Writing the Skyrim Legendary Edition Guide

David Hodgson (in-game, below) is the lead writer of The Skyrim Legendary Edition Guide, which  marks his 92nd strategy guide since 1996, and eighth guide working with Bethesda. Read his interview about working on the guide and then head to PrimaGames.com to read another perspective from co-writer (and BGS designer) Steve Cornett.

So what exactly IS the Skyrim Legendary Edition Guide, then?

Well, by now you’ve seen the frankly ludicrous (but factual) charts and statistics regarding the latest (and final) version of our strategy guide for Skyrim. This edition is designed to function as a massive and complete reference book filled with officially approved content for the Legendary game.

What are the differences between this and the previous editions of the guide?

The first book was chunky enough, at 656 pages. The Revised & Expanded Edition weighed in at a whopping 864 pages, and included all the Dawnguard and Hearthfire content. As for the Legendary Edition? Well, the book has been redesigned slightly (we had to leave extra space at the inner edges of each page for visibility when bound, which tested the limits of what an actual binding can take), with an all-new body font that’s more readable and bigger (especially in the Atlas sections). This added some pages to an already-obscene total. We’ve also added all updated information (such as new difficulty levels), and merged all Training, Bestiary, Inventory, and Quest content into one specific place. We also placed Dawnguard-related locations more accurately into the Atlas. Oh, and we added the entirety of the Dragonborn DLC, including Quests, maps, Atlas locations, collectibles, and pretty much everything else. You’re essentially getting the Legendary version of the game in book form.

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Legendary Edition’s Massive Game Guide (Updated)

Tuesday marks the release of Skyrim’s Legendary Edition, and on the same day, Prima will be releasing their updated game guide covering all of Skyrim and its add-on content.

Just how big is the the updated guide? A new infographic from Prima paints a picture.

For more from Prima, check out these related stories for the guide…

For more on the Legendary Guide, visit http://www.primagames.com/pages/elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-legendary-edition-game-guide?ref=homepage_prima_Gamehubskyrim

Grab the Official Map App for Dishonored – Now Available on Android

Stuck trying to track down all of Dishonored’s secrets? You can now download BradyGames Official Map App — available for $2.99 for both iOS and Android devices.

This fully interactive map app reveals the game’s many collectibles. Use this app to locate all the hard-to-find items in the game. Over 30 maps complete with items and tips for finding the following:

  • Runes
  • Bone Charms
  • Books
  • Outsider Shrines
  • Sokolov Paintings

Download for iOS
Download for Android

Master Dishonored with the Official Strategy Guide from Brady Games

Alongside tomorrow’s North American launch for Dishonored, completionists can pick up the official guide from BradyGames.

The guide offers exhaustive insight to every aspect of the game and includes a complete walkthrough, exclusive maps, comprehensive overview of weapons and powers, in-depth look at the unique chaos system, and exclusive interviews with the team at Arkane.

And if you’re heading to GameStop to pick up the game , Get 10% Off when you buy the Game and Guide together at GameStop!

Not in the US, you can order the guide from these retailers:

UK – Game (available on Friday)

Netherlands — GameMania and Free Record Shop (available on Friday)

Germany — Amazon (available October 26th)

And if you’re keeping things digital, BradyGame also has a Digital Strategy Guide available. Details below:.

Digital Strategy Guide (Available for iOS and Android devices for just $9.99!)

For gamers on the go, download the digital version of the Dishonored guide for you mobile device. Striving to meet the demands of our ever-increasing mobile audience, BradyGames has created a digital guide for Dishonored! Containing all the content from the printed strategy guide, this digital edition allows you to have the guide at your fingertips wherever you may be.

Available Next Week: Revised & Expanded Skyrim Game Guide

Still lost in Skyrim? Beginning today, Prima’s Revised & Expanded Skyrim Game Guide will be available on sale in-stores on September 20th in North America. The massive guide is filled with content across 864 pages (over 200 pages bigger than the original guide), and it now features everything you’d need to know about Dawnguard and Hearthfire — including quests, updated indexes, and new maps.

Kudos to David Hodgson, Steve Stratton, and Bethesda Game Studios’ Steve Cornett for their hard work putting the guide together.

 

Skyrim CE Game Guide Reprint

Exciting news from Prima. Due to unprecedented demand, they have — for the first time ever — printed a Second Edition of a Collector’s Edition Game Guide.

The Skyrim CE guide has all of the original CE guide’s features: hardback cover, two bookmark ribbons, and free access to the Interactive World Map. Oh, and they even corrected a few spelling errors.

