New competition for new Morrowind modders

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For you Morrowind modders out there, here’s a friendly competition you might be interested in. One of our BGS forum members, Fliggerty, has started up a competition intended to help up-and-coming Morrowind modders showcase their skills.

So how do you determine if your a modding noob or an experienced veteran? For the purpose of this competition, you must be a modder that “is not a Hall of Fame modder at Planet Elder Scrolls, and has not released a mod that has attained a cumulative download count of 5000 for any single mod.”

In the competition, modders will be working on creating Housing and/or Hireable Mercenaries mods. For more details and rules, visit this thread in the forums.

Good luck!

One stop mod shopping

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If you’re looking to use mods on your PC version of Oblivion, you should definitely check out the Popehat Oblivion Omod Project, compiled by Chris “triggercut” Hornbostel. Sure the project’s acronym might sound crappy (get it???), but with over 3 GB of mod projects, it’s almost like a “greatest hits” collection for folks that are getting started with using user-made mods with Oblivion.

Check out more details about the project here.

Around the Web: “Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi” image of Todd edition

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Here’s the latest Fallout/Elder Scrolls coverage from across the web.

We’ll begin at 1Up, where they have a feature titled “Three Wishes,” in which developers from around the industry share their wishes for the future of gaming. Amongst those asked to rub the magic lamp, Todd shares his utopian wish for “a standard platform across all consoles and PCs for games.” Sounds nice.

To read Todd’s wish, as well as the wishes of others (including Gas Powered Games’ Chris Taylor and Sims/Spore extraordinaire Will Wright), head here.

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TES Nexus’ File of the Month for May

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Here’s a quick look at last month’s most popular mod over at TES Nexus — jojjo’s New Frostmourne Sword. Inspired by World of Warcraft, jojjo created the sword from scratch. I gotta say, it looks pretty amazing!

To check out the rest of this month’s top 5, head here. And don’t forget if you’re registered, you can start voting for June’s top files.

Mod Interview: Kat and Tommy

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This week’s mod interview is with the tag team duo of Kat and Tommy. According to Kat, she spends her free time in Orwell, England distributing stale bread crusts to deserving peasantry and helping out at the local home for Retired Eel Teasers. She also received high praise and acclaim for her performance as a tree in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

Meanwhile, Tommy lives in the Netherlands where he does IT work on IBM mainframes. He graciously accepts Kat’s stale bread.

On to the interview…

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We adore fan art

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It’s been a few months since we last featured Fan Art from the blog, so when I received this homage to the Adoring Fan from Raven Hall, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

If you haven’t checked out the Fan Art section on Bethblog, it’s over on the right column of the blog. As always, if you’ve got fan art to share with us (whether it’s Star Trek, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, etc.), shoot us an email.

What we’re playing: Heat wave edition

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Having lived in DC for over five years now, I can tell you that when it gets hot…it’s unbearable. Sure you can go to places with higher temperatures, but the humidity is a real killer here. While we had a rather pleasant spring in these parts, the party’s officially over this week. Looking at the weather report for Rockville, it’s supposed to get to 96 degrees tomorrow. Sounds like a good weekend for us to stay indoors and play games…like Fallout 3:).

Feel free to let us know what you’re playing, as well as the local weather forecast in your neck of the woods.

Ashley Cheng: Fallout 3

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout 3

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: FO3

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Fallout 3 Survival Edition — Own Your Own Pip-Boy

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Update: I’ve added two photos of the prototype below. You can see that it does open up. This one doesn’t show a clasp, but it will have one on the bottom to close it shut. This doesn’t have any decaling or any anything and obviously the whole thing won’t be black, but it does give you and idea of the size and form vs. the rendered image we showed previously.

We just put out a press release announcing the Fallout 3 Survival Edition, available only through Amazon.com, and only in very limited quantities. The Survival Edition of the game will come with all the content found in the Fallout 3 Collector’s Edition (you order whichever platform you want), PLUS a life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000 that functions as a watch/clock/whatever (the screen above is just a placeholder image as we’re still finalizing the screen as we speak).

In addition, it’s sort of become a tradition that I get asked to write a diary about whatever Collector’s Edition we’ve created for the game we’re doing. With today’s announcement it seemed like the right time for that, so over on the official site you’ll find a new Diary in the Vault that talks about the different components of both the Collector’s and Survival Editions, and how they came to be.

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Keep in mind this Survival Edition is only through Amazon.com, and won’t be listed for any localized versions. The console versions will be NTSC only, not PAL. If you can get to Amazon.com from where you are and order the PC version, I suppose that should still work and they’d still ship it to you.

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I have to say the Pip-Boy is turning out really cool. So far we only have an unpainted mold, but it’s still pretty awesome. I’ll try to get a picture of it up shortly. It’s just very cool to see it go from a random idea I had one day to something sitting on my desk. And I need to give props to Losi for the 10,000 emails and phone calls she’s put in to make sure this thing happened, and to our sales VP Ron for all his work on this too.