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BelowTheBelt
Celebrating 15 Years of NWN! Player Appreciation Days!

To everyone:

Way, way, waaaaay back on June 18, 2002, a simple RPG was launched in the D&D world.  While a decent adventure in and of itself, the true treasure (in typical D&D fasion) was not the adventure itself, but rather the oft-overlooked Toolset, as if it was a concealed compartment in the NWN chest.  This toolset, along withthe DM client and NWServer application, cracked open the world of RPGs for everyone to create their own worlds and let imagination rise up like a mighty dragon straight from the imagination of the great Gygax himself! 

And so, almost 15 years later, we still sit enthralled and driven to bring our creations to life using the tools gifted to us on that glorious day.  The community has developed and pushed the engine well beyond even the original developers ever thought it could go.  New content continues to be built.  Worlds continue to be birthed.  Characters are still adventuring dark caves and dangerous lairs.  

The community has preserved both knowledge and functionality that would have otherwise been lost when companies, one by one, decided to forego support.  But we remain steadfast. 

I think it can easily be said that no other game has given so much to its players and no players have ever given so much to a game.

NWN's 15th year anniversarry arrives this year on June 18, 2017. 

And so, on this momentous milestone in the history of NWN, let us celebrate our community and the creations that our dark imaginations have wrought.

 

Neverwinter Nights Player Appreciation Days - July 10 - July 25, 2017

NWPAD is about celebrating the community - the players, the custom content creators, the coders, persistent world hosts and everyone who participates in this community.  It also provides a way to help build the community to include and recruit NEW players to this crazy game that offers a lifetime's worth of adventure.

Back 5 years ago, I organized the first Neverwinter Player Appreciation Days (NWPAD).  That brought together a collection of persistent world hosts to promote the game.  Check out the website that still lives to this day!  Neverwinter Player Appreciation Days.  GoG even got in on the action and offered number of NWN keys available for free downloads of the game.  

This year, NWPAD will run from July10 - July 25, 2017 (15 days).  The types of activities I'm hoping to organize include:

  • World Walker Challenge - visit participating persistent worlds each day to collect XP in each world (virtual xp that comes from collecting specific NWPAD items or check-ins...not literal XP).  Players with the highest "XP" from combined world visits will be given prizes (TBD).
  • Individual World Challenges - individual worlds hosted challenges appropriate for their players to win in-game rewards as determined by their admins
  • Server Crawl - Preset days/times to join others on a world for fun events
  • Other recognitions that we tried to do (but ran out of time/not enough time) that I'd like to try again include:
    • Lifetime Community Content Award - the tools that have helped us be better (modules, scripts, custom content, tools, etc....)
    • Lifetime Community Contributor Award - those who have added so much value and help over the years (whether they're active now or not),

NWPAD got rave reviews from the player participants and the admins.  Everyone had fun collecting items and competing for prizes.  I'd like to make this one even bigger than the last!  Your active support is much appreciated and needed!

Man, that's awesome! What can I do to help out?

  1. Tell the DMs and admins of any/all persistent worlds you know of to come here and PM me to be involved.  It's very simple, but it takes time to get some of these guys to commit/become aware, so it's important to raise awareness now!
  2. Tell every gamer you know about the Good News about NWN
  3. Participate in recognizing those who have helped make NWN what it is - submit their names for awards and vote for them (when the time comes)!
  4. We need a designer who can make some cool award badges for winners of the recognition awards.  If you've got passable skills, let me know!
  5. Got  your own ideas?  Let me know!

Thank you in advance for your help!

BtB

Note:  edited to reflect new dates of event to prevent any confusion.

www.arenthyor.com  | Arenthyor - a challenging and immersive roleplaying world.  Come join and fulfill your destiny!
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DM Drake

Great! Bastion of Peace will definitely joined! Shared this on our server and various FB Pages :D

 

- Drake

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tarashon
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Sounds like a fun/good idea :)

​I'll enlist "Alangara" and offer some ingame prices such as perhaps custom permanent house or the like.

