RSS feeds are now available for use on TESNexus. At the moment there are four feeds available: latest site news, latest site blogs, new files today and file updates today. Please feel free to use them to keep up-to-date with all the new Oblivion mods and site news.
I'm considering doing an over-haul of the way the file database records and shows all the edits made to files on the site. My intention is to add more transparency and detail to edits made so people know exactly what has been changed, and no doubt if I can create such a system there will be feeds for every file in the database. Sounds pretty cool, huh?
I have just launched a third file server located in London, England. European downloaders should choose to download from this server to get better file transfer speeds.
On a similar note file server 1, located in Chicago, is now back in full operation after a small hacker issue was discovered over the weekend.
The Chicago file server is now back up and running. The files are being transferred from a mirror, but you can still make use of the Chicago server. If you see a blank page for a short while then this is the server retrieving your file from another mirror -- if you're patient your file will be available for downloading momentarily.
A London based server will be available at the start of next month.
Thought I'd let you know that the Chicago file server has been hacked today. I believe the hacker was attempting to use the server as part of his Denial of Service attacks on a univeristy, and this was not a pointed attack against the site or community in general.
How the person gained access is unknown and under investigation. The server is simply used as a file mirror for all the files at TESNexus. As far as I know all the files have been lost, but the server is only a mirror, so the files can be retrieved from one of the two other mirrors available for the files. The result is that you may need to wait for a couple of minutes for the chicago server to retrieve the file from a mirror before you download from the server. If you receive much better transfer times on the Chicago server than on the Texas server then please just be patient.
Your personal security should not have been affected by all this.
Forum member Abramul suggested creating a section of the site for the top contributers in my recent post regarding the "Gotta screencap them all!" mod competition. While a bit different from his idea, I have created a top contributers page on the site to list the members who are most active and adding the most content to the site. Current top lists include; top file uploaders, top file commentors, top file taggers, top file image uploaders, top image share uploaders and top forum posters.
This new section is a precursor to further social development of TES Nexus, including a member page on the site that will provide people with handy links to all the user's uploaded files, forum posts/file comments and uploaded images as well as the welcome return of the kudos system.
Also a few members have brought to my attention a problem with the recent updates page which has stopped updates being listed for this last weekend. I have fixed the problem in the script but unfortunately the log of the changes for this weekend has been lost. Sorry about that!
It's all happening today, folks!
First of all I have completed the download history section of the site. This handy little page allows you to see all the files you have downloaded from the site since it was launched. This was originally intended to be a Premium Member only feature, but what with the awesome donations I have received from people the server is now more powerful and can now cope with all users having access to this feature. However, Premium members will still be the only ones who gain access to the upcoming file and author tracking systems.
Now onto more exciting news; another new feature and a competition, with a PRIZE!
I've recently started playing Oblivion again and have been looking for some decent mods to run the game on. Unfortunately I ran into a few snags, especially with things like weapons and armour. Unfortunately all the file images were lost when TESSource went down and many of the authors of these files have not returned to update their entries with new images, so many awesome mods can no longer be previewed first.
During an "exciting" Operations Management lecture I started writing up plans for a new system that would allow general users of the site to upload images of mods in use. File uploaders have a new option available to them when editing or uploading files that allows them to choose from one of three options. (1) Allow images to be uploaded by other users indefinitely, without their moderation, (2) allows images to be uploaded by other users, but add the image to a "pending" queue that needs to be verified by the file uploader or (3) do not allow users to upload images for the file. By default all files have been set to the first option (upload indefinitely).
The upload system is in place and you can now upload your own images for files either by clicking the "Add your own images" link under the "Actions" box on file pages, or on the actual image gallery pages themselves.
But thats not all. Because I know some people just won't be bothered without some sort of impetus, from now until the end of November I am going to be running a competition, aptly named the "Gotta screencap them all!" competition. Open to all users, admin included, the user who uploads images for the most files will be bought a video game of their choice, costing no more than £35, or your local currency equivalent of £35. In the event that there is a draw between one or more entrants one user will be picked at random.
Please note this competition is not about how many images you upload, but how many files you upload images for. Try to spot the difference! General rules include my decision is final, no cash alternative, and all images are subject to review from me (to make sure you're not just uploading rubbish images that aren't relevent to the file). Similarly only those images verified by the uploader of the file (where applicable) will count.
