Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame mods for August were announced recently at Planet Elder Scrolls. According to APY, all six projects come from modders that have never been inducted before — so congrats to all the first-time honorees!

Oblivion

  • Frostmourne and Lich King’s Helm by jojjo: Adds enchanted and unenchanted one and two-handed versions of the sword and enchanted and unenchanted versions of the helm.
  • Better Letters by Cliffworms: Want a new twist on the game? With this mod, all written letters (love notes and such) have been replaced with new stuff.
  • Qarl’s Texture Pack 3 – Redimized by Bomret and Dev_Akm: A project that lets folks enjoy Qarl’s Texture Pack with lower PC hardware requirements.

Morrowind

  • Building Up Uvirith’s Grave by Acheron: This mod allows Telvanni players to expand Tel Uvirith into a town which reflects the player’s tastes and faction affiliations. Check out all the options here.
  • Necessities of Morrowind by Taddeus & Nymeria: Realism increases with this mod as it requires your character to eat, drink and sleep.
  • GIANTS Ultimate by The Puma Man: A mod that adds nearly 200 new enemies to fight — giants, mummies, and more…oh my!

Again, congrats to this month’s nominees…great work!

Morrowind Modding Invitational Results

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Back in June, I posted a head’s up on a modding invitational for Morrowind modders. Fliggerty, who put everything together, let me know this week that the results are up. You can check those out here.

Congrats go out to all that participated — sounds like everyone had fun doing it. Also, Fliggerty indicated to me that he might have an idea for another invitational in the near future. Stay tuned!

Mod Interview: Buddah

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This week’s mod interview is with Micky Lundell, better known as Buddah within the BSG forums. Buddah lives in the small town of Weber, Minnesota. There he works for Qwest Communications, where his job responsibilities relate to POTS (plain old telephone service) and PANS (pretty amazing new stuff).

Buddah is a long-standing fan of The Elder Scrolls series, who has taken it upon himself to maintain an extensive collection of Elder Scrolls mods. After learning this, I imagined his computer as the storage area where the Ark of the Covenant goes at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Of course, that would mean he’d never be able to find any of the stuff that he stores, so I guess my analogy fails…

Anyways, on with the interview…

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July Hall of Fame Entries

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A day after the NFL announced it’s latest Hall of Fame inductees, Planet Elder Scrolls posted the latest Hall of Fame entries for Morrowind and Oblivion mod projects. Congrats are in order for the following:

Morrowind Mods

  • Clean Hunters rifle by Phijama: A challenging, yet fulfilling mod for Phijama to complete, this mod brings two rifles and a revolver to Oblivion.
  • Fliggerty’s Armor Project by Fliggerty and Friends: This mod compiles 90+ armor mods into one mod. For more details, visit Fliggerty’s website.
  • Oblivion Mods

  • Wyrmfang by Nicoroshi: This mod adds one Wyrmfang sword, and one Wyrmfang defensive dagger to the Necromancer’s Asylum at the bottom of Mackamentain Aylied ruins.
  • Ultimate Music Pack by Matti Paalanen: This mod features 23 new music tracks to Oblivion.
  • Supreme Magicka (Update) by Strategy Master / Flyfightfle: This mod overhauls the magic system in Oblivion. To use it, be sure to also have OBSE installed.
  • No word if Planet Elder Scrolls intends to start creating busts in tribute to the honored mods. Maybe they’ll add that for the August inductees :).

    Mod interview: Conan Scarface

    This week’s mod interview is with Conan Scarface from the BGS forums. He’s actually a man of many names. His Chinese name is Yen-Jen Wang and his Japanese name is Heiji Hatsutoli (he goes by Hatsutoli on TES Nexus and Planet Elder Scrolls). Currently he lives in Tainan, a municipality of Taiwan.

    The video above is a trailer for his Tiefling Races mod.

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    June HOF Mods

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    Planet Elder Scrolls had announced last month’s Hall of Fame mods for both Oblivion and Morrowind. Per usual, for mods to reach this prestigious status they must be downloaded at least 5,000 times, have been available for at least three months, and receive a minimum of 25 votes with a score of 8 or higher. Here are the six mods that made the cut in the month of June:

    For Morrowind

    • Darknut’s Creature Textures Morrowind by Darknut: A new texture update that covers most of the creatures in Morrowind
    • Blasphemous Revenants by Fliggerty and Friends: Companion mod that puts you as an apprentice to to an aging necromancer. Here your character will learn the art of gathering corpses, preparing them for arcane rituals, and summoning and commanding vast armies of the dead.
    • Oblivion-Style Spellcasting by Fliggerty: This mod enables you to cast spells while your weapon is drawn. The mod requires that you have both the Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions.

    For Oblivion

    • Nascosto Isles 3 by janb: Landmass mod full of unique houses, caves, dungeons, and ruins to explore. Here you’ll learn about the Aylmer, who were the first inhabitants of the Nascosto Isles, and save the island from an impending attack, while battling in Pirate Cove.
    • Oblivion Mod Makers Manual V1.4 by Lord_Gannondorf: Helpful manual for modding Oblivion. Requires MS Word or a PDF viewer.
    • Let the People Drink! by Qazaaq and Khornate: This mod adds new fountains and a aqueduct system to Imperial City.

    Congrats to all the new inductees!

    Some tidbits from the latest PC Gamer

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    This morning I read through the August issue of PC Gamer (US) and thought I’d share a few things that you might be interested in looking at.

    • In Desslock’s monthly column (page 96), he discusses how he’d like to see improvements within open world games and cites Oblivion as an example. In one example, he mentions he’d love to see the skeleton heads from Oblivion being used as bowling balls and rib cages used as xylophones. Yeah, I can’t argue that.
    • For you modders out there, Brett Todd’s featured column “Homebrew” focuses on rules modders should abide by. Check out his “Five Commandments” on page 98.
    • On the final page of the magazine, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw discusses his experience playing Oblivion, and how he struggles sometimes with the concept of open-world games. If you haven’t seen it already, you can watch Yahtzee’s Zero Punctuation review of Oblivion here.
    • On the same page, there’s a blurb teasing that the next issue of PC Gamer (September 2008) will feature hands-on impressions of Fallout 3. A few weeks back, Senior Associate Editor Dan Stapleton came by the office to play the game. Here at the office, we’ll be just as interested as you guys to see what he thought.

    If you’re a PC Gamer subscriber, the August issue of PC Gamer should be in your mailbox any day now.

    Mod interview: Gez

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    This week’s mod interview is with Gez — who recently was named the Head of Concept Art for the mod project Tamriel Rebuilt. His nickname, which he uses on several sites, is a simple nickname from his initials (Gaël Zimmermann). Gez lives in France where he studies English. He’s looking to head out to the University of Birmingham next year.

    On with the interview…

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