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On a scale of 1-5, how interested are you in the 2nd Neverwinter Nights
expansion "Hordes of The Underdark"?
3 (61) 20%
4 (57) 19%
1 (least) (41) 14%
2 (30) 10%
of poll participants (37%) are most interested in the 2nd NWN expansion,
Hordes of The Underdark, rating their interest in it 5/5.
20% of those
who voted are still somewhat interested in HoTU, rating their interest
3 on a scale of 5.
are those who rated their interest in the 2nd NWN expansion 4/5 - 19%
of those who participated in the poll.
those who are least interested in the 2nd NWN expansion (14% of poll participants),
rating their interest only 1/5.
the remaining 10% rated their interest in Hordes of The Underdark quite
low as well, only 2 on a scale of 5.
On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate the recently released Greyhawk:
The Temple of Elemental Evil screenshots?
4 (86) 47%
3 (46) 25%
5 (best) (43) 23%
2 (7) 4%
1 (worst) (2) 1%
the poll results, the majority of those who voted were moderately pleased
with the ToEE screenshots.
of the poll participants (47%) gave the first screenshots 4 out of 5 possible
of the people who voted (25%) were not so enthusiastic, however, rating
the screenshots 3 out of 5 points.
On the other
hand, slightly fewer (23%) were obviously very impressed with the shots,
giving them 5 out of 5 possible points.
4% of those
who voted were not pleased with the screenshots, rating them 2/5, and
1% of poll participants obviously totally hated the screenshots, rating
Does it matter to you if you play any sequential CRPGs out of sequence?
Yes, I always
play the original game first, then the sequels, in order (179) 60%
No, I play such CRPGs as I get them, not necessarily in the order they
were released (119) 40%
of votes in this poll... The majority of poll participants (60%) always
plays the original game first, and then everything else.
On the other
hand, a large number of people who voted (40%) play sequential CRPGs as
they get them, without paying much attention to the order they were released
Do you currently subscribe to any PC gaming magazines?
Yes (71) 31%
results of one of the simplest polls ever run on SP are pretty interesting,
even though not very many people bothered to vote.
69% of those
who voted do not subscribe to any PC gaming magazines. I expected this
number to be much lower, but the market is obviously still very much there
for gaming magazines.
31% of poll participants do subscribe to one or more PC gaming magazines.
What kind of Internet connection does your gaming system have?
Dial-up (106) 32%
Cable (92) 28%
ISDN (13) 4%
T-line (9) 3%
Wireless (3) 1%
Satellite (2) 1%
the results of our latest poll, the majority of poll participants' gaming
systems (33%) are well equipped to deal with the modern high-bandwidth
needs, namely with a DSL connection of some kind.
their heels are the less fortunate dial-up users with only a few votes
less (32%). It is encouraging, however, that the number of dial-up users
has been steadily declining over the years. Most of the remaining dial-up
users today could opt for a faster connection but usually don't because
they are not willing to pay extra for a faster connection.
are the third large group with 28% of votes.
four connection types are obviously not utilized by many gamers. Only
4% of those who voted use ISDN, and 3% have a T-line connection (lucky
devils). Wireless and satellite aren't used by many either, with 1% of
How do you like the NPCs that can join your party in a CRPG?
Few to pick
from, but very detailed (158) 49%
Somewhere in the middle (144) 45%
Many different ones to pick from, but less detailed (18) 6%
be no doubt that the majority (49%) of those who voted prefer to have
fewer joinable NPCs available as long as they are very detailed personality-wise.
many again (45%) like their NPCs to be somewhere in the middle - relatively
many to pick and relatively detailed.
only 6% of poll participants prefer to have a big number of joinable NPCs
available, but have them less detailed.
in mind that this poll was constructed with the realistic situation in
mind - of course if there was an option "many to pick from and all
very detailed" the majority would vote for that, but there are hardly
any such CRPGs around. This poll was set primarily to determine if people
preferred a big number of NPCs over detailed NPCs. (Obviously not the
What kind of campaigns do you prefer in 3e D&D?
