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A New Player's Guide to Neverwinter Nights

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Genisys / Guile
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Welcome to Neverwinter Nights (NWN) First and foremost, let me introduce you to essentially what Neverwinter Nights is, Neverwinter Nights is a Fantasy Role Playing game, which uses the core d20 / Dungeons & Dragon system to give the player a fantasy world to explore, with the main setting being in the world of Forgotten Realms. With many different types characters to create, the players play in a world where they explore to encounter many different things, whether it be monsters, other characters (other than players or even other players), tricks, traps, puzzles, and even other types games within the game itself, for in Neverwinter Nights, almost anything is possible! What makes Neverwinter Nights so popular for many, is the broaden aspect of the game, it's feature rich content, and community driven custom content. Neverwinter Nights is a fantastic game with a huge amount feature rich custom content, a very broad amount of customizations & add-ons are available, this game is packed full of user created content (like modules & custom systems), and it even has 3rd party programs which extend the use of the core game. Even more than all of that, it has the Award Winning Aurora Neverwinter Toolset, which allows the players or builders in the nwn community to make custom work or modules to share with the community, all of which extends and enhances the game exponentially. One of the major aspects of NWN that makes it such an in depth and feature rich game is, it's a very heavily community driven game, which means many members in the community produce content for the game, which after many years after the game's initial release is so in depth, that it would take a person literally years to play all of the modules or test all the content available for download. (Many Modules can be found at the website - nwvault.ign.com ) Because NWN is based upon the d20 System created by TSR for Dungeons & Dragons, and that it's main setting is in the most loved Fantasy World of D&D called Faerun / commonly known as "The Forgotten Realms", it's truly been kept alive by the many RPG fans of Dungeons & Dragons. If you are completely new to RPG or Dungeons and Dragons for that matter, you will find that NWN will place you deep into the heart of what RPG is, and essentially teach you the core game of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) as well, even in ways that the old Pen & Paper D&D game was unable to. As many of the current and former players have discussed before, Neverwinter Nights will never die, simply because it's fans refuse to leave the game, for they love it with a passion above all other games out there. Many new games may compare to NWN in some manner or another, though, because it's a new game, it will lack the massive amount of community made content that can be found here in the NWN community. This is of course what essentially makes the NWN game so great and continues to keep it much alive and thoroughly loved by many. In these very forums / boards, you will find that there are still many players willing to help you with any of your questions, they can help you with scripting, building, making characters, or creatures / monsters, because no matter what your need may be pertaining to NWN, you can always get help from friendly community members who are more than glad to help, and that is one reason why NWN is still a great game, because it's fan base is also very much alive & active in contributing to the game. If you have had the chance to play the main game adventures / campaigns, the games that came with the software, and your wanting to play online, this is very easy to do as well, and to many new players surprise, they will find a very large selection of online modules ready to be played. As many members have suggested before, get your feet wet, try quite a few of them out, and give yourself ample time to explore, for some of these worlds / modules are very indepth, and there is much to learn about the game. You will learn a lot while playing online, some from players, some from just playing the game, and some from the Dungeon Masters (DMs) which are running the game, as many people are more than willing to help new players out. The online game is much different than the offline game, the game play can be very much more intensive, action wise, or it can be heavily focused on Role Playing as well, as each type of game that is available for play will be found under a section in the gamespy server list, there is Action, PW (Persistent World) , Story, and Role Playing to name a few, so when you go online to play, simply choose which genre of game you like to play, and go explore.. The online experience is even further improved by the players which play on the module with you, for many of them are more than willing to help you by "Showing you the ropes", for, you will find many players are wittingly fun, greater companions than any henchmen offline could ever be, and very enjoyable to play with. Hopefully you will fully enjoy yourself online, or offline, as the community has gone out of their way to ensure that everyone has something that is enjoyable to use, no matter what your taste may be. While there is a lot to learn, your going to get a crash course here on some of the basics, so that you can better be prepared for what you "Need To Know" about NWN. Initially, when you installed your game, a folder was created on your hard drive, usually the C: drive, unless you have a special setup, you will find the "NeverwinterNights" folder there, and if you open that folder, you will find the "nwn" folder, which holds all the other folders & game files, which will be important to you later on. In the "modules" folder, you will be placing any modules you download, to play. Placing custom content in your game is rather easy, often content you download will have instructions on how to add the content to your game, or it may even have a simple executable file which does it automatically, which all you would need to do is double click on the file. As a general rule of thumb, you will need to put Hak files, in your "hak" folder, tlk files in your "tlk" folder (if the "tlk" folder is not there simply right click in a white space in your nwn folder, and select new (from the right click context menu), then select create new folder, and rename the folder (using the same right click context menu) and give it the name "tlk" without the "". Move all the tlk files into the tlk folder and you're done! Sometimes you will download a custom 2da file, which goes in your "override" folder, these are used to further enhance the game, while there are a lot of different files which you may use, again, documentation generally helps you properly put the content in your nwn folder or subfolders, if not, you can always ask for help on these forums. There are some downloads you should download right away to be able to access most of the server modules online, because if you don’t have the proper updated content, you may not be able to see or even play on these servers. The Game's Core Final Update - The 1.69 Critical Rebuild Path The Community Expansion Pack (CEP) (See The First Comment Below for a Hot Link) Finally, on an ending note, learn to use these forums when you have questions, for many are here to help, and this is one of the major benefits of the nwn game, and that is, that we all love to help and have a good time, for many of us love this game above all others, for nwn is not just a hobby to all of us, but also our passion too for many of us.. Thanks for reading & Welcome to Neverwinter Nights.

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Genisys

Added Notes I had to take out of the Original Post...

You will need to download the 1.69 Critical Rebuild Patch & install that first off, before you start playing online, because many servers use The CEP, you may want to download the Lasted Edition of The CEP.

After digging through the Server List....

You can create a shortcut on your desktop by right clicking on the desktop & hovering your mouse over "New" and then selecing "Create Shortcut"

Paste the following in the first box...  (As an example only, replace the IP with the server you want to connect to)

 

C:\NeverwinterNights\NWN\nwmain.exe +connect 173.255.209.70:5121

 

Then Double Click on the shortcut & away you go!!

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NearEthereal

Very well written, Only additions I may reccomend is turning on Windowed Mode, and how to save log files (With or without GLR)

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Jedijax

"Only additions I may reccomend is turning on Windowed Mode"

 

Why tho?

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Genisys

So you can hack while you hack n slash man. :D

 

(I was gonna do the Yo dawg thing, but I thought it'd be totally inappropriate for this post. :)

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NearEthereal

Two reasons mainly.

Windowed mode makes it easier to screenshot and copy into another program (paint) without that giant black screen error. 

And

Because this game is notoriously annoying to tab out of, and if you're on an RP server, you're gonna wanna tab out quite a bit. 

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Genisys

Windows Vista came with a neat feature, you press the Windows Key + Tab to access it. :D

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NearEthereal

Or Alt + Tab to access Windowed mode, but you have to set it as true in the .ini first which was the part I thought worth a mention. 

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Werelynx

IGN vault link is outdated tho. This ain't first release of this article anyway - as such you should not have ticked "first release and not migration checkbox". Fixed that.

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Genisys

Actually it was an article I wrote on the original bioware forums, but it had like a lot of errors in it, so I fixed it. :D

(Anyway, I see that the post had crunched up so I fixed it again & checked the box as you suggested.)

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