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Here are 2,000 beta codes for the D&D MMO Neverwinter! photo
Here are 2,000 beta codes for the D&D MMO Neverwinter!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update 2: We're giving away five more on Twitter this Saturday, March 9. After that, you'll have to wait for Beta Weekend 3!]

[Update: They're gone! Boy, that was fast. Follow us on Twitter; we might get more!]

Destructoid has partnered with our friends at Perfect World to bring you 2,000 codes for this weekend's leg of the Neverwinter beta! Set in The Forgotten Realms campaign for Dungeons & Dragons, this free-to-play action-MMO sees players exploring the ruins of the great city of Neverwinter in search of delicious treasure. (Check out our full preview from last month for more details!)

The beta begins tomorrow, March 8, at 12 PM Pacific, and lasts until March 10 at 11:59 PM Pacific. To claim your code from Dtoid, just head on over to our beta giveaways page and push the big red button! For redemption instructions, read on!

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D&D MMO Neverwinter plays like a good action-RPG photo
D&D MMO Neverwinter plays like a good action-RPG
by Joshua Derocher

There are a lot of massively-multiplayer online games on the market today, many of which are still very similar to World of Warcraft. While the graphics, setting, and characters may change, the core gameplay often feels the same. Hotkeys and a screen full of action bars have become the normal way to play MMOs, but there are a few games like TERA that have tried to break away and bring more action into the mix. TERA did a pretty good job with the action, but the setting and quest design was too generic and most people found it to be lackluster.

Cryptic is stepping into the "action-MMO" space with Neverwinter, which is somewhat of a follow-up to the classic Neverwinter Nights series. Based on the popular Forgotten Realms setting from Dungeons & Dragons and the Fourth Edition ruleset, this has the potential to be an interesting free-to-play title. I had the chance to jump into an early beta event with the developers and run a quick raid, and from what I have seen so far, this one might be able to deliver some good times.

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Review: Crimson Shroud photo
Review: Crimson Shroud
by Chris Carter

The Guild01 collection is a very special project that I'm glad we could be a part of. Although the last game in the set isn't slated for a release out of Japan, the mere fact that Level-5 decided to take a chance with any of them is good enough for me.

Crimson Shroud signifies the end of the western releases of Guild01, so its release is bittersweet. Thankfully, it's also the strongest game in the package, and one of the most unique games on the 3DS eShop right now.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the tabletop RPG photo
How I learned to stop worrying and love the tabletop RPG
by Sophie Prell

I love role-playing. I like being a half-elf, half-demon on a bloody rampage; I like being a sci-fi ex-black ops badass on a quest to rescue his daughter; I love being a naughty schoolgir -- wait, sorry -- wrong kind of role-playing. What's funny is that the more I play tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, CthulhuTech, or Ironclaw, the more I appreciate the influence such systems have on the games we display on our televisions.

It could be said I first got into gaming when I was very young (around 5 or 6) and my brothers would play their fancy schmancy NES and Genesis while I was around. I would whine that I wanted to play too, and sometimes of their own accord, sometimes of divine, parental intervention, I would be allowed a controller. I'd say I became a gamer at age 10, with Metal Gear Solid, as I would spend evenings either playing it, drawing characters, or writing out my wonderful fifth grade screenplay adaptation.

But it wasn't until age 20 that I was introduced to tabletop role-playing. I would hang out with my friends and do homework while they gathered around a table and rolled dice. I asked them what they were doing, and how to play. Soon enough, I was right back to age 6, begging to give it a try.

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6:30 PM on 09.14.2012

PC release of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition pushed back

The PC version of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was scheduled to release next Tuesday, but it has now been pushed back -- quite a bit back, actually -- to make sure all of the pieces are in place at launch. The new date is ...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 07.30.2012

Impressions: DDO: Menace of the Underdark

Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) has been around for over six years now. When it went free to play, the game picked up over a million new players and its revenue increased by 500%. I'd call that successful. It wa...

Joshua Derocher

1:00 PM on 03.31.2012

WB bringing Lollipop Chainsaw, Witcher 2 and more to PAX

It was last PAX East where Lollipop Chainsaw debuted to the masses and it's going to be this PAX East where we get just one more last look before the release this June. The game has come a long way since last PAX and I can't...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:00 PM on 03.08.2012

LOTR Online and D&D Online going cloud streaming

First it was the move to free-to-play that brought throngs of new players to both The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online in the past. What's there left to do? Well, cloud streaming, of course! Starting...

Brett Zeidler

7:00 AM on 02.29.2012

Could a new Baldur's Gate be on the way?

A new teaser site has crept onto the thing we call the Internet, and it brings sultry promises of new Baldur's Gate content. The site plays music, has a few images, and bears a quote from Alaundo, but the stuff hidden in the ...

Jim Sterling

7:30 PM on 02.21.2012

Dungeons & Dragons PC classics are on sale at GOG.com

Good Old Games continues to give you a good reason to say goodbye to your well-earned cash by having yet another great value sale. If Dungeons and Dragons-inspired PC classics are your thing, then you can buy one game and get...

Alasdair Duncan





8:00 PM on 01.19.2012

D&D Online going to the Forgotten Realms this Summer

In its six year history, Dungeons & Dragons Online has gone through a significant number of changes, not least of which was the change from a subscription model to free-to-play in 2009. But unlike many other titles in the...

Fraser Brown



25 Days: Win the D&D Dragon Collector's Set! photo
25 Days: Win the D&D Dragon Collector's Set!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: Contest closed! Winner is DestroyerTZ for this haiku:

Inside this Dungeon 
Stories beneath the city 
Dragons are mating]

Today's 25 Days of Giving contest has us giving away DRAGONS! Wizards of the Coast released a limited-edition Dragon Collector's Set last month which contains five of the most iconic dragons in the Dungeons & Dragons game. The dragon miniatures can be used in the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game, two of the sculpts have never appeared in previous D&D miniature products. Bonus: We're also giving away a copy of the Brimstone Angels D&D novel by Erin M. Evans!

To win everything detailed above, you're just going to need to leave a comment with a haiku about dragons. One entry per person and contest is open to anyone with a US based shipping address the prize can be mailed to. We'll be picking the best dragon haiku after the contest closes at 11:59PM CST tonight!

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4:00 AM on 09.12.2011

Update for D & D Online: Eberron Unlimited is Live

The latest update for Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited just went live. It boosts the crafting level to 150, allowing players to make Draconic Runestunes, a new magical weapon for all classes. Also included are s...

Daniel Starkey

4:10 PM on 06.08.2011

E3: Neverwinter defrosts a trailer and some details

Cryptic Studios (City of Heroes, Champions Online, Star Trek Online) has revealed some slivers of information and a trailer for the upcoming multiplayer game Neverwinter. Set in the well-known city in the Forgotten Realms uni...

Maurice Tan



Review: Dungeons And Dragons: Daggerdale photo
Review: Dungeons And Dragons: Daggerdale
by Brad Nicholson

Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale is an action-RPG developed by Bedlam Games, the new dudes behind the troubled Scratch: The Ultimate DJ project. This isn’t the kind of pedigree you want from a studio handling a new Dungeons and Dragons joint, but it does execute on the implementation of the tabletop game’s new 4th Edition rule set well. It even manages to nail the loot and grind components.

Sadly, monstrous production and technical issues, as well as an unflinching adherence to old design concepts, bury the good work done and make Daggerdale a near-complete “pass.”

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