Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - All News
Thursday - August 21, 2014
Elder Scrolls V: Skywind - Gameplay Demo
The developers of the Morrowind mod Skywind have released a new gameplay trailer.
This is ALPHA gameplay footage from my last Twitch Live Stream on 8/13/14. Because of this, the quality is LOW and the frame rate will drop/freeze. None of this footage is official and everything is subject to change. For this reason, do not comment on bugs, glitches, or optimization. For this demo, I show only a few environments and armors. An OFFICIAL demo will be released later down the road.
Thursday - July 17, 2014
Morrowind - Skywind Mod Voice Actors Wanted
The developers of the Morrowind mod Skywind have released a new trailer that has information they are in need of a few voice actors for the mod.
Today the Skywind team brings you a very special voice acting recruitment animated short! All the information you need will be provided below. If you think you can voice act better than we can make cartoons, please head to the forums here! http://tesrenewal.com/forums/voice-ac...
Saturday - July 05, 2014
Morrowind - Skywind Mod Renewal Trailer
The developers of the Morrowind mod Skywind have released a new trailer called Renewal, and shared news the mod is nearing Alpha release.
New footage taken from the latest DEVELOPER UPDATE showing original content for Skywind. This version is NOT available for public use, but please stay until the end of the video for a special announcement. Lots of content has been added since the latest developer video, but there is MUCH MORE to be done. If you want to help or have questions, please visit the website at http://tesrenewal.com/ and find the appropriate forum.
Regarding the ending: Details will follow. Do NOT inquire about it in the comments or the website yet, it will be revealed in time exactly what a public developer release is.
Thursday - May 01, 2014
Morrowind - Rebirth Mod 2.7 Released
The team of modders who made the Morrowind Rebirth mod announce the release of a new updated version. You can find more information, and links on Mod BD.
[RELEASE] Morrowind Rebirth 2.7
After months of hard work 2.7 is finally ready for your enjoyment I never thought I'd manage to stop working on this beast (had way too much fun). I truly hope you will enjoy it! As always there's quite a massive wall of text down below. Be sure to let me know if you have any issues with 2.7! Enjoy.
The main focus of this patch has been to improve the general quality of the mod, meaning finishing a lot of stuff that has been neglected for far too long. You will notice both minor and major landscape improvements in several areas, especially in the Shegorad Region, but also in the Ascadian Isles and the Bitter Coast. You'll be able to enter some new places, that previously had no interior. A lot of time were also put into balancing. Several leveled-lists were recalculated so that high-end weapons/armor won't drop as often, and at higher levels than before. Some spells had their spell-cost reduced to make them more useful for low-level mages. Enchantments are now less overpowered and balanced. On top of all this you will also be able to obtain some new Dwemer weapons and enjoy some bugfixes!
Sunday - April 27, 2014
Morrowind - Interview @ Gamers Nexus
Saturday - April 26, 2014
Morrowind - Retrospective @ Gamer Syndrome
Gamer Syndrome's Austin Harpman has written a new article we he talks about revisiting Morrowind Twelve years later. Here is a sample so be sure to read the link.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since I first booted up and installed Morrowind on my old crappy computer. It holds a special spot in my gaming heart all these years later and it’s held up remarkably well. After the long install and waiting around wondering what it was all about I was dropped inside a ship and everything began. Now to be completely honest here I was a horrible reader at this stage in my life and Morrowind had an ridiculous amount of.. well reading. I struggled with dyslexia and ADHD so I knew this would pose a major challenge. I was surprised however to find that even though I hated reading books I loved reading in Morrowind. Since I was playing a game it seemed far more than anything I did in school. As it turns out Morrowind had me hooked from that moment on. I attribute a lot my improvement in reading and writing to that very game to this day. It got me to appreciate reading so I could drift into my own little world and discover.
Saturday - April 19, 2014
Elder Scrolls V: Skywind - Development Video
The developers of the Morrowind mod Skywind have released their second Development Video to show the progress of the ambitious mod.
The second episode of Skywind's Developer Diary series. Take an inside look into our most recent progress for the project and learn how YOU can help. For more information about the project, visit us at http://tesrenewal.com/
Tuesday - February 18, 2014
Elder Scrolls V: Skywind - "Arid Trek" Trailer
The developers of the Elder Scrolls V: Skywind mod have released a new trailer called 'Arid Trek' as a preview of the Ashlands.
Another environment showcasing video, this time the near-finished Northern Ashlands that I have been hard at work on for several months. Still a work in progress, and everything is subject to change. Keep in mind, many models are place holders and the ash will be darkened. I was also experimenting with the Dragonborn weather types, they too are not final.
Thursday - January 23, 2014
Elder Scrolls V: Skywind - Savagery Trailer
The developers of the Elder Scrolls V: Skywind mod have released a new trailer called Savagery . It's a preview of the 0.9.1 build.
A sneak peak at the latest DEVELOPER update. Footage shown in this video, for the most part, is not available for public release and is just a preview of what is to come in the next public update. Most of the new landscapes and creatures included in this update have been shown. I apologize for a few glitchy scenes and creature behaviors. Don't ask for a release date please, there isn't one at the moment. Leave all comments and feedback in the comments below. Thanks everyone for your support so far, more videos to come soon!
To anyone seeing this video, the best way to help this project and make our hard work pay off is to SHARE AND SUBSCRIBE to these videos to spread the word. We need volunteers of all sorts, and there are simple tasks that anyone can help with, so please check out the website and see how you can support us at http://morroblivion.com/forums/skyrim. The more help we get, the faster the final release will come.
Friday - January 17, 2014
Morrowind - OpenMW 0.28.0 Released
The team behind the Morrowind Mod OpenMW announce that a new version is available. I also have a new video that shows of the improved mod.
The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.28.0! Grab it from our Downloads Page for all operating systems. This behemoth of a release includes many large features, such as Combat AI, Magic, Vampirism, terrain bump/specular/parallax mapping, and many other things. There’s also a heap of bug fixes, many thanks to our relentless developers!
Monday - January 06, 2014
Elder Scrolls V: Skywind - Development Video
The developers of the Skywind mod have a new Development Video giving us a look at how they recreate Morrowind using Skyrim's engine.
A behind the scenes look at the making of Skywind, a fan made modification for Skyrim that brings the world of Morrowind to the updated engine. Find out all about the processes and work that goes into making this project, featuring various segments from the team, with narrations and new footage.
To anyone seeing this video, the best way to help this project and make our hard work pay off is to SHARE AND SUBSCRIBE to these videos to spread the word. We need volunteers of all sorts, and there are simple tasks that anyone can help with, so please check out the website and see how you can support us at http://morroblivion.com/forums/skyrim.
Wednesday - December 25, 2013
Morrowind - Mod Interview @ BethBlog
How did you get involved with modding?
My brother gave me a copy of Morrowind in 2006, and I later bought both expansions for it. At the time, I’d been making minor mods and maps for Civilization IV, but never got heavily into it. I played Morrowind for a week or two before delving into modding. I was disappointed with the first stronghold I got in the game, Rethan Manor, so it didn’t take long for me to jump into the Construction Set to try to improve it. My first mod was a mess, and so was the next–unpublishable–but while learning I discovered the modding community. I remember distinctly how Fliggerty made me the most welcome and helped answer my most complicated scripting questions. I’ve tried to pay it forward ever since.
What do you think makes the Morrowind modding community so vibrant after more than a decade?
I believe the modding community builds on itself. Morrowind was a stunning, unique, and richly detailed game when it was released, and modders have carried that spirit along. Much credit goes to Bethsada for making their game so open-ended and mod-friendly in the first place. One reason I return to it again and a again is because I love the setting, but the other reason is because I love the community.
The Morrowind community is one of cooperation and support. Some modding communities discourage using other people’s resources, forcing ambitious mods to become cascading layers of dependencies. Having to download 5+ mods to make the one you want work frustrates players and modders alike.
In the Morrowind community, if I can’t do something, I can find someone to help. I can focus on making my ideas happen. This community has always been one to help you find a way to make it happen, whether that’s allowing you to build on existing work, helping debug experimental scripts, or making a brand new model for you. You just have make something great, and pass on the goodwill. Anyone can make a mod based on my work. Anyone can use my resources. Because that’s the same courtesy people gave me to help make my mods happen.
Are you working on any new projects?
I have one mod project in limbo because my professional work takes precedence, so it may be a long time before I finish it. Once I release UL 3.2, I need to get back to working on my writing for a while.
The novels I’m working on, currently titled Freecloud and Vava Calypso, are part a science fiction series. I’m not sure which publishing route I’ll take once they’re ready. In any case, they’ll have to run a gauntlet of brutal beta readers before they’re ready. I owe a lot to beta testers. I owe the quality of my work to the quality of their feedback.