Epic-level (98) 32%
Low-level (40) 13%
High-level (33) 11%
that the majority of poll participants (43%) prefer mid-level 3e campaigns
over all others.
campaigns are also quite popular, with 32% of votes.
campaigns are favoured by only 13% of those who voted.
enough, high-level campaigns are the most popular with only 11% of poll
Which type of spells do you like better?
Both equally (84) 27%
Divine spells (42) 13%
popular kind of spells are obviously the arcane ones, with 60% of poll
participants voting in their favour.
27% of those
who voted like both arcane and divine spells equally, however.
divine spells alone are preferred by only 13% of the people who voted.
Do you think Peter Jackson should make a film version of The Hobbit once
he is done with The Lord of The Rings?
Only if he sticks strictly to the book (100) 26%
No, heaven forbid (56) 14%
of poll participants (60%) are obviously strongly in favour of Peter Jackson
making a film version of The Hobbit once he is done with The Lord of The
26% of those
who voted are a bit less enthusiastic, only wanting him to film The Hobbit
if he sticks strictly to the book with his version.
have absolutely no confidence in Jackson and would not want him to film
The Hobbit under any circumstances.
Which of the following CRPG party models appeals to you the most?
character and several joinable NPCs (Baldur's Gate series) (378) 73%
Several player characters (Icewind Dale series) (110) 21%
One player character hiring henchmen if needed (Neverwinter Nights) (27)
majority (73%) of people who voted obviously like best the party model
used throughout the Baldur's Gate series of CRPGs, where there is one
player character and several joinable NPCs.
popular choice is several player characters, as in the Icewind Dale series,
but with only 21% of votes.
popular option of all is the Neverwinter Nights variant where there is
one player character who can hire an additional henchman if needed. This
option received only 5% of votes.
What do you think about romances in CRPGs like Baldur's Gate 2?
great feature (266) 56%
They're nice, but not really necessary (110) 23%
I couldn't live without them (78) 16%
They're distracting and not really needed (23) 5%
more than half of the poll participants (56%) think that romances in CRPGs
are a great feature.
say that while they are nice, they are not really necessary.
16% of people
who voted are obviously very attached to their CRPG romantic interests
and couldn't live without CRPG romances.
Only 5% of
those who voted feel that CRPG romances are just distracting and not really
Which of the games (and their expansions) covered on SP would you most
like to see made into a movie?
Gate II (205) 37%
Planescape: Torment (193) 35%
Baldur's Gate (88) 16%
Neverwinter Nights (25) 5%
Icewind Dale II (22) 4%
Icewind Dale (16) 3%
Pool of Radiance: RoMD (6) 1%
with my expectations due the fact that the overwhelming majority of our
visitors have (only) played Baldur's Gate II, it has received the most
votes (37%) in favour of it being made into a movie. Though considering
the fact that the game itself is a sequel, I would say making it into
a movie over the original Baldur's Gate would be a bit... strange.
favourite is the runner-up, with 35% of votes. I was pleasantly surprised
that so many people voted for Planescape: Torment, despite the fact that
it is (unfortunately), one of the less played games covered on SP. I suppose
this just goes to show how we all loved its story.
Baldur's Gate, the one that started it all, received only 16% of votes.
Which is a bit ironic, since if Baldur's Gate II should be made into a
movie, the original Baldur's Gate would have to be the first one on the
Nights, the next in the line, was supported with 5% of the poll participants'
votes. Certainly very easily translatable into a movie I'd say, if nothing
II received 4% of votes, closely followed by the original Icewind Dale
with 3% of votes. We could say the majority here agreed that there is
not much content suitable for movies here...
(unsurprisingly), is Pool of Radiance: RoMD with 1% of votes.
Which do you prefer to have in your parties more, druids or clerics?
Both equally (70) 17%
Druids (50) 12%
majority of poll participants (70%) much more prefer to have clerics in
their parties than druids.
that they like to have clerics and druids in their parties equally. Lastly,
12% of those who voted prefer to have druids in their parties over clerics.
Do you use the Turn Undead ability of clerics & paladins in the D&D
CRPGs you play?
Yes, always (126) 29%
No, never (91) 21%
of the people who voted (50%) occasionally do use the Turn Undead ability
of clerics and paladins.
29% of poll
participants use it always, while 21% of those who voted never use it
Which member of the Fellowship of the Ring is your favourite?
