The Overlord of Overhauls - EnaiSiaion

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Today we are chatting with EnaiSiaion, creator of various outstanding Skyrim overhaul mods such as Apocalypse, Ordinator, and Thunderchild - some of which have taken their rightful place amongst the most popular Skyrim mods of all time.


BigBizkit & Pickysaurus: Thank you for taking the time out of your day to chat with us. Most people who have played Skyrim are probably familiar with your work, but could you first tell us a bit about yourself?

EnaiSiaion: So, I’m EnaiSiaion, I am Belgian, currently 34 years old and I started modding, technically, in 2001. I’ve been publishing mods since 2003, first for Diablo 2 - Median XL - I developed Median XL until 2013.

I started modding Skyrim in 2011 and I made the first releases of Apocalypse, then a bunch of mods that are best left forgotten, and then the big ones: Ordinator, Imperious and so on.

So, basically, a lot of gameplay overhauls. And in the meantime I have been making some content for BallisticNG and a few other games. I used to work in HR, but I got my midlife crisis a bit early and I went back to school for software development. I am currently in the second year out of three.


Being the author of a number of impressive mods - as you mentioned - Apocalypse, Ordinator and - of course - Supersafe Dwarven Rocket Boots, is there a mod in your portfolio that you are most proud of?

Apocalypse actually, at the moment. When I started out with Apocalypse in 2012 not much was known about Skyrim really and everyone’s scripting practices were terrible - even custom assets were brand new then. So, it was a completely different mod. Over the years, I have been updating it with my advancing insights into how modding should work. It is completely different now and I am finally happy with it.


The majority of your mods are massive overhauls. Projects that must have taken you quite a while to develop. What is it that, in general, drives you to making overhauls rather than, let’s say, story driven mods?

I started out with a history of gameplay overhauls in Diablo 2. The various “Median” mods culminating in Median XL. So, I did have this experience already. I made a couple of items for Path of Exile back in the day as well. I tried to implement this directly into Skyrim because I felt Skyrim didn’t really have much in the way of gameplay. It was more of a storytelling game, a game about immersion.

As it turned out, Diablo 2 didn’t really work well in Skyrim, so I had to tone it back over the years. It was to demonstrate that I could add gameplay to Skyrim - that I could make Skyrim a game with solid gameplay as well as story and mechanics.

But these days it is more about the community. I think I have proven what I could in this regard. Plenty of people now know me, I can, just in general, hang out in Discord and have chats with people - it’s really about the community now. The faint hope of maybe someday getting hired in the gaming industry is a driving force as well.

 

It is actually very noticeable that you offer wide ranging support for your mods and that you take user feedback very seriously. In that vein, what is your general outlook on modding?

It’s a hobby for me. It is a way to express creativity.

As for a higher purpose, I think, modding in the past used to be all about expressing creativity - just playing around having fun with the game, and putting your own stuff into the game and so on.

I think going forward it is going to become more professional now that there are more options for people to build a portfolio - a public portfolio - and get hired by companies. I think more people who are actually looking for this experience - basically a free internship - are coming to modding and, I think, it is going to change modding a bit.


As you stated before, you have been involved with modding as early as 2001 and you made one of the most popular overhaul mods for Diablo 2. Can you tell us a little bit about that and what you have learned over the years?

Important things I took home from that experience were: Firstly, your users’ experience is one of the most important things ever. Back in the days you had a lot of Diablo 2 mods made for a specific patch. And then a while later, I think it was about a year later or so, you had another Diablo 2 update. But these were actually significant updates. All of the files changed and it was basically like going from Oblivion to Skyrim. Most mods around didn’t make that leap. They just said to the user: “In order to play our mod, you should uninstall the game, then you should reinstall it, and then you should patch it up to a certain level”.

I did sacrifice a number of features in order to avoid having to do that. I made the leap where necessary and as a result Median XL was a lot easier to get into than most other mods. I think this made a huge difference when your users who came into the mod scene wanted to play a mod and here was one they could use immediately, and here was one that required them to play disc jockey for 45 minutes. So, there’s that.

