Around the Web – Bunker Down Edition

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With frigid temperatures in our nation’s capital, it’s time to get under a blanket, grab a warm bottle of mead, and check out the web’s best Bethesda fun from around the web — none more fitting than IGN’s look at the best winter levels in gaming.

While we hunker down, Fallout fans are bunkering down underground to celebrate birthdays in Vault 30 — a vault used to celebrate the birthday of Reddit user VaultoftheSix. Get more pics here.

Meanwhile down under…

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Members from BattleCry Studios have safely made their way back to Austin from Melbourne and were nice enough to bring back plenty of new previews and interviews for the game — including The Escapists’ hands-on impressions describing the game as “a deliciously in-your-face alternate reality brawler with a beautiful art style”. For more on the game, check out the stories below…

Explosion — “The new PAX video revealed a new gameplay mode for Battlecry–Land Grab. Basically, Land Grab looks like a zone control multiplayer battle. I am glad there will be alternate modes besides a basic team deathmatch mode. I expect more gameplay modes will be incorporated to the game later.”

Geek Bomb — “As a huge fan of online multiplayer games and in particular free-to-play, I was immediately drawn to the highly-stylised visuals and breakneck pace. It’s clear to see the game is aimed at the competitive market and it’s a perfect fit, with a learning curve that’s quick to understand but incredibly difficult to master, it requires skill, precision and most importantly teamwork.”

Interviews — Read and watch new interview with design director Lucas Davis at both GameCloud and KayleGames.

As a reminder to those down under, BATTLECRY’s Beta is coming first to Australia. Visit the official site to sign up.

And tonight’s update ends with a short, but amazing rendition of Skyrim’s theme from opera singer Kari Kirk, whose son, David, captured it live. Great work, mom!

Vault Boy of the Month – Robotics Expert

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Frankenstein made a monster. Vault Boy made a Robot. And with that, October’s Vault Boy Tee of the Month is here and it’s a Bethesda community favorite: Robotics Expert! We’re very excited (and hope you are, too) to celebrate this popular perk.

Per usual, you have one week to order this limited shirt. And for more Fallout goodness, don’t miss our new hats for the game.

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On the Storefront: Bobblehead Bonanza!

Those empty spots on your bobblehead stand collecting dust? Well wait no longer!  Series two of Vault-Tec bobbleheads from Gaming Heads is on the way. Available individually or as a set, series two picks up where series one left off with the addition of:

  • Barter
  • Charisma
  • Explosives
  • Intelligence
  • Sneak
  • Speech
  • Unarmed

Build up those skills and statistics by pre-ordering from store.bethsoft.com or gamingheads.com and securing your favorite bobblehead(s).

Friday Fan Art: Constructed Whaler?

There’s certainly no “free Willy” in  TheWhaleOilKing’s perfectly constructed Lego Whaling Trawler above. From plastic to painting, we show off some of this week’s incredible artwork spanning multiple titles including Fallout New Vegas, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and more Dishonored. Then we have some cosplay coming from DeviantArt and San Diego Comic Con.

Check out the album below to see what talent we’ve found inspiring. We dont’ want to stop now! Send us your work (whatever it may be*) by emailing bethblog@bethsoft.com, or by social media (#BethesdArt).

*By “whatever it may be” we mean nothing graphic. Keep it SFW.

QuakeCon 2014 – Earth Shattering Sales for PC

You don’t have to be at QuakeCon to celebrate North America’s Largest LAN Party. With numerous QuakeCon sales taking place this weekend, you can call home your personal BYOC for the weekend.

Throughout QuakeCon weekend (July 17th – 20th) you can purchase the QuakeCon 2014 Pack, which favorites from the id Software and Bethesda library — all at one low cost of $99. The package features some all-time favorites, as well as two brand-new additions for 2014 — Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls Online! All together, this special collection includes:

  • Dishonored: Game of the Year
  • Fallout: Classic Collection
  • DOOM 3: BFG Edition
  • DOOM Classic Complete
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition

We will also be offering deals each day on individual id Software and Bethesda Softworks’ titles via Steam. Daily deals include:

  • Thursday:  Dishonored: Game of the Year and all Dishonored DLC at 50-75% off
  • Friday:  Wolfenstein: The New Order and DOOM Sale at 50-75% off
  • Saturday:  Fallout 3: Game of the Year, Fallout: New Vegas, and all Fallout: Classic Collection at 50-75% off
  • Sunday: The Elder Scrolls Sale, with Elder Scrolls titles selling for 50-75% off

To celebrate QuakeCon and the just announced addition of The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam, both the Standard and Imperial Editions of ESO will be offered at a discount throughout QuakeCon weekend for $30 and $47.99, respectively.

For full details on the QuakeCon 2014 pack and a complete list of the weekend and daily deals, please visit the QuakeCon Steam sale.

Other QuakeCon sales are also happening at your other favorite online retailers. Be sure to check out GameStop, Amazon, and GameFly this weekend for details.

July Vault Boy of the Month: Pyromaniac!

Who says that Vault Boy can’t be holding a sparkler instead of a matchstick in this month’s shirt? Let’s put that pyromania to good use and light some awesome fireworks! Pyromaniac on vibrant red is this month’s Vault Boy of the Month shirt in honor of Independence Day!

Ignite your wardrobe by heading over to store.bethsoft.com. Be safe this 4th of July and please don’t set the world on fire.