Gandalf (127) 23%
Aragorn (102) 18%
Gimli (93) 17%
Boromir (35) 6%
What's a Fellowship of the Ring? (23) 4%
Sam (22) 4%
Pippin (12) 2%
Frodo (5) 1%
Merry (3) 1%
results pretty much speak for themselves... I don't know if people voted
totally under the impression of the movies, but I suspect I couldn't really
say "vote on the basis of the books", since everyone who has
seen the movies would have been influenced even subconsciously.
enough, Legolas leads the poll with a quarter of votes (25%). Gandalf
is close on his heels with 23%. Aragorn is the next most popular with
18% of votes, closely followed by Gimli with 17%.
a steep drop after this to Boromir, with 6% of people's votes. 4% of the
people who voted actually don't know what the Fellowship of the Ring is,
believe it or not. I suggest a good spanking with a big one-volume edition
of the Lord of the Rings for this uneducated lot.
least popular of all are obviously the hobbits, though curiously, Sam
is the most popular of them all with 4% of people voting for him. Pippin
is next with 2%, followed by Frodo and Merry with 1% each.
Which Baldur's Gate 2 (or ToB) NPC would you vote for president?
Keldorn (104) 15%
Sarevok (81) 12%
Edwin (56) 8%
Jaheira (47) 7%
Viconia (45) 7%
Jan (34) 5%
Imoen (30) 4%
Mazzy (27) 4%
Aerie (19) 3%
Valygar (17) 2%
Haer'Dalis (16) 2%
Korgan (16) 2%
Anomen (10) 1%
Nalia (9) 1%
Cernd (7) 1%
Yoshimo (3) 0%
thought that people knew better by now than to support politics whose
motto is "Swords, not words!", but since this is a purely fantasy
poll, you can be excused for voting for Minsc, who has managed to beat
all other NPCs in the presidential race with a majority of 24% of votes.
paladin would be the people's second choice, with 15% of votes. Looks
like even divine grace can't help you get elected. Ahem...
also pretty popular with 12% of votes, and the third place in the presidential
goes to the mage Edwin, with 8% of support. Say hello to dictatorship
when this guy becomes president.
Viconia both received 7% of votes each. Well, at least the females were
not totally neglected...
a 5% support from his fans. Looks like presidency is a bit out of reach
for this gnome, however.
duo are Imoen and Mazzy, both with 4% of votes each. Curious. Incidentally,
Aerie is just below them with 3% votes.
of the NPCs combined received about 10% of votes, but none more than 2%.
Yoshimo is the grand loser of the poll, with 3 whole votes out of nearly
If you have seen the second The Lord of the Rings movie, how would you
4 (147) 29%
3 (32) 6%
I haven't seen it (28) 6%
1 (awful) (22) 4%
2 (12) 2%
I won't comment
much on this poll since the results speak for themselves, so only a few
of people who voted (53%) really liked the movie, rating it 5 stars (excellent).
big group of voters (29%) gave it 4 stars, still a very good score.
6% of people
who voted rated it 3 stars, and another 6% haven't seen the movie.
combined, 6% of all poll participants rated the movie either 2, or 1 (awful).
What is the ratio of male to female characters in your Icewind Dale II
half female (189) 46%
Mostly male (145) 35%
Mostly female (77) 19%
of poll participants (46%) are obviously very egalitarian, having the
same number of male and female members in their party. (3/3)
When it comes
to mostly male parties, however, that is not the case any more. 35% of
those who voted have mostly male parties, so 4 or more males and 2 or
surprisingly big number of parties (19%) consist mostly of female characters.
The main villain from which of the games or their expansions covered on
SP is your favourite?
(BG2) (236) 40%
Sarevok (BG1/ToTSC) (178) 30%
Transcendent One (PS:T) (104) 18%
Isair & Madae (IWD2) (23) 4%
Belhifet (IWD1) (15) 3%
Melissan (ToB) (14) 2%
Morag (NWN) (7) 1%
Pelendralaar (PoR: RoMD) (7) 1%
Icasaracht (HoW) (6) 1%
the main bad guys from the Baldur's Gate saga are also the most popular.
