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  • 26 April 2017

    Staff Picks - 26 April 2017

    posted by BlindJudge Feature
    Another week, another set of staff picks and we have a few good survival mods + a handy tweak to the controls of Skyrim.

    SirSalami has decided that he would like to cook his meat in front of all the patrons within a pub/tavern, I have decided I would like to cook my meat in the privacy of my own blocky home, and Robbie922004 has decided he wants to survive by being 100% accurate in battles within Morrowind - okay tenuous link there, but still, gave it my best shot. Terrorfox on the other hand has chosen a mod to allow him to use mouse, keyboard and controller at the same time. If you have any comments then please leave them below and if you have any of your own picks then get them to us using the handy form below.

    We love to hear the communities picks so keep them coming by using this handy form.

    Please fill out the form completely and ensure that you add some details about the mod and why you have chosen it (similar to how our community members have below).

    Just remember that other mods on the site may do roughly the same thing, so keep your eyes peeled and understand that these are just personal picks. That said, hopefully, you'll find something you may not have seen before.




    Submitted By: Terrorfox1234
    Game: Skyrim
    Mod Author: CrEaToXx
    Mod: Hybrid Controls

    This mod comes from one of my favorite authors, CrEaToXx. Generally CrEaToXx’s mods lean towards simple solutions for big quality of life improvements. Hybrid Controls is no different.

    Simply put, this mod allows you to use a gamepad in conjunction with keyboard and mouse, without limiting the functionality of either. I’ve always preferred playing Bethesda games with a controller, but that is only really viable when playing the vanilla game. As soon as you start adding mods that add their own controls and hotkeys, you quickly find that a gamepad simply does not have enough buttons.

    So, I’ve only ever played modded Bethesda games with the KB+M combo, because I never mod lightly, and always end up using pretty much every single key on my keyboard.

    Hybrid Controls lets me play with the comfort of a gamepad without losing all of my precious hotkeys! Simply assign a hotkey to switch between KB+M and gamepad mode. It also adds a lot more control to the gamepad itself, freeing up even more spaces on your keyboard for mod added hotkeys. All around it’s a spectacular mod that greatly improves playability.




    Submitted By: BlindJudge
    Game: 7 Days to Die
    Mod Author: Pringiz46290
    Mod: Pringiz Mod Working Ovens And Faucets

    7 Days to Die has been one of my go to games since I bought it in Alpha 7 back in 2014, as is the case with many early access it’s still in the alpha stage, but is improving substantially on each new release. Games like this (and Rust) draw upon our survival instinct and throw us into a very hostile world. Rust is mostly about the players, but 7DTD is all about the zombie hordes. Over the past few years, we have seen the introduction of many new blocks and items to help with the survival and immersion side of things, but in this post-apocalyptic world, they seem to have forgotten the simple things like faucets and ovens.

    When I installed this mod, I thought I was going to be able to use the existing, pre-fab versions of the ovens and faucets (making the game a lot easier) so was confused when they didn’t work - but in a case of RTFM, this XML edit gives you custom recipes to build yourself these items. This makes it less early game, but more mid/late game due to the components required. I am a bit of a stickler for making my base/home as functional looking as well as defensible, so these items really helped as the kitchen now functioned as it should. My meat and water can be stored in my fridge, the meat can be cooked on my oven rather than on a campfire in the middle of the lounge and I can now bottle murky water from a tap rather than the hole in the floor I had made above a little pond. Blissful.

    Now if only the Zombolas would stop attacking on that pesky blood moon I would live my life in post-apocalyptic harmony.




    Submitted By: SirSalami
    Game: Skyrim Special Edition
    Mod Author: Vrakyas
    Mod: Cooking in Taverns

    Imagine this. You've been long on the hunt and haven't had meat in days. Today, you've been lucky though. You check the contents of your pockets into which you've, ever-so-carefully, stuffed the remains of 2 deer, a bear, and a mammoth. Satisfied, you skip to nearby Windpeak Inn where you've decided to spend the evening enjoying the meats of your labors.

    You arrive as your stomach rumbles triumphantly with the anticipation of the coming feast. Taking a seat by the fire, your mouth salivates as you search for something to cook with. After ransacking searching the entire inn however, inexplicably there's not a usable pan or pot in sight. Not even a spit-roast. Crushed and desperate, you throw each piece of meat directly into the fireplace, one by one, hoping for the best...

    Tragic, right? Thankfully this doesn't have to happen to you however because Cooking in Taverns adds a usable cooking station to the various taverns and inns in Skyrim where they were previously lacking.

    While this mod is great for anyone aspiring to be the next Gourmet of Skyrim, it also pairs well with survival mods and hunter characters as well. Additionally, NPCs can also use these stations which adds to the sandboxing options for surrounding characters. A nice touch. Otherwise, this mod considerately affects as little of the world as possible in an attempt to maximize compatibility making it an easy recommendation. Bon Appétit.



    Submitted By: Robbie922004
    Game: Morrowind
    Mod Author: jamespb1
    Mod: Accurate Attack

    Accurate Attack is a mod for Morrowind aimed at Oblivion and Skyrim players. It does something simple: All attacks hit all of the time, for both players and enemies. Some people who didn't play Morrowind in its heyday are immediately turned off by the chance-to-hit combat, and although many classic Morrowind players don't think the mod is worthwhile, in my experience it's great for people who want to play Morrowind but can't get into the combat.

    It's more than just a cheat mod because it gives your enemies the same edge -- When they swing their weapons at you, they're going to hit. You can't dodge the attacks like you can in vanilla Morrowind.

    It's definitely not for everyone, but if you ever wanted to give Morrowind a shot but stopped playing because you didn't enjoy the combat, this mod just might be the one for you. It might allow you to enjoy all the other brilliant parts of Morrowind that you want to get into, by enabling you to enjoy the combat a bit more. And more people playing Morrowind is always good in my book!


    Every week, we feature a few mods that have caught our staff's attention, as well as some that were submitted by you, the Nexus Mods community. If there is a mod you'd like to see on this list, then please check out this quick and handy form.

    If you haven't already, feel free to follow us on our social media channels where we'll keep you up to date with the latest site news, articles and much more.



    Thanks, and have fun modding!
  • 19 April 2017

    Staff Picks - 19 April 2017

    posted by BlindJudge Feature
    We’re back and have some brilliant mods for you to take a look at. SirSalami goes back to try out a mod for Morrowind, I check out Elianoras latest Fallout 4 abode, and Terrorfox… well, he just wants some kind of freedom within his Fallout 4 world, our community pick this week adds a lot more content into Skyrim and looks like a great expansion.

    Remember, we love to hear the communities picks so keep them coming by using this handy form.

    Please fill out the form completely and ensure that you add some details about the mod and why you have chosen it (similar to how our community members have below).

    Just remember that other mods on the site may do roughly the same thing, so keep your eyes peeled and understand that these are just personal picks. That said, hopefully, you'll find something you may not have seen before.


    Submitted By: TerrorFox1234
    Mod: Everyone Is Killable
    Game: Fallout 4
    Author: Armi88

    One of the best aspects of earlier Bethesda games, in my opinion, was the complete freedom of choice. This included being able to kill anyone, regardless of their importance to a quest line. You could, if you wanted, kill literally *everyone* in Morrowind. You would get notifications upon killing a quest related NPC that the quest they were tied to had failed and that was that.

    This mod changes all the “essential” tags on NPCs to “protected”. When an NPC is marked as “essential”, they simply can’t die. Mini-nuke directly to the face? No problem. They’ll just walk it off. Bethesda wants to make sure you don’t accidentally break a quest. How sweet of them.

    Bah! Away with that nonsense! When an NPC is marked as “protected” it means that, while other NPCs can’t kill them, you sure as heck can! FREEDOM!

    If you value freedom of choice, to the extent that you are willing to break important quests, this mod is for you. Time to fire up my “evil karma kill everyone” playthrough.





    Submitted By: BlindJudge
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: Elianora
    Mod: Sanctuary Bunker Player Home

    I know, I know, it’s from a well known mod author and yes, I have featured a mod by Eli before. But I had to choose it as my staff pick as I fell in love with it the moment I saw the images.

    If you have been on Nexus Mods for a while you will have probably download and used one of Elianoras house/abode mods before. They are all beautifully realised and truly show how much love and time has been spent on them. This is one of the first I have installed into my Fallout 4 world though and it is something special.

    No matter how much I tried, I could never get Sanctuary to feel special, preferring to spend my time in Red Rocket purely because I found it more aesthetically pleasing. But when I saw this appear on the site I installed it immediately and jumped straight in.

    The bunker is just gorgeous and the more time you spend in this humble abode the more little nuances you pick up. The shelves for Bobbleheads, the terminal and even the addition of all the useful benches.

    If you are in the lookout for your own space within Sanctuary, free from the hustle and bustle of the other settlers, then I recommend you check out this mod.




    Submitted By: SirSalami
    Game: Morrowind
    Mod Author: Candlemaster
    Mod: Curses

    Sorry, no. This isn't a profanity mod. Rather, Curses by Candlemaster adds unidentified and cursed weapons to Morrowind using a system that will be familiar to old-school CRPG and especially roguelike fans.

    After installing the mod, you'll begin to find 'unidentified' items which are denoted with a question mark (?) after their name. When equipped, these high-level items will reveal their true nature, often in the form of one or several debuffs applied to the player. More concerning, when equipped these weapons become viciously bound to the character, preventing it from being unequipped.

    Equipping a cursed weapon isn't the end of the world though. For a nominal fee, the player can have the curse removed by visiting a healer or a shrine. As the author implies, these costs are intended to be a bit of a money sink for the rich, and are intended for high-level characters. Additionally, you may find some scrolls that can accomplish the task of removing a curse when on the go.

    It's not all doom and gloom, however. Rarely, these cursed items can also impart beneficial effects on the character as well, making these new weapons quite mysterious and enticing. What hidden powers does your shiny new weapon contain? You'll have to try it on to find out!

    As this is a very new Morrowind mod(!), the author has several ideas on how to expand it, including more weapons and extending the system to include armor and shields. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how this one evolves. Keep it up, Candlemaster!




