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hustin1hustin1 Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 3,347 Arc User
edited February 2021 in Player Feedback (PC)
First let me cc the people who I think should most be concerned. If there are others, my apologies, these are all I know.

@nitocris83 @cwhitesidedev#9752 @noworries#8859

So far, I've run 12 out of 21 alts through the intro into Sharandar and I've run my main (with the help of the alliance) up to the point of maximizing the weekly haul. Here are my thoughts. Some will be constructive. Some will not. I suggest reading them anyway.

1. I like most of the hub area but I would suggest some improvements.

When I look into the distance at the tall rocks bordering the area, to me it appears too barren. I would place a lot more greenery for starters, even to the point of making it look overgrown. Life should be in great abundance in the Feywild, but the current barren nature of the surroundings makes it look more like a Fey oasis somewhere in Avernus. An oasis in Avernus is the *last* thing that should ever come to mind in Sharandar. To be honest, the final lead up to the Fey Crossing in the intro has much more of a Sharandar feel than everything else. If you captured that Feywild character in the hub area, I think you'd have a winner.

2. The ruins of Malabog region would benefit a lot from a healthy dose of the old Sharandar's character.

What I mean here are things like the huge glowing mushrooms, giant trees, floating wisps, and general overgrown nature that the old Sharandar areas had. Right now it doesn't look like the Feywild so much as just any other place in the Prime Material plane. It just isn't the Feywild, but it can be with the right touches.

Always try to keep this in mind: the Feywild is a pseudonym for the Plane of Faerie. It's a separate plane of existence.

3. We could use some better visual cues to differentiate between different types of redcaps.

This one is a little tricky because they're decidedly smaller than they used to be, but all afternoon my alliance friends were complaining that they couldn't tell them apart, and when you need to know which is the healer, which will steal your AP, which will stun you for several seconds, and which will knock you flying, that's a big deal. The feeling was universal -- the redcaps are too similar in appearance and it's making play frustrating.

4. You're overdoing it with the knockdowns, stuns, and knockbacks. Please tone it down.

This was also universal among alliance players: the enemy CC is overdone. I'll post an example that I'm now *extremely* familiar with: the grung and frog fights in the intro. In these encounters, all four enemies have AoE stuns and/or knockdowns. Four out of four. This means that there is never a moment that we aren't forced to dodge. We can hardly get attacks off before we have to dodge again. Half of the time we can't even manage that.

This is not fun at all, it's frustrating, and calling it "challenge" is, well, lazy. If this was a paper-and-pencil campaign and the DM was hitting us with encounters like this one after another after another, I'd long since have packed up my dice and my books, put my jacket on, and left. I can tell the difference between a PnP DM who wants both to tell a story and challenge us to play smart and one who simply enjoys being sadistic. I can't claim that's your motivation but that's how it feels from this side of the screen. A mod where I'm constantly forced to dodge because everyone and his grandmother has an AoE stun, knockback, or knockdown, is a mod I utterly refuse to play. I have other campaigns I can run and other MMO's installed on my hard drive.

You need to do better, and you *can* do better. A mod isn't TIC or LOMM or TOMM. The design goals are different. You need to always keep that in mind.

5. Attention to detail is important, and I'm glad you put in the effort on certain things.

Like getting the original voice actors for the Iliyanbruen elves. I know it's not always possible, but having a different voice actor for Merrisara, for example, would have been jarring. Thanks for getting that right.

6. We need an explanation on Master of the Hunt one way or another. Is it coming back or not? What's the yea or nay on it? There's a ton of uncertainty both in alliance chat and in zone chat. My thoughts on the matter: the Master of the Hunt has nothing to do with Malabog being defeated or not. I see no reason why that firbolg wouldn't still make himself a nuisance that we players need to deal with. And, there's the matter of taking away perfectly good content without some sort of absolute requirement that it must be nuked. Players generally dislike that, myself included.

Remember, guys, a wall of silence generally looks terrible. You would do well to communicate, communicate, and communicate.

7. I really think you should keep the original Sharandar campaign in place as an intro campaign.

I see no reason why the original Sharandar campaign couldn't be a "part 1" for low-level players and the current one be a "part 2" for high-level players. Call it "Sharandar: What came Before", "Sharandar: Introduction", "Sharandar: the Dawn" or something else appropriate. Simply saying "it is no longer available" without an explanation as to *why* it must no longer be available is simply unacceptable. You should respect your players more than that.

