Inside the Vault: Ashley Cheng

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I’m working on getting more Inside the Vaults. They’re a-coming! I promise! To get things rolling again, I thought I would go ahead and do one. So, this is me.

What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m the Production Director (fancy name for producer) for Bethesda Game Studios. I’m responsible for the day to day of the development team, scheduling and budgets, QA and testing, localization, running team meetings when Todd Howard is traveling, game library procurement, weekend and evening catering, commissioner of our Madden online franchise league, purchaser of buckets to collect rain water leaking from our ceiling. I’m the last one who touches our games before they go out into the world to be replicated, boxed and shipped out to stores and/or downloaded via Steam/Xbox LIVE/PlayStation Network, etc… My office is full of gold masters of every version of every game we’ve shipped since 2001. I have one of the best jobs anybody could ever wish for.

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Weekend Update

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. While I wait for Michigan and Penn State to kick off, I thought I’d share some coverage I’ve seen online in the last week.

With Halloween just a week away, Kotaku is sharing fan-made Jack-O-Lanterns — including the one you see above of Vault Boy. If you happen to create one based on one of our games, be sure to shoot us an email.

Speaking of Kotaku, they posted information on a new community project called The Wasteland Commentaries. It’s purpose is for fans to “create an audio commentary track for Fallout 3 that is accessible in-game via audio holotapes. If successful the Wasteland Commentaries will take some discussions of the game into the spaces that inspired them and provide greater context for reflection.” Sounds cool. To read more about the project, head here.

On the print side, Game Informer #199 (complete with a brand new look) has an article called The Lore Masters, which includes Senior Game Designer Kurt Kuhlmann discussing the lore of The Elder Scrolls, as well as its effect on Greg Keyes writing The Infernal City. Check out the issue on newsstands now.

In id Software news, Digital Battle shares their list of 20 games to look forward to in 2010 — a list which includes RAGE. Meanwhile, Gaming Bolt counts down the Top 20 Greatest FPS Games with three id games making the list — Wolfenstein (#16), Quake (#7), and DOOM 2 (#5). To read the whole list, check out parts 1 and 2.

Finally, through my Google Alerts, I found this column at The Whitworthian, which looks back at The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Here’s an excerpt:

“The modding community for the Elder Scrolls games is huge and going strong. Almost anything that’s in the game can be modified, expanded, or completely removed, and nearly anything that can be dreamed up can be added in. My copy of “Morrowind” is currently running something like 50 mods, three or four of which are my own.”

That’s all for now.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame — September

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Recently, Planet Elder Scrolls announced their Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Take a look below…

Morrowind mods

Oblivion mods

Congrats to all for their great work!

Mods highlighted in PC Gamer

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The November issue of PC Gamer UK arrived on my desk today, and catching my eye was The PC Gamer 50 Essential Mods list. Three of the 50 mods included were from within our community. Tamriel Rebuilt for Morrowind and Oblivion ranked #4, Mart’s Mutant Mod for Fallout 3 ranked #21, and Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul made the list at #29.

In addition to these great mods, in the Top 10 Downloads section, three Oblivion quest mods were included — ed_conn’s Windfall, shadeMe’s Vector, and kane1045’s Haunted House.

Congratulations on getting your mods in print!

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Here’s a look at the mods for Morrowind and Oblivion that earned Hall of Fame status in the month of August. Take a look…

Oblivion Mods

  • See You Sleep by mmmpld: This mod (shown above) allows your player to sleep in beds, rather than beside a bed.
  • Hashshashin Armor by Dimitri Mazieres: New armor inspired by Assassin’s Creed.
  • Myths and Legends: Weapons 2 by TemplarGFX, GrimDeath, SykoFox, GamerGirlx: Mod designed for high level characters that adds  14 unique artifacts to the game — each weapons having a different story to along along with it.

Morrowind Mods

  • Improved No Glow by Shadre: As the title indicates, this mod enhances the look of enchanted items.
  • Antares’ Big Mod by Arcimaestro Antares: With this mod you have special privileges with the lower ranking members of your faction.

Head to Planet Elder Scrolls for more details on these mods. Congrats to all the inductees.

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. :)

OXM Top 100

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In the September issue of OXM, the magazine’s editors revealed The Top 100 Xbox Games of All-Time (that’s both Xbox and Xbox 360 titles). Three titles from Bethesda Games Studios made the list — Fallout at #7, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at #17, and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind at #89.

To check out the whole list, look for the September issue on newsstands now.

The Morrowind Diaries

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Over the past two weeks, Rock, Paper, Shotgun Editor Alec Meer has provided readers with a journal of his day-by-day exploits in the world of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. His diaries begin with a two-part précis (part 1 and part 2), which set the stage and let folks know what user-created mods he’s using.

Since then, Alec has written six diary entries. You can find them below:

Won’t you join us in following his adventures?