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Wednesday, April 25, 2001

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Neverwinter Nights Update
8:32 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Bioware's producer Trent Oster has posted his update on Neverwinter Nights to the site for this upcoming 3D RPG. He talks about the team getting ready for E3 coming up next month, as well as making general progress with this ambitious title. Neverwinter Nights will recreate the newest 3rd Edition AD&D rules while having impressive 3D graphics and cross-platform compatibility. The game will also allow you to play a DM to a group of friends (or total strangers) on the internet.

It sounds like E3 will be the place where much new information will be revealed, and the team is hard at work on getting a demo of NWN up to speed. Here's a clip:


Our programmers have been working tirelessly to add new features to the game and integrate an ever-growing number of the 3rd Edition D&D rules. When we started Neverwinter, we knew that the rules system would be a time-consuming task. Well, the task is everything we imagined and more. =) Every day, I'm amazed all over again by the sheer number of criteria that have to be taken into account to run a single round of combat. Combat requires weapons, for example, and creating one within the toolset can involve as many as 60 different effects - everything from bonuses to hit and damage, to different forms of damage immunities, to level draining and electrical damage. In short, we're committed to making Neverwinter Nights one of the most in-depth Dungeons & Dragons experiences possible on your home computer.
Check out the site for the rest of the scoop on what's going on at Bioware.
Also interesting is a new post at Interplay regarding a contest surrounding the game. The Designer for a Day contest will require you submit your idea for an NPC (non-player character) in the month of May with the chances they might be included in the shipping version of Neverwinter Nights. Here's more from the post:
Neverwinter Nights -Designer for a Day Contest (Design your own Character! )

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at designing a game and
immortalize your character within the official game release of Neverwinter
Nights? Interested? Submit your original NPC into Designer for a
Day Contest and thousands could meet your character in the lands of Neverwinter.

Contest will run May 1-May 31. Stay Tuned, details are forthcoming.

We'll keep you posted when more is revealed about this contest, but it sure sounds like a good way to make your own contribution to the project. There is currently no firm release date for Neverwinter Nights, but it's hoped the Mac and PC versions will be out by the end of the year.

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