Saturday - December 07, 2013
Elder Scrolls V: Skywind - Call of the East Trailer
You may recall my post about a mod called Skywind for Morrowind. In case you forgot the mod seeks to remake Morrwind with the engine of Skyrim. The developers of the mod have released a new trailer called Call of the East.
I am pleased to announce the new official trailer for Skywind. The entire video is based off of the official Skyrim launch trailer. Footage in this video does not reflect the final product. A huge thanks to everyone working on this project and making it become a reality. For more information, please visit http://morroblivion.com/
Thursday - December 05, 2013
Morrowind - OpenMW 0.27.0 Released
The developers of OpenMW annouce that a new version is available. Here are the details, and a new video. Also give thanks to kostas for sending in the news.
The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.27.0! Grab it from our Downloads Page for all operating systems. This release brings the first official release of OpenCS, the OpenMW team’s efforts to bring an open source solution for editing content for OpenMW. OpenCS is in an early Alpha state, please take that into consideration when testing!
Sunday - October 27, 2013
Morrowind - Mod Interview @ BethBlog
Bethesda has another interview on the company's blog this time with a modder by the name of Adras about his mod Ravenhold Castle for Morrowind.
What inspired you to create Ravenhold Castle as opposed to something else?
It’s been such a long time since I started that it’s hard to remember exactly what first sparked the idea. I’ve always had a fascination with castles and medieval themes, which I think was the main inspiration. I also played with Legos a lot while I was growing up, and this just sort of became my grown-up Lego set.
Building is just something that comes naturally to me. I’ll start on a project, work on it for a while, then sit back and think “What can I do to make this bigger and better?” When I first started Ravenhold Castle, it was a small castle on a tiny island with a small farm. As of right now, the main island alone is slightly larger than Vivec. Early on, I had a lot of areas that I didn’t really know what to do with. I would leave them alone for a while, then come back later and try different things to see what felt right. The harbor district started as a small fishing dock, and the swamp that consumes 1/3 of the island started as one small puddle.
Why do you think Morrowind’s modding community continues to thrive more than a decade after the game’s original release?
Morrowind is an incredibly immersive game which offers a degree of freedom that isn’t seen in most other games, even now. Not only does it offer that degree of freedom, but it also has a much higher difficulty curve than the newer Elder Scrolls games. One of the biggest complaints of Oblivion and Skyrim I hear is how the leveling and character stat system has been simplified to make it more appealing to a wider audience. Skyrim is a mixture of action and RPG, where Morrowind is almost entirely RPG. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for gamers who prefer a more pure RPG experience, Morrowind is the one that offers it. Lots of nostalgia also helps.
The ability to easily modify all of Bethesda’s games since Morrowind is what puts them ahead of the curve in the game industry. Bethesda has fantastic writing and level development teams, but a group of very talented people can never come up with something that a community of millions of fans could. This is what will keep the Elder Scrolls alive for years to come.
Sunday - October 20, 2013
Morrowind - Mod News & Interview
Up first I have sad news to announce that Qarl the famous modder for Morrowind, and Oblivion has passed away. He is known for his texture packs.
I don't know if this news to anyone here. But modding legend Qarl passed away in June, from a sudden liver disease. Qarl was the author of the Underground mods, and various texture packs for Morrowind and Oblivion.
His talent will surely be missed, RIP Qarl.
Next Bethesda interviews modder Fliggerty on the BethBlog.
Why do you think Morrowind’s modding community continues to thrive more than a decade after the game’s original release?
I’ve pondered this a lot, and have a dozen theories that I could ramble about. In short, I think it’s about creativity and passion. (Please keep in mind that these statements are my opinion only…I don’t want to upset anyone here.) Skyrim and Oblivion are great games, but Morrowind is a legendary game. While it does have its technical shortcomings, things which were perhaps addressed in the other games, it had an atmosphere…a feeling to it that the other ones never quite nailed. You could tell that every room you entered was painstakingly handcrafted, that each quest you went on was thought out and written by a person rather than being generated. When you couple that with a Construction Set that is vastly simpler to use than that of its successors (not to mention all of the 3rd party utilities that are tried and true) it comes as no surprise that people continue to create mods and use them for this game.
Besides…we haven’t perfected it yet!
Monday - September 23, 2013
Morrowind - The Ultimate Morrowind Quiz
Shortlist has a new quiz for those that think they know everything about Morrowind.
The third instalment of one of the most heavily awarded gaming franchises of all time, Morrowind set a new benchmark for action role-playing games. So large was the game's scope that Bethesda tripled their staff numbers to undertake the project.
To prevent you from twiddling your thumbs and replaying Skyrim for the umpteenth time as you await the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, we thought we'd compile an exceedingly tricky quiz to stir up fond memories of this classic RPG.
Many fall, but one remains. Can you stand up to our Morrowind quiz?
Wednesday - August 21, 2013
Morrowind - Skywind Mod Project
Skywind is a project that aims to bring Morrowind to life with the Creation Engine of Skyrim. You can check it out here.
Q: What IS Skywind exactly?
A: It is a non-commercial, fan made modification for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that seeks to merge the amazing world of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind with the enhanced graphics and capabilities of Skyrim's engine.
While ownership of both games is required to play, the player only actually plays Skywind using the Skyrim game, and not the older Morrowind game. This means that the user interface, combat, graphics, and system requirements for the Skywind mod are all those of Skyrim, and NOT Morrowind.
Q: What do I need to run Skywind?
A: You will need a copy of TES III: Morrowind, including the Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions installed correctly on your system. Plus TES V: Skyrim of course. The exact files that you will need to run, as well as the instructions you should follow to install can be located on The Official Installation Instruction Thread.
You can also watch a few video demonstrations on the projects Youtube channel.
Friday - August 02, 2013
OpenMW - An Open Source Morrowind Implementation
Kostas informed us of the work that is done on recreating the Morrowind engine with an open source version, which allows to run the original game as well as all mods. Here is some info from the FAQ:
OpenMW is an attempt to reimplement the popular role playing game Morrowind. It aims to be a fully playable, open source implementation of the game. You must own Morrowind to use OpenMW.
To give you a better idea of what this project is about, here are some of the aims for the future of OpenMW:
- Be a full featured reimplementation of Morrowind.
- Run natively on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.
- Support all existing content, including Tribunal, Bloodmoon and all user created mods.
- Allow much greater modability: change game rules, create new spell effects, etc through scripting.
- Fix system design bugs, like savegame “doubling” problem.
- Improve the interface and journal system.
- (Possibly) Improve game mechanics, physics, combat and AI.
- (Possibly) Support multiplayer at some point.
- (Possibly) Improve graphics to use more modern hardware.
It’s a pretty ambitious list, and there’s a lot left to do before these goals can become reality. You should check below for information about the current development status.
OpenMW is released under the GNU General Public License version 3, and all source code has been written completely from scratch. It also builds on various other open source tools, most notably OGRE for graphics, and Bullet for collision (and possibly physics).
More information on the FAQ page and they also have a video to watch:
Friday - May 10, 2013
Morrowind - Morrowind Rebirth Overhaul Mod 2.2
Modder trancemaster has released a new version of his Morrowind Rebirth mod for Morrowind. Those interested can download the mod from here.
And here is the complete changelog for this latest version of Morrowind Rebirth:
* Rebalanced the lengths’ (again) of the spears. The reach of the spears should differ depending on the length of the spear (in-game mesh size), something which I didn’t take into account the last time.
* Dren Plantation fixes. A tree were floating, an overhang were clipping through the wall and a lamp pole and its lantern hung in mid air.
* Golam Urellas’s and Fairne’s shacks’ had the wrong script attached to the doors, making it impossible to enter either of them.
* The door Chun-Ook (The big ship in Ebonheart) had the wrong teleport marker (took you to the Ashlands).
* Changed “Jhamondile Dremon’s home” to “Jhamondile Dremon’s House”, also fixed some floaters inside.
* Somehow I managed to remove the travel-markers for the Slave Market in Suran, all fixed now.
* Moved the travel-marker outside Vivec, it displayed “Ascadian Isles” instead of “Vivec”.
* “Scourge”, a Daedric Battle Axe were restored. Enchantment/Model was missing.
* Llaala Girendal & Rleno Medan, Ald-ruhn Temple had no assigned head meshes.
* Jhamondile Dremon, a imperial In Caldera were incorrectly set as a trader.
* Fixed a typo which made it super-expensive to use the MG travel-service.
* Several fixes and improvements to the Imperial Legion Barracks, Caldera.
* The Black Goblet in Suran had the wrong script attached to the doors.
