Without a good x-platform maccompatable Voice Prg, i would be not so thrilled to play withmacheds.
So, those who have played it on the PC, what is the take ?Without any toolset, is this really worth a half a gig downloadto see this for someone who did enjoy P&P back in the day ?
So, I need to be won over. Does it feature typical online RPGLife Sapping technology, or can you quickly and easilyrun away from it at a moment's notice?
Here's the trick: Find an ORPG that you have a love/haterelationship with. One that you like more than enough on thesurface, but has some qualities about it that are so annoyingthat if you did fully immerse yourself therein, your immunesystem would immediately begin to reject it. I like my metaphorsthoroughly pureed.
Fortunately, these days most of them have enough blaringproblems these days that Life Sapping is less of a danger. Or atleast I find it that way. Full immersion for a few days,followed by a massive loss of interest, followed by a return afew days later with slightly less immersion, and eventually along-term sort of balance can be achieved. It's like figuringout how much beer you can drink without puking and/or stumblingoff of a balcony--that perfect equilibrium.
Alternate solution: get a girlfriend. Then you won't have enoughtime in complete immersion to get fully sapped. A caveat: Never,under any circumstances, date someone who is crazy about thesame ORPG as you. At that point, instead of having a lifelinepulling you back into reality, you've suddenly got a huge leadweight tied around your neck dragging you deeper into themurkiest of depths. Not healthy.
Guess I'll grab the tech demo and see if it even works for meafter all that. :)
Can we define inappropriate for our good friend Eye? I see whereyou're going with it, but a few less analogies involving fallingoff balconies whilst drunk when talking to me please. ;)
Sorry, that was rather poor taste on my part. 'Twas a joke gonewrong.
np. I've gone into that sort of territory before myself. It'snot much fun when you first realise what you said, and who yousaid it to. I understood the metaphor though.I've been pulled up myself by close friends for joking aboutheights, or using them metaphorically, since the accident. ;)
Might be for the best anyway.The expansion pack is out for PC but has still not yet beenannounced for Mac. The NWN app shipping for Mac reportedly willhave the updated application (same version that ships for the PCin the expansion box). So, we're apparently waiting forlicensing/packaging/whatever for frikin' data files . Rumor hadit that it might have been included with NWN but that somelincense holder wouldn't sign off on thebundling/price/whatever. I hate this industry. It's so messedup...
Why do you care? Well you'll need the expansion pack to connectto any server that's got it (read: most in a few months). You'llalso need it for any content made with it, or even made withoutthe content but with the updated base NWN files (read: anythingnew or updated in a few months). This last bit can apparently be'fixed' with a file converter/type changer of some sort. And acaveat on the first gripe is that the Mac version will have theserver app included.
The retail price looks like it's being positioned at $50 byMacSoft (who felt that they had to take $10 off the premiumprice due to the lack of toolset). Bottom line is that we mighthave to wait even a few more months and spent ~$20 more to keepparity with the PC users and be able to use the same servers& mods. Wouldn't be such a big deal if the game had come out6 months ago... Gosh, I'm so excited now...
I think this is pretty close to the mark from my reading on theNWN formus, but someone correct me if I'm wrong.
There's already so much content out there you'd probably have tomake an effort to notice. Seriously, there are thousands ofmods, some of them commercial quality, you can play solo or withfriends that won't require SoU. I can recommend some if you endup getting the game.
Yeah, by which time Bioware will be milking us with yet anotherexpansion. They can smell the writing on the wall, this is theway to stretch an MMORPG free of monthly fees into a moreprofitable venture.
In other bad news, if they didn't do thetools now they probably never will.
P.S. It's still a great game. ;)
I don't doubt it from what I've heard. I guess I was mostworried about being able to connect to servers and being able touse the latest versions of the high-quality content. I'mextrapolating here, but my experience is that the good stuffusually gets refined as time goes on. From the little I've read,it sounds like refining with an SoU upgraded NWN will changesomething about the file that will require SoU, even if youdon't add hard content from the data files that it provides.
Agreed, agreed... As I said before, the engine/interface/GUI isthe best I've ever seen in an RPG. From what I've heard from myfriends here that have it, the story is not up to BioWare'squality. I certainly would pay good money for a BG2 type epicstory expansion for NWN.
Yeah, no one thinks they are ever going to. My hopes are pinnedon the Open Knights' efforts. I haven't read squat about theirwork or progress, but I sure hope Bioware at least gives themthe nod and some specs to help the process along. It's the leastthey can do...I know, I know... which is why it's so maddening :)One other potential issue I've heard bandied around is that youcan't effectively DM even a downloaded module without the tools.The idea being that the tools allow you to poke around 'behindthe walls' to check out all the things first before running thegame. Any comments about that?
Hey, if you can't make jokes about a friend's (or your own)nearly-fatal accident, what can you make jokes about? (Justremember the formula: tragedy + time = comedy)
Typically, I'm starting to have fun with it when I experience myfirst crash. Thankfully this is only a tech demo. ;) I think Ijust had to deal with not having played any actual CRPGs besidestacky MUDs in the past. Does anyone have any idea what the Macrelease date is?
Best guesses I've heard are mid- to late-July. I think if theyslide into August, they might be risking their lives from thegrowing vehemence in the posting over the last few month ;)Right around the D&D 3.5e release, coincidentally, so now notonly the game, but also the rules will be passe too :) Justkidding, just kidding...