Cryptic Studios Neverwinter MMO was released into open beta today which means no more wipes, way more content and a chance once again to stab people in their shins as a halfling.
I got a chance to play the open beta during the Founder’s open beta headstart and promptly wasted that time rerolling 3 times. Regardless, it was quite fun and the re-leveling was add easier by my use of the Foundry quests, which were at times flat out better than the main storyline quests both in presentation and writing (which is often hilarious). Cryptic even rewards players for doing Foundry content at regular intervals with additional XP, a nice touch that encourages players to try out the community’s hand crafted content.
And for those of us who think about our characters while we aren’t even playing, the open beta adds a new way for us to nerd out. The Neverwinter Gateway is a web portal that allows players to remotely check their character’s stats, further their crafting, use the auction house, open their mail, and check in on their guild’s activity. For me one of the most useful features is actually being able to access the crafting since Neverwinter’s crafting is time based (similar to EvE Online’s skill progression).
For those interested in delving into the world of DnD with Cryptic’s Neverwinter you can do so by visiting the official site here.
I’ll be personally on throughout the day (4/30) most likely rocking my third rerolled character. If you’d like to chat or just party up (if you are around my level) just look for the Guardian Fighter named Kingslayer. I am a nerd, I know.