Morrowind Mod Interview – Adras

Reddit can be a dangerous or inspiring place. Sometimes you turn up real treasures if you have the right timing. This was the case of us seeing Reddit user, Adras’s Morrowind mod. The project took has taken him seven years and he’s still working on it. Turns out Adras is James Hartley of Traverse City, Michigan and in his day-to-day he works as a Network Technician. We spoke with Adras about the work he did on his mod, Ravenhold Castle, and the work he’s still doing to complete it.

What’s it been like working on Ravenhold Castle?

More than anything, it has been a great learning experience. When I first started out making mods, I didn’t know the first thing about how video games were made or the amount of work that goes into them. It has really given me a great perspective and respect of the people who do it for a living. Modding is a fun and rewarding experience, but it is also a lot of work.

The years of working on Ravenhold Castle has really helped expand my creative thinking skills. While working on the mod, I combined items and room pieces from the existing game to make new interior designs and other structures never before seen in Morrowind. Rather than making new objects that needed to be imported, I opted to be creative with the design and keep the mod entirely dependency-free; meaning that when installing the mod, there will only be one file, rather than many. That helps keep the mod simplistic, yet detailed.

Over the years you’ve put a lot of effort into preserving mod projects for Morrowind, can you talk about that?

Morrowind was the first open-world RPG game I played extensively. Most of my gaming experience before Morrowind was First Person Shooters and console games. The world of Vvardenfell is just so incredibly immersive that, even after 10 years, I can still walk around and see beauty in things that I didn’t notice before. That’s not to say that Oblivion or Skyrim aren’t beautiful – they certainly are – but Morrowind has something special about it. I can walk around Vvardenfell looking at all these strange creatures walking past me and huge mushroom trees off in the distance, and I feel like I am right at home.

Ravenhold Castle wasn’t the first mod I’ve created, but it is the first one that I really put a lot of time and effort into. I have been working on it for over 7 years, and it has become more part of my life than just a simple side project. I’ve put countless hours into it, I’ve had input from friends and family on it, and it has developed and changed over the years as I have. I’ve spent a lot time playing Morrowind over the past 10+ years, so much that it will always have a special place inside me. Through this mod, I’ve had a chance to give something of my own back to the world of Tamriel.
Ravenhold Castle isn’t ready for release yet due to time constraints with work, though I am hoping to be able to get enough work done to release it soon. Originally I was planning on having a entire quest line, but at this point it would only be a housing/town mod.

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It’s October 23rd

If you’re up on your Fallout lore, you know that October 23, 2077  is the date the Great War began… and ended. Commemorating the date , err, anticipating (?) the date, we’re having a 23% off sale on purchases of $50 or more on store.bethsoft.com.

Additionally, fans can order the special edition tee shown above. Click here to order.

Terrifying new images for The Evil Within

As we near Halloween, we thought we’d share new screens and concept art from The Evil Within. We have a new concept piece and screenshot of the butcher shown in our recent gameplay video, as well as the first in-game screenshot Boxman.

For more Boxman, check out our 3D model we released as part of our “Thinking Outside of the Boxman” Halloween Sweepstakes with Wikia. If you missed the models, check them out after the break.

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We’re in the Halloween Spirit

Carved by our very own, Jenny McWhorter

Halloween is drawing near and we’ve been spotting some fun and creative uses of talent in celebration of the Fall holiday. With all of the vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and Boxmen we’ve had through our office we thought this could offer you guys the chance to show off your artistic skills. We’ve seen Jack-o-lanterns, illustrations, and costumes of all kinds over the years and would love to see more.

If you happen to be scaring children while dropping from trees as Corvo, or carving a pumpkin into the Pint Sized Slasher we want to see it and everyone else to see it as well! Submit your Halloween-themed pictures and pieces to bethblog@bethsoft.com or any one of our social media pages and we’ll post our favorites.

Here’s some inspiration to get the creatives juices flowing!