* Reduced the cost for elemental shields (nerf from previous change).
* Tarvyn Faren, a dumner at Vivec Entrance had duplicate records.
* Corrected a missplaced door on top of Lighthouse in Ebonheart.
* Removed Skooma bottles and Nordic Mead from Shenk’s Shovel.
* Silver Katana was changed from Two-Handed to One-Handed.
* Fixed the ground at the entrance of the “Eight Plates”.
* Added ownership to all lanterns in Caldera/Pelagiad.
* Dwemer weapons are no longer refered as “Dwarven”.
* Removed some script fixes (not needed due to MPP).
* Fixed a typo in “Drunk Dumner”, to “Drunk Dunmer”.
* “Templar Shield” to “Imperial Templar Shield”.
* Fixed a floating doorframe in Shenk’s Shovel.
* Anti-cloned the Buoyant Armigers’, Ghostgate.
* Removed 2 missplaced doors, Ald-ruhn Temple.
* A major overhaul for Ebonheart. The inner courtyard have been redesign along with better visuals for the main plaza.
* Better sorting for some misc items. Example: Wooden items have “Wooden” prefix, “Wooden Bowl”, Silverware items have “Silverware” prefix, “Silverware Knife” etc.
* A minor overhaul for Balmora. Removed a massive amount of rocks around Balmora to make it more fps friendly.
* A minor overhaul for Seyda Neen. Mainly landscape improvements.
* Anti-cloned Imperial Guards (most of them anyway).
* Better name-prefixes for potions.
Monday - August 20, 2012
Morrowind - Retrospective @ Edge Online
Edge Online looks back at Morrowind in their latest Time Extend feature:
Morrowind, however, remains the least constrained of the two. Plot-dependent characters can’t be killed in Oblivion; in Morrowind, the quest line can be broken – a small text box alerts you to the fact – and you’re still free to remain an adventurer. Towns aren’t separated from the outside world by a loading screen. Aspects that could never be held up as sleek game design are nonetheless powerful: character dialogue – apart from passer-by soundbites – is never spoken, instead metered out via rich clumps of text, and conversation strands are far more profuse than those of Oblivion. Walking is the only way to conserve fatigue, forcing you to stroll the land; fast travel isn’t available, but silt strider creatures, boat rides and Mages’ Guilds offer a shortcut between major settlements. Such aspects may be dissuasive to the received gaming mentality but, while it’s likely that the average Oblivion player spends more time in the game before walking away, it’s just as likely that those who managed to submerge themselves in Morrowind felt connected and invested all the deeper.
Tuesday - January 03, 2012
Morrowind - Retrospective @ Digital Spy
There's a brief retrospective on Morrowind at Digital Spy, probably in part motivated by the succes of Skyrim, the latest installment in the TES series. A tidbit:
Quality and not quantity comes to mind, though, as each town, city and dungeon was crafted by hand. It made for a far more memorable and individual world, one with such character that it remains a fan-favourite today. The region of Vvardenfell, an island province, can only be described as being somewhat bizarre, a place that ditched traditional stone castles and lush green landscapes for wooden villages next to dank swamps, mushroom-covered hillsides and tall striders that would transport players between locations.
Thursday - December 29, 2011
Morrowind - The Complete Fool Recap @ RPS
I guess it's that time of the year when you drag out your old material because noone is around to write new stuff...Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a recap of Alec Meer's Morrowind game diary, A Fool in Morrowind. It was never completed and doesn't offer deep insight but it was a humorous read, so worth a look if you haven't already seen it.
Tuesday - December 20, 2011
Morrowind - Overhaul v2.0 Released
Version 2.0 of the Morrowind Overhaul mod compilation has been released. Head to this page at RPG Italia for their subsite, which includes links and videos.
Monday - December 05, 2011
Morrowind - Overhaul v2.0 Trailer
We've covered the mod compilation Morrowind Overhaul a few times before but apparently work continues post-release with v2.0 nearing release. The official blog has a new trailer on offer.
Saturday - February 05, 2011
Morrowind - Overhaul Project Released
The Morrowind Overhaul project that we covered via RPG Italia a little while ago has been released. The official discussion is here and project lead KingPix has been commenting in our forums in this thread as well.
