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Monday, June 4, 2001

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Massive Look at Neverwinter Nights
2:45 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

CGO has posted a two-part look at the upcoming 3D RPG Neverwinter Nights. This long preview tries to pin down what you have to look forward to with this video game recreation of pen-and-paper D&D. Neverwinter Nights even adheres to the new 3rd edition D&D rule set, though some modifications and changes were necessary in the translation to the computer monitor. Here's an except that serves as a good explanation for what this title entails:

The concept that would grow into Neverwinter Nights was both completely new and strikingly familiar—each player would have one character, his or her alter ego in the game. You would play in groups of virtually any size (64 players is currently the maximum), although a modest group of four to eight players would probably work best. Although a complete and balanced set of mechanics (ruleset) would drive the game, it would not limit it. Groups of players would be encouraged to devise their own house rules, and to add a human touch, there would even be a human Dungeon Master who could opt to oversee the game. This guardian could throw in a curve ball from time to time, and step in whenever a player decides to improvise. And speaking of improvising, the Dungeon Master would have to be able to create new content—new adventure modules—to keep things interesting.
The preview explains in detail the game's system of modules. 30 pre-made scenarios will let you easily jump into a game, though creating your own will also be highly recommended. Much of the preview covers this ability to create your own 'dungeon,' with the second part exclusively looking at the scripting in the game. RPG fans will definitely want to head over and read through both parts of the preview. Neverwinter Nights has no official release date, though a Mac version is expected to be released around the same time as the PC release this winter.

Neverwinter Nights Preview at CGO, Part 1
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