Armored spiders (shown frolicking happily in the video below) are the stars of Neverwinter’s Hero of the North Founder’s Pack program. The pack guarantees access and VIP perks to Neverwinter’s second beta weekend for a limited time on March 8-10 and March 22-24, as well as access to a unique playable race and companion.

The upcoming game will also make an appearance at PAX East in the form of playable demos featuring the latest pre-launch updates, and the Great Weapon Fighter class – available to the public for the first time. 

In other Neverwinter news, author R.A. Salvatore (The Legend of Drizzt) will be signing books at the video game convention, and promoting his latest novel, The Last Threshold, the fourth book in the Neverwinter Saga, releasing on March 5. The book signing takes place on March 22 through March 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST at the Neverwinter booth. 

"Neverwinter is one of the most anticipated games of 2013 and we're happy to once again participate in PAX East, with a bigger booth, more gameplay, and one of America's best known fantasy authors," says Andrew Brown, general manager of Perfect World Entertainment. "Last year's event was amazing and we're looking forward to showing Boston what's new."

On a last note, those interested in the direction MMORPGs are heading can visit the Future of Online Games panel led by Neverwinter lead producer Andy Velasquez on March 22 at 5:30 p.m EST.  

PAX East takes place from March 22 to March 24 in Boston, Massachusetts.