Premium modules are the Neverwinter Nights modules that were available for purchase. These modules were created by, or on behalf of, BioWare designers and provide hours of entertainment with engrossing storylines, professional voice acting, enchanting musical scores, new in-game content, and much more. Together with the modules comprising the official campaigns, these are the only modules that are allowed to cost money.
Initially, starting in 2004, premium modules could be bought and downloaded from the BioWare website. Later, the first three modules would be re-released for purchase in brick-and-mortar stores as the Kingmaker boxed set, which was itself later incorporated into the Diamond Edition. As an anti-piracy measure, the downloaded premium modules require authentication over an internet connection whenever they are started or loaded from a save. The versions in boxed sets do not have this restriction.
While the first three premium modules took place in custom campaign settings, a decision by Wizards of the Coast would later mandate that all official modules must take place in the Forgotten Realms. Hence, starting with Pirates of the Sword Coast, the premium modules have been set in various Forgotten Realms locations.
Development of premium modules was halted at the request of Atari during the summer of 2006. Sales of the existing modules continued from BioWare's online store until the end of August, 2009, when Atari requested that they no longer be sold. The authentication server shut down on October 12, 2015, rendering all downloaded premium modules unplayable.
Other (free) BioWare modules exist outside the premium module program.
Released premium modules
The Premium Neverwinter Nights Modules are listed below, in order of release. (Kingmaker, ShadowGuard, and Witch's Wake were released at the same time to launch the premium module program. Furthermore, Witch's Wake was included with the purchase of ShadowGuard.)
Journey to battle your enemy and discover the secrets of the Keep of Cyan.
Kingmaker includes new music, voice-acting, and henchman scripting.
Designed for single-player.
You have attracted the attention of the ShadowGuard, secretive Imperial agents, due to your work at the Imperial Academy.
ShadowGuard features new music and a ration-based rest system.
Designed for single-player.
Go on a journey of self-discovery after your death with the assistance of a slightly-off-center witch.
This module was planned to be the beginning of a series, with this part being titled The Fields of Battle. However, due to the decision to restrict official modules to the Forgotten Realms, sequels could not be released as premium modules. Furthermore, sequels could not be released as (free) unofficial modules because Atari would not relinquish the copyright on the series.
Pirates of the Sword Coast
Join the crew of the Midnight Rose and simply try to survive the perils of the high seas. Select your pirate crew from friends and prospective pirates shore-side.
Pirates of the Sword Coast included the ability for builders to create underwater adventures with new models and tileset additions such as sharks and sunken ships. (These were later included in a patch, and thus made available to all NWN players.)
Multiplayer- and DM-friendly.
Released in 2005.
Explore the ever-changing realm of Undermountain.
Infinite Dungeons brings adventurers into the Undermountain of Halaster with randomly generated levels, NPCs (including hirelings) and randomly generated treasure. It is suggested that you have a fairly powerful computer before using this premium module, as it is more power-hungry than normal NWN due to the heavy scripting.
Infinite Dungeons can run multiplayer, but cannot use the dedicated server due to authentication requirements.
Released in 2006.
Wyvern Crown of Cormyr
Compete in jousting tournaments to gain money and prestige in Cormyr.
Wyvern Crown of Cormyr has already introduced flowing cloaks, tabards, and longcloaks to the NWN community, and it is hoped that the ridable horses will soon be included as well. Includes a new Tir Nan'Og tile-set which has over 1200 various tiles. The Purple Dragon Knights are a prestige class new to this module.
Wyvern Crown of Cormyr is single-player only. It was produced by DLA. Released in 2006.
Former premium modules
The premium module program was halted while a few modules were under development. One of these, namely Wyvern Crown of Cormyr, was so close to completion that the program was extended to cover its release. The other modules under development were dropped. Some of these dropped modules were completed and released to the community for free.
The HeX Coda
The HeX Coda is a sci-fi/fantasy themed module, made by Stefan Gagne. It was considered for the premium module program but had to be rejected because it was not set in the Forgotten Realms. Later, the module was released for free in 2005.
Tyrants of the Moonsea
Tyrants of the Moonsea, unlike the other premium modules, was intended exclusively for upper level characters. In 2006, Alazander released this module to the community for free. In 2019, it was released by Ossian Studios for Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition.