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Thursday - October 16, 2014

Daggerfall - Deep In The Dungeons

by Couchpotato, 06:47

Rock, Paper, Shotgun posted a new article a few days back that takes a look back at Daggerfall, and compares the game to the Dark Soul series.

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An exploration of the uncanny architecture of Daggerfall’s dungeons and the interconnected worlds of Dark Souls.

Dungeons, as a concept in games, are one of the great pillars from which disbelief is suspended like a ragged banner. They are functional objects, from the perspective of designer and player alike, but their function as part of a world is unclear. Occasionally, they are prisons of a sort, as their name suggests, but they are more likely to be ruins of uncertain utility. As to the question ‘why are ruins so often underground?’, we can perhaps answer by recognising that no visible architecture is required on the surface if such complex spaces are buried. The conjuring of the momumental without the pesky need to build the monument.

Saturday - November 19, 2011

Daggerfall - Mods and Ends @ RPS

by Dhruin, 08:43

Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Adam Smith writes about running Daggerfall these days with mods or via the XL Engine, which we've discussed before:

Then there’s the XL Engine, which is the main reason for this post if you discount the nostalgic warbling that follows these two paragraphs. If you haven’t heard of the XL Engine already, it’s a custom-built framework to run old games. Essentially, it totally overhauls them, with all sorts of visual enhancements and improved modding support, so it’s almost as if they are being ported onto modern systems. Daggerfall XL is far from finished yet but it’s a hugely intriguing project, which is seeing steady progress.

It goes without saying that Daggerfall is never going to look like Skyrim, but the results, even in the current 0.199 version, are impressive. As with so many mods, the work that has gone into this is astounding. The assets for the games aren’t publicly available so they have been rebuilt from the ground up. And in Daggerfall’s case that’s a lot of ground.

Tuesday - October 04, 2011

Daggerfall - Matt Chat 118

by Dhruin, 08:57

Matt Barton's latest Matt Chat video is Daggerfall, offering over 20mins of gameplay and discussion:

This week, I finally get around to retrospecting Bethesda's 1996 masterpiece Daggerfall, the game that for many fans is still the best ever Elder Scrolls game. While not without its share of bugs and interface issues, it's still a terrific achievement and demonstrates the possibilities of procedurally-generated content in CRPGs. Just don't make the mistake I did of not checking ALL the options for keyboard and mouse. :)

Still, the resulting misadventures are pretty darn funny.

Sunday - September 18, 2011

Daggerfall - Retrospective @ PC World

by Dhruin, 00:54

There's a short retrospective on Daggerfall at PC World (with a link to a guide to get it running in Win7):

What Daggerfall lacks in accessibility it more than makes up for with variety and freedom of choice: At one point you can choose to save a local villager from a rampaging band of werewolves, or join with the beasts and become a werewolf yourself. Sneaky skills such as lockpicking and pickpocketing allow budding vagabonds to get rich quick, but ply your thieving skills poorly and you’ll attract the ire of local guardsmen. Ply the skills exceptionally well and you might be invited to join the Thieves’ Guild, which opens up an entirely new branch of quests to complete and loot to collect--but brands you an enemy of rival guilds. The possibilities seem endless, and while this sort of open-ended gameplay inevitably leads all but the most focused players to spend hours wandering the world aimlessly, that’s not always a bad thing. In my experience, exploring all the nooks and crannies of a virtual world is half the fun of playing an expansive RPG like this.

Wednesday - August 31, 2011

Daggerfall - 15th Anniversary

by Dhruin, 22:57

It's the 15th Anniversary of Daggerfall, so head over to the Bethblog to see some pics of an unboxing of an original copy.

Saturday - March 06, 2010

Daggerfall - DaggerXL v0.16

by Dhruin, 22:40

DaggerXL has moved to 0.16 in short order, with elements of the UI now functioning:

I’ve released version 0.16 with some of the UI is implemented. After the title screen you see the Load/New/Exit screen – Load will (for now) load your quick save game (same as F2 once you’re in-game), Start will begin in Privateer’s Hold (the previous default) and Exit will immediately exit the program. Hitting the highlight keys will have the same effect (L, S and E).

Thanks, Toni!

Friday - March 05, 2010

Daggerfall - DaggerXL v0.15 Release

by Dhruin, 21:31

We haven't mentioned this project before but DaggerXL - a Daggerfall engine recreation to allow Bethsoft's classic to run on modern hardware - has reached a v0.15 release.  Here's their description, by way of introduction:

This website is for the project DaggerXL – A Modern Daggerfall Engine Recreation for current Operating Systems and hardware – essentially it is a remake in the spirit of a port. It will ultimately fully emulate the game of Daggerfall and then optionally enhance it by refining existing features and adding new gameplay elements that were originally intended. The game will make use of hardware acceleration providing higher resolutions, color depth, greatly improved visibility, better texture filtering, enhanced performance and more.

DaggerXL is be just an engine, you need the original game data to play. I will not distribute any Daggerfall assets or knowingly provide information on obtaining free copies of the game – other then the version provided by Bethesda themselves. This is a legal project, I do not intent to step on Bethesda’s toes or violate their copyrights.

A bit about v0.15.  Still a long way to go:

Version 0.15 has been released, which is basically a bug-fix release. The fast travel UI is slightly better, you’ll no longer “randomly” teleport to a location when clicking on a region – this was caused by holding down the mouse button while the mouse happened to be over a location. You now start at the edge of a location, looking in, rather than at a seemingly random location (which could be inside a building). If you travel between regions, models will always have their textures swapped to the correct region corrected textures, even if it was loaded previously. Some missing textures will be displayed now, which caused some really weird results in some locations. Some block record errors have been fixed, so the missing tiles (such as Wayrest) will now show up, in addition there would be some incorrect tiles on occasion which are also fixed.

Thanks, Toni (and zzajin and Dark Savant for raising this on our forums).

Friday - July 10, 2009

Daggerfall - Released for Free

by Asbjoern, 10:25

In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of The Elder Scrolls series, Bethesda has chosen to make the second iteration, Daggerfall, available for free download on their website. The game is released "as is", meaning no technical support will be given by Bethesda.

- Here's the announcement on the BethBlog.

- Here's the direct download link from elderscrolls.com.

Dark Savant on the forums has made us aware of an alternative version of Daggerfall including patch, display changer and a modern control patch.

Information about

Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

Developer: Bethesda Softworks

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Combat: Real-time
Play-time: Over 60 hours
Voice-acting: None

Regions & platforms
North America
· Homepage
· Platform: PC
· Released at 1996-08-31
· Publisher: Unknown