The Second Edition of the CE guide is available today for $39.99 (US) and $46.99 (CAN). Look for it wherever strat guides and games are sold.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Prima Official Game Guide Collector’s Edition is available at select retailers in North America. Below is a list of retailers distributing this guide (availability may vary)…

Amazon
Amazon Canada
Barnes & Noble
Books A Million
Best Buy
Chapters Canada
EB Canada
Fred Meyer
Fry’s Electronics
Game Stop
Hastings

Skyrim Official Strategy Guide Blog #2: Sanity-Sapping Mapping

Skyrim game guide co-author David Hodgson returns to discuss mapping Skyrim’s world. 

Take it away, David…

One of the most impressive aspects of Skyrim is its three-dimensional world map. Access it in the game, and you’re transported to the heavens, peering down at the landscape you’re still standing on. From here, you can view locations you’ve found or cleared, as well as hold capitals. But early on in the creation of the guide, I realized we’d have to create an entire world map completely from scratch. This was the point when terror set in.

Fortunately, our map makers (the good folks at 99 Lives studio, with over 20 years of map-making experience) decided they didn’t need much of a summer, and stitched together every single section of the game world from about 20 feet off the ground; resulting in a messy, but workable tapestry of landscapes. While I spent my evenings checking, plotting, and referencing all the topography and locations, our cartographers painstakingly transformed the map into a gigantic, useable, and highly accurate representation of the Province of Skyrim itself. This is a map you’ll find exclusively in the guide, online map tool, and iPad app. But just how much detail is there?

Glad you asked.

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Skyrim Official Strategy Guide Blog #1: Something to Shout About

Alongside Skyrim’s release, you’ll also be able to purchase the mammoth-sized, 656-page (in full color) game guide from Prima. To learn about the guide’s contents, here’s the guide’s co-author, David Hodgson

Overview. The Sky’s the Limit

Work began on the official guide in early May, when I commenced an overwhelming trek into every frigid corner of Skyrim. Initially, I was thinking this would be a similar experience to my work on the Fallout 3 guide. But then phrases like “even more epic” and “five times the size” were whispered to me. More than five months, close to 2,000 man-hours of work (between myself and co-author Steve Stratton), several thousand cups of tea and packets of Monster Munch later, and with a massive support structure from both Bethesda and Prima, the guide is complete.

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RAGE Strategy and Interactive Map Pack available on iTunes

Finding yourself stuck in RAGE’s wasteland? Prima’s new iPad/iPhone App might be just what you need.

Visit iTunes to download the app and with it you’ll get access to the Hagar Settlement Map and Ghost Hideout Map for free. The maps allow you to view key locations, keep track of items you need, and zoom in/out on points of interest.

You can also purchase maps of the Wasteland and Eastern Wasteland along with their interior maps, a complete Mission Flow Chart of every quest and mission, and the RAGE Frenzy Card Game Tutorial with a list of all cards and their locations. Purchase each one separately or buy all five for $5.99.

  • Hagar Settlement & Ghost Hideout Map (FREE)
  • Engineering Schematic (FREE)
  • Wasteland and Interior Maps ($1.99)
  • Eastern Wasteland and Interior Maps ($1.99)
  • Mission Flow Chart ($2.99)
  • RAGE Frenzy Tutorial and Card List ($0.99)

Don’t have one of those newfangled iThingies? You can still purchase the official game guide in print and digital formats.

Pick up the RAGE Game Guide from Prima

At the beginning of RAGE, John Goodman’s character, Dan Hagar, will lend a hand in surviving the wasteland. But what about the rest of the game? Fear not, Prima’s got your back!

In the text below, read how author David Knight worked with the RAGE team at id Software to create a comprehensive strategy guide. To order the guide, visit here.

Here’s David…

I must be honest. I knew very little about RAGE before I was asked to write the official game guide. Sure, I saw the commercials with Blake Griffin, and I knew it was a shooter. But just knowing it was an id Software title was enough for me to say, “YES!” As a long-time FPS fan, I spent countless hours honing my skills on Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, and QUAKE. Admittedly, those were hours that I probably should have been doing more “productive” tasks, like homework. In retrospect, I guess those hours spent gibbing opponents were productive.

After playing an early build of RAGE for a couple of weeks, I was invited to id’s office in Dallas to meet with a few members of the team. Only minutes after stepping through the front door, Tim Willits (RAGE’s creative director) had me in his office telling me everything I could ever want to know about the game. Throughout the day Tim scheduled appointments for me, allowing me to talk to a variety of team members. It soon became clear that everyone at id were committed to making the RAGE guide as complete and accurate as possible. By the end of my one-day visit, I had recorded more than seven hours of audio notes, picking up cool hints and tips from everyone I met. Next came the task of getting everything down on paper.

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