If you're coming from Infinity Engine games, then this thread is for you. Here, are a few bullet points to give you a crash course on what NWN (and NWN:EE) is.
- NWN is a D&D 3.0 game. There are differences, of course, but the basic rendition of the ruleset is faithful enough to be comfortably familiar. The most marked change to IE games is that you are playing in a 3d perspective; always focused on your own/main character. Other characters in your party (NPCs or players) are not directly controllable and will act on their own.
- There are other games carrying the Neverwinter title. There is the original Neverwinter Nights from 1991. There is also Neverwinter Nights 2, the successor developed by Obsidian Entertainment; and the Neverwinter MMO by Cryptic. This game is neither of those: It was published originally in 2002, developed by BioWare and headed by Trent Oster, Beamdog’s CEO. The reason you are here specifically is the Enhanced Edition of that game.
- Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition includes the Neverwinter Nights base game, two expansions (Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark) and three premium modules (Kingmaker, ShadowGuard, and Witch’s Wake). This is the same content included in "Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition".As part of the Enhanced Edition
, Premium Modules have been made to work again and three additional premium modules (Pirates of the Sword Coast, Infinite Dungeons, and Wyvern Crown of Cormyr) will be sold separately.
- Arguably, the biggest driving factor for NWN:EE is not the original campaigns or even the Premium Modules, but the customisation aspects of the game. It ships with a very flexible toolset that allows players to create their own adventures in ways few other games or platforms do. The Aurora Toolset is easy to use and thanks to its tile-based approach allows someone with only a little know-how produce great content.NWN:EE
keeps this alive and attempts to foster the custom content community. At this time, the toolset is only available on Windows.
- Neverwinter Nights has modding support built in, where modules (and servers) can add new creatures, items, tilesets, and so on. This extra content is usually packaged up in "HAK packs" (extension: .hak).For Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
, nothing in this regard has changed. Modules and custom content created so far, will keep working just like before.
- In addition to modding, the multiplayer scene is huge. The game distro allows anyone to host a server and run their own adventures. Some go so far as to create full persistent worlds; servers that remain online indefinitely with game styles as varied as can be. Some are pure action, others are as roleplay-heavy as the MUDs of old.
- The authentication servers and matchmaking servers were taken down a few years ago when GameSpy shut down, effectively breaking multiplayer. The community stepped up and made their own registry, which you can find at http://nwnlist.com/
. This workaround requires both client and server changes.NWN:EE
brings back fully working multiplayer out of the box.
- A few crafty people created extensions to NWN that go beyond modding. These were called NWN Extender, or NWNX; they added things like database support and more script commands.NWN:EE
is now collaborating with the authors of NWNX to make sure compatibility is met as best as possible.
Resources to check out/read on:
- Promo Page: http://nwn.beamdog.com/
- Server list for 1.69 (the old/current release): http://nwnlist.com/
- Where all custom content is at: https://neverwintervault.org/
This thread exists so you can ask questions about the game. If anything that is unclear, please ask! We'll answer to the best of our abilities and amend the initial post, if needed!