Jon Irenicus rules with 40% of fan votes, and Sarevok with 30%. Keep in
mind, however, that BG1/2 are also the most popular games (and were played
by the most people), which also contributed to the high placement of their
baddie is the Transcendent One from Planescape: Torment with 18% of votes.
Certainly the most original nemesis of all listed.
favourite villains already have much fewer votes. Isair & Madae only
received 4% of poll participants' votes.
follows on the fifth place with 3% of votes. Next is Melissan with 2%.
place is shared by the triumvirate of easily forgotten villains Morag,
Pelendralaar, and Icasaracht, each with 1% of votes.
Which weapon fighting style do you prefer your fighters in CRPGs to use?
(2 weapons) (221) 50%
Weapon & shield (126) 29%
Two-handed (1 weapon) (90) 21%
about half of the people who voted (50%), prefer their fighters in CRPGs
to dual-wield weapons. While I expected this figure to be high, I never
dreamed it would amount to half of the votes...
& shield combo is already less popular, with 29% of poll participants
voting for it.
fighting style is two-handed wielding of one powerful weapon, with 21%
Are you going to buy Shadows of Undrentide, the upcoming Neverwinter Nights
Maybe, not sure yet (106) 37%
No, never (49) 17%
the results of this poll, the interest in the Shadows of Undrentide (someone
must have a thing for shadows in the naming dept. at BioWare) expansion
for Neverwinter Nights is quite strong, with 46% of poll participants
voting that they will buy the first expansion no matter what.
the number of the undecided is quite high as well, with 37% of those who
voted unsure whether they'll buy it or not. This crowd will most likely
decide on the basis of reviews and so on.
17% of those
who voted are not going to buy the SoU expansion under any circumstances.
How do you feel about the next D&D computer game (Greyhawk: The Temple
of Elemental Evil) being placed in the Greyhawk setting?
I don't know
much about the setting but I'm willing to learn playing this game (273)
Great, I know the setting and want to play a CRPG set in it (65) 18%
I don't know much about the setting and I'm not willing to learn playing
this game either (16) 4%
I know the setting but don't like it and don't want to play a CRPG set
in it either (12) 3%
the poll results, three quarters of poll participants (75%) are not very
familiar with the setting, but would welcome the chance to learn more
about it by playing Greyhawk: The Temple of Elemental Evil.
18% of those
who voted, however, know the setting well and want to play a game set
4% of people
who voted don't know much about the setting and aren't thrilled about
playing a game set in Greyhawk either.
know the setting and don't like it, and don't want to play a CRPG set
in it either.
Do you have a Christmas tree put up at home this year?
Yes, an artificial
one (116) 40%
Yes, a real one (112) 39%
No, no tree (60) 21%
was more for fun than any other purpose, but the results are pretty interesting.
Of those who voted, 40% have an artificial Christmas tree at home, and
only a few people less (39%) have the real deal. It's quite surprising
that the ratio between the two is practically 50/50.
21% of poll
participants have no Christmas tree put up at all.
In Icewind Dale 2, do you (intend to) play the game in the Heart of Fury
mode as well?
Maybe, haven't decided yet (91) 37%
No, never (56) 23%
to the results of our poll, the majority of those who voted (40%) are
either already playing Icewind Dale 2 in the harder but more rewarding
Heart of Fury mode, or intend to play it in the future.
A few people
less (37%) voted that they might play IWD2 in the HoF mode as well, but
they haven't decided yet.
23% of poll
participants have no intention of ever playing it in the HoF mode.
What make of CPU is ticking in your gaming machine?
AMD (175) 47%
Other/Don't know (10) 3%
really much that can be said regarding this poll. According to the results,
the two major CPU makers share an almost identical percentage of units
in users' gaming machines. I actually expected Intel's share to be smaller
than AMD's, but it seems that Intel is still in the lead a bit. Personally,
the last Intel I bought was a P2 400, and I've been happily using AMD's
CPUs ever since.
Which feature of the Shadows of Undrentide NWN expansion are you looking
forward to the most?
