This week in Elder Scrolls modding

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Welcome to another mod update for The Elder Scrolls. Just thought I’d point out some interesting mods that I saw while looking through some fansites over the past few days…

For Morrowind, those of you who can’t get enough of fighting pesky skeletons might want to give Wildman’s Skeleterra mod a try. This mod adds a new dungeon featuring several new skeleton creatures including a Lich Queen (see image above) and a Skeleton Spearme. To use this download, make sure you have both the Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions installed.

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Let’s hear it for the nominees

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Yesterday, the Writer’s Guild of America announced their nominees for their inaugural videogame writing awards. As spotted on Variety, the nominees are as follows:

  • “Crash of the Titans,” written by Christopher Mitchell for Sierra Entertainment
  • “Dead Head Fred,” written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan for D3 Publisher
  • “The Simpsons Game,” with lead writer Matt Selman, written by Tim Long and Matt Warburton, dialogue by Jeff Poliquin for Electronic Arts
  • “The Witcher,” with lead story designer Artur Ganszyniec, dialogue by Sebastian Stepien, additional dialogue by Marcin Blacha and writers Sande Chen and Anne Toole for Atari
  • “World in Conflict,” story design by Christofer Emgard, story consultant Larry Bond and script consultant Ed Zuckerman for Sierra Entertainment

So, who do you think will win the award? I’ve already put up a new blog poll so folks can vote for the nominee they think will win. Also, feel free to discuss in our comments section the nominees, as well as games you thought deserved a nod.

Congrats to all the nominees!

Decision ’08: It’s going to be a real horse race

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Since starting up a few months back, MTV’s new gaming blog, MTV Multiplayer, has become one of my favorite sites to check daily. Yesterday, the site kicked off a year long venture to find the “Greatest Animal in Video Game History.” To kick off the event, they’ve created a list of potential candidates for the Greatest Horse in Video Game History — a list that already includes the horses of Oblivion. It should be noted that this isn’t a final list, as they’re always looking to hear from the community on what other memorable horses from gaming should be considered.

It should be interesting to keep an eye on this as the year progresses. Hopefully, the winners will square off in an NCAA Tournament-esque bracket. I for one am eagerly awaiting the Best Gorilla vs. Best Marsupial match-up in the Sweet Sixteen.

If you’d like to see your favorite horse come in first, head over to the Multiplayer blog and speak your mind. If you want to start thinking of other animals in Oblivion that deserve to get some props, you might want to check out the updated Oblivion Bestiary — which was written up by Sinder Velvin over at The Imperial Library.

Lutemoth mod interview

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This week’s Elder Scrolls mod interview is with William DeJeu, otherwise known as Lutemoth. Since joining the Elder Scrolls community, he’s become known for his conceptual drawings working with the Tamriel Rebuilt mod team. William, who lives in the Vancouver area, is a Scorpio, enjoys long walks on the beach, and his favorite color is transparent.

Let’s get to know Lutemoth a little better….

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Post-Nuclear Football

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So in my travels to London last week I was fortunate enough to get my fill of football in the span of a few short days. First, my colleague Sean was nice enough to take me to see Arsenal host bitter rivals Tottenham in the first leg of the Carling Cup semifinals. Much like my visit to Emirates Stadium last year, Arsenal played pretty poorly but still managed to eek out a tie thanks to a timely goal from my favorite Gunner Theo Walcott (from whom I got a signed soccer card thanks to my another colleague, Greg).

THEN, my buddies Kat and Chris at Lunch PR had a surprise for me as they’d gotten me an Arsenal jersey (if I haven’t mentioned, I’m a big football/soccer fan in general and an Arsenal fan and have several older jerseys, but not the new one). And this was no ordinary Arsenal jersey, but one that they had gotten personalized with my name on the back and the number they felt was most appropriate for me.

Someone email Arsene Wenger and tell him I’d ready to fill in for my boy Theo if needed!

What we’re watching: writer’s strike edition

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This week we’re doing things a little differently since sometimes people get tired of saying the same thing over and over. Mass Effect, Orange Box, The Witcher…yada, yada…always the same! So with the writers’ strike going on, we thought it would be interesting to share what we’re actually watching…whether it be reality TV, movies that that were written months/years ago, or just watching the grass grow instead.

So what are you watching? Hellga demands you tell us!

Here’s our run down…

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Elder Scrolls Mod Interview: Princess Stomper

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For this week’s mod interview, we’re talking with Princess Stomper. If you’ve been around the BGS or Oblivion Real Estate forums, at the very least, you’ll probably recognize her as being the one that always has a bunny avatar. For several years now, Princess Stomper has been quite involved with the modding communities for both Morrowind and Oblivion…so we thought it was time to ask her a few questions.

When I see the rabbit on Princess Stomper’s avatar growl, I think of the movie Night of the Lepus and all those attacking rabbits. Maybe that’s Stomper on a bad day??

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More Fallout 3 Coverage

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This week I’ve noticed a few interesting articles about Fallout 3 across the information superhighway.

Up first, Kieron Gillen of PC-enthusiast site Rock, Paper, Shotgun has contributed an editorial on Fallout 3 — the latest in their “Games of 2008″ series that has also included Starcraft 2 and Spore. Within the piece, Gillen focuses on why we decided to take on the challenge of making a new Fallout game. Here’s a sample:

“It may just be as simple as plain lust for Fallout, the plain desire to write a sequel to a game they think is brilliant. This sort of things strikes even the brightest creative minds – look over at Comics, where there’s a strata of some of the medium’s brightest minds whose most heartfelt desire is to have a shot at Superman. They’re insane, and if they had any sense they’d be doing their own thing… but that they don’t have that sense means that it’s done as an act of devotion. This is actually a good reason to give a damn about Fallout 3. People working on something that’s genuinely invested in, on average, leads to better work.”

Also looking at the Games of 2008, Gaming Shogun lists Fallout 3 as one of their ten “Most Anticipated PC Games of 2008.”

Freelancer Lou Kesten has written a 2008 preview that leads off with Fallout 3. The article is making it’s way around on several sites…including The Morning Call, where I found it.

Finally, in the February issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, the mag previews 2008 with a politically themed feature called “Decision ’08,” which includes more than 60 games that they think folks may elect to purchase.

A message to Fallout fans: Don’t do this at home!

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So you like the Fallouts, and you’re looking to bring a touch of Post-Nuclear society to your life at home?? Here’s a tip: DON’T TRY TO BUILD A NUCLEAR REACTOR!! Reading Kotaku today, that’s exactly what a man, described as an out-of-work gamer, tried to accomplish at his home in Texas. As a result, he had the FBI and Nuclear Regulatory Commission up in his business, and in the end, his little science experiment was taken away. To read more on the story, head over to the original coverage.

This is actually the second story like this that I’ve heard about this month. BGS forum member Gizmo alerted me of a situation that took place in my home state of Michigan back in 1995 where a young man tried to create a neutron gun out of radioactive materials. Again…BAD IDEA!