​/tarashon

To create a better world,

we must understand a greator I

For I is the reason

This world its doing

And what I understands is what I create.

www.alangara.dk

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BelowTheBelt

Thanks to Bastion of Peace and Alangara for joining!  World of Tor has also joined!  Together with Arenthyor, we've got 4 participating worlds.  For the 10th we had a dozen, so I'd like to get at least 15 this year, since it's the 15th anniversarry.

I'f anyone has any graphics design skill, PM me as we need help designing 'badges' for the creators and tools who get recognized for their awesome contributions to our community.

Please help spread the word anywhere and everywhere our players congregate - PW forums, GOG, here, reddit...

Thanks!

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The Amethyst Dragon

The World of Aenea is in. :)

- The Amethyst Dragon
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World of Aenea (the origin of almost all my works)
NWN Custom Content: The Complete List (90+ entries...you want this stuff)
>>>> If you have opinions on stuff I've made, or if you use any of it (as a player or builder), I like comments/votes/feedback...so do other content makers and builders. Keep us motivated. :)
------ Neverwinter Nights Community Site: The Unofficial Homepage for NWN ------

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StraightOuttaAvernus

Assuming I buckle down and make release by then (I've missed multiple deadlines so far ^^,) I'll try and contribute in representation of Anderfell.

Although, thaaat's not a guarantee.

Current development head of the Anderfell PW project, habitual player of halfdragons, and novice NWscripter

"Keep it simple, stupid" 

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Lady of the Cats

Please add Kissmet to the participating list. This sounds like fun for players and I'm constantly trying to come up with fun ideas for our players.... like what I did for an April Fools joke! I'll get to reading the rules and directions on how this all works and start planning. Only a month away!

Thank you for doing this. Wow, 15 years. Kissmet has only been online since 2003, from an old module and records that I found when I became owner (RIP Suna). Time sure flies by fast.

I'm thinking of bringing back the oldest mod that I have for this. Will have to be reworked to not have haks. Going back in time!

"The Keeper of Kissmet"
 

 

 

 

 
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NWNJade

This would get a lot more traffic on the NWN facebook page :D https://www.facebook.com/groups/nwncp

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MidsummerKnight

Harrowport will join in

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Lady of the Cats

2 1/2 weeks to go and we're working on the 2003 mod of Kissmet.
"Kissmet, the Early Years"

Got the NWPAD chest and we do have logs backups.

I would like to nominate Project Q. Even though its not in our "Early Years", we are currently using using it!

I would like to use this link for the list of participating servers
https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn1/module/gameworld/kissmet-nwn-a...

Thank you, BelowtheBelt for organizing this again.

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BelowTheBelt

Super exciting news!

GoG.com has tentatively agreed to provide prizes for our NWPAD participant winners (again).  If you remember, for the 10th annivarsary, they were generous enough to offer NWN Diamond downloads for our winners.  This time around, GoG is going to put together a smattering of other RPGs.  So, you could walk away with some cool games you've never played.

We're still nailing down the specifics, though.  Nothing is final.

The one thing that this *may* require is changing the dates for the event - rather than running from 6/18 - 7/2, we may begin in early July and run for two weeks.

This would give us a couple more weeks to get more participating worlds, and increase awareness.  Unfortunately, my time to do promotion has been severely limited since I took this on, but now with GoG signing on, it's time to get the nose to the grindstone.

GoG has been a great supporter of the NWN community through their support of us for the 2012 event and continuing to see value in the game today.  Let's spread the word about NWPAD and GoG and help make their investment in us something that pays off for them. 

More to comve over the next few days, including:

  • Increasing awareness of the event, prizes, etc...
  • Getting more worlds to participate
  • Finalizing events and logistics
  • Distributing the zip file to worlds that contains the placeable, script, and sign for in-game use.

Stay tuned!

Thanks!

 

 

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DM Drake

AMAZING! Waiting in suspense to figure out the exact dates!

