Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

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Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Shir'le E. Illios » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:31 pm

Perfect World Entertainment is about to start selling "Founder Packs" for their upcoming MMO Neverwinter (as reported by Kotaku). By buying one of these packs you can get into the upcoming beta weekends (the first of which is February 8th), though the first pack doesn't guarantee access. And of course each pack comes with extra goodies; the more you pay the more you get.

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The first one, costing $20, offers the following (and no guaranteed beta access):

  • ‘Adventurer's Helper Pack' containing six different types of in-game items
  • ‘Small Bag of Holding' for twelve extra inventory slots
  • ‘Amulet of Protection' item
The second, at $60, offers the following in addition to that:

  • Three-day head start access to Neverwinter Open Beta
  • Unique ‘Gold Moonstone Mask Regalia' head piece
  • Unique ‘Armored Horse' mount
  • Unique ‘Direwolf Companion'
  • In-game and forum ‘Founder' title
But the real kicker comes with the third and final pack at an insane $200, adding the following (bolding mine):

  • Five-day head start access to Neverwinter Open Beta
  • Beta Weekend Friend Invite code
  • Exclusive access to ‘Menzoberranzan Renegade', a Drow playable race like the legendary ranger Drizzt Do'Urden, complete with unique racial abilities and tattoo
  • Unique ‘Armored Spider' mount
  • Unique ‘Panther Companion'
  • In-game and forum ‘Founder' title
  • VIP Game Access to skip-the-line and get priority log-in access
Yes, that's right, for $200 buck you get to play Drizzt (or, technically, not Drizzt, but a character so close to Drizzt that they might as well be twins). Complete with panther companion (and spider mount for some reason).

Not that I know why anyone would want to play Drizzt, let alone pay $200 for it. The real question is though whether this is the only way to play a drow or whether this is just some special Drizzt-ified drow (sub-)subrace or something and there's other kinds of drow you can play as well. I have as yet been unable to find more details about that. As I was typing this I found the following (literally posted while I was working on this post):

It's not a race. It is a character creation background, called "Menzoberranzan Renegade," when making a drow. Drow will be available to all.

The question with that is what other backgrounds there are and what that actually means. In the end I suspect people will just ignore whatever the game tells them is up and just do their own thing anyway. Even if it has to be a black-skinned elf (so to speak).

If you want to see the drow, the panther and the spider mount in action then here's the official video:

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Stop thinking about it indeed.


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[EDIT] Added the embedded video from YouTube.
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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Kris » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:07 pm

That was to be expected, ever since I saw the game it struck me as "Free 2 Play, Pay 2 Win". That's pretty much the case with every game made by Perfect World. Even the trailer on Kotaku says like "BUY IT NAO! GIVE US YOUR MONEYZ!!!" - no , just no. I refuse to pay ANY money to devs who treat their customers like this. I've never thought I'd ever say it but they are even worse than EA when it comes to milking people. I'll play the game when it comes out but ONLY if it's free 2 play with no monthly subscription. "Quit thinking about it and go GET your 'Hero of the North' founder's pack TODAY!" - that is pure INSOLENCE.
I miss the days when betas were actually meant to test the game not to advertise and sell it...

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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Irennan » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:27 pm

/Palm. They must be really desperate to resort to this...

Also, with the recent re-shift of focus on 'omg ebil' drow and Drizzt, I guess people must be tired of getting the same stuff over and over.

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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Kris » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:14 pm

The only reason why their fanbase won't backlash them into the ground for this is that they don't have any fanbase...

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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Shir'le E. Illios » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:30 am

Kris wrote:I'll play the game when it comes out but ONLY if it's free 2 play with no monthly subscription.

There's free-to-play and there's free-to-play. One is actually free, giving you the full game while the microtransactions offer cosmetic items, while the other dangles a free-to-play hook in front of you but you'll have to pay and pay hard to get anywhere in the game past the start. Though I haven't played many games of theirs, I've got a feeling Perfect World is the latter.

