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Sunday - April 30, 2017

Morrowind - Looking back

by Hiddenx, 09:10

Gamasutra replayed the first hour of Morowind:

Gamasutra Plays The Opening of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

As The Elder Scrolls Online prepares to return to Morrowind, we decided to pay a return visit ourselves, as Gamasutra editors Bryant Francis and Alex Wawro sit down to look at the first hour of Morrowind and talk about the foundation it built for Bethesda's open-world games.


Monday - April 17, 2017

Morrowind - Tamriel Rebuild

by Hiddenx, 21:11

PC Gamer takes a look at the oldest Morrowind mod still in development: Tamriel Rebuild

The 15 year quest to mod the mainland into The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Tamriel Rebuilt began long ago but the vision to create the entire Morrowind province remains.
Vvardenfell is about half the size of Manhattan. You do laps around the island for hours, picking up incidental sidequests from the flawed populace holding on to their lives in musty townships like Balmora and Vivec City. This was a big deal in 2002. The Elder Scrolls toyed with open worlds before in the roughly 62,000 square mile procedural generation of 1996’s Daggerfall, but this was the first time Bethesda packed 100 hours worth of handmade design onto a beaming landmass and set the player free as soon as they stepped through the harbor. It might look quaint from the vast Imperial drama of Oblivion, or the treacherous hikes and dense hamlets of Skyrim, or, hell, the fully realized continent from The Elder Scrolls Online, but it was Morrowind where a generation first got their taste for the studio’s distinct, freewheeling fantasy.

It has been said that everyone’s favorite Bethesda game is the first one they play, as if stepping into that freedom for the first time is far more powerful and resonant than any prospective gameplay upgrades or graphical bumps. There’s probably no better proof than the community at Tamriel Rebuilt—a mod that’s been in development since Morrowind’s original release date.


Thanks henriquejr!

Saturday - February 18, 2017

Morrowind - Retrospective Review @ RPG Codex

by Hiddenx, 10:02

Deuce Traveler of the RPG Codex has reviewed Morrowind:

RPG Codex Retrospective Review: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)

The two most recent entries in the Elder Scrolls series will never win any popularity contests on the Codex, but the hivemind is split on the question of which of the more well-regarded earlier games was the best. Arena is admired for its character progression and class specialties, Daggerfall for its dauntingly huge scope which is still unmatched, and Battlespire for its puzzles and dungeon crawling. But for myself and many others, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is the clear favorite. Playing Morrowind is an engaging experience, starting right from the beginning with the complexity of its character creation sequence.


Although there are some quests in Morrowind that can be completed using stealth or dialogue, combat is unavoidable as you travel back and forth across the world and delve its many dungeons. Dungeons are no longer procedurally generated like in Daggerfall and are more thematically consistent. You'll find yourself exploring places such as mines, Dwemer ruins, and Sixth House fortresses. The Dwemer ruins are particularly haunting, offering a glimpse at what the extinct Dwemer civilization was like before their magical catastrophe wiped them out. Some ancient machines still operate and guard these vacant halls, creating an evocative mixture of steampunk and fantasy. Too bad that getting to all of these interesting dungeons can be a pain in the ass.

I believe the developers of Morrowind made a design decision that resulted in a glaring flaw. The game is amazingly detailed, with architectural styles and natural terrain that vary from region to region, city to city, and dungeon to dungeon. All of that detail meant that something had to be cut somewhere, and so the game's dungeons are very small compared to the ones in previous Elder Scrolls titles. Some of the dungeons on the main questline can be fully explored in fifteen minutes, which would have led to a rather short total playtime if you could run through them back to back. I also believe that the developers were so in love with the world they had created that they wanted to ensure that players took their time exploring it. And so Morrowind is the only game in the series where you can't fast travel on the world map. Even Oblivion for all of its faults handled this better by allowing you to fast travel to any significant location you have already visited. Your character can only fast travel using in-world transportation services, which means that in order to get to most dungeons you're going to have to hike painfully long distances. This experience becomes worse at higher levels as much of the wildlife is out to kill you while not being any sort of real threat. The notorious cliff racers are the worst of the bunch. They'll sneak up on you from above and you'll only realize they are there when you hear their annoying screeches and start getting knocked around by their tail strikes. I suspect the only reason the designers made cliff racers so prolific was to stop you from circumventing everything using levitation magic. All of this ensures that most of your time in Morrowind will be spent pointlessly walking from place to place, rightfully earning it the derided moniker of 'hiking simulator'.