This of course segues into my thoughts into removal of content in general, whether we're talking about leveling skirmishes, CTA's, or a number of old epic dungeons. Taking content away without *at least* asking the players (your customers!) their opinion looks and feels wrong. From this player's perspective, it really, honestly feels like you don't care what our opinions are on the matter. If you're going to take content away permanently or turn it from having 52-week availability to only 2-week availability, at least have the courtesy to ask our opinion and explain *why* you make the decisions you do. Presuming to speak for us without at least *asking* us is simply wrong, and it looks terrible.

(I surely hope you care what we think on the matter, because, well, if you actually don't, then, do I need to say it?)

8. I like the original trolls more, for a couple of reasons.

- It was a lot easier to tell different kinds of trolls apart. Runts didn't have fangs, normal trolls had short fangs, and fell trolls had big fangs, a potbelly, and better clothes. Visual cues matter. These new-and-improved trolls lack those.

- They were more fun to look at. Whether we're talking about that ridiculous nose, the fatso Fell trolls, or that hunched stance, the original trolls were funny-looking in a way that made the area *more fun to play*. I don't know if WOTC stood on your necks to force a change or if you're just striving for lockstep accuracy with their sourcebooks, but something tangible has been lost. Fun **matters** and, frankly, is light-years more important than pure nerdy accuracy. Please bring back the old trolls, or make some changes to these new ones.

(And, yes, I get that it's D&D, lest I insult a few legions of D&D nerds -- I have a bookshelf full of 1e AD&D sourcebooks and modules, enough that I couldn't lift them all in one go. This is a computer game, and all games are meant to be fun first and foremost)

9. A cauldron mount is okay. A displacer beast companion is great. And a giant mushroom "throne" that I could dance on would be *awesome*.

We have lots of thrones that we sit on. At this point, to me, they're old hat -- Lion, Boo, Gamemaster, whatever. It's a throne. With a seat. One that we make a "rule the world" animation on. We get it. You've only made at least eight different kinds. One that we could dance on like the powries in the orignal Sharandar would be a cool change.

I'm just glad the mount isn't a Fey Wolf, or frankly, any kind of wolf. The wolf mounts in this game give me motion sickness when I try to ride them. No, I'm not roleplaying. They give me, sitting in this recliner, actual motion sickness. So, thanks for that.

But I want my mushroom. Not joking.
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  • callumf#9018 callumf Member Posts: 1,585 Arc User
    "4. You're overdoing it with the knockdowns, stuns, and knockbacks. Please tone it down.

    This was also universal among alliance players: the enemy CC is overdone. I'll post an example that I'm now *extremely* familiar with: the grung and frog fights in the intro. In these encounters, all four enemies have AoE stuns and/or knockdowns. Four out of four. This means that there is never a moment that we aren't forced to dodge. We can hardly get attacks off before we have to dodge again. Half of the time we can't even manage that.

    This is not fun at all, it's frustrating, and calling it "challenge" is, well, lazy. If this was a paper-and-pencil campaign and the DM was hitting us with encounters like this one after another after another, I'd long since have packed up my dice and my books, put my jacket on, and left. I can tell the difference between a PnP DM who wants both to tell a story and challenge us to play smart and one who simply enjoys being sadistic. I can't claim that's your motivation but that's how it feels from this side of the screen. A mod where I'm constantly forced to dodge because everyone and his grandmother has an AoE stun, knockback, or knockdown, is a mod I utterly refuse to play. I have other campaigns I can run and other MMO's installed on my hard drive.

    You need to do better, and you *can* do better. A mod isn't TIC or LOMM or TOMM. The design goals are different. You need to always keep that in mind."

    Yeah, agree. The New Sharandar reminds me of Soshenstar River area early on when I first went there to receive a good old knocking about :)
  • datarider#1036 datarider Member Posts: 210 Arc User
    I expected more story :) few pretty screenshots and we are back at the bore :D
  • nitocris83nitocris83 Member, Cryptic Developer, Administrator Posts: 4,316 Community Manager
    Thank you for the feedback - sharing the list with the team.

    In regards to Master of the Hunt, we are hoping to turn it back on but need to run some additional checks.
  • zimxero#8085 zimxero Member Posts: 876 Arc User
    hustin1 said:

    Something I just realized: you could just leave the original campaign in and call it by its original Mod 1 name: "Fury of the Feywild". No idea why I didn't simply think of that before; I really spaced on that one. Knock it way down to a campaign that players could start at level 20 or something.

    That would be awesome. Could make it an extension of Sybella's campaign, for unlock and introductory purposes.
  • grogthemagnifgrogthemagnif Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 1,611 Arc User
    When did they change the100,000 AD reward to FIVE GOLD (100k AD is worth at least 250 Gold).

    The combat reminds me of Chult, kill one mob and another immediately appears.

    My 31k IL, 6 boon Level 80 alt made to New Sharandar today, After he said ,"Hi." to Minsc _ may bring all my alts here just to be able to get them the appropriate armor.

    5 gold is not going to pay for all the potions and Life stone uses to get here.

    I agree about the identifiable Trolls and the same about the Red Caps.
  • armadeonxarmadeonx Member Posts: 4,952 Arc User
    @hustin1

    They made STK a follow-on from IWD - you're right that there's no reason they couldn't do the same with Sharandar.

    Question though (xbox player here) with the update, did you lose the boons earned from the old Sharandar..?
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  • greywyndgreywynd Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 6,496 Arc User
    Critters in the crossing seem to have subsisted on a steady diet of quicklings with as fast as they move to get into their starting positions and attack.
    I'm not looking for forgiveness, and I'm way past asking permission. Earth just lost her best defender, so we're here to fight. And if you want to stand in our way, we'll fight you too.
  • callumf#9018 callumf Member Posts: 1,585 Arc User
    iainus said:

    I think a bigger problem than all of the above is that barely an hour after the mod launched people were farming BHE's. . . because there was literally NOTHING else to do. Still isn't. You earn your weekly haul very fast and then what? The repeatable quests don't give you enough reward or incentive to DO them, so you literally have a gajillion servers with 10 people on each, jumping from instance to instance doing BHE's and NOTHING else. When they can actually GET into another instance, that is.

    I played through it on Tuesday, and I'm not gonna bother with it again until Monday when the weeklies reset because what's the point?

    At the very least this should have launched with some kind of skirmish or dungeon in place, and some form of additional currency to earn DAILY like those in the old Sharandar.

    Or just SOMETHING that feels like actual content instead of one being big BHE farm.

    yeah agreed Zone chat spammed with +BHE
  • netherdragon#0997 netherdragon Member Posts: 51 Arc User
    iainus said:

    I think a bigger problem than all of the above is that barely an hour after the mod launched people were farming BHE's. . . because there was literally NOTHING else to do. Still isn't. You earn your weekly haul very fast and then what? The repeatable quests don't give you enough reward or incentive to DO them, so you literally have a gajillion servers with 10 people on each, jumping from instance to instance doing BHE's and NOTHING else. When they can actually GET into another instance, that is.

    I played through it on Tuesday, and I'm not gonna bother with it again until Monday when the weeklies reset because what's the point?

    At the very least this should have launched with some kind of skirmish or dungeon in place, and some form of additional currency to earn DAILY like those in the old Sharandar.

    Or just SOMETHING that feels like actual content instead of one being big BHE farm.

    That's pretty much what I did as soon as I hit Sharandar, did the quests and got max weekly haul in like 20 minutes then did nothing but farm HAMSTER for hours lol
  • froger#9967 froger Member Posts: 578 Arc User
    A thought about the need to distinguish enemies. If something is difficult to see on PC a couple feet from a monitor, I will be near impossible across the room for console players.
    Froger - Barbarian - Original Main - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone
    Booster Shot - Cleric - Healer Main - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone
    Magnus - Fighter - 3rd main to be a tank - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone
    Loverboy - Ranger - Alt - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone
    Nomnomnommm - Wizard - Alt - Droppin Crits on Fools - Xbone
    I Am The Wall - Paladin - Alt - Droppin Crits on Fools - Xbone
    Xeros - Rogue - Alt - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone
    RIP bad name - Warlock - Alt - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone
    Bardholomew - Bard - Alt - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone
    Sirona - Cleric - Alt - 9 3/4 Unbuffed - Xbone

    Jade - DC - Shadows of Gauntlgrym - PC
  • rastlin#2831 rastlin Member Posts: 1 New User
    B) I am new. I love the game but one thing I can't split stacks up. I sent a support ticket and they just got back with me saying that option is no longer available. So if I don't want to put the whole stack of something in Auction House how do I do it?
  • someonediessomeonedies Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 1,257 Arc User
    My 15k alts cannot do the intro quest chain alone.
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  • greywyndgreywynd Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 6,496 Arc User

    B) I am new. I love the game but one thing I can't split stacks up. I sent a support ticket and they just got back with me saying that option is no longer available. So if I don't want to put the whole stack of something in Auction House how do I do it?