    Submitted By: Aireal2
    Game: Skyrim
    Mod Author: i73fi
    Mod: Northern Encounters

    I absolutely love Northern Encounters, it's made it's way into my permanent load order. It add's both places and NPC's. N.E. makes having a "Northern Explorer" fun and more than worthwhile. It add's many a story line and they are most certainly NOT handheld ones, they are also not all easy to find. You see a new person, talk to them and they give you a quest or hints to go and start a quest. Find that "new" fort, house, dungeon... explore, and find that not only is it a new place, it might lead to a new quest. New enemies! Encounters you have not done 1/2 a million times. I've had this mod on every character since 9/26/15 and I know I have not found everything, then again I am not that person that want's to find everything on one character! Combined with certain other mods.. Say Frostfall.. awesomely hard! Sea of Spirits.. even more thing's to see, enemies to encounter! To my mind it's a really spectacular mod for Role Players.. and a challenge for "completionists".


    Every week, we feature a few mods that have caught our staff's attention, as well as some that were submitted by you, the Nexus Mods community. If there is a mod you'd like to see on this list, then please check out this quick and handy form.

    If you haven't already, feel free to follow us on our social media channels where we'll keep you up to date with the latest site news, articles and much more.



    Thanks, and have fun modding!
  • 12 April 2017

    Staff Picks - 12 Apr 2017

    posted by BlindJudge Feature
    We have some cracking mods again for you this week. Terrorfox1234 has gone back to his chill out game of choice and found a mod that will really appeal to those of you who have played modded Minecraft, SirSalami has a mod that now enables the use of shields to block those heavy attacks and I have found my perfect Red Rocket Settlement mod. Our community still continues to provide us with great choices, this week we have a pick for a fixed UI within FONV and a quest mod with an awesome name. Check them all out.

    Remember, we love to hear the communities picks so keep them coming by using this handy form.

    Please fill out the form completely and ensure that you add some details about the mod and why you have chosen it (similar to how our community members have below). We have had a lot of submissions that we cannot use due to the lack of description, please try and fill this out explaining why you like it and what it adds to the game.

    Just remember that other mods on the site may do roughly the same thing, so keep your eyes peeled and understand that these are just personal picks. That said, hopefully, you'll find something you may not have seen before.



    Submitted By: Terrorfox1234
    Game: Stardew Valley
    Mod Author: Pathoschild
    Mod: Automate

    For you Minecraft players familiar with droppers/hoppers and the automation that they allow, this will seem a familiar concept. This mod allows you to place a chest next one of your production machines and the machine will pull raw materials from the chest to refine. When it’s done it will push the processed material back into the chest.

    Fill a chest with iron, leave it next to your smelter, and come back to a chest full of iron bars! You can connect multiple machines to a chest allowing you to expand your operations. You can even connect different types of machines to the same chest if you want to consolidate your operations.

    This seems, to me, like one of those things that should have been in the base game. Maybe not at the start, but as an unlockable ability later down the line it would have made sense.

    In any case, this mod should greatly improve your time management in Stardew Valley (no more daily collection/restocking routine!) and allow you to focus on other aspects of the game. You’ll have a fully functional auto-farm in no time! Down with JojaMart!



    Submitted By: BlindJudge
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: javawalk
    Mod: Red Rocket Companions Home

    Red Rocket has always been my favourite settlement within the Fallout 4 world, I began my first settlment there by building stairs onto the roof and placing my humble abode up there. Then I tried experimenting with making the forecourt a market place and the garage my home/workplace, next up was a refugee camp at the front and the roof of the garage holding all my defence mechanisms. It just felt like my Fallout 4 home. So when I saw this mod, I jumped at the chance to try it out.

    Wow... to be honest with you all, it truly blew me away in terms of it's finish and attention to detail. Yes, I know there are quite a few required mods that you need to have and just as many optional ones (I recommend you get them all), but it just goes to show how well this has been pieced together, taking incredible mods in their own right and combining them all with their own to make a Red Rocket settlement that I can finally leave as is and get on with the crux of the story.

    Like I mentioned earlier, the affinity between the mod author and the characters can be seen through how much attention has been focused on each and every characters abodes, they are like fine tailored suits that show off each and every companions personalities. I spent the first hour just looking around at how everything has been laid out for each individual. Truly incredible stuff from a very talented mod author.



    Submitted By: SirSalami
    Game: Witcher 3
    Mod Author: ScoutBr0
    Mod: Shields

    ScoutBr0 has already made quite a few contributions to the Witcher 3 modding scene but this time, he and a small team of collaborators have really outdone themselves with the newly released "Shields" mod. Don't let the simple title fool you however, as it represents quite a large addition to the game.

    Featuring both unique and existing designs that reflect the various in-game factions the shields that have been added (40 and counting!) are not simply cosmetic, but functional as well. "Shields" adds a new layer to The Witcher 3's combat mechanics by providing resistance to heavy attacks and the ability to block arrows without using a skill slot. Just make sure to watch your back-side.

    Customization is possible directly via the game's main menu allowing you to adjust stamina requirements and more. Additionally, shields can be visible on horse back or when climbing ladders too, when paired with Better Torches. As if this weren't already enough, the mod contains numerous other pieces of apparel including some very cool hoods, cloaks, and armor sets as well.

    Given Geralt's combat proficiency and the Blood and Wine expansion's more 'traditional' medieval setting, these numerous additions fit right in with the game. From both an artistic and mechanical standpoint, this mod is an easy one to recommend. Great work!



    Submitted By: darthbdaman
    Game: Fallout New Vegas
    Mod Author: Ladez
    Mod: Better Pickup Prompt

    An absolutely amazing quality of life improvement. The prompt that appears when the player hovers over an item to pick it up has been expanded with additional information, that dramatically improves the looting experience.

    When looking at a stack of multiple items, the total value and weight of all the items is displayed, instead of the values for one unit. If picking up the item(s) would cause the player to exceed their weight limit, a small icon is displayed, and the weights text color changes to warn them. Some smaller changes regarding text wrapping and the number of decimals are also changed, making the prompts easier to read, and providing the player with the information they actually need. Items with very small weight values will actually have those values displayed, instead of reading as 0. This alone makes the mod worth installing.

    An excellent mod that is compatible with all major UI mods. There is absolutely no reason not to use it.



    Submitted By: yourenotsupposedtobeinhere
    Game: Skyrim
    Mod Author: Merte
    Mod: The Cheese of Ages

    The Cheese of Ages is a terrific quest mod by Merte that in my opinion is underrated. It has a very fun and creative story-line. The characters in the mod are overflowing with personality.

    Of all the quest mods for Skyrim, I would say that The Cheese of Ages is my favorite. It's story, characters and miscellaneous items has inspired me in my endeavors and the mod author is also very nice, which is a huge plus. To anyone looking for a fun quest of any character build, The Cheese of Ages is definitely worth a go. Don't forget to endorse it!


    Every week, we feature a few mods that have caught our staff's attention, as well as some that were submitted by you, the Nexus Mods community. If there is a mod you'd like to see on this list, then please check out this quick and handy form.

    If you haven't already, feel free to follow us on our social media channels where we'll keep you up to date with the latest site news, articles and much more.



    Thanks, and have fun modding!
  • 05 April 2017

    Staff Picks - 5 Apr 2017

    posted by BlindJudge Feature
    Welcome to this week's staff picks, today we bring you a number of different companions, another way of organising your settlements, a mod that allows you to finally buy items that you can see within a shop and some awesome community picks that will extend your game time. Check them out and let us know what you think.

    Remember, we love to hear the communities picks so keep them coming by using this handy form.

    Please fill out the form completely and ensure that you add some details about the mod and why you have chosen it (similar to how our community members have below).  

    Just remember that other mods on the site may do roughly the same thing, so keep your eyes peeled and understand that these are just personal picks. That said, hopefully, you'll find something you may not have seen before. 



    Submitted By: Terrorfox1234
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: timtimman
    Mod: Fault-Tec Favourites System

    I’m honestly surprised this hasn’t gotten more attention. This mod allows you to save specific items in their own list for quick access later on. This is especially handy if you own all the DLC and have added craftable settlement item mods on top. If there are specific items you know you work with a lot, this mod can expedite the process of digging through workshop menus to get to the right items.

    During my brief testing, I had no issues. The controls to target an item are a bit odd, requiring that you grab the item you want to save, quickly cancel, and jump. Once you get used to it, it’s not so bad, but it might be nice if there was a simpler way to bring up the favourites menu options on a selected item.

    In any case, aside from that one minor complaint, the mod does what it claims to do. To be clear, I personally find the whole settlement building thing to completely detract from what I look for in a Fallout experience. I have Minecraft for building. Fallout is about exploration and setting, to me. Any mod that helps me cut down on the amount of time I spend in the workshop menu is good in my book. While I’ve turned to Transfer Settlements and Sim Settlements for most of my settlement needs, this mod will certainly come in useful for those times when I want to adjust things by hand.



    Submitted By: BlindJudge
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: Zazuban
    Mod: Dogmeat - A True Companion

    When I first started looking at this mod it wasn't in the hot files, but such is its popularity that since I chose the mod it has now taken pride of place within those most fabled of mods. Anyway, I digress.

    Dogmeat has always been my favourite of the companions, I had a German Shepherd and having Dogmeat alongside me in the wasteland is pretty cool, he doesn't get shirty or miserable at me, he doesn't bark orders or requests at me and he just works tirelessly to protect my scrawny ass from all manner of the Fallout world baddies - without a single iota of care for his own personal safety. With the help of this mod, Dogmeat is now more badass than ever - with nearly twice the health and a big damage boost he can now tear a Mudcrab apart. My favourite part is the fact his speed has been boost to be more akin to a real life dog. Watching him sprint up to that pesky raider always leaves a smile on my face.

    If you enjoy playing with a companion, then I recommend giving this mod a try.



    Submitted By: SirSalami
    Game: Skyrim Special Edition
    Mod Author: ErianDragonborn
    Mod: Immersive Merchants - Buy what is on display. Really

    Here's a mod that does exactly what it says on the tin. By simply highlighting and interacting with any item in a shop, you can now purchase it at fair market value rather than defaulting to stealing the item. You still have the option of stealing it though, by simply sneaking before interacting with the item, in case you're feeling grabby. Convenient, intuitive, and immersive? You betcha.

