I keep abreast of the NwN (as opposed to NwN 2) items in the recent content section on the front page. Doing so I noticed a couple of reviews for the truly ancient module “Legend of the Five Dragons - The Search Begins” both of which complained that a major area transition didn’t work. This was not the first module that I had seen a review for a module that had this type of problem but this time I decided to take a look.
At first I did wonder if this was a case of an earlier NwN EE bug rearing it’s head again. Fortunately it wasn’t. But it did reveal an interesting difference between EE and Diamond. With Diamond the transition trigger showed up as a blue rectangle (as normal) and the mouse pointer changed to the area transition one. However, clicking on the transition did nothing. It was obviously borked. With EE on the other hand there was nothing to see and the mouse pointer remained unchanged. So it seems EE and Diamond handle in-game area transition errors differently.
I also found that there were some other, but non-game-breaking, errors as well. One NPC had a small conversation written for them but it wasn’t assigned to any character at all. One quest had the final journal entry for that quest written but it wasn’t used meaning the quest never finished. There was also a typo and and a quest item wasn’t removed at the end of that quest.
So I went and fixed three of the four little bugs but left that quest item alone as doing so did no harm to the module. As far as typos go, there probably are still some there but they weren’t annoying enough to notice.
That just left the area transition. The actual transition was to a waypoint and there was an identical trigger/waypoint transition on the other side. While it shouldn’t have any effect on the problem area, I did notice that the trigger in the target area was showing as a 3D box instead of a 2D rectangle. As my experience is that such triggers tend not to fire when they are supposed to I redrew it. While I was at it I also tidied the layout of triggers and waypoints on both sides of the transition.Doing so I also noticed that the tags for these objects were somewhat ambiguous and changed them as well. Finally I went into both triggers properties and redid the transition part.
Now while I have my suspicions as to which of those actions actually did it, I finally had a working (both ways) area transition. Well at least for Diamond (I did all the above using Diamonds toolset). Tested in EE and all seems to work. So I played all the way through using EE Retail. So it would seem that I have fixed this module.
Which brings us to the question. What should I do with it? Should I see about posting it on the original page (after all, I have only made minor changes) or should I leave it just on my HD. I could put it on dropbox but I am jealous of my limited space and am really not enamoured with the idea. So I thought I would ask you guys. I also thought why not have a poll too for those too shy to voice an opinion.
- Post It
- Forget It
Poll closes in one week. So over to you (and yes I have voted).