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NWNP Podcast Episode 192 – Xoreos, An open-source reimplementation of the BioWare Aurora Engine

Neverwinter Nights Podcast Episode 192 - Project Xoreos

Please join Mark AKA Madmage999 and Brian AKA Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they interview the lead developer of the Xoreos project, Sven AKA Dr. McCoy.

xoreos is an ongoing FLOSS project to reimplement BioWare (and derivatives) as used in their 3D games, beginning with Neverwinter Nights. The goal is to have a portable program to play those games even on operating systems those games were never meant to be played on, such as GNU/Linux and Mac OS X.

How is it licensed?

xoreos is free software and licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or later (GPLv3+).
A note about piracy
To use xoreos to run the games, you have own the original game media. We do not endorse piracy in any way, shape or form.

What does currently work?

In its current state, xoreos is still far away from its goal. At the moment, we are able to load resource archives and read basic file formats. Video and sound playing works, models are partially supported, and for earlier games, areas are shown and even some very basic gameplay exists.

What is left to do?

A lot of work is still left to do. We are actively looking for developers interested in joining our efforts in taking apart BioWare games and reimplementing them. If that sounds something you would find exciting and feel capable of, please contact us. We are always happy to see new faces. :)
The most pressing matter, however, is finding a person with knowledge of OpenGL: The current graphics subsystem is barebones and was quickly hacked together without much deeper understanding. If works for what is shown right now, but is far from being anywhere near adequate. There are a lot of features missing, and the performance is nothing to be proud of. Again, we would be very glad to welcome you in our still small team!

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 191 – S.S. White AKA Zeirlynn Kolde

NW Foundry Author, Zeirlynn Kolde

Please join Mark AKA Madmage999 and Brian AKA Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they interview the accomplished Neverwinter Foundry Author and Writer, S.S. White AKA Zeirlynn Kolde.

Zeirlynn Kolde

I started playing Neverwinter in February of 2013, in beta. I didn’t start making foundries until after Open Beta started, so May 2013. My quest line is titled Kolde Acres, not a campaign, just a line. I have two quests currently published, “Kolde Acres: A New Home,” and “Kolde Acres: Grandmother.” “Grandmother” is the one i’m most proud of, but it doesn’t get much love. “A New Home” is a bit simple and quick and people use it for dailies. I’ll be happy to discuss “A New Home,” because that quest was a transition from my very first quest, which was destroyed with the Fury of the Feywild module. When a lot of authors left the foundry because of that, i had the support of Scribes’ Enclave, so i stayed and rebuilt. But i’d mostly like to promote “Grandmother.”

Kolde Acres: Grandmother by @koldelegacy

Mission Type: Story, Lore
Average Duration: 37 minutes (depends on exploration and optional activities)
Amount of Combat: Light
Difficulty: Easy, Solo
Summary: Zeirlynn has been hurt, and needs the healing powers of her Grandmother, Athena, to survive. The farmers need someone to travel to her home, Cormanthor, and bring Athena back to Kolde Acres. Cormanthor is rich in beauty, as well as history to be discovered.

You can find info about all my quests on my Neverwinter forum thread, [UGC] Kolde Acres, at http://nw-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?349262-UGC-Kolde-Acres.

Scribes’ Enclave stemmed from an idea mentioned on the forums by RedneckRonin, about a group of people dedicated to voluntarily reviewing quests. SE is more than just numbers though, it’s purpose is to help authors learn the editor and polish their quest. Our members, most of them, provide in depth feedback, not just stars and play counts. We made some changes to our recruiting process in November to ensure that it stays that way. As the foundry activity slows, so does our group, but we’re still going, and still growing with new recruits. Our site is http://scribesenclave.guildlaunch.com/. I’ve also recently added a sister site for listing quests in categories. That’s another idea that stemmed from conversations on the forums and with some of my colleagues. It’s gotten off to a slow start, but i think it will be beneficial once more people are aware of it. That site is called Neverwinter UGC, at http://neverwinterugc.guildlaunch.com/.

Kolde Acres Quest Line:
Origin: Counting Chickens (Discontinued)
Introduction: A New Home
Chapter I: Grandmother
Chapter II: Eshwyn (In Production)
Addendum: Harvest Dinner

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 190 – NWN2 Realms of Trinity Update

Neverwinter, Neverwinter Nights 2, NWN2 Realms of Trinity

Please join Ben AKA Aroen, Mark AKA Madmage999, Johnathan AKA Aghost, and Brian AKA Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they discuss all the new developments going in the hit NWN2 Persistent World, Realms of Trinity.

