• 26 December 2011 23:26:35

    Interview with Thepal, 1st place winner for Skyrim Nexus' FOTM contest

    posted by yoba333 Game News
    Rounding off our countdown to the first place File of the Month winner for Skyrim Nexus, we have Thepal with his mod, Nude Females. Thepal won with 415 votes, and graciously agreed to do an interview with us below. Be sure to vote for December’s FOTM contest so you can see your favorite modder featured here on the site news. Congratulations, Thepal!


    Q:Tell us a little about yourself. Where you are from, what are some of your other hobbies outside of games?
    A:I'm from Australia. I'm an IT teacher who specialises in teaching students how to program (especially games programming). I'll also be developing games/apps sometime in the near future. My job takes up most of my free time, and the rest is mostly spent with my wife. When I do get some extra free time (when I don't feel a need to play a game) I usually use it to get away from screens.

    Q:What was your inspiration for creating this mod?
    A:Well, I started playing Skyrim at midnight on the 11th, then went to work in the morning and came home to play it again in the afternoon. In the evening, I went to the Nexus and thought it was a bit strange noone had done a nude mod yet, and thought that maybe it wasn't possible yet. I decided to take a look and see, and within five minutes I had created the nude barbie-doll mod and knew I'd feel guilty at that point if I didn't release it. After another day my OCD nature took over, and I had to finish the job and create a proper nude mod.

    Q:What did you find most enjoyable about the creation process of this mod?
    A:It was nice to do something simple for once. Every other mod I have made has taken months, if not years. This was something I could do in five minutes, with a couple of hours to upgrade it. It let me be creative on a small level and get something out straight away.

    Q:What were some of the challenges you came across making this mod?
    A:Trying to find the right balance between quality and making the mod fit in with the game. I think I found a happy medium, where the textures look like they belong in the game.

    Q:Roughly what was the total time it took for you to put this mod together so far?
    A:Five minutes for the barbie-doll mod. Somewhere between 3 and 10 hours for the proper nude mod. It's a bit hard to say. I've spent a lot longer packaging and uploading the mod to the Nexus and other sites, so it has eaten up quite a bit of my time.

    Q:Do you plan on any more new features in your mod?
    A:Maybe. I might see about offering versions with just the top of the underwear, or just the bottom. The nipples need to be placed better as well, but the default mesh makes this kind of difficult. I may eventually release some proper high-res textures as well, but at the moment I'm happy with the way the textures fit in with the game (as are most people it seems).

    Q:Do you have other mods you are working on? If so what might those be?
    A:Most of my ideas are ways that other mods will be able to work together. I have an idea for creating a Furniture Master mod that will allow modders to easily add new furniture so that it will automatically be sold in any furniture stores added through mods. I also want to create a Companion Master mod that will allow modded companions to interact with each other, and let people create companion mods more easily. The main mod I want to make is a "companion" mod (which would actually include a lot more than just a companion), but that will depend on if I have the time to do it. I'm not working on them at the moment. I'll remain patient and wait for the Creation Kit.

    Q:What are some of your favorite games besides Skyrim?
    A:Mostly I'm looking forward to Mass Effect 3 at this point. I usually go for games with story and characters over action and flashy stuff. I play a lot of Adventure games (when I can find them). RPGs (Dragon Age, Mass Effect, etc). Assassin's Creed is good, though I haven't had time to play past the start of the second game. GTA. The Ultima series, when I'm feeling nostalgic. The Ultima and Quest for Glory series' are probably my favourites of all time.

    Q:Do you have any advice for aspiring mod authors?
    A:Choose something small and work from there. It is nice when you create something that is the first thing people mention when asked "What mods should I install?", such as happened with my Unofficial Morrowind Patch, but that takes time and you'll never get as much recognition as you hope for. Nude Females was an extremely simple mod for me, and in some ways I have gotten more back from it in a few weeks than I did from the UMP in years. The UMP is in the Hall of Fame for most Morrowind mod sites, but Nude Females is the first mod of the month on the Nexus, won a prize at A site we've had to banlist because they continue to spam mod authors with advertising links, and in four weeks has been downloaded 115,000 times just at the Nexus. But don't make mods for the love and adoration of the fans. Most mods aren't going to be downloaded by thousands. Almost every mod will receive some (or in my case with Nude Females, a lot of) negative feedback. Mod because you love it. Share it for the community.

    Q:And finally, do you have anything you would like to say to our readers out there?
    A:Go easy on Bethesda. They've given us an amazing game. It isn't perfect, but it is still better than pretty much everything else out there. Patches will come. They won't come overnight (and they shouldn't, or we'll get more v1.2 issues). But they will come. Try to remain positive. SteamWorks has a lot of people frightened, but let's just wait to see how it turns out. Whether it is good or bad, it won't really matter. We will always have the Nexus.

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