TESting Your Knowledge

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Elder Scrolls fans, get your thinking caps on! In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing some tricky trivia — questions that even caused some of our BGS developers to scratch their heads — put together by the fine folks at The Imperial Libary. Big thanks to them, as well as Todd, Kurt, Bruce, and Emil for their fact checking and input.

Additionally,  we’ll be randomly giving away copies of The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel — signed by author Greg Keyes — to participants that correctly answer the trivia (see rules at the end of this post).

With that said, here’s the first question…

After Talos acquired and powered the Numidium, the mage Zurin Arctus supposedly became known as the Underking. However, records make mention of another Underking, long before Arctus’ time. What was this Underking’s name at the end of the Second Era?

Rules after the break…

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Found in the mailroom — Morrowind apparently is time consuming

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Thought I’d share this note sent emailed over to me by Alistair Hatch, our European PR Manager. It was included in a package sent to our UK office along with a copy of Morrowind. If you can’t see what the note says, it reads as follows:

“Dear Zenimax,

This game is incredibly addictive. It’s the devil! All my precious time is being devoured by this monster. I must sent it back to you before I start playing again. I hope I never buy a game like this again! Mercy on the souls of the computer nerds out there.

Adios!”

Almost sounds like Frodo returning the ring to Mordor. Maybe y’all can make this person feel better by sharing how much precious time you’ve invested in the game.

Epic RPGs Sweepstakes on Xbox LIVE

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While recently navigating through Xbox LIVE, you might have noticed The Epic RPGs Sweepstakes — which gives you a chance to level up your living room with a “Gamer Lounge” — an amazing prize pack featuring the following items:

  • (2) Lovesacs chairs (ARV, $438)
  • A 42″ HDTV (ARV, $699.99)
  • A Home Theater System (ARV, $399.99)
  • (2) Lava Lamps (ARV, $49.98)
  • 4,000 Microsoft Points (ARV, $50)
  • Xbox LIVE 12 Month Subscription (ARV, $49.99)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (ARV, $49.99)

Register by downloading the Epic RPGs Gamer Picture on LIVE, or simply grabbing it off Xbox.com. You can increase your chances (i.e. gain experience) by downloading select RPG content via LIVE — including Fallout 3 DLC, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and the Games on Demand version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

There’s plenty more RPG content to choose from, and you can even enter by watching a movie on Netflix or signing up for Last.FM or Facebook. Just keep in mind the level cap is 20 (even if you purchase Broken Steel), and content must be purchased between 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 P.M. ET on December 14, 2009.

To learn more about the sweepstakes, including the official rules, head to Xbox.com

The Infernal City: In Stores Now

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The Infernal City — the first of two books based on The Elder Scrolls’ universe, is being released today and is available in stores and online at places like Amazon.

Look, the holidays are coming. You’re going to be around people you can only stand so much of. Not talking to them in order to play video games doesn’t always go over so well. Reading a book, however…well that makes you smarter, and who could argue against that? And you need a new book, so I recommend getting this one. I think I’ve read it about 4 or 5 times now. It’s really good. If you pick it up, let us know what you think.

In case you missed it previously, see the interview I did with Infernal City author Greg Keyes here.

Infernal Interview

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On Tuesday, November 24th, The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel will be released at bookstores and for digital download. Before the book’s release, Pete sent over questions to the author — New York Times’ bestselling author Greg Keyes.

Check out the interview below…

For those that aren’t familiar with you, can you give us a brief intro on yourself and some of your previous works?
I studied anthropology at Mississippi State and the University of Georgia. I started writing at a young age, but it wasn’t until 1995 that I sold my first novel, The Waterborn. It and its sequel were fantasies that drew on Native American and Central Asian mythologies for inspiration. I next wrote an alternate history fantasy called The Age of Unreason. Set in the eighteenth century, it wondered what the world might have been like if Isaac Newton’s work in alchemy had paid off the way — at one point — he thought it had. My latest series, The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, is an epic fantasy in a somewhat more traditional vein. I’ve also worked on other shared universes; I wrote three books for the television show Babylon Five, and three Star Wars novels.

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Millionth Member Modding Competition Results

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Back in April, we let you guys know Nexus’ Millionth Member Modding Competition for TES Nexus and Fallout 3 Nexus. A couple weeks ago, site admin DarkOne announced the winners.

Up first, here’s a list of the Top 3 for TES Nexus.

After the break, check out the Fallout 3 Nexus winners…

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For more details, head to TES Nexus and Fallout 3 Nexus. Congrats to all the winners.

Planet Elder Scrolls HOF update

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Last week Planet Elder Scrolls announced their October Hall of Fame Nominees. Here’s a list…

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Congrats to all these modders for their great work!

Meet the Moderators: Ratwar

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From the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech, this week we meet Bethesda forum moderator Chris Bryant (aka Ratwar). Chris recently graduated from Georgia Tech and is looking for a job as a civil engineer. Also, today happens to be his birthday! Happy Birthday!

How did first make your way to the Bethesda Game Studios forums?
Well, it wasn’t the puzzle box! I actually came because I just couldn’t get enough of Morrowind by simply playing it. At first I just lurked reading the Morrowind General forum, but eventually I decided to start actually participating in the discussions, so I joined up.

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Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame — September

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Recently, Planet Elder Scrolls announced their Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Take a look below…

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Oblivion mods

Congrats to all for their great work!