In the news:

- Gen-Con 2014 Appearance Information
- Upcoming Guests

Neverwinter Update

Neverwinter State of the Game Update

From Derick Thomas of Perfect World:

We’re excited about upcoming changes to Neverwinter PvP including new items, a new Tenacity stat, matchmaking, and more! Catch a glimpse of our update with this preview from Executive Producer, Rob Overmeyer. Are you excited? Let us know!

Show Notes:

Realms of Trinity Web Site:

http://www.realmsoftrinity.com

NWN2 Realms of Trinity WIKI:

http://nwn2-realms-of-trinity.wikia.com/wiki/NWN2:_Realms_of_Trinity_Wiki

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 189 – Neverwinter Foundry Author Round Table

NW Foundry Author, Ephirol, Zeirlynn Kolde, Docsc00ter

Please join Ben AKA Aroen and Brian AKA Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they host the first Neverwinter Author Round Table Series. We were joined by three very accomplished and talented Foundry Authors, Jeremiah AKA Ephirol, Scott AKA Docsc00ter, and S.S. White AKA Zeirlynn Kolde of the Scribe’s Enclave. This is a must listen to episode as we cover many Neverwinter topics for players and Foundry developers alike.

Zeirlynn Kolde

I started playing Neverwinter in February of 2013, in beta. I didn’t start making foundries until after Open Beta started, so May 2013. My quest line is titled Kolde Acres, not a campaign, just a line. I have two quests currently published, “Kolde Acres: A New Home,” and “Kolde Acres: Grandmother.” “Grandmother” is the one i’m most proud of, but it doesn’t get much love. “A New Home” is a bit simple and quick and people use it for dailies. I’ll be happy to discuss “A New Home,” because that quest was a transition from my very first quest, which was destroyed with the Fury of the Feywild module. When a lot of authors left the foundry because of that, i had the support of Scribes’ Enclave, so i stayed and rebuilt. But i’d mostly like to promote “Grandmother.”

Kolde Acres: Grandmother by @koldelegacy

Mission Type: Story, Lore
Average Duration: 37 minutes (depends on exploration and optional activities)
Amount of Combat: Light
Difficulty: Easy, Solo
Summary: Zeirlynn has been hurt, and needs the healing powers of her Grandmother, Athena, to survive. The farmers need someone to travel to her home, Cormanthor, and bring Athena back to Kolde Acres. Cormanthor is rich in beauty, as well as history to be discovered.

You can find info about all my quests on my Neverwinter forum thread, [UGC] Kolde Acres, at http://nw-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?349262-UGC-Kolde-Acres.

Scribes’ Enclave stemmed from an idea mentioned on the forums by RedneckRonin, about a group of people dedicated to voluntarily reviewing quests. SE is more than just numbers though, it’s purpose is to help authors learn the editor and polish their quest. Our members, most of them, provide in depth feedback, not just stars and play counts. We made some changes to our recruiting process in November to ensure that it stays that way. As the foundry activity slows, so does our group, but we’re still going, and still growing with new recruits. Our site is http://scribesenclave.guildlaunch.com/. I’ve also recently added a sister site for listing quests in categories. That’s another idea that stemmed from conversations on the forums and with some of my colleagues. It’s gotten off to a slow start, but i think it will be beneficial once more people are aware of it. That site is called Neverwinter UGC, at http://neverwinterugc.guildlaunch.com/.

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Scott (aka Docsc00ter)

Dangers of Dumedalot Series — NWS-DDMN9JKFD

NW-DUXO7DEP9 — Danger in the Fog — Creepy creatures lurking in the dark!
NW-DJRXY5DRO — Danger in the Sky — Fire and goblins and flying pirate ships!
NW-DSIFRZCOU — Danger in the Doorway — Halloween comes to Dumedalot!
NW-DRWZ3SLUK — Danger in the Stars — Otherworldly beings from the Astral Sea! *

* Just published this week; still tweaking for balance/pacing/typos/etc.

And as a Featured Foundry

NW-DJ6UPDREY — Danger in the Fog!

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Jeremiah Donaldson aka Ephirol

Dark Designs

A free wander custom urban environment in which the players are looking for Leland Weathertree in a partial retelling of ‘Frankenstien’.

Rich Kids and Their Toys

A sewer quest heavy in combat in which Leland has kidnapped two city workers to use in a sacrifice to bring a beast to life he found in an old crypt.

The Church of the Insane

Lunatic Larry has started a new cult that is blamed for destroying a secluded village that ends in a twist that results in a part two that is in the future and will detail the church’s destruction.

