Ghost of Christmas Card Past

Big thanks to the retro game-collecting crew at n0w.co for sending a special Christmas gift — a mint 1996 Bethesda Christmas card highlighting the release of The Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall.

Nearly 20 years old, only a select few folks (including Todd) were around when these cards went out. Almost as scarce is finding people that recall the use of Bad Dog — the unofficially official mascot of Bethesda back then. Maybe I can talk to Pete about bringing him back. :)

See our cards from this millennium in the slideshow below.

Show your Daedric Side with the Shrine of Malacath

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Beginning today on GamingHeads.com & the Official Bethesda Store, you can purchase the newest collectible statue from The Elder Scrolls — The Shrine of Malacath. The third statue in our Elder Scrolls ‘Shrine Series’, the statue can be summoned to your home next year in exchange for 25 lbs of troll fat. for $209.99 (exclusive faux bronze finish) or $199.99 (regular edition).

Order the exclusive edition (limited to 350 pieces worldwide) on GamingHeads.com or the regular edition there or at store.bethsoft.com.

Friday Fan Art: It’s Wall Good

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We’ve rounded up some of the best artwork and cosplay we’ve seen throughout the week. There’s a bit of variety to satisfy all your gaming needs as we’ve seen incredible works from Skyrim, Morrowind, DOOM, and Fallout: New Vegas!

You can pass along your favorite photos, inkworks, costumes, and customizations by sending an email to bethblog@bethsoft.com or by using the #BethesdArt hashtag. Have a great weekend!

Bethesda TwitchWorks: Cast Into Oblivion

obliv_wallpaper3_1600Our latest TwitchWorks feature has us going in to Cyrodiil as we venture through The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. We felt so inspired by the few mods we played around with in Skyrim that we wanted to check out what was offered for Oblivion.

Meet outside of the Imperial Prison Sewers and journey with us on Twitch.TV/Bethesda starting at 4pm EST this Friday (11/14).

Friday Fan Art: Masked Excitement

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Cakes, colors, and costumes – we’ve got them all here. We’ve scoured the internet near and far to collect and share all of the incredible arts we’ve seen over the past few weeks.

You can share your creativity with us by using hashtag #BethesdArt or by sending us an email to bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Elder Scrolls’ Books – Check ‘em out!

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In a press release today we announced that we’ve partnered once again with Titan Books to create two new series of books: The Elder Scrolls Online – Tales of Tamriel & The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Skyrim Library!

Not since Encyclopedia Britannica’s heyday have volumes of books looked this cool and demanded to be on your bookshelf. With The Elder Scrolls Online, two volumes covering “The Land” and “The Lore” feature never-before-seen art and extensive lore surrounding the game. Meanwhile, by popular demand, the Skyrim series offers the first opportunity to get all of the game’s in-game text across three volumes.

The first volumes of these books are expected to release in March of 2015. For more information, read the full press release below…

TITAN BOOKS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW ELDER SCROLLS BOOK SERIES

Titan Books today announced five high-quality, in-universe artefacts for fans of The Elder Scrolls®, Bethesda Softworks’ internationally acclaimed and bestselling video game franchise. Titan Books, known for high quality film, TV and gaming tie-ins, with particular strength in the area of licensed entertainment titles, has been granted worldwide rights on the series.

THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. I: THE LAND
THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. II: THE LORE

Step into the fantasy world of The Elder Scrolls Online with THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – a series featuring a vast collection of in-game lore and original art. The two bound volumes chart the ongoing struggles between the Aldmeri Dominion, the Daggerfall Covenant, and the Ebonheart Pact – as well as the deadly invasion of Daedric Prince Molag Bal. Each book features close to one hundred specially commissioned, never-before-seen pieces of art illustrating the lives, the land, and the lore of Tamriel at war.

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL I: THE HISTORIES
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL II: MAN, MER AND BEAST
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL III: THE ARCANE
 

From the archives of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® come the collected in-game texts, THE SKYRIM LIBRARY. This lavishly bound, three-volume series chronicles for the first time all of Tamriel’s history, and covers a multitude of Elder Scrolls lore – including the cultures, creatures, magic, myths, and more – illustrated with stunning art.