Sunday - January 30, 2011
Morrowind - Overhaul Project Interview @ RPG Italia
RPG Italia let us know about interview they have with the mod team behind the Morrowind Overhaul project, which has an international release due soon. Morrowind Overhaul is a compilation project to enhance the graphics in Morrowind, similar in concept to Morrowind 2011 except this project has full permission from the original authors and has been around for a few years. A gameplay overhaul is due soon, too. Here's a sample:
From a graphical point of view, do you believe Morrowind Overhaul can be compared to Oblivion? The minimum requirements for Morrowind Overhaul are less than those required by Oblivion?
Yoae: Well, my dear, I’d say that a direct comparison is very difficult to do. Until recently the answer would be Oblivion, but Morrowind has recently recovered from two features of which you really missed: the bump mapping and dynamic shadowing. The time now is immature, because there are many characteristics which aren’t well developed, but the modders have never failed us. If we want to compare the two games on a stylistic level, Morrowind wins. I mean, there are houses built into giant mushrooms! And there are Guars! Concern to the requirements, I would say that the two games, if modded at most, have the same requisites: today with a mid – range computer you can enjoy all the improvements being noticed with the settings of MGE. For example: my PC is equipped with a 275 GTX and a E8400 and never has had problems running our Morrowind Overhaul.
Can you explain to RPG Italia’s users the content of the package “Game Experience”, which it’s going to be published soon?
Kingpix: The simplest definition of the package “Game Experience” is that this group of mods edits everything that isn’t relating to graphic or sound. More specifically, the second package is going to set all the quests, the atmosphere, the gameplay, the opportunities, new locations, the growth of some characters and the like. The changes are many, very different and in them you can find the best quality available! Morrowind will become an “infinite” game, because you will never finish everything the game offers, because there are lots of new adventures that can be complete in different ways, having various ends. Finally you’ll have more realism in the character growth, balancing every aspect of the game; you’ll have news relative to the combat system, you’ll have news relative to the families and the vitality of the cities… therefore, there are a lot of irons in the fire! We can assess the duration of the game with the package “Game Experience” with all the new adventures and small quests about 2000 hours and with 2000 hours to complete everything is practically impossible finish the game. We’ll try to keep everything balanced, homogeneous for the game world and perfectly integrated in the original atmosphere. Oh, I think that this “Game Experience” is a very big smasher!! Can I say that?!
Tuesday - January 04, 2011
Morrowind - 2011 Graphical Project
A number of sites have run stories on Morrowind 2011, a graphical update mod project. We originally saw it at Joystiq via a note from Omega but the official site has links to the files and everything you need. Graphical mods aren't new but, as I understand it, this is a single compilation of existing mods that work well together to produce a complete overhaul. In total, there's 4Gb of stuff so settle in for a lengthy process.
Monday - December 20, 2010
Morrowind - Retrospective @ Edge
Edge Online has a Morrowind retrospective, titled Time Extend. The article is an edited version of one previously published in their magazine, in it looks familiar:
Before we continue with that, let’s first consider Morrowind’s enticing outset. Despite the aforementioned cliché, the genre blend is alluring enough: a world composed of believably solid 3D space, explored in firstperson (or thirdperson, if you want an inferior time) and home to a continental sprawl of real-estate to explore: towns, caves, settlements, mines, forts, several thousand individual NPCs and several hundred thousand hand-placed objects. Despite its character-class system leaning towards archetype, the attraction is that you get to be it, not just wield it. Thieves stalk, sneak and steal like Sam Fisher minus the minigames. Assassins skulk and snipe. Warriors blunder and bludgeon. Not, of course, that you’re ever constrained to a fated choice; such decisions only affect your start-out stats. Beginning as a nameless, faceless, homeless presence stowed in the hull of a ship, you’re docked at the town of Seyda Neen, ushered into the customs and excise building to rattle through the paperwork. Choose a race, appearance, name, star sign, class (or craft your own), and you’re handed some official orders as a trail of breadcrumbs to get you going. And then – BAM! – the world is your oyster. Go wherever. Do whatever. You’re left to your own devices, just as you’ve always wanted. The trouble with Morrowind, however, is that it’s an oyster you’ve got to prise open with your bare hands.
Wednesday - August 18, 2010
RPGWatch Feature - Morrowind Revisited
Part retrospective, part love-letter to the mod community, VoxClamant writes about his recent experiences revisiting Morrowind. Here's a snip:
This piece started out to be a retrospective on Morrowind. But somewhere between the sketch of the ideas and the completed work, it morphed into something a bit different. Yes, it is still mostly about Morrowind. But it also focuses on how mods, in general, have added so much to many of the best games any of us have ever played. Indeed, during the writing a profound conclusion solidified for me -- many of the best games became "best" because of their support for mods.
