You probably knew this already, but I definitely did not, so it is news. Even if only to me.
The bluff icon is not just some sort of amorphous blob, but is an actual, heavily-stylized image of a person. Playing poker! I mean, it makes total sense, but is still something I’ve never known even after playing the game for nearly ten years.
Dubious? Skeptical? I would be if someone was telling me this. “Oh sure”, I’d say, “a face playing poker”, while politely trying to contain the eye-rolling. Meanwhile on the inside I would be all about the idiocy of such a statement. Sure it is. A face. Playing poker.
Except yes it really is.
My Gamer Girl was as surprised as I. And she has no good excuse: she plays rogues all the time, uses Bluff heavily, and runs in first-person mode where this should have been extra visible. But even so.
A face. Playing poker. Huh.
Now I am super curious about the Intimidate and Diplomacy icons. Especially Diplomacy, which I almost always forget that I have, because … well really I don’t know why. Yet for some reason I just never remember to hit the Diplomacy button, even on characters that built up their Diplomacy on purpose. In my mind, the Diplomacy icon is just another amorphous blob. Intimidate has always impressed me as a fist giving someone the finger. You know which finger I mean. I’ve never investigated, the finger seemed appropriate.
Two blobs and a finger. That was Bluff, Diplomacy and Intimidate to me. Until now.
I should mention that I still didn’t notice the Bluff icon while playing; I found it later, when I was going through screen shots I’d taken in Fleshmaker’s Laboratory. I wanted to get close-ups of the Flesh Golems: they have such unique art. But instead I got a solid look at Bluff, apparently my first.
A face. Playing poker.
How could something so basic to the game have gone so unnoticed by me? I mean, you all knew this already, right? Am I just that oblivious? Never mind, don’t answer that.
Besides it is pretty clear that yes, I am that oblivious.
At least that oblivious. Probably more.
🙂 😀 🙂