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NWN & Its Persistent Worlds Reviewed
on February 5, 2012
10 Years old and still going strong:
If you are considering purchasing Neverwinter Nights, then one of the main factors for the purchase should really be the current state of NWN's persistent worlds. Given the above, a review of those worlds and especially the ones that still have enough players to make them fun seemed in order.
Neverwinter Nights can be one of the best gaming investments you can make. The official campaigns can be fun and will build your gaming skills to a point that you will be familiar with the NWN interface and thus will be able to take advantage of the nearly endless possibilities offered by online campaigns.
I have played on several servers and wanted to share with the reader a very quick review of each.
If you purchase this product or already own NWN I would recommend taking a look at the following servers (They are totally free and have viable player populations.)
Higher Ground POA (Look for it in the action section of Game Spy) (This world is gigantic, it is a mini MMOG, and has so much to offer that I could write a book sized review about this server alone. Higher Ground has all the standard D&D fair plus the Hells, Abyss, Elysium, and soon the Elder Evils.)
This server is totally free and its game balance and content could easily compete with any pay to play games such as WOW, Everquest or D&D Online etc.
This server requires CEP 2.3 etc. but they made it easy to install everything all at once via their helpful ARF2 download.
Just Google nwn higherground and click the getting started button.
Player vs. Player:
Heart of Winter: This is a very well designed world with a heavy Player vs. Player component that is always challenging (Trust no one and always watch your back.)
The faction fights are a blast! They have a capture the flag feel that really gets you involved and pulling for your team.
Role Playing Servers:
Escape from Undeath: This is the latest incarnation of, the Escape from the Underdark series of worlds. (Very low power and low magic (One of the DMs mentioned that no one had yet gotten past level 12), but extremely well crafted and balanced to be ultra challenging. (The slightest mistake will cost you 1/3 to ½ of your total XP.)
The role play on this server is quite serious and extremely fun. It really is amazing how much fun levels 1-12 can be.
If you give any of these a try let me know how you liked them.