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NWN2 News June 27th, 2007

Posted by Rob McGinnis , 27 June 2007 · 6857 views

NWN2 News
Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update
June 27, 2007

So this week, we get another peek into one of the new playable races in the Mask of the Betrayer expansion, some great custom prefabs to make your modules more interesting and easier to implement, a couple screen shots from Rogue Dao Studios' Purgatorio mod and the first Persistent World focus for the Community Update. Enjoy!

Mask of the Betrayer Secrets: Genasi

With Mask of the Betrayer, Genasi will be making their debut. Many people have been wondering exactly what Genasi are. Hopefully I can answer some of that here.

As a playable race, per the FRCS: "Genasi are descended from elemental-related creatures, such as efreet, dao, djinn, jann, and marids, among others. Most of them have had no direct contact with their elemental forebears, but the signs of their heritage are apparent. Genasi take great pride in their distinctive features and abilities.

Air Genasi (pictured above, in concept art)
Air Genasi see themselves as the inheritors of the sky, the wind and the very air of the world. They appear mostly human, with one or two unusual traits reflecting their quasi-elemental nature, such as a light blue color to their skin or hair, a slight breeze in their presence at all times, or flesh that is cool to the touch. Air Genasi have Darkvision and receive bonuses to Dexterity and Intelligence, but they have penalties to their Wisdom and Charisma as well.

Earth Genasi
Earth Genasi are slow to act, ponderous in thought and set in their ways. They appear mostly human, with one or two traits reflecting their quasi-elemental nature, such as earthlike skin, rough facial features or eyes like black pits. Earth Genasi have Darkvision and receive bonuses to Strength and Constitution, but also have penalties to Wisdom and Charisma.

Fire Genasi
Fire Genasi are hot-blooded and quick to anger, proud and unafraid to take action. They appear mostly human, with one or two traits reflecting their quasi-elemental nature, such as skin the color of burnt coal, red hair that waves like flames or eyes that glow when the Genasi is angry. Fire Genasi have Darkvision and receive a bonus to Intelligence and a penalty to Charisma.

Water Genasi
Water Genasi are patient and slow to change, preferring to wear away opposition slowly, but are capable of great violence in extreme situations. They appear mostly human, with one or two traits reflecting their quasi-elemental nature, such as lightly-scaled skin, clammy flesh, blue-green skin or hair or hair that waves as if underwater. Water Genasi have Darkvision and receive a bonus to Constitution and a penalty to Charisma.

Community Content

Gortan's Magical Fountains

Gortan's Magical Fountains is the first installment of the Gortan’s Magical Gadgets suite. Created for both neophyte and over-worked designers these fountain placeables and pre-fab placeable groups are ready-to-use, as-is. Both visual effects and magical functionality have been included. Just drop a fountain into your module, set the variables on it (to tell it what to do) and walk away. The suite is fully self-contained and all of its components are unique, so that they won’t over-write anyone else’s files or change any game functionality.

Gortan’s Magical Fountains includes 84 placed effects, 80 VFX placeables, 15 blueprints of fountain placeables, 8 pre-fab placeable groups, 4 custom items, and 1 trigger.
The fountain set includes VFXs for twenty fountain styles in both small and medium sizes and for both round and square fountain shapes. Blueprints have been included for VFX-attached invisible placeables for each, as well as for placed effects for each. There are additional placed effects for a larger flowing-water spring and a flowing-water style waterfall. A complete demonstration module has also been included.

Potion of Gaseous Form for NWN2

Ever think to yourself... "Why isn't there a potion of gaseous form in this game. That sure would come in handy at times!" Well, now you can have one. Drinking the potion of gaseous form will transform your pc into a cloud of gas that will make you invulnerable to most attacks and traps, and better yet, will allow you to pass through almost ANY locked door.

For builders, it's easy to implement and can add a new dimension to your development of traps and storylines because you can easily configure any locked door to either allow or disallow passage of a pc in gaseous form through it. Accerak's Potion of Gaseous Form for NWN2 can be found in the Prefab Placeables section of NWVault

Update on Rogue Dao's Purgatorio

We are seeing some great progress from Rogue Dao Studios on their Purgatorio mod. So, here's some screenies to make you drool.

Persistent World Spotlight

For this first spotlight, we will be taking a look at The Frontier.

Calisia. . . The Frontier. An uncharted island south west of the Trackless Sea. This is where our story begins and your legend will grow.

With the war machine of the Lich, Kerack Tre'zul, marching strong on the free people of Faerun, hope seemed to be a thing of the past. Only the greatest of cities remained standing, and even their once beautiful lands were corrupted by the touch of evil.

During the Necromantic Wars, 300 brave colonists aboard three Seed-Ships set out to build a colony at the far end of the world. Only two ships survive the trip. . . These were hard times, very hard. The kind of events that test mens' mettle. Those who could not stand against the winds of disaster were swept away, forever.

