The Forgotten Realms depicted in this new trailer and screenshots for Cryptic Studios' online co-op role-playing game Neverwinter could have been torn from the scribble pad I kept next to my character sheet back in my Dungeons & Dragons days.

This is pretty much how I imagined my adventures back then, so many years ago. I was Maximillian Hood, swashbuckling rogue and master of tumbling, spending my days dodging the hell out of Kobolds because of my tendency to run ahead of the party. Or I was Thog, the barbarian warrior with a 16 Wisdom and 3 Intelligence, thoughtfully tearing off pieces of my horse and eating them as we travelled headlong into danger.


Neverwinter for the PC gives players the tools to create their own epic azdventures in the Forgotten Realms, like Neverwinter Nights before it, only with a strong focus on customization and multiplayer. You know, the best bits. I'm amazingly depressed that I didn't make it to E3 to see it in person.

Guess I'll just have to keep watching the website like everybody else until we get closer to the game's late 2011 release.