Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter (HON) for Facebook is an adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) 4th edition rules in the Forgotten Realms setting, centering around the Neverwinter city-state. Liquid Entertainment simplified the D&D paper RPG by limiting details and choices and hiding dice rolls. There are numerous races and classes in the D&D paper RPG but in HON, you can create one character from a permutation of four races: Human, Eldrin (elf), Dragonborne, Halfling (hobbit) and four classic classes: Rogue, Fighter, Cleric and Wizard.
Most of the action happens as dungeon crawl adventures underneath the city of Neverwinter. The dungeons are faithful to the paper RPG rules, using square grids for movement and initiative rules for combat. You can borrow instances of your Facebook friends' characters or hire ones from a recruiter to form a party up to four members. However if you want to maximize experience points, you should take fewer than four but know the monsters and exploit their weaknesses. When an another player's character is in use, a message is sent to the owner and the owner may participate by spectating and giving resources to the party. The loot system is unique in that one is presented with ten cards to draw from varying quality of treasure cards. That said, you can mitigate luck by buying luck potions which gives more card draws. Once you reach level 10, you can use a level editor to make your own dungeon and charge an entrance fee. The level editor was not available during the demo.
HON does a great job at faithfully recreating the complex D&D paper RPG experience and yet remain simple enough for most casual players to pick up and play. I look forward to making my own dungeons and exploring fan-made dungeons. HON is scheduled for release this year but neither the developer, Liquid Entertainment nor the publisher, Atari have any details online.