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Neverwinter Nights

2 months ago

Feature: Fans of lots of text, rejoice!

Clear 100 hours in your calendar, ‘cos CRPGs are here to stay

In the mid-to-late 2000s, publishers abandoned the CRPG genre – an acronym describing the very specific genre of video games adapted from tabletop RPGs to be played on computers – which a decade earlier had been a cornerstone of PC gaming. They were more interested in accessible, console-friendly series like Mass Effect and The Elder Scrolls, and PC-centric RPGs all but died out. Then, around…

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9 months ago

The best thing about Neverwinter Nights was its persistent worlds

At 19, I was a mess. I was missing all of my classes at university, arguing with my girlfriend all the time and I’d managed to get thousands of pounds in debt. All I wanted to do was check out. Neverwinter Nights got me through it. It wasn’t the lacklustre single-player campaign, or even the long list of phenomenal mods -- it was the persistent…

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Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition: improved graphics but backwards-compatible with old saves and mods

My three main memories of the original Neverwinter Nights: a) exasperating various Bioware devs by doggedly creating an all-Dire Badgers module in the editor during a studio visit b) my boxed copy INCLUDING ACTUAL CLOTH MAP being stolen by a jealous middle manager at a former workplace c) playing co-op with Jim and Kieron, formerly of this parish, and sometime contributor Dan Griliopoulos, who rather…

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is the next BioWare remaster

We won't have full details until a bit later today (noon PST/8PM UK), but here's the headline: BioWare's 2002 RPG Neverwinter Nights is next to receive Beamdog's Enhanced Edition treatment. What do we want to see from a tweaked and modernised take on BioWare's first foray into 3D RPGs, and whose revered modding tools launched a legion of player-made adventure modules?

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2 years ago

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A Naïf In Neverwinter Nights: Exploring Roleplay In An Erotic Fantasy Server

Role-play has always been a curious concept to me despite spending half of my life believing it was little more than adults wearing fake armor and speaking in phony English accents. When I became obsessed with pen and paper RPGs, I forced three of my friends to try Dungeons and Dragons. Our awkward adventure was akin to four naive boys going on a journey, finding…

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3 years ago

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The RPG Scrollbars: The Damned DM Delusion

The most dangerous ideas are the ones so compelling, nobody wants to admit they're bad. Also the atom bomb was pretty nasty, but that's a bit out of a weekly RPG column. Instead, let's pick one of the chocolate teapots that people keep mistaking for the Holy Grail - the idea that RPGs can hope to offer anything close to a classic DM experience. It's…

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6 years ago

The Spy Who Went Into The Cold: Gamespy’s Casualties

Once a rightfully-disliked multiplayer infrastructure for PC gaming, GameSpy of late is transitioning into whatever new, mobile-centric owners GlU intend for it since acquiring it a few months ago. It didn't take long for the first causalities to occur - the service has withdrawn multiplayer support for games such as SWAT 4, Neverwinter Nights and Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

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7 years ago

Make It Stop: BioWare NWN Forums Hacked

This is a depressing year to be on the internet. And a doubly-depressing one to be a newswriter on the internet. The latest (but, let's not bloody kid ourselves, not last) game company to suffer the peculiar ire/amusement of hackers is Bioware. Fortunately, only a very specific bit of Bioware, so don't panic too much: their 10-year-old Neverwinter Nights forum. It actually happened a little…

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8 years ago

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 1/5

Here at Rock, Paper, Shotgun we take the business of PC gaming entirely seriously. There is no smiling, or making rude noises at the back of class, there is only important gaming fact. So when it came to compiling an exhaustive list of the greatest, most important PC games of all time, we realised that the only way we could articulate the importance of the…

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9 years ago

Cryptic To Make Neverwinter Nights MMO?

In the realm of rumour right now, but Variety are reporting that sources have told them that the now Atari-owned Crytic are working on a Neverwinter Nights MMO for a 2011 release. In fact - I quote - "this reportedly was the primary reason Atari was interested in acquiring Cryptic late last year". This would make three MMOs currently in development at Cryptic, which is…

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From The Vault: Maugeter NWN Mod Complete

A long time ago, I used to work with a chap called Tim Fletcher (aka Dungard) on a Deus Ex mod called the Cassandra Project. We finished what was basically a demo and then died. Tim went off to do a Phd in games-related stuff and work on a Neverwinter Nights mod called Maugeter. He released the demo in (eek) 2002. I played it, and…

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10 years ago

More Baldur & Neverwinter, Soon-Ish

Yes, fantasy RPG sequels are inbound. It's pretty much a dead cert that Bioware won't be involved, as they're busy being owned by EA these days, and Atari seem to have clung on the Dungeons & Dragons license without 'em. Infogrames-in-disguise are definitely planning to revisit these two seminal roleplaying names however, though a developer's not been announced. Neither has a release date. Maybe not…

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