    Thankfully as it's a script based mod, it probably has very few critical compatibility issues so it's likely to compliment most load-orders. So, if you're like me and wondered why you could never simply purchase the sweet rolls on the counter or a sword directly from the display rack in vanilla, give this one a try!



    Submitted By: HeavyEavy
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: LlamaRCA
    Mod: Heather Casdin - A Unique Companion Experience by llamaRCA

    Heather is a brilliant companion! Her Enhanced Sneak mode of combat is nothing short of fantastic! I run a high sneak/sniper build and she never breaks cover and won't engage until your hit or stand up. Her quests are terrific and will take you across the Commonwealth. Her perks have to be worked for and are worth the effort. For the "lone wanderer" in survival, she's a real must have! IMHO the llama had done it again!!



    Submitted By: DjinnKiller
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: Thuggysmurf
    Mod: Outcasts and Remnants - Quest Mod Plus

    As a "mod" this goes far beyond what in my mind a mod is. This is a complete DLC with a storyline, quests, assets and voice actors.

    The design of the of the interiors, the awesome humour and attention to detail is staggering. Never mind the technical proficiency of the creators. Not to divulge any spoilers but the use of the mem pods to create little adventures in themselves, and what happens at the end of the main quest is proof that these guys have technical capabilities, creativeness and a great love for the game.

    If you read the terminals you get added content, both in the FO-universe, but also tie-ins to current events in RL, and cultural references to movies and other.

    Several hours worth of high-quality gaming and they don't even want donations. That, combined with the helpfulness, always answering questions in a friendly way, and documentation on the mod page (FAQ, known issues etc) make this a professional package.

    This one is even better (IMHO) than their Fusion City release... if such a thing is possible.


    Every week, we feature a few mods that have caught our staff's attention, as well as some that were submitted by you, the Nexus Mods community. If there is a mod you'd like to see on this list, then please check out this quick and handy form.

    If you haven't already, feel free to follow us on our social media channels where we'll keep you up to date with the latest site news, articles and much more.

      


    Thanks, and have fun modding!
  • 22 March 2017

    We're Hiring: Web Developer Positions

    posted by Dark0ne Feature
    We're happy to report that both positions listed in this article have now been filled. As such, please don't send us your CV unless you are interested in us keeping it on record for when we are next looking to hire.

    We’re looking for two mid-level to senior web developers to join our team at our new office in Exeter, UK. The ideal candidate will be multi-skilled with experience working on high traffic websites.


    The Role

    You’d be joining our established web team which currently consists of 3 programmers whose primary responsibility is the Nexus Mods website and everything around it. Our stack consists of a mixture of technologies - Linux, Apache, NginX, PHP, MySQL, APC, Redis, Ruby, Rails, Bash, Git, Puppet, Vagrant, Javascript, Jquery, CSS, HTML and everything in between.

    We’re currently hard at work on the next iteration of the Nexus Mods website and we have a long list of features that we’d like you to help us realise. We work as closely as possible to an agile project management scheme and every team member’s input is highly valued - we’re looking for people who can constructively discuss ideas in our programming meetings.

    You’ll need production experience with PHP/MySQL and be comfortable with all related technologies.

    Ultimately, we’re looking for people who are keen to learn and flexible in their approach with a strong web background.


    Responsibilities

    • Working as part of the web team to maintain the Nexus Mods website, fixing bugs and adding new features.
    • Participating in team meetings, keeping track of your workflow using project management tools.
    • Working with everyone at Nexus Mods to shape the future of our platform.



    Requirements and Skills

    • PHP
    • MySQL
    • Javascript & Javascript Frameworks
    • CSS & HTML5
    • Strong communication skills both verbally and written (English).
    • Right to work in the UK



    Bonus Skills

    • Comfortable using Linux
    • Sysadmin / Devops experience with LAMP
    • Ruby / Rails
    • Experience with code testing
    • An understanding of games modding and knowledge of Nexus Mods
    • A sense of humour
    • A love of computer games



    Other Information

    • We will offer a competitive market rate salary dependent on your level.
    • We will provide high spec hardware for you to work from in the office.
    • For the right candidates we may be able to assist with relocation expenses and logistics. 



    To Apply

    In order to apply, please send an email to [email protected] with your CV and why you’d be suitable for this role.
  • 22 March 2017

    Blog Piece: We're getting an office, and we're hiring

    posted by Dark0ne Feature
    Hello! long time, no...boring you with my long blog pieces.

    We're about to post up a news article about us looking to hire two new web programmers. Unlike our previous hire-calls, however, this one is different because it comes with the caveat that the job is based in Exeter, in the south west of England. Why? Because we're setting up an office. Our first office.

    Revealing such news comes as bitter-sweet to me. For the past 15 years Nexus Mods (and the names it previously operated under) has been run from bedrooms, dorm rooms, campus computer rooms and home offices. It's been a success story up to now, an example that you can build and run a complex, high profile website, community and heck, business, from home. It's had practical uses too, allowing us to operate with smaller running costs and freeing up money to be spent elsewhere (like on more staff or hardware). Finally, it has allowed me to maintain the image in my head that we're still a small, niche "garage run" site despite the sheer size of the site (silly, I know).

    This is an image that I am loathe to lose as it can affect thinking, specifically, my thinking. In moving certain aspects of the business into a formal office setup I fear that illusion I have in my head is going to dissipate and with it, the strong memory I have of running these sites as a middling teenager foremost as a hobby, as something I did to give back to a community I was so excited about and appreciative of before and after Morrowind's release. Such strong memories have been a driving force for trying to maintain that starting spirit of Nexus Mods, of a community that was created to service a bigger and most excellent community at the time.

    My passion for the video game modding community coupled with the success of Bethesda's games and the modding support they've graciously provided with each release since 2001 has fueled a steady (and sometimes explosive) growth in Nexus Mods that has been hard to keep up with. Similarly, my vision for a community that transcends Bethesda modding in to modding for all games has seen us go from supporting a mere handful of games to over 400 games, and counting. While Bethesda games still make up the bulk of the reason why people visit Nexus Mods, last year we saw an 80% increase alone on file downloads for mods unrelated to Bethesda games (and a 50% increase on file downloads for Bethesda games). As such, there is a growing demand for modding for any and all games on Nexus Mods rather than just for Bethesda Games.

    Ultimately, success brings its own stresses often with little or no respite. The cliched "victims of our own success", if you will. To say that one man (or woman) cannot do it alone would be an understatement.

    I hired the first Nexus Mods employee back in 2011 before the release of Skyrim. Axel is still with us today, working from his home in Scotland almost 500 miles away from where I am in Exeter. Since then, we've added a further 8 members to the Nexus Mods team to fill a diverse range of roles with people in south west and south east England, Italy, Germany and both the north and south of the United States. It's safe to say that we're pretty spread out with a...diverse...range of geographically related opinions to match! Over the years it's been hard to avoid riling each other up with our national stereotypes which has provided a good amount of comic relief, if not dubious legal positions related to employee relations and "discrimination" in the workplace. I won't lie, it's normally the Italians' fault.

    While the Nexus Mods team remained relatively small, 2-5 of us, things were fine. Managing 2-5 people, even remotely across great distances, is a sinch. Provided the individuals involved have good personal discipline it's perhaps even better than having a small office setup as it's more comfortable. More free flowing. More flexible. People can be left to get on with things in the comfort of their own homes without the stresses placed on them from an office environment.

    In a 2-5 man setup each person is typically handling a different area of the sites, whether it's the site programming, NMM, the hardware, support, the community and so on and so forth. The team jigsaws together fine because, ultimately, they're not actually working on projects together, they're instead working on their own projects and conversing with the other departments to make sure everyone is aligned and on the same page. However, once you begin to add one or two more members of staff who are going to be working in the same area and working on the same projects as each other things become a lot more difficult.

    The internet is awash with SaaS applications designed to help in this regard. Slack for communication, Pivotal for task tracking, Vagrant, Git, Google Docs, Appogee, and so on and so forth. They're all designed to help teams work together towards common projects and goals. However, from our years working in these environments it's begun to show that while this software can help immensely in that task, it's not a bonafide 100% substitute for real face-to-face interaction. The type of interaction you get in an office setup.

    Over the past year we've been trying to stop-gap this shortfall with regular Google Hangout meetings (webcams and everything), team programming and screensharing sessions and so on and so forth but after a while you begin to realise that all these applications designed to replace or replicate "the real thing" just aren't as good as "the real thing". Inefficiencies creep in. 30 minutes here. An hour there. Someone's come to the door unexpectedly. Someone's taken a late lunch without letting the others know. One person is waiting for a response from another person in a different time zone. A message has been missed. Someone didn't get a notification about a meeting. The list goes on.

    None of us at Nexus Mods are unaware of the fact that we started our redesign process for the sites all the way back in September 2015 when we sent out a news article looking for a UI/UX designer. Mockups were created and we began coding work in earnest back in February 2016, over 13 months ago. It's been a rocky ride and a trying time as we've come to terms with the serious technical debt we'd accumulated over the years while trying to transition from a team of just 1 web programmer to a team of 3, and reworking a lot of our framework to accommodate the changing dynamic of the way we were working. It's my personal belief that, were we in an office setup, at least some of the issues we've experienced over the past 13 months would have been mitigated somewhat and we'd have made faster progress to the ultimate end goal of releasing this new design.

    To me, setting up an office is a logical progression towards not only increasing the efficiency of people working at Nexus Mods but also improving my ability to understand, appreciate, relate to and manage the team moving forward, and this is why we are setting up an office. Logically, the office is in Exeter because that's where I live, and I'd like to be there managing it.

    In the past when we've sent out hiring calls we've posted them in the community here first. It's my thinking that the best people for the job are going to be the ones who know this site, who like this site and who use this site regularly. They're going to be the people who have the most relevant and the best ideas. They'll also be easier to bring up to speed. Everyone currently working for Nexus Mods was hired from within the community itself, with the exception of Paul and Tom, who I knew personally already.

    Naturally, enforcing that new staff work from Exeter in England limits the pool of available applicants in this community somewhat drastically and I understand that. However, I still feel it prudent to announce and highlight this hire call on the site on the off chance that there's someone out there that is either local to Exeter (while it's only a small city of 127,000, I've met plenty of people who've used the site in and around the city) or who is open to a new adventure in their life. If you're willing to relocate to the city, we're willing to help out however we can to make it a possibility. Heck, I'll even put you up in my home and cook you some dinners while you get on your feet if needs be (subject to satisfactory hygiene levels!).