This is what The Frontier was like in the early days. The first Role Playing Persistent World for Neverwinter Nights 2. The server launched on day one of NWN2's release and is still running today, some 8 months later. Now, the world is something very different. The once unknown island now bears the name of its saviour, a player character by the name of Calis, who sacrificed herself to save the island in one of our epic World Plots. The player run government is stable, after the exile of the player run Fallen Paladins of Tyr who tried to corrupt it. The War that consumed Faerun has ended -- the cities rebuilt and peace restored, allowing trade to begin between Waterdeep and Calisia. The lands have been explored, the cities built up. Tensions still remain between the city of Founder's Falls, where you begin your adventure, and the city of New Luskan, founded by an exiled Pirate Captain from the Sword Coast. Hope is still in sight, though, that their conflict will not end in blood-shed. Everything that has happened in this world has been influenced--if not started and ended--by the players that call The Frontier their home.

We have an extensive, detailed history for players to read and to help them create a character. Events are in real time, and the history is updated frequently to reflect actual events that have been done by players and DMs.

Take a part in both the shaping, and destroying of your surroundings, be you an adventurer, striving for good, or the plotting, evil noble questing to control the lands around you. Anything is possible...

In The Frontier!

A group of heroes, setting off on a world quest.

  • A constantly changing, persistent story and environment - Directly effected by the players daily actions!
  • Additional and Custom Wildshapes, Spells, and Feats
  • Player Run Guilds and Governments
  • Expansive DM Staff across multiple timezones (18 active DMs, 7 active builders)
  • Unique Player Housing
  • Players have a direct impact on the world around them. Advancing the story with DM interaction. Changing the very earth they walk on just by their day to day decisions.
  • Uses Complete Craftsman, DMFI, HCR2, Heed's PC Tools, and Armor appearance Changer. Along with exclusive Frontier only content.
  • A large, friendly, and constantly active player base! They are what really makes the server.
  • Multiple quests running daily from every day occurrences, to World changing plot lines.
  • Over 1000 custom items weapons and armour, 500 custom creatures and NPCS, and 120 custom designed areas. (And constantly growing!)
  • And finally, a very in-depth Role play environment where anyone, of any style, can find a place to call home.

One of our new areas, designed with the Robinson Workshop snow textures.

Why would you want to play on The Frontier? Here are the players accounts on their experiences...

"The biggest thing is the server putting the players first, by using and actively engaging in the forums and aiding player initiatives in game. There is NOWHERE else that provides an experience like the frontier on nwn2. Its serious but not strict. Focused but not stifling, open ended and structured all at the same time. Its wonderful, a place where people can log in and forget about the troubles of the day, or just lose themselves in a fun interactive environment providing as close as possible to PnP that you can have online.
Its you and 40 of your closest friends playing a game of DnD."

"You've had a long trying day at work and come home to unwind, log into the Frontier and choose your favorite character. Indulge yourself in friendly conversations with friends and acquaintances you made through your character. Time slips away, tensions ease, fun is there to be had just a few keystrokes and a click away. Entangle yourself into major plotlines, world shaking and shaping events. With a superb and highly active DM Staff, being apart of a non-scripted and unexpected quest is almost as easy as logging in. Suspense, intrigue, deceit, infiltration, and honor; each path is there to follow... or blaze your own path into history. The developers and builders work long hours steadily creating, updating, and molding the world to the storylines and character actions that take place in this unique setting. Always reaching for that next level the Build/Dev Team pushes each other and their limits. Beautiful areas and details are added and built upon with each update. The player base overall is a friendly helpful bunch. Most take the time to consider other's fun and enjoyment before their actions. Open and inviting role play is everywhere, free to be joined at your whim. Staunch friendships, fierce rivalries, brotherhoods, guilds, and many religions meld into an exciting, welcoming, and ever-changing environment to immerse yourself into."

"The Frontier server is by far the best server I played on so far, they have a wonderful player base and good DM's who have regular events. Whats especially appealing on the server is their unique personal quest system. where DM's will create a quest around your character, specially for your character. Haven't seen a server do that before!"

"The Frontier is not only one of the prettiest Persistent Worlds out there, it's also the friendliest. The elitism you find on some RP Servers just doesn't exist here."

"A highly evolving server world, where the effort of the players shows through from even the smallest of details. The best PW I've ever encountered from both Nwn1 AND Nwn2. You're going to enjoy it. Trust me"

Feel free to join us any time at http://frontier.nwvault.ign.com/ or on mIRC at our server - rootspirit.nl.eu.darkmyst.org port 6667, Channel #TheFrontier
Our server can be found in the Role-Play section online in Neverwinter Nights 2. Our server is titled “The Frontier” and our module name is “TheFrontierV5_1” (Soon to be “TheFrontierV6”)

That's about it for this update. If you would like to have your work or your persistent world featured in the Community Update, just send me a PM here or on the Bioware forums. Have a great week!

Awesome Purgatorio !!
Alvin Nelson
Jun 28 2007 03:50 PM
Both Purgatorio and The Frontier look pretty good. If i only had more time to play them...
Purgatorio. me Axe can't wait for some chopping!
Jun 29 2007 02:22 PM
Once again, great Community Update, Rob. Thx. original.gif

EDIT: Will Genasi be able to have appearance features such as "red hair that waves like flames"? Will it be one hair style that "waves like flames"? Or would such a feature be applied to any hair style?
Rather than 'waving like flames', Obsidian seems to be setting their hair literally ablaze.

Anyway, I love the concept art, Rob. I don't understand what was happening in that nasty thread on the BioWare forums.

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