08Jul 2014

Neverwinter Nights: Tales of Arterra

After talking about our new Xanadu deed, you’d think that I would be busy working on that. But nope, other than some terraforming, I haven’t even logged into Wurm for 2 weeks now. In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to download the Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition that’s been sitting on my GOG account for months. Then I grabbed some of my favorite modules and have been playing it ever since.

You see, way back in 2003, I bought the gold edition of Neverwinter Nights (NWN) when I saw it in an EB Games. (Back in the days when no one had heard of “digital distribution”. How did we ever survive back then?) I read the back of the box and it seemed like a good game, so I figured why not? Well, it wasn’t just a good game, it was a FANTASTIC game. I became enraptured by the amazing story telling in the original campaign and the expansion it came with, Shadows of Undrentide. When Hordes of the Underdark and Kingmaker came out, I bought them and devoured them as well. When those ran out, I found out about player-created modules and downloaded dozens of those as well. I don’t have a record of how many hours I spent in-game but I know that it’s no small number. NWN was my gateway drug into the world of RPGs and, in my opinion, still has some of the best story telling and gameplay of all time. It is one of my favorite games ever.

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19Jun 2014

A journey through Xanadu (and a new deed)

I haven’t mentioned Wurm Online since March, mostly because I haven’t done terribly much in it. I don’t really feel like doing much until they add bridges (yep, still waiting) and I imagine there will be a flurry of activity at Ravenstone once they do come out.

However, something interesting happened in the meantime. On June 3, they released a new Freedom server called Xanadu, one that’s 4 times the size of Independence, making it the largest server ever in Wurm at 32km x 32km. Originally they had wanted it to be 16 times larger than Indy (64km x 64km) but after they performed a couple stress tests, they must have found out that it was too hard on the server.

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09Jun 2014

Cave Clutter: Playing catch-up

Summer is in full swing now here in the Great White North which means hot and humid days, plenty of sunlight, pollen, and bugs. Others might love it but let’s just say I quietly worship the guy who invented air conditioning. The thunderstorms are pretty awesome though.

Since my last Cave Clutter post, I’ve found myself drifting away from MMOs and playing single-player games that I’ve been wanting to play for a while and never got around to it. Because I have fallen very behind on a lot of games. Everyone else plays these games as soon as they come out, whereas I get distracted by MMOs and don’t get around to the others for years. So I think it’s about time that I play catch-up. Continue reading "Cave Clutter: Playing catch-up"