Go! Shivering Isles!!


You might recall in December we shared this crazy awesome Fallout 3 fan art from Japanese artist White Lotus. Today Tetsu Takahasi, head of ZeniMax Asia, emailed me White Lotus’ latest work (and my newest desktop wallpaper) — a tribute to Oblivion and The Shivering Isles. Amazing stuff!

Tetsu also let me know that a localized version of Oblivion Game of the Year Edition is coming to Japan on April 22nd — for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

You Say Potentate, I Say Potentato


Previously on TESting Your Knowledge, we asked Elder Scrolls fans to name the last Akavirian to rule Tamriel in the Second Era.

Unlike the prior week, this one didn’t stump many of you: Savirien-Chorak, the son of Potentate Versidue-Shaie, was the final conqueror to rule over the contentious continent. This excerpt from The Imperial Library tells of his untimely demise:

The latest ruler of Second Empire, Potentate Savirien-Chorak, and every one of his heirs is murdered by The Dark Brotherhood/Morag Tong. This marks the end of the Second Empire.

After a random drawing, Jake Gott of Portland, Oregon was our winner. He’ll receive a signed copy of Greg Keyes’ “The Infernal City,” and the satisfaction of knowing he is the current Potentate of Elder Scrolls trivia. Thanks for participating everyone; you’ll have another chance to win later on in the week.

OXM UK talks Fallout: New Vegas with our own Pete Hines


Following the release of the Fallout: New Vegas teaser trailer earlier this month, we haven’t had to wait long for new info on the game. OXM UK was one of the many magazines to feature New Vegas on the cover of its latest edition (pictured above), and now the publication has released an episode of its podcast entirely dedicated to the subject.

Featuring Bethesda’s Pete Hines as the special guest, the ‘cast includes over 40 minutes of fresh Fallout talk. New Vegas is covered upfront, with Pete taking questions from the listeners in the latter section. Head over to OXM UK for links to the podcast in multiple formats.

Around the web: Brink screenshots make their way online


In case you missed our Bethesda Softworks Newsletter last week, we released four screenshots never before seen online for Brink. Check them out in our  newsletter archives (where you can also subscribe) and at Brink’s Official Site.

For more news on the game, be on the lookout for the latest issue of Game Informer (issue 203), which recently hit subscribers. The two-page feature includes all-new screenshots and info from the game’s Creative Director, Richard Ham. Additionally, Richard’s full interview will be available to GI subscribers at gameinformer.com.

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Modding Interview: A Note Easily Missed’s Dustin Jackson


With titles like “An Evening with Mr. Manchester” and “To Sleep, perchance to dream,” Dustin Jackson’s Fallout 3 mods immediately stand out from the pack. Creating quests that take players on a story-driven ride through hand-crafted puzzles, Jackson — who goes by the handle “Puce Moose” — has gained a steady stream of followers eager to play through his next adventure.

A resident of Eastern Tennessee, the 35-year-old Jackson recently finished up his latest accomplishment — a Masters degree in Biology. We dissected his modding experience in the following interview, which also includes a number of excellent Fallout 3 mod recommendations, and a tease of his next project.

How did you get started modding? Can you talk about your first project?

Fallout and Fallout 2 are two of my favorite games; I eagerly anticipated Fallout 3, though I had my concerns that the incorporation of real-time combat would be a tragic mistake for the series. Thankfully this turned out not to be the case, and I dove into the game with relish. With any game that I enjoy I generally look around and see if any modding capabilities exist; it didn’t take me long to start sniffing around the GECK to see if I could carve out a few changes in the bleak wasteland.

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Interview with Trajan – QUAKE Live’s First Dark Angel

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Recently SyncError, the Community Manager for QUAKE Live, got a chance to interview Trajan, who was the first player on QUAKE Live to achieve 250,000 frags and earn the Dark Angel award. An impressive stat, and congratulations to Trajan from the team here at id! Hit the (rocket) jump for the interview.

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Planet Elder Scrolls names Hall of Fame mods for January


Planet Elder Scrolls has announced the latest Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Here’s a look…

Morrowind mods

  • Leveled Magicka by hessi9: This mod increases your maximum magicka at 4% per level (at level 26 your starting magicka has been doubled. The mod requires having either the Bloodmoon or Tribunal expansion.
  • Rise of House Telvanni by Pozzo, Bhl, and Karpik777: Pictured above, this mod is an extended version of Pozzo’s Rise of House Telvanni. By a series of quests and political decisions the player can either lead House Telvanni to political predominance or expand it moderately.
  • Hilgya the Seamstress by Plangkye: A new shop in Dagon Fel selling some fancy threads for Better Bodies 2.o.

Oblivion mods

  • Benirus Manor – Necromancer’s Lair by Vypress: Vypress’ first mod, Benirus Manor adds a necromancer’s lair to the basement of Benirus Manor in Anvil.
  • Harvest [Flora] by Quarn and Dejunai: This mod changes the physical appearance of plants if you have harvested them.
  • The Heart of the Dead by BFreyermuth: A sizable new quest mod that features new characters, hours of new quests filled with new dungeons, and more.

Congrats to all these modders for their contributions to the community.

Sack Boy visits the Capital Wasteland

As I prepare to watch the season premiere of Lost, I’ve found myself looking at various fan videos, and found this one particularly cool. This video doesn’t come from Fallout 3, rather it’s a user-generated level from Sony’s LittleBigPlanet. In this video, watch as Sack Boy makes his way from Vault 101 to Megaton.

Enjoy, and if there’s a fan video you’ve seen that you think we should be sharing, shoot us an email.

TESting your knowledge Volume 3: Dagon-it


Another Friday, another Elder Scrolls trivia question from the brain-bending professors at The Imperial Library.

Remember: a signed copy of the Elder Scrolls novel “The Infernal City”–written in the third era of AD by human scribe Greg Keyes–hangs in the balance. Here’s the question:

Mehrunes Dagon was defeated by Martin in the end of Oblivion Crisis. Dagon was also defeated in Mournhold back in the First Era. Who did defeat the Daedra Prince?

Mehrunes Dagon challenges you to answer correctly. At least, that’s what I think he’s doing.


Instructions on where to send your answer, as well as the all-important contest rules, are copied below.

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