Draugrs invade Dragoncon & PAX

Normally you expect to find Draugrs lurking in dungeons and tombs of Skyrim. This weekend a pair made their way across the country.

Skyrim fans Bill & Brittany Doran made their annual trip to Atlanta’s Dragoncon dressed as a pair of Draugr Deathlords. Taking advantage of the long weekend. we were fortunate to also see them on the final day of PAX Prime in Seattle. They posed for [many] pics, checked out The Elder Scrolls Online, and were nice enough to talk to everyone about their costumes.

Be sure to check out Bill’s blog, Punished Props, for an extensive look at the countless hours spent creating the Draugrs’ weapons, armor, and body suits. And as a bonus, see the costumes in action in the video below.

Greatness up for grabs

Remember the Greatness Awaits PlayStation commercial we shared? With tons of leftover props from the shoot, PlayStation.com is allowing you to bid on items using your PlayStation Trophy collection as currency.

It’s a great idea and they still have some Skyrim goodies to auction off this month, including:

  • July 26th at 1:00 PM PST — Dragonborn’s Shield
  • July 30th at 1:00 PM PST – Dragonborn’s Sword
  • July 31st at 1:00 PM PST — Dragonborn’s Stalhrim Mace

For more, visit bidforgreatness.com

The Great Battles of Valhalla

Valhalla sounds like a location in Skyrim, so it’s no surprise that the six-day wargaming event put on by Blue Table Painting has a few connections with our game. So far, I’ve come up with three…

  • Blue Table Painting is hard at work on a Skryim-themed board. Attendees of this yea’r's event will be able to see the completed board. See early progress in the video embedded above.
  • The event takes place in the mountains of Utah. Kinda looks like Skyrim.
  • Like many of our developers, BGS’ Nate McDyer is a fan of tabletop gaming and will be discussing game development at the event.

I’m sure there’s many more connections — frost trolls, alchemy tables, and possibly an appearance by Eorlund Gray-Mane. For more on Valhalla, visit Blue Table Painting’s YouTube channel, as well as the website for next month’s event.

Steam Trading Cards added to Skyrim

If you don’t already own Skyrim, Steam’s Summer Sale offers major savings on the original release, DLC, and Legendary Edition. And whether you already have the game or are just getting started, the game now supports Steam’s newly-added trading cards.

Started a few months back by Valve, you can now unlock Skyrim-specific trading cards — simply by playing the game. But like collecting baseball cards, it’s not easy to grab every card, and you’ll need to trade with your Steam friends to finish the set. Aside from the Dragonborn pride you’ll feel by finishing the set, collecting sets allows you to  unlock Skyrim-specific badges, emoticons, background images, and more.

To learn more on how Steam Trading Cards work, visit steamcommunity.com/tradingcards.

Around the web: Legendary Smithing edition

We’re back sharing our favorite news from around the web. On the docket for today, we’ve got links and videos to share for Skyrim, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within.

To begin, many of us at the office enjoyed watching “Man at Arms” Tony Swatton create (by popular demand) a bone-smashing Orcish Battleaxe from Skyrim. It’s clear Tony has made his Smithing skill Legendary many times over, and we hope to see him create more Skyrim weapons in the future.

What else is happening on the internet with our games? Let’s continue…

Dishonored

As announced by Major Nelson, next week Xbox LIVE will be featuring a sale on Dishonored add-ons.  Between July 9th and July 15th, The Knife of Dunwall and Dunwall City Trials will be 50% off — that’s 400 and 200 Microsoft points, respectively.

Game site Leviathyn has a new article focusing on what they want to see in Dishonored’s next DLC, The Brigmore Witches. As we have new details on the game, we’ll let everyone know.

Want to see amazing Dishonored fan art? Visit le-sim’s tumblr to see art of Emily, the Pendletons, Granny Rags, and more!

After the break, check out new highlights for The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

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New prices for digital content

Effective this week, we have new pricing on a number of games and add-ons across Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Store, and Steam. They include:

Xbox LIVE

  • Oblivion: Shivering Isles — 800 Microsoft Points
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Games on Demand) — $29.99
  • Dishonored (Games on Demand) —  $29.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas — $14.99
  • Fallout 3 — $14.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — 400 Microsoft Points each
  • QUAKE Arena Arcade — 400 Microsoft Points

PlayStation Store

  • Oblivion: Shivering Isles — $9.99
  • Dishonored — $29.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — $4.99 each

Steam

  • Skyrim — $29.99
  • Dishonored — $29.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas — $9.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — $4.99 each