Antiworld Capture the Flag (CTF) arena was – as the name suggests – a Neverwinter Nights capture the flag arena server. The server has been home to a growing community since January 2004. Antiworld is a team arena server unique for its system of rules and for its balance. The Antiworld staff have been able to adjust many of the spells and abilities in the game without requiring hak packs in order to play to server, although in order to take advantage of some updates, several files must be downloaded. It has a large and extremely active team of GMs, or Game Masters, who moderate the server and enforce the rules on the server. It is one of the three most popular arena servers on Neverwinter Nights, the others being Bastions of War and Neverwinter Knights.
Antiworld was shut down on September 30, 2012, after eight and a half years of being online. (The staff has indicated a willingness to host sporadic sessions, though. The last known such session started 2013-09-21 and lasted two days.)
The welcome Edit
Characters in Antiworld start at level 10 and are able to progress up to level 40. Your alignment does not restrict what classes you can choose. You can relevel your character (red dragon disciples must go to the releveling server) with the Antiworld Archivist, though you cannot relevel your first level. The Welcome also contains Antiworld, an NPC who can translate the rules into other languages. From the Welcome, you can proceed to the Duel Arena or the Castles. In addition, a penguin roams the Welcome. If you talk to the penguin, he can give your items new names.
Players are placed on one of two teams, Good and Evil. A separate castle exists for each team. However, these teams are in no way permanent, players can switch teams if there are fewer players on the other team and players may be switched automatically if the teams are unbalanced. If there are no players in your range, within 5 levels of your character, on the other team, then you will be automatically switched when you touch the front door. If there are no characters within your range on the entire server, then you will be unable to enter the arena. Inside the castle, you can rest and buff at your leisure, though it is recommended to do so quickly so you can get into the arena. You will earn no experience points or gold pieces inside the castle except for the bonus at the round end for the Most Valuable Mercenary or your team's victory. There are shops inside of the castle, as well as boards that tell you who is in your range, which game masters are online, and who is in the lead for the Most Valuable Mercenary award. The castles also contain the entrance to the arenas.
You can buy items at the shops in the castle. You can craft weapons and ammunition by buying the base weapon or the ammunition creator and crafting it with the radial menu crafting system. The items are low powered, not going above +5, or +6 in rare occasions, in armor class, enhancement bonus, or ability bonus. There are multiple rods available that can be used by everyone, such as rods of see invisibility.
When you exit the castle though the front door, you are taken to the arena where the round is taking place. Each round takes place within one of Antiworld's many unique arenas and each round lasts from 6 AM to 12 AM ingame (roughly 36 minutes in real time). Each of the arenas contain unique features like towers that you can enter, though all of them contain gates on each side that can be locked by rogues from that side with open lock. Experience and gold are gained by killing players and capturing the flag. Players also gain a reduced amount of experience and gold when their teammates kill opponents or capture the flag. However, the total value of your items and gold can never exceed your experience. Whenever you kill an opponent, you gain points. The lower the opponent's level in relation to yours, the fewer points you get for killing them. However, if you kill players above your level, you gain more points. In addition, if you capture the flag, you gain 5 points. The points you gain go into your team's total. At the end of the round, the team with the most points wins the round and everyone on that team gets a large experience/gold bonus. In addition, the character with the most points at the end of the round is named the most valuable mercenary and gets an award of experience/gold and a special item.
The flag Edit
The flag is captured by going the enemy's side of the map and clicking on the pillar next to their flag bearer. If a player on your team already has the flag, you will be unable to pick it up. Once you pick up the flag, then you will receive penalties to your attack bonus, armor class, hide, and receive 25% spell failure. Dwarven defenders receive additional vulnerabilities when carrying the flag. Level 10/15/20 dwarven defenders receive a 25% bludgeoning/25% piercing/25% slashing damage vulnerabilities, respectively. Characters with epic damage reduction I/II/III receive 10%/20%/30% vulnerability to divine, positive and negative damage, respectively. Carrying the flag also removes any monk speed from your character if your character is a monk.
