10,000 Free Neverwinter Booster Packs, Why Not

By Graham Smith on May 16th, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

It certainly has ice... but fire, too!?

We’re not the world’s biggest fans of these traditionally sturctured fantasy MMOs, but Neverwinter is a rare exception. The game lured John into its embrace and cradled him there in a pleasing rhythm of free-to-play questing, levelling and monster-bashing for the length of a three-part diary series. That’s old age, in RPS-diary years.

So maybe you’re already playing it on John’s recommendation, or maybe you saw yesterday’s news about the Icewind Dale expansion and decided it was finally time to give it a try. In any case, we’ve got 10,000 free keys for an in-game booster pack, in case you needed an extra excuse to finally hit download, install and play.

To match the new expansion, it’s called the “Icewind Dale Dweller Pack”. It’ll mark you out as a dweller of the new region, and it’ll also net you the “Caer-Konig Supply Pack”. That includes:

  • Wayfarer’s XP Booster
  • 5x Rank 4 Enchantments
  • 3x Refining Stones
  • 5x Injury Kit (based on your level)
  • 5x Healing Potion (based on your level)

Refining stones? Great on ice cream. Wayfarer is the best brand of XP boost! Rank 4 enchantments? That’s… OK, so I haven’t played the game. I have no idea. It’s possible you just remember Black Isle’s beloved Icewind Dale and want to wander around familiar turf again. In that case, pop your email in the usual godankey.com widget below. It’s first come, first served, and your email address won’t be used for anything other than emailing you the goods.

Once you’ve received your key, you can redeem it over here. It requires that you have a (free) account for Neverwinter/Perfect Worlds/their Arc platform. You’ll also need that account to play the game, of course.

Here’s a trailer, so you can see what you’re getting yourself into:

Hey, so, we’ve been doing these key giveaways a little more of late. We’re picking games that we have a personal affection for, but what would you like to see more or less of? Let us know in the comments.

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35 Comments »

  1. Koozer says:

    God and Key?
    Godan Key?
    Got Any Key?
    Go Dankey?

    • james.sadler.1964 says:

      Godankey is dumb, my roomate got a key using his computer on our wifi, and now it wont let me have one even though we have seperate addresses.

      • pdavis991 says:

        Yeah, this one registration things sucks. Me and my girlfriend both play Neverwinter and use separate computers but since we use same wifi only one of us can get and use a code…and I bet it won’t be me :{

        • Thermal Ions says:

          Could you not reset your net connection to get a new dynamic IP assigned by your ISP, or are you on a static IP?

    • WaytoomanyUIDs says:

      For some reason I feel this needs a BioShock joke.

  2. Lexx87 says:

    I think it’s fine for games you guys properly recommend yourselves.

    Eurogamer used to do it a lot, and had their forums and site flooded constantly with people spamming CAN I HAZ KEY PLZ.

    I think as long as you don’t ask people register an RPS account or add in arbitrary stuff to get the key you’re offering, it’s all good.

    • Thurgret says:

      It happened with the last RPS key giveaway, too. People appeared in their droves posting their email addresses and variations on ‘plz’ and ‘thx’.

  3. frightlever says:

    Tried a variety of email addresses (the one that definitely has a NWN account and a couple that don’t) and it says I’ve already participated in this campaign.

    • frightlever says:

      Ah. Appears to have been the firewall at work. Worked fine from home.

  4. defunct says:

    Really have to say, this game is nothing like the original NWN. It plays ok for a while, but even then it’s an action RPG, whichs requires you to jump around like an idiot during every boss battle, or die. And that’s not to mention the P2W aspect of the game which has really gotten bad since it was reviewed here. Don’t believe me? Check out recent reviews from players on places like Steam. LOTS of them say the same thing.

    • Ny24 says:

      Some people like “jumping around”, at least I like it more then “pressing your abilities one after another”. The P2W aspect of the game definitely HAS NOT become worse. You can earn a lot of astral diamonds later on in the game with professions alone, so you can buy basically everything you want without ever spending money on anything. RPS just reviewed the progress to Level 60 (at least what I can remember) and this is exactly the same and now additionally there is a lot more campaign content without ever pressuring you to spend anything. It’s not even possible to get better armor with ZEN or something. I wouldn’t even know what to buy with money honestly. You can only have 1 ride and a few companions active. Maybe for an alternative character?

      I still like Neverwinter. Don’t play it nearly as often anymore as when it was released last year, but it’s still fun. And I still haven’t played through all the previous content and now there’s new one.

    • Neurotic says:

      Comparing it to NWN is pointless man, it isn’t and never was part of the Nights series. Neverwinter itself is just a large, popular city in the FR campaign setting. WoTC mainly wanted this game to be a vehicle for their Spellplague event and ensuing others.

      And the Zen store is for customisation items, not game-changers.

