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RPGDot Weekly Roundup #1


welcome to the first RPGDot weekly newsletter. This is another free service from our site, and we are truly overwhelmed by the number of subscriptions we received so far. We will try to make the reading worthwhile, adding more than just a summary of the news from the recent week. Much will depend on your feedback, of course. The more we know about the things you like to read, the more we can deliver them. If you have suggestions, please mail them to us and we will take your ideas into consideration.
We also ask you to give us some time to make the best out of this newsletter. It will take some issues before we have put together our regulars, and some things may change over time. This is an ongoing experiment, but we certainly hope you will already enjoy the first issue.



Newsbit of the Week: Morrowind Movies

If you haven't done so already, have a look at the Morrowind movies over at belgian site Spelletjesgarnaal
. They aren't of high quality, but for the first time, you see what character generation will look like in the game - and how a dungeon hunt will be.

Some word about character generation: The amount of freedom you will find in this process is simply amazing. Some people feared that Morrowind will be more of an action game than a roleplaying game - but from what you see in these movies, there is no reason to be fearful. Graphics do look stunning, and the world will be huge. Morrowind is something to look forward for sure. US release date is still April 2002, the localized versions in Europe will be available in June.

A collection of other noteworthy newsbits:

Behind the scenes - News hunting

Have you ever wondered how we hunt for news? How do we collect 25+ newsbits a day - some of them unique and not seen anywhere else?

Well, it takes a lot of time to get them onto the site. At the moment, four people are scanning the net for notable newsbits every day. Moriendor, Myrthos, Garrett and me. Each of us has a set of sites we visit - ranging from game specific sites, developer sites to general gaming news sites. Whenever we got time, we browse these sites for newsbits and add them to our database.

The second source of news are amils we receive from other sites, developers and publishers. They inform us about features they have on their sites, send us material or press releases. We sort them out and put them up as soon as possible.

And then there is you - the visitors. Most of you browse other news sites as well, and if they find something we haven't put up yet, the send us a short note about the feature.

All in all, I would say that we spend about 6-8 man hours a day just hunting and editing news. The result is the most complete RPG news coverage you can find. And since our newsbits are categorized, we build a unique database of game inormation every day. Right now, we have nearly 7000 newsbits in the database, and whenever you want to know something about a certain game, you can be sure that RPGDot has the best collection of links out there.

Next week, I will give you some insight in how we organize the database and how you search it effectively. For today, I just hope you enjoy our first newsletter.

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Weekly Game Highlight: All about Neverwinter Nights

In every newsletter, we want to present you the collected info about a game from our database. As you may know, all our newsbits and articles go into a searchable database. Over the years, we have collected info about 500+ CRPG's (categorization of newsbits started in Summer 2001). Today, we would like to present you our info collection for Neverwinter Nights:

Neverwinter Nights Game Info
Description: Neverwinter Nights is a new Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) roleplaying game from BioWare, the developers of Baldur's Gate and Tales of the Sword Coast. Neverwinter Nights has been designed specifically for the online, multiplayer environment and the latest in 3D technology and also allows you to experience all the magic of pen-and-paper Dungeon-Mastering on your home computer! Using Neverwinter Nights' powerful and user-friendly Neverwinter Toolset, you can create and populate entire new modular worlds and stories for others to adventure in.
Shop: Buy Neverwinter Nights
Comments: Add a comment
Release date: Jun 2002
Homepage: http://www.bioware.com/games/neverwinter_nights/
Publisher: Infogrames
Developer: BioWare
Screenshots: Neverwinter Nights Gallery
Support Area:
On the Net:
- NWN: Unofficial Pool of Radiance 3 Announced (02.18.02)
- Neverwinter Nights in Summer (02.04.02)
- Bioware and Interplay settle their differences (01.25.02)
- NwN: Press Release on Release Date (11.30.01)
- Bioware Restructuring - New NWN Boards (10.17.01)
- NWN-on-hold-mail a hoax! (09.13.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Pushed Back (09.04.01)
- Neverwinter Nights still this Winter? (08.29.01)
- Neverwinter Nights pushed back to mid-2002? (08.11.01)
- NWNVault's own realm: Haven (07.21.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Chat Reminder (06.07.01)

Chat Logs:
- Neverwinter Nights Chat Log (08.24.01)
- NWN Chat Logs (07.06.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Chat Log (06.09.01)