Classes (100) 36%
New 40 Hour Campaign Story (84) 30%
Henchman Improvements (36) 13%
New Feats & Skills (18) 6%
New Items & Equipment (14) 5%
New Tilesets (10) 4%
New Monsters (7) 2%
New Spells (7) 2%
Toolset Wizards (5) 2%
according to my expectations, the prestige classes to be included in the
Shadows of Undrentide Neverwinter Nights expansion are the feature most
of the people (36%) who voted are looking forward to the most.
popular feature is the new 40-hour campaign story, which is supposedly
going to be much better than the official campaign. (We can only hope...)
30% of poll participants voted in its favour.
improvements are third on the list of most wanted features, with 13% of
votes. These improvements could include better AI & interaction for
henchmen and possibly the ability to have more than one henchman at a
6% of those
who voted are looking forward to new feats and skills the most.
5% of poll
participants voted for new items & equipment as the most welcome new
addition, and 4% for new tilesets.
three options (new monsters, new spells and toolset wizards) each only
received 2% of votes.
How does the Icewind Dale 2 music compiled by Inon Zur compare to the
soundtrack of the original Icewind Dale by Jeremy Soule in your opinion?
is just (or almost) as good (75) 41%
IWD2 music is better (42) 23%
I didn't play both games (39) 21%
IWD2 music is worse (28) 15%
than a half of the usual number of poll participants voted in this poll,
the results are interesting nonetheless.
of 41% voted that the Icewind Dale 2 music composed by Inon Zur is just
(or almost) as good as that of the original Icewind Dale which was composed
by Jeremy Soule.
IWD2 music is better has been voted upon by 23% of participants in the
poll. Quite flattering, indeed.
21% of people
who voted didn't play both games so they couldn't compare the soundtracks,
which is most likely also the reason for the meagre number of votes total.
15% of those
who voted, however, think that the Icewind Dale 2 music is worse than
the music of the original Icewind Dale.
Which of the (A)D&D games covered on Sorcerer's Place was the first
that you played?
Gate (380) 71%
Baldur's Gate 2 (94) 18%
Planescape: Torment (24) 4%
Icewind Dale (18) 3%
Neverwinter Nights (11) 2%
Icewind Dale 2 (8) 1%
Pool of Radiance: RoMD (3) 1%
The poll results indicate that the majority of the people who voted in
our poll (71%) have been fans of the (A)D&D games for quite a few
years, since the release of the original Baldur's Gate near the end of
1998, if not earlier.
large group of fans (18%) started with Baldur's Gate 2, so combined, the
Baldur's Gate saga spawned almost 90% of the current fan base of D&D
CRPGs... Very interesting.
Torment was the first AD&D game for 4% of people, with the original
Icewind Dale following closely with 3%.
(and newest) three games were (combined), the starting point for only
4% of poll participants.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate Icewind Dale 2?
8 (106) 30%
9 (93) 26%
10 (best) (68) 19%
7 (42) 12%
6 (22) 6%
5 (9) 3%
1 (worst) (7) 2%
3 (3) 1%
4 (2) 1%
2 (1) 0%
results pretty much speak for themselves, as with Neverwinter Nights.
The majority of those who voted (30%) rated Icewind Dale 2 8 out of 10.
26% of people
who voted awarded Icewind Dale 2 9 out of 10.
10 out of
10 was given to Icewind Dale 2 by 19% of poll participants. After this,
the scores go down rapidly. 12% of people thought IWD2 deserves a 7 out
of 10 rating, and all subsequent ratings of the game (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
combined were voted for by 13% of poll participants.
combined rating of all who voted is 8,1 or 81%. For comparison, Neverwinter
Nights received a rating of 8,4 when we ran a rating poll like this for
In CRPGs, do you prefer playing pure magic-users (wizards, clerics...),
pure fighter-types (fighters, rogues...), or a bit of both?
that can fight as well as use magic (146) 38%
Pure fighter-types (122) 32%
Pure magic-users (118) 30%
the results of this poll, the majority of people who voted (38%) prefer
to play characters that can fight as well as use magic, as opposed to
pure fighter or magic-user classes.
is the fact that the results for the separate entries of pure fighter-types
and pure magic-users got almost the same number of votes, with pure fighter-types
leading by a small amount at 32% of votes.