 

- Drake

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lilwisper

Hello I represent a server named Tales Of Taliesin. I have alerted some of our players to this celebration and we show interest in it. We have been out of commission for a while so it may take some time for us to prepare, but I just wanted to give some notice of inital interest. I will post back once we have more info.

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Lady of the Cats

Alrighty! Notified on our forum and in game signs about the delay.
What in game events do we have? I need ideas please on what to offer the players.

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NWNJade

I'm trying to get Soul Forge interested in this. Will post again.

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lilwisper

Is the push back to July offical or are we still shooting for a June 18th start?

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BelowTheBelt

We are definitely pushing to early July start, but GoG confirmed the prizes late last week.  I'll post more details tomorrow.

By the way, happy 15th anniversarry to NWN (June 18, 2002)!!!!!!!

Thanks!

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lilwisper

Thank you for all the work in setting this up. Can't wait to be a part of this.

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BelowTheBelt

Ok....finally got my arse in gear for this now that GoG has stepped up.

This is going to be really exciting!  We're looking to give away over $600 worth of fabulous RPG goodness from the kindness of GoG.com.   Please make sure to remember them when choosing to spend your discretionary income!  And, a quick comment over to them via their feedback page thanking them for supporting our community (both during the 10 year event and this 15th year event) would help them know we appreciate their support.

I am moving administration of this event over to the forums at Arenthyor - it's easier for me to manage everything and keep updated there.  Please register there and join the discussion/ask questions as we rollout and administrate the event.  I'll update this thread with important information as needed.

 

Official Dates:  July 10th - July 25th (15 days!)

Official Website:  http://nwpad.weebly.com/

Official Forum:  NWPAD Forum

 

Prizes - Review the website (nwpad.weebly.com) for specific details about prizes, but essentially, we'll be giving away copies of both new and relatively recent RPG games.  These titles include:  Regalia:  of Men and Monarchs, Vikings:  Wolves of Midgard, Dragon's Dogma, and the Bethesda Bundle, which contains 3 games:  Fallout 3 GOTY, The Elder Scrolls IV:  Oblivion, and Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition.

Eligibility:  There is a minimum number of worlds required to participate and a minimum number of total participants required in order to unlock the prizes.  We must have at least 15 worlds and 200 participants over the 15 days (a participant is someone who checks-in at least once during the event).  This should be doable, but if we leave it to chance, it won't happen.

Key events
World Walker Challenge:  Participants can earn 1 'ticket' for opening each chest at a participating world 1 time per day.  So, each participating world offers as much as 15 tickets to each player during the event.  Participants who earn the most tickets will earn prizes.  What's more, the PW world host sponsor will also earn a corresponding prize.  There's some fine print, too, so check out the Official Website to learn more about the prizes and rules.

Server Crawl:  On Wenesday, July 12, we will be organizing a Server Crawl where everyone invades each server and runs amok in fun and chaos.  Details TBD, but we'll be assignind timeslots to servers.  PW Hosts are encouraged to have something planned.  Also note that if you're a roleplay world, you may have a fair number of non-roleplay visitors.

Share your NWN Story:  We need to get the word out about NWN.  Therefore, you are encouraged to share your NWN story about how you feel about the game, your fondest memory, why you still play, etc... in a non NWN platform in an effort to get new players interested in the game (e.g. the RPG subreddit).  Include links to neverwintervault.org and NwnList.com.  More details to come, but posting will earn you an entry for a random drawing of Vikings - Wolves of Midgard ($40)

Content Creators:  TBD, but looking to work with the monthly content creation team to recognize those who still continue to create content by adding a prize (Dragon's Dogma, $30) to the appropriate next event

 

Next Steps

1)  We need more worlds!  We currently have less than 15 worlds confirmed.  We need people to spread the word about this event and get more worlds signed up!

2)  We need more player awareness!  Get people aware - post on the facebook channel, the NWN subreddit, these forums, individual world forums...don't wait for me to do it, there's already enough that I have to do- go ahead and do it yourself!  And, if someone's already posted, add to their post or create a new one!  Repitition and reinforcement are good things.  Include a link to the nwpad.weebly.com website.