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 188 – Neverwinter Foundry Author, XHRIT

NW Foundry Author, Xhrit

Please join Ben aka Aroen and Brian aka Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, and Nathan aka The Amethyst Dragon from the World of Aenea. as they interview the accomplished Neverwinter Foundry Author, xhrit. In this episode, they discuss his campaign series, Tears of Selune.
In the news segment, we discuss new Neverwinter news and catch up with The Amethyst Dragon on the Custom Content Challenge as well as updates for the World of Aenea.

Tears of Selune – Feast of the Moon by @xhrit

Short Code: NW-DADOERMFX
Mission Type: Story driven / Strict FR Lore
Average Duration: ~15
Amount of Combat: Heavy
Difficulty : 1 player (Hard)
2 players (Normal)
3+ players (Easy)

Mission Summary: “You have been cordially invited to the annual Feast of the Moon celebration, as hosted by Lady Neverex of Neverwinter. Formal Attire is requested for event attendance.”
Hastily scrawled on the back of the invitation is a note addressed to the ‘Hero of Neverwinter’. It reads as follows : ‘Grave danger faces the city. Not all is as it seems. Come to the festival, and I will find you as soon as I can.’
The note is not signed.

Tears of Selune – Rising of the Dark by @xhrit

Short Code: NW-DBXOSCMMK
Mission Type: Story driven quest / Strict FR Lore
Average Duration: ~20 min.
Amount of Combat: Heavy
Amount of Combat: Heavy
Difficulty : 1 player (Hard)
2 players (Normal)
3+ players (Easy)

Mission Summary: A band of Devil Hunters races to a desolate village on the bands of the Neverwinter River stop an Evil Cult from finishing a Dark Ritual and unleashing the Fury of the Nine Hells.

Tears of Selune – Shadow of the World by @xhrit

Short Code: NW-DADOERMFX
Mission Type: Story driven quest / Strict FR Lore
Average Duration: ~23
Amount of Combat: Heavy
Mission Summary: Journey into Shadowfell to slay an evil witch and her devil spawn.

Everdark by @xhrit

A lone warrior needs help to brave a sheer thousand foot descent into a web filled pit of hellish nightmares to reach the Drow fortress of Everdark and put an end to an evil curse.

Short Code: NW-DPV4ZL64H
Mission Type: Story driven Platformer
Jumping : Heavy (Sheer thousand foot Drop!)
Combat: Heavy (Stacked Encounters!)
Exploration: Heavy (No quest Trails!)
Dialog : Heavy (Strict FR Lore, Romance options!)

The Moonlit Grove where the quest begins.

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 187 – Neverwinter Foundry Author, Andrew12s

NW Foundry Author, Andrew12s

Please join Ben aka Aroen and Brian aka Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they interview a veteran in Dungeons & Dragons development and Neverwinter Foundry Author, andrew12s. In this episode, they discuss his works in the Neverwinter Foundry and his PnP work that has spanned for over three decades.

Drakemore’s Secret Campaign (shortcode: NWS-DTNY8A53M)

Quest: An Urgent Request; NW-DNXLIDSL3
Average Duration: 25 minutes

“Help my friend Billy” was a young lad’s pleading request on Deekin Street. I should have listened to my instincts but I was a fool for a dirty, street urchin’s request that day. I should have taken the hint when he said to bring some friends. I remember thinking; “If you can’t handle this alone maybe you shouldn’t try handling it all.”
You might want to hire some mercenaries if you don’t have any friends that will go with you. Stock up on some good healing potions also.
This is a story driven quest with a balanced amount of hack ‘n slash and some humor.

Screenies:

Talking to Billy in Ghoulsville
http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r673/dadandy1/Talking-to-Billy_zps04bb1384.jpg

Meeting Adriana

Klunk’s Tale

Battle in the Catacomb

Pool of Blood

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 186 – Neverwinter Foundry Author, MRTHEBOZER

NW Foundry Author, MRTHEBOZER

Please join Ben aka Aroen and Brian aka Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they interview another Neverwinter Nights module builder and Neverwinter Foundry Author, MRTHEBOZER. In this episode, they discuss his works in the Neverwinter Foundry, which include the following titles:

TUUM (shortcode: NW-DR2GL2VJL)

Mission Type: Story Focus, Surprising, Unusual, Solo Friendly
Average Duration: 15 – 25 minutes
Amount of Combat: Your mileage may vary based on level and class. Bring potions just in case.
Starts at: Board a ship by departing from any gate.

The Hero of Sleeping Dragon Bridge journeys to a newly discovered island, in search of the lost grave of TUUM. The protagonist of the ancient epic poem wielded STOPPER, a weapon that slew a beast capable of swallowing dragons whole. Such an asset could end the fight against Valindra once and for all. But is there any truth to the story, or is Neverwinter’s champion chasing a fairy tale?

