In case you’ve missed it…

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…our Fan Art section on the blog is continuing to grow. We’re continuing to get some pretty cool contributions from folks — for both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout (c’mon Trekkies…pick it up). The image above comes from Ali Tunç, who has contributed a few of his Fallout drawings.

If you’ve got some art to share, send us an email.

Elder Scrolls Modding: House Building and Dirty Streets

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Here’s a few cool Elder Scrolls mods that you might want to check out for yourself over at Planet Elder Scrolls, as well as details relating to a new contest over at Oblivion Real Estate.

While many modders try to replace textures to clean up the look of Oblivion, Elioden Ward has decided to use his modding skills to trash the city of Bravil. With the “Dirtier Bravil” mod (shown above), the town of Bravil has been touched up to have a dingier apperance to go along with the lore of the city. Hey, is that the Potomac River?

Moving to Morrowind, Catherine799 has uploaded her first house mod for the game. Her mod, the Balmora Treehouse, seems like a place that Frodo or Bilbo Baggins might take a keen interest in, as the home located in Balmora is actually a home built from a tree.

Speaking of homes, if you’re into modding your own for Oblivion, you might want to check out The Oblivion Real Estate’s MORE Challenge. For those that missed this post, Oblivion Real Estate is a site dedicated for modders that have worked on creating new homes for Oblivion using the TES Construction Set. The competition is to build a house using only architecture from the MORE website. You can enter by signing up on the thread at Oblivion’s Real Estate forum (you’ll probably have to join to see the page).

The contest starts on November 15th. For more details, visit ORE.

Darknut: Modder of Morrowind

This week’s mod interview is with Morrowind modder, Mike Niccum (aka Darknut). Residing in Fayetteville, AR, Mike spends his days working as the boss of his graphic design company, Graphics By Mike, Inc. In his sparetime, Mike spends his time playing music (he played professionally for 14 years) and of course, working on projects for Morrowind. Above you’ll find the trailer to Mike’s latest project, Darknut’s Greater Dwemer Ruins, which will be available to modders this November.

You’re done quite a bit for the Morrowind community. What got you hooked on modding the game?

I really can’t pinpoint any one thing. Morrowind is one of my all-time favorite games & the open nature of it really lends itself to modding. The tools Bethesda & others have made available makes it pretty easy to boot.

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Best of Luck, Leo!

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It was brought to my attention that one of our community members within the BGS forums, Leo Gura (aka Liquidgraph), has submitted his Oblivion mod, The Lost Spires, for the 10th Annual Independent Games Festival Student Showcase competition. For those that haven’t heard of the The Lost Spires, we talked about it a couple of weeks ago on the blog. You can also check out the mod’s official website here.

Anyhow, lets wish Leo (representing Cal-Irvine) good luck in the festival! Check out information on his submission and others over at IGF’s site.

Spooktacular Work!

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We’re two days away from Halloween, and I’ve noticed on a few blogs people that gaming enthusiasts are carving their favorite videogame characters onto their pumpkins (check out some of the examples from Kotaku). I’ve seen plenty of good ones across the internets, with the Weighed Companion Cube one over on Joystiq being my favorite…until now.

Over the weekend, Cameron Swartzell e-mailed me the Vault Boy pumpkin you see above. Definitely gets the “thumbs up!”Here’s another shot of it in the light. Continue reading full article ›

Scruggsywuggsy, a Modding Sensei

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This week’s modder interview is with Paul Connelly, who is better known within the BGS forums as scruggsywuggsy the ferret (perhaps the longest name in the forums). Connelly, who lives on a farm outside of Allentown, PA, is currently working as a college student, though he claims he’s too old to still be there. Since I don’t have a picture, I gather he’s probably an icon for the younger college kids (a la Jeremy Piven in PCU or John Belushi in Animal House…pick whichever generation you prefer). If he’s not, well he should be, because members are our forums are big fans of his mod work and his tendency to lend a helping hand.