- Neverwinter Nights Contest: And the Winner is... (07.03.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Vote for contest winner (06.07.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Site Update (06.01.01)

Developer Diaries:
- Neverwinter Diary (10.10.01)
- Neverwinter Developer Diary (08.15.01)

Developer Profiles:
- NWN: David Chan Developer Profile (02.16.02)
- BioWare: Developer Profile (12.06.01)

- Desslock's Ramblings: NWN, BG mods & IwD 2 (02.23.02)
- Why Nevewinter Nights Could Fail (02.14.02)
- Editorial on Interplay (01.25.02)
- Neverwinter Nights Adventure Creation Guide #8 (01.19.02)
- Desslock's Ramblings: NWN Pt. 3 + MMIX NPC's (01.18.02)
- Eurogamer picks NWN for 2002 (01.04.02)
- Desslock's Ramblings on NWN & GotY (12.28.01)
- Desslock's Ramblings: The Future of NWN (12.21.01)
- New NwN 3D Modelling Guide (10.01.01)
- Neverwinter Scripting (09.23.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Adventure Creation Guide Pt. 4 (08.17.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Scripting Course Pt.8 (07.22.01)
- NWN: Bounty Hunters In Persistent Worlds (07.20.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Adventure Creation Guide Pt.3 (07.20.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Scripting Course Pt. 7 (07.18.01)

- NWN Modeling tutorial #3 at NWHaven (12.18.01)
- NWN Toolset Forum Post (12.15.01)
- NWN Adventure Creation Guide Part 6 (10.29.01)
- NWN Modeling Lessons Continued (10.11.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: FAQ Update (09.28.01)
- NWN Modeling Lesson #6 (09.28.01)
- NWN Modeling Tutorial (09.19.01)
- NWN Modelling Course (09.17.01)
- New NWN Modeling Course (08.27.01)
- New NWN Tutorial (08.21.01)
- NWN Adventure Creation Guide (08.18.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Knowledgebase (08.04.01)
- NWN Scripting Lesson #6 (07.11.01)
- NWN: Function of the day (07.10.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Scripting Lesson #5 (07.08.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Adventure Creation Guide (06.01.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: FAQ Update (05.21.01)

Forum Tidbits:
- Neverwinter Nights: Weekly Treat - Q&A #4 (02.27.02)
- Neverwinter Nights Forum Highlights (02.24.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Build Update Report (02.13.02)
- More on NWN release date (02.05.02)
- NWN Forum Tidbits at Lone Gamers (02.01.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Development Update (01.09.02)
- NWN System Requirements (01.07.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Major Forum Update (12.21.01)
- NWN Mailing List Tidbits (11.24.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (11.20.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (11.18.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (11.17.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (11.14.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Update (11.10.01)
- NWN Forum Tidbits (10.29.01)
- Trent Oster on alignment in NWN (10.26.01)
- Trent Oster (NWN) Forum tidbit (10.25.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (10.19.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Update (10.14.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (09.28.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Update (09.25.01)
- NWN Forum Tidbits (09.18.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (09.07.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: From the Forums (08.30.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Snips (08.25.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: From the Forums (08.22.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Forum Highlights (08.15.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Infobits (08.10.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Forum Tidbits (07.29.01)
- NWN on other platforms? (07.22.01)
- NWN Forum summary (07.10.01)

Game Elements:
- Neverwinter Nights: Fighter Class Analysis (02.25.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Druid Class Analysis (02.20.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Cleric Class Analysis (02.17.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Bard Class Analysis (02.14.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Updated Monster List (01.27.02)
- NWN Adventure Creation Guide Pt. 7 (12.02.01)
- NWN Monster: The Wolf (10.11.01)

Industry and Networks:
- Neverwinter Nights: Poll - Tell BioWare how you play (11.06.01)
- BioWare: Job Opportunity (10.22.01)