Overall, which D&D game do you like better, Icewind Dale II or Neverwinter
II (194) 56%
Neverwinter Nights (96) 28%
Both equally (57) 16%
Well, a poll
like this certainly makes you think, and its results even more so.
majority of those who voted (56%) have picked Icewind Dale II over Neverwinter
Nights as the game they like better overall. Whether this is due to our
dedication to the departing Infinity Engine and the good memories playing
a new game made with it brought back, or simply due to the fact that it
is a good game, is up for debate. In my opinion, however, the end result
is a very appealing combination of both which makes Icewind Dale II so
Neverwinter Nights got half less votes than Icewind Dale II (28%). Being
a radical change from the Infinity Engine games we have been used to in
the past, it obviously did not appeal very much to most of the people
who voted in our poll. The fact that the official Neverwinter Nights campaign
is hardly on par with the stories of previous Infinity Engine CRPGs most
of us are used to, the lack of a party, and the general feeling of not
really being much of a hero are just some of the more obvious reasons
for this, in my opinion.
16% of poll participants liked both games equally, which is quite interesting,
considering that the games share very little in common.
Do you ever buy official strategy guides for games you play?
Yes, though rarely (86) 29%
Yes, but only for harder games (19) 6%
Yes, for every game that they are available (18) 6%
It is quite
clear that the vast majority of poll participants (59%), do not resort
to buying official strategy guides but find the info they seek elsewhere.
On Sorcerer's Place, for example. ;)
29% of those
who voted do buy strategy guides, but rarely.
6% of the people who voted buy them only for harder games, and another
6% for every game that they are available.
How do you apply official patches/bugfixes released for the new games
I apply any
patches as soon as they're available (156) 50%
I apply patches only when I remember to look for them (87) 28%
I usually don't apply patches unless I encounter a severe bug that is
fixed by them (57) 18%
I don't buy/play the game until the first patch for it appears (10) 3%
majority of people who have voted in the poll (50%), patch up their games
as soon as the game makers release the bugfixes. A wise practice these
last few years when most companies are rushing games to the market and
fix bugs they know of later with patches...
28% of poll participants are not so diligent, and they only apply patches
when and if they remember to look for them. Considering that I can count
the games that I've played in the last 5 years that didn't need a patch
on the fingers of one hand, it's pretty certain that there is an official
patch for almost every game you're playing.
18% of those
who voted are really sloppy... They don't install patches unless they
encounter a very big bug that can only be squashed by the official patch.
3% of people who voted in our poll are wise enough to wait for the first
patch(es) for a game to start appearing before buying or playing it.
If an official expansion for Icewind Dale II was made, would you buy it?
I don't even have the game yet! (86) 23%
Maybe, depends on the reviews (34) 9%
No, never (16) 4%
enough (or not?), people can't get over the fact that Icewind Dale II
was the last game to use the the granddaddy Infinity Engine, and they
want more. Even if just an expansion.
63% of people
who have participated in our poll clearly stated that they would buy an
expansion to IWD2, should one be made.
23% of people
who voted unfortunately still don't have the game. The release date for
Europe has recently been pushed back yet again, so the latest one is November
1, nearing two months' delay since the US release. Needless to say, this
delay got even some of the most patient people to revert to illegal means
of obtaining the game, so I'm sure that the percentage of people who don't
have a legal copy of the game (yet) is much higher.
9% of those
who voted aren't so sure an expansion to IWD2 would be worth their money,
so they would wait for the reviews of it and then decide.
Only 4% of
poll participants voted for the option that they would not buy the expansion
under any circumstances.
Have you ever played any Massively Multiplayer Online RPGs?
No, and I
don't intend to (121) 36%
Not yet, but I intend to (97) 29%
Yes, in the past (83) 25%
Yes, playing currently (31) 9%
of this particular poll are quite interesting. 36% of people who voted
in the poll have never before played any MMORPGs, and don't intend to
in the future either.
big percentage of poll participants (29%) haven't played any MMORPGs yet,
but intend to do so in the future.
quarter of those who voted (25%) have played at least one MMORPG in the
past, but aren't playing currently.
9% of participants in our poll are playing at least one MMORPG currently.
