...enough beating, I'll talk, I'll talk! You're all wrong. Arcanum was created for a reason. And the reason? It was Tim Cain's plan to kill your computer from the very beginning. Its immune system has proven to be too strong though, so he ordered his two henchman - Bill Gates and Drog Black Tooth - to do something about it and voila, with their powers combined, the master plan is finally fulfilled! Can I go home now?
I don't know if these things were in the original game since it's so long ago I played it. But Virgil is a pain. He refuses to heal Magnus until Magnus is so low on HP he is way past the threshold of being one-punched by anything larger than an ailing wolf.
Even out of combat, magnus is running around on half hp with virgil on a full fatigue bar, and he never gets healed until way way later. Once I had the time to do seven boring fetch quests in Tarant before Virgil suddenly noticed that Magnus was bleeding to death. Yet Virgil heals the others just fine.
In the unpatched version Vigil was known for getting his fatigue nearly to zero because of trying to heal the PC even when he/she had a high tech aptitude and was pretty much immune to his spells. It's impossible to satisfy everyone, yet surely it's sound more reasonable to not try to heal tech followers with magic rather than doing it even if only a small fraction of the spells work.
Also sometimes, when I fireflash something, as I'm wont to do, as soon as combat is over my NPCs go haywire and start beating like crazy on a lamppost or a window or some other random piece of furniture, until it breaks or their weapons do or until I run away and they notice I'm missing.
It's not a random
piece of furniture. When you attack an enemy, the followers help you and attack him as well. Logical? Yes. Bug? No. When you attack an item, the followers help you and attack it as well. Logical? Yes. Bug? No. As we all know, fireflash does area damage, so when you cast that spell and damage any object with it, the followers help you and attack it for you. Don't blame them for trusting that you know what are you doing. Use F5 instead, just like Arthgon already said.
They make strange, inferior choices when deciding on what equipment in their inventory they should use as well. Sometimes I stick something vastly superior to their current gear in their inventory and they ignore it, sometimes they switch out a good sword for a cursed one with better max damage.
Well, choosing a sword with a better max damage isn't that strange, is it? But yeah, we know what you mean and indeed it would be wisest to never allow followers to choose equipment, they simply don't know what's best for them. Virgil, could you please take off those Fancy Ladies Boots? People are staring at us, for Vel's sake!