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The Community Expansion Pack (CEP) is a large hak pak collection of community-made custom content. Most of the included material comes from content previously posted on the Neverwinter Vault by independent users, with additional content developed specifically for the CEP. Included content is organized to function properly together, with necessary updates made to models, scripts, and .2da files. The CEP is intended to be a "universal" download — players can download this single package to access a large number of modules and persistent worlds that otherwise would have each required their own individual downloads.
Builders using the CEP for their module have the option of selecting which CEP content appears in-game. Custom content from the CEP does not override default Neverwinter Nights content. The CEP has been very successful, and many long-term players have found the CEP to be as vital to Neverwinter Nights as the expansion packs.
Version history Edit
CEP has had several versions over the years. The latest version allows playing any module that requires CEP 2.0 or higher. The previous set of versions (1.X) used a different organization, so require a separate download. A player with CEP 1.X installed can play any module requiring that version or lower.
Prior to version 2.0, CEP was available both in a format that required both (official) expansion packs and in a format that did not. The version 2.x series, however, strictly requires both Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark.
Version 2.4 Edit
Version 2.4 of CEP is the latest version, available on the Neverwinter Vault. A full download of the new version is recommended for both players and builders, as some of the existing content has been updated and much more new content has been added.
The CEP Updater is no longer used after version 2.3 (using the older updater will overwrite content from CEP 2.4).
- CEP 2.4 file list (includes the hak order for builders)
Version 2.3 Edit
Version 2.3 of CEP was submitted to the Neverwinter Vault on 12 January 2010, following earlier submissions of beta tests. Periodic updates with new content, made after the base version 2.3 was released on the Vault, were available though use of the included CEP Updater.
Version 2.2 Edit
On 1 December 2008, version 2.2 was uploaded to the Neverwinter Vault. It is the second CEP release which requires the last patch for Neverwinter Nights, 1.69. Version 2.2 also marked the second release to include content from the newly-acquired Classic Roleplaying Adaptation Project (C.R.A.P.), most notably in the form of optional tilesets specific to C.R.A.P. However, at the time of release, not all C.R.A.P. content had been completely rolled into CEP 2.2 due to technical issues. This is slated to be addressed in future CEP releases. As with prior CEP releases, a great deal of new and older-but-requested user-created content was included as well.
Version 2.1 Edit
Version 2.1 of CEP was submitted to the Neverwinter Vault on 23 April 2008. It (and all later versions) requires game version 1.69.
Version 2.0 Edit
Version 2.0 of CEP was submitted to the Neverwinter Vault on 30 September 2006. It requires game version 1.68.