    CTRL-Click drag to an open spot in your inventory. Or Shift-Click drag. Either works.
    I'm not looking for forgiveness, and I'm way past asking permission. Earth just lost her best defender, so we're here to fight. And if you want to stand in our way, we'll fight you too.
  • decru#9030 decru Member Posts: 3 Arc User
    edited February 2021
    The bored higher level players will be bored again in weeks..

    how about you actually fix it so people can get to higher levels without having to sacrifice goats and spend 24/7 running through stuff in silence.

    Having people run all stuff to get 100K AD a day and them maybe buy 1 enchantment every 3-4 days was maybe ok when this game was highly popular. Now with the small player base, that is just plain silliness.

    Fix classes.. wizards!!! this last wizard "help" shows you have no clue.. lets make both loadouts be about the same mediocre (at best) level. (this made me extremely upset calling this a help for the wizard.. clueless!)

    I have not played since this mod came out. and certainly will not give these people anymore money until they actually make it playable.

    Let us spend a whole mod to give some bored people a weeks worth of non boredom and then back to complaining how bored they are.

    How about help keeping the people who are not bored by making it possible to actually make it to 40K IL and give them a class which will be useful in groups or even solo.

    Yeah,, Noworries..

  • dagmurdagmur Member Posts: 30 Arc User
    @cwhitesidedev#9752 @noworries#8859

    Before I start with the new module, a few words about the state of Neverwinter. Whoever is responsible for your marketing is doing a very bad job. If you want to make money, you should sell a good product and above all motivate players to buy this product. This is exactly what you are failing at.

    The Zariel campaign is an example of that. Many people bought the campaign and saw a purchasable item unlocked in the Zen Shop as a reward at the end of each module. For many players, that was a slap in the face.

    1. the new Sharandar no longer has the character / charm of the previous. @hustin1 has made good comments about it. I recommend the Devs think about it.

    2. The Devs are really overdoing it with the knockdowns, stuns and knockbacks. Change this to a more normal value or remove some of the knockings.

    3. The opponents in the heroic encounters are too strong. Especially those in the big encounter. I've seen them healing up to 690k! Come on, this has to be a bug! Look at it and change it. Players should be able to do an encounter without being one shot.

    4. Combat / Scaling / Change of Stats: Players want to make progress and not feeling weak and worthless in some Dungeon. Why would I even bother to buy something new, to get better gear, when the higher item level reduces my stat %? Change something, but do it quick! It aint funny at all to do stat maths for hours, when all we want is to have fun while playing a game.

  • jeamy#1655 jeamy Member Posts: 1 Arc User
    For Developer..This game is really unbalanced.. the enemy is to strong..i'm beginning to try playing again after long time a go since neverwinter 1 & 2 game, i stuck at level 22 with quest killing krag foultooth at hidden mine, already try fight 5 times and spend like 10+ poison heal but still i can't defeat it..always DEAD, really i can't enjoying anymore playing this game even i get stressed playing it. :'(
  • raziel2004#7353 raziel2004 Member Posts: 88 Arc User
    I don't know why the map feel tight n squeezing. The old one seems wider n ez to move around. Not enough flora n fauna like corrupted roots or animals.. n where the heck is that annoying quicking?
  • greywyndgreywynd Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 6,496 Arc User
    Can't be any worse than Orcus leading off with Finger of Death and killing the tank before the fight ever started in Castle Never.
    I'm not looking for forgiveness, and I'm way past asking permission. Earth just lost her best defender, so we're here to fight. And if you want to stand in our way, we'll fight you too.
  • kronus#9296 kronus Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 157 Arc User
    edited March 2021

    LOL... sorry, I should not laugh but... my Guild and Alliance have all but quit this game as we saw this coming weeks ago. Hoping to be back sometime in 2022, maybe they will have fixed all that is wrong with this game.

    Most of my guild and half my alliance have done the same too. Some of us are logging in to collect daily keys and maybe the workshop but many have bolted. Some were even Mod 6 survivors.


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