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I recently received word from David Hodgson that Prima’s Game Guide for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition is available as an eGuide on their site for $24.99. Highlights of the guide include:
- This digital guide features easy-to-use clickable navigation on every page.
- Covers all available content for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and downloadable content.
- Detailed maps for every part of the world and every major city, plus special maps for every key section of the main quest.
- Specific chapters on how to create your character and maximize your abilities and skills.
- Over 450 full-color pages packed with information on everything you need to know about the massive gameworld of Oblivion.
- Walkthroughs for every quest in every part of the Oblivion world, including the main quest, as well as miscellaneous and freeform quests.
- Sections on various gameplay systems including stealth, combat, magic, spellmaking and enchanting, alchemy, and more.
For more details and a chance to check out parts of the guide for free, head to Prima’s site.
In related news, David has a new blog post up about the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Game Guide. While you can still purchase a physical copy of the guide, it’s also available as an eGuide for $26.99.
Recently, Planet Elder Scrolls announced their Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Take a look below…
- Art Of War Museum by Painkiller_Rider
- Darknut’s MW Armor Texures 1024 version by Darknut
- Clean PJM Themed Bowsets by Phijama
Congrats to all for their great work!
If you’ve visited Bethesda Blog over the past two years, you’ll know that we’ve periodically given updates on Play! – a Video Game Symphony. Over the years, the touring symphony has played music from both Morrowind and Oblivion.
For this reason, I thought I’d let you know that they have a live concert CD/DVD available for sale on Amazon (and iTunes, too), which includes a suite of music from Oblivion. The concert was performed by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra & Kuehn’s Mixed Choir.
For full tracklisting after the break…
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.
Congratulations on getting your mods in print!
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…
- 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.
- 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.
Thought I’d share some of the modding highlights I’ve seen in the last month for Fallout 3 and Oblivion.
Earlier in the year, we highlighted piratephil’s Survival Perk Pack. Recently, he let me know that his latest project, Vault Dwellers Survival Cooking Guide, is now available. As the title would indicate, the mod adds a new cooking element to the game with the following features:
- The Cook-o-matic 3000 — a new house item which you can be purchased from the stores in Megaton and Tenpenny.
- Two new books — The Joy of Cooking for One and How to Eat Rat.
- Five new food items, along with the ability to create two recipes already in-game (Mississippi Quantum Pie and Mole Rat Wonder Meat).
- Master Chef — A new quest perk which you gain once collecting all the recipes.
- Two new loading screens.
- Plus VDSC-Manual.pdf, game manual (see screenshots for images).
More modding news after the break…
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.
August is the new July, and for that reason, we’re looking back at Planet Elder Scrolls’ Hall of Fame mods for last month.
- Master Chief Armor by Tehr4p3: Combat armor inspired by the Halo franchise.
- Enchantment Restore Over Time (OBSE) by flyfightflea: This mod just makes your currently equipped weapon restore their charge over a period of time (a la Morrowind). Works with any custom/mod added weapon (requires OBSE v0009a or higher).
- Oblivion Symphonic Variations Music Suite by Tashin: Ten musical tracks, inspired by the game’s original score, to add into the game.
- Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch by Quarn and Kivan: Patch covering issues reported within the community for The Shivering Isles.
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.
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.