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Ross Garrett
Ross Garrett

i trained my first level of the negotiation skill yet i did not see any option to use it when i had to bribe townies to give me the info i was looking for...i thought that was the purpose of the skill?

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Ghanz
Ghanz

you were better off spending ya skill points on lock picking >.>

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

Using Skills

Charm: Make a suspect or witness talk by being nice.

Intimidation: Make a suspect or witness talk by being mean.

Judge of Character: Determine whether somebody will respond better to Charm or Intimidation.

Lock Picking: Open a locked door without a key.

Negotiation: Lower the prices you must pay for most goods and services.

Research: Search through records to find information about a suspect. You can research in the following locations:
* Doylesburgh Police Station
* The Daily Monitor
* Spade Central Hospital

Code Breaking: Unravel meaning buried within a coded message. You must find a quiet place to concentrate to use this skill.

Necromancy: Speak with the dead to learn what secrets they took with them to the grave. You can only commune with the very recently departed.
Evidence Analysis Skills

You need time to spare and a quiet place to concentrate for these skills.

* Hair Analysis: Determine if hair evidence is from a curly or straight haired person.
* Thread Analysis: Determine if fabric evidence is from a man's coat or a woman's.
* Handwriting Analysis: Determine if handwriting evidence is from a left or right handed person.
* Footprint Analysis: Determine if footprint evidence is from a heavy or slim person.
* Cosmetic Analysis: Determine if a lipstick stain is of a dark or light shade.
* Tobacco Analysis: Determine if tobacco ashes came from a pipe or a cigar.

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

Negotiation: Lower the prices you must pay for most goods and services.

What does it mean by "most goods and services"?

a) Keys that you buy from the locksmith
b) Price to pay when you get false accusations
c) Coats that you can buy from certain townies when you have challenge points
d) Price to pay when you need to bribe townies to answer questions

So by investing in Negotiation, the price will be lowered by a certain percentage. Even if you got up to level 8 lock picking, you only save on buying keys but still when you do harder cases, you won't be able to avoid bribing townies for answers.

p/s: Every skills has its use, it really depends on your priority.

Ross Garrett
Ross Garrett

so instead of having to choose to use the skill of negotiation like you do for using charm, intimidation, lock pick, judge of character, etc....the negotiation automatically lowers prices a little bit and the more negotiation you own, the more the prices lower? am i following you?

服部半藏
服部半藏

That's right Ross

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

clever boy ^_^

Missy M.
Missy M.

Thnx for the info; now I concentrate on negotiation and finding the 7 perfumes for the Bank President!

Wes M
Wes M

Save your points for lock picking and analysis points

kivaas
kivaas

@ Missy

every detective has his/her own style, but I think more questioning skills (ch/int) or research (not only for motive, but also to avoid asking townies for whereabouts, just in case exactly these townies are the alibis of your suspects) are useful for ALL cases, while other skills only help for a few.

And in case you have lots of physical evidence (up to IH it never happened to me that there were more than 4 pieces anyway), analysis skills are probably also quite valuable, but you already have at least one of each.

But negotiation is only about saving money - and at your experience level, you probably have enough of it anyway.

One more lockpick will save you 210 dollars (key price in IH) or even more per case - and also save you 1 hour time because you needn't go to the locksmith to buy a key. Negotiation probably does not save you that much, because while on a case it only helps for bribing, and you sometimes don't even need to bribe anybody.

My suggestion would be: 1 more lockpick, then necromancy (by that time you will have the possibility to train it) and then more intimidation skills.

kat00011
kat00011

@ missy

what do you mean finding the perfumes for the bank president?

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