Today we unfortunately have to get a little bit more serious on the blog about a topic that involves the community, Cryptic Studios, and Neverwinter Uncensored. Currently, the community of the game is split into two factions. There’s the “Uncensored” crowd and the ones that follow the “official” platforms, Arcgames and the Subreddit mainly. As regular user and player of the game you might not even notice it, but we still believe it’s something that has to be talked about.
RNG Tests Started It All
Now what exactly is this all about? To fully understand the matter we have to go all the way back to 2014, when a group of “hardcore” players founded Uncensored. From the original cast only myself remains, but we all in some way, shape, or form clashed with the official community team and felt like we needed an independent place to talk the game without the restrictions of PWE moderated forums. I personally got banned over publishing so-called “RNG Tests” for example, which try to figure out the drop rates of certain crates, most importantly lockboxes.
Back then moderator melodywhr made up bullshit reasons to remove the tests, and acted more like a PWE employee than someone serving in the best interest of the community. Not only did I get banned over that argument, but that jerk also tried to remove the tests from the wiki later. That’s part of the reason why we established Uncensored, and melodywhr ironically deserves some credit for helping out the community after all. Because what initially was more thought as a refugee camp for outcasts and others that were driven away from official platforms became the biggest fansite of Neverwinter. We provide daily content, develop tools, run the game’s biggest Discord, and closely work with other members of the community.
The Games Biggest Fansite Is Banned on Official Platforms?
Because of the original intent of Uncensored, we weren’t exactly close with the official community teams to begin with. And as the site grew, the rift did as well. Uncensored was always seen as villain and got gradually banned on official platforms. You can’t link any articles, or mention us. Even the words “uncensored” and “unhamstered” are filtered in some places to “honor” us. Funnily the more restrictions were made on other platforms, the more users felt like they had to join the uncensored alternative.
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This currently contributes to a situation where nearly all significant talk (besides direct exchange with developers, bug reporting, and preview feedback) has moved away from official platforms. If at all, stuff is getting re-posted there, the amount of exclusive content is slim to non-existent. It also means that visitors of said platforms currently do not have access to the best available resources for the game, which is a shame. New players probably partially judge the “healthiness” of a game based on its message board for example. By doing so, they are unable to even remotely grasp the scope of the information and activity that the community has to offer, might conclude that the game is “dead”, and move on. If the current trend continues, this will only get worse.
At several points over the years we tried to get some talk going on how to solve this issue. Unfortunately all we heard was how Uncensored had to change, and little about how we as a community can do our best to blossom. We did however exclusively get in touch with volunteer moderators and figured it might be worth a shot to contact someone within the studio directly. Julia is the first Community Manager to actually work at Cryptic, and there’s a new official community e-mail address, so we tried our luck.
The result: We sent an e-mail on April 24th, and are still waiting for an answer… Since then we’ve sent two follow-ups / reminders through e-mail and one through Discord, but all we got was the initial acknowledgement that the request was received and will be reviewed. At this point though, we doubt it will happen. Either there’s no genuine interest to tear down walls and provide the community with the best possible environment, or there’s not enough resources for appropriate community management. Either way, this was our shot, and it seems to have failed. I’ve attached the full e-mail we’ve sent to Julia below by the way. We felt like it was a reasonable and honest request, but that way you all can judge for yourselves.
Uncensored Will Always Serve the Community First
We had a lively discussion within the team how to deal with the situation. Not getting an answer was extremely frustrating to be honest. It’s not even about an actual solution as much, but they didn’t even care enough to give us any update on the process. If they are busy and need more time? Of course, just talk to us. But at some point, silence speaks volumes.
Since we are banned on their sites, it would be perfectly legitimate now to ban any resources and talk from Arcgames and the Subreddit on Uncensored as well. You know, let’s give them the war they pretend to be fighting anyway. But at the end of the day, we have always acted in the best interest of the community, and will continue to do so. If we became them, then formats like our Community Watch, Weekender, or Bag of Tricks wouldn’t be possible. So don’t fret. We’ll still pick up all posts from all sources regardless. Uncensored will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date and extensive coverage you’ll find for the game.
One thing is for certain now though: We won’t contact anyone official again. If others change their mind, we’re not hard to find. In the meantime it was important to us to let you guys know that walls are not built on our site of the border these days.
Here’s the full e-mail we sent to firstname.lastname@example.org on April, 24th
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