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    Update 1.2.9 Rise of the Goblins Deck 2 and Pathfinder Adventures News.

    By Aarik D

    Hail and well met!   A few months ago we set up a few options for additional content for Pathfinder Adventures that would leverage more of the Rise of the Runelords campaign.   We had a few choices available. It could have been another "Tale" to follow up what we were doing with Valeros (I believe the unofficial poll had Ezren in the lead to be the next adventure), a side quest hub (really popular idea internally especially since I suggested it), and a follow up Goblin Deck t
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Star Wars EU Interview up!

Star Wars EU Interview up!

Thanks to Andrew (Son of Skywalker) and EUCantina.net, part 1 of writing/designing Star Wars comics/games is up at:   Star Wars Expanded Universe Interview Part 1   Clone Wars Adventures (Issues 7-10) is also nominated for Best Children's Comic in the 2008 Eisner Awards! I feel incredibly stoked (I contributed stories for issues 7, 8, and 10).

Chris Avellone

Chris Avellone

 

NWN2 News April 1, 2008

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update April 1, 2008   Hello everyone,   Today's update is kind of special. We have a great announcement to make and I just couldn't wait until later.   NWN2 Expands to the Wii That's right, Neverwinter Nights 2 will soon be available on the Wii!   We have been working on this since the release of NWN2 and we are really happy to see it come out soon. It has taken a lot of work and a very dedicated and talented team of developers, but we are finall

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News March 28, 2008

Neverwinter Nights Community Update March 28, 2008   Well, it seems I can't get to this blog in any sort of timely manner. Working on the patches has taken up much more of my time than I anticipated. Because of this, I am going to offer community members the opportunity to send in articles for the Blog. Your articles can be about anything NWN2-related. If there is a bit of Custom Content you like, a persistent world you are excited about, a module that seems fun and interesting, or anyt

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News Feb 29, 2008

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update February 29th, 2008.   Being that today is the 29th of February, a slightly different day, I thought I would do something slightly different for today's Blog. For about two hours today Khaveen gathered questions from members of the NWN2 community then passed them on to me for answers. For various reasons, I was not able to answer all of them, but the vast majority are answered below. I am also going to announce a new contest for the NWN2 community.

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News Feb 17, 2008

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update February 17, 2008   This week's Blog is dedicated to the fine folks over at the Neverwinter Nights Podcast. Apparently Jay has been missing the community content side of things. Well, it has been a while since I have posted anything on that, so today's Blog will focus mostly on that side of the community. We will also feature another Persistent World spotlight and talk a bit about the upcoming patch.   Community Works   RWS Pocket Cathedral

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News February 1, 2008

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update February 1, 2008   Just a quick update on the patch progress today since I was out of office for a week+. I will be going through the volunteers for the closed beta next week, so you may receive an e-mail or PM from me.   I think next week I will give another update and include some community content and perhaps a PW spotlight, for those of you that have been missing that.   So, without further delay...  

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News January 11, 2008

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update January 11, 2008   Quick update today as things are pretty busy with 1.12 getting underway...   3d Model Contest Just a quick update on the model contest. We received a lot of great entries. Unfortunately, many of those entries also came with the accusation of plagiarism. That means the entries have to be reviewed for authenticity, unfortunately this is proving difficult. I am now planning to announce the winners in February to give us time to

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News December 21, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update December 21, 2007   This is the last Blog for 2007. As we bring a busy year to a close, we'll take a look at a cool product, some shuffling in the Purgatorio team, an excellent modification to the game, another great tileset from the RWS guys and an update on the 1.12 patch progress.   An Interesting Product   Normally, I wouldn't be on here talking about other products, but we have been having some fun with this one, so I thought I'd share.  

