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May-8-2006 07:48

Currently I have:
Sweet Talking
Rule Bending
Footprint Analysis
Hair Analysis
Thread Analysis

I was thinking of buying the following skills (in that order):
1) Pick Pocketing
2) Intermediate Sweet Talking
3) Advanced Rule Bending
4) Advanced Sweet Talking
5) Advanced Thread Analysis
6) Hand Writing Analysis
7) Hypnotism
8) The rest of the skills
Do you think I'm making a mistake somewhere, and if so - where?



Jun-9-2007 02:58

so here's another 'which-skill-next-help-request".

I'm smart and charming, subscribed, and most likely staying in NY for the next time. And I've got a nice amount of smart and charming points with my equiment.

I've got:
Hand Writing Analysis
Advanced Sweet Talking
Lock Picking
Advanced Rule Bending
Advanced Thread Analysis
Advanced Hair Analysis

the two I'd like to get next are:
footprint and hypnotism

which one would be more suitable?
I sometimes still have problems with people clamming up and finding evidence, so I really can't decide which one would be better. I'd also like to move somewhere else and build it up with another faction in a reasonable amout of time.
I'm up to realla really hard and finding incredibly hard quite OK most of the time too.

Any suggestiongs would be highly appreciated - I'll need time to build up on the points needed though anyway.


Jun-9-2007 03:23

oh and I'll get flirting too, but only after the more expensive ones. Actually I'm thinking about getting the two mentioned above (although I'm not sure about the order and needing help with that) and trying for underworld afterwards.

any thoughts on that???

Battered Shoe

Jun-9-2007 05:11

I would actually get flirting and then footprint analysis. Flirting will give you a serious edge (+20) when questioning suspects of the opposite sex. Hypnotism is useful but it's a much better idea to get your standard smart & charming skills before getting faction skills.


Jun-9-2007 10:26

but wouldn't it be better to get the more "expensive" skills before the cheaper ones?


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Arabella Parker
Arabella Parker

Jun-9-2007 14:39

Yes and no. It is usually a good idea to get the more expensive skills while the skill points come faster, but flirting is so helpful when interviewing someone of the opposite sex, I would agree with AraLives that flirting will get you farther than hypnotism and I would get it first.


Jun-9-2007 18:03

Always getting the most expensive skill is not always benefical. There are some faction skills that are absolutely worthless. For instance, Pugilism might be more expensive than flirting. For your character (I'm assuming you are going the "charming" route), puglism would do next to nothing as you don't use "tough" skills on suspects.

It's best to look at how the skill would help before looking at the price tag. ;)


Jun-10-2007 01:22

that's what I did Titus - and why I decided to go for hypnotism and underworld. and I just wanted to know the order in which to get them. and whether it'd be mroe usefull to skip on footprint in the meanwhile

also I'd like to leave NY in the next future and don't want to wait on having to rebuild my standing with the order afterwards but getting their skill and then starting of with the next faction (I know the order's to be found in another place as well, but I'd like to move on)

V Buster
V Buster
Old Shoe

Jun-10-2007 05:18

I'd leave Underworld Connections to last. I've been playing for well over two years and I have never had to quit a case because I couldn't get the suspect out of hiding. At best the skill saves you a small amount of time (and possibly money) but most of the other skills are far more usefull.


Jun-10-2007 05:51

thanx for the help - I've just bought flirting and will see what it does.
so the next ten points are reserved for hypnotism with footprint for the ones following after that and then I'll decide where to go from there

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