The other thing I learned was listening to user feedback. In the end if there were - I think then it was, like, 100,000 users total, so maybe 10,000 at any given time - they are going to know more than you do. So, keep your eyes peeled, or, keep your ears open, or what’s the expression in English? Anyway: Listen to the users.


Seeing how you started creating mods for Diablo 2 in the early 2000s, what was it that initially brought you to Skyrim? Have you modded any of the older Elder Scrolls titles?

I joined the scene with the release of Skyrim, mostly because I was too busy modding Diablo 2 and was only just getting my career started when Oblivion came out. I didn't consider RPGs back then because they'd require a ton of time to get the most out of and I didn't think I'd have the time to invest into it. Diablo 2 was eventually declining so when a new moddable game showed up, I jumped on that. Also, the reason I modded Diablo 2 was because it needed modding, it was a diamond in the rough, and Skyrim was similar when it came out.

Both games had somewhat flawed gameplay mechanics but enough levers to fix that or at least add more mechanical depth, while the game itself is good enough to make it worth doing. If a game is really good, across the board good, then there's no reason to mod it really, but Diablo 2 had somewhat simplistic gameplay because it was the year 2000 and Skyrim has all those mechanical puzzle pieces but all you really do is pick an attack and click a lot. I saw Skyrim as another Diablo 2 but now with more options to mod it instead of having to use the frozen orb move function for everything and 1023 records per file. So I took my Diablo 2 mindset into Skyrim, made a couple of terrible mods, then figured out what people are actually looking for in Skyrim and that it wasn't strictly mechanical depth but first and foremost some form of immersion.


Your username is very unique and we’ve heard many mispronounced versions of it (including ours). So, how do you say it, where did it come from, and does it mean anything special?

It’s pronounced “Ee-nay Sha-yon”. Technically it is pronounced every letter separately but you can call me “EenayShayon”. It is actually an honorific of God in Enochian. In 2007 I used to be a lot more edgy than I am now today. Now, I just go by Enai - it’s memorable, it’s four letters, and it’s easy to write.



Outside of modding and gaming, what are some things you like to do for fun?

Ehm, nothing. For the longest time I alternated between dong my job - an HR desk job, back in the days - and modding basically all of my free time. Things have changed a little bit lately - I got my midlife crisis. The other thing I do for fun is software development. I am a software development student. It is fun to do even outside of school hours.

I don’t really game though. The only game I’ve played recently is Overwatch and that’s pretty much it - I don’t have much spare time left.  


When you look into the past when you had more time: what are some memories of games that you can recall to this day?

I am a kid of the 90s so my most memorable games were in the late 90s. I was young, impressionable, and had just bought my first computer. Those games being Wipeout, the Wipeout series, futuristic racing games. Also, the first Diablo - I was impressed by the mood it set and its gameplay as well. Nowadays, the gameplay doesn't really hold up, but back then it was really cool. Twisted Metal - games like that.


You used to work together with T3nd0, author of Skyrim Redone, on a mod called Wintermyst - Enchantments of Skyrim. Can you tell us a bit about the collaborative process?

It was more of a division of labour, not a straight collaboration. The goal was to integrate the new enchantments added by Wintermyst into the game, which meant adding them to drop lists, which meant creating some 6000 or 7000 enchanted items. I wasn’t really looking forward to this, but T3nd0 was in the process of working on PerMa (Perkus Maximus) and he was working on an external tool that would generate items based on your load order. He gave me an early version of that tool, I ran it, I fixed the output, and I put our names on it.

He seemed like a cool guy. I was in full support of PerMa when it came out. He left the scene shortly after Ordinator. I hate to think it had anything to do with it. I hope it didn’t.  

 

Ravengate was your first story-driven mod for Skyrim. What prompted you to deviate from your usual overhaul mods?

