Plant a Tree

Who knew Nick Breckon’s initials also stood for Nature Boy? His recent (and totally awesome) Skyrim mod, Plant Trees, lets you purchase and plant seeds throughout the world. Watch the video above to see how trees grow over time.

If that’s not cool enough, his v0.5 update adds a new item, the Staff of Efflorescence, that allows you to fire off some pretty potent flower power. Watch the video below to see it’s impressive effects.

Download Plant Trees on the Skyrim Workshop

Weekend update: Skyrim Workshop Collections and more

As the weekend winds down, here’s some Skyrim goodness from around the web.

Valve recent added a new feature, Collections, to the Skyrim Workshop. To learn more, read the Steam Workshop blog and give last week’s Bethesda Podcast a listen. Here’s a snippet from the former describing the new feature:

“Help expose the talent and craftsmanship found across the Steam Workshop by creating collections of mods or items that you feel work well together or to highlight content you think other people should pay attention to. Numerous artists and fans have already created quite a few collections of the incredible items submitted to the Workshop for Team Fortress 2. And PC Gamer was eager to jump in and put together a couple collections for Skyrim, highlighting their favorite Improvements and New Content.”
In other news, Gamespot continues their weekly feature highlighting Skyrim mods hosted on the Nexus and Workshop. In their 3/24 update (watch the video above), they highlight the following mods:
Finally, level designer Joel Burgess has posted his GDC 2012 talk on his personal blog. Titled Pursuing Elegance – Simplicity, Complexity, and Finding your Creative Process, the lengthy transcript is a great read for modders and prospective gamer designers. Here’s a quick sample…
“Layout is one of those things that universally is the purview of the level designer, anywhere you may go.  While the specifics of the job will vary greatly based on the studio and project, pacing and the sequence are always the concern of a level designer.  When we first approached Skyrim, we knew that there was one big layout problem we hoped to fix.”
That’s all for now. Have a great week.

Roundup: Mods and Mayhem

Gamespot continues turns to the Dark Side with their latest Skyrim update. Featured (and unbelievably sweet) mods include:

Haven’t started using the Creation Kit? Eurogamer put together an article on getting started. Check it out here, and don’t forget to check out www.CreationKit.com for more.

In other news, both Bethesda Game Studios and id Software have advanced to Round 2 of The Escapist’s March Mayhem Developer Showdown. Show your support as id takes on Nintendo, while  BGS challenges Hal Laboratory.

Skyrim Roundup

We’re back with another round of updates on Skyrim…

In the video above, Gamespot continues their weekly look Skyrim mods — both from the Skyrim Workshop and Skyrim Nexus. Mods featured this time include:

Looking for more Skyrim mods. Techland’s Matt Peckham has a new feature sharing his top 20 mods for the game.

Elsewhere on the web, check out these links…

Before we go… we leave you with BenSpinSpace’s piano arrangement for Morrowind.

Follow Authors on the Skyrim Workshop

In a new update to the Skyrim Workshop, the team at Valve have added a new feature that allows you to  follow your favorite mod authors. For an explanation, here’s a snippet from the Valve’s Workshop blog:

“For any item, you can click ‘View all shared files’ to see what else the author has created, and then choose to follow that author. Following someone in the Workshop will let you easily discover the latest items and mods that they create, which is accessible through the “Followed Authors” filter on the right side of the Workshop. If you’re just getting started with the Workshop, let us point out a few of the more than 5,000+ authors that have been busy contributing.”

Pretty easy, right? To start following folks, visit mods.elderscrolls.com and make sure you’re logged into your Steam account.

Happy Modding Day! Creation Kit, Skyrim Workshop, High-Res Texture Pack released!

Modders rejoice! We’re pleased to announce that the Skyrim Creation Kit is now available!

With the Creation Kit’s release, fans can now upload, download, and install custom content through the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. Get a crash course by reading level designer Joel Burgess’ blog post, and be sure to read up on our list of best practices for modding. Need more help? Don’t forget to to check out the official Wiki at www.CreationKit.com. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be sharing tutorial videos for beginners and experts alike. Check out the first tutorial above, and visit the Bethesda Game Studios YouTube Channel for more.

In addition to releasing the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop, today we’re allowing players to experience Skyrim as you’ve never seen it before with the Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack. Before downloading it from Steam, make sure your system requirements exceed Skyrim’s recommended specs before attempting to install, including Windows Vista/7, a minimum of 4GB of system RAM, and a DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with at least 1 GB of RAM and the latest drivers.

Skyrim Tweak Guide Livestream

To help PC players get the most out of Skyrim, last month we shared info on NVIDIA’s official tweak guide. If you missed the guide or were overwhelmed by its massiveness, you won’t want to miss NVIDIA’s livestream event taking place tomorrow.

During the stream, NVIDIA’s Kris Rey and Andrew Coonrad will discuss the guide’s ins and outs. They’ll also be joined by two special guests from the Skyrim modding community — Martigen (Martigen’s Mutant Mod & Martigen’s Monster Mod) and Skyrim Nexus’ founder and operator, DarkOne.

Catch all the fun tomorrow (January 10th) on NVIDIA’s Twitch TV channel. The stream begins at 11 AM PST.