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Dungeon Masters, start your engines. Dungeons & Dragons, the original table-top role-playing game, is coming to Facebook.
Atari has created a new social game for Facebook called Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter. Players can customize their own characters, find loot and fight ghastly, digital beasts.
The app looks much like a top-down strategy game and somewhat similar to the actual style of the tabletop version.
While the game is known for long sessions and user-created narratives, Heroes of Neverwinter offers short bursts of gameplay and a largely standardized plot from the games creators. Fans of the slower, more complex original might decry this as breaking from the games root, but its probably a smart move to appeal to social gamers which are, for the most part, casual users who play for shorter periods of time.
The game will feature more than 50 dungeons, 40 monsters, 30 skills and hundreds of items. Gamers can play solo, recruit friends, or even become a sort of digital Dungeon Master and come up with their own mini-narratives as side quests.
Heroes of Neverwinter, which is currently in open-beta, joins a group of other games targeted to nostalgic players. Oregon Trail received a social gaming update for Facebook, and The Sims Social has been one of the top Facebook games since its launch at the end of summer.
Its good to know Heroes of Neverwinter hasnt foregone the traits that made its tabletop ancestor so popular. But will it be able to attract new users without alienating its base? If a sentence like: Legions of Halflings, Dragonborn, and Eladrin will sharpen their blades and ready their spells as Facebook players around the world create their unique heroes and set forth for adventure! appeals, this social game might just have some legs.
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