    So there you have it. We're getting an office, and we're looking for staff. The hire call article will be posted up following this blog piece soon.
  • 22 March 2017

    Staff Picks - 22 Mar 2017

    posted by BlindJudge Feature
    This week we're back with some more staff and community picks. I am really pleased to see a submission for a game other than those from the Bethesda series with Minqmay picking one from Legend of Grimrock. SirSalami has this week turned his attention towards a really nice armour mod, Terrorfox1234 has chosen one to help with your sometimes incredibly stupid companions and I have gone back to my childhood and chosen a mod to put posters on the walls.

    We love to hear the communities picks so keep them coming by using this new and handy form.

    Please fill out the form completely and ensure that you add some details about the mod and why you have chosen it (similar to how our community members have below).  

    Just remember that other mods on the site may do roughly the same thing, so keep your eyes peeled and understand that these are just personal picks. That said, hopefully, you'll find something you may not have seen before. 



    Submitted By: Terrorfox1234
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: Greslin
    Mod: Companion Heal Thyself

    This is one of those “quality of life” mods I love so much. It simply gives your companions the ability to heal themselves with Stimpaks in Fallout 4.

    As the author explains, on normal difficulty downed companions will get back up after a period of time and keep going. On survival difficulty, they will remain on the ground until you heal them with a Stimpak. This can become very tedious and you may not always be in close proximity to your companion when they go down.

    Besides the inconvenience and tediousness of having to play doctor, it’s also a bit silly that these people don’t have the cognitive ability to just heal themselves. Seriously… how did the human species survive without The Lone Wanderer for 200 years? I mean really, you’ve got a Stimpak in your inventory, you’re on the ground in need of a Stimpak, but you’re going to make me cross the battlefield (and risk my life/save progression) to give you your shot!? Nope. You’re a big boy/girl/super mutant now. Pick yourself up.



    Submitted By: BlindJudge
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: mindkiller316
    Mod: Proper Flyers and Posters

    The subtlety of this mod is one of the features I love about it. The fact you can install and activate it and it just makes your whole experience that touch better is great. I don't have to worry about choosing a plethora of options, nor do I have to tweak any settings.

    Running around the wasteland can often feel a bit empty, so I have been looking around for mods to bring that little 'something' back. This mod by mindkiller316 is just one that helps alleviate that problem by replacing the torn paper look that adorns many of the walls with realistic looking and lore friendly posters. This fantastic mod adds a stat point to that all important one people look for in these games - immersion.

    The more I play Fallout 4, the more I want to tweak the little things rather than huge game changing mods and I'm over the moon that I stumbled across this one.


    Submitted By: SirSalami
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: m150
    Mod: Jagimet

    Lately, I've been realizing that my weekly picks tend to be very focused on gameplay related mods. In fact, in the several months we've been running this feature, I've neglected to choose from one of the most prominent categories of submissions in our community. Well, that changes this now with my first armor pick, Jagimet from the amazing m150!

    As loving tribute to the character Jagi from the manga/anime Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star), even if you're not familiar with the series, these menacing looking accessories fit right into Fallout's similarly mad-max inspired, post-apocalyptic world. Featuring massive spikes on the pauldrons and mouth-guard, this set makes any character a more intimidating while the rusted materials and subtle markings ensure that they maintain a rather realistic appearance that's not too garish. So even though these seem tailor made for someone supermutant size, they'll look great on any character that might find themselves in need of some more noticeably sharp attire.

    The author, who simply goes by "m", has created many other varied and wonderful creations for Fallout 4 and Skyrim too. You should be sure to check those out as well!



    Submitted By: minqmay
    Game: Legend of Grimrock
    Mod Author: Phitt
    Mod: The Mine of Malan Vael

    The Mine of Malan Vael is an adventure with superb original artwork and puzzles. The new models and textures fit the game perfectly; the ensemble feels remarkably professional and complete.

    It is short, with only five levels, but there's no filler content; every challenge and puzzle is unique, and there's even a climactic final boss fight.
    There are no obtuse puzzles or unfair traps; anyone who's played the original Legend of Grimrock can and should dive right into Phitt's masterpiece. Just remember to bring a torch - or a magic Light spell.



    Submitted By: Acacophony
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: Slevin4Mods
    Mod: Chems and Alcohol Visual FX

    I cannot play a game without this mod. It is something that feels like it should have been there from the start, and in all previous fallout games, and just fits seamlessly into gameplay.

    Although it is simple, it enriches the experience of the game by making chems something more than just a stat boost. Some of the visual effects are strong enough that they actually can impair you in combat, which makes it feel more realistic and makes chem use a little more tactical. You can't just take one and turn into a god for a few minutes, the trade-off is that combat is a little harder because you can't see your enemies as well.

    The effects really do change the mood of the game and give a better sense of what your chem trip is like. DayTripper feels light, active and euphoric with bright vivid colors that make you want to explore and see everything, whereas Buffout feels more stark, intense and makes you want to just curl up and stay inside until it passes.

    This mod also has a "light" version with less dramatic visual effects, which keeps the tactical aspect but is easier on the eyes because of lower contrast.

    Alcohol also now blurs vision, which is a modern gaming staple and should have been there from the start. If I could only play with ONE mod, this would be the one I would choose. It is a must-pick for any character who uses chems, or alcohol.


    Every week, we feature a few mods that have caught our staff's attention, as well as some that were submitted by you, the Nexus Mods community. If there is a mod you'd like to see on this list, then please check out this quick and handy form.

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    Thanks, and have fun modding!
  • 19 March 2017

    The Sunday Discussion - Robbie922004

    This week I got to chat with Robbie922004, a mod author who primarily creates mods for Skyrim, though has been known to tinker in Fallout 4. Robbie started his Steam game collection even before owning a gaming PC and began creating mods, like many, to fix things that he discovered weren't quite up to his taste in the vanilla game.

    Hey Robbie and welcome to the Sunday discussion, would you mind letting our community know a little bit about you?

    Thanks very much for having me. Unsurprisingly, my name is Robbie. I’m 24 years old, and I’m from Maryland in the United States, on the East Coast for foreigners who might not know. I like to play music, and I play games probably a little more than I should.

    Do you have any hobbies and interests outside of gaming?

    I’m a musician, which is without question my biggest hobby outside of gaming. I play guitar and piano mostly, but I’m also addicted to the ukulele and play that a lot. I can play a little bass, and I have an old full electronic drum kit lying around (never got very good at the drums!). My go-to instrument is a 12-string acoustic guitar. I play lots of classic rock (Beatles, Queen, Elton John, Clapton, Billy Joel, you name it), though I’ll learn any song I enjoy from any genre or artist. I like to record from time to time because I have the equipment. On the digital side of things, I use Propellerhead Reason when I need to emulate sounds from other instruments.

    I’m also currently a part of two writing projects collaborating with one of my friends, although it’s nothing that’s ready to share, and mostly just for fun.



    It seems we have a lot of musicians within Nexus Mods, our Terrorfox1234 loves his music and FadingSignal last week gave us a link to his SoundCloud (which I now use as my go to Gym music).  Do you keep your music private or do you have a Soundcloud page or a link to a band that you would like to share?

    Haha, nothing worth sharing. They say that art is never finished, only abandoned, and I’m very much guilty of never finishing anything I start when it comes to music. I have dozens, if not hundreds of recordings that I start, and then get excited about something else, and never go back to the last one. It’s a habit I should break, but in my heart, I’m more of a player than anything. Recording only occupies a tiny portion of all the time I spend on music.

    Would you say music is your go-to activity to chill-out and relax?

    Yep, it’s playing music, definitely. The first thing I do every single morning is either sit at the piano or pick up the guitar to wake myself up. I do that for fifteen or so minutes and then either eat, or exercise then eat, and that’s how I start my day. It’s a great hobby for when you’re feeling down, tired, or bored. It’s deeply rewarding so long as you’re willing to put in the time, effort, and dedication.

    In addition to that, my group of friends and I like to get together to play games whenever we can, usually a few times a week. Different time zones can make this challenging, but it’s been many years, and we haven’t given up yet.

    And as seems to be becoming pretty popular these days, I’ll sometimes go on a binge-watching spree when a TV show catches my attention.

    Playing games with your friends would entail a lot of multiplayer/co-op games, what would you say is your go-to multiplayer game at the moment?

    Overwatch was definitely our most played game of last year, but it’s finally coming to a close and we’re going back to other things. Right now we’re on For Honor (go, Samurai! NIPPON!!!) or Rainbow Six Siege when we have a whole group. We went through a Tabletop Simulator binge thanks to the Heroscape and Eldritch Horror mods, plus some tabletop RPGs, and I recently played through about a 16-hour Civ VI game with one of them. A few of us really enjoy Stellaris. Rocket League was a big hit, and I still play doubles from time to time with one of my friends. As you can see, we have diverse tastes and can get into a lot of different games and genres. It’s good because we can constantly switch it up when we get bored of something.

    Any game that someone in the group suggests, we’ll all try to get and play at least a little bit. Steam or GMG sales are big for us because we can all suggest something or gift it to the others, and we’ll all get to try it.

    I’m very much looking forward to the multiplayer update for Stardew Valley. That was my GOTY 2016, and I can’t wait to play it with my friends.



    Also, binge-watching TV is pretty popular. I know a lot of us here at Nexus Mods like a good TV series, anything you can recommend us at the moment?

    I finished up Tom Hardy’s Taboo last night, and Mob Psycho 100 a few days before. Obviously two very different series, but I enjoyed both of them to pieces. I’m super into the Marvel films and movies so I’m anxiously looking forward to Iron Fist, (even if the critical reception is bad!). I’m also really enjoying the new 24 spin-off, mostly because I was a fan of the original. For 2016, I watched Westworld, Stranger Things, Mr Robot, Better Call Saul, The Strain, Luke Cage, and a few others.

    My favorite show in years has been Westworld, though. Everything about that show was great. And the Fallout 4 parallels didn’t hurt for the Bethesda fan in me.

    If you wouldn’t mind, please can you tell me how you got started in gaming? At what age did you have your first PC/Console and what games did you play?