Wednesday - February 15, 2017

Morrowind - Morrowind Rebirth 4.0

by Silver, 20:22

@GamePressure The newest version of the 'Morrowind Rebirth' mod is a rather substantial update. The update features expanded areas, new spells and creatures etc.

Morrowind Rebirth mod has recently got a big update to version 4.0, featuring expanded and improved areas, new creatures, spells, textures, balance tweaks, bug fixes fixes, etc. This is the largest patch to this mod that has been released so far. The list of changes is really long (you can find in in full length on ModDB), so lets just mention a few interesting adjustements. One of them is the new appearance of Dark Brotherhood assassins, who now look different depending on their rank. You should also be more careful when dealing with bounty hunters, especially if you have a bounty on your head of 500 or more, as they will approach you in different areas, mainly taverns.

Tuesday - December 27, 2016

Morrowind - Open MW 0.41 Released

by Silver, 08:26

Open Morrowind 0.41 has been released.


OpenMW is an attempt to write an enhanced, cross-platform, open-source game engine to replace the original engine of popular role-playing game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. One must own the original game to play Morrowind using the OpenMW engine.

Sunday - December 18, 2016

Morrowind Rebirth 3.9 - Released

by Hiddenx, 00:07

Henriquejr spotted a new major update for Morrowind Rebirth:

[RELEASE] Morrowind Rebirth 3.9

You know the drill by know.. another update, and another massive changelog. This is the 39.th (!) update for Morrowind Rebirth, and down below you can read more in-depth what the new update brings.


Morrowind Rebirth Additions
* Guards will now follow and investigate what you are doing if you sneak around. Mind you have to be pretty close for them to take notice.
* Buy an old treasure map from Irgola, the pawnbroker in Caldera, and locate a hidden treasure. X marks the spot, or spots..
* Picking up a "cursed" item will now summon a random Daedra instead of just Dremora Lords.
* More desciptive in-game dialogue for the following topics "hunger" and "golden saints".
* Molag Amur overhaul [BETA] with new content featuring:
- Improved landscapes with less floating objects, texture seams, bleeding meshes etc.
- A new fort, Fort Ashmoth [BETA], haunted by the undead (exterior + interior).
- New NPCs and encounters.
* Valenvaryon, a Dunmer stronghold in the northern Ashlands has recieved an overhaul.
* Silt Striders will now play an unused animation every now and then.
* Some changes to Gnisis including a minaret for the temple.
* Added new cellar to Gorvas Vules's Tower, Seyda Neen.
* Added living quarters to Pelagiad, Guild of Mages.
* 10 new scrolls added to leveled lists.
- Scroll of the Bonedancer
- Scroll of the Saint
- Scroll of Elemental Fury
- Scroll of Errodation
- Scroll of Firewind
- Scroll of Undying Fury
- Scroll of Unending Terror
- Scroll of Elemental Protection
- Scroll of Blazing Fire
- Scroll of Blind Faith
* Minor changes to Ebonheart/Khuul.
New unique items:
- Willbreaker [Mace]
- Firewind [Ring]


Sunday - October 30, 2016

Morrowind - TES3MP video

by Silver, 19:36

Morrowind has a multiplayer mod tes3mp that is in active development using OpenMW as its base. Check out its progress in the video below.


You can donate us on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/koncord

Join in our steam group (english only): http://steamcommunity.com/groups/mwmulti

vkontakte group (russian group): https://vk.com/tes3mp


When I was 7 years old, I was supposed to sleep over at my friend's place, but we ended up playing Morrowind all night. I quickly fell in love with the best game in the Elder Scrolls series, although it was a bit annoying that one of us always had to watch the other play. Even then I wondered: wouldn't it be amazing if it was possible to play something like this together?

That thought never left me. A decade later, I had joined two different projects aiming to add multiplayer to Oblivion and one aiming to add it to Fallout 3, while also keeping an eye out for any other attempts. None of them ever worked out very well; their names are now forgotten by most.

You can only get so far in adding networking to a game when you do not have access to its source code. That is why, when OpenMW emerged as a fully-featured open source recreation of Morrowind, I took immediate notice.

While having a few beers with friends in December of 2015, I made a bet that I could put together a multiplayer demo of OpenMW within 2 weeks. They laughed and went along with it, but they thought it would take a year to even synchronize animations. In the end, I lost the bet: the demo took 3 weeks instead of 2.