AUTHOR TIPS/HINTS

- A healthy dose of reading, though still playable if you just click through the dialogue. (Your loss, really)
- A short and linear character driven adventure
- A spectacularly detailed custom map.
- 100% custom creatures and NPCs found nowhere else in Neverwinter.
- An unlockable bonus ending that expands the story’s resolution.

BONDERLEAF’S THOROUGH AGGREGATOR (shortcode: NW-DBFUDMT8L)

Mission Type: Story, Combat, Puzzle
Average Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Amount of Combat: Fairly frequent and of varied difficulty.
Starts at: (NPC or location) Guard Frinko in Protector’s Enclave

While perusing the Job Board, you notice a large piece of parchment fading into existence.

Slinging insults at Lord Neverember? Magically tampering with the job board? Doomsday? The city guard might be interested in this letter.

AUTHOR TIPS/HINTS

Bonderleaf’s Thorough Aggregator is a standalone adventure with a story intended for, and dialogue assuming, solo play. Please excuse the lack of audio at this time – I put a lot of effort into my placed sounds only to find they do not work. I am holding out for the official fix to the issue. Also, I apologize in advance to any adventurers with pet-related allergies.

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 185 – Neverwinter Foundry Author, Tilt42

NW Foundry Author, Tilt42

Please join Brian aka Sir Brian, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as he interviews the long time Neverwinter Nights module builder and Neverwinter Foundry Author, Tilt42. In this episode, they discuss his works in the Neverwinter Foundry, which include the following titles:

From the Shadows

Your employer has received a letter from his most trusted agent, warning him of danger and telling him to come south of the city, to the Lucky Arrow inn, and meet in person. Suspecting a trap, you are sent in your employer’s stead. It soon becomes clear that someone, or something, is hunting the agent — But who… and why?

Neverwinter Nigths 1 Work:

Beasts of the Night

You and your elf friend Celuril are travelling through the winter landscape after having found a potentially powerful gem of origins unknown. You make camp near the secluded village of Haven, rarely visited by strangers. Then wolves start howling.
- Unravel the mystery of Haven through multiple open-ended paths and defeat an ancient evil. Roleplay your character through versatile conversation options.

http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=modules.detail&id=2904

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 184 – NW Foundry Author, Celantra

NW Foundry Author, Jeremiah aka Ephirol

Please join Brian aka Sir Brian and Ben aka Aroen, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they interview the very talented Neverwinter Foundry Author, Celantra. In this episode, they discuss his works in the Neverwinter Foundry, which include the following titles:

Tower District Travails – Featured with Video

Quest Type: Story, Combat, Spoof
Average Duration: 29 minutes
Amount of Combat: Medium (there are companions to assist as well)
Starts at: Tower District
Mission Summary:

Strange things are happening in the Tower District. The Many-Arrows Orcs have disappeared, and while some consider this to be blessing, most are looking to discover what has happened.

Sgt. Knox has sent you to the Tower District to find out where the Many-Arrows Orcs have gone, and what kind of threat this may portend for the people of Neverwinter. The guard investigating the disappearance is Guard Keldom, who is stationed in the Tower District Guard Offices in a quiet corner of the Tower District. Meet him there to discover what is known so far.

City in Conflict – First quest A beast within was featured in alpha.

Rats in a Maze – First quest dungeon crawl

 

NWNP Podcast Episode 183 – NW Foundry Author, Jeremiah aka Ephiroll

NW Foundry Author, Jeremiah aka Ephirol

Please join Brian aka Sir Brian and Ben aka Aroen, from NWN2 Realms of Trinity, as they interview Neverwinter Foundry Author, Jeremiah Donaldson. In this episode, they discuss his works in the Neverwinter Foundry, which include the following titles:

Dark Designs

A free wander custom urban environment in which the players are looking for Leland Weathertree in a partial retelling of ‘Frankenstien’.

Rich Kids and Their Toys

A sewer quest heavy in combat in which Leland has kidnapped two city workers to use in a sacrifice to bring a beast to life he found in an old crypt.

The Church of the Insane

Lunatic Larry has started a new cult that is blamed for destroying a secluded village that ends in a twist that results in a part two that is in the future and will detail the church’s destruction.

Audio Podcast:

Show Notes:

BeoWolf screenshots:

http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig1.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig2.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig3.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig4.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig5.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig6.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig7.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/beowolfbig8.jpg

Dark Designs screenshots:

http://www.ephiroll.com/files/darkdesigns1.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/darkdesigns2big.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/darkdesigns3.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/darkdesigns4.jpg
http://www.ephiroll.com/files/darkdesigns5big.jpg