Neverwinter Nights: the greatest Dungeons & Dragons
videogame ever made. Sure, other D&D games are monstrously good (the Baldur’s
Gate, Planescape: Torment, scads of the SSI gold box games), none of them attempted
to simulate the experience of a tabletop session the way Neverwinter Nights
Beginning with the SSI games and continuing with the Black
Isle games, developers sought to (and mostly succeeded) in reuniting narrative
with mechanics in RPGs. The problem is, in a tabletop D&D game – the theater
of the mind – there are no real limits. Anything can (and usually does) happen.
Compare that to the linear storytelling of Baldur’s Gate: there’s only one way
that game can end. (Even Zork’s narrative richness is an illusion – there is
only one good ending that doesn’t involve your death and only one way to
While it will be a long time before programming can equal the
flights of fancy of the human mind, Neverwinter Nights, released by BioWare in
2002, significantly relaxed the rigid linearity of videogame RPGs.
It did three important things to achieve this. First, it made
characters that were highly customizable and untethered them from a single
story, allowing them to have long, weird careers outside the (frankly,
mediocre) main campaign. Second, it gave players a toolkit for creating what
amounted to their own modules, something the community embraced wholeheartedly
(there are too many excellent self-contained modules to even mention, but the
fact that Neversummer was essentially a fan made persistent world MMO built by
players is a good example of the scale of game that was possible using the
toolkit). Third, a player could take control of those modules and modify them
on the fly…just like a pen and paper dungeon master.
Perhaps most importantly, it came with a map on a tea towel.
(OK, not most important, but I do love a good tea towel map).
Next week…Planescape, maybe? Forgotten Realms? Spelljammer? I
am open to suggestions.
Happy Valentine’s Day you wonderful people! I bought this mug as a gift for myself for V-Day and I absolutely adore it It is perfect.
Artist: Cara McGee
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Thank you for creating this wonderful piece! I hope you have a lovely day ♡
Was going through my old files and found this. I still kinda like it even though it is ancient so I figured I’d post it :p It is 3/9 of my classmates from University based off their personalities. I originally had them all, but these are the only ones who got sorta done. It will never be finished.
Kid in the middle is British as fuck and loves his tea.
I tried tea for the first time this morning (lemon and ginger, with
honey added) and I honestly have to agree with Solas. I don’t like it
(almost detest it), but I needed it for my throat and head. I’ll try
other kinds, but I’m not holding out much hope.
All of my friends are so enthused by tea I was ecstatic to learn Solas hated tea. It took all of my control not to visibly jump up & down or squeal. That alone made him jump high on the awesome list. Solas understands me. (I kid, of course. He was awesome opossum even before the tea. ;D)