It was not my first quest mod, it was my third, which just says how forgettable the other two were. Dwemertech and Spectraverse - I misadvertised them as spell mods, I think, and they weren’t really all that good in the end.

Anyway, the Creation Club had just been announced, some mod authors were in it, I was not, and it turned out that I made the wrong kind of content, basically. One of Bethesda’s community representatives posted on the forums that they were looking, in the first place, for artists and world builders. I had overhauls. So, I decided “maybe there is still time, maybe there is still time...” so, I jumped into Ravengate, I worked very hard on it for two months - I missed the deadline several times - and then it turned out to not really make that much of a difference in the end. But it was fun to make.


Being one of the most popular mod authors out there, what are your thoughts on the Donation Point system that we recently rolled out?

It’s a more - how do I say it - a more “people centric” approach to the idea of donating to authors. Until 2015, donating to authors was - I believe - actually banned by Bethesda, or, rather: no one did it. There was the bleepstorm surrounding “paid mods” and in the meantime people have been setting up their Patreons. Officially, you couldn’t really advertise your Patreon and people were contorting themselves to make them "not about their mods", you know.

I think the Donation Points system is a good way to make things “official”. So, authors can just work on their mods and not feel like they are doing it for basically nothing. It’s a way to reward them in another way than just endorsements, so it is not all about those endorsements.

 

Is there anything else you would like to tell the community about yourself, future plans, or - just in general - anything you would like to say?

It has been interesting to see the modding community evolve over the years. I’ve been making mods for years now, I’ve been there at, basically, the beginning. It is interesting to have seen this evolution over the years. When it started out it was basically an offshoot of cheating. The mod scene literally originated in the cheating scene. At first you even had a hard time convincing people that your mod was not just a way to cheat at the game and then over the years it slowly became a bigger thing.

Games like Oblivion, of course, brought it into the spotlight. And then Skyrim was “modding for everyone”, basically. Even people who didn’t use mods, they knew there were mods for Skyrim, they knew about the Nexus. I think that was the golden age of modding. It was a great time, but I think going forward, things are going to change: it is going to be more professional, it is going to be more about building a portfolio, as I said.

Developers will pay more attention to what happens with their games and the mods people make because in the past you had things like Dota that ended up actually harming Blizzard by competing with their strategy series and actually outcompeting them. Basically. Starcraft 2 failed because of Dota - stuff like that. I think going forward developers are going to realise that there is lots of creativity, lots of imagination in the mod scene that’s difficult to cultivate and they are going to set it up in such a way that the mod scene can work for them and can create value for them.

Creation Club is the beginning, the first step, but you also have paid maps for Starcraft 2 now. I think developers are going to try to work along those lines in the future

Thank you very much, Enai, for your time, your mods, and for chatting with us.

Thank you very much, too!

59 comments

  1. Myanmor
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    First off, I want to thank you for making Skyrim feel fresh and re-playable for the 300 hours I've put into it. No matter what play through I do, it always includes your mods. On another plus side, they never, ever, had serious bug issues or crashes. So in terms of the stability of your mods, its pretty incredible that the whole lot of them are as good as they are.

    I do want to mention some of my feelings on the Creation Club. It is a good idea. But right now, for both Skyrim and Fallout, I don't see much reason to buying the mods offered on it. Why? Because I can find a better, or at least equivalent, version on the mod page or Nexus. That there is the one problem with Creation Club. I'd be mooooore then happy to pay for a mod on the Creation Club, IF it offers something unique and impactful to the game, besides just re-skins or a few measly spells/guns. Granted, there is the survival mod in the Creation Club for Skyrim, but as I mentioned before, its too alike to Frostfall, and given the choice, users will gravitate to the free one over the paid one.

