In September we asked you to share your favourite moments from an Obsidian game and we, on behalf of Paradox, dangled prizes in front of you in return: consoles for the two winners, PC Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny keys for the 10 runners-up. And you answered in your droves.
Over the years, I've come to know what to expect from Obsidian, or so I thought. Obsidian makes RPGs, beautiful, intriguing, sometimes slightly shonky RPGs with great writing and vivid characters and just a lingering trace of thriftiness. They make games where the concepts, where the soul, trumps the budget.
Everyone has a drawer they can't close because it's stuffed too full of things. Mine has a whisk which always stops the bloody drawer from closing, and it's really annoying, but Obsidian Entertainment's drawer has around 100 game proposals in it. Game outlines in various states, from two-page snacks to 60-page feasts. "There's tons of them," Obsidian co-owner Chris Parker tells me. And for Obsidian there was never a time of greater need of an idea than summer 2012, after Microsoft cancelled Xbox One launch game Stormlands, and when South Park: The Stick of Truth was onboard THQ's sinking ship. It spurred a period now referred to in Obsidian history as the Summer of Proposals.
Forget enhancing it - some glorious people have remade Baldur's Gate in 3D! And it's free!
There's definitely something big in the works at Obsidian beyond South Park and Project Eternity, and "it is already looking great", studio CEO Feargus Urquhart told me in an email overnight.
It's not GameSpy's fault that a bunch of PC games whose online multiplayer was "Powered by GameSpy" are now, well, not.
The number four has become a number three - it was a countdown rather than a number symbolic of the new Project X RPG that Obsidian has been teasing.
BioWare Edmonton studio GM Aaryn Flynn has expressed his regret over last week's "highly sophisticated and unlawful cyber attack" suffered by BioWare's server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums.
Variety's well-connected games blog is rumouring that Cryptic is working on a Neverwinter Nights MMO for new owners Atari.
Atari has announced that Neverwinter Nights 2 adventure pack Mysteries of Westgate will launch on Wednesday, 29th April.
Atari has announced Storm of Zehir, a second expansion for D&D beast Neverwinter Nights 2.
Have you ever wondered what your doctor thinks about while they're poking and prodding you? If you lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the mid '90s there's a chance your doctor was thinking, "Gee, I wish I was making computer games instead of rummaging inside this diseased colon". At least, that's how it might have played out if you were the patient of Dr Greg Zeschuk, Dr Ray Muzyka or Dr Augustine Yip. And if you had a diseased colon.
Atari has said that the first downloadable Adventure Pack for Neverwinter Nights 2 will be out before the end of the year.
Atari has revealed a new expansion pack for Neverwinter Nights 2 that will be available this autumn.
Mask of the Betrayer will follow on from the climatic battle against the King of Shadows in the original campaign, and see you wake up deep below the earth's surface surrounded by swarms of evil spirits. It's here in harsh Rashemen that you'll seek out your true destiny.
Perhaps the most exciting new feature are epic levels, which will take you above and beyond level 20, giving you access to powerful new feats and spells.
The map won't scroll.
Much like reviewing its prequel, Neverwinter Nights 2 offers you a challenge. Do you review it just as any old videogame - that is, the adventure in the box - or do you measure the power of the creation tool included into the box, and think about all the mods that'll result from it?
Well, you do the former, clearly. As great as the tools may be, you don't mark for something that doesn't exist. Most people with the original didn't do this, as otherwise its fairly rubbishy campaign would have lowered its marks hugely. Yes, eventually it was worth buying Neverwinter Nights... but only for what it allowed you to play rather than anything in the box.
However, with this new spirit of rigour, it's lucky that Obsidian - whom pals Bioware chose to develop Neverwinter Nights 2 while they go off and do The Things Of The Future - have just made a great fantasy role-playing game.
Atari and Obsidian are set to release the Neverwinter Nights 2 toolset a month ahead of the game's release in October.
Atari and Obsidian have announced plans for a pair of Neverwinter Nights 2 closed beta tests, which you can sign up for right now.
The first is for multiplayer only, and you're advised that you'll need a pretty beefy PC to join in - with a 3GHz processor, 1GB RAM and a Radeon X800/GeForce 6800 series graphics card or higher recommended.
The second makes similarly hefty demands of your hardware, and is for the game's module-making toolset. Head to that sign-up page for more information.
Atari has announced its line-up for the Leipzig Games Convention, headlined by playable versions of Test Drive Unlimited and Neverwinter Nights 2.
Neverwinter Nights 2 will ship on 20th October rather than in September, Atari said today.
Jason 'Elidrin' Lowry, the man behind Bioware's recent Infinite Dungeons mod, has confirmed that the Premium Modules Program for Neverwinter Nights has been cancelled.
The problem is always time.
We're in Hammersmith, London. We're here to see Neverwinter Nights 2. We're watching Obsidian's Feargus Urquhart, veteran commander in chief and ex of Black Isle, walk us through the game. He shows us the improved graphics engine. He shows us some of the new mechanics, adding direct control of a party rather than the Mr Lonesome of the original Neverwinter Nights. He leads us through the improved Neverwinter tool-set, showing the increased power and accessibility of this next generation of the world's foremost roleplaying game creation tool.
Those who read me regularly will know that while I support goblins, elves, magi and whatnot and uphold them fully, there's little record of the words 'Dungeons' and 'Dragons' ever being thrust firmly enough together that I've been gaily trapped in their midst for any length of time. I dabbled in Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, but that's about the extent of it, and not exactly a badge of honour in the dark recesses of the Internet to which this link's likely to propagate. What in the name of all the dice that have more than six sides, then, you're wondering, am I doing writing about Neverwinter Nights 2?