My camp mods released about a month ago, all of a sudden have gotten a lot of good attention and just out of the blue people have been downloading them in great numbers. Camp Argentum, Varglya and also New Zainab. It makes me quite happy, because the camps got undeservedly little attention at launch. None of them ended up in the hot files either.
The problem is, I don’t know where the attention comes from. My guess is that some bigger YouTuber has featured the camps in a video. I’d like to know who it is, so I can go and send a thank you, so if anyone knows, please shoot me a comment below!
Argentum’s had more downloads now than on launch day!
I’ve also published a Stormcloak version of Camp Argentum. This version of the .esp, found in the Optional Files, will make the Imperial camp inhabitants aggressive towards the player. It’s meant for Stormcloak gameplay, but is also suitable for others who want to fight the Legion. They’re also set to respawn. Furthermore, I updated the camp design a bit; added fires burning, smoke and threw the statics around a bit to make it all look more like a battlefield, and it looks epic indeed.
Camp Argentum is now published on the Nexus. I’m not even remotely hoping for a hotfile with this small thing, but endorsements and screenshots would be appreciated nonetheless. Now I need to rest a bit.
Here are some screenshots from my Camp Argentum.
I’m using another texture for the tents than in the previous screenshots. This looks more military.
Inside the Centurion’s Tent, the only enterable cell in the Camp.
Morning roll call. The soldiers stand at attention, waiting to be inspected.
All the thirteen soldiers at the camp have files with background stories and some info.
I now have thirteen soldiers manning the camp. I’ve got everything from officers and regular soldiers, a signifer (Roman standard bearer) to a Battlemage, an archer, an Orc smith and so on. They all have AI packages, which includes a “roll call” at 5 in the morning when they all line up in the middle of the camp. They are all recruitable as followers. Some of them might look similar, which soldiers are supposed to do in their uniforms, but they all have an individual file with background stories I’ve written (readable in the Centurion’s Tent file cabinet). The camp is just a small mod, but is now so polished and well-working that I’ll release it on the Nexus this weekend. Bloody good for roleplaying an Imperial soldier or officer. Stay tuned.
A Roman Military camp was called a Castrum. I actually had to decide whether to call it Castrum Argentum, or go with the English Camp Argentum. I decided to use the English version Camp Argentum. It sells better. The Latin word Castrum lives on in English; we get the word “Castle” from there. The word “Camp” comes from the Latin “Campus”, which was a Roman training field outside the military camp. Oh, and Argentum is the Latin word for Silver, so Camp Silver.
The great thing about recreating a historical Roman camp in a fantasy game like Skyrim, is that I don’t have to be entirely historically correct, but can take great liberties and am allowed to do so. This, while I follow history for inspiration and general outlines.
Right now, I’m filling the camp with Imperial soldiers. I have five Legionaries and one Quaestor already, and one battlemage. They will all be recruitable as followers. Most of the soldiers will be Imperial males, but I made the battlemage and the Quaestor female. I’ll also have auxiliaries of different races. An Orc is a must; maybe working the camp’s forge. Look at my snazzy Roman battle standard in the screenshot!