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 and make sure you’re logged into your Steam account.

Send us your Creation Kit & Skyrim Workshop questions

In the next episode of The Bethesda Podcast, we’ll be talking about the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop with our friends at Valve.

If you have something you’d like to ask about the Creation Kit and Workshop, post in the comment section or in our official forums, and your question might make it on the podcast.

New Beta Update available on Steam (Update)

Update 2/23: A new version of the Beta Update, 1.4.27, is now live. It adds the following change:

  • Followers now sneak properly when player is sneaking.

Original Post: Today on Steam we’ve uploaded a new Beta Update (1.4.26) highlighted by some tweaks modders have requested for the Skyrim Workshop.

Reminder: This patch is still in development. Apply the update at your own risk and only if you are affected by issues outlines below.

UPDATE 1.4.26


  • Fixed issue with downloading mods when you are subscribed to more than 50 mods
  • Fixed crash when loading a subscribed mod that has been removed from Workshop by the author
  • Mod load order functionality


  • Fixed occasional crashes when loading a save that relies on plugins/master files that no longer exist
  • Fixed issue where controls would become unresponsive while charging an enchanted weapon
  • Fixed issue where controls would occasionally become unresponsive while switching from third to first person while using the Arcane Enchanter
  • Fixed issue where controls would become unresponsive if activating a crafting station with autorun active
  • Fixed issue where keyboard would fail if Rename Item was selected before choosing the number of charges, while using Arcane Enchanter
  • Fixed several issues with remapping buttons while using an Xbox 360 controller
  • Fixed issue where pressing Escape button after fast traveling but before the loading would cause certain menus to stop working properly

If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim (v 1.4).

As a reminder, to get the beta, you need to do the following:

  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.

To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.

New Creation Kit Tutorial videos (Updated)

Update: Episode 7, covering traps, is now up.

Watch the sixth episode of our Creation Kit tutorial series as level designer Daryl Brigner demonstrates how to place enemy actors in the world and design their patrols.

Missed an earlier episode? Visit our BGS YouTube Channel and learn more.

Episode 1: Introduction to the Kit
Episode 2: Basic Layout
Episode 3: Basic Layout II
Episode 4: Clutter
Episode 5: Navmesh
Episode 6: Basic Encounters
Episode 7: Traps

Spending more time downloading mods than making them? The team at Valve has added new Workshop features, including a search function. If there’s more features you’d like to see, share your feedback in our Creation Kit forumsValve’s dedicated Workshop forums, or in the comments below.

Skyrim just got even bigger

Ready to start using the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop? Bethesda Game Studios level designer Joel Burgess gets you ready below…

When we created Skyrim, we set out to make the largest, most engrossing role-playing game we had ever attempted. Now it’s about to get a whole lot bigger, thanks to our amazing modding community.

Mod-makers have a long history with Bethesda Game Studios, bringing to life new quests, locations and characters, as well as making changes to game from subtle tweaks to full-blown overhauls. With the Creation Kit, the same tool we used to create Skyrim, there’s almost no limit to what can be accomplished – and we’re putting that power in your hands.

Best of all, access to the Skyrim Workshop and Creation Kit is free for anybody with a Steam account and a copy of Skyrim.

With the Skyrim Workshop, finding and installing your favorite mods is easier than ever before. Mod-makers will also enjoy a streamlined process for uploading mods directly to Steam.

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