Preview of Neverwinter From Cryptic and PWE

how quaint, a queue, I feel like I'm in the early 2000s....

Downloading now... should be logging into Dragon server soon.

I don't get it, was down into the 3000s and now up to 46791?

Rainsmercy wrote:

I don't get it, was down into the 3000s and now up to 46791?

Same thing happened to me. Was in the 7000s and then suddenly 50,000s.

I thought the Founders pack was supposed to skip the queues, but maybe that's just the $200 one. I only got a $60 one.

Well, an hour in queue, and still rubberbanding. So no Neverwinter for me, sigh.

When I was in queue it sometimes bounced to over 30k but came back down.

Quick impressions, fun so far but I really want to group in this game so hopefully I can hook up with the guild every one was talking about.

A quick purchase of a new wireless router and I am back in business. Now just hoping it runs ok.

From what guildies are saying they have waited anywhere from 60-90 minutes to login and yes, the numbers are all over the place and mean nothing. It looks like the Founder's Pack does get you in earlier but not the guardian. I was #6 in queue when I logged in a couple hours back.

Also, if any of you play a Control Wizard, they are awful in the 20s. Once you hit 30 they get to be SO MUCH MORE FUN! Not sure if it's like that with every class

Good to know... I just created a Control Wizard, and am waiting patiently in queue to get in and see what it's all about.

I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying this, the tutorial section was about as bland as can be, but once it opens out the interesting gameplay makes up for it. I think I've been spoiled by Secret World though, the writing and voice acting in this is just plain not good. Actually some of the voice acting is okay, but some of the really bad ones drag the rest down with them.

For a particularly unpleasant aural sensation, try the alchemist in the Blacklake district. I'm not sure what sort of accent she's trying for, but she certainly isn't getting there. The funny thing is, a lot of the voice actors sound like Australians pretending to have other accents, Sergeant Knox in particular sounds like an Australian doing a very bad British accent.

Havent had any queues or rubber banding. I did do a Founders Pack after GENCON or something like that - way back when. The game has been rock solid for me although I have heard others have had issues.

I just played from character creation through the first real dungeon (Theft of the Crown). Other than a 7300 queue to get in, I had absolutely no lag, rubberbanding, or frame-rate issues (20+ FPS in the middle of town, with all graphics settings maxed). The game certainly looks artistically pretty, if a bit bland in the early levels. I'm enjoying the combat style & control scheme so far, and I think the game's managed to capture the feel of combat stress/tension, while also making me feel like a badass most of the time. I'll stick with it for a while longer, I think, given that it's an incredibly low monetary barrier to entry.

Also, I joined an existing "GWJ" chat channel, though there was nobody online at the time. I assume that's us? (filthy skimmer alert; sorry if it was posted upthread).

Rainsmercy wrote:

Well, an hour in queue, and still rubberbanding. So no Neverwinter for me, sigh.

Hold out hope Rain!

Maintenance is currently scheduled for 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, Pacific Time.

Stability
Several major network issues have been found and addressed. We should now be able to support many more players with significantly less lag.

Login
The Queue position indicator now has more information, as well as buttons that link to Neverwinter Gateway and the Neverwinter Wiki.
Fixed an issue where players displayed queue position would incorrectly jump to a higher number than the players actual place in line.

I played a bunch last night, got to 16 on a guardian fighter and 8 as a control wizard. Like Merphle, I had no issues at all. I'm on as either Stengar or Tarantella @jstengah. I'm not sure if I'll be joining Grievance without playing with them beforehand though.

Add poyzon@groan to your friends list!
I'm hoping to get on tonight to give her wome levels.
With this being open-beta, will these be wiped at launch or what? When is this so-called launch? The FAQ still says early 2013.

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This is less an open beta and more a soft launch. There will be no wipes.

Just FYI - for those that want to add me to their friends lists, my account name is @namikaze. I'm going to have a Guardian Fighter from the get-go, but I'll definitely be making at least one character of each class. Currently only 5, but that looks to be expanded quickly.

Waited hours through the download and the que, just to find out it runs at about 9 frames per second on my laptop when anything is happening on screen. Starting to think it may be time to upgrade.

Got in and made a character (aanelyn), but no time to sit through the queues yet. Will probably be sporadic until I finish up with Ni No Kuni.

I tried the cleric and the heavy weapon fighter and sooo much prefer the cleric.

About the attributes, I've worked with point allocations on DDO and other D&D games but I'm not really familiar with the 4th ed rules or how closely Neverwinter follows them. In the past I'd put my primary trait to 16 or so to have more points for a more well rounded character. In this case I just went with the max in primary and gimped my dex with an 8. Good move? Should I have made my primary stat an odd number? How many additional points can/will it gain by max level? I know it doesn't make a huge difference but I'd like the best allocation and if I have to reroll the sooner the better.

For any who are unfamiliar with the character creation you "roll" your scores but this just cycles through a list of preset attribute scores.

Dr_Awkward wrote:

I tried the cleric and the heavy weapon fighter and sooo much prefer the cleric.

About the attributes, I've worked with point allocations on DDO and other D&D games but I'm not really familiar with the 4th ed rules or how closely Neverwinter follows them. In the past I'd put my primary trait to 16 or so to have more points for a more well rounded character. In this case I just went with the max in primary and gimped my dex with an 8. Good move? Should I have made my primary stat an odd number? How many additional points can/will it gain by max level? I know it doesn't make a huge difference but I'd like the best allocation and if I have to reroll the sooner the better.

For any who are unfamiliar with the character creation you "roll" your scores but this just cycles through a list of preset attribute scores.

The wiki has a chart for each class that shows how each attribute affects your character. Here is the chart for the Cleric:

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Thanks! So you don't get benefits / bonuses just on even numbers like I've seen in other games. Applied to Grievance myself today so see you guys in game. First cure is free!

Wow. Just logged in -- no queue at all. Very nice!

Merphle@Merphle1, if anyone wants to send a friend invite. I still haven't applied for Grievance, but I am hanging around in the GWJ chat channel.

Yeah, no queue today! I got to play again. Very nice.

I've been sending out friend requests, but feel free to friend me up if I've missed anyone. My handle is @Javamancer.

It's good! =D Surprisingly so. Kind of Diablo lite but I'm fine with that.

Bit confused as to what my account name actually is as it appears to have gotten all tangled with my Champions account. Should be "maqusan".

Well, even with yesterday's patch still having rubberbanding, so no NeverWinter for me:(

Maq wrote:

Bit confused as to what my account name actually is as it appears to have gotten all tangled with my Champions account. Should be "maqusan".

To add someone to your friends list, you need (character name)@(account name). I've tried searching for specific players with just the @(account name), but the player search doesn't seem to work that well. If you log in to http://gateway.playneverwinter.com (which is incredibly neat, thanks for the link Javamancer), it'll tell you on the character sheet what yours is. For instance, I'm Stengar@jstengah, but when I log in I don't put jstengah as my username. Cryptic getting bought by Perfect World certainly did mess the account systems up.

Super useful, thanks Stengah.

cyrax @ cyraxpw

Also, in the chat options you can turn on "Show account names", which will show you account names for anyone in your chat window, but also show what your account name is when you type something in it.