Saturday - January 02, 2010
Morrowind - Steam Sale
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year Edition is the latest RPG on Steam's sale. About 20 hours to go on this one, as I type.
Monday - July 13, 2009
Morrowind - Diary, Day 9
Alec Meer continues his forage into Morrowind.
Agent Loaf returns, after a brief hiatus so RPS could spend some quality time documenting its own history. Now, my plan with this series had been to avoid the core narrative for as long as possible (even though it’s something I never got around to the first time I played Morrowind.) Then a funny thing happened. It became compelling. Based on how unsatisfactory I’d found Oblivion and Fallout 3’s main plotlines to be, this was not something I’d been expecting. It also puts me in the unusual position of narrativising someone else’s narrative -a starkly different prospect to diarising my own haphazard experiences. If you’ve not ever played Morrowind and still intend to, be aware that here be spoilers…
Tuesday - July 07, 2009
Morrowind - Diary, Day 8
Alec Meer's 8th day.
It’s an unfortunate reality of Vvardenfell that very few traders can afford to pay anywhere near the worth of the kind of loot that seasoned adventurers bring to them. Stands to reason, really – after all, if they did have several hundred thousand gold to spare, they probably wouldn’t spend their days running grotty shops on a cursed island. It is, however, a source of great annoyance to me. Here I am, pockets laden with brutally effective Daedric weaponry from a hell dimension and lavish Indoril armour worth tens of thousands apiece, but I can only get a couple of thousand gold maximum for anything, if I’m lucky. The traders quickly grew to love me, much as I suspect they were all talking behind my back about how gullible I was. I suppose I’m helping to support local businesses, but frankly I’d never intended to be a philanthropic master thief.
Saturday - July 04, 2009
Morrowind - Diary, Day 7
Powerhat is Alec Meer's latest scribbling on Morrowind:
Let me tell you about my hat.
- It is the first thing in I’ve paid for in this land, bar some skill training and a few lockpicks.
- It cost me 1500 gold pieces, which is more than most shopkeepers even carry. Easily obtained and replaced by a man of my stealthy means, frankly.
- It’s around a foot and a half tall, made of what appears to be brass, and masks my features entirely with a cold, machine-like visage. Yes, it does appear as though I’m wearing a giant, metal vegetable on my face, but I like the look.
- It’s of Dwemer (that’s Tamriel’s mysteriously-vanished race of dwarves) origin, which is why it so closely resembles the faces of the Dwemer Centurions, the clockwork guards I encountered yesterday.
- That it fits me, a lanky Dunmer, so very snugly suggests the widely-held belief that the Dwemer were short of stature is perhaps a myth. Dwarves = tall. Goddit?
- A purple haze of otherworldly magicks crackles across its surface. In other words, I shimmer, daaaaahling.
I can wear my Dark Brotherhood mouth-mask on top of it. This looks agreeably ridiculous, like an grumpy robot doctor.
Thursday - July 02, 2009
Morrowind - Diary, Day 6
Another day in Alec Meer's Morrowind wanderings. This entry has been twittered in, and since I hate Twitter, no quote today.
Monday - June 29, 2009
Morrowind - Diary, Day 5
Alec Meer continues his trip through Morrowind that happens to have something to do with Mek-Quake?
The Diamond Job
The armed guard wasn’t the problem. The child was. I’d successfully lockpicked my way through the upstairs door, sneaking into this alchemist’s store from their unwatched balcony. The guard, I knew, was downstairs, watching the front door. If I stuck to the shadows, I should be able to get past him to the storeroom, where the jewel awaited. Easy. Straight in, straight out, cash reward, and if I was lucky a spare diamond for myself.
But the child almost ruined it.
There had been reports that Vvardenfell was once a sad, strange place with with nary a youth in sight, but these days children were all over the towns. One, a teenage boy, was inhabiting the upstairs bedroom of this shop. He spotted me the second I entered the room. Rather than shouting or running, he simply stood stock-still at the top of the stairs. I had no way down.