Which of the games (and optionally also their expansions) covered on SP
have you played through with just 1 character, i.e. solo? (Multiple selections
Gate II (161) 21%
Neverwinter Nights (128) 17%
Baldur's Gate (127) 17%
None (126) 16%
Icewind Dale (79) 10%
Planescape: Torment (68) 9%
Icewind Dale II (46) 6%
Pool of Radiance: RoMD (31) 4%
the most popular games & their expansions have also been played solo
by the most people. The winner is Baldur's Gate II, which has been played
through solo by 21% of people who voted in the poll.
are Neverwinter Nights and the original Baldur's Gate with an almost identical
number of votes (both 17%).
16% of poll
participants obviously do not cherish the challenge of going through the
game with just one character, so they haven't soloed any of the games
on the list.
Icewind Dale has been played solo by 10% of those who voted in the poll,
closely followed by Planescape: Torment with 9% of votes.
II is still very new (not to mention the fact that is hasn't been released
outside USA yet), so the 6% solos figure is quite encouraging at this
of the poll is Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, which received
4% of votes. It's quite hard to believe so many people bothered to play
it through solo.
Which of the games (and their expansions) covered on SP are you playing
currently? (Multiple selections possible.)
Gate II (317) 23%
Neverwinter Nights (311) 23%
Icewind Dale II (288) 21%
Baldur's Gate (136) 10%
Icewind Dale (120) 9%
Planescape: Torment (113) 8%
Pool of Radiance: RoMD (46) 3%
None (27) 2%
equal number of votes have been received by both Baldur's Gate II (23%)
and Neverwinter Nights (23%), so these two games are obviously the most
popular. It is surprising, however, that Baldur's Gate II is still being
played by practically the same number of people as Neverwinter Nights
currently, even though there is a 2-year difference between the two games.
II is currently being played by 21% of people who voted in our poll, which
is a big number considering that the game still hasn't been released outside
(and to many, still the best) Baldur's Gate is still being played by 10%
of poll participants. Legends indeed never die.
Icewind Dale is currently being (re)played by 9% of people who voted in
the poll. Certainly not bad, considering that the sequel is already here.
(In USA, that is.)
Torment, one of the best CRPGs ever created, is still being played by
8% of those who voted.
of CRPGs, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor is currently being played
by overwhelming 3% of people.
Only 2% of
poll participants are currently not playing any of the games covered on
What is your preferred method of buying games?
Online (43) 14%
I don't buy games (31) 10%
Mail order (5) 2%
popular way of buying games for the majority (74%) is obviously still
the regular shopping at the local store/mall/whatever.
is the second method of choice, preferred by 14% of people who voted in
10% of poll participants don't buy games at all. I think it is quite obvious
that the methods of this group's, ah, "acquiring" games are
small number of people (2% only) buy games via mail orders.
Which chapter in the official Neverwinter Nights campaign was your favourite?
Chapter 3 (63) 32%
Chapter 1 (44) 23%
Chapter 4 (24) 12%
really much to comment on regarding this one. Except, it seems, that with
every Neverwinter Nights poll I post less people bother to vote in it.
I don't know if everyone's so fed up with it already or if everyone's
just so lazy...
In any event,
Chapter 2 wins as the favourite chapter (33%) by only 2 votes before Chapter
3 (32%). Chapter 1 is lagging behind with 23% of people's votes as their
favourite chapter, and Chapter 4 only got 12% of fan votes.
How many Neverwinter Nights modules have you downloaded and played thus
1-5 (77) 27%
6-10 (39) 14%
More than 25 (21) 7%
11-15 (15) 5%
16-20 (5) 2%
21-25 (4) 1%
the poll results were pretty poor in terms of how many people voted, they
give a very clear picture of Neverwinter Nights' main problem.
44% of people
who voted in the poll have not downloaded and played a single custom module
thus far, which is probably a good indicator that they will not play (m)any
in the future either. For a game that more or less bases its existence
on fan-created content, this is not good.
I suppose there are various reasons for this. First and probably foremost
is the official campaign which, frankly, leaves a lot to be desired. It
seems that despite the popular opinion, after finishing it most people
do not seek new (better) modules on the Internet. Either they turn to
playing online, or drop Neverwinter Nights completely. Only a minority
of people bother to look for new modules to play.
