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NWN2 News December 7, 2007

Posted by Rob McGinnis , 07 December 2007 · 13451 views

NWN2 News
Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update
December 7, 2007

Hello again! For this update we will talk about some changes, a custom mod and some community works.

Monty is Assimilated!
Well, more like he has come to the Dark Side.

Monty Markland has come to work for Obsidian Entertainment. "Who is this Markland guy," you ask? He was the head of the Community Modding group Rogue Dao Studios - the makers of that great Purgatorio mod we have all been watching so closely. So, to ease your fears about this change, while we fit him for his cybernetic eye and re-designate him as 110 of 110, I held Monty at gunpoint to get him to write this little message to you all:

Obsidian Entertainment is awesome.

I started working here on Monday. The past five days have been the coolest experience I've ever had. For everyone out there thinking, "It must be rad to work in the game business." I can tell you that, yes indeed, it is rad.

"Who are you and why do we care?"

Well, I've been the public face of the Planescape Trilogy project for the past 15 months. I felt like it was important to let everybody know that my arrival at Obsidian doesn't threaten the completion of Purgatorio or the rest of the Trilogy at all. There are 23 incredibly talented ladies and gentleman currently working on Purgatorio, folks such as: Kevin Chow, Scott Douglas, Johnny Taylor, Courtney Keene, Ryan Placchetti, Daniel Haas, Andrej Bartulovic, Heather Kirk, Jason Ng, Michael Cipriano, Will Sprinkel, Bruce Hayles, Matthew Roeder, Sampo Narhi, Gabor Valasek, Robert Fletcher, Atte Laitenen, Marko Radojkovic, Ryan Farnsworth, Andres Cruz, Johnny Ree, and Kris Hammes. I also continue to work on the project in my own time.

If anything, I think my working at Obsidian will make the Trilogy and the community stronger.

Rogue Dao Studios has now proven itself to be a pipeline into paid game industry jobs. This will make recruiting new talent from outside the NWN2 community an easier task. More talent working on the Planescape Trilogy will mean a better gaming experience for everyone. New talent joining the NWN2 community will be a win for everybody involved.

I've been bullish about NWN2 since its release. I'm bullish about NWN2 now. I'm bullish on the Toolset. I'm bullish about Mysteries of Westgate. I think Mask of the Betrayer demonstrated the true potential of Neverwinter Nights 2 and I think even more exciting things will be revealed in the future.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

That really seems like his writing, right? Cool.

We welcome Monty to the hive and look forward to the food he brings us.

Harp & Chrysanthemum - A Custom Module by Maerduin

Harp & Chrysanthemum is a custom mod created by Maerduin. While you are reading his summary below, you can start downloading the mod here.

The story begins in Drawn Swords, a tiny settlement on a crag between the Backlands and Sunset Vale. You had come here with Vroman Horner, an amiable treasure-hunter of about one year’s acquaintance, in order to meet with his brother Manfred; the three of you were to seek adventure together after meeting up. But when Manfred fails to arrive on time, adventure finds you before you can find it. Aided by a stern and lovely paladin of Sune, the good folk of Drawn Swords, and the diffident Vroman, you are soon drawn into a drama of religious conflict, military stakes, and esoteric mystery…only to find yourself, quite unexpectedly, the drama’s key player.

*Single player, for fourth-level characters
*Has two forced companions, one optional companion
*For neutral or good characters only
*Melee, roleplay, tracks/tricks: medium
*Doing the main quest and all side quests would rack up about seven hours of play in my best estimation.

Community Works

Weapon Packs by MWMDragon

MWMDragon has created quite a few weapon packs and placed them on the vault. There are way to many packs to just focus on one, so I thought I would list a few of them.

Spears: Click Here
Warhammers: Click Here
Greataxes: Click Here
Handaxes: Click Here

He has much more than this on the vault. You should check it all out. You can find it all in the NWN2 Hack packs section.

Kaycei's Hair

Kaycei has created the first hairstyle in what is hoped to be a series. This hairstyle is only for human females so far, but requests for more races are wanted. You can download this hairstyle here, on Neverwinter Vault.

Deepsnow Prefab Area

SGK73 has brought us another prefab area. This time it is a deep snow set.

This prefab includes a pretty cool feature that makes it appear as if your character is walking in... you guessed it... deep snow. SGK73 has also included a script that will slow your movement speed in some areas. You can download this prefab from NWVault here.

Clearing the Air
We have been making some changes to the way we will be handling patches moving forward. While I can't give you full details yet, I will let you in on some of the changes: We will be working on a six week schedule for each patch, starting with 1.12. This is a tighter schedule and that means that the number of fixes and features included with each patch will be reduced when compared to the average patch in the past. This, however, does mean that you should be seeing patches more often and at a more predictable rate. We are setting our goals pretty high with this new plan. We will be attempting to address some pretty important, but very risky fixes and features as well.

As part of the new plan, I hope to make our patching process more transparent. I would like to tell you much earlier what we plan to work on in the patches and keep you much more up to date as to how the patches change as we go through each phase: from production, through testing and, finally, to release. I will start this process by posting our primary goals for each patch in this blog. These lists will not be complete lists of what we plan to address as we would still like to put a few surprises in and we will still be keeping exploits a secret so as not to make PW Admins' lives more difficult. The lists will start out pretty general in nature and, as we discuss each patch internally, the lists will become more refined as we add and remove fixes and features from the goals list. Eventually, I would like to be able to post a plan for up to three patches out, so you have a general idea of where things are heading.

