Last night I updated all my mods to use NWN 1.30 (and optionally SoU, of course). I also made some small bugfixes to each mod. You can get ’em from the usual place but you only need to upgrade if you’re in the middle of playing the mods or haven’t started yet; if you’re done with ’em, well, why bother?
Update: I was reading Slashdot today about D&D 3.5, and someone mentioned that GURPS Lite is available for free! And of course my project oriented mind immediately piped in with “You can make Penultima GURPS or UE GURPS!” and I went a-clickin’ and downloaded the 35 page PDF and read and I was like this is COOL and simple and the character creation makes sense and the point buy is nice and they have seperate damage ratings and armor penalties and skillchecks and err wait this is looking complicated and then you have to check if you’re thrusting or slashing when you have a weapon and they have varying damages and my eyes just started to glaze a bit and eventually I closed the window.
For all the hack ‘n slashery of the early Penultima mods, frankly, I don’t care about combat mechanics. NWN takes care of that for me; I say ‘I want a zombie, maybe give ’em this kind of dagger to fight with’ and bammo, done. Even when you’re playing, you click on the zombie, bammo, done. (usually.) Nice and easy and lets me focus on what I REALLY like to do — design locales, characters, stories, and themes.
I don’t think I’m ever gonna be able to get into pen & paper RPGs. They just feel too calculator and pencil heavy and roleplaying light. There’s no immersion; saying ‘I smash the orc with the lantern’ and the DM says ‘Okay, you do 18 damage’ is not quite what I want… and having a bunch of sweaty 20something geeks trying to roleplay out a ROMANCE ANGLE with each other’s characters is just, errr, not quite my thing. Online, through a simplified interface… that’s much more like it, but even that will pale compared to a good MUCK where I’m not constrained by rules and can have 100% pure roleplaying and storytelling. (If only I could get that with as easy to compose graphics as NWN…)
Meanwhile, my job sucks, my job sucks, my job sucks. The Other Web Guy is on vacation this week; even The Veteran Database Guy Who Looks Down Upon My Sloppy DB Coding Methodologies is out. I’m doing the work of three people. Our development server crashed on Monday and still isn’t back. Our document server crashed two days ago and only came back now. Shoot me now.