some of the 'cheat codes' aren't necessarily cheats (like summoning monsters to kill), but they can be fun if you've played the game through and want a challenge.
As I said, at the time of this writing, there are no patches out for this game - however, one is in development and may even be released by the time you read this. If so, installing it will likely eliminate many, if not all, of the annoying little bugs in the game. Of course, that is only important if you are running into the annoying bugs - if you aren't, the patch probably won't do anything more than improve multiplayer performance.
Well, this is it for this tweak guide. Hopefully, you've found some good tweaks for Baldur's Gate 2. If you are still having trouble getting the game to run well on your computer, and you've tweaked out your computer with our tweak guides already, maybe it's time for an upgrade - this game isn't exactly the hardest on system resources. Good luck!
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