    The original Playstation was my first proper console, although I think we had an NES lying around in a closet somewhere, and a Sega Genesis (Megadrive for those outside the US) that we played a bit but didn’t have many games for. I had just turned six years old when me and my siblings got the PS1 for Christmas, and I was hooked pretty quickly. Most of the games we had when we got it were licensed games like movie or TV show tie-ins, and it wasn’t until later that we learned the difference between those and “real” games. The only iconic game we had when we first got it was Twisted Metal 3, which we played tons of.

    The series of games that seriously gave me my interest in gaming was the Spyro series. That series of games were the first I played that me, and my brothers could tell were just... better than the other games. I think those games have aged wonderfully and I still like to go through them from time to time. I can remember thinking “Wow, I wish more games were like this” even when I was very young and still discovering what my tastes were and what good game design was. Even if I couldn’t put it into words at the time.

    What first brought you to Nexus Mods? Did you come as a mod author or mod user?

    User, initially. This was in the Oblivion days. The truth is that I didn’t have a PC capable of playing Oblivion at the time, but I bought the game anyway and had a list of mods I wanted to use. I was heartbroken when I found out my family’s PC couldn’t handle it, and I didn’t start PC gaming properly until 2013 when I finally took the plunge and built my own machine. As a matter of fact, my mom surprised me with the Elder Scrolls Anthology the day after I built my PC (I’d just spent my whole budget on the PC, and my plan was to wait for the then-upcoming Steam Winter Sale to buy more games!), and as soon as I installed it, I ran to the Nexus to finally start using all the mods I always wanted to.

    Ouch, having to wait all that time must have been excruciating, but what a nice gesture from your mum. What PC did you end up getting and is it still going strong?

    It wasn’t so bad because I had accrued a bit of a Steam library from promotions and friends over the years, so I had a lot of good easy-to-run games ready to play.

    Still running like the day I built it. My CPU is starting to show its age (AMD FX 6300) but I recently got an 8GB 480 to replace the 2GB 7850 I had. I was worried my CPU would be a significant bottleneck but I played some notoriously hard-on-the-CPU games and I’m getting 60FPS on high/ultra, so I’m feeling good. Other than that it’s just 8GB RAM, two 1TB HDDs (one was added later), a 600W PSU, and an ASUS mobo.

    When did you decide to create your first mod and what was your inspiration?

    The primary motivation for every mod I’ve made: No other mod exists that does what I want mine to do. I build mods for my use first and foremost and then consider how they can be improved for a public release.

    The first mod I made was “Linear Smithing Tree”. I just didn’t want to have to waste so many perks on Smithing just to craft armor for my companions! I had absolutely no idea how the kit worked but was committed to learning, and it took much longer than it should have for a mod so simple.

    That was soon after I installed Skyrim. I didn’t want to have to always add the perks via the console, and I wanted to learn to mod anyway, so I took a stab. The implementation was okay for what it was, the first attempt.

    After looking through all the mods you have produced, I like the sound of ‘Equippable Tomes’. How did you come up with the idea for this?

    I have peculiar tastes about magic scaling/perk mods. I’d never found a magical damage scaling mod that was really up my alley. The absolute biggest thing I feel is missing in Skyrim when playing a mage is a sense of equipment progression -- As a warrior, you’ll be getting new armor and weapons throughout a whole playthrough that changed your effectiveness. With magic, your equipment only affects how much it costs to cast, not the damage. This can lead to a sense of stagnation for me.

    My inspiration for Equippable Tomes was the idea that the tomes could function like magical weapons. You’d get new versions of them as you progressed, and your damage with spells would increase accordingly, much like finding new weapons with a warrior.

    When I felt like I might want to do it, I asked Dragten of Bandolier fame for permission to use his book-on-belt mesh/textures. He said yes, and I felt obligated/encouraged to start straight away, so I did. Everybody should be thanking him, or there would be no Equippable Tomes.



    Taking a mod such as either ‘Mainland Stalhrim’ or ‘Equippable Tomes’, can you let us know how long mods like this would take you to produce from start to finish? How many hours would you say you have put into them?

    Mainland Stalhrim was made in a morning when I was bored, maybe three or four hours all told (with plenty of idle time). It was a really simple thing that just required a wiki tab open to a list of Nordic Ruins so I could consider which spots would be best for Stalhrim to be added to the mainland.

    Equippable Tomes was actually only a few days of real development. I hadn’t worked with meshes or textures before so as soon as I got a handle on that (which took a few hours spread across a few days) I set out on making an actual mod of it, and it was mostly a lot of what I like to call braindead busy work, that involved copying and editing dozens of records that were all somewhat similar, then tweaking values or copying conditions as I needed.

    Extended Stay took probably a few days, but that was for a different reason: Lots of trial and error in figuring out how the vanilla inn rental system worked and then mimicking it. Surprisingly small amount of info on that available, so it was a little challenging for me.

    And Patron Gods was about a week of development after about a week or so of thinking up various ideas for each buff, although the initial goal was a weekend challenge mod. Couldn’t make the deadline, though.

    Just taken a look at Witchhunter, they are awesome spells that you have added to the game and what a fantastic mod! My personal favourites being the freeze time and lightning speed (very Matrix like to me). Where on earth did you get all your ideas for these spells and how much time, effort and research went into that mod?

    I just wanted to play an arcane archer character a la Fable, but there’s no good way to do that in Skyrim because you’d have to switch between weapon and magic constantly. A few mods already existed to alleviate this, like Smart Cast, but I wanted something that had a focus on synergizing with weapons, rather than casting existing spells. It was originally only going to be spells that augmented your weapons with powers like elements or paralysis, but grew from there. I’d learn to do something accidentally in the kit and then realize that I should include it, and it just spiraled out of control.

    Witchhunter took me the longest of all my mods by far. That was probably about three months of off-and-on work, and it was the first “real” mod I made. Most of that time was learning the kit and following tutorials. I bit off more than I could chew, and as a result it took a lot more time learning than developing. There are quite a few things about that mod I’d do differently in hindsight, but it’s mostly backend. It might be rough on the inside, but I think it works pretty well all-told.

    The prayer spells in Witchhunter are where Patron Gods came from. A friend said the prayers were cool, but he missed the patron deity angle from old RPGs or tabletop games, and said I should do that. I didn’t feel like it fit with Witchhunter, but I kept it in mind for the future and then we came up with all the ideas for Patron Gods together.

    How did EPO (Efficient Perk Overhaul) come about, it's a very good idea, was it one of those epiphany moments where you just thought to yourself “You know what, I just don’t like how the vanilla game operates”?

    I sometimes feel like I’m the only person in the modding community who is mostly okay with the vanilla perks. Big exception is that I don’t like how big of a perk sink crafting can be, and I don’t like the “base perks” that just give +20% effectiveness to a skill. I was tired of wasting so many perks points on boring perk sinks and not having enough left over for the more interesting perks.

    So my remedy was to make it work a bit more like Oblivion. If you level the skill, your effectiveness is increased to the point of viability. I’ve literally played a character where I had almost 100 Block, but my blocking was still bad because I put my points into other skills and had none left for Block. It was crazy to me. Maybe I wouldn’t be a master shield-bearer without the perks, but it shouldn’t be as useless as it was.

    Then the crafting trees were just rebalanced for fewer wasted perks. Crafting feels almost mandatory to me, and it never made sense that you’d have to sacrifice so much from your other skills for it. Plus, you can be a master Daedric Smith, but can’t work with glass unless you’ve gone down both branches of the tree.

    I’d say EPO is my most niche mod, and I wasn’t even going to release it because I felt the interest was low. Although it’s not popular, the people who do use it seem to like it a lot, which I feel means I found some people within that niche and provided exactly what they wanted. In a way, it’s kind of cooler than a mainstream hit like Equippable Tomes. Fewer users, but the ones who are around are very pleased.

    Your mods are (from what I can gather) mostly aimed at the Mage class, is this the role you like to play Skyrim?

    This might surprise some people but no. I mostly play warriors! If anything, I’d say my mods that pertain to magic are directed at battlemages or hybrids, at least for my use. Making magic more useable/accessible for non-mages. And even then, the only two that I’d say are fully about magic are Witchhunter and Equippable Tomes.

    I’ve played many hours of Skyrim over the years for both console and PC. I’m not one of those guys who mods for a million hours and then only plays once. In all that time I’ve only done one pure mage character, compared to probably a dozen other characters that were warriors or thieves, and only two battlemages. Even so, I like to use my mods because it seems like every character I play uses at least a little bit of magic, even if it’s just healing. Witchhunter was designed specifically because I wanted to play an arcane archer build, for instance, but it was still an archer first and foremost.

    Do you ever create mods that are solely for yourself? Ones that you don’t put onto Nexus Mods?

    Sometimes. There’s maybe one worth mentioning. I wanted to have one of my characters have a pet Snowy Sabre Cat, so I have a little mod that uses a summon power to permanently call a custom sabre cat called “Nym” (ASoIaF references!) that levels with the player and has damage that scales based on level as well. Then she can also be dismissed with another power. I was going for a “when Nym’s not hanging out with me, she’s out hunting” vibe so I only called her while outdoors. Not really good for release, but it was fun for me.

    I do make a lot of edits to mods I download for my personal use. So many that I’ve considered throwing a “Robbie’s Miscellaneous Patches” page up on the Nexus just in case anybody wants similar edits to popular mods for convenience, bug fixes, or minor changes.



    Is there any game that you would like to learn to mod that you don’t currently do?

    XCOM 2 and Civ V/VI, definitely. They have amazing mod communities, and part of me regrets not getting in on XCOM 2 modding during the height of the hype. The toolkits are huge, though! They include all the uncompressed game assets when you install their development kits, so whenever I feel like trying I remember the 65GB size and feel a bit discouraged. It’s also quite a different experience from modding Bethesda games, because all work requires direct editing of code and text. One of these days I’ll finally give it a go.

    Small shoutout to our very own GrimyBunyip of SkyTweak fame, who created and maintains one of the most tremendously popular mods for XCOM 2, Grimy’s Loot Mod.

    And I recently did a mod for Tabletop Simulator, a full scan/stitch of a game board and all the pieces. That was a fun process, and it was mind-blowing watching something go from an old board game I have lying around in real life to being available digitally for everybody. I could see myself doing more of that.