Friday - June 26, 2009
Morrowind - Diary, Day 4
Alec Meer hits an Existential Crisis:
I’ve stolen clothes from corpses. I’ve made an old woman run up a mountain. I’ve hidden drugs in the cellar of a religious organisation. I’ve beaten up adorable animals. So many adorable animals. But.. what am I? As I finally approached the outskirts of Balmora, second-largest city on this hostile island, questions about my purpose and my nature weighed heavy upon me. This much I knew: I was named Loaf, a Dunmer by birth, and an Agent by trade. Beyond that, I was simply a empty cipher at best, a irritating clown at worst. At least, I realised, this was probably why I’d been slowly but intently wending my Machiavellian way to Balmora these past few days – somewhere amidst its hubbub, grime and crime, I hoped to find an answer to that most ultimate of questions. Why am I here?
Thursday - June 25, 2009
Morrowind - Diary, Day 3 @ RPS
Fort Stupid is the next entry in Alec Meer's Morrowind diary at Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
A note to anyone thinking of building a fort: do not build a fort with easy hillside access. It kind of defeats the point.
Being able to jump onto the battlements of a fort from a gentle nearby slope means said fort is not really a fort. If I ever encounter its architect, I’m totally going to pickpocket him and leave a bunch of bat wings and crab meat in his trousers to teach him a lesson.
Wednesday - June 24, 2009
Morrowind - Diary Day 1 and 2 @ RPS
I stumbled across a likely-looking coastal cave pretty soon after my awkward trouser incident, and lo and behold, it was full of angry slavers. Ooh, my first proper fight! I may have looked openly ridiculous, but thanks to my burgeoning thief skills and the accidental gifts of that wizard-from-the-sky, I was decked out in some pretty decent kit. Biff! All fall down. A few nicknacks looted from the three corpses, a few slaves freed (only because it was convenient, mind – I was in this wretched cave for trousers, not philanthropy), a mild improvement to my short blade skills and – yes – garments for my lower half. Annoyingly, they didn’t match the rest of my Chitin get-up, but at least I didn’t look like a pervert anymore.
Tuesday - June 23, 2009
Morrowind - Diary Reboot @ RPS
After a storm of comments about Alec Meer's mod selection for his Morrowind diary series, this second entry starts over with updated mod list. So, lots of tweaking...not much playing.
Wednesday - June 17, 2009
Morrowind - Diary @ RPS
Technically, this isn't the first entry but just the announcement that Alec Meer will soon kick off a Morrowind play diary, presumably at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. In this post, he talks about the setup and mods he'll use. The intro:
Gaming diaries: all the rage, eh? Buoyed by the splendidosity of the likes of Roburky’s Sims 3 chronicles and Tom Francis’ Galactic Civilizations II bible, I’m embarking on something I’ve had brewing for a while – a diary of my (mis)adventures in Morrowind. I’ve always maintained it’s a far better game than its sequel Oblivion (which was also pretty good), and now’s my chance to prove it. I’ll commence with the diaries proper in a few days, but ahead of that I thought I’d share the setup.
Thursday - May 21, 2009
Morrowind - Modding History Site
The Bethblog is pointing out a site called Morrowind Modding History that has so far collected 5000 mods for The Elder Scrolls III from now defunct sites.
Saturday - January 26, 2008
Morrowind - Retrospective @ Next Gen
Next Gen has a retrospective of Morrowind courtesy of UK mag, Edge. Here's a snip:
Games are often, and easily, branded as interactive simply to set them apart from passive forms of entertainment. But that doesn’t make gamers proactive. Involvement requires willing participation; Morrowind is an elaborate but inert gameworld, whose gears don’t move until you actively propel them, and that take a wealth of effort to sound out. Aside from the rules of play, there’s an entire culture to ingest and digest, covering politics, religion, geography, guilds, lore, drugs, booze, diseases, flora, fauna and even books that can’t just be picked up, but also read (even if their pages are few).
It’s a heavyweight ask. And you’re often dogged by incoherence. Sometimes, people notice you stealing even though the onscreen icon that indicates that you’re not being detected is lit. Sometimes crimes aren’t even reported; wronged folk just get violent – until you leave their homes, at which point they won’t follow you. Other times, murders without witnesses are instantly acknowledged by the apparently psychic and teleporting guards.
Tuesday - April 24, 2007
Morrowind - 5 Year Anniversary @ ashleycheng.com
Information aboutElder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Play-time: Over 60 hours
Voice-acting: Partially voiced
Regions & platforms
· Platform: PC
· Released at 2002-05-01
· Publisher: 2K Games
· Platform: Xbox
· Released at 2002-06-06
· Publisher: 2K Games