Neverwinter is book 2 in the Neverwinter trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. Tracy and I discussed the book and interviewed the author, R.A. Salvatore. Tracy and Jeff have very different experiences with the book, largely based on their unique history with the characters and stories (Jeff's read them all and this was Tracy's first Salvatore book). Enjoy!
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I thought this was a really great show! I loved how candid Salvatore was about 4e being designed to sell video games and the story of the meeting about why the book had to take place in Neverwinter - great insider perspective. I am an unapologetic Drizzt fan and love to hear R. A. talk about his beloved characters as if they are his friends. I’ve been lookong for an excuse to buy the DnD comic and I’d really like to participate in the next book club.
I think it’s worth noting that Mr. Salvatore is a very knowledgable guy when it comes to writing D&D novels. But his discussion of what 4e was designed to be I interpreted as being his impressions not based on any specialized knowledge he has. He doesn’t design games and outside of his editors I don’t get the impression that he talks much to people at WotC. So I would take the statement of “4e being designed to sell video games” with a grain of salt.
For sure, I don’t take his word about that as law or anything. I just think it’s cool that that’s his opinion and he doesn’t mind spouting it off. Definitely not a corporate tool. I, for one, wish D&D games were more like actual play. A classic turn based interface might be refreshing. Anyway, I just finished the first 12 issues of the D&D comic and can’t wait for the next book club episode.
Jeff, are you guys still doing the Tome Book Club? Are you interested in reading along with the WotC Novel Club this month–we are reading City of the Dead which looks like it may be amazing.