    You mention other communities that you think are amazing - are you a member of these and is there anyone in any of them that you would like to give a shout out to?

    Absolutely. Although I’m only an author within the Skyrim community, I love to use mods for many different games.

    I already mentioned XCOM and Civ, which have huge and thriving mod communities.

    For Civ, there’s so many it’s hard to choose what to mention. I love the Mass Effect civilizations mod, whose author was so committed making it perfect. The Elder Scrolls civilizations mod is great too and would be something many Nexus users would love. There’s also a really great Song of Ice and Fire mod that really fits the Civilization gameplay and setting. Plus tons and tons of smaller, quality of life mods.

    XCOM is no slouch, either. XCOM 2 has crazy mod support, and that’s a direct result of a famous mod by the name of Long War for XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Within. Those authors formed a studio to create their own game, now called Pavonis Interactive, and even worked directly with Firaxis during development of XCOM 2 to help create the mod support for the game. Then 2K commissioned them and spent good money for a series of semi-official mods, which are frankly better than the official DLC! And that mod support is only possible because Jake Solomon and Firaxis were such huge fans of the original Long War, going so far as to say "We're basically a 20-hour tutorial for Long War, and that's okay.". The humility from both the developers of XCOM and Pavonis is inspiring. In many ways, I almost feel like this is where the Bethesda modding communities might go someday. Modders contributing directly to the game, working with the developers.

    Going back a little bit, the Sith Lords Restored Content Mod (TSLRCM) for KOTOR II is hands-down one of the most brilliant mods for any game, ever. Some backstory is that the game shipped very unfinished because of a publisher rushing the development, but Obsidian left the cut content on the disc, unfinished, in the hopes that modders might someday restore it. It took years, but they did it, and the results are a game that became one of the finest and most complete RPGs ever made. All possible because of mod authors. Chris Avellone personally acknowledged them for their hard work, and encouraged everybody to use the restored content mod.

    I mentioned Tabletop Simulator. The Heroscape mod is superb, complete with dozens if not hundreds of 3D models that take so much time and effort, but the author does it anyway out of love of the game. Then you have mods like Eldritch Horror that are a little more straightforward and involve scanning lots of cards rather than many 3D models but are no less impressive.

    And finally, I even discovered that the Zoo Tycoon modding community is still active to this day, sixteen years later, albeit on mostly private sites, when I installed it last year for some nostalgia.

    Modding communities never cease to amaze me with their dedication and fantastic work. It’s astounding. The gaming world would truly be lesser without the mods for all these different games.



    If you had to only choose ten mods for your next run through of Skyrim, what would they be and why?

    That’s such a hard question. I don’t run crazy huge load orders like a lot of folks, but I have so many QOL mods that it would be hard to give up my content ones for. If I had to guess, it would be something like this:

    Immersive Armors
    Immersive Weapons
    Cloaks of Skyrim
    A Quality World Map with Roads
    The Notice Board
    Moonlight Tales Overhaul
    True Storms

    Quick Loot
    Can I cheat a little and count my holy trinity of magic mods, Apocalypse/Lost Grimoire/Phenderix all as one?

    I love weapons and armor mods for two big reasons: Variety, and helping you achieve a look for your character that you like and identify with. I think armor goes a long way for RP. Immersive Armors and Cloaks of Skyrim are my two favorite mods for Skyrim, ever. Immersive Armors because of the high quality of included armor, expert implementation, and crazy customizability (thanks Hoth and Eckss!) and Cloaks because it’s something that we always dream about being included in the vanilla game, and is done to a very high quality. Add Immersive Weapons into the mix and you’ve got so much extra variety compared to the vanilla game.

    A Quality World Map is such a great mod; I don’t think I could live without it. Roads being marked goes such a long way.

    The Notice Board is my favorite quest mod. It’s everything that’s good about the radiant quests and is in my mind unmatched as a “bounty board” type mod. Great way to delve into dungeons you’ve missed/never done, and plenty of variety.

    Moonlight Tales Overhaul is, bar-none, my favorite lycanthropy mod ever. It gives me everything I want out of a werebeast experience, and it’s all customizable.

    True Storms is honestly the only weather mod I use. It’s just what I want. It’s simple, to the point, and works perfectly. I was initially sold by the sound effects and heavier rainfall, but what ended up being my favorite feature is the interior rain sound. It’s just perfect in every way.

    With Warmonger Armory, what I like the most is the Dragon Priest masks that you can wear on the belt. The armor sets are great too, but there’s something satisfying about beating a Dragon Priest and then strolling into town with his mask on your belt. This was also a big inspiration for Equippable Tomes!

    Quick Loot is a perfect Fallout 4-style loot menu that I really feel weird playing without now. Absolutely amazing mod.

    And finally, the magic mods… I know, I cheated a little bit, but it’s too hard to pick! All of them add so many cool spells that extend the utility of magic in such a big way; it’s impossible to pick just one. They all go well with each other, and they’re all great in their unique way, and I’d never play with one of them but not the other two.

    And if I’m allowed to name one of my mods as a bonus, I find it very difficult to play without Efficient Perk Overhaul (EPO) these days.

    This is such a sadistic question because I have so many favorite mods that I’d love to sing the praises of, but if I did that we’d be stuck here all day and I’ve rambled too much as it is!

    All, bar one, of your mods is for Skyrim. Did you play through Fallout 4 and if so, what has stopped you modding more for that particular game?

    I adore Fallout 4. But the truth is that I only get inspired to make mods just before or during a playthrough. My most recent mod, Mainland Stalhrim, came one day after I started a new character, for instance.

    I binged Fallout 4 hard right at launch, and then took a break and wasn’t feeling terribly inspired to make mods when the Creation Kit rolled around. It’s more exciting when you’re about to play through, I think. Considering how to customize the experience that you’re about to have, or how to add something you’ve always wanted to play with. Just yesterday I was playing catch-up on all the amazing Fallout 4 mods that I’d missed and feeling really into doing another playthrough soon. I have no doubt that when I go back to Fallout 4, there will be things that I want a mod for, but no mod for it exists yet. When that happens, I’ll probably make some more mods.

    I did have a perk overhaul mod planned right near launch but finding out you couldn’t freely rearrange the perk chart was a huge bummer. You can’t even move the icons that already exist because they become misaligned in the chart without some knowledge on editing .swf files.

    How about Skyrim Special Edition? I can see that you have added a few of your mods to the Nexus Mods Skyrim SE page, do you have any plans to transfer anymore?

    I ported everything I felt was good enough to be ported or that I wanted to use myself. The ones that I haven’t ported are ones that I feel are unsupported, namely Linear Smithing Tree and Simple Enchanting Tree (they’ve been superseded by EPO). And the Slow Time bug fix, because that’s now included in the unofficial patch.

    When you play Skyrim now which version do you tend to use, Skyrim SE or Oldrim?

    OG Skyrim. SSE is missing a lot of my favorite mods, and I don’t really use any graphical mods at all, so the added performance isn’t something that has any effect; I get 60FPS regardless because I’m running the game with vanilla visuals, and my hardware can handle vanilla just fine.

    It’s a matter of choosing whether to play the old version, which still has my favorite mods, or giving some of those mods up for enhanced visuals. For me, I’d rather have the content and excellent work of the mods I love than the visuals of SSE.

    The #1 SSE-only mod that I’m missing out on is the newest edition of True Storms. I’ve played a bit of SSE, and the blizzards from Fadingsignal’s latest update are insanely good. I hope the update finds its way back to OG Skyrim someday. The mod page indicates that it will. It’s a top-notch mod, absolutely love it.



    Are there any mod authors that you look up to or have helped you out in the past?

    Dragten helped me out big time with Equippable Tomes. He made the book meshes/textures and then gave me permission edit/release them. Also tueffelachtein, Oaristys, stoverjim, and Blary for their excellent resources.

    Two of my non-modder friends helped with some mods. One with ideas, balance, and concepts, and the other with technical work in Papyrus (he’s a real programmer by trade, unlike me who just fakes it until it works). Thanks to Marshall for the ideas and Journal of a Reveller. Thanks to Jordan, for the support. Couldn’t have done it without you.

    The authors I look up to the most are ones who both make great mods, and are positive influences within the community.

    Chesko comes to mind here. He’s always polite and willing to lend a helping hand, and always goes above and beyond. He’s really one of the very best authors in the community. Great content and a great guy. His frameworks and documentation are second to none, and they’ve enabled me to make Campfire add-ons for a few of my mods. Thanks Chesko!

    Fadingsignal, Hothtrooper99, Eckss. Darkfox127 for his great tutorials. Gopher for both his mods and his Youtube content. IsharaMeredin is very active on the forums to help with questions and obstacles in mod development.

    I love Steelfeathers’ work for both Skyrim and Fallout 4. His creature cage overhaul for Fallout 4, Beastmaster, seems like it was torn directly out of my dreams for what I wanted beast taming to be in Wild Wasteland.

    Elianora, Expired, Verteiron, meh221, Brevi, GrimyBunyip, opusGlass, the list just goes on and on.

    And finally, the Skywind team over at TESRenewal is one of the greatest corners of the community. The quality of their work is extraordinary. They’re still making breakthroughs five years later. They recently figured out custom animations and skeletons without the use of FNIS, which is something the community had written off as impossible long ago. I’m proud to say that I’m every bit as excited for Skywind as I am for the next Elder Scrolls game.

    There are so many authors who do such great work. I know I’m forgetting a fair few just because of a lot of talented people who are part of the community. Hope that answer wasn’t too long, but the community has so many great contributors it’s easy to get carried away.

    What would you say are the best resources out there for learning how to mod?

    Darkfox127’s tutorials on Youtube were the biggest thing for me when I was purely a beginner. They’re great, and if they didn’t exist, my mods might not exist. He covers so much in a very approachable way. They still help me from time to time when I’m stuck.

    The Creation Kit wiki is go-to for syntax, but also good old-fashioned googling for example scripts and forum posts (which are usually from the Nexus). Can’t tell you how many problems I’ve solved by googling “best way to do X with papyrus” or “how to do X scripts” and following the Nexus forum links.

    If you could give any advice to a new modder, what would it be?

    Start small. Always start small. If you have big goals that involve many areas of the kit, you need to learn each area so you can implement everything to a high standard. I think many modders might be familiar with biting off more than you can chew, and it’s a problem that’s worse when you jump straight into something huge instead of starting small. I know, because it happened to me.