    What Bethesda needs to do, to really get their Creation Club going, is, as I've said, add more impactful mods. Say your Apocalypse spell package, or even Ordinator, was offered on the Creation Club, and nowhere else? That would be something I'd pay money for. (personally I'd pay ten-fifteen dollars for Ordinator. ^^)

    Further, and hopefully Bethesda will fix it in time, is that the Creation Club is severely limited in the number of mods it has in stock. I count maybe 20-30 something mods, and most of them are just reskins. If it wants to compete with free mods, it will need to have more mods which are not offered by Nexus or anything similar, and, and I'll keep restating this until it gets old, more impactful mods.

    Now if any of this can be done, I'm not sure. I hope so that it can be done, because Authors like you deserve both the recognition and the money for putting out such high quality content. If Bethesda is unwilling to commit to adding mods as game altering as yours, then I'm not sure I will ever be buying anything off of Creation Club.

    Anyways, thanks for all the mods you have created for us players, and best of luck with your classes, life, and anything else you have going for you.
  2. LatinGames
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    Some time ago Sinitar, made a Video with some of the best Mods of Skyrim of all times, I complemented that he left out several and the users should do some kind of tribute to the Authors of those great Mods, and this is my proposal:

    Create a New Land (a kind of Sovngarde) where the Best Authors voted by the Skyrim Community have their own sanctuary with maybe their statue and a dungeon that demonstrates their Mod style, something like a Hall of Fame. This would be a very deserved tribute to these heroes who have brought so much fun to the skyrim community.

    I'll be waiting for some answer
  3. hardinsskyrim
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    EnaiSiaion, I have so much respect for you. Content you have put out, work and time you have put in. You are the best modder out there in your field! Love you <3
  4. Jinxxed0
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    Ever since 2008, I've been saying that user created content is the future of gaming. Making long lasting content for games takes a long time. Developers spend hundreds of hours making something that only takes a few hours to play. That's crazy when you think about adding content to MMOs and online games.

    However, when you look at something like Second Life, something that's 99.99% user created content, the world is so huge and ever expanding that no single person could ever see the entire thing in one life time, including the developers themselves. I shake my head when people say "people still play Second Life?" yep. the same amount as always 50,000 concurrent users online 24/7 for years. i think it peaked at 65k to 75k back in 2010, but it's almost always been about 40k-55k on average. Then you had something like City of Heroes. They introduced a mission making system which almost instantly injected the game with 25 times the content than the game ever had. They could have approved the top missions to be official, but never mothered. The system still kept the game fresh for a while though.

    Then you look at Skyrim and other BGS games. I have nearly 3,000 hours and haven't even done more than 40% of the vanilla content. I think there's a way to add value to games with user created content, but the Creation Kit isn't one of them. All the creation kit did was add microtransactions to single player games. And now people pirate mods. Pirating mods. Think about that for a moment. There's a better way for sure, and I think the Nexus found it for the Donation Point system and supplementing it with Patreon. i would like to add though, there there should maybe be another donation pool for those who would rather do a one time donation for that month or whenever they have the cash to spare. I know people, like myself, who don't like monthly subscriptions and would rather do random one time "payments" for everything. Like, I'd like to see a button where I can donate to the Donation Pool once and be done with it until i can donate to it again without worrying about canceling something a month later just to make sure that first payment went through while stopping the second. Just food for thought if any admins read this.
    1. EnaiSiaion
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      Ever since 2008, I've been saying that user created content is the future of gaming.
      It is, but not the way you think. The Creation Club is brilliant: take a mod scene that is known for unlimited creativity and unpaid labour and tame it, channel it into a source of free or cheap content for your own game. Reward the best authors with a job and everyone else will compete to be the next. Rather than random stuff like Sexlab or entirely new games like Dota and battle royales that are only tangentially related to the parent game the developers are trying to sell, authors will put their unpaid heart and soul into making content Bethesda wants to see.

      This may be a good thing, as it gives the best authors a revenue stream and encourages others to step it up in terms of quality and support. "It's free, eat s***" is no longer such an appealing retort to a bug report when Bethesda might be watching.

