This Blog’s 2014

I’ve been writing this blog since the beginning of 2012. I never thought I’d keep at it this long, but in fact, it’s now a part of my life and it can stay for like forever. When the next Elder Scrolls game comes around, I’ll probably still be blogging and modding here as well. Every year in late December WordPress shares a stats page with us users that I’m going to link here below. It’s a fun read every year.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Playing the Game

OK, so I haven’t done anything really big on the mod for a while, but I’ve been playing Skyrim really intensely for a couple of weeks now. I can’t believe this game. Every time I start a new character, it’s different.

And it’s all thanks to the mods. If there weren’t any mods, I probably wouldn’t be playing Skyrim anymore, but no, here I am three years after the game’s release and pumping in hour after hour into it, just as enthusiastically as when it was new. The modding with this game is nothing short of brilliant. I mean, they released three DLC’s and ended development of the game proper in 2012, but we’re still here, playing this excellence of a game.

My playing of the game is great news for my own mod too, because I wouldn’t be a very good modder if I didn’t play the game or wasn’t enthusiastic about it. No other game series has ever captured my imagination like the Elder Scrolls. Not even Total War or Civilization. That’s why my silent wish is that they scrap Fallout and start developing Elder Scrolls VI real soon!

 

I usually have two saves going at any given time. One female and one male. Here’s my male character and his girlfriend who he has along as a companion. It’s actually Lynly Star-Sung from the Vilemyr Inn. I updated her looks and made her a follower with AFT. I really like her personality, I’ve always liked her, so I wanted to have her as a companion; she’s a real Nord woman, if you ask me. Only thing is that she keeps nagging me about playing the lute. As we were watching a beheading in Solitude, she came up to me and asked, “Would you care to hear me play my lute?” This time I need to do the Dragonborn DLC quests too, because I’ve actually never completed them. I’m in the Dawnguard though, as you can see from the armour.

OK, so that’s a bit of an update on what I’m doing right now so you know why the progress on the mod and the blog has been kinda slow. I’ve decided on a Nexus beta release date for January 1 2015. Then I will be releasing what I have to the Nexus to raise awareness of this mod. I’ll be working on the project very hard during the Christmas holidays, because I have two weeks off, and probably release another Alpha version of the mod here on my blog before January as well.

Public Areas

I spent some time tonight updating some smaller things in the mod that I weren’t happy with and that some of you also commented on. Among other things, many of my interiors weren’t marked as Public, which meant that whenever you entered these areas, you’d be warned by the NPC’s present and thrown out. I wasn’t happy with this situation because I’ve spent a lot of time creating these beautiful interiors, just for the player to be unable to enter them properly and see their beauty. I marked most interiors as Public now. Only areas that logically should be off limits, like attics and basements are now properly marked as such. I should have done this change earlier.

Modaholism

I’m currently installing many of the mods I previously had. I’m a modaholic. I will probably mod the game to its death again, but so what. Testing mods is fun and every time I start a new game of Skyrim it’s always an entirely new experience.

Haven’t been modding anything myself though. I needed a break.