What the title says. Mad props to the testers. Notable bugs fixed: henchmen now work properly, a showstopper bug involving the merc duel in multiplayer mode addressed, the end boss situation is a little more flexible in both branches of the plot, and other small balance tweaks and whatnot.
I’m working on #4 now. The hardest part, as I mentioned in an earlier posting, is the plot. Making sure it all makes sense and it’s convincing to the player.
If you can, try to download it from NWVault instead of my page. I’m worried about all the NWN maniacs storming my page, eating bandwidth, and getting Yahoo! Sites to notice we’re over our limit…
I was watching the Dungeons & Dragons movie (eek) this weekend for inspiration — either for ‘what to do’ or ‘what not to do’. The movie really tried, they tried very hard to get it good… great effects budget (comparatively) and such, but the plot was sketchy due to deleted scenes and cheap dialogue. It’s like if you had a decent module put in the hands of a GM who isn’t totally familiar with it and a bunch of inexperienced players who are just having fun without putting a lot of thought into it. Which isn’t bad, unless you try to make a movie out of it… yikes.
I hope I can do better than that.
I also saw Thirteen Ghosts (amazing set, great camerawork, hideously bad script) and Metropolis, the anime. I don’t get why people hated Metropolis so much, unless maybe they loved the manga and thus hated anything that deviated from it. Same objection Ghost in the Shell detractors had. Grantyed Metropolis was a bit sketchy, but frankly I haven’t seen a solid and consistent anime movie in years. (See also: Ah My Goddess movie, Cowboy Bebop movie, etc.)
Finally, I’m planning to go to Otakon this coming weekend. I’ll probably be at the Improgathering, but I’m considering not going to the fanfic panel. I’m not a panelist, and I don’t even write fanfic anymore, so why go? I don’t mean to detract from fanfic and fanfic authors, but… well, let me put it this way. Yes, you can work with a great established universe and characters. You get a built in fanbase. But I tell you, nothing is as satisfying as crafting your OWN universe, your own characters, your own fanbase… and in the end being able to say “See that? It’s mine. It’s all me.” Nobody can ever take that away from you, legally or emotionally.