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Legacy_neltymind

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Do you even still play NWN?
« on: June 07, 2016, 02:54:11 pm »


               

I recently cam back to playing NWN after a long period of absence.


 


When I played NWN in the first 4 or 5 years after it's release, there were more Persistent Worlds than you could ever play on and there was Neverwinter Connections which was used for matchmaking for game with a Pen & Paper feel, meaning that a group of players (and possibly a dm) team up to play a game on a regular basis. I always found this way of playing more intriguing than PWs because roleplay was much more interesting that way and also the static quests on PWs were not really that interesting to play. They mostly involved grinding the same areas over and over again to gain enough XP to level up. And most PWs had DM events, of course. But those had to match your schedule and were often totally overcrowded by players which broke immersion for me.


 


Anyway... The Pen & Paper type of NWN game doesn't seem to exist anymore. I posted a request for this type of game here on the forums and I got exactly on reply as a pm. The good thing is that it lead to a regular game like I hoped for, but I wonder what I'll do in terms of playing NWN if this group ever stops playing and I also wonder why there is such an active community here if the only multiplayer activity seems revolve around a handful of persistent worlds. 


 


Is that really the only way to play m multiplayer NWN which is not dead? Do you guys really prefer playing single player instead of playing the same module with 2-4 other people, including a dm who makes the game so much more fun? Or do you play this kind of games, but only with people you already know and an outsider has no chance of knowing this game takes place, let alone becoming part of it?



               
               

               
            

Legacy_henesua

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 12:14:21 am »


               

you just need to meet more people. i am not currently doing a pen and paper style game due to other commitments, but it is my preferred way of playing as well.



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 01:51:15 am »


               

We have group that play LAN cuz sumtime have lose PW connect but LAN stay up better.  They use swap DM each sesson so it stay fun.  These most are old PnP who canna drive so far to play on board today.


 


Still many gud PW on but ned to try many.  Am thinking PW that here now much better than b4 cuz balense seem better.  Like u say, they do PnP changes sumtime.  Same for the LAN. Gud balance like PnP.


 


Must remember sumthin, tho.  We not kids nemore so it get hard for plan game with all working nd mayb have grandkids even now for some.  Donna think ppl who get NWN from GOG take so serus as wen you play many year passd so there not new players to fill 4 all ppl that get busy.


 


Am thinking you ned to try more PWs but must talk to player lots b4 start out.  For me it hard cuz it must speak português else I ned sumone to help but still find ppl who like to play like me nd donna care.



               
               

               
            

Legacy_neltymind

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 09:01:09 am »


               


you just need to meet more people. 




 


Don't get wrong, I know how to meet people. In real life, that is. 


 


But if it comes to people who might be interested in playing NWN, all I can come up with is is this forum as it seems to be the one with the most active users. I already tried that with not so overwhelming results.


 


So what exactly do you mean bei "meet people" in terms of playing NWN in such a group?



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 03:35:12 pm »


               

 


So what exactly do you mean bei "meet people" in terms of playing NWN in such a group?


 



 


Must log to sum server where u see ppl list to make frends.  No other way today, Sry. '<img'>


 


Sum ppl make facebook or sum site to help meet frends but am thinking they get too busy for it to keep werkin.


 


NNCS one place that have link list but NeverwinterConnections down for very long time.  That did wut u are looking for.


 


There still server list wut show how many ppl on nd have direct connect addy but I donna know url anymore (ne1 know wut link is for neltymind ???).


               
               

               
            

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 04:42:28 pm »


               

I am having serious trouble logging onto a server. I have my cd-key and used the gog module re-installer. I have the critical rebuild patch installed. Every server times out afterwards. >.<



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 05:31:14 pm »


               

If you need to ask how to meet people that play NWN, then you DO need to ask about how to meet people in general because NWN is not a special weird thing. Its just another thing that people do and its cheap to buy.


 


You could:


  • talk to people you know in the real world and try to interest them in NWN.

  • stick around in this forum more than a day or two and actually interact with us to maybe try to scare up a game

  • check out the neverwintervault.org forums

  • check out irc: #nwvault channel on chat.freenode.net

  • look up the facebook NWN page

  • look up the NWN subreddit

  • bring up NWN on any RPG forum you participate in

 


etc... etc...


it take patience and concentration.


if you've got those you can do anything.



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2016, 10:34:47 am »


               

Thank you for your input.


 


Maybe I am just tackling the problem from the wrong direction. 


 


I really thought that people are willing to play NWN with someone without knowing the person in advance. That's obviously wrong for most people and some kind of networking is necessary. While I am willing and able to do that kind of stuff for my job or to find new real life friends, I neither have the time nor the will to network "just" to find someone to play a computer game with me. I just want to play it.  


