Posts Tagged ‘Neverwinter’

What Games Are Running Christmas Events?

HO HO HO. Christmas is practically upon us, and games eveywhere… well, mostly online… are joining the party. Whether they call it Winter Veil or Frostfell, it’s a chance to deck the hubs with bonus XP and let everyone from elves to orcs don Santa hats and hand out treats to the good little wizards and barbarians. Here’s a few of the events going on around the worlds over the next week or so. Is there something cool happening in one of your games that you think folks would find fun? Wrap it up nicely in a comment and leave it under the tree. By which I mean the article. Sorry, that metaphor seemed to be going in a better direction at the start of the sentence.

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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 a terrible idea. It’s not going to work. Stop wasting everybody’s time.

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Go For The Eyes! Minsc And Boo Coming To Neverwinter

“Go for the eyes, Boo!” That’s a quote from Baldur’s Gate. One of the characters says it when attacking enemies. His name is Minsc, and he is a silly man with a pet hamster named Boo. The joke is that he’s telling his hamster to attack, but it’s just a hamster – and he thinks it’s a “miniature giant space hamster” too!

If you enjoyed my dry retelling even though I’m just grasping at someone else’s lightning, if you still feeling a twinge of nostalgia at the mention of characters you once adored, hey, you might be into the news that Minsc and Boo are coming to free-to-play D&D MMO Neverwinter [official site].

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10,000 Free Neverwinter Booster Packs, Why Not

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.

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Return To Icewind Dale In The New Neverwinter Expansion

Is there where Larrel...?

It’s been a good decade since Black Isle last took us to Icewind Dale, so how’d you fancy a return visit? This isn’t the noughties anymore, mind, so you may find the whole experience a mite different to those old turn-based RPGs. Curse of Icewind Dale, the third big free update for Cryptic’s free-to-play Neverwinter, launched yesterday to add new zones set in the chilly land and more modern MMORPG merriment.

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Sadly No Fey-Corgis: Neverwinter Update

Fabulous punch! Sparkle slash!

Yes they’re a (fan-made) real thing. If you have the option to play one and don’t, you’re basically betraying yourself and all that is good in this world. Get to it. Anyway, on the video-based games front, Perfect World send word that their first major expansion to free-to-play hay-what-this-isn’t-all-that-bad-actually MMO Neverwinter has gone live. Fury of the Feywild is based on the fairytale-inspired alternate dimension that is now causing all sorts of bother for our great heroes. Trailer through the portal.
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Take A Peek At Neverwinter’s Furious Feywild

Neverwinter’s first big content update, Fury Of The Feywild, is with us in just a couple of weeks. The actually rather good free-to-play MMO peculiarly failed to gouge me of cash as I played through it, so I’m pretty tempted to head back in to look at the new bits and bobs – they’ll be free too. There is, at last, a trailer showing some footage of it, albeit very briefly.

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Neverwinter’s Fury Of The Feywild Update Dated, Detailed

There are finally some useful details about Neverwinter’s “first” content pack. As we knew it’s called Fury Of The Feywild, but other than that they were tight-lipped. Now we know that it’s adding a new area, races, weapons and items, more enemies, and so on. And it’s out on the 22nd August, and will be freeeeee.

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Look: Neverwinter Is Coming

Yes, the MMO set in the Forgotten Realms is almost upon us, officially releasing on June 20th, even though it has been available since April. Despite their name, you may remember the Forgotten Realms from Baldur’s Gate or perhaps that one tabletop campaign you played in Derek Chortle’s bedroom, which is the other forgotten realm. John has been enjoying the game, despite the presence of other people, and if you want to know how it all works you should read about his adventures. Or you could watch the three minute ‘What Is Neverwinter?’ video below. It describes the game as a ‘love letter’.

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Neverwinter ‘Launch Date’, Despite Being Two Months Old

As people should be aware by now, I’m in charge of things. I mean, I write The Rules, after all. And come next update, you can be sure they’ll feature an entry about whether your F2P game is launched or not. Neverwinter, which I’ve played to what I’d consider near-completion, has just announced its launch date. No. Its launch date was the 30th April, when it launched, feature complete, and started accepting money for in-game purchases. 20th June is not its launch date, no matter how fast and loose they play with “beta” – it’s its first major update.

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Twenty Bucks: Neverwinter

In the second instalment of our Twenty Bucks series (because we’re made of money), John looks at what President Jackson can buy you within the free-to-play halls of Neverwinter. Is it riches beyond your wildest dreams? Or imaginary trinkets that elude your touch. Read on, brave adventurer.

