I broke down and bought Neverwinter Nights Diamond from GOG last night. It’s only $10, so it’s no big deal, even if I don’t get too far with it. I managed to install it on my Windows 10 laptop without much trouble. I had to tweak a few things to get the opening video sequence to run, but it seems to be working fine now.
According to HowLongToBeat.com, it should take a little over 50 hours to play through the main game. The edition I bought from GOG also has three expansion packs included, so, if I make it through the main campaign, I’ll have those to play too. And there are a lot of user-created adventures out there, if I decide that I want to mess around with those.
The game still gets some attention, and is still actively being played, apparently, despite being over ten years old. Kotaku ran an interesting essay on NWN just a month or so ago. And the forums at GOG and BioWare are both moderately active.
So far, I’ve just gotten part way through the tutorial section. It looks like the kind of game that I’ll probably enjoy. It’s D&D, so that’s a good start. And combat seems to be (kind of) turn-based, which I prefer, since I’m not good at real-time. And there does appear to be an attempt at storytelling and role-playing; it’s not just hack & slash.
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