With the flag being carried, you must return the flag to your base and run over your own flag pedestal. However, if an enemy has your flag, then your allies must kill him and return the friendly flag by bashing it before you can finish capturing the flag. If they do not bash the fallen flag in time, his allies may pick it up and continue trying to capture it. Capturing the flag gives you much more experience and gold than killing opponents.
Duel arena Edit
The duel arena is a full PvP zone where characters can duel at their leisure. None of the rules apply here. Characters can fight either a prismatic dragon or a dracolich by approaching the statues in the left and right rooms respectively. These dragons give experience and gold after being defeated, though it is usually more efficient to battle in the arena proper than to kill these for experience.
Most Valuable Mercenary Edit
If you win the most valuable mercenary award, you get a most valuable mercenary item which can be redeemed for a powerful one-use item from the King of Evil or the Queen of Good. You can redeem it for one of any of the following.
- Black potion: When a player drinks the black potion, the entire enemy team falls asleep and their screen fades to black for 6 seconds, then fades back in.
- Dragon's power: When a player uses the dragon's power item, they polymorph into an enormous dragon for 5 minutes and gain immunity to spells as well as the normal dragon and size bonuses.
- Fairy dust: Transforms the player into a pixie for 5 minutes, giving them a powerful 50 magic damage shield.
- Immunity ring: The player is surrounded by a visual aura for 5 minutes. You gain immunity to all spell damage and all weapon damage (but not damage shields, weapon elemental damage, and trap damage).
- Ring of epic speed: The player does not in fact gain speed, but they do gain the maximum amount of attacks for their weapon, as well as +4 AB, freedom of movement, and immunity to knockdown.
- Time stop: Stops time for every player but the user for 6 seconds.
- Wings/tail: The player is ported to the Wingery where they can choose from a selection of wings and tails.
- Platinum Angel: Gives the player a chance to ressurect with full spells and feats after dieing, the chance of ressurection is based on the players criminal record, the base chance of revival being 1 in 60.
- Wellwisher: You and each elf of your team will gain an amout equal to their max hp
- Wand of randomness: "The Wand of Randomnes, what it will do next, nobody knows"
- Toy Horse : Temporarily summon a mighty horse that the player can ride.
- Zombie head: You can infect other players with zombie disease by attacking them. If they turn into zombies, they can infect other people. If many players are on, you could start an epidemic.
- Stripper: Strips buffs off a target and gives them to you.
- Camp fire: A small campfire that provides you and your allies +20 to spot and heal. In addition, it gives a penalty of -20 to hide and intimidate for your enemies. The Campfire lasts until destroyed. It has 20hp and 5 hardiness.
Quick summary Edit
Players can only attack and only be attacked by those in their range, which is everyone within 5 levels of their character. There are rules regarding the usage of some abilities more than once every 18 seconds. If the ability hampers stats, hides the character from sight, keeps the enemy from acting, or causes death, then the ability cannot be used more than once every 18 seconds. The balance has been changed significantly, however, only one ability has been even close to removed (devastating critical is often turned off), and the staff prefers to give bonuses to weak classes than to nerf strong classes. It is a dedicated server, and almost never crashes.
Antiworld has a complex system of rules that is surprisingly easy to follow. Most of the rules are overseen by the GMs, while a minority of the rules are scripted. Players are expected to police their own actions.
The foremost of these rules is the attack range system. Players are only allowed to attack those within 5 levels of their character and can only be attacked by players within that range. If a player kills someone who is more than 5 levels below them, they are turned into a penguin and any player in their range or below their range can kill the penguin. The exception to these rules is a character with the flag. If a person has the flag, anyone on the opposite can attack them. If the flagger is attacked by a person that would be normally outside his range, he may retaliate against them, as he will not be penguinized for killing a person below his range. However, it is against the rules for the flagger attack players out of range until the that person has committed an offensive action against the flagger.