I've been improving that demo ever since. It is now called tes3mp and I first made its source code public on the 8th of July 2016. Shortly afterwards, what had been a solo project became a team project as two other coders joined it.

Wednesday - September 21, 2016

Morrowind Rebirth 3.8 - Released

by Hiddenx, 23:17

The Morrowind Rebirth mod has reached version 3.8:


Morrowind Rebirth Changes

  • You can now get a full set of Morag Tong armor by visiting Morag Tong Guild Halls. These pieces are not given for free until you've reached the rank "Brother", unless you find a set somewhere in the gameworld that is...
  • Travel costs for using boats/silt strider/mages guild travel-services have been raised somewhat.
  • Fatigue returned per second while walking changed from 0.0200 to 0.0300.
  • Minimal runspeed from 115 to 120 (initial starting speed).
  • Low level Dark Brotherhood assassins are now somewhat stronger.
  • Regular rats are no longer hostile.

Morrowind Rebirth Additions

  • Bernadette's Import, Vivec Entrance, has recived a shipment of rare goods. Be sure to check it out.
  • Overhauled Seyda Neen somewhat to make it feel less cramped (more fps as a bonus!).
  • Molag Amur overhaul [ALPHA] with new content featuring:
    • Improved landscape with less floating objects, texture seams, bleeding meshes etc.
    • A new fort, Fort Ashmoth, haunted by the undead [ALPHA - no interior atm].
  • Added a connecting road to Vivec's east entrance.
  • Added more clutter in Ald Velothi.
  • Misc additions here and there.
  • New unique items:
    • Ring of Blind Faith
    • Nightbane [Sword]
  • New creature:
    • Earth Atronach


Wednesday - September 07, 2016

Morrowind - OpenMW 0.40 Released

by Silver, 10:51

The latest version of open Morrowind has been released. Version 0.40 is now available to the public here.

The improvements to Morrowind are summarised here


The improvements to the editor are summarised in the video below

Wednesday - June 08, 2016

Morrowind - Skywind June Update

by Silver, 09:04

Skywind Mod progress for June. Video is from the private developer Alpha.


A small update trailer featuring some of the latest work from the Skywind team! Everything shown is but a small fraction of work done on Skywind over the last few months. Music, voice acting, sound effects, quest implementation, bug fixes, etc. couldn't be shown properly in this video, but are being developed along side the visual progress. All footage shown is from the private developer alpha and is subject to change.

Tuesday - May 24, 2016

Morrowind - Why Modders Won't Let it Go

by Aubrielle, 15:16

PC Gamer takes a look at why Morrowind continues to have a hold on us after all these years, and why we just can't let go of it.

Thanks, Couch.

For millions of players, Morrowind was their introduction to the world of The Elder Scrolls, but even Elder Scrolls veterans who cut their teeth on Arena and Daggerfall left Morrowind with an impression that lasted. For some of those players, Morrowind made such an impression that they never wanted to leave at all. Those fans have spent the past years painstakingly updating Morrowind, brick by brick, texture by texture, into Bethesda’s more modern engines.

Even returning to Morrowind 14 years later, it’s easy to see why. Morrowind's island setting of Vvardenfell offsets a few standard fantasy clichés—a villain who lairs in a wasteland of volcanic ash and dwarven ruins full of monsters—but also more visionary ideas. There's a prison inside a moon floating over a city built on a lake, a transport network of giant fleas controlled by riders who directly manipulate their steeds' nervous systems, and a settlement where most of the buildings are the hollowed-out shells of gigantic dead creatures. Vvardenfell is a memorable place, more outlandish than anything seen in the Elder Scrolls games that preceded or followed it.

Morrowind was also the first Elder Scrolls game to come with a Creation Kit, a gift from Bethesda that gave players the opportunity to alter that world and make it their own. The best mods tended to leave the setting be and instead tinker with the clunky RPG mechanics it was filtered through, changing the way leveling works and the rate skills improve and so on.


The Skywind team are doing impressive work on making Morrowind look and sound better, while also helping it become a little less frustrating to play thanks to Skyrim's mechanical improvements, all to allow the Morrowind we built up inside our heads as we first played it to live again. To some degree, though, no matter which game's variety of combat and leveling are applied to it, no matter which level of fidelity it's polished to, that version that will always live inside our imaginations.


