As per my recent news on the Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) we are finally ready to go in to an extended closed beta with the mod authors on the Nexus sites.
If you're a mod author with access to our private mod author forums (that's about 7,000 of you) then you'll find a new forum has been setup for discussion about NMM along with the download location to get the client. While NMM currently only supports Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas you'll be able to access the beta whether you've modded these three games or not.
Participation is optional and you don't have to use the client, but if you're a mod author you will notice that the layout of file pages has been changed slightly to accommodate NMM's features. These new features will, naturally, only work if you have NMM installed.
I'm hoping this testing phase will be short-lived and there aren't too many bugs to squash. If all goes to plan, we'll be going in to open beta, for everyone, very soon. Stay tuned.
My thanks go out to the small group of mod authors who have already helped us iron out some bugs and features thus far.
Gaming website Ripten have posted a preview based on a three hour play session.
The preview recounts Dave Oshry's journey from Riverwood to Winterhold. It contains a large number of spoilers.QUOTEAnother thing I noted during my time down in the BFB was the fact that I could use the environment to dispatch my foes. At one point I was being hounded by a group of Draugr (Faendal’s useless Elven arse was already uncounsious on the ground) when I noticed a puddle of oil on the ground. I thought to myself, “Hmm, those are undead, there’s some oil, and this is a fire spell in my right hand…” Then I remembered that one scene in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Sure enough, a stream of fire set the oil and the Draugr ablaze! I was quite proud of myself, and quite proud of Bethesda for figuring this out as well. Not long after I executed the same maneuver again, only this time I shot a lantern off the ceiling and it exploded into the puddle of oil below. Awesome. This sort of environmental interaction was not something I expected in Skyrim, but it was certainly a welcome addition to the gameplay.
You can comment or try and ask Mr Oshry questions about it in the thread he has created on the forums.
The first Skyrim team diary — “Completely Blue Sky: The Concept of Skyrim” is now released on the official Elder Scrolls website
The diary features concept artists Ray Lederer and Adam Adamowicz, with a full article, over 40 pieces of concept art and a slick concept-to-reality montage video.
Also catch the first Skyrim podcast, featuring Todd Howard, Ray Lederer and Adam Adamowicz!
We're now in to week two of our Facebook and steam Skyrim competition and we're well on target for getting to the 10,000 likes on Facebook and 2,500 members in our Steam group before the 9th of November (at which point the last draw will be for 2 free copies of Skyrim for each competition!).
And on to this week's winner, a Steam gift of Skyrim goes to Marcus A David. Marcus, you'll need to PM me on the forums here with a link to your Facebook page (you can get the link from the top-right hand corner of Facebook when you're logged in) so I can verify your identity, and also provide me with your steam account name or email address so I can get the gift over to you. You have until 11.11.11 to claim your prize!
Congratulations to Marcus! Next week's draw will be on Wednesday the 2nd of November, at which point we'll only be 9 days away from Skyrim's release. Cannot. Wait!
Pete Hines has just announced the official minimum and recommended PC specifications for Skyrim on his Twitter account. He'll also be updating the Beth Blog with these specs soon, but until then, here they are:
OS: Win XP/7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
CPU: Dual core 2ghz
Memory: 2GB RAM
GFX: DX9c video card w/ 512MB RAM
Internet Access for Steam activation
OS: Win XP/7
CPU: Quad-core Intel/AMD CPU
Memory: 4GB RAM
Hard-drive: 6GB HD space
GFX: DX9 vid card w/ 1 GB. GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher
He continues to say "The Min specs get you playing, the recommended specs let you play on High, not on Ultra. You'll want beefier rig for that. Full details on PC specs (and some console info) should be on the blog shortly".
So here we are, the first Wednesday of our Facebook page competition. Over the past 24 hours almost 1,000 more users have liked our Facebook page, and we've had double the number of people join our Steam community, so great stuff! In fact, just for added incentive and to increase your chances of winning, if we get 10,000 likes on Facebook before the 9th of November (the last Wednesday before Skyrim's launch) I'll do a double-draw that day, so two people can win. And not to leave out the Steam group, if 2,500 people join our Steam community before the same date, I'll do a double draw for the Steam group on that Wednesday too!