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News December 7, 2007

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 ea

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News November 21, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update November 21, 2007   This week we will take a look at some community content, a single player module and a return of the PW Spotlight. I have also started things off with a look at the 3C project - Something everyone should be interested in contributing to.   Community Content Compilation (3C)     Follow this link to download: http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=NWN2H...tail&id=186   for the 3C Forums, and additional information, just

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News November 2, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update November 2, 2007   Hello everyone. It's update time again. For this issue we will be taking a look at a mod by Chimneyfish that makes the NPC heads available for playable characters. We will also look at an area prefab by SGK73 and we have a small interview of Kaedrin, author of some great Prestige Classes and some expanded spell books for some of the NWN2 Prestige Classes. But first, before we go too much further, please take a moment to answer thi

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

Awards for video game writers... but not designer-writers.

Awards for video game writers... but not designer-writers.

I have to confess, I was pretty happy to hear the Writers Guild of America, West was giving awards for video game writing.   Award Criteria and Submissions   Then the fine print came out, which basically invalidates all the writing work we did at Black Isle and Obsidian for the past ten years, including:   "Submitted games MUST have separate credit for writing (i.e. Written By, Story By, Writer, Story Designer, etc.). Writing credits must be verified by their inclus

Chris Avellone

Chris Avellone

 

NWN2 News October 19, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update October 19, 2007   Hello everyone! It has been a while since the last Community Update. Things have been pretty busy here, with the release of Mask of The Betrayer in Europe and America - with Australia not too far away. The forums are super busy everyone seems to be enjoying the game.   This week we are going to take a quick look at some of the community works. Robinson Workshops is close to releasing a treasure chest full of builder goodness

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News Sept 29, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update September 29, 2007   We have had a busy week with the release of Mask of The Betrayer and the 1.10 patch. As such, the update had to be pushed back slightly, hence the Saturday update this week. For this update we will talk a bit about the 1.10 patch, Mask of The Betrayer and take a look at a veritable cornucopia of community-made custom content.   1.10 Patch The 1.10 patch was released this week. It is the 1.07 patch with only data fixes, to cu

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

Un-Ravel-ling Torment.

Un-Ravel-ling Torment.

Some fan-based questions I answered recently, posting them to share - it's about Ravel Puzzlewell from Planescape: Torment and some of the thoughts behind her creation.   What was the origin of Ravel?   We had a number of physically powerful enemies in Torment, and I thought a night hag would be a good adversary, especially if she was a cryptic, deadly puzzle maker. As the game went on, the idea that Ravel was a branching creature whose life resembled a great tree (or bramble

Chris Avellone

Chris Avellone

 

NWN2 News September 14, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update September 14, 2007   It's that time again. This week we look at the Sacred Fist prestige class, a couple great community mods and the Sundren Persistent World.   Mask of The Betrayer   Sacred Fist Sacred Fists are independent organizations found within many temples. Their ascetic members have turned their divine magic inward, bringing their bodies and wills into harmony. Sacred Fists have forsworn the use of weapons and heavy armor. They con

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

Questions about Work

Questions about Work

I occasionally get interview questions from students aspiring to be designers. I try to warn them, but...   ...anyway, if you're curious, here's some answers. And some questions to go along with them.   1. What is a typical day for you as far as working on a project or projects?   I get into work at 9:30, and try to work for an hour without checking email. This work can be writing design documentation, designing a system, doing mock-ups for an editor or toolset, or

Chris Avellone

Chris Avellone

 

NWN2 News September 7, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update September 7, 2007   Today's Community Update brings us a look at the Arcane Scholar of Candlekeep prestige class in the upcoming Mask of The Betrayer expansion. We will also get a look at some community-made Visual Effects packs and the Persistent World Spotlight is here again. Also, in case you didn't know, the 1.07 beta patch has been released, so we talk about that a very little bit.   Beta Patch 1.07 "Premonition" Released!   The 1.07 Beta p

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

 

NWN2 News August 31, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2 Community Update August 31, 2007     For this edition of the Community Update, we are going to start off with a note from Nathaniel Chapman. He is one of the Assistant Producers on NWN2 and MoTB and is now leading the effort for ongoing support with the game. This is in the patch notes, but I thought it would be good to post here as well. We will also take a look at the Invisible Blade prestige class and some great spears made by community member, Feydakin.  

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

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