Source: PC Gamer

Sunday - April 17, 2016

Morrowind - OpenMW 0.39.0

by Silver, 00:35

OpenMW v0.39.0 has been released. A full change log is available at the OpenMW site. You will need to own Morrowind to give it a try.

The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.39.0! Grab it from our Downloads Page for all operating systems. This release brings background cell loading and caching, which is a feature not to be missed. Initial support for object shaders has found its way back into our engine, and a host of bugs have been smashed. See below for the full list of changes.

The venerable Atahualpa has bravely stepped up to fill WeirdSexy's boundless shoes as our video producer, check out the video for this release and OpenMW-CS 0.39.0. Check our blog or Youtube channel if you missed his videos for versions 0.36, 0.37, or 0.38.


Monday - January 25, 2016

Morrowind - Physically Based Rendering

by Silver, 18:40

This is all possible thanks to the Morrowind Graphics Extender XE version by Hrnchamd. Although a lot of materials will have to be remade this is something to watch for if you are into modding.


The latest Morrowind Graphics Extender XE version by Hrnchamd added PBR (Physics Based Rendering) and normal mapping support to the 14 years old Morrowind engine!

This is an alpha quality preview. It will look even better in the future.

The models and textures in this video are made by me and are far from perfect. The PBR materials can sure be made much better but it should still be clear that this engine magic made by Hrnchamd is a huge achievement!

Morrowind - As Told by Facebook Posts

by Aubrielle, 14:59

Kotaku features an amusing segment on Morrowind, as told by Facebook posts.  There's spoilers, but...since most everyone here has either played it or doesn't plan to...

Morrowind, the third Elder Scrolls RPG, has a rich and somewhat complicated story. Luckily, now we have a Facebook timeline to simplify it all. Humorously.

It was whipped up by redditor TheTitanova, using this Facebook wall generator, and posted to r/morrowind last week. Basically, it’s a cleverly written account of the backstory and the in-game events of Morrowind—it starts with the creation of the Tools of Kagrenac way, way before the player character’s time, and concludes with the events of the game’s ending (with some post-ending bits thrown in).

It’s filled with spoilers, of course, so if you haven’t played Morrowind, and want to, then be careful. You need to be a bit of a lore junkie to get a lot of the jokes anyway. To everyone else, enjoy:

More information.

Friday - January 15, 2016

Morrowind - Multiplayer?

by Aubrielle, 10:20

Morrowind is receiving multiple revivals.  RPS gives us the latest on OpenMW, a project that seeks to import Morrowind into a new, modern open source engine and give the game multiplayer functionality.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was released in 2002, but it’s on the verge of experiencing new life through multiple revival projects. One of those is OpenMW, which aims to port the game to a new open source engine optimised for modern computers, with robust editing tools, and as of the first early test shown in a video below, multiplayer.


More information.

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Wednesday - April 08, 2015

Morrowind - OpenMW Mod Engine Video

by Couchpotato, 01:05

The OpenMW mod for Morrowind has a new video about Engine Reimplementation. 


OpenMW is an attempt to write an enhanced, cross-platform, open-source game engine to replace the original engine of popular role-playing game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. One must own the original game to play Morrowind using the OpenMW engine.

Wednesday - March 11, 2015

Morrowind Rebirth 3.0 - Preview @ PC Gamer

by Couchpotato, 01:47

PC Gamer has a new preview of the Morrowind Rebirth mod this week.

Morrowind Rebirth, the long-running Morrowind overhaul mod has posted a single screenshot of its upcoming 3.0 release. It offers a taste of the improvements planned for the Imperial stronghold of Ebonheart.

Saturday - January 10, 2015

Morrowind - The Year of OpenMW Development

by Couchpotato, 03:40

The team behind the OpenMW mod have released a post of what happened in 2014, and what the team is currently individually working on for 2015.

Happy 2015 everyone! Hopefully you had some great meals during the holidays and partied hard on New Year’s Eve because now that January has rolled around, it’s time for you to hit that treadmill again and work off those extra kilos you gained. Hop to it

Morrowind - Retrospective @ Chalgyr's Game Room

by Couchpotato, 03:20

The site owner of Chalgyr's Game Room notified me of a few new retrospective articles he posted on his site, and the first one is for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

Morrowind shows that trying to be original is not necessarily good and traditions are not useless. This is a role playing game that changes the basics of its genre and is more a missed opportunity for something great than a truly entertaining adventure. So, let’s see what is wrong with it and why I played it anyway.

