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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Fighter’s Stronghold Reviews

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If you didn’t have chance to get Fighter’s Stronghold for free last week, the download is now available for sale for PC here for $1.89 and on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 150 points. It’s your decision if it’s worth downloading or not, but I noticed a couple of reviews from fans who downloaded the content last week that you can check out. You can read the reviews at Video Game Generation and BRnR (warning: the reviews have some content spoilers).

Already download Fighter’s Stronghold? Let us know what you think over in our forums…

Deal of the Century!

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Okay, well, maybe that’s an overstatement. Today and today only over on Amazon, PS3 gamers can purchase the original release of Oblivion on PS3 for only $19.99. Might be a nice gift, stocking stuffer, etc. for friends you know that have been hesitant to check out the game. You can let them know they can always pick up Shivering Isles down the road (as we’ve mentioned, we’re working on a way for PS3 owners to purchase this separately).

Purchase the game here.

Is it just me, or is there no way that Sigourney Weaver’s thumb could be that big??

What we’re playing: No Rain edition

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Looking my window, the weather outside looks downright dismal. I was somewhat hoping it would hold up so I could talk about how guys here would have no reason not to lock themselves inside and play games. Turns out though, it’s supposed to be sunny and in the high 70’s, so there goes that idea. I guess it doesn’t matter, since we work at a game studio, playing games over the weekend is a regular, expected thing.

On to this week’s rundown of what we’re playing. I’ll kick it off since I want to emphasize how incredible Everyday Shooter (PS3) turned out.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Everyday Shooter, Orange Box, Halo 3, Oblivion

Dane “The Main Vein” Olds, Artist: Hellgate: London Beta, TF2, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime 3, Wii VC stuff.

Adam Adamowicz, Concept Artist: Shivering Isles, Adobe Photoshop CS2

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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 :)

Erin Losi Is Not A Model…


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…at least, not officially…yet. That’s the real Erin Losi, PR/Mktg Manager extraordinaire for Bethesda, on the left. The image on the right is from a photo Erin got from a journalist who sent her the image (click on the righthand image to see the full, original photo).

You gotta admit, the resemblance is pretty striking. Apparently it’s an image from a photoshoot or something for the Pussycat Dolls in Europe. At least, that’s what we were told and the best we can figure at this point. A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but it’s also worth at least a few questions:

  • What is our colleague doing browsing Pussycat Doll fan sites?
  • Is it possible that’s really Losi and she’s just not telling us?
  • Does she have a long lost sister her parents never told her about? (even they were freaked out by this picture)
  • If you are that old guy at the roulette table, are you really gonna be looking down at your chips in that moment?
  • Can “The Gav” get the number for any of these ladies?

Fighter’s Stronghold Availability Spreads

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Ash just dropped me a note to say we’ve gotten an update from Microsoft and Fighter’s Stronghold is now available, for free, in the following countries as well:

Belgium
Denmark
Finland
Ireland
Norway
Netherlands
Sweden
Hong Kong
Korea
Taiwan
Singapore

So, if you’re in these countries get on Live and download that puppy by Sunday. It will be a while before we can have it out in localized territories, but we’ll let you know when and will make sure you get your shot at “free” too.

New Post-Apocalyptic Comic

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After reading Quiet Earth, and then heading over to IGN’s comic section today, I was introduced to a new comic coming out, Zombies vs. Robots. vs. Amazons. It’s going to be a 3-part comic from IDW, and it follows the release of their Zombies vs. Robots comics, which had two parts.

I haven’t read these before, but I’m going to see about getting my hands on them. Who doesn’t want to see ladies of the Amazon battling Robots and Zombies…sounds like the feel-good comic of the year. And it’s definitely post-apocalyptic…take a look at this artwork, not to mention the image above that reminded me of our Craig Mullins concept art of the capitol.

If you guys have read the Zombies vs. Robots comics before, I’d love to hear your comments about them.