Spread the joy with these community contests


Wanted to share word on a few community contests that were brought to my attention.

The Nexus community sites (as in New Vegas Nexus and TESNexus) are closing in on reaching 2.5 million registered members. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve kicked off a modding competition on both site. The site’s administrator, DarkOne, details the competition’s rules here. Here’s an excerpt…

“Ergo the theme of this modding competition will be “The community we are in”. I’m hoping to see some great mods that cover users in the community that might have influenced you during your time here, the various sites of the community that you are a part of (it doesn’t just have to be the Nexus!) and what you like about the community.

The type of mod you make, be it a quest, a new landmass, a house or castle, NPCs, weapons, armour, etc. is totally up to you but I will look more favourably upon entries that have a quest in them because I’m a sucker for a good quest! That doesn’t mean a mod with a quest in is going to win, however, and if you come up with something really unique then I’ll probably love it! A Nexus defence mod, for example, where you defend fort Nexus from a horde of trolls with your fellow moderators wielding ban hammers by your side is something I’ve dreamt about… “

Elsewhere, TES Alliance has already kicked off their Salute to Skyrim contest. As the title indicates, it’s a competition where users are encouraged to pay tribute to Skyrim — whether it be a mod for Morrowind or Oblivion, artwork, poetry, etc.. For more details, check out the contest page on TES Alliance.

New Creation Kit to bring modding tools to Skyrim


Bethesda has a long history of supporting the modding community, and for good reason. It’s a science fact that mod tools make the world a better place: they make modders happy because they can mod, they make developers happy to see modders gaining experience, and they make fans happy to see an endless stream of content they can mess around with. So today we were pretty happy to finally confirm our plans to continue that support with Skyrim.

As Game Informer confirmed on Monday, Skyrim’s new engine has been dubbed the “Creation Engine.” Accompanying that engine will be the Creation Kit, our suite of level-building tools that we’ll be releasing to the community, much like the Elder Scrolls Construction Set for Morrowind and Oblivion.

The Kit was recently mentioned in the Game Informer article on the tech behind Skyrim. While we have nothing further to announce regarding the Kit at this time, give that article a read for more details on just how powerful these tools will be.

Mod in progress: Project Nevada

The video above is for Project Nevada, a work-in-progress New Vegas mod that includes plenty of nice features — including unique HUD visors, enhanced vision modes, new scopes, dynamic crosshairs, and even the ability to sprint and tackle (don’t miss the hilarious tackle at the 3:25 mark of the video).

Project Nevada is brought to you by the same guys that created Fallout 3 Wanderers Edition (FWE) — a project we showcased a couple years back. To learn more about Project Nevada, visit the current discussion thread in our New Vegas forums.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame – November Entries


Planet Elder Scrolls has announced the newest Hall of Fame mods for both Morrowind and Oblivion. Join us in celebrating the latest inductees…

Morrowind mods

  • Hilgya the Seamstress Expansion 1 by Plangkye: More than 80 new articles of Better Bodies clothing have been added to Hilgya’s store in Dagon Fel. Requires Hilgya the Seamstress.esm.
  • Daedric Warhammer Replacement by Android (shown above): This mod replaces all generic daedric warhammers in the game with a new model and texture, stats remain the same.
  • Pursuit Enhanced by Yacoby: The chase is on. This mod makes up to six people or creatures that are chasing/attacking you follow you through load areas.

Oblivion Mods

  • Companion Share/Recruit by Talkie Toaster: Boss NPCs around or make friends with them! This mod allows you to recruit any NPC in the land to follow you, give them orders, and even access their inventories. Alternatively, you can make friends and influence people by giving gifts, then borrow things from them.
  • Expanded Hotkeys and Spell Delete by scruggs: Just like it sounds, this mod increases the number of hotkeys (to 28) and also lets you delete spells from your spell book.
  • Banes Witchking Lair by Bane: Lord of the Rings fans won’t want to miss this mod inspired by Tolkien’s masterpiece.

Congrats to all of the these modders for their work!

New Vegas is Dance Central

Even Benny’s got some serious moves on the wasteland dance floor thanks to a New Vegas mod currently making the rounds. With a single console command, you too can bring out the inner “Hip Hop Shake” in every on-screen character. While the PC mod doesn’t technically support Kinect, we won’t stop you from rearranging your furniture and gettin’ busy.

Download umpa’s dance mod, and many others, on the New Vegas Nexus.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame


Wanted to give a shout out to the recent inductees to Planet Elder Scrolls’ modding hall of fame. Today we look at the mods added for the months of August and October.

Morrowind Mods

Oblivion Mods

Congrats to the modders are their fine work!

Fallout Bulletin: Tips, Mods and More


You’re exploring the New Vegas wasteland, and then it hits you: if only there was something that added more grass to the game. You hit a roadblock on the Road, and suddenly find yourself scrambling for a tip to get past those darn Radscorpions. You’ve conquered Caesar, but what you’d really like is some way, any way, to bottle water.

Well, we have the links for you.

First up, the New Vegas Nexus has officially opened, offering a convenient home for many of the game’s modders. The site already features dozens and dozens of files to sample, and only some of them are explicit. Check it out.

In an effort to weed out the best of the best mods, PC Gamer has listed their 25 favorites. Everything from depth-of-field hacks to higher-stakes gambling is featured. If you like one-hit headshots, they have a mod for you.

Ripten also has a list of five essential New Vegas PC mods, including a camera shift for those that like a more centered perspective.

Planet Fallout has their own set of modding guides in the works. Check out their first and second posts offering top-quality mods.

1Up.com shares 10 tips for braving the post-nuclear wilds of the West. Their second tip: become a kleptomaniac. Obviously this guide is good for your cap wallet, but not for the good of heart.

The latest episode of own Bethesda Podcast also has plenty of tips and hints, courtesy New Vegas game guide author David Hodgson. Snowglobe spots and effective builds are discussed.

Finally, let’s say you’re still scraping together the caps to buy New Vegas. No problem: FileBlog has five Fallout 3 mods to keep you busy in the meantime.