Modding Interview: Cipscis

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Welcome back for another modding interview. This week we journey to Auckland, New Zealand to meet Mark Hanna (aka Cipscis). Mark is currently a university student (studying Biomedical Enginneering), and when he’s not studying, he enjoys Taekwon-Do, which he took up at age 10.

On to the interview…

What originally brought you to our forums?
I bought Oblivion in mid 2007, which lead me to occasionally browse the Elder Scrolls homepage. I’d never been part of an online community before, but eventually I became curious enough to click on the “Forums” link. I actually managed to spend about a week on the forums without even knowing that mods for Oblivion existed, but once I found the Oblivion mods forum I quickly moved my attention there. I was (and still am) impressed with the community on the BGS forums, which is the main reason why I’m still around two years later. I see now that I was very lucky that my first encounter with an online community was with one as great as what we have here.

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Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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August is the new July, and for that reason, we’re looking back at Planet Elder Scrolls’ Hall of Fame mods for last month.

Morrowind Mods

Oblivion Mods

Congrats to these modders for their hard work. Keep an eye on Planet Elder Scrolls — it won’t be long until August’s Hall of Fame additions are named. :)

Project Safehouse contest winners announced at Planet Fallout

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Back in March, we shared news that Planet Fallout had started a modding competition called Project Safehouse, which centered around creating user-made Vaults with The G.E.C.K. Today they announced the winners in all three categories — Personal Vault, Corporate Vault, and Government Vault.

Here’s a quick look at the winners, who each scored an e-GeForce 9800 GTX video card from the folks at nVidia.

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Planet Elder Scrolls HOF – May and June

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Today we honor mods that achieved Hall of Fame status at Planet Elder Scrolls for both the months of May and June. Check out the links below to learn more about each mod.

For Morrowind

May

June

For Oblivion

May

June

Congrats to all modders for their fantastic work!

Around the web

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In addition the the Brink coverage, I thought I’d share some updates on WET, Fallout 3, and even Oblivion.

At Entertainment Weekly, there’s a new feature on 11 Videogames Spawned by Summer Movies, which includes WET as the game draws inspiration from Grindhouse flicks and the works of Quentin Taratino and Robert Rodriguez. Those seeking for information on WET should check out G4TV’s video interview with Lead Designer Ash Ismail. Additionally, new previews are up at Binge Gamer, NowGamer, and Ready Up!

For more news, hit the jump below…

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Modding Interview: ElminsterEU

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This week’s modding interview is with ElminsterEU. Originally from Germany, he now lives in Australia, and indicates he has no plans of leaving. When he’s not modding, he works as a Lead Architect for a relationship database management system. His hobbies include reading science fiction and fantasy novels, pen-and-paper RPGs, swimming, and scuba diving. I guess the scuba diving wasn’t that great in Germany.

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Drivable Motorcycle mod for Fallout 3

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J3X, maker of the popular Enclave Commander Mod, recently introduced another great mod for Fallout 3 — J3Xified Driveable Motorcycle. As the name suggests (and this video demonstrates), the mod enables your character to ride a drivable motorcycle through the Capital Wasteland. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the bike comes equipped with miniguns, flamers, gatling lasers, and missile launchers!

J3X wasn’t alone in making this project. Props to VeliV who created the Drivable Motorcycle Beta mod, as well as other folks who have contributed to the project — Backsteppo, Odin_ml, Dragontamer, Rolandb, Skykappa, and DieHard335 — who created the trailer.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on this project. In the meantime, you can download the beta at Fallout 3 Nexus and Planet Fallout.

Fallout 3 items at Gamer Graffix

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Looking to add some Fallout 3 decor to your gaming room? Gamer Graffix has new skins and wall graphics to make the room more “Game Shui.”

If you’ve got an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, they’ve got Brotherhood of Steel skins for your console. If you’re looking for something to put on your wall, they’ve got a Wall Graffix collection featuring the Brotherhood of Steel, Vault Boy, and a Fallout 3 logo. If you want to go all out, they even have a massive 33 x 60 Brotherhood of Steel Wall Graffix that’s 5-feet tall (shown above)

For more details on these, head to Gamer Graffix.

Update on Morrowind Modding History

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Last year I posted about Morrowind Modding History, a site dedicated to preserving mods created for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

I got an update recently from site founder Fliggerty — letting me know that the site is accomplishing what it set out to do. With the help of some passionate members in the community, the site now hosts over 5000 mods from other now-defunct mod sites.

Cheers to all the members that have helped this site become a success!