So to start things off, here is a list of goals we have for the 1.12 patch:
  • Eliminate the errors caused by transitioning with familiars summoned.
  • Fix the issue where the Use Magic Device skill takes priority over caster levels.
  • Allow Warlocks to be able to take crafting feats.
  • Eliminate area transition crashes.
  • Fix the issue where swapping spells on level-up makes characters invalid.
  • Update the Dedicated Server Creator to install NX1 files and model directories.
  • Provide more detail in the Multiplayer "missing file" error message.
  • Eliminate the item identification price discrepancies between the toolset and the price displayed in-game.
  • Fix 75 spells.
  • Make appropriate spells able to be scribed to a scroll.
  • Allow Armorrulestats.2da to be readable from hak pack in-game.
  • Implement stealth animations for playable races.
  • Add in about 20 more spells.
  • Bind the player list to the P key.
  • Implement the UI feature to change portraits in-game.
  • Implement multi-server portal support.
  • Increase the dedicated server player limit to 120.
  • Implement the ability to change the loot bag appearance.

Now, as I said, this list can change. We are feeling pretty confident about it now, but in game development there are always snags and issues that prevent some things. It is also important that you realize that this is not a promise of what will be fixed and when, but more of a list of goals that we hope to achieve. Some of the items on this list are so risky that they could bump some items to a later patch.

Also, just because you do not see the issue that is important to you in this list does not mean it has been forgotten. Chances are your issue is scheduled for a later patch.

Personally, I am pretty excited about the new changes. Hopefully you are too. We are currently scheduling the first patch to be released around February 11, but there are some things that may push this back a bit.

That brings this Community Update to a close. See you in two weeks (or sooner if there is something important to update).

Dec 07 2007 10:12 AM
Yes! Awesome! Deep Snow and the patch monster is being tamed! WEEEEEEEEEEEEE...........
Awesome news on the patch front. It will be nice to see patches more often, even if they are smaller.

Thanks for keeping the community updated!
Montgomery Markland
Dec 07 2007 11:14 AM
New Purgatorio Trailer

It's big (about 115 megs) so a DL will take a little bit.
Good news on the "Eliminate the errors caused by transitioning with familiars summoned." bug.

I've been struggling all week to get Dark Waters 2 ready for release. People started to report random crashes and we nailed it down to when a companion in the party had an animal companion summoned and a module transition occurs. It seemed to only happen with MotB as well.

I may just add in a workaround where I unsummon the creature before each module transition.
Yippee! When have I seen such commentary? We got Monty (congrats on the new position!) posting about Purgatorio, We get PipBoy3000 talking about DW2 (nice to hear from you) and all this other cool stuff being worked into the mix.

Deep Snow looks excellent and I cannot wait to try it out and see what can be done with it.

I hope Kaycei continues with those hairstyles, because that was an awesome piece of work! (Take note Obs, that the stuff we like to see...)

As to the more aggressive patch schedule, Great News!

Rob, I know you're working hard and I applaud you and all the Devs. Keep us in the loop, baby and all will be right with the world.

best regards,
Montgomery Markland
Dec 07 2007 02:55 PM
Thanks for the well wishes Dunnite, same to you and yours wink.gif
Great news here.
Be it the hair hak, the AddEncounters area, new patch process... and Monty making it in, everything is great.
This blog is happiness in a can, Rob.
Hey, very nice Community Update, Rob. It is always a pleasure to hear news about the future of NWN2, and this is a goodly bag of swag for certain.

Congratulations to Monty on realizing what is a dream to many folks. We're all going to benefit from this. Way to go.

Lot's of nifty things to glom onto from the Community. Nice to see them recognized and given a bit of a spotlight. But the single most exciting part of this Update is the news about the patching process. This purposed exchange of information will help so much to build an involved community, and both sides will gain new visions and ideas from it. While it is understood that no timetable can be concrete regarding content or release dates, at the very least folks can now keep looking to the future, and to a better, funner, and more perfected NWN2.

The faster updates sound interesting.

The past weeks have been to quit and regular updates will bring more live into the comunity.

From my PW expiriens can I say that is't often not so important how much an update adds to the module.
Alone the fact that the module grows makes the player happy.

And I think the same is valid of NWN2.

So faster updates , more blog entries, more rumors on the forum ... this all helps original.gif


Grinning Fool
Dec 07 2007 04:20 PM
Excellent news all around.
Dec 08 2007 01:22 AM
What a truly great day this is. Its a real turning point for NWN2, hopefully we are entereing a new ear of communication which will remove the generally low moral that exists within the community.

Great job Rob, I hope it makes your life a little easier too.
Nice original.gif
- 75 spells fixed
- 20 new spells

Congrats Monty and the patch 1.12 looks great! That hair is incredible too, didn't realize you could do hairstyles that like.
Montgomery Markland
Dec 12 2007 09:47 PM
QUOTE(Kaedrin @ Dec 12 2007, 01:07 PM)
Congrats Monty and the patch 1.12 looks great! That hair is incredible too, didn't realize you could do hairstyles that like.

Thanks! 1.12 does look awesome and so does that hair. Great looking hair is tricky.
Congrats Monty! You all are doing a great job and it's a pleasure being a part of the community! Can't wait to see what's in store! thumbsup.gif

It's such a dynamic game, and with all the great people involved, it can only get better!

Here's to an awesome 2008!

Happy holidays!

Well it's 2011 and we're still here!! Or...well...at least I am. O.O

Cheers NWN2 et al.

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