Attacks of opportunityEdit
It should be noted that if a player lacks tumble, they will draw attacks of opportunity from opponents who they run near. This can create problems if a player runs by another character that is above his range, since it will draw an attack of opportunity from the out of range player, possibly killing the lower level player and therefore turning the other player into a penguin. If a player takes one rank in tumble, they can avoid these attacks of opportunity, since Antiworld gives all players a large bonus to Tumble checks. If a player refuses to do so, they are responsible for avoiding attacks of opportunity. However, spellcasters and archers still provoke attacks of opportunity, therefore these players and the out of range players around them should be conscientious of this. If a player purposely draws attacks of opportunity from players above their range in an effort to turn them into a penguin, they can be punished by the game masters.
Areas of effectEdit
Spellcasters should be aware that Antiworld is a server with full PvP settings. Since many spells have an area of effect, these spells can affect players on both teams. If a caster is reckless with his spells, he could kill players out of his range or on his team, turning him into a penguin or a statue. Casters who do not make an effort to control their area of effect spells can be punished by the game master team. Conversely, players who use other players as a shield to force the caster to kill someone out of his range or on his team can be punished by the game masters. These punishments are somewhat subjective, so a considerable amount of leeway is given to the players in question.
Summoned creatures, familiars, and animal companions do not respect these rules on their own. It is the responsibility of the summoner to keep these creatures from breaking the rules. It is advised that the caster make frequent use of the stand ground command to keep the creatures from attacking those out of range. Because some players are careless with their creatures, it is legal for any player to attack an offending creature at any time. However, if a player repeatedly attacks the summons of a summoner who is controlling his summons and is out of range, then a game master can punish the attacking player.
Antiworld has rules regarding healing and buffing those on the same team that are out of range. If the other person is not in combat, then the healer/buffer can heal and buff as much as they want. However, if the recipient is in combat with a person who is not in the healer's range, then the healer must restrict themselves to one heal or buff per fight. On the other hand, if the recipient is fighting a person who is in the healer's range, the healer may heal or buff the recipient at their will.
There are restrictions on using the same spell effect on a single player more than once per 18 seconds. For instance, a player cannot use knockdown on another player more than once per 18 seconds (though he can use it on two players in succession). The same rules apply to feats such as disarm, smite, and called shot. The only offensive feats and spells that can be used without restriction are damage only spells and ki strike. These rules are more complex for spells and they are described in detail below (quoted from the server's former website).
— The spells are put into groups based on similar effects. So for example, Hold Person and Hold Monster would be put in the same group.
Each group of spells follow a definition. Here are the groups and their definitions.
- Hold/stun - Any spell or ability that makes the target lose the ability to attack on their own accord.
- Disable - Any spell or ability that causes the target to be disabled, but is still able to attack.
- Death - Any spell or ability that causes instant death
- Ability drain - Any spell or ability that causes the target to lose stats in ability scores.
- Level drain - Any spell or ability that causes the target to temporarily lose levels.
- Hide - Any spell or ability that hides the player from sight.
- Singular - This group only refers to a single spell that can't be spammed, spells in this group can be used together in combination. Some notes may be added to these spells for further rulings.
If a spell is used from a group, then spells from that group cannot be used for 18 seconds against the same target. The spam timer starts after the effect ENDS.
Singular is the only exception, as explained in the definition.
Here is the list. Spells are in alphabetical order for easy searching.
- Balagarn's iron horn
- Bigby's clenched fist
- Bigby's crushing hand
- Bigby's forceful hand
- Bigby's grasping hand
- Charm monster
- Charm person
- Charm person or animal
- Cloud of bewilderment
- Color spray
- Dominate monster
- Dominate person
- Evard's black tentacles
- Flesh to stone
- Great thunderclap
- Gust of wind
- Hammer of the gods
- Hold monster
- Hold person
- Mass charm
- Power word: stun
- Shadow daze
- Sound burst
- Stinking cloud
- Storm of vengeance
- Stunning fist**
- Tasha's hideous laughter
- Terrifying rage**
- Bigby's interposing hand
- Incendiary cloud
- Mass blindness/deafness
- Spike growth
- Vine mine
- Word of faith
- Circle of death
- Death arrow
- Finger of death
- Phantasmal killer
- Power word: kill
- Quivering palm
- Slay living
- Wail of the banshee
- Bestow curse
- Called shot arm***
- Called shot leg***
- Infestation of maggots
- Negative energy burst
- Ray of enfeeblement
- Energy drain
- Greater sanctuary
- Hide mode
- Imbue arrow
- Prismatic spray*****
- Seeker arrow
* Earthquake is in both the hold/stun and death categories. However, this may be soon to change.
