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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is still amazingly being updated, although not directly by Beamdog with the community now helping out for fun.

The latest update to this classic RPG was "developed for personal enjoyment and out of goodwill for our fellow players and creators by unpaid software engineers from the NWN community" Beamdog said. Nice to see they're being open to letting others help improve it even further, especially given the age it probably doesn't exactly pull in many sales to continue paying a dedicated team.

Here's the highlights of what's new:

  • New HDR-bloom postprocessing effect accumulates overlapping effects more naturally and makes intense colors bleed into the surrounding pixels.
  • Improvements to the gameplay UI, such as toggling object highlight by double-pressing TAB.
  • Significant performance improvements across the board, both on servers and clients.
  • Many new and improved scripting functions, including support for synchronised audio playback and improvements to the scriptable UI.
  • Over a hundred bugfixes, including several notorious 20-year-old bugs, such as area objects sometimes showing up too late.
  • Script compiler is now open source and available as a standalone tool at https://github.com/niv/neverwinter.nim.

More open source is always nice to see too!

Full changelog on the Beamdog website.

You can buy it on Humble Store, GOG and Steam. It has Native Linux support and is rated Steam Deck Playable.

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redneckdrow Feb 20
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: suchThe fact that NWN2 is listed on GOG, but no one bothered to fix it for Steam if it was causing some issues there (as I think I've heard ages ago) is... odd. Especially since it seems that it does function. Surely, it's better for a game to earn something than nothing at all?

...right?
NWN2 was removed from Steam ages ago, so that is likely why. There is a thread requesting it be returned, but there of course is always some dick that has to say 'why bother, it sucked' I still think Obsidian sucked for not making a native Linux version back when it was released.

It was a lot better than NWN1, as far as I'm concerned. The artwork doesn't look phoned in, for one thing. For another, 3.5E fixed almost every gripe I ever had with 3E.
slaapliedje Feb 20
Quoting: redneckdrow
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: suchThe fact that NWN2 is listed on GOG, but no one bothered to fix it for Steam if it was causing some issues there (as I think I've heard ages ago) is... odd. Especially since it seems that it does function. Surely, it's better for a game to earn something than nothing at all?

...right?
NWN2 was removed from Steam ages ago, so that is likely why. There is a thread requesting it be returned, but there of course is always some dick that has to say 'why bother, it sucked' I still think Obsidian sucked for not making a native Linux version back when it was released.

It was a lot better than NWN1, as far as I'm concerned. The artwork doesn't look phoned in, for one thing. For another, 3.5E fixed almost every gripe I ever had with 3E.
Ha, the closest I have gotten to play either of those were Neverwinter Nights 1 and a little bit of 2. Then I played one session of actual D&D 3e (where my friend's brother in law pissed me off by 'grabbing and picking up' my character... even though he was a dwarf with a 9 dex and I was a halfling with 19 dex...

Then I have played a decently long game of Pathfinder 1st edition, which I've been told is more like a D&D 3.7 or so edition... They fixed the things that 3.5 didn't fix, or something. Still haven't had the patience to keep playing Wrath of the Righteous or Kingmaker, as I'm wanting a game to use PF2e... :P
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: redneckdrow
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: suchThe fact that NWN2 is listed on GOG, but no one bothered to fix it for Steam if it was causing some issues there (as I think I've heard ages ago) is... odd. Especially since it seems that it does function. Surely, it's better for a game to earn something than nothing at all?

...right?
NWN2 was removed from Steam ages ago, so that is likely why. There is a thread requesting it be returned, but there of course is always some dick that has to say 'why bother, it sucked' I still think Obsidian sucked for not making a native Linux version back when it was released.

It was a lot better than NWN1, as far as I'm concerned. The artwork doesn't look phoned in, for one thing. For another, 3.5E fixed almost every gripe I ever had with 3E.
Ha, the closest I have gotten to play either of those were Neverwinter Nights 1 and a little bit of 2. Then I played one session of actual D&D 3e (where my friend's brother in law pissed me off by 'grabbing and picking up' my character... even though he was a dwarf with a 9 dex and I was a halfling with 19 dex...

Then I have played a decently long game of Pathfinder 1st edition, which I've been told is more like a D&D 3.7 or so edition... They fixed the things that 3.5 didn't fix, or something. Still haven't had the patience to keep playing Wrath of the Righteous or Kingmaker, as I'm wanting a game to use PF2e... :P
Ah, D&D! Played lots of 1st edition back in the day, and a bit more during Covid for nostalgia. And played a bit of 5th, which surprised me with how similar it really was. And I had some fun doing that, don't get me wrong. But . . .