    Thank you so much for agreeing to talk to me, it’s been a pleasure. Do you have any mods in the works that you would like to plug? I for one am definitely looking forward to seeing what comes next from you.

    Thanks again for having me, it’s been fun. I don’t have anything in the works right now that I’m fully sure will see the light of day, but something tells me that I’ll be revisiting both Skyrim and Fallout 4 in the future with a few ideas I have in mind.
  • 15 March 2017

    Community Picks - 15 Mar 2017

    posted by BlindJudge Feature
    This week we turn entirely to the community to let us know some of their top picks for the games they are playing. We will be interspersing the Staff Picks every now and again to show some of these submissions, so please continue to get them into us using this new and handy form.

    Please fill out the form completely and ensure that you add some details about the mod and why you have chosen it (similar to how our community members have below).  

    Just remember that other mods on the site may do roughly the same thing, so keep your eyes peeled and understand that these are just personal picks. That said, hopefully, you'll find something you may not have seen before. 



    Submitted By: jazzar23
    Game: Skyrim
    Mod Author: AceeQ
    Mod: Fantasy Soundtrack Project

    Fantasy Soundtrack Project adds 235 new tracks to Skyrim and an additional 20 tracks with the combat plug-in, bringing an unbelievable amount of diversity of sound into the world many of us have been wondering around for ages.

    This mod brought Skyrim back to life for me, because while the default soundtrack is an amazing series of incredible pieces, after 400 hours of the same thing over and over it got old and another 100 hours later and I was ready to mute the in-game music outright. Then I found this gem and the adventures were wondrous once more and the battles were intense and fulfilling unlike they had been in ages.

    One of the best parts is it has an optional replacer or add-on feature so you don’t have to abandon the sounds of Skyrim we’ve come to love after so long, they just don’t have to be the only thing you ever hear.

    Sound is half the experience in any game, and this soundtrack makes the Dragonborn's story one worth living all over again.



    Submitted By: Rcoll
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: TinyManticore
    Mod: Start Me up - Alternate Start and Dialogue Overhaul

    Well, on the...off chance that you play Bethesda games, you'll probably know that nearly every one of them lets you create your own protagonist. They plop you down in a huge world and leave the character's morals, personality and past up to you and say "Go, go and explore our wondrous creation!".

    Except Fallout 4 isn't really like that. Sure, you choose your character's face, but beyond that...they are and always will be the 200 year old soldier/lawyer looking for the people who killed their spouse and kidnapped their son. It really is hard to feel like you're playing as your own character, because you're not, you're playing as Bethesda's.

    Yes, technically as soon as you leave the vault you can just go anywhere and completely ignore the main quest, but does that really make sense? Does it even remotely resemble something close to reason that a parent searching for their child would stop to do favours for every random stranger they meet? You are kind of forced into playing through the main quest or to throw all logic out the window and just pretend the first part of the game didn't happen or was a dream or something. Even then you can't seem to go two side quests without the SS wanting to say something about being 200 years old or how they miss their damn son.

    Enter, Start Me Up. It lets you start the game as just some guy in the wasteland at a location of your choosing. You are also given some choices to further define your character(Are you a Trader, a Doctor, a Raider etc?) and a list of New Vegas style Traits to choose from.

    By now you might be thinking "Okay, but how is this different from every other alternate start mod that has ever been made for the game?". Well, what really makes this mod truly S.P.E.C.I.A.L is that the author has gone through all the dialogue in the game, and replaced all references to the vault, life before the war, your spouse, and that freaking kid you would otherwise feel obligated to track down. Never before have I felt such freedom in the game to just...explore, as my own character with their own story. And that's really what these games are supposed to be about.



    Submitted By:
    Game: Skyrim
    Mod Author: andrelo1
    Mod: Alchemist's Journal

    This mod is both useful and a natural fit for anyone who enjoys playing with alchemy. In the vanilla game, if you don't have an ingredient for a potion that you have made before, you just won't be able to see that potion, nor find out what you are missing.

    With this mod, it adds some realism in that you use it the way you would in real life. It keeps notes about what potions you've mixed from what ingredients! Now if you need to make another batch of some particular potion, you can check your journal to see which ingredients you've discovered for it, and go on the hunt to those places where you know you can find the ingredients, just like a "real" alchemist!



    Submitted By: Enkidu98
    Game: Fallout 4
    Mod Author: Hozsa
    Mod: Easy Homebuilder and Working Double Beds (Rebuild your Sanctuary) by Hozsa

    I really like to have Sanctuary 'restored'. Codsworth's presence there and his attention to his duties can easily explain why at least the players house (and perhaps because he is neighbourly and anxious.. the neighbours houses) has been kept in good shape.

    As such, having this mod and its fully navmeshed homes, plus all the other little pieces in addition to his beds fixes, made this a 'no-brainer' mod.

    On top of it all, Hozsa's very responsive to his users and has made efforts to help others with their mods, make reference to them on his page, and is a genuine gem in the community.



    Submitted By: kestrelhawk
    Game: Skyrim
    Mod Author: Mike Hancho aka Balok
    Mod: Helgen Reborn

    In simple terms, this mod gives the player a quest to rebuild Helgen after Alduin destroys it.

    This isn't a simple mod, but a story that the player can fully immerse in, not only with well-fleshed characters but a gripping storyline that will draw the player in from start to finish. I love the ways Mike Hancho and his team blend every facet of the mod into Skyrim, even making sure it works with the vanilla beginning of the game, as well as many other mods.

    Also, despite being 'retired' from modding, he still maintains a presence on his mod page, helping everywhere and everyone he can if they have any problems with his mod. That he devotes that time is very telling as to his character, and how he truly feels about what he has made.

    He has now made Helgen Reborn available in SSE, and even more people, new to Skyrim due to the remaster, can play and enjoy this fantastic mod. Besides the great story, I've seen effects in this mod I've never seen in any other, and the play is neither over or underpowered (He does have a level recommendation to start). I will always have this mod in my load order, whether or not a particular character plays it or not. I am a role player of TES, Skyrim in particular, and also write some fan fiction set in the world of Skyrim.

    The first time I played through Helgen Reborn, it was so good that it figured heavily into the story of the character I played in it. I love this mod, and the many endorsements it has only shows how much others do as well. I cannot recommend it enough to other players, and I hope you and the Nexus Team can see this as well.



    Submitted By: zcul
    Game: Skyrim Special Edition
    Mod Author: sialivi
    Mod: Blowing in the Wind

    Skyrim is windy, you can hear that when playing, but you do not see it. Hanging signs and lanterns stand still in the windy Skyrim environment, villages and cities like in an image or a screenshot. "Blowing in the Wind" changes that. Signs and lanterns now swing in the wind – and that brings more immersion to the game.

    The author calls it a "subtle immersion mod“, but actually s/he provides the user with 3 selectable levels of intensity the signs and lanterns react to the wind (light, medium and heavy) and a boatload of patches for a huge number of notable mods and plugins. The fomod installer (if using a mod manager like NMM) is easy to handle and automatically detects whether the user has installed any of the mods or plugins (over 50) the author made a patch for. A cracking immersion mod that I can highly recommend.
  • 12 March 2017

    The Sunday Discussion - FadingSignal

    This week I am really pleased to bring you the Sunday Discussion with FadingSignal. This popular mod author has provided us with a number of high quality and incredibly popular mods over the last few years, with 'True Storms' deemed a necessary mod by many of our community. Last week CDante named FadingSignal as one of his top mod authors and this week I have managed to have a chat with him. So without further ado, please give a warm welcome to FadingSignal.

    Hey FadingSignal, welcome to the Sunday discussion and many thanks for agreeing to talk to us. As with the previous interviews, would you mind letting us know a little bit about you please?

    Hi! Thanks for having me! Well let’s see, I’m a designer, turned programmer, turned product manager, currently living in Los Angeles. I’m also a musician (I write synthwave/dance music under the name “Vogel”.) My background of software, digital art, sound/music, and user experience/product is why modding became so attractive to me. I get to use it all!

    I really enjoy finding out a bit about an individual's gaming history, would you mind sharing yours with us?

    I’ve been a lifelong gamer, with some pauses of inactivity here and there. My first intro to gaming was a dusty old Atari in 1985, then in around 1987, my family got an NES. Even back then, games like Contra and Super Mario (2 is my fav) totally pulled me in. Metal Gear was my absolute favorite on that system. Through the 90’s I moved into PC gaming, and played all the usual suspects like DOOM, Wolfenstein, Space Quest, and some lesser known like Commander Keen and Mean Streets. The year 2000 marked a pretty big gaming year for me with the first Deus Ex being released. That was when I really felt like open-world style games were going to finally be possible. My gaming was light for a couple years in the early-mid 00s after that, but I was into the Splinter Cell games a bit. I got back into games heavily by way of the Playstation 3, and then when Fallout 3 came out, it’s what pulled me back into PC gaming (and the Bethesda realm in general.)

    Do you still own any consoles or are you solely a PC gamer now?

    I still have my PS3 but it pretty much acts as a Blu-Ray player exclusively. I’ve been tempted to pick up a PS4 for some of the exclusives, and the new Zelda game looks so good that I’m debating getting a Switch.



    What game would you say you have the fondest memories of?

    Probably Fallout 3. It was the first game I sunk serious amounts of time into after a long break from gaming, and for some reason, there are so many instances where the soundtrack, the visuals, the general feeling of being there (especially during a 4-hour marathon) just locked into memory. Whenever I hear the soundtrack I have distinct memories of locations/situations in the game.

    How about now, what is your current favourite game?

    From sheer playing enjoyment, I’d have to say Witcher 3. It’s almost nice not being able to mod it very much. I have a huge list of games I need to install and check out, but so much of my game time goes toward modding Skyrim and Fallout 4!

    How much time per week/month would you say goes into modding a game compared to the amount of time you play it?

    I would say 90% of it, to be honest. I’ve only played through Skyrim and Fallout 4 one time each! I did savor those playthroughs and played all of the DLC, etc. but the rest of the time it’s been pure creation and learning. I might be a workaholic.

    So when you're trying to stop being a workaholic, what do you enjoy doing outside of gaming to chill out, do you have any hobbies or activities that interest you?