** Knockdown, stunning fist, and terrifying rage are currently spammable with each other.
*** Called shot arm and leg are currently spammable with each other.
**** All spells or abilities in the hide category cannot be used until the user has been visible for 18 seconds after the last hide spell or ability expired. Note that invisibility is not in this category and is spammable.
***** Because the results for prismatic spray are random, it is under the singular group.
If the spell does not completely cast, such as fromspell failure or an action cancel, that spell does not count towards the spam count.
Another action that is regulated is running. Once you start melee, ranged combat or cast an offensive spell at an opponent, it is illegal to run away from an enemy until 6 seconds have passed. This is to prevent abuse of bugs and the hide rules. The rules have recently been changed regarding arcane archer feats and offensive spell casting. You must now wait 6 seconds after using these on an enemy before you can run away. These rules are intended to stop players from using ranged attacks while they run away from the enemy. If the target is standing still or running away from the attacker, then the attacker may run after 2 attacks or one spell. However, if another player is chasing the attacker, they must abide by the normal 6 second run rule.
Characters may not have more gold and total item value than experience. This rule is automatically enforced by the jail system, which will jail players who try to buy items or enter the arena when they have more gold then experience. The players will not be allowed to leave the jail until they drop the excess gold.
Players may not attack other members of their team. If they kill a teammate, they are petrified and anyone inside their range or below their range can kill them. In addition, their point total is subtracted by 5 points. If they ever reach -5 points, they are automatically booted from the game, though they can return at their will.
In addition, players are not allowed to heal or buff players of the opposite team except as an apology for misclicking on that player or hitting them with an attack of opportunity.
Antiworld also has rules against obvious violations, such as exploits, bug abusing, spamming, and hacking. In addition, trash talking, especially the insulting variety, is discouraged on Antiworld, and players can be banned for it. There is a catch-all crime called griefing that can be punished on Antiworld. Whenever a player tries to ruin another player's fun, through repeated suicide, trash talking, exclusive hunting, and other unsportsmanlike conduct, then they can be punished by a game master.
Game master teamEdit
All the rules are enforced by the moderating team, the game masters, or GMs. They can punish people by sending them to the pen, by freezing them, by booting them from the server, and by banning them for certain amounts of time. Players should not argue with staff members and should instead explain their situation and opinion politely. Persistent rulebreaking should always be reported to a game master or other staff member.
If no game master is on, players can report rulebreakers on the Pigeon Box in the Antiworld forums.  Players should submit screenshots of the rulebreaking as well as an explanation of the situation and the offending player's name and account.
Criminal record systemEdit
Antiworld maintains a criminal record system so that players and game masters can keep track of the punishments that game masters have given to a player. If a player is punished by a game master, then a criminal record is created for his CD key and is tied to that first account. If they are punished under another account with the same CD key, the punishment lists the account name as an alias of the original account. If a player is punished under the same account with a different CD key, his record is given another section for that new CD key.
The punishments are as follows. When a game master ports a player to the pen, it is listed as a verbal warning in the player's record. If a game master turns a player into a penguin as punishment, it is listed as a penguinization. Confusingly, penguinizations are also added to records for 2-hour bans. When a game master bans a player for 2 days, then it is listed as a temporary ban. On the record, permanent bans refer to a 5-day or longer ban, and are not permanent as the name might suggest.
When a game master's criminal record is viewed, it instead brings up his punishment record. This shows a listing of every punishment performed by that game master, with the recipient's name listed at the right.
Punishment records and criminal records are kept in a database that can be accessed here.
