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Carlo / Mar 01, 2020 / Site news
Daylight saving time (DST) madness is coming again soon, which affects organizing group play across time zones. It starts on Sunday, March 8 in the U.S., with the clocks advancing one hour. This year there is a fairly large gap in time until Europe changes on March 29. And people in a number of places don't have DST, but will need to take into account other players who do shift. Worldwide list of DST dates is here: https://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2020.html

Using the NWC Events Calendar can help provide a central point of reference for players across time zones. Registered users can adjust their time zone account settings as needed here: https://neverwinterconnections.org/users/edit

Events calendar items should have their start times updated, if needed, as a reminder.
Carlo / Jan 21, 2020 / Site news
The Neverwinter Connections Multiplayer Connection and Hosting Guide (v2 for PC) has just been updated, adding info on the settings changes introduced with Patch 1.79. The content has also been streamlined and reformatted a bit to make it even more new player friendly.

For those new to multiplayer, it walks through the whole process of how to get in game and how to host a module on your own computer. It also serves as a reference on what some server and client settings actually affect in-game.

https://neverwinterconnections.org/pages/mp_connection_and_hosting
Carlo / Oct 03, 2019 / Site news
A new category for videos has been added to the Multiplayer Resource Page. The initial list of videos is given below and additional suggestions for community service / tutorial videos are welcome. If people would like to post videos of specific PW experiences, this can be done on the Persistent Worlds Announcements forum.

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Carlo / Jun 16, 2019 / Site news
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition now has its own "live" DMing tutorial module, DMFI 101: Enhanced Edition.

It's designed to show the user in a hands-on way the core functions of the Dungeon Master (DM) client, as well as demonstrating some common uses of the DMFI Wands and Widgets package. The idea is that after completing the module, you'll have all the skills necessary to successfully run a multiplayer NWN session as a DM. For more experienced DMs, it can also serve as a refresher.

This Enhanced Edition of the original Hall of Fame DMFI 101: So You Want To Be A DM for NWN-1.69 has a significant amount of new content integrated into the tutorial areas, along with a bonus new area, the "Forest of Encounters"

The module guide contains instructions for installation and how to launch the DM client in NWN:EE, along with an outline of the module contents and a section on DM and Multiplayer Resources.

Brought to you by the DM-Friendly Initiative.
Carlo / May 27, 2019 / Site news
Neverwinter Connections now has a dedicated NWN:EE cloud server available for checkout by DMs and gaming groups for their online sessions. It will appear as "NWC Public Server" on the Beamdog list.

To reserve it, use this link to message NWC admin with the following:
  1. An attachment with a copy of the module (zip or 7zip compression preferred, but not required).
  2. Links to any hak or other custom content files required by the mod (other than CEP). (Neverwinter Vault download page links are preferred.)
  3. A link to the scheduled session on the NWC events calendar, which should include the expected time duration in its description.
Please send a request at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled game, which should guarantee that NWC admin will see it.

If you need any special server settings (most importantly, setting it to local vault instead of the default server vault), please include that info in the message. NWC can also transfer over existing server vault characters, if the players' folders are provided. For general questions about connecting to a server or the specific settings available, see the NWC Multiplayer Connection and Hosting Guide.

Once the reservation is confirmed, the requester will receive a message on the main Neverwinter Connections site with the server's player and DM passwords.

NWC is making the server available in order to support DMs interested in running campaigns or individual modules, along with multiplayer groups without a DM. For those looking to get started, here are some recommended campaigns and modules:
If you are interested in building your own campaign or multiplayer mod, the DMFI Multiplayer Starter Mod for NWN:EE may be helpful.
Carlo / May 22, 2019 / Site news
The revised DM-Friendly Initiative (DMFI) guide to DMing in a Persistent World Environment is now available for download on Neverwinter Vault. It includes sections on the unique challenges and opportunities involved in DMing on PWs, along with offering some proven techniques for things like increasing player engagement and avoiding DM burnout. The guide also highlights how PWs can promote their content on the NWC Persistent World Announcements forum.

Download link: https://neverwintervault.org/article/reference/dming-persistent-world-environment