Wednesday - December 24, 2014

Morrowind - OpenMW 0.34.0 Released

by Couchpotato, 15:37

As usual I haven't followed development the Morrowind Mod OpenMW in the last few months, but it seems the team behind it have released a new version of the mod.

The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.34.0! Grab it from our Downloads Page for all operating systems. This release features many bug fixes, improvements to installation and the launcher, and exciting updates to OpenCS. Our “1.0” release remains excitingly close!

Friday - October 31, 2014

Morrowind - OpenMW 0.33.0 Released

by Couchpotato, 05:21

I haven't followed development the Morrowind Mod OpenMW in the last few months, but it seems the team behind it have announced that a new version is available.

The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.33.0! Grab it from our Downloads Page for all operating systems. We are moving closer and closer to our vaunted “1.0” release, and as such, the list of unimplemented features has run excitingly low. This release brings almost 100 fixes, as well as many exciting advancements for OpenCS. Stay tuned!

Thursday - August 21, 2014

Elder Scrolls V: Skywind - Gameplay Demo

by Couchpotato, 05:11

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

by Couchpotato, 04:12

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

by Couchpotato, 04:18

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

by Couchpotato, 01:56

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

by Couchpotato, 06:31

Gamers Nexus interviewed former Bethesda Lead Designer Ken Rolston at ECGC, to talk about his work on Morrowind, Oblivion, and other topics.

Saturday - April 26, 2014

Morrowind - Retrospective @ Gamer Syndrome

by Couchpotato, 04:21

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

by Couchpotato, 05:35

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

by Couchpotato, 05:29

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

by Couchpotato, 03:27

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

by Couchpotato, 02:41

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

by Couchpotato, 04:49

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

by Couchpotato, 03:00

Bethesda is back with another interview on the company's blog this time with a modder called Stuporstar. She is know for Books of Vvardenfell, The Tea Mod , and Uvirith’s Legacy.

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

by Couchpotato, 03:09

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

by Couchpotato, 03:24

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

by Couchpotato, 03:33

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

by Couchpotato, 02:36

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

by Couchpotato, 00:36

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

by Couchpotato, 00:35

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

by Myrthos, 10:33

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

by Couchpotato, 00:06

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:

Rebirth Fixes

* 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.


Rebirth Additions
* 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

by Dhruin, 22:45

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

by Aries100, 21:51

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.

Source: GameBanshee

Thursday - December 29, 2011

Morrowind - The Complete Fool Recap @ RPS

by Dhruin, 00:37

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

by Dhruin, 20:30

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

by Dhruin, 20:50

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.

Source: Joystiq

Saturday - February 05, 2011

Morrowind - Overhaul Project Released

by Dhruin, 23:12

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.

Thanks, Escalbryt!

Sunday - January 30, 2011

Morrowind - Overhaul Project Interview @ RPG Italia

by Dhruin, 08:49

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

by Dhruin, 23:11

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

by Dhruin, 23:32

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

by Dhruin, 10:50

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.

Read it all here.

Saturday - January 02, 2010

Morrowind - Steam Sale

Monday - July 13, 2009

Morrowind - Diary, Day 9

by Woges, 17:21

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

by Woges, 21:06

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

by Dhruin, 00:18

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

    by Dhruin, 23:01

    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

    by Woges, 18:11

    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

    by Dhruin, 23:51

    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

    by Dhruin, 13:30

    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

    by Dhruin, 23:37

    Alec Meer is finally off on the actual Morrowind gameplay stuff, with Day 1 titled Trousers and Day 2, Granny.  Here's a taste:

    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

    by Dhruin, 13:22

    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

    by Dhruin, 22:28

    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

    by Dhruin, 21:34

    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

    by Dhruin, 22:06

    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

    by Dhruin, 13:09

    Wow, time really does fly.  It doesn't seem five years since Morrowind went Gold but Ashley Cheng has pointed out the anniversary with links to an old team diary and some fan art.

    Information about

    Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

    Developer: Bethesda Softworks

    SP/MP: Single-player
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: RPG
    Combat: Real-time
    Play-time: Over 60 hours
    Voice-acting: Partially voiced

    Regions & platforms
    · Homepage
    · Platform: PC
    · Released at 2002-05-01
    · Publisher: 2K Games

    · Platform: Xbox
    · Released at 2002-06-06
    · Publisher: 2K Games