GURPS is better.
slaapliedje Feb 22
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: redneckdrow
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: suchThe fact that NWN2 is listed on GOG, but no one bothered to fix it for Steam if it was causing some issues there (as I think I've heard ages ago) is... odd. Especially since it seems that it does function. Surely, it's better for a game to earn something than nothing at all?

...right?
NWN2 was removed from Steam ages ago, so that is likely why. There is a thread requesting it be returned, but there of course is always some dick that has to say 'why bother, it sucked' I still think Obsidian sucked for not making a native Linux version back when it was released.

It was a lot better than NWN1, as far as I'm concerned. The artwork doesn't look phoned in, for one thing. For another, 3.5E fixed almost every gripe I ever had with 3E.
Ha, the closest I have gotten to play either of those were Neverwinter Nights 1 and a little bit of 2. Then I played one session of actual D&D 3e (where my friend's brother in law pissed me off by 'grabbing and picking up' my character... even though he was a dwarf with a 9 dex and I was a halfling with 19 dex...

Then I have played a decently long game of Pathfinder 1st edition, which I've been told is more like a D&D 3.7 or so edition... They fixed the things that 3.5 didn't fix, or something. Still haven't had the patience to keep playing Wrath of the Righteous or Kingmaker, as I'm wanting a game to use PF2e... :P
Ah, D&D! Played lots of 1st edition back in the day, and a bit more during Covid for nostalgia. And played a bit of 5th, which surprised me with how similar it really was. And I had some fun doing that, don't get me wrong. But . . .

GURPS is better.
"Even HeroQuest has a 'roll for defense'! Stupid D&D is so boring for combat!" - Me during one of our HeroQuest sessions.

Edit: Ha, speaking of GURPS, I realized when I was looking at stuff that I've now bought a total of 6 DFRPG box sets... two of which I've given away, and 3 of which are still in the shrink wrap since I haven't had a chance to play it beyond one cool session I ran with some uncool people. Once I'm done with the Abomination Vaults, I plan on going back to DFRPG, and if need be, convert over some of the Pathfinder / D&D modules that I have. Need to build up the characters for the module I'm writing...


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mattaraxia Feb 23
It's been kind of a big ask, paying $5 a month every month for the last two decades for Neverwinter+, but the value we've gotten out of it is pretty insane.

I know a lot of people bemoan subscriptions for everything, but obviously it would be impossible to get this kind of support any other way.
slaapliedje Feb 24
Quoting: mattaraxiaIt's been kind of a big ask, paying $5 a month every month for the last two decades for Neverwinter+, but the value we've gotten out of it is pretty insane.

I know a lot of people bemoan subscriptions for everything, but obviously it would be impossible to get this kind of support any other way.
Is that for the MMORPG Neverwinter, vs Neverwinter Nights, which is an entirely different game?
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: redneckdrow
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: suchThe fact that NWN2 is listed on GOG, but no one bothered to fix it for Steam if it was causing some issues there (as I think I've heard ages ago) is... odd. Especially since it seems that it does function. Surely, it's better for a game to earn something than nothing at all?

...right?
NWN2 was removed from Steam ages ago, so that is likely why. There is a thread requesting it be returned, but there of course is always some dick that has to say 'why bother, it sucked' I still think Obsidian sucked for not making a native Linux version back when it was released.

It was a lot better than NWN1, as far as I'm concerned. The artwork doesn't look phoned in, for one thing. For another, 3.5E fixed almost every gripe I ever had with 3E.
Ha, the closest I have gotten to play either of those were Neverwinter Nights 1 and a little bit of 2. Then I played one session of actual D&D 3e (where my friend's brother in law pissed me off by 'grabbing and picking up' my character... even though he was a dwarf with a 9 dex and I was a halfling with 19 dex...

Then I have played a decently long game of Pathfinder 1st edition, which I've been told is more like a D&D 3.7 or so edition... They fixed the things that 3.5 didn't fix, or something. Still haven't had the patience to keep playing Wrath of the Righteous or Kingmaker, as I'm wanting a game to use PF2e... :P
Ah, D&D! Played lots of 1st edition back in the day, and a bit more during Covid for nostalgia. And played a bit of 5th, which surprised me with how similar it really was. And I had some fun doing that, don't get me wrong. But . . .

GURPS is better.

Oh no, I'm not getting into that argument!

I once had that argument for a week straight with eight other people proselytizing their favorite systems. We never reached a consensus.

But yes, Pathfinder 1E was basically the saving grace of any 3-3.5E era D&D player who was unhappy with D&D 4E (Broken Base is not even the right word!).
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