OK, after I aced the willsave against the clickbait title “Ads in the game!”, let me get right to it.
Patch .29 and onwards will have support for showing non-campaign/non-module panels on the “NewGame” UI. These are panels that have the same layout, more or less, than the modules - a 3:1 banner, a translated text, and a button to open a URL in the system browser:
This data is sourced per-repository - so each repo can expose a set of panels, including the curated one, which is shipped with the game by default.
To visually distinct these, uh, adverts, from playable modules, they will show up underneath the module list for each repository as a expandable dropdown, collapsed by default. This is what the new player will see initially: I expect those that want to know more to go explore anyways.
Players who don’t want to see these can turn them off with a checkbox in the Manage panel:
So, now up for discussion here:
What websites do you want to see? Aside from the vault?
For the vault, I made a 5 minute banner - do you like it, and if no, what do you want to see there?
Let’s bikeshed the text until everyone is happy. Keep in mind that this text is going to be read by people that might have NO idea what NWN can do. It needs to give them a good entry point into the community that won’t raise undue expectations (“where is the one click install?”). That said, the text below I also typed up in 5 minutes, so it is by no means considered more than a sample.
The NWN Vault is the primary hub and meeting place for Neverwinter Nights content creation.
With archival storage spanning two decades of module and art creation, it is the biggest content repository for NWN.
There are community forums and a Discord chat, with most of the core creative community active.
If you are looking for new modules to play, this is the place to start.
If you are looking to create your own adventures, this is the place to stay!