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Why Should I Play NWN?

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Ognorak

Neverwinter Nights is one of the most expansive gaming experiences you can imagine.

If the name had not already been taken on a previous release, Dungeons and Dragons Unlimited Adventures would have been a more appropriate title.

Neverwinter Nights may visually resemble Diablo II and Baldur's Gate, it's much more complex in both it's capability and it's potential.

Neverwinter Nights uses 3rd Edition rules and can allow up to 64 players online. It also can be played in single player mode.

You can play as a Human, Elf, Gnome, Dwarf, Half-Elf, Halfling, or Half Orc. You can also "create" your own sub-race using the existing models and racial attributes.

There are a number of classes in NWN. From the traditional fighter, cleric, thief, wizard, to the more specific monk, barbarian, and bard.

Shadows of the Undrentide (expansion pack), adds what are called Prestige classes. These are basically specialty classes available to existing classes. If you meet the requirements, you can gain levels in a Prestige class. SotU adds Assassin, Blackguard, Shadowdancer, Harper Scout, and Arcane Archer. Each has their own special blend of skills to add to the mix. Hoards of the Underdark adds Dwarven Defender, Weapon Master, Red Dragon Disciple, Pale Master, Champion of Torm, and Shifter.

HotU also adds Epic rules to the NWN universe. This allows you to advance your character to level 40 and unlock Epic skills, feats, and spells.

You can control your character progression through skills, feats, and attributes. Virtually every character is different. The choices are endless, whether you want to multiclass a thief/fighter or give your cleric/wizard a spin. You can also multiclass Prestige classes. Up to three different classes.

NWN is not limited to playing the hero delving into the dungeon. You can also exist as the Dungeon Master. Get a group of friends and completely replace your old pen and paper gaming experiences. Dungeon Masters have the capability to control the environment, creatures, loot, quests....basically, have the power to control the entire gaming experience.

A good DM will reward and punish players for their actions in a module. The DM knows all, what is going to happen, what the quest is about, what the prize is. He manipulates the quest to suit the player's gaming experience.

There are two types of characters in NWN. Server Vault and Local Vault. Server Vault characters are contained on the server you play on and are not modifiable outside the server. This is the preferred method to avoid the hacking/superbuffing problems that plagued Diablo characters. Local Characters are kept on your machine and can only be used on servers that allow local characters.

A Persistent World is a server (or multiple servers) running a module (or collection of modules) that have replayability. Meaning the monsters, treasure and quests respawn to accommodate new players that join the world. Think MMORPG. A lot of the PWs are roleplayer friendly and can be some of the best experiences in NWN.

Another big aspect of NWN is the Aurora toolset. This toolset, which comes with NWN, allows players to make modules. These modules are self contained adventures for all levels, classes, races, and play types. One of the best places to search for NWN modules is on Neverwinter Vault.

The Toolset is powerful. With even limited scripting knowledge you can make a massive adventure for you and your friends or for the extremely extensive NWN community.

Neverwinter Nights has unlimited potential for adventure. With the addition of Prestige Classes, there are a number of different personalities to try.

Me personally, I played SotU about 2 dozen times, all the way through, because each time I found something new. Each class was a new adventure, each alignment affected my gaming experience. Whether I went through with a Neutral Good Druid, a Lawful Good Paladin, a Lawful Evil Fighter/Blackguard, a True Neutral Monk.....the experience was different every time.

And that's not even scratching the surface of the capability of the modules.

-The Unholy Ghost


I am up for the challenge! Hope its good enough though

"So you want to play Neverwinter Nights?"

Well fellow adventurer be prepared to embark on a wondrous journey against Orcs, Goblins, and Ghouls, as you wander through worlds where peril and misdeeds are merely a stone's throw away!

"I've played other MMORPG's before, what makes this one any different?"

Well, well! So you wonder why this game is any better than the MMORPG's you have played before? You've come to the right place. Neverwinter Nights (NWN) is a game based around the 3rd addition rules of the famous Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game. All the familiar classes, spells, skills, and abilities are right at your disposal, as well as some of the infamous creatures you have encountered in your days of tabletop fun such as the lowly Goblin to the terrifying Beholder, and you may happen to stumble upon a Dragon or two! But what makes this game different than games like Dark Age of Camelot, Everquest, or Asheron's Call?

