Prepare for the future!

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In the forums yesterday, wildkarrde put up a post regarding an underground facility 90 minutes outside of Spokane, WA that’s for sale on….eBAY?!? Apparently if you’ve got $1.5 million burning in your pocket (or at least $300K for a down payment), you can essentially purchase your own vault. The facility includes:

  • 160′ Tall Missile Silo
  • (4 Story) Equipment Terminal Buildings
  • 2 – Antenna Silos
  • 100′ Diameter Control Dome Building
  • 125′ Diameter Power Dome Building

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Walking the Walk

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One of our artists, Dane Olds, informed me that he and some other folks at the office (see the team photo above) played a couple of friendly matches of Team Fortress II against the developers over a Breakaway, ltd. I asked Dane to write up a little post-game wrap report. Here’s what Dane had to say:

Some of you may know that several of us here at Bethesda have been spending quite a bit of time with the Orange Box. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that a good portion of that time has been spent with Team Fortress 2. So when we received a challenge from BreakAway, ltd. (located nearby in Hunt Valley) we were more than happy to step into the ring.

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Mod Interview: Talking with Morrowind Modder, Connary

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This week we’re chatting with David Molinero, better known in the Morrowind modding community as Connary. For a living, Molinero works as a freelance digital illustrator; work that includes doing scenery layouts for books and television spots. In the last year, he also spent time participating in some amateur videogame development. When he’s not working, he likes to “get lost, preferably in a fantasy world.”

This past week Connary took the time to answer some questions about his contributions to the Morrowind modding community. Here’s what he had to say:

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Oblivion Fan Trailer

Looking through our BGS forums today, I came across a fantastic Oblivion fan trailer from Azumoth. It’s just over a minute long, but it does a great job showing some cool parts of the game, including work done by the modding community. You can also view a high-res version here or jump into the forums to discuss it.

A reminder, if you have videos you’d like to share on the blog, send them over to us for us to admire.

Top Xbox Live Downloads: October 2007

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Fighter’s Stronghold was the Oblivion DLC highlight for October. Hope you were one of the several hundred thousand folks who grabbed it while it was free. My personal favorite download, The Wizard’s Tower, replaced Knights of the Nine in the top 5.

Top Five Oblivion Xbox Live downloads for Oct. 2007*
1. Fighter’s Stronghold
2. Spell Tomes
3. Vile Lair
4. The Wizard’s Tower
5. Mehrunes’ Razor

*ranked by number of times downloaded

What we’re playing: Rock You Like a Hurricane edition

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Guitar Hero is back, and it looks like quite a few people are ready to rock some more. I myself picked up the game this week on 360 with the new Les Paul guitar controller. It’s so choice…if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. As for the guy above, I have no idea who he is, but he’s on the blog now.

Here’s what the rest of the guys are playing. We’ll start with our departing design intern, William Killeen…the Company of Heroes crew will miss you!

William Killeen, Design Intern: Team Fortress 2, Company of Heroes, and… um… Boggle… with… lasers…

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New mods: level at your pace, chill at a cozy place

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Here’s another update on some mods you might want to give a try for Oblivion.

If you’re looking for mods that affect how your character levels up, Stormcaller has put some stuff up on Planet Elder Scrolls worth looking into. First, the Attribute Booster mod allows you to have more chances to get a +5 modifier in the categories you’re interested in bolstering. On the other hand, if you’re concerned your character is progressing too quickly, her Level Pacer mod might be more your style, as this will slow down the rate to which your character levels up.

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Developing in our spare time, too

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If you read our “What we’re playing” blog posts that come out on Fridays, you’ve probably caught on that people at the office are in love with playing The Orange Box. There’s plenty of value, variety of gameplay, and yes, it even promises cake…so who wouldn’t love it.

While the Orange Box is probably most associated with Half-Life, many of folks here think the darling of the box is Portal. In fact, one of our Level Designers, Daryl Brigner, has created his very own level for the PC version of Portal, entitled Ren Test2.

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