I have been waiting for this mod for quite some time, and it was everything I expected and more. A look at the great new weather mod Project Reality - Climates of Tamriel.
Project Reality - Climates Of Tamriel - Weather - Lighting
A few days ago we finished rolling our preliminary new index page, complete with feeds. Since then we’ve been carefully combing through the feedback that didn’t contain threats on our lives or the use of pitchforks, fire-lit torches or tinfoil hats and we’ve been gradually working to improve the features on offer. I thought, on day 3, I’d share some of the updates and improvements we’ve made since first rolling out the new index page and just let you know that we’re still working on it and taking on-board constructive feedback.
The change log up until now:
- Moved the Hot Files thumbnails from the right nav to underneath the large hot files image, where it was before. Expanded the width to take up the entire content area to ensure we can fit the new 6 hot files, up from the original 5
- Added left and right arrows that allow you to move the hot files image to the previous or next file in the list
- Removed the tool-tip to the right of the "Your feeds" heading and replaced it with a link to your feed preferences to make it more obvious you can actually manipulate the feeds to some extent
- Site news is now the default feed for people who haven't set a default
- You can now disable your activity feed on your profile within your preferences
- Increased the font size to make it more readable in most areas
- Large images posted in file news articles are now scaled down in the File news tab to ensure they don't take up too much space (this will not affect the actual news article itself)
- Fixed an issue with the file news article likes that meant you could like an article an unlimited amount of times
- Changed the Latest Files and Latest images so that they show three in a row, and 15 per page
- Entries in the Latest files and Latest Images now show how long it has been since the file has been added to the site
- The "more" button on the Latest Files and Latest Images tabs will now provide 15 more entries on the same page [note: we plan to update this so that it replaces the current 15 entries, rather than tacks another 15 on to the end. You'll then be able to scroll back and forth through the latest files and images without leaving the index]
If you haven’t already I’d recommend you go to your preferences where you will find options to manipulate your feeds a bit more to your liking, and change your default feed preference. Don’t care about the activity feeds? That’s fine, change your default feed to Site News, Latest Files or Latest Images, depending on what you come here for, and you’ll get that every time you land on the site.
As I said, we’re still very much working on this and appreciate the constructive (with emphasis on constructive) feedback we’ve been receiving.
It’s been a while since I provided you all with an update on our activities so I thought I’d fire off a “quick” news article on what we’ve got rolling out soon, and in to the future.
We’ve been working like badgers since rolling out the new code on Skyim Nexus to get everything refined and optimised for the new code base and to eradicate the slow-downs that have plagued the site and forums over the past few weeks. We think we might have sussed it out now, and we hope that 502 errors and 15 second page loads are now going to be a thing of the past (until we break it again with more code!). If you think we haven’t sussed it, let me know.
One thing that people said was high on their priority list on Nexus sites was more exposure for mods that have been on the site for a while. One of the ways I thought we could get more exposure for mods was by using the very driving force of this community, that would be you (by the way), to show what’s popular at the moment. What I’m really talking about is quasi-social networking features so you can see what your friends are talking about, what they like at the moment and so on and so forth.
We’ve already rolled these features out on to Fallout 3 Nexus, Dragon Age Nexus, Neverwinter Nexus and Mount & Blade Nexus and more sites will follow soon. At the moment the features are at a base level, and we hope to expand upon them over the coming months. So don’t be disheartened if you think it’s rather limited at the moment, we’ll continue to develop it based on your feedback.
We’ve changed the front pages of these sites to show “feeds” that you can pick from. You have a feed for activity on your tracked files, a feed to show what your friends have been up to recently and also a new feed for “File news”...
One thing we wanted to allow mod authors to do was get the word out on new features they have added to their mods, or perhaps send out a pre-emptive heads up about what’s being worked on at the moment (much like this news post). With that in mind we’ve added an “Articles” features to all files in the database.
If you’re a mod author you will be able to write news articles for your files, and these will show in a new tab on your file pages, and will also show up in the “File news” tab on the front of the site. So if you’ve got something new you’d like to mention about your mod or if you want to ask your users questions and get feedback then you can write up a news article for everyone to see. Each article has its own forum thread, so your article comments are kept separate from the rest of your file. You can write these articles by clicking on the “Articles” link from your mod management page.
To prevent authors from “spamming” the front page file news feed with news posts for the same files only one article will show from your file within a 48 hour period. So if you write 3 articles within the space of a few hours, only one will show on the news feed on the front page.
You can start writing articles right now on sites that have already had these social features added to them.
Nexus Mod Manager
We’re getting close to having 750,000 unique users of the Nexus Mod Manager and today we released version 0.18.8 of NMM, which contained a few bug fixes, including a fix for the scripting issues.
We’re currently working on two new major features for NMM that have been begged for since we released the program last November; categories and profiling. Categories will enable you to organise your mod lists better, placing mods in to your own categories or allowing NMM to manage your categories for you based on the category the mod is in on the site. Profiling will enable you to create specific load customisations for your gaming; so Profile 1 might contain Mods A, B and C while Profile 2 might contain Mods B, C, X, Y and Z. When you start the game you can choose which profile to load.
Downloading and uploading
We’re working on overhauling both our current manual and NMM downloading system to be much better, faster, more efficient and more stable. I’ll talk about what we’ll be rolling out in the not too distant future, but rest assured that we are looking at it. We’re also looking in to making our uploads resumable so you can stop and start your mod uploads and restart from where you left off if your computer or browser crashes or your internet drops.
So that’s just a glimpse at what we’re working on at the moment. Over the next couple of weeks the social network features should be rolled out to all the sites and you can begin to test them out and see what needs improving.
The Nexus mod author Nightasy has created a helpful series of videos showing us how to make custom armor for Skyrim. His videos are comprehensive and easy to follow requiring very little 3D modelling experience. Check them out here on Nexus or on his YouTube page.
Creating Custom Armors Step by Step
NightasyTutorials YouTube page
The encore to Skyrim Mod Sanctuary part 32. This video clears up a mistake I made in the main video where I linked to the wrong mod.
Acquisitive Soul Gems
In celebration of the 1.6 patch for Skyrim and mounted combat, this weeks video is all about horses.
Spectral Horde - Summon spectral horses for you and your followers
It's with great joy that I can announce that Skyrim Nexus has now served over 100 million downloads to gamers since Skyrim's launch 8 months ago, and we now have over 15,000 files in our file database. Skyrim has exploded in popularity much faster than Oblivion, and I think we'll soon over-take the figures on Oblivion Nexus.
It was touch and go back in November as our servers struggled to keep up with the massive demand for Skyrim files, but I'm really glad we've managed to make it this far and open up modding to as many people as possible.
While we're talking about statistics, here's a few more:
- 15,000+ file pages with over 60,000 downloadable files
- 100,000+ file images
- 6,800+ file authors who have uploaded files
- 400,000,000+ file page views
- 870,000 + endorsements
- 1,200,000+ tracked files
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, and all the mod authors who continue to share their great work with us all.
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