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Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide Expansion
on June 19, 2003
A rather disappointing, but expected, letdown from the same licensing company who bought out TSR and turned Dungeons & Dragons into a marketing scheme akin to it's collectable card games (Wizards of the Coast). They're the originators and owners of the Magic: The Gathering collectable card game. Those who know this game and know WOTC can attest... WOTC Slogan: Gotta collect the whole set! And, producing numerous sparse expansions with minimal inticing features is WOTC's meat and potatoes.
So here's the skinny... yes, Shadows of Urdrentide expands on the successful Neverwinter Nights, though NWN is, itself, not exactly 'true' to the actually table top game. It has been adapted for multiplayer on-line use. Neverwinter Nights also left a lot open for future development. And, that's how WOTC wants it to be. Grant it, D&D table-top is hugely expanded now due to open-licensing, so the entire D&D system could never be addressed in one mere boxed set for computer play. But, that is the sales scheme.
The Urdrentide expansion does precisely what I and several others expected WOTC would allow and desire. It adds a minimum of rather unimpressive new spells, feats, prestige classes, areas, and creatures... making future expansions inevitable for those junkies hooked on the game. Buy Urdrentide if you're a NWN junkie like my friend Mark. It's like electronic crack to him. But, If you have willpower and insight, think about waiting until the price drops to bargain levels.
The downside of 'not' buying it now... if you're an on-line player, you may lose access to rooms/modules with Urdrentide installed. This could prove to be very annoying to those who haven't purchased the Urdrentide expansion. And, it 'will' happen... trust me.
Just so you understand, I'm not downing on Neverwinter Nights. I enjoy the game, as do many of us. I'm simply citing that one should not expect a great deal for your $29.95 in this expansion. Even for those Builders creating modules with the NWN Toolset, the sparse and unimpressive new tilesets and other add-ons make Urdrentide only mildly appealing... perhaps only $14.95 appealing.