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October Hall of Famers

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Well, the end of the month is nearing, so that means a couple things. You can expect Todd to be dressed up for Halloween as Notre Dame’s mascot (truly scary this year), our Fallout Anniversary Contest will be wrapping up in just over a week, and last but not least, Planet Elder Scrolls has inducted its October Hall of Fame entries for mod work on Oblivion.

This month’s honorees are Multitude of Magecraft by Cid88, At Home Alchemy by Syclonix, and Bob’s Armory: Oblivion by Mr. Dave.

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Looking for something new?

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If you’re not sure what to do over the weekend, here’s a few interesting mods for Morrowind and Oblivion that you can check out from Planet Elder Scrolls. To start things up, Rougetet from our forums pinged me about his new resource he worked on for Morrowind modders called the Morrowind Mod Grid Use Map. Reading about it, it looks like a useful tool for recognizing potential conflicts that different fan-made mods for the game can cause. Here’s how he explains it:

The Morrowind Mod Grid Use Map (“MMGUM”) is an ongoing attempt to capture all exterior grids changed by mods that have been released for Morrowind (“MW”). With an estimated 7,500+ mods created for MW, many of them that change the exterior cells in the game environment, conflicts (one mod places things in the same specific “real estate” used by another mod) that utilize the same game locations often occur. This often necessitates modders doing rework on their mod creations to remove these “real estate” conflicts, or, if that does not occur, mod users often make a choice to use one mod or the other (but not both together) in order to prevent awkwardness in game play or the view that is presented to them in the MW game. These conflicts often result in reduced usage or download of a mod if it is thought to have conflicts with other popular mods. This modder’s resource will assist with minimizing those conflicts and consequently stimulate use of their mods.

Switching to Oblivion, Dragonblade has created a Lord of the Rings-inspired mod that creates a Tolkan race (as in Tolkien, for those of you living under rocks). The armor definitely brings me back to Helm’s Deep, but I’m not sure the ladies will find the screenshot above as dreamy as Orlando Bloom. Still, very impressive for a first-time modder.

On the topic of creating character mods, Hatsutoli has delivered a new playable race for Oblivion, the Tieflings, which some of you might recognize from your D&D days. According ot Hatsutoli, the Tieflings are generally despised by others in Tamriel and are known for their destructive nature. With this mod, you’ll have the power to transform into a demon and even go on a quest where you deal with the issues associated with transforming. Kind of reminds me of Teen Wolf :)

Mod interview: Kivan and Quarn

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For this week’s mod interview, by request of folks within our forums, I decided to talk with popular Oblivion modders Kivan and Quarn (real names Kevin and David). While they live about as far apart as one could imagine (Quarn’s in Australia, Kivan hails from Canada), they managed to put out some great work, particularly their Unofficial Oblivion Patch, which cleans up and polishes several elements of the game.

I asked the guys about the projects they’ve worked on, how they like to work, and more. Here’s what they had to say:

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New Mods for the The Elder Scrolls

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Here’s an update on some mods I saw this week on other sites that caught my eye.

At the Oblivion Files, their highlighted file of the week, “The Lost Spires” by Leo Gura, is a massive addition that advertises 15+ hours of new gameplay. The mod adds an Archeology Guild that you must join to explore “new, exotic locales to unravel a plot of sinister deceit, betrayal, and doom.” Download it here.

At Planet Elder Scrolls, Lingwei has added an interesting mod that expand’s on Oblivion’s The Siren’s Deception quest line again. By downloading the mod, your are granted new options of how to complete the quest without having to kill them. If it sounds like an interesting idea to you, Lingwei is open to folks expanding on the mod. Sounds like someone else is playing the role of a siren and drawing in others. :)

For Morrowind, Darknut has released a new texture replacement mod, Darknut’s Creature Textures Morrowind (see above for an example of the improvement). If you download this, just keep in mind that they replace the existing textures in the game. For more information on the mod, head over here.