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Tarot Redhand

Heh, Heh. Just my luck. Guess what I am currently playing. Bought it from gog too instead of waiting for the disk version's price to drop to my usual trigger price. That's right - Dragons Dogma. Cest la vie. Well I am honest enough to know that while I have some good ideas I wouldn't have been in the running cool.

TR

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Lady of the Cats

I see we need to read this site for all the details of how we participate. I sure could use more ideas of what has been done with other worlds here on this forum

http://nwpad.weebly.com/for-persistent-worlds.htm

(this site also needs date updating)

The sign has wrong dates and the script allows players to just sit there and keep collecting notes. I sent a script that all they need is one note and then we can look for their cdkeycode every day to see if tthey come back. Couldn't we? That sign needs more instructions for the players getting the Notes, too.

More than anything, I just want to help the players participate and check out other worlds as well. So giving them as much info in game and on the forum on HOW they can do all this, makes it easier for them.

 

P.S.  - Rolo made our Necropolis? Amazing what I have found in this old 2003 Kinky kingdom mod credits. I LOVE to know these things

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BelowTheBelt

Thanks for your help, LotC!  Keep the comments coming!

 The nwpad.weebly.com website should be fully updated now (some of the updates I made last week didn't get published) - let me know if anyone sees anything that should still be updated.

The file you're mentioning is/was the one that was used for the 10th annivarsarry.  I have updated the script and the sign with new information and you can grab it at the arenthyor forums.

Don't worry about grabbing multiple entries.  Players can 'grab' as many of them as they want.  I will de-duplicate them on the back-end so that players only get 1 per day per world.  The new script should take care of that by way of the timestamp check I put in, but for the most part, but I'll still dedupe just to make sure.

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lilwisper

Thanks once again for all the hard work. I did notice that on the Weebly site under Buy NWN, the June 18th date range still exists. Also, is the July 12th date for the crawl the only one? As it is a Wednesday, a good portion of folks would be at work. I will update the status for Tales of Taliesin once we get a better idea of how we want to participate.

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NWNJade

What does the world of Soul Forge https://www.facebook.com/groups/soulforge.nwn have to do to be considered as participating? Our current builder is on vacation right now, so we won't have time to add new content. Is there a specific thing that needs to be added, or maybe a NPC dialog we can put in?

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lilwisper

From what I read it's mostly placing 2 placeables and keep tabs on the log files for how he needs you to send them. Other than that it's however you and your PW's DMs decide to contribute.

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BelowTheBelt

It's very simple!  No coding is needed, as it's already been done for you.

Go to the forums above and download the erf file.  It contains 2 placeables (a chest and a sign) and 1 script.  Import those into your module.  They shouldn't overwrite anything unless you have them left over from the previous event.  

1)  Go ahead and put the sign into your starting area asap.  It will help generate awareness among your players.

2)  On the first day of the event, July 10, put the chest placeable somewhere in your module that is easily accessible for first-time players.

3)  Then, keep track of your logfiles by day until July 25th.  By the 28th, send me a copy of those files and I'll do the sorting/calculating.

Also, during those days, plan on running special events - maybe special DM-led events or celebrations honoring your players, quests for items, etc...  We had one world last time that did a 'start a new character' event, for example.  

If a player wins a World Walker prize, in additionn to winning the game from GoG, they'll be able to select a world to win an in-game prize, so have a think about what you'd like to offer those players - it could be gold, items, extra starting levels, etc...

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BelowTheBelt

"Also, is the July 12th date for the crawl the only one? As it is a Wednesday, a good portion of folks would be at work."

 

I'm game to add a second on Saturday the 15th if that works for everyone as well.

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Lady of the Cats

The sign in the import erf doesn't have the date updated on it.
I also changed mine to be a bit more "informative".

"This world will be participating in the community-wide Neverwinter Nights Player Appreciation Days between July 10 - 25, 2017 with a series of in-game events celebrating you, the players, in recognition and thanks for supporting us.