Well first off, you cannot compare this game to any of those in quality or fun, it is like comparing apples and oranges, though you may find NWN to be a relief from the hours of gold farming, monster killing, and crafting that you are accustomed to. NWN is all about quests and a plot, completing various tasks to make your way through various chapters of a story, though it doesn't have to be that way. Most quests are optional, aside from the main story, you can really do anything you want. Want to kill that merchant that sold you an overpriced axe? Go right ahead! You may regret it later though, because unlike most MMORPG's where monsters and NPC's will respawn after death, the ones in NWN most of the time will not, so making choices about who to kill and not to kill are important. But that doesn't limit you from being an evil character or good character, as other deeds like theft or rescuing a fair maiden can change your alignment,which basically means whether or not you are good, neutral, or evil.

NWN is also about decision making. When talking to an NPC, you will be offered various choices in your responses, each one different in one way or another, sometimes you will be offered a chance to PERSUADE an NPC into giving you information, additional rewards, or items that will aid you later on. Persuade is also a skill you can train, so you can become better at getting what you want from people.

NWN also offers a wide variety of classes and prestige classes to choose from, character customization is virtually endless, except for the 3 class limit to your character, but you can't have everything after all. Want to be a sneaky thief that can cast spells? Try a Rogue/Wizard! Or maybe a large, brutish fighter that can change into animals? Go for a Fighter/Druid! The possibilities are endless, making character modification one of the most interesting and fun parts of the game through a MULTICLASSING system, basically taking levels in multiple classes (to a maximum of level 40 in total classes if you have Hordes of the Underdark (HotU) or a maximum of 20 if you have NWN and Shadows of Undrentide (SoU)). One example of this might be a level 20 Fighter/ level 10 Rogue/ level 10 Shadowdancer.

"Ok so the game goes by more of a story and plot then just mindless monster killing over and over again, but is there multiplayer?"

You better believe there is! Possibly the best feature of the game is the FREE online multiplayer feature where you can play with a team of friends in the original games or go for MOD's made by hundreds of different people or one's made by YOU in which your vision of a Dungeons and Dragons game can come to life using the special toolset that comes with the game where you can literally build your own world!

"Neat so I can make my own games and play in other people's, as well as play free online with other people, BUT is there PvP (Player Vs. Player)?"

You better believe there is! Player vs. Player is a reality in NWN, and there's different types too depending on what the creator of the MOD wants it to be, whether it be by team or a free for all kind of situation.

"Cool so theres PvP. How is the combat system anyway?"

Well if you think its just pressing one button over an over think again. Your character will do the most of the work for you, but you'll still have to click what monster you want to attack. But don't despair! Its not as boring as you think. Throughout the game at certain levels you can attain special abilities called FEATS, which include ones that can greatly affect combat. Feats such as Great Cleave allow you to do free extra damaging attacks to each monster within your range in combat with you, but only if you do enough damage to kill each one. There's also feats that give bonuses to the weapons you use, making you more powerful with a particular type of weapon or with a special weapon of your choice.

"Wow sounds like this game is pretty neat, what should I buy though?"

I would recommend getting the Neverwinter Nights: Gold edition. It's about 40 dollars and it includes the original Neverwinter Nights and also the first expansion Shadows of Undrentide, and a few interesting goodies as well.

"I still have more questions! Where can I see more?"

Check out:

The official site for forums, screenshots and general info on everything that is Neverwinter Nights!

"What makes you qualified to tell me this game is so great?"

Well to be honest I cannot say that I am, I played Dark Age of Camelot for 2 years and needed a change so I bought NWN and I am enjoying very much so far. Its a nice change from the traditional endless pulling of monsters, farming of items, and hours and hours of playtime where sometimes you would accomplish little or nothing at all. I'm just giving you my personal opinion and view of why I think you should try out NWN, but it is still up to YOU to decide whether or not this game is the greatest thing since sliced bread. After all we play games to have fun, NWN won't be fun for everyone and I'm not going to try and make you believe it is the greatest game ever made, but I will say its a pretty good one whether you are a Dungeons and Dragons fan or not.

So best of luck in deciding if NWN is the game for you, hopefully this topic has helped you along in your decision. Good luck! -Ognorak

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