Just in case you need some help with carving ideas, nothing says SURVIVAL HORROR like taking a knife…to a pumpkin! Here’s a template for our Evil Within logo if you want to make a jack-o-lantern like Jenny’s.

ESO ‘Ask Us Anything’ – Variety Pack 9

Read answers to ESO questions sent in from TESO Junkies and Tamriel Foundry at elderscrollsonline.com. Here’s a snippet of this week’s feature:

How do you intend to make each Alliance War campaign feel persistent? Will campaigns last forever, or will they change from time to time, and will the enemies rotate?

Campaigns last for three months at a time, so you’ll find yourself running into familiar faces during them. Also note that you won’t get rotated out or switched to other campaigns unless you choose to; you’ll be able to stay in the same campaign for the entire time your character exists if you want! When a campaign ends, the only things that reset are its leaderboards and the score. Keeps, Scroll ownership, emperor status, and where you are in the world don’t get reset. It gives a great sense of persistence when only the scoring mechanics “reset.”

On the Storefront

Dovahkiins are waiting for a home. They are immobilized by Styrofoam, unable to move they cannot explore as they once did through the vast lands of Skyrim. The Dragon Priest-masked Dragonborns have sat and watched their maskless brethren be adopted by loving homes, hoping….waiting….to be as fawned over as their helmeted kin. Today is that day.

For you may help Dragon Priest masked Dovahkiin feel the warmth of a home like he felt in Hearthfire. He can travel with excitement through a new world to get to your door! You can help Dragon Priest Mask Dovahkiin continue his adventures with you. Head on over to the store to adopt today and make the Dragonborn Statue (Dragon Priest Mask Variant) a part of your home, and your heart.

Here are some of our previous Dragonborns in their new forever homes!

Morrowind Mod Interview – Fliggerty

When Fliggerty is not ruling over his Great House, he is working as a Software Engineer for the UK2 Group in Hyrum, Utah. He took time out of his schedule to give us the inside details on what its like reigning over the Great House Fliggerty.

It’s been a long time since we last talked, what’s new for you?

It has been a long time, and a lot has changed.  The biggest and most important part for me is that I’ve spent a lot of time and effort modding my family, and as a result it has doubled in size.     We now have two gorgeous little girls (which, unfortunately, has seriously cut into my gaming/modding time.)  Aside from that there is my career; during our last talk I was making garbage bags for a semi-living, but now I get to write code professionally.  The great thing is that I got a job with the company that hosts Great House Fliggerty, and basically used my site and mods as my portfolio and resume.  So if anyone ever tells you that modding is a waste of time, just point them towards me and I’ll set them straight.  (Even my wife has finally conceded that point!)

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ESO: Character Creation in Action

Watch our new Elder Scrolls Online video to get a taste of the diverse customization options you’ll have at your fingertips in the game.

Even though creating your character is just the first step on your adventure, it’s an important one. We want to give you the tools you need to realize the hero you’re already envisioning, and we’re excited to give you a peek at some of the options you’ll use to create the character you want to play in ESO. Take a look at our new video and share your thoughts on The Elder Scrolls Online Facebook page.

‘Thinking Outside of the Boxman’ Halloween Sweepstakes at Wikia

In the spirit of Halloween, we have partnered with Wikia for a new sweepstakes centering around Tango Gameworks’ 2014 survival-horror game, The Evil Within.

Entry into the sweepstakes is simple. On Wikia’s blog post for the sweeps, share your The Evil Within-inspired Halloween costume or fan art. To get you started, the embed above features a web-friendly 3D model (uploaded on Sketchfab) of one of the game’s most iconic creatures, Boxman. Go crazy trying to recreate the look… or throw a box on your head.

Entries into the sweepstakes will give you a chance to win prizes like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics card and a The Evil Within poster signed by the father of survival horror, Shinji Mikami!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out official and fan-created contributions on TheEvilWithin.com, as well as the game’s TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr pages. Additionally, you can check out an additional 3D model of Boxman below.

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The sweepstakes runs between today and the most hallowed of evenings (October 31st). For official sweepstakes rules, visit Wikia.com.