Omar Khan, the series’ editor, is delighted to be a part of this new project, “I’m very excited to play a part in bringing the in-game text from Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online to print. Using art and text from Bethesda, we were able craft these amazing tomes that truly showcase the exceptionally well-written and in-depth lore that is the foundation of The Elder Scrolls.”

“One of the most important aspects of The Elder Scrolls series is the lore,” said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR for Bethesda Softworks. “To have so much of its history chronicled in this way, accompanied by art sourced from the games, is very cool We’re excited to be working with Titan on this project, and for fans to see how much detail goes into the worlds our development teams create.”

THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. I: THE LAND and THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM - THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL. I: THE HISTORIES are set to hit stores in March next year.

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About The Elder Scrolls Series

With each instalment reimagining and revolutionizing the genre, The Elder Scrolls series brings to life a complete virtual world for you to explore in any way you choose. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, released in November 2011, is the most recent single-player game set in the award-winning Elder Scrolls universe. Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards. Skyrim was the second-highest grossing title in the industry in 2011, and the fastest-selling title in Steam’s history. The Elder Scrolls series includes Arena, Dagerfall, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002 RPG of the Year), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006 Game of the Year). The Elder Scrolls Online® is the latest chapter in the franchise, and brings the legendary experience online for the first time in its 20-year history. Explore the expansive world – from the far reaches of Skyrim to the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond – as a lone adventurer or with friends. The choices you make, from the alliance you join to the battles you fight, will shape your destiny and the world of Tamriel.

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®QUAKE®Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, Prey® and RAGE®.   For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.  

Friday Fanart: Aldu-ing it Right

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We’re coming out of a busy convention weekend featuring PAX Prime, DragonCon, and FanExpo, and that means lots of creative and wonderful cosplay.

Taking the lead in all cosplays would have to be the incredible Skyrim work done by Sedulous Studios for DragonCon. They created a full size Alduin to complement the rest of the their Skyrim troupe (See video blog above).

Artistry also takes over and invades our offices! Nia Watkins was kind enough to send Harvey and co at Arkane a handmade Outsider. He now sits proudly in the lobby welcoming all that enter Arkane Lyon.

See all the new artwork, stitches, suits of armor, and more in our gallery below. See yours next time by sending bethblog@bethsoft.com an email or by using #BethesdArt when you post on your channels.

Skyrim Voted #1 Game (of All Time) Down Under!

Watch until the end to hear a special thanks from BGS!

During the month of July, Australian TV show Good Game ran a poll to vote for the country’s top 100  games of all time, and we are happy to report that Skyrim was selected as the #1 game, and Fallout 3 also cracked the top 10 at #8 on the list.

Watch the video above to get the countdown experience or if reading is more your speed, see the full list here. Big congrats to the team at Bethesda Game Studios and thanks to all the Aussies that voted!

Friday Fan Art: Constructed Whaler?

There’s certainly no “free Willy” in  TheWhaleOilKing’s perfectly constructed Lego Whaling Trawler above. From plastic to painting, we show off some of this week’s incredible artwork spanning multiple titles including Fallout New Vegas, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and more Dishonored. Then we have some cosplay coming from DeviantArt and San Diego Comic Con.

Check out the album below to see what talent we’ve found inspiring. We dont’ want to stop now! Send us your work (whatever it may be*) by emailing bethblog@bethsoft.com, or by social media (#BethesdArt).

*By “whatever it may be” we mean nothing graphic. Keep it SFW.

On The Storefront: Nocturnal Guardian

Representing the most elite of thieves, Gaming Heads brings us the Nightingale statue. Celebrate your allegiance to the Daedric Prince, Nocturnal and the Thieves Guild by garnishing your collection. The Nightingale stands at an impressive 16 inches tall and is available in a numbered standard edition or a limited exclusive edition that comes with an illuminated base that reflects a water current underneath his feet.

The standard edition is available conveniently at store.bethsoft.com and gamingheads.com. Limited to 500 pieces, the exclusive edition is available only at gamingheads.com. Get one before they disappear into the shadows.