Neverwinter “Heart of Fire” has finally launched on the PC version of the game and Unblogged has technically finished its preview series of the module. But, there’s still one major event left that we have to go through. Originally the “Tales of Old” format was planned to appear on the datamining post, but the amount of details around the new event warrants a full own post. So here is what we found!
First of all, what are the “Tales of Old”? It’s an event that brings back old dungeons in a competitive PVE format. Players have to speed-run the content for rewards. But simply stomping through dungeons won’t be the most effective way of doing so. Instead, you have to explore side areas and collect so-called power-ups that extend lives or the time limit. We’ve mentioned it before, but the first four dungeons of the new series will be:
- Frozen Heart
- Throne of Idris
- Lair of the Mad Dragon
- Dread Vault
Power-Ups And Difficulty Increase
We weren’t able to dig up details about the Power-Ups you’re going to collect, but as mentioned we assume it’s simply increasing lives of the group and the time limit. Groups probably have 60 minutes for one “try” and if they either die too often or run out of time, they’ll lose. We however have some hints that groups might be tasked to run a dungeon a total amount of five times with increasing difficulty within the time limit. Here are some strings from the game files that list the restrictions:
- Run 1: Limited Consumables
- Run 2: Restrictions of previous runs + No Artifacts
- Run 3: Restrictions of previous runs + At-Wills cause damage to you
- Run 4: Restrictions of previous runs + Power cooldown increased + Enemies attacks poisonous
- Run 5: Restrictions of previous runs + Power and defense reduced by 50%
The game files feature icons that indicate a five-step process as well.
Let’s also talk rewards a little. During the event players collect a “tales” currency. One of the reward boxes by the way seems to be a homage to Lead Designer Thomas “Mimic King” Foss, who always wanted to bring the old dungeons back. We’ll let you figure out which one of the pictured two it could be.
With the currency you can probably buy rewards in an event store, but also a line of new event-specific Artifacts feature more effects the more “tales” you add to it. So getting through all tiers of the “Tales of Old” might mean you’ll end up with a stronger Artifact in the end. There are five powers to match the suspected five difficulty tiers. Each dungeons has its own unique Artifact, but so far only the ones for Frozen Heart and Lair of the Mad Dragon are finalized, indicating that these dungeons might be the first players get.
* […] are placeholders and will be replaced with actual values in the final version.
Artifact Gear and Set Rewards
But that’s not everything! The Artifacts themselves come with a set bonus that increases in potency the more different “Journal” Artifacts you have equipped:
- Set of 2: Increase [attribname] by [magnitude] and [attribname] by [magnitude]. These values increase for every journal that is equipped.
- Set of 3: Do an additional hit for Weapon Damage on a Critical hit. (same as Lostmauth set)
There are also two new “Tales” Artifact Neck and Waist gear pieces that combine with an unknown Artifact to a set bonus as well:
- Set of 2: Increases all attributes by 1.
- Set of 3: Your powers have a chance to deal additional unresistable damage equal to 10% of your weapon damage.
We’re not sure whether the “Journal” Artifacts are supposed to be pieces of the “Tales” bonus as well. Although it’s certainly possible that items are part of different sets, it’s not likely. So we might simply be missing something here. In any case players will be able to play around with new gear and bonuses from the new event format.
Also of interest for all you min/maxers and build theorycrafters is a new “Tales” Enchantment that will supposedly only drop from the event. We can’t say anything about the type of stats, but if we’re not mistaken it’s going to be a three-stat Enchantment.
All right folks, that’s what we have on the new “Tales of Old” event format! What’s your opinion on the structure and rewards? Share your thoughts and experience on our social channels, in the comments below, or visit our message board!
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