    • Grygus says:

      They may be saying that, but it just means that they don’t know what P2W means; it is objectively untrue.

      • imralizal says:

        Without (hopefully) sounding like too much of a douche, I feel like any definition of Pay To Win that doesn’t include the tactics of a company like Cryptic is one that has been stripped of all meaning. Take STO. Sure, you CAN grind for Zen or whatever, and you CAN buy ships that way. Also, you don’t HAVE to use top tier ships, the game does give you some other options. Technically, that makes it not Pay to Win.

        But if you’re really being honest, you’d have to admit that the ships that you buy are objectively better than the ones you don’t have to buy. You’d have to admit that, for people who aren’t “hardcore” MMO people, spending weeks grinding away over the same content just to get a decent endgame “character”, isn’t a reasonable option. It seems to be fine for the guys in my fleet who play for hours every single day. For them, the grind validates their time investment. But me? I might play an hour every few weeks, if that. It would take me years to grind to a ship. The only real way for a moderate to casual player to play these games is to buy stuff or to accept that they just won’t be as useful or effective as other players in pretty much every situation. Isn’t that the essence of Pay to Win?

  5. SillyWizard says:

    Uh…no thanks?

  6. rexx.sabotage says:

    pretty nifty, actually!

    gonna pass though, Cryptic’s style is not my bag.

  7. steviebops says:

    Still feel like they pulled a fast one, getting the licence, then switching to a cookie-cutter mmo.

  8. Voqar says:

    NWN is a really weak game and a sad MMORPG. Plus it’s F2P, which is just pure trash for any MMORPG and not worth playing.

    The foundry thing is the one decent part of the game and shows the power of player created content, but it can only shine so brightly buried under the steaming pile that is the whole game.

    Did anybody ever PLAY D&D? Like old PnP D&D? I did. It’s basically the foundation for group-based PvE. You didn’t solo in D&D. You didn’t PvP in D&D. You and your friends played as a group usually doing content that made you think and strategize. And it was perfect. Now MMORPGs, including NWN, are mostly about solo ez-mode with smatterings of optional grouping. Crappy designers and developers have ruined the formula and made games so bad they need the F2P hook to try to suck in players (nothing is really free, obviously) and the end result is crappy games not worth playing.

    • Thurgret says:

      Don’t mix up Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter, although I’m sure a dose of criticism could be leveled at both. I don’t think you are, though the choice of acronym makes me wonder.

      Personally, I found Neverwinter enjoyable enough for at least a few hours of running around.

    • Arglebargle says:

      Originally, Neverwinter was going to hold much closer to a pnp style, albeit online. When Perfect World bought Cryptic, they took the nearly complete game and had Cryptic redo it as a more standard MMO, that could be more easily fitted into their excreble cash shop model.

      I found the game to be fairly uninspiring, and Perfect World’s support to be non-existant. Had an issue logging in, went to the PW site to contact their support, and had their support link fail to connect for weeks. Their advertising links sure worked though. PW is definitely a personal negative when considering any game they offer.

  9. Drashk says:

    I would like a key

  10. Creeping Death says:

    Hmm so the key I got was invalid. Not super bothered about it really, but I’m wondering if anyone else is having the same problem?

  11. Imbecile says:

    I have a rubbishy old i3 laptop. Would it play Neverwinter, or not a hope?

  12. Riaktion says:

    Am I being a muppet? I can’t figure out where I type in the darn code. I’ve followed the link the article provides… and after logging in… I can’t find where I would key in the code to get the pack.

    Feel like hand holding a muppet? Can you guys help?

    • caff says:

      Login to the Arc client, click on your username in the top-right and choose ‘Redeem Key’

  13. Jumwa says:

    Maybe I’ll try getting back into it with this then. My problem with new MMOs is usually that I have no likeminded friends who play at the same time as me, however. All my old gaming pals have moved on due to careers/life.

    • Grygus says:

      As an MMORPG gamer who really only likes the second half of that acronym, I can tell you that Neverwinter supports solo play quite well. You will even get an NPC buddy of your choice to run around and bash things with you. They will tempt you to team up with strangers, but (at least so far) I’ve never hit a roadblock where grouping was required.

      • Jumwa says:

        Though that raises the issue of why I’d want to play a MMO by myself when I have tons of already-bought single player games waiting to be played.

  14. corino says:

    I’ve been able to activate the key, but where do I get the pack, in game? I got the title, but no phat lewt…

  15. whorrak says:

    Nevermind. Rebooted ARC and it worked. Bizarre.

    So I received a key via email, copied/pasted into the ARC Redeem Key dialog, but ARC keeps saying the key is invalid. Am I missing something?

  16. Lionmaruu says:

    if you like to pay to win it is a good moment to go play pvp on this game, I am off it after playing since beta, or they make some actually good pve content or that’s the end.