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VaultDuke's quick guide to get NWN up and running in 2017

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VaultDuke
VaultDuke's quick guide to get NWN up and running in 2017

...including all the latest bells and whistles.

-Install the game (but not in standard Programs folder, for compatibility reasons with today's versions of MS Windows)

-Install latest official critical rebuild patch:
http://www.neverwinternights.info/players.htm#critpatch
(find the one that fits to your version)

-Try to run the game, and if it's too crashy, see if this guide can help:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160915181743/https://forum.bioware.com/top...
http://www.neverwinternights.info/installation_win7.htm

-If you want to play online, install CEP, it is the package that is required on most online worlds these days:
http://www.neverwinternights.info/cep.htm

-If you got the GoG version, you need to ask for a unique CD key (which does not come with the GoG installer by default), to be able to play online on most servers, here:
https://www.gog.com/support/neverwinter_nights_diamond_edition/online_pl...
It may take a few business days for the key to arrive by email.

-Highly recommended: Get the Community Patch Project:
http://neverwintervault.org/patch/nwn1/community-patch-171-final
It fixes many visual errors client side (that is you), and also many gameplay errors when you play single player modules.

-To play online, you need to find the servers and logins you can play on. Official support for the in-game multiplayer world list has ended, though there is an easy community solution:
http://www.neverwinternights.info/nwncx.htm
(just take the files from the main folder, not the sub folders. Add them to your NWN folder, where the game-exes are. Start the game from the new loader exe you just added. Give admin rights and Win XP compatibility to this file. When doing this, online servers once again appear in the in-game list. If you get a half filled list at first, try your scroll wheel on the mouse (it's just a slight syncing error).
You can also try some of the other solutions mentioned here:
https://www.gog.com/forum/neverwinter_nights_series/discontinued_gamespy...

-If you are looking for modules to play on your own or with some friends, check the Neverwintervault modules section:
http://neverwintervault.org/catalog/nwn1?field_category_tid=11&field_cat...

-All this and much more info can be found here:
http://www.neverwinternights.info/index.htm
http://www.neverwinternights.info/players.htm
I can highly recommended to read through these two quick introductions, this should bring you up to speed for anything else NWN related.

Finally and most importantly: Have fun and welcome to NWN

-Bonus tip 1 for graphical fidelity:
NWN's graphics settings are out of date by todays standards. The above mentioned guides will already have told you to disable shiny water due to potential crashing issues. On top of that, the game has no or little anisotropic filtering and the antialiasing modi may no longer be properly supported today. Try forcing those through your GPU settings for crisp results, but keep the AF to x8 or even x4 on lower or equal to FHD display resolutions. Higher values will lead to over processing of the low res ground textures which leads to a shimmering effect in motion.

-Bonus tip 2 for graphical fidelity:
Check out Project Facelift to improve the look of several vanilla assets/tilesets and learn how to add patch haks to your game.
https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn1/hakpak/neverwinter-nights-face...
Be mindful that this can have a serious effect on performance even on modern high end PCs, because the old engine is limited in how many polygons it can efficiently push.

 

 

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VaultDuke

somehow the formatting is messed up, it is fine in the editing window. if a moderator could help me out i'd be glad

two links still go to the old bioware forums, leave me a hint when and where they migrate. thanks.

 

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Tarot Redhand

Looking good. Just one thought. How about doing it as a downloadable FAQ. That gets rid of this sites tendency to screw up copy/pasted content.

TR

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VaultDuke

I got the formatting fixed now and saved the guide as a txt for now on my HDD.

I think it will require some more editing in the near future, before i could consider releasing it in PDF form or something.

Then again, these goides tend to get outdate quickly these days, so i think they are best kept in an easy to update format.

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DawnRC

Just wanted to say what a huge help this is :) thank you!!

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VaultDuke

I am glad it was already helpful to you DawnRC.

BTW: i updated the guide with infos about the GoG CD Key issue and added two graphical recommendations of my own at the bottom.

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DawnRC

It did thank you! And thank you for the new info!

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VaultDuke

Updated and replaced old bioware forum links

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VaultDuke

updated for new user name

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Grymlorde

Shiny water works fine on nVidia cards (and cards that use nVidia chips). That effect was written specifically to showcase nVidia cards and never intended for other cards. Also most sytems today can handle what NWN calls 'max quality' video effects (dynamic shadows, moving grass, etc.). However your note about the engine's limitation on the # of polygons is spot on, regardless of the type of video card used.

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DawnRC

Whenever I reinstall I come here <3

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