    I mentioned it initially but I also write/perform music. I DJ sometimes as well. I’ve been known to take a decent picture or two here and there, and have made a few music videos for some artists. If you can’t tell already, I like having my hands in many things at once! I also like to hike, go for long drives at night listening to music. I’m also a pretty big reader.

    Do you have a SoundCloud account or similar where people can go to check out your music?

    I do! All of my releases are available on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Google Play, etc. You can search “Vogel Hologram” to find my first EP. Most stuff is up on SoundCloud as well, which is http://www.soundcloud.com/vogel

    Going onto your mods, obviously True Storms for Skyrim and Fallout 4 are ‘kind of a big deal’ mods. How did you come up with the idea and how much planning went into them?

    Every mod I’ve ever created began with me playing the game and wishing for something that wasn’t there, then rolling up my sleeves to make it. Sometimes my wants are very specific, and when there aren’t any mods out there that do what I want, the way I want, that’s when I dive in. I do start with a feature list, a “spec sheet” etc, but in the modding world, there’s a lot of poking around and unplanned changes so you have to stay a bit loose sometimes.

    True Storms initially began as just a sound overhaul. I noticed that the thunder sounds in Skyrim were pretty repetitious, and more in-the-background. I play on a 5.1 surround system with a sub, so I love deep, loud sounds. I started to work on crafting the sounds, but quickly realized the visuals and particle effects needed to match the new heavy sounds, so I dug in and learned all I could about the weather systems and visual effects, and kept experimenting until I had everything just right. The other big part was getting interior rain sounds running. Overall I’m a very big fan of mods that stay close to the vanilla feel of the game, but just obsessively improve upon and expand the details. I think True Storms accomplished that, and thankfully lots of people do too!

    For Fallout 4, I knew from the first time I saw the vanilla rain storms that I was going to bring True Storms into the wasteland. I didn’t want to just “port” it though, so I rebuilt it all. Todd Howard said in a launch interview that “these big radiation storms in the glowing sea blow through the commonwealth” and it got me thinking, why not creatures, too? And the random ghoul attacks feature was born.



    How long would a mod like that take you to create?

    True Storms for Skyrim took me probably a week or two off and on since the weather system was a new world to me. True Storms for FO4 was a bigger challenge because I made it before the CK came out, when the game was barely a month old, and a lot of us modders were still figuring out the bits and pieces with the available tools. The first version of True Storms for FO4 took me about a week. The updates with the ghoul attacks and all that was probably 2 or so weeks beyond that.

    You created the mod, so it’s only fair that I ask you what weather effect you would say is your favourite?

    I would say the SOUNDS. Having interior rain/thunder, and such intense outdoor thunder just feels good. For Fallout 4 I gotta say the random ghoul attacks are definitely a favorite!

    How would you like to see the modding scene evolve, grow or change?

    Firstly I’ve been lucky enough to get to see it evolve over the last few years. The tools, community, etc. are stronger than ever IMO. And it being wild, open, unstructured, is part of what makes it so great and so diverse, so it’s tough to say! I would like to see modding become more “mainstream”, with possibly more direct involvement from game developers, and ways for creators to be empowered to make more, if not turn it into an actual career path somehow.

    In terms of career path for modders, did you see the recent news that the creators of Ark: Survival Evolved, Studio Wildcard, are going to be paying 15 modders a considerable amount of money each month to design, create and release mods for that game? What are your thoughts on that?

    I think this is a new frontier that has clear benefits to both developers and mod creators if it can be done right. The fact that they are jumping in front of it early on, and with generous compensation is a smart idea, IMO. Because it’s such a fairly new realm, we’ll have to see how it pans out longer-term, but I like the idea of talent being recognized and rewarded appropriately.



    In one of our most recent Sunday Discussions, we spoke to GamerPoets, a lovely guy who creates YouTube video tutorials and videos based on modding. What do you think of YouTubers that use mods as a way of getting a viewer base and making some money while Bethesda still shuts down mod authors from utilising sites such as Patreon?

    Ooh, we’re getting a little controversial now! This is a touchy subject, so forgive me if I tread lightly. I have no problem with YouTubers doing their thing, and getting views, and getting paid. There’s supply and demand going on, and it gives great exposure to mods and their authors. That said, I feel like the finer points of where those lines are drawn for mod authors could use some work and some open discussion.

    How about paid modding, we haven’t spoken about it for a while and I know you have some views on that subject - would you mind sharing those with us?

    Another touchy one! I do hold the (unpopular) opinion that it would be great if there was a path for mod authors to somehow do this as a living. I personally would love for this to be my actual job. I have tons of detailed documents for mod projects I may never build because I don’t have the free time or resource.

    I think a primary issue is that it’s such a new frontier (marketplace as opposed to a community), you can’t just set up shop at the edge and turn on the “open” sign. What we experienced so far just felt a bit detached. A lot of care and consideration has to go into doing it in such a way as to actually improve things, and not harm the ecosystem that has been there for many years. I don’t think it’s an inherently bad idea at all, it’s just a complex one, but I do believe there is room for it, and that it could be very positive if done correctly. I have a lot more thoughts on this, but I don’t want to take up the rest of the interview :)

    Do you have any current or upcoming projects that you want to talk about or disclose?

    For one, I’m slowly but surely porting all of my mods over from Skyrim classic to Skyrim SE, which includes publishing them for XBOX. I’m also wrapping up my Remote Explosives mod for Fallout 4 as we speak, which adds C-4, IEDs with a real working detonator, new meshes, animations (thanks Hitman!)



    Do you use a lot of mods on your own playthroughs?

    TONS. The last couple years I’ve got to the point where I mod mods for my own personal load order, so I spend tons of time Frankenstein-ing things together into something custom. I think in Skyrim classic I had around 500 mods merged and crammed and morphed down into the 255 limit.

    Ha, amazing, think (if time was no object) you could ever merge them into one “Mega Mod”? What if I was to give you a limit of 10 mods to install, both for Skyrim and Fallout 4? And no, you are not allowed to merge any. What would you choose?

    I’ve always wanted to take the mods I always install as “must-haves” into a single, massive ESM package for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim for personal use, but that’s quite a lot of work. And people would be hounding me for the files, which is a big no-no. Either way, I’d have 254 slots free!! :)

    Regarding limit of 10 mods -- THAT’S A TOUGH CALL! There are so many! But if I HAD to pair it down, here are the big ones off the top of my head:

    Skyrim Top 10


    Fallout 4 Top 10




    Okay, do you mod any other games? If so, do you have any favourites for them that you can give us a quick rundown on?

    Currently, no. I’m itching to try out some Witcher 3 modding though!

    What about mod authors? Which mod authors do you look up to?

    Oh tons! There are a number of modders who are flat-out professionals and inspire me all the time, some of whom I’m lucky to call friends: Chesko, Isoku, Elianora, Expired6978, Ousnius, Jon (NifSkope), Registrator2000, and DOOM/Valdicil/Gambit77 who did a lot of pioneering work in Fallout 4 and laid groundwork for things like slot standards.

    You are a very positive person and produce really popular mods, so do you get negative criticism and if so, how do you cope with it?

    Thank you! That’s a big compliment. I welcome constructive feedback, ideas, conversation with open arms, but I do get some flat-out negative criticism or unwarranted angry comments sometimes. It can get under my skin, but thankfully it’s rare, so I’m able to just brush it off. No matter what a person does, or how successful, there will always be someone who is unhappy with it, or who wants to troll or fight, so you have to just take it in stride and focus on the positive.



    On the flip side, you must also receive a lot of positive messages, have any of them ever stuck out and made you smile/regain your faith in humanity?

    Yes! People send me messages sometimes telling me that something I made greatly added to their game experience, or that some little bit of modding advice I gave them helped them learn to create something themselves or fix an issue, and it always feels good. My motivation for doing this has always been because I just want these cool little things to exist, and so when other people express their enjoyment, it’s just nice to hear. My favorite is when people in the comments sections on my mods start helping each other out with config/install issues and such.

    In terms of advice for our readership, what would you say to someone who is just getting started in modding?

    Most importantly, have an idea before you try and learn. That keeps the focus. If you just want to learn “how to make mods”, there’s just too much to spread yourself thin with. Think of it like the human body -- doctors spend years learning about a single organ, and become a specialist on just that one thing, with only peripheral knowledge of everything else. If you love storytelling, think about making quests. If you’re a digital artist, or want to become one, look at how to make textures. Learn each component before trying to assemble the whole.

    After that, it’s passion, and patience. There is a LOT of work in even small things, reverse engineering, figuring out workarounds, and flat-out walls you’ll hit when making mods, and if you don’t have the passion for the end result, and the patience to unwind the ball of yarn to get there, it can lead to frustration and burnout.

    I see a lot of people asking how to start learning the CK so they can build their big DLC-sized new land mod. Not gonna happen. You HAVE to start small. We’re talking about an entire game engine at your fingertips here. My first mod idea was a big quest / story with new locations, lore integration, etc. and I quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing. So I retextured Skyrim’s moons instead! I only focused on texture mods for some time before I moved onto more complex things.

    Hit YouTube and learn the very basics of xEdit first. Then get into the CK. Don’t try to skip ahead, just learn the controls, the interface, the very basics. Change some weapon damage, change an NPCs default outfit -- small moves. Over time all of those small moves will end up in a large skill set. It’s only now after 3 years of having my nose in this stuff day-in and day-out that I can do HALF of what I would like to do. So think big but start small and stick it out!



    You said to hit up YouTube, would you say that this is your primary resource in learning new things? Where else would you suggest people go to learn?

    It definitely is. When I first got into installing mods at all, Gopher’s channel guided me through that. DarkFox127’s channel was a huge help when I started cracking open the depths of the CK. Tutorials for Blender or 3DS Max are always everywhere on YouTube for anything I need to learn how to do.

    The NexusMods forums and official Bethesda forums were both incredibly helpful when I was just starting out. Lots of people there ready to look at code snippets and give input!

    The best way to learn is to reverse engineer. Look at how Bethesda did thing

    Thank you so much for chatting to me, it’s been a pleasure. I wish you all the best for the future and look forward to seeing what comes next from you.

    Thank you for the opportunity! It’s always a pleasure. I wish yourself and Nexus all the best as well!