Ravenloft: Prisoners of the Mist

Public (OOC) => Announcements, Updates and Status => Topic started by: Soren / Zarathustra217 on June 05, 2018, 09:21:44 AM

Title: NWN:EE migration and Play-A-New-Character event!
Post by: Soren / Zarathustra217 on June 05, 2018, 09:21:44 AM

Salutations all mist-dwellers and fellow roleplayers!

After months of meticulous preparation and countless sinister experiments of which no words shall ever again be spoken, we are excited to now finally announce that we are ready to migrate to the newly forged Enhanced Edition (https://www.beamdog.com/products/neverwinter-nights-enhanced-edition) of Neverwinter Nights. We all look forward to reap the benefits that this re-release offers and promises - and to pass all this to you in the form of exciting new opportunities of game- and roleplay!

However, first of all, we want to kick off the transition in the best way possible by running one of our recurring Play-A-New-Character events on the new server.

This will take place from Friday the 8th to Sunday the 17th of June 2018.

To those unfamiliar with the concept, this is an event where all participants roll up entirely new characters*, providing an equal start for all in an exclusively low level environment. This isn't just an excellent opportunity for new players to join in and quickly get involved in the shared narratives, but it is also a simply but effective way of naturally generating an abundance of both exciting, frightening and immersive gothic horror roleplay.

So whether you are a new player, long time active or an old player that just wants to return, come join us for some of the best online roleplay there is, while meeting with new and old friends alike.

Expect a number of DM events and special occurrences to appear in game during the period, but we also invite you to use our forums for pre-planning things with other players. Use the roleplay discussion forum section here: link (http://www.nwnravenloft.com/forum/index.php?board=11.0)

And keep an eye on this topic as we will keep updating it with more info in the coming days. with all relevant info. If you have any questions, please use this topic to post them: link (http://www.nwnravenloft.com/forum/index.php?topic=48578.0)

Looking forward to seeing you there,

- The Ravenloft POTM community and staff.

* (Pre-event characters can still be played on our old server, but will not be let in to the core areas, i.e. all areas west of the Svalich Pass near Castle Ravenloft.)
Title: Re: NWN:EE migration and Play-A-New-Character event!
Post by: Soren / Zarathustra217 on June 05, 2018, 04:19:10 PM
Useful info, hints and tips for the event:

Getting into the game

- If you are entirely new to NWN, Ravenloft or the concept of actual, "true" roleplay, we have a FAQ here. (http://www.nwnravenloft.com/forum/index.php?topic=29190.0) We are passionate about creating an immersive and convincing roleplay experience, so if you are unfamiliar with this kind of play, we strongly encourage you to check out the FAQ so you know what is expected of you before joining.

- For those new to the server looking for basic info about how to actually play, get all info here: http://www.nwnravenloft.com/forum/index.php?topic=862.0

- To existing players, note that to partake in the event, you need to own Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition. It can be bought here (currently with a 15% discount!): https://www.beamdog.com/products/neverwinter-nights-enhanced-edition

- The easiest way to get the files for the EE server is by using our custom launcher and downloader that you can find here (http://www.nwnravenloft.com/forum/index.php?topic=43767). If you have downloaded and installed it before, you need to redownload it as it has been updated for Enhanced Edition.

- If you use steam to launch the game, you can also subscribe to our workshop entry here (https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1404137617). In that case, make sure to also subscribe to the CEP here (https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=1312882397).

- Alternatively, you can install manually by downloading the newest versions of our hak/tlk package here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U8Z9Pr4MfLX7bibq-tjAyRSIWaKw5uiK/view?usp=sharing) (smaller, but requires 7zip (http://www.7-zip.org/) or similar) or here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t45c_cdyCQVfA68oB5LKQ_v9ebLw1G9y/view?usp=sharing) (regular zip). Remember that you will need to download the CEP in addition to this, available  here (http://neverwintervault.org/cep). Extract all packages to your "Documents" \ "Neverwinter Nights" folder.

- To join the server, either find "Ravenloft - Prisoners of the Mist" in the server list in game or use Direct Connect to

Creating your character

- You can create your character for the event already on the EE server, just not enter the world yet.

- Contrary to prior events, you will not be able to convert pre-existing characters to be eligible to join the event.

Braving the world

- Ravenloft POTM is designed to be a group experience, so form a party before exploring dangerous places. Thankfully, finding companionship is usually very easy during the event.

- Beware that the nights are dark and full of terrors. Most natives stay indoors at night and usually it's recommend that you do the same.

- If you or a friend dies, it may be hard to find someone to revive you during the event, but the XP loss of using the shaft of light in the Near Ethereal to restore you to life is very small at lower levels. Don't feel ashamed to use it!

Special Rules for the event

- Players that prior to the event own characters that are members of a faction is allowed to make a new character for the event that starts out as a member of this faction. The exception to this rule is characters of the Ba'al Verzi, the Dawnslayers, the Van Ritchen Society and the Fraternity of Shadows factions.

- Players that prior to the event own a AMPC or MPC character can make new characters for the event that start out as AMPC. They will have a maximum lifespan of the event.

- Players that do not prior to the event own an AMPC or MPC character but wish to make one for the event can apply for that on the usual AMPC terms. We will however be more lenient toward accepting such AMPCs compared to usual.

Opting out of the event

- Even if we hope as many of you as possible will take part in the event, it is not mandatory. For the duration of the event, you can still play on the old non-EE server with your pre-existing characters.

- All pre-existing characters have their starting points relocated to points outside the zone of the event if logging in while it's running. If you would like to avoid this, simply refrain from logging on to that character during the event.

- If your character is relocated in this way, it's up to you to make up an IC reasoning as to why he/she ended up outside the zone.
Title: Re: NWN:EE migration and Play-A-New-Character event!
Post by: Soren / Zarathustra217 on June 08, 2018, 07:33:55 AM
The Play-A-New-Character event has now begun!

We encourage you all to not only consider this as an opportunity to experience some excellent gothic horror roleplay, but also as an occasion to form new alliances and friendships, both IC and OOC - in part for the sake of your characters' own survival, but also to strengthen our community as whole.

Additionally, we hope to welcome many new players for this event as well as many returning old - especially this time around where the Enhanced Edition has just been launched. Please do your part to make sure these people feel welcome and allow them to easily become a part of things. Some may be unfamiliar to how things work, so have patience and help them figure it out.

And as always, strive to hone the fact that this server is about gothic horror roleplay. We expect that the circumstances of the event will quite naturally lead to it in abundance, but please help us preserving and furthering that atmosphere in your roleplay, and take your part in building and enhancing it too.

Looking forward to meeting you in game. Now let the roleplay begin!
Title: Re: NWN:EE migration and Play-A-New-Character event!
Post by: Soren / Zarathustra217 on June 18, 2018, 05:31:53 AM
The Play-A-New-Character event has now ended and the EE migration finalized! We appreciate the effort everyone have done to make it a memorable experience, and we hope you've enjoyed taking part in the event as much as we on the team.

And a hearted welcome to all the new players who've joined us during this - we hope you will stay and continue your stories in the time to come. That the event is now over does mean that this is the end of what has transpired during it - the event is only the beginning of your characters' stories, and there are many more chapters to write, many more adventures to be had, many more tales to tell.

Thank you :)