      It came far too late for Skyrim and a bit too late for FO4, but I predict the TESVI mod scene will be centred on the Creation Club. Most content created will be along the lines of Creation Club content; new people will join, driven by the hope to one day work for Bethesda; and users will download mainly Creation Club content because it's vetted and -let's be honest- mods are a hassle to install and use.

      I could be wrong. I may be right. We'll see.
    2. Jinxxed0
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      I guess I'm more in favor of the wild and untamed mod scene. I'm also looking at this from the perspective a Second Life content creator where everything is made and everything is profitable including the stuff that's similar to Sexlab, only in Second Life. Millions dollars exchanges hands in Second Life everyday and the company that created and runs it, Linden Labs makes money off that everyday.

      Obviously, Bethesda is different, but I still don't generally like the idea of having to pay $5 for a sword. I think something like the Creation Club with it's current type of mods could work if they lowered the prices permanently. As far as having higher and higher quality mods, i think that it wont be the case in practice because it's ultimately Bethesda deciding who they want and what they want. Which isn't a bad thing. But i think for mods, the free market s better at deciding. I think there's room for both scenarios at the end of the day. It's just that I personally think one of better than the other. The Creation Club needs a lot of tweaking I think. The lack of content and the kind of content is something not many expected.

      I was actually looking forward to buying quest mods for $15 here, $20 there. But then they showed golden armored mudcrabs and other content I generally wouldn't pay for. i get why it's that way, everything needs to be compatible. So, with CC we have content makers getting paid, but not the best of the best who make bigger and better mods. This is brings me back to my other point of liking the untamed stuff better. You're free to break it and therefor have more stuff if you manage to keep it unbroken. Since there's room for both, I hope that at least something like CC or whatever its evolution is doesn't become the only option available at some point in the future. companies will likely only want to profit from certain mods while a lot of people will want those Sexlab-like mods and skimpy waifu followers that they never actually use as followers but have hundreds of them installed anyway. I lost my train of thought, so i'll stop here.
    3. BinakAlgo
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      It is, but not the way you think. The Creation Club is brilliant: take a mod scene that is known for unlimited creativity and unpaid labour and tame it, channel it into a source of free or cheap content for your own game. Reward the best authors with a job and everyone else will compete to be the next. Rather than random stuff like Sexlab or entirely new games like Dota and battle royales that are only tangentially related to the parent game the developers are trying to sell, authors will put their unpaid heart and soul into making content Bethesda wants to see.


      When you put it that way, it's kind of scary. For Bethesda seems like an "only win" situation, in that sense, it is truly brilliant. Their effort seems minimal yet they will keep the huge part of the profits while the creators are going to get a small income from it and all that under the vague promise of a "real" job at Bethesda... sounds like when at your new job they "promise" you that in 6 months they are going to increase your minimum wage but in truth they will get rid off you before that even has a chance to happen.
    4. EnaiSiaion
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      How is this a bad thing? It works like every contract based career: if you want to make art for Magic The Gathering, you should make free art in the same style and if you are good enough, you may land that contractor job at WotC. The contractor model works fine for a lot of talented artists, musicians, 3D modellers, etc.

      The main difference is that the mod scene lives in a delusional bubble where authors are expected to make content for free forever and are not considered valuable enough to deserve a job or paycheck. Thus people desperately look for reasons why the CC is bad, even though as far as I know, pretty much all authors in the CC are very happy with the arrangement.
    5. BinakAlgo
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      I think it is "bad" because, for me, that's labor exploitation. Of course, this is an intrinsic part of capitalism and the modern world and we must deal with it, but the defense against extreme forms of exploitation were formal employment contracts. I do think that is precisely the sector of people who work at arts and designs are of the most exploited sector of the workforce as the value of their work is highly subjective, so I'm not sure if the whole ordeal works fine when an artist has to work hard, receive nothing and see the company report an increase of income on their books, but I digress.

