There's a new free-to-play online role-playing game (RPG) on the way from Perfect World, the people who brought your Star Trek Online and a host of other free-to-play online titles. Why is this one specifically notable? Three reasons—

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1 – It's Dungeons and Dragons-themed!

Okay, so it's not Ravenloft, but since we're not paying to play it, how picky are we expected to be? Instead of ancient castles, nameless horrors, and (fingers crossed) mummies as a playable race, Neverwinter offers players a chance to quest through the bright and colourful world of the treacherous North, teaming up with direwolves to battle hordes of orcs!

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2 – I'm going to be writing about it!

Despite my well-known and profound twin loves of zombie dragons and wasting time, it may surprise readers to learn that before booting up Neverwinter, I'd never logged a minute in an online RPG! The setting finally dragged me into this one, and over two beta weekends, I've developed a few thoughts and feelings about the game. What are they? Check back next week, when I'll be writing up a storm about my experiences in Neverwinter!


3 – We're giving away beta keys!

That's right, it's not too late to join me for the third beta weekend! Anyone interested in doing a little leatherworking and earning an epic mount can join me and all the other adventurers from Friday at Noon (PST) until Sunday night! How can you manage this? Simple, just head on over to twitter and make sure that you're following Brad Gallaway, me and the GameCritics Official Twitter Feed. On Friday we'll be offering a number of chances to claim a key and get in on the action! I hope I'll see you there, and then we'll all meet back here next week for a discussion titled "Neverwinter: Disaster, or Disastastic!?"

Oh, and If you don't win a key, and you're still curious about the content, there may still be time to buy your way into the beta—swing over to the Neverwinter website and check out the game's details for yourselves!

Daniel Weissenberger

Daniel Weissenberger

What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died?

Nothing relevant to this conversation, that's for sure! Because we're here to talk about (sorry, write and read about, respectively) GC_Danny, who's updating this profile for the first time in thirteen years!

So let's take a gander back at that time and see what's happened! In addition to writing hundreds of video game reviews, Dan produced a book that can be legally purchased by almost anyone! He also wrote two short films, two episodes of television, and two movies! Although, sadly, and through much fault of his own, the movies have yet to be released.

In addition to general game reviewing, he's also dabbled in more long-form work, writing some of the longest and most comprehensive game reviews of all time. Then there's his non-GameCritics blogging, where he's famous as the world's foremost expert on the TV show Criminal Minds, as well as the co-host of a weekly podcast - he's even working on a new videogame/critical experiment, which you can find out more about here!

If all that wasn't enough, just a few months ago he rebranded himself as 'The Hidden Object Guru', hoping to stake another claim of ultimate expertise, this time over a genre of casual games! Will he be successful? Only time will tell, but you're free to join the thrilling ride at his YouTube channel!
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