It's now been quite a while since the close of the Millionth Member Competition for TESNexus. While the competition blurb stated that the judging would be done by myself and a panel of judges I decided a while ago that I wanted to do it myself; several authors spent a lot of time to create community mods for TESNexus that I really wanted to play through thoroughly myself and give them the time and attention they deserved.
First of all let me say it was a real pleasure and an honour to play through all the mods that had been specifically made for this site. It was clear a good deal of thought and effort had been put in to the mods and I had the hard task of trying to rank them in order to hand out tiered prizes. Remember, first gets $125 in Amazon vouchers, second gets $75 and third gets $50. Without further ado, I'll list the winners, with the top prize winner at the top and I'll provide a little blurb with each one.Top prize winner - Adaman Fortress by jefe232
Adaman Fortress really wow'd me. It's an excellently constructed and amazingly beautiful castle set just over the Brena River, with a rather large bridge to get you over and conveniently placed map marker for easy navigation. Although trivial that someone should just hand over the castle to the next person to walk in there are several hints to look for the lost graves of the original Nexus warlords, which I indeed found! I think the thing that struck me most about the castle was that I don't think Bethesda could have done a better job; it was seamless, well thought out and it didn't feel empty like a lot of large buildings in Oblivion (mods or otherwise) can, mostly because there are guards galore all around the castle. The archers lined up on the battlements were always nice to see. I would love to see this mod updated with some awesome quests.Second prize winner - Exanimis Funeral Urns by Exanimis
This mod was unique of all the competition entries across both the sites. While most modders went for quests, buildings and new landmasses, Exanimis did something different by creating unique containers for the game. There are a total of eleven urns each with a unique symbol on top of them based on the characters of some of the members of the Elder Scrolls community and the file description gives a nice insight in to who each urn is for and why that person was chosen.Third prize winner - Anvil Docks Abode by dunmermaiden
The Anvil Docks Abode wasn't anything amazingly in-depth, grand or intricate, but what it lacked in grandiose content it made up for in heart. A simple and traditional player home located on the Anvil Docks the home contains the modder and a friend who the modder met through the community. The book provided in the house helps to explain the reasoning behind the mod. As the file description says, it's a little personal, so if you don't like stuff like that then don't read it ;)
Congratulations to all the winners, you will be contacted by forum PM soon to discuss the delivery of your prizes. I want to thank them all again for spending the time to create these brilliant mods, and just like on Fallout 3 Nexus I'd like to give a special shout out to UK47 and his mod "TESNexus Kingdom
". UK47 knew he wouldn't be eligible for a prize due to his age but came out with a rather interesting take on the competition, making a building that looks, funnily enough, like a big computer! Take a look at it if you're looking for a break from the norm.