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…

Morrowind mods

Oblivion mods

Congrats to all for their great work!

Play! – a Videogame Symphony DVD/CD

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If you’ve visited Bethesda Blog over the past two years, you’ll know that we’ve periodically given updates on Play! – a Video Game Symphony. Over the years, the touring symphony has played music from both Morrowind and Oblivion.

For this reason, I thought I’d let you know that they have a live concert CD/DVD available for sale on Amazon (and iTunes, too), which includes a suite of music from Oblivion. The concert was performed by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra & Kuehn’s Mixed Choir.

For full tracklisting after the break…

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Mods highlighted in PC Gamer

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The November issue of PC Gamer UK arrived on my desk today, and catching my eye was The PC Gamer 50 Essential Mods list. Three of the 50 mods included were from within our community. Tamriel Rebuilt for Morrowind and Oblivion ranked #4, Mart’s Mutant Mod for Fallout 3 ranked #21, and Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul made the list at #29.

In addition to these great mods, in the Top 10 Downloads section, three Oblivion quest mods were included — ed_conn’s Windfall, shadeMe’s Vector, and kane1045′s Haunted House.

Congratulations on getting your mods in print!

Modding Interview: DragoonWraith

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This week we’ve got a modding interview with Kevin Ryan (aka DragoonWraith). Kevin spends a lot of time working as a “Sheriff” for both The G.E.C.K. and TES Construction Set wikis — he’s helped us add some really cool features to both.

The 21-year-old hails from New York City and attends school out in Claremont, CA, where he’s studying to be an engineer at Harvey Mudd College.

Check it out after the break…

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Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Here’s a look at the mods for Morrowind and Oblivion that earned Hall of Fame status in the month of August. Take a look…

Oblivion Mods

  • See You Sleep by mmmpld: This mod (shown above) allows your player to sleep in beds, rather than beside a bed.
  • Hashshashin Armor by Dimitri Mazieres: New armor inspired by Assassin’s Creed.
  • Myths and Legends: Weapons 2 by TemplarGFX, GrimDeath, SykoFox, GamerGirlx: Mod designed for high level characters that adds  14 unique artifacts to the game — each weapons having a different story to along along with it.

Morrowind Mods

  • Improved No Glow by Shadre: As the title indicates, this mod enhances the look of enchanted items.
  • Antares’ Big Mod by Arcimaestro Antares: With this mod you have special privileges with the lower ranking members of your faction.

Head to Planet Elder Scrolls for more details on these mods. Congrats to all the inductees.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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August is the new July, and for that reason, we’re looking back at Planet Elder Scrolls’ Hall of Fame mods for last month.

Morrowind Mods

Oblivion Mods

Congrats to these modders for their hard work. Keep an eye on Planet Elder Scrolls — it won’t be long until August’s Hall of Fame additions are named. :)

OXM Top 100

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In the September issue of OXM, the magazine’s editors revealed The Top 100 Xbox Games of All-Time (that’s both Xbox and Xbox 360 titles). Three titles from Bethesda Games Studios made the list — Fallout at #7, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at #17, and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind at #89.

To check out the whole list, look for the September issue on newsstands now.

Clarifying About Next Elder Scrolls game, MMO, etc.

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Apparently some folks got a bit upset by reports based on Todd’s talk at QuakeCon last week. An article came out where Todd was quoted as saying we had no plans for a TES V. He did not say that. That was not a direct quote from him. That was someone’s interpretation of what he said. I know, I was there.

At his QuakeCon talk he was asked when TESV is coming out and Todd replied, “Don’t look for a new Elder Scrolls game in the near future.”  He also went on to say how much the franchise means to us and that it definitely will continue. He just wasn’t going to provide any timeframe on “when.” This should not be news to anyone that has been paying attention. Both Todd and I have said repeatedly that, of course, we’re going to do another Elder Scrolls game. The last one was enormously popular. So was the one before that. You get the idea. So do we.

Todd and Bethesda Game Studios are hard at work on their next big game, and we’re not ready to discuss it. As always, we prefer to have something amazing to show when we talk about it. We aren’t going to confirm or deny or comment on speculation, nor are we going to give hints about anything. If you know us by now, you know we don’t really do that.

In regards to the MMO comment, he was asked if there was “any chance of an Elder Scrolls MMO” and he replied — in a joking fashion — by saying “I guess there’s a chance.” To be clear, Todd and his team do not make MMOs, for any franchise, at all. We have another division, ZeniMax Online Studios, which is lead by Matt Firor, and they are working on an MMO. They have not said anything about what game they are making. When ZeniMax Online is ready to show what they are up to, we’ll let everyone know. Until then we aren’t going to provide hints or speculate on what they’re doing either.

Hope that helps clear things up.