Neverwinter Gets Meta With In-Game Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop GameBy: Zach Walton - April 1, 2014
It’s rare to find a video game that captures the fun of playing a tabletop RPG. The old Dungeons & Dragons games used to do this, but the newer ones just feel like average fantasy video games. The latest – Neverwinter – started off like that, but now it has literally introduced a tabletop version of Dungeons & Dragons into the game.
Arc Games announced this week that it will be introducing a new side attraction in its Neverwinter MMO called Respen’s Marvelous Game. The in-game lore says that a mage named Respen has created a game that allows heroes to create miniatures of themselves and tackle adventures in a board game format. In reality, it’s tabletop DnD and in a DnD video game.
This isn’t the first time that a game has put players into a board game, but it may be the first time that a Dungeons & Dragons video game has integrated the tabletop version of itself into the game. It’s understandable though as making a Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game work in a video game setting might test some players patience as campaigns can last for hours on end. There’s not a lot of information on Respen’s Marvelous Game so we don’t know how Arc Games intends to shorten their in-game tabletop campaigns. Of course, there’s always the possibility that they won’t and players will have to play a 4-hour long DnD campaign.
Neverwinter wouldn’t be an MMO without some kind of reward and Respen’s Marvelous Game will reward players who get through its campaign. Arc Games hasn’t announced a lot of those rewards yet, but it did reveal that players can obtain a Green Slime companion. Check it out:
Respen’s Marvelous Game will be available in Neverwinter today starting at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. There’s no word on how long it will last, but it’s a seasonal event. Players had better complete it before it goes away until next year.
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