      I accept that I'm speaking with a lot of ignorance here because I don't know the nature of the CC contracts with the creators. I've tried to get information about it but I'm informed that all participants must sign a non-disclosure contract about it, so I don't know if Bethesda is paying them in a "per project" basis, paying them a percentage of the earnings of their creations or if they are paid a flat rate for an expected amount of creations.

      About the modding scene you are completely right, people not only never donate but sometimes we even demand and complain about with weird entitlement that sometimes it just hurts to read. Then you visit the Patreon pages of the "great" and famous modders like Elianora, Chesko or kryptopyr and see miserable amounts of money being received, while you see the amount that people receive for making videos about said masterpiece mods and, well, I just get kind of angry but that's how things are.

      I do believe that modders should get paid or get some other kind of compensation if they want, I don't think that the CC will kill "free modding" because there are a few modders out there who insist into making "free content" because I guess they sustain themselves by other means or really believe in the freeware, I do think that the CC content will get better quality and more reasonable prices, but I'm really afraid that so many young talented and enthusiast people that try to get into this are going to get ripped off their work for a few coins.
    6. Klogus2222
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      The main reason of this topic is not if the Creation Club can give mod authors jobs for the content creators, but more about, the Creation Club is an abomination for the users. You said: "The main difference is that the mod scene lives in a delusional bubble where authors are expected to make content for free forever and are not considered valuable enough to deserve a job or paycheck."

      It's not a delusional bubble, it's what we've been use to. I mean honestly, tell me, would you pay 5$ for a dark greatsword/battleaxe that change skin as much as you like ? Personnaly, no, why ? Because why would I buy 5 dollar for a single weapon when a new DLC that cost 20$ give me: A complete story-line, new quest, new weapons and new armors, new spells, new bosses, new added lore, new object variation (exemple: the paragons), new lands, new textures, new ennemys, new mechanics, new follower etc. The day, they would put reasonable price on the paid mod, maybe we can talk about it again

      Lastly when you said: "pretty much all authors in the CC are very happy with the arrangement."
      I could have bet on it, just take Elianora for exemple, no mean but, the house she show us on the Creation Cub wasn't the best right? Maybe, MAYBE, because it wasn't her best mod, she didn't work as hard as her other mod and she get paid for it. Not surprinsing she can be happy about it. On a side note: I could search 10 minutes on the Nexus and find something that suit my taste better, and it's free.
    7. BinakAlgo
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      The problem with Elianora's house (IMO as I haven't asked her) it is about copyright and legal issues. She can't use her models and textures because those are "hers" so Bethesda can't make a profit from them or they'll have to pay her (and anyone) extra for their product, even if it was made with Bethesda tools like the Creation Kit.

      Also, compatibility is paramount and Bethesda (and basically all western big developers) are having problems with Sony's Play Station 4. For some reason (I can only guess that it is a good one), they don't like the games to be modified, so in the case of Skyrim SE they put huge limits of how much the players can modify it. For comparision, the X-Box allows users to install up to 5 GB of content and 150 plugin files (compared to whatever you want and 256 plugins for your PC), but for Sony's PS4 the situation is terrible, the mods players use can't have any external assets (Elianora's house example above) and only 100 plugins.

      Now, about paying modders, yeah, we got used to not pay a dime for anything from the internet and we know how that went. Newspapers started to write for their add contracts, not for their readers, so we ended up with fake news, eye-catching headlines full of nothing and "you won't believe what X politicians said!" but I digress once again.

      As Enai points out in the interview, modding back then was basically a cheat code or a small tweaking for a game. Something that one single person could do in mere hours. The more complex ones in the mid 90's maybe took a weekend. But nowadays we have projects like Beyond Skyrim or Dragonborn Odyssey that take months or years, need all kind of experts in level design, meshes, textures, storylines, gameplay... they are basically making a brand new game from the Skyrim platform, for free or just to catch the eye of big developers and get hired!