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Neverwinter Money Exploit Sees Cryptic Turn Back Time

It seems that Neverwinter’s had a bit of a weekend. The game was offline for five or six hours after very naughty players discovered an exploit that allowed them to make billions of the game’s in-game currency, Astral Diamonds. While that may at first seem problematic, but not too serious, this in-game currency can be used to buy “Zen” from other players, Perfect World’s virtual currency bought with real-world money. This sudden flooding of Astral Diamonds into the game’s economy broken everything. So the publisher is scrambling to fix things. By turning back time.

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Neverwinter Diary: Tales From The Sword Coast Part 3

The ongoing adventures of a man finding he’s been sucked into an MMO for the first time in years. Parts one and two are there.

So I guess I’ve finished Neverwinter. I’ve not reached the end of its content, but I’ve hit the limit of what it seems I’m going to be able to play.

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Neverwinter Diary: Tales From The Sword Coast Part 2

I have apparently taken leave of my entire personality, and am engrossed in an MMO. Worse, I’m *playing with others*. This is about how I came to such a place.

Something’s wrong with me. I’m… I’m doing things – things I shouldn’t want to do. I’m – and please be understanding – I’m playing nicely with others. For crying out loud, I’m running a guild.

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The Rotten Realms Of RPS: RPS Guild In Neverwinter

We did it! In what proved to be the most needlessly complicated process, RPS finally has a guild in Neverwinter: The Rotten Realms Of RPS. Right now, I’m in charge of it, which is a ridiculous situation. I’ve never even been in a guild before. So we’ll be looking for volunteers to get it running smoothly, as well as finding out what the maximum number of members is far too soon, I imagine. Details below.

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Neverwinter Diary: Tales From The Sword Coast Part 1

I don’t entirely know how to justify why I’m enjoying Neverwinter quite so much. Why I’ve found excuses to play it nearly the entire weekend, stay up late playing it this week, and even get annoyed that they were doing server maintenance at 8am when I tried to sneak in half an hour before starting work. There’s no question that it’s very good – it’s a superbly made MMO, predictable ongoing server teething problems on launch aside (I’ll get to those at the end). It’s enormous, jam-packed with so very much to do, extremely approachable, but elaborately complicated if you want it to be. I suppose its biggest crime is to be traditional in its structure, and it turns out that was exactly what I was looking for.

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Neverwinter’s Open Beta Live – Help Start The RPS Guild!

Town centre on a Saturday night.

Update: Well, that was a disaster. It turns out the silly game only lets you start a guild if all members of your current party are over level 15, or bought a Founders pack, or transferred Zen into the game. So it didn’t happen tonight. However, if those who tick any of those boxes want to email me either via above, or in the game (jennifer@bothererer), we can try to organise something soon.

Sorry I wasn’t able to respond to everyone’s questions in game – that tiny little chat box and the sheer volume made it impossible.

Cryptic’s Neverwinter has just gone live into open beta, not half an hour ago. Which means that now all and sundry can return to the Sword Coast to swash, thieve, bludgeon or feyly dance through it’s grrrrr-based adventures. And so it is that it only seems appropriate for there to be an RPS guild within. If you’re interested in joining, we’ll need some help getting it going – details below.

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Remembered Realms: Neverwinter’s Beta Starts Today-ish

Neverwinter goes into a proper open beta very soon (today in fact, for those with the head start, 30th for the plebs), and we’ll finally be able to have enough time with it to properly get to grips. The all-too-short beta weekends have shown a game that’s definitely bursting with potential, not least because of the Foundry in which users can create their own in-game quests and campaigns for others to play. Also, today is the day that Perfect World release the one billionth trailer for the game! Congratulations all involved.

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Neverwinter Trailer #23123123: The Control Wizard

How can he aim with that ball out in front?
It’s not quite “every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”, but there’s a saying I hope will lodge in the world’s collective unconscious: “Every time Craig Pearson is on RPS, a Neverwinter trailer is released”. It’s true. Whenever I pretend to be an RPS writer, the guys at Cryptic put out another Neverwinter trailer. For some reason, my being here is inextricably linked to the ebb and flow of audio visual information about a game where wizards are hitting people. I’m here for a couple of days next week, so we’ll have definite proof. If they follow up this video of the control wizard in action, then they’ve definitely hacked into my Google calender. And if that’s true, then they know about the…. uh-oh. I’ll be right back.
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Mounty: Neverwinter Allows You To Ride The Sport Cow


We knew that Neverwinter allowed players to ride giant spiders – that much was obvious – but a new trailer has revealed that they can also ride horses! And there was me thinking those wildly roaming quadrupeds were just for eating.

John had a rather good time with Neverwinter when he played it recently, and the game is currently in beta wot you can sign up for.
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