 


Sure, I understand that playing with someone you don't know has some risks that your playing styles are not compatible (role player vs. power gamer, dialogue reader vs. rusher, disagreements over difficulty settings and so on) but it takes only 10 minutes of chatting or maybe an hour of play to figure out if there is the possibility of further playing together or not, so I don't think this reason makes much sense. Especially if you take the fact into account that it extremely limits your choice of possible team-mates.


 


So basically the same things that always annoyed me about persistent worlds seems to affect this style of play as well: You have cliques of players who keep to themselves and make it hard and frustrating for the new players to become a part of the fun. I find it bad enough that economy and society work that way. Is it really necessary to copy that behavior for computer games?


 


There was this website. I think the name was "Neverwinter Connections". It made it possible to become part of a group without much networking first. You just sent an application with the backstory of your character and if you had put some effort in it, you could join the fun. Sadly, this website is gone. There has never been a try to establish an alternative. Now I understand why. People want to keep to themselves.  



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2016, 12:05:38 pm »


               

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/nwncp


 


This group is full of interesting people.



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2016, 04:55:39 pm »


               

I'm not following your reasoning at all. People don't want to keep to themselves. Meeting people is just the best way to acquire the info/connection to play in someone's game.


 


Neverwinter Connections was great, but its gone. I briefly considered creating a widget for NWVault that would add on to its calendar, but lost interest when I got a look at the mess of Drupal, and have been working on other projects since.


 


However if you want anonymous play you should be playing on a persistent world. There are far more of those than I believe you realize. Install NWNCX and browse through the list.



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2016, 07:55:13 pm »


               

I was not speaking about anonymity and I don't play on PWs any more. I've a lot of respect for the people running those projects, but it's just not for me. I found every PW I ever played on repetitive and immersion breaking  after a while. But that was a problem I have with the general concept of PWs, not faulty design or anything. 


 


I was speaking about my impression that most non-PW-multiplayer action seems to be run by cliques of people who know each other for a longer period of time and are obviously not interested in letting new people join their fun. I think this is quite obvious. All threads in this forum from the last two years of players looking for a group came from people who were (relatively) new to the forum (e.g. most likely not part of such a clique) and received no or very little attention. There is also not a single post of an already existing group looking for an additional player.



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2016, 08:06:22 pm »


               

You are off base. People play with people they know because that is who they know. its not an exclusive thing.


 


If you want to complain just to complain, I can't help you. But if you want to get in a group you need to find a group. Its that simple.



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2016, 09:53:28 pm »


               I think the NWN community and it's players over the years have all very much refined their taste of how the like their RPG, and found groups of likewise players, that they play with. It is a daunting tasks for a newcomer/returning player to find the group that shares a same kind of play than they like and where you can fit in.
Imho, there is little dynamic left in the "just hop in/out for an evening or two" kind of style in the NWN community. There used to be webpages dedicated to bringing these kinds of players together, but i don't know how many of those are still active. i'm mostly a PW player myself, so never payd too much attention to that section of our community.

however, if light and spontaneous dungeon delving in ad-hoc groups is your thing, maybe the new Sword coast legends (if generally poorly received) is just the game for you, to scratch that fix?
               
               

               
            

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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2016, 10:47:18 pm »


               

Ahhh... I C now.  You want LAN games.  Wanna just go chat to ppl on Skype or Yaho Messenger or sumwhere, then see if they have NWN to play PnP.  If not have it, it real cheap for em so worth a try. We do that sumtime but here is problem wut you mayb get...


 


LAN always base on sum campain or module wut seem very gud but mayb not debug enuf.  That mean u ned sumeone in group wut can fix things which not always ez to do.  Wen playing in group bugs can ruin fun. But even if gud debug, still ned a gud DM.  Old NWN ppl used to be gud with doin DM but it not so ez now find a gud one in chat. Our LAN switch around but sum ppl not really like DM nd just play.


 


That why PW so gud.  Admin always fix problum fast cuz they worry to lose ppl nd like to keep it playing gud.  PW DMs usually real gud cuz have lots of practis wit many kind of player. Sum did PnP long ago. That why most online player do PW.  Plus PW will make surpise quest sumtime, but person who get your LAN loaded knows how module work so not so many surprise for that person if want to play with u.


 


Mayb I not say this all rite, but PW just so much bargain, PnP LAN take so much time for bilding and making work rite.  But like u say, if u want to get chat frends to play ur game, mayb they not like PW too so a better match on LAN. 



               
               

               
            

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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2016, 11:17:53 pm »


               is that how the words come out of your fingers, or do you take effort to write like this? It certainly requires some effort from me to follow your writing. Whatever you are trying to achieve here, it's not helping with making your posts understandable.