Happy screencapping folks!
PS. If you do not know how to take screenshots in Oblivion you might want to read the "Taking screenshots 101 information on the official forums. Alternatively just use a program like Fraps.
As I'm sure many regulars know Bethesda's last official plugin for Oblivion has now been released, and for this week only it is available to download for free. This is a great gesture from Bethesda and I hope people respect it as such.
As it mentions on the download page please do not upload this file to TES Nexus, or any site for that matter.
As mentioned a couple of days back the file tagging system is now up and running. All users who have uploaded files, are going to upload files, or admins of the site can tag their files themselves and completely ignore the voting system necessary to confirm tags. The original system remains the same; 3 agreements are necessary from users on a specific tag before it becomes confirmed, that is, before it can be found via the tag search feature, but on top of this the uploader of a file, or a site admin, simply needs to tag the file themselves to instantaneously confirm tags (bypassing the need for the 3 agreements from members). Once a tag is uploader or admin confirmed it cannot be voted for or against by users of the site.
There is also a new convenient link to the tagging window for all your uploaded files in your member area. If you have already tagged your files and want to confirm the tags then first select the disagree option, then agree with it again.
The tagging system has now been recoded and added to file pages across the download database. All the original tagging suggestions have been retained and the system dynamics have remained unchanged. Users suggest tags for files and if two other users agree (for a total of 3 tag suggestions) then the tag becomes "confirmed" and the file can then be found via that tag.
Going hand-in-hand with the ability to tag files is the ability to search for files via their tags. This has also been released and is now available for use. As before, the more confirmed tags there are in the database the more useful the tag search feature becomes so get tagging!
A slight edit will be made to the system over the coming days to allow file authors to directly tag their files (removing the need for 2 others to agree with the tagging suggestion), but I figured it best to get the current system out now and tweak it a little later.
You'd think that 4 years after the last expansion for Morrowind was released the Morrowind Modding forums would be rather quiet. Well it's not! While it is not as hyperactive as the Oblivion forums, Morrowind mods are still being updated and released.
I wanted to mention a few mods that have been created or updated in the last months, for those people who own Morrowind and would like to give it another shot. If you don't have it, read a bit about it and then buy it! :)
Julan Ashlander Companion
This companion mod adds the ashlander Julan to the game, who will join you on the Morrowind Main Quest. You can ask about his opinion on the subject, has a few quests, and is a nice guy to have around!
Several months ago, Connary showed up at the Morrowind Mod Forums and started releasing all kinds of texture replacers. While they are not as 'high-rez' as other texture replacers, they keep the original Morrowind feeling and look good as well!
He has retextured many things. Items, buildings, many creatures and more. He even retextured the books from the LGNPC mods and some creatures from Piratelord's 'Creatures' mod. Which brings us to the following...
This mod adds a lot of new creatures to the game, and are mostly lore correct. The most recent version is 'Creatures 9'. There isn't much to say, you'll have to look at the screenshots. All I can say is that I've been using this ever since I first found it. Piratelord is currently working on 'Creatures 10'.
Less Generic NPC's is a mod that gives many npc's who don't have anything original to say new dialogue and quests.
Many LGNPC mods have been released already, but more are coming!
Morrrowind Graphics Extender&Morrowind Script Extender
Both utilities are still being worked on. MGE is most famous for the distant land feature it adds.
And MWSE is used for a lot of mods. Especially Fliggerty's. MGE is currently waiting for the MWSE update,
because MGE will integrate the new version of MWSE into the program.
Fliggerty's Morrowind Mods
Fliggerty's mods usually use MWSE (Morrowind Script Extender), and adds all sorts of interesting and useful things to the game.
And when they're not really useful, they're funny. Take the 'Mostly-Mini Todd' mod for example.
This mod adds a small companion to the game who has Todd Howard's head! Todd Howard actually made a post (He hasn't posted anything for a long time) in the release thread on the official forums. 'Best. Mod. Ever.'
Other mods worth checking out are Darknut's Armor Retextures, Tamriel Rebuilt (Yes it's alive!) and Morrowind Comes Alive. There are many more, which you'll have to discover yourself!
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