Persistent worlds across the community will be hosting special events during these days.  In fact, there will be events that cross worlds!
 
Check out your PW's forums for planned events specific to your module, and google "NWPAD NWN" to find a list of modules participating in the events!
 
Come here every day to get ONE note to keep track of your visits. Logs will as be kept as well as our SQL database.
 
Our forum is at (public) to read what we are doing each day.
 
Also you can get back to the Welcome area via the portal on the ship in Southport"
 
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Both days is good for us, as we normally do have events on Wednesdays and Saturdays!
Thank you!
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NWNJade

Soul Forge is officially joining! We will be offering free starter gear to all interested players and doing dungeon runs of all our favorite locations.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/soulforge.nwn/

https://soulforge.nwn1.net/status/

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BelowTheBelt

Awesome, NWNJade!  I'll update the website!  Welcome!

If you haven't already, download the erf file here

Let me know if you have any questions!

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NWNJade

We have downloaded it and are adding it to the mod. Thanks for doing this. Will write back if we have any problems!!

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lilwisper

Tales of Taliesin would formally like to announce our participation in this great event. Taliesin, The City of Wizards will be holding a mage fair as our theme and we will give notice of events as we go along.

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BelowTheBelt

Awesome - sounds like fun and I'm looking forward to seeing in-game!  

What is your website?  I'll update the forums/website with links.

Welcome aboard.  

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lilwisper

Thanks. I am trying to spruce the webpage up before I get it to you. I'll make sure to have it before the weekend comes.

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NWNJade

Help help!

 

We can't download the chest and script to put in our Mod!!!

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Lady of the Cats
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lilwisper

Quick question. Is there a time zone that we are using for the start, or should we just start the log tracking for the 15 days as we see fit?

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BelowTheBelt

Use whatever timezone is appropriate for your server.  Starts 'tonight' at midnight!

 

Here are the participating servers:

Arenthyor
Kissmet
Soul Forge
Tales of Taliesin

World of Aenea
Bastion of Peace

Harrowport
World of Layonara

You can find links to them at the official site nwpad.weebly.com

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Lady of the Cats

I'm over on the west coast of USA, but my host server is near Amsterdam!! I'll have to explain when I keep the logs about the time zone differences because I didn't think about seeing if I can change that until the last minute and not going to make much difference... only 9 hours!! haha

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lilwisper

Here's the link for Taliesin, sorry for the delay:

 

taliesin.epicgamer.org

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NWNJade

I got the erf sorted! Soul Forge is ready to accomidate new players :D

If you don't have access to facebook, here are our haks on the Vault: https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn1/hakpak/combined/complete-soul-...

We're working on making a hak-free entrance, but you would still need them to see the rest of the world.

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NWNJade

I just tried to join Kinky Kingdom and it says I'm booted.

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NWNJade

Tried to connect to Layonara and it says I need a password,

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NWNJade

Harrowport is missing the following HAKS (and I can't find them on their website)

(also can't figure out how to post an image here)

 

https://ibb.co/eBqiLF

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NWNJade

The World of Aenea kicks me out with NO error message.

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NWNJade

Can't open webpage for Tales of Taliesin- says webpage is unsecured.

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NWNJade

Bastion of Peace hak download 2GB!!

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NWNJade

First day review: worlds visited so far 2/8 (Soul Forge and Arenthyor). I know it's still early in the day, but not looking good, folks :(

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lilwisper

Thanks for the heads up. We had to move our page so we are still sorting some issues.

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BelowTheBelt

Password for Layonara is:  nwpad.  Going through for myself as well to see how things are progressing.  DL'ing content now.

Direct Conenct addresses are up on the nwpad.weebly.com site (can't seem to find Talesin's DC address).

Jade - any chance you can make a public post on FB with the link to your haks?

Thanks!

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lilwisper

64.79.75.122 is our direct connect. I also put in the webpage in an earlier post incase it was missed.

 

@Jade: Were you using IE, Firefox, or Chrome to see the forum?

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