Nights' game model ultimately fails (in the eyes of non-hardcore fans)
because gamers today are not used to buying a game, and then having to
wait for fan-created content to surface AND having to look for it and
download it. I also doubt that this model will ever work without serious
modifications. Far too many people only play the single player campaign
and/or are not keen on having to look for new material to play so quickly.
And although not complicated, the process of finding and installing new
modules is still not simple enough for most casual players. And when something
like this is not as simple as clicking a button in the game and getting
a new module to play, it does not happen. (Not with a majority of gamers,
largest group of people who voted in our poll (27%) have played 1-5 new
modules. Though not particularly bad, this is a very low number compared
to the amount of modules available for download online.
14% of poll
participants played 6-10 modules, which I expect is a number of played
modules thus far that would have to prevail in this poll to show that
NWN's system works well. It obviously does not.
7% of those
who voted have played over 25 modules, which is certainly quite an achievement,
showing that NWN has a comparatively large base of hardcore fans who find
and play new modules regularly.
5% of poll
participants have played 11-15 new modules thus far, which is also a pretty
3% of people who voted (combined) have played 16-25 modules.
Now that Neverwinter Nights has been released, some gamers' allegiance
to the venerable Infinity Engine has shifted in favour of NWN's Aurora
engine. Which is your favourite?
Infinity Engine (BG2, IWD2 etc.) (251) 56%
I like both equally (122) 27%
New generation Aurora (NWN) (77) 17%
results show quite clearly that the Neverwinter Nights engine has a lot
to live up to. Having seen so many excellent games made with the (now)
classic Infinity Engine, players' emotional attachment to it is definitely
huge. Aurora's design which does not allow for a whole party (unlike IE's),
and the hardly memorable single player campaign of Neverwinter Nights
are off to a bad start in this long-term remembrance competition. While
there is certainly a lot going on in the NWN area in terms of fan-created
content, I also expect BioWare to come up with some more roleplaying modules
in the future, since the official campaign was really more of a cross
between Diablo and Baldur's Gate than the promised roleplaying experience.
Only time will tell why Neverwinter Nights will stay in our memories -
because of excellently crafted roleplaying experiences or because of tons
of custom content with little substance.
In any event
, here is what the poll outcome looks like:
half of the people who voted (56%) say that the old school Infinity Engine
remains their favourite, with games such as Baldur's Gate 2 and Icewind
Dale 2 being the pinnacle of the engine's use.
27% of poll
participants take no sides but feel that both the old and new engines
are equally good.
only 17% of those who voted in the poll feel that the new generation Aurora
engine beats the good old Infinity as their favourite.
If another game set in the Planescape multiverse (like Planescape: Torment)
was made by BIS, would you buy it?
Maybe, depends on the reviews (73) 19%
No, never (31) 8%
isn't much to say on this poll except that BIS should undoubtedly start
working on another game like Planescape: Torment! The overwhelming majority
of poll participants (73%) have enough faith in BIS that they would definitely
buy a game like it.
19% of those
who voted are undecided, but would probably buy it if they liked the reviews.
Only 8% of
the people who voted said that they would never buy it.
Have you encountered any problems with Neverwinter Nights so far?
A few, but
nothing serious (169) 44%
Yes, some, but it's still playable (103) 27%
No, no problems at all (66) 17%
Yes, the game is unplayable (47) 12%
By now it's
pretty obvious to any serious Neverwinter Nights player that the long
game development cycle did nothing to diminish the number of bugs NWN
shipped with. Thanks to the updater utility users at least don't have
to manually seek out patches any more (except for those poor souls who
don't have an Internet connection available on their gaming machine),
but a bitter taste remains due to continuous need for patching to which
there seems to be no end. On the other hand, PC gamers are a very forgiving
bunch, and most of us take a number of patches for granted, and we're
prepared to suffer this nuisance as long as the game is worth it.
44% of participants
in our poll declared that they've had a few problems with Neverwinter
Nights, but nothing really serious.
27% of those
who voted experienced more problems, but concluded that the game was still
playable for them.
17% of poll
participants were the luckiest, they experienced no problems with the
game at all.
an alarming 12% of people who voted can't play the game at all.