It should be noted that the game master team is well aware that their bans can be avoided by morally bankrupt players, however, the admin team takes particular joy in hunting these renegades down, as demonstrated by the punishment records of Hennet66 and Vertrandis-xd.   Avoiding a ban is the quickest way to get permanently banned from Antiworld.
Many changes have been made to the game in Antiworld. These changes never remove a feat or spell, only change its usage. The only exceptions to this are time stop and devastating critical. The wizard/sorcerer spell time stop has been disabled, but a single-use time stop item can be obtained in exchange for a most valuable mercenary award. Devastating critical can be turned on or off by a game master. When 'Anti-Dev mode' is activated, characters with the feat cannot enter the arena. The full list of updates can be found here and a compiled list of changes here; however, several classes have received major and noteworthy changes.
All disabling spells (paralyze, hold, stun, petrify, charm, dominate, confusion, fear, etc.) have had their duration lowered to 1/5 of the normal duration. Charm and dominate spells now daze the enemy. Wizard and sorcerer damage shields have had their damage reduced. Additionally elemental shield and mestil's acid sheath each become less powerful if stacked. Isaac's greater missile storm and Isaac's lesser missile storm have had their damage halved, casting time doubled, have a will save for 2/3 damage, and are condensed so that they do 2d6 damage per missile and grow by 1 missile per 4 levels. Greater sanctuary acts the same as sanctuary in that it has a will save. Epic warding has been reduced so that it only gives damage reduction of 30/+15. Bigby's crushing hand and Bigby's grasping hand now have more appropriate grappling checks. Many more spells have had certain aspects changed - a full list can be found here.
Several cleric spells that increase attack bonus no longer stack. These non-stackable spells are battletide, divine favor, and divine power. If one of these spells is cast while another is in effect, the attack bonus from the older spell will be replaced with that from the newer. In addition, the spells heal and greater restoration no longer heal the caster fully. Heal will only restore up to 200 hit points or 50% health if cast on self, or up to 400 hit points if used on an ally. Greater restoration heals up to 20% of a target's hit points to a maximum of 100 hp. Divine favor grants two less attack and damage bonus than normal (it is capped at +3 attack/damage bonus rather than +5).
Divine favor grants two less attack and damage bonus than normal (it is capped at +3 attack/damage bonus rather than +5).
Many shifter shapes now take advantage of every item slot. Monk AC doesn't merge anymore while polymorphed.
Blackguards have access to an improved spell list. These spells include eagle's splendor, darkness, and ultravision at level 5; protection from elements and freedom of movement at level 8; a new corrupt blade ability at level 10, which adds negative damage to a weapon. In order to gain these spells, a small file must be downloaded from here.
Assassins now gain access to fox's cunning at level 2 and hide in plain sight at level 8. In order to acquire these feats upon leveling up, a small file must be downloaded from here. In addition, the assassin death attack is rarely useful due the constant combat in Antiworld. It is very difficult to catch an opponent when there is no combat within 100 feet, therefore the death attack usually has no effect other than dealing sneak damage.
Mighty rage now gives an effective +8 to strength and constitution and is a separate ability from barbarian rage. That means that barbarians receive the full benefits of the ability regardless of the +12 ability cap. This bonus is shown in an additional +4 magic damage, +4 attack bonus, +4 bonus to fortitude, +3 bonus to will, +4 bonus to discipline and concentration, and 4 temporary hit points per barbarian level. In addition, thundering rage gives barbarians the ability to penetrate dragon damage reduction. Terrifying rage cannot affect characters out of range and cannot be used on another player more than once a minute.
Pale masters Edit
Purple dragon knights Edit
Winged gods are players that are allowed to change their appearance inside Antiworld by talking to the archivist NPC. They also gain access to a special area where they can get wings and/or tail. Once this title was given to donators, however, this practice was discontinued long ago once it was found that this violated the End-User License Agreement. Recently, the staff has begun giving this title to exemplary players in order to reward them for good behavior. Players can also gain access to the wingery area as a reward for their Most Valuable Mercenary prize.
