Yes, this is a post about another game other than SWtOR.
No, this does not mean that I’m finding SWtOR a drag and am following the oft-shouted “play another game if you aren’t finding this fun” clause. The title may suggest this, but if you don’t know what it’s a reference to, you clearly need to brush up on your Shakespeare.
So, NeverWinter Online. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a completely free-to-play MMO based on the Fourth Edition of the well-known physical RPG Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not even buy-to-play – compared to other “F2P” MMOs such as GW2 and ESO which are – making it by far one of the easiest MMOs to get into in general.
I myself had never heard of it until earlier this year, as it is a running joke that everybody in my particular raid team “must” have a toon in the game. Indeed, only one regular attendee (out of the ~11 or so who are in some way a part of the team) hasn’t installed and started the game.
Not being a particularly “gaming” gamer – I don’t play games for the sake of playing games and I can only really get invested in games based on Universes I’m familiar with – and because I’ve never actually played D&D – although I have played PathFinder – I’m honestly surprised that I’ve taken to this game as well as I have. Similar to Skyrim, I believe this could have something to do with my fascination and appreciation with the Lord of the Rings universe.
Or at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Whilst this post is overtly about NeverWinter, I will be comparing it to how SWtOR does things, and see what things either game does better than the other.