Thrilling Skyrim Coverage

 The weekend’s here. Before you get going with your weekend gaming, here’s some Skyrim stories, videos, and more to catch up on…

    • Dead End Thrills is leaving the the world of Skyrim behind, but you can still check out some of Duncan Harris’ greatest Skyrim screens, including the one shown above..
    • The lead author of Prima’s Game Guide for Skyrim, David Hodgson, blogs about the release of the Revised & Expanded Game Guide.
    • IGN has put together their Top 100 RPGs of All Time List. Visit the site to see where Skyrim, Morrowind, and Oblivion rated.
    • At the Gameological Society, the Elder Scrolls’ Wabbajack takes on Fallout’s Luck Bobblehead in the Best Treasure Ever tournament final. If you’re torn on which to vote for, this video might help.
    • Gamespot’s latest Skyrim Modding video highlights an ability that pays homage to Dishonored’s Blink ability. Watch it below.

Finally, be sure to check out Skyrim360.com to see amazing 360 degree time-lapse videos of the game’s world. Really cool stuff!

Skyrim Workshop: Mod #10,000

This past week the Skyrim Workshop reached another milestone – it’s 10,000th mod. Learn more about the mod, Shannara Weapon Set from joedamarsio, in  an interview from the Skyrim Creation Kit (Public) Steam Group. Here’s an snippet…

Any advice you would offer to anyone playing Skyrim who maybe thinks about trying to make a mod but is intimidated?

It’s overwhelming when you first look at all the options on the Creation Kit but if you follow the Wiki it will talk you through everything and make modding a pleasurable and fun experience

Read the full interview here, and if you haven’t checked out the Workshop yet, visit mods.elderscrolls.com.

Cars in Skyrim?!?

Gamespot’s latest look Skyrim Mods brings the zany — squeaky toys, a tribute to Mortak Kombat’s Scorpion, and old clunkers to drive around. Watch the video above to learn about these mods…

Workshoppin’ for the Weekend

Wanted to let you know that Steam is having a sale this weekend on Workshop-supported titles. This of course includes Skyrim, which is marked down to $40.10 (33% off).

If you’re a console player of Skyrim, now is a better time than ever to check out the PC release and its amazing modding community. As noted on the BGS Twitter account last week, more than 13 million mods have been downloaded on the Skyrim Workshop. Crazy!

Skyrim Roundup: Mods, Kinect impressions, and more arrows to the knee

Here’s a look at some of the best Skyrim news on the web from the last week.
Watch Gamespot’s weekly look at Skyrim mods as they highlight Dragon Bone weapons, Katamari-esque madness, and more. Featured mods include:
More mods and news after the break…

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.

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.