      So, for that kind of work, sooner or later normal people are going to need to get paid for it. I would love it to be via direct donations to the authors, but that's not happening, so I guess that it's going to be CC with the prices adjusted.
  5. expressfreely
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    As a 'modder' with a few pithy mods of my own here and there, I see Enai's work as genuinely talented. I hope Enai feels nothing but pride about all of these incredibly creative, expertly crafted mods, because whoa, is it ever deserved.
  6. djuilesyboy
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    wow i played midiean xl back in the day it was my first experience with modding, all these years later its funny, 1 of the best modders around, some day i will make my mod, some day, until then toast to the town to all the mod authors who have improved immersed beatified and corrupted my games, thank you
  7. Deiscent
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    Your mods are a standard part of my game. Thank you for the time and effort.
  8. Syclone903
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    Enai's mods feel like some sort of single player Overwatch-Dishonored hybrid.

    Which is f***ing brilliant by the way.
  9. ff7legend
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    Will Ravengate ever receive a proper update? I've always wanted to try that mod but have stayed away due to all the reports regarding the hostility issues. LOVED Spectraverse despite your harsh criticism of that mod Enai. Especially the Force Choke-like spell that lifted targets off the ground while siphoning away their health. The boss fights in Spectraverse were EPIC as were their voices.
    1. EnaiSiaion
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      The hostility issues can be fixed, but there are other issues as well.

      One key element of Ravengate is that the world is not segmented into cells and you can just walk around, observe other fights, watch people go about their day, interact with your opponents and steal their stuff or assassinate them outside the arena. But the engine doesn't really seem to support that level of complexity. AI packages randomly don't work, scenes get stuck, etc.

      These are not bugs with Ravengate and therefore cannot be fixed. The correct approach in this engine is to have separate cells and have the player load door into the arena where a copy of the opponent is waiting and a copy of Zanath is announcing the fight, then after you win, disable the real opponent and have the player load door back to the barracks to speak with Zanath doing his routine. Having the same characters do everything from sleeping and eating to watching other fights or walking down into the arena to fight you with no interruptions is apparently beyond its limits.

      In addition to the technical aspects, there are some design elements almost everyone disagrees with. Your first encounter with the mod is King Cereus taking all your money and you can't fight him for the money until later, so people uninstalled right there. Also, the characters may be too wacky.

      This has resulted in an enormous number of complaints and Ravengate is now considered "f***ing garbage" so I'm considering handing it over to the caretaker.

      Oh well.
  10. Saizetsu
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    Hello, Enai, I really do enjoy your work, but I have some questions for you if I may, I don't quite understand your stance on the creation club stuff fully,

    When you speak of it in high praise I may misunderstand but do you mean it as a replacement overlay of the entire free modding scene? With the current rise in controversy over the Loot Boxes and Microtransactions are you sure the creation club won't be forking into money that people were giving to authors via patreon or other means? Or this won't embitter a free community towards a company or even people who do work on mods? I suppose the topic of paid content is always a rough road..
    1. EnaiSiaion
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      If a community is bitter because authors want to make a living, then the community is not worth paying attention to.

      I believe the Creation Club concept is superior to mods for most users. Compare Survival Mode to Frostfall: while some people may prefer the customisation options of Frostfall, the majority will go for the more streamlined Survival Mode that feels like it is part of the game and does not disable achievements. The Skyrim Creation Club hasn't found its groove yet, but the FO4 one is doing well so far and ramping up to bigger projects. All of this is just a dry run for their future RPG titles, which are likely to have a Creation Club running on all cylinders available at launch.

      Bethesda will probably not eliminate free mods, but if the Creation Club gets going by the time TESVI releases, the majority of users may gravitate to creations over mods due to the extra polish and less hassle.

      The concept of the "normal person" is useful to keep in mind. Normal people want to play the game, and if they like it, buy its DLC. Normal people don't want to sift through a pile of mods to find the best ones, then crash anyway because they didn't read the compatibility notes. There are far more normal people than added value seekers in the world. Do the math.
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