Antiworld has a large and diverse staff that traverses the globe. All staff members work to punish rulebreakers. They are listed below, with their game accounts in parentheses if they are different from their forum accounts.
The Game Masters (GMs) moderate the forums and the server, enforcing the rules. The current GMs are
- Azor-Goéland (ILikeKillAndYou)
- Big Bad Wolf (Blazin Bird),
- Moff (abadname),
- Necavit (Ramith),
- Noobie one,
- Pingu The Clay Penguin (thesheepattackedmefirstitellyou),
- Uengoshi (misobenotlafsta),
- Wind Bayse (Shade_Paradigm), and
- Zoe Zero.
The Dungeon Masters (DMs) have access to the dungeon master client and can fix bugged characters. The dungeon masters are currently the only way to relevel a red dragon disciple, though the staff is working on an automatic red dragon disciple releveler. They are famous for launching events of sorts, commonly called pwnages, where they disrupt the normal capture the flag in some way. This can vary from dropping monsters in the arena, porting everyone to the welcome, caging them in, and rinsing them with bombardment spells, to attacking players with their rigged DM characters or super powerful non-player characters. These events are generally enjoyed by many players, who enjoy the occasional break from the routine. The current DMs are
- Lord Ven,
- Necavit (Ramith),
- Xen (Xen_Ted_Zen), and
- Jak (jak-o-shadows).
The administrators control the server. They have access to anything and everything. They often help create and run the pwnages. The administrators are responsible for the upkeep of the server itself and do most of the developing for Antiworld. The current administrators are
- Xargoth (ENIRO),
- Vladiat0r, and
Players on Antiworld tend to use certain words that are inapplicable outside of Antiworld or NWN. This is somewhat complete listing of these words.
- Effy: Effortless player. Effortless players are at least 6 levels lower than your character and are therefore out of your range in Antiworld. It is often used to inform a rulebreaking 'effy' that he is attacking someone that is above his range.
- Imp: Impossible player. Although certain impossible players are only 5 levels higher than your character, most impossible characters are more than 5 levels above your character. Therefore, the term is most commonly used to tell a 'imp' that they are attacking someone below their range.
- Pengy: Penguin. A player who has been penguinized for killing a player who is below his range. Players below his range and inside his range are allowed to kill him while he is penguinized.
- Penguinized: The act of being turned into a penguin for killing an effy. Also a punishment that can be given by a game master, though it is usually used as a joke rather than as a legitimate punishment.
- Stoned: The act of being petrified for killing a teammate. These players can be attacked by anyone in their range or below their range. This term can also be used to refer to players who are affected by the spell flesh to stone.
- WG: Winged God.
- GM: Game Master.
- DM: Dungeon Master.
- Admin: Administrator.
- Spamming: Using a certain ability, spell, feat, or effect more than once every 18 seconds, in a way that breaks Antiworld's spam rules.
- Confused: The spell confusion can force a player to attack the nearest player indiscriminately. This can force a player to kill an imp, effy, or teammate against their will. It is often used a manner such as "Sorry, I'm confused", meaning that they have no control over their actions due to the confusion and therefore did not intend to break the rules.
- Hips: Hide in plain sight. At Antiworld, the acronym HIPS is also used to refer to the spamming of stealth mode in general, which is illegal whether the character has hide in plain sight or not.
- AoO: Attack of opportunity. Often used in apology for an unintended attack of opportunity against a character out of range.
- MvM: Most Valuable Mercenary. See above for detailed information.
- Pwnage: An event of sorts in which the dungeon masters and administrators decide to disrupt the normal game for whatever reason. The event can be anything from swarms of creatures inside the arena to a massive bombardment of spells and projectiles in the Welcome area. These are usually done once a month or every other month. Certain dungeon masters and administrators will award experience and gold after the event.
- AW: Antiworld.
Antiworld is the only gameworld in its category to be inducted into the Neverwinter Vault Hall of Fame: NWVault Hall of Fame "Capture the Flag" Gameworlds.