We'll see I guess. I'm happy to try the game (got a beta key for the second and third beta weekend when I got Torchlight 2) and we'll see how far we'll get without paying (and whether, on the off-chance, it's worth putting some money in. Though it has to be really good for me to break my boycott of WotC products).

I'm not very hopeful.


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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Kris » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:01 pm

Shir'le E. Illios wrote:
I'm not very hopeful.


Neither am I, the game doesn't really stand much chance now that we have mmos like GW2 on the market.

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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Shir'le E. Illios » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:10 am

Kris wrote:now that we have mmos like GW2 on the market.

Guild Wars 2 is great. :)


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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Kris » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:27 pm

TB is previewing Neverwinter...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0E6Yw-M1YY

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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Alaric Darkrose » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:12 am

Just out of curiosity, are drow playable in this new MMO?
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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Shir'le E. Illios » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:34 am

Alaric Darkrose wrote:Just out of curiosity, are drow playable in this new MMO?

As I understand, yes. From their Races page:

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Drow

More commonly referred to as Dark Elves, drow have characteristics similar to their elven kin, but can be easily identified by their midnight black skin. A matriarchal society, drow tend to live in the Underdark, where they serve their evil deity, Lolth. However, some drow choose to reject this way of life and flee to the surface of Faerûn, where they seek to show that not all of their kind is inherently evil.

Branded traitors and outcasts by their own people, some have come to Neverwinter seeking acceptance on the surface world and protection from what lies beneath...

In my opinion the drow they show in the image next to that text looks like she's sick; skin way too light and brown. But then most artists seem to get it wrong. Why is it so hard to understand "obsidian black skin" (that's about the best I found with a brief search)?


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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Leema Har'gachi » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:16 pm

Shir'le E. Illios wrote:In my opinion the drow they show in the image next to that text looks like she's sick; skin way too light and brown. But then most artists seem to get it wrong. Why is it so hard to understand "obsidian black skin" (that's about the best I found with a brief search)?


Well can't be any worse than the dark purple colored drow depicted in some of the 3.5 source books.
CODENAME:Leema
Real Name:Leema Apollyon Har'gachi
Class:Variant Illusionist Favored Soul {gestalt}
Race:Shadow Drow
Height:5'8"
Weight:158 Ib.
Hair:Yellowish
Eyes:Purple(pinwheel)
Skin:Pitch-black(surrounded by Shadowy Purple Aura)
Deity:Eilistraee

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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Shir'le E. Illios » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:10 am

Leema Har'gachi wrote:Well can't be any worse than the dark purple colored drow depicted in some of the 3.5 source books.

That's kind of my point; they're all horrible. :P


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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Alaric Darkrose » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:15 am

I think the mess up happens because of the fact that when you use obsidian black, it can be difficult to draw details. Or they're just lazy. One of the two.
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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Leema Har'gachi » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:11 pm

Alaric Darkrose wrote:I think the mess up happens because of the fact that when you use obsidian black, it can be difficult to draw details. Or they're just lazy. One of the two.


Probably, it also seems that in 3.5 Drow of the Underdark actually states that they can be a shade lighter or even have a violet-tinged when viewed under bright light. I do believe several of the forgotten realms books also state some thing similar, but I don't ever remember them being described that way in any of the second edition books. That leads me to believe they added that to make up for what you are talking about Alaric.
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Real Name:Leema Apollyon Har'gachi
Class:Variant Illusionist Favored Soul {gestalt}
Race:Shadow Drow
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Re: Neverwinter: Pay to Drizzt

Postby Aylstra Illianniis » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:12 pm

That was the best you could find? Look up Mavrosh's work on DA, and you'll see some REAL drow. (S)he doesn't call them that, but Helmouri instead, but they ARE drow. And so realistic, too! By far my fave drow artist on DA.
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