But on to our first competition winner, a Steam gift of Skyrim goes to Mike Crouch. Mike, you'll need to PM me on the forums here with a link to your Facebook page (you can get the link from the top-right hand corner of Facebook when you're logged in) so I can verify your identity, and also provide me with your steam account name or email address so I can get the gift over to you. You have until 11.11.11 to claim your prize!
If on the off chance there's more than one Mike Crouch who likes us on Facebook I've got a link to the account that has been picked stored for verification.
Congratulations Mike, and thank you to everyone who has liked us so far! The next draw will be on Wednesday the 26th of October.
Normal people have already played Skyrim and relayed actual information about the game so the games media outlets released their Skyrim gameplay previews this week.
EurogamerQUOTEThis may not have been ideal journalistic practice, but it does speak to what Skyrim really is, as opposed to what all those dramatic trailers present it as.
Rock Paper ShotgunQUOTEI was playing a female Khajiit, partially because I find the see in the dark racial ability incredibly useful but mostly because I own a female cat
VG247QUOTEThe first task of character creation reveals that the process now results in more distinct avatars since we last manipulated jaw lines and skin tone in Oblivion. Each of the ten playable races have pre-defined boundaries within which you can push and pull their bone structure, meaning they still maintain key traits of their race no matter how crazy you go with the sliders.
IGNQUOTEAfter three hours in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim I haven't talked to a single non-player character. I've accepted no quests, engaged in no conversations and learned nothing about what's going on in the world. I know I'm missing out on what could very well be a lot of interesting content – the guild quests, the main storyline, the rewards that come with completing tasks handed out by those in town
WiredQUOTEthey skipped past the intro because they don’t want to spoil any plot points. They don’t realize that the only plot point I care about is murdering townspeople
ShacknewsQUOTEFor my latest hands-on, I decided to venture as far Northeast as possible. A small, lonesome town, was plodded a great distance away on the map, and I made the decision to seek its shelter within my three hour gameplay session window.
You can find many more previews written by games media outlets at the Bethesda Blog.
According to the infallible Skyrim launch countdown on Skyrim Nexus we are close to 3 weeks short of the official launch of Skyrim on 11.11.11. That's 3 weeks to mentally prepare yourself for getting very little sleep, and stockpiling as much hand-food and caffeinated drinks as possible.
Because we've got 3 weeks left, and because we've got 2.5 million members and only 5,700 likes on Facebook and 600 members on our Steam Group, I'm going to run a very simple competition (please don't heckle me!). If you like our page on Facebook then you'll be entered in to a free draw to win a copy of Skyrim every Wednesday, starting tomorrow, until the last Wednesday before Skyrim's launch (that'd be Wednesday the 9th). By my calculation there's 4 Wednesday's to go until 11.11.11 so for the mathematicians among you that's...you guessed it...4 chances to win a copy of Skyrim through our Facebook page.
On top of that if you join our Steam community group then you'll be entered in to a draw to win a (as in one) copy of Skyrim that will be announced on the 9th of November, along with the last Facebook page winner. So all-in-all that's 5 chances to win a free copy of Skyrim.
The winners will be announced each Wednesday (at some random point!) on Facebook and on Skyrim Nexus because there's no way of linking your name on Facebook to your account on the Nexus, so keep your eyes peeled each Wednesday, because if you don't claim your prize before the 9th of November, you're not getting it! But wait, there's more stipulations as well! The game is going to be sent by...Steam (*hides*). So if you're a Steam hater (what's wrong with you?), you don't have Steam, you don't want Steam or you just plain disagree then..well..that's that I guess! No alternative is being offered. However, considering Skyrim is going to be using Steam it stands to reason that you'll need Steam to play the game, so you might as well accept the gift of Skyrim on Steam...! If you are a Steam philistine please let me know if you win so your prize can go to someone else! Oh, and you can only win a copy of Skyrim once, so in the unlikely event your name comes up twice, I'll do the draw again.
So really, this is a long-winded way of saying please like us on Facebook and join our Steam community. Oh, and have a free bribe on me.
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