Wednesday 15 August 2018

Developer Appreciation: Neverwinter Online Barovia

It's the start of the Blaugust Developer Appreciation Week and I thought I'd start with the content I've most recently been playing, Neverwinter Online's Barovia zone and Ravenloft campaign in general. This is the best module in the game to date as it captures the horror setting quite well, aided by the day and night cycle currently only found in this zone. It also hands out some decent gear during the intro for those who have lowly alts who get little time to quest for their own equipment.

Great place for screenshots too!

There is no escape from some currency grind but at least here you will unlock all of the story campaign quickly, in fact - the quickest of all the modules. As a bonus, the story actually has a fun, semi conclusion for those like Shintar and myself who don't actually go into the end dungeons. Even so, you will want to hang around as it is an easy place to get riches, especially from the tailored hunt mechanic which sees your party sent to a private instance of Barovia to take down nasty hunt marks who are much more accessible than their Omu counterparts. The optional risk vs reward system there is inspired.

All up, Barovia is fantastic and here's hoping Cryptic continues building on the good parts and culling the bad with whatever adventure comes next.


  1. Totally agreed on all counts. For me, Ravenloft has also been the first time that I took more than one character through a module simultaneously. Not only is my cleric nearly done, but my rogue too! Questing in Barovia has just been so much fun that I didn't want to stop once I reached my weekly omen cap and decided to start all over on an alt.

    (Also, this is the first time I realised that I've got my own tag on your blog! Lol.)

    1. I have to say, the next module better be amazing or I'm just going to finish whatever the campaign is and go back to Barovia. :P