- NWN Progress Report at IGN.PC (02.21.02)
- NWN Interview at IGN.PC (02.14.02)
- NWN Interview at NWVault (02.11.02)
- NWN Interview at IGN.PC (02.09.02)
- Neverwinter Nights: Interview @ GameBanshee (02.08.02)
- NWN Interview at gaminggroove (02.06.02)
- Neverwinter Nights Interview at HomeLan Fed (02.04.02)
- NWN: David Gaider Interview At DBF (01.07.02)
- Neverwinter Nights Interview (12.05.01)
- Bioware Interview Part 3 (12.01.01)
- NWN: Lunch with Bioware (11.25.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Interview (11.13.01)
- NWN: Mods in the Spotlight at NWNHaven (10.29.01)
- NWN Interview at Hardwarezone.com (10.16.01)
- NWN Interview (09.17.01)
- NWN Interview (09.12.01)
- NWN Q&A with Trent Oster (09.11.01)
- Neverwinter Chat On Thursday (08.21.01)
- NWN Interview (08.19.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Gencon Report #3 (08.17.01)
- NWN Interview with Teresa Stevenson (08.12.01)
- Two NwN Interviews (08.08.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Interview (06.20.01)

- NWN Movies and tutorial (08.23.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: New GenCon Video (08.17.01)
- NWN Mega Video from GenCon (08.06.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: New Movie (06.28.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Movie + Infobits (05.31.01)

- NWN Preview at Ferrago (01.14.02)
- Neverwinter Nights Preview at CGO (12.28.01)
- NWN Interview (08.21.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Preview (08.13.01)
- NwN @ Gencon 2001 (08.09.01)
- NWN Preview (08.09.01)
- GenCon Preview: Neverwinter Nights (08.04.01)
- GenCon: NWN Preview (08.04.01)
- NWN Gencon 2001 Report (08.02.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Preview (07.11.01)
- NWN Preview (07.09.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Scripting University (06.26.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Preview (06.04.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Preview (05.28.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Preview (05.24.01)
- E3: Neverwinter Nights Impressions (05.20.01)
- E3: Neverwinter Nights Preview (05.19.01)

- Neverwinter Nights: Scripting University Pt. 2 (06.28.01)

- Neverwinter Nights: Delayed Again ??? (01.25.02)
- NWN to be published by Vivendi? (12.14.01)
- More on NWN boards going down... (10.16.01)
- NWN Development on hold??? (09.12.01)
- Release Date Clarification (07.09.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Release Spring 2002 ? (06.30.01)

- NWN Wallpapers (12.01.01)
- Bats and Badgers in NWN (11.01.01)
- 11 new Neverwinter Nights Shots (10.11.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Site Update (10.10.01)
- New Neverwinter Nights Screens (10.09.01)
- 8 new NWN Screenshots (08.12.01)
- Neverwinter nights Screenshots (08.09.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: New Screenshots (07.26.01)
- Two new NWN screenies (07.12.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Wallpaper (06.13.01)

Site Updates:
- Neverwinter Nights: The Module Factory (02.22.02)
- NWN: Website now integrated in new BioWare site (12.19.01)
- Neverwinter Night Modeling Course (11.06.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Screensaver + Forum Hilights (09.10.01)
- Neverwinter Journal (09.02.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Spell of the Day + Video (08.14.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Skill and Monster List + FotD (08.11.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Site Update (Goodies) (08.07.01)
- NWN Project Update (08.02.01)
- Neverwinter Nights: Site Update (06.15.01)
- Neverwinter Nights Site Update (05.26.01)

Quite impressive, isn't it? I doubt any other site would be able to present you this amount of information - and we do that for nearly every CRPG out there. You can use the links to go to the appropriate newsbit - and from there to the article on the net.

What's up? - games to look forward to:

This is the release list for March to May - as you can see, great times ahead for RPG fans. Morrowind isn't listed here, because the official release date for the US isn't set yet (rumors say it will be April), but the european distributor has it listed for June 2002. So: yes, for the US, you'll see Morrowind within the next 90 days...

Another War Single-Player RPG PC

Mar 2002

Defection Single-Player RPG PC

Mar 2002

Freedom Force Single-Player RPG PC

Mar 2002

Geneforge Single-Player RPG PC

Mar 2002

Heroes of Might & Magic 4 Single- & Multi-Player RPG PC

Mar 2002

Warlords Battlecry 2 Single- & Multi-Player RPG PC

Mar 2002

Arx Fatalis Single- & Multi-Player RPG PC

Apr 2002

Dungeon Siege Single- & Multi-Player RPG PC

Apr 2002

Endless Ages MMORPG PC

Apr 2002

Might & Magic 9 Single-Player RPG PC

Apr 2002

Dragon Empires MMORPG PC

May 2002

Fatherdale - Guardians of Asgard Single-Player RPG PC

May 2002

Icewind Dale 2 Single- & Multi-Player RPG PC

May 2002

 Click on the games to learn more about them

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