Screw you guys, I’m going home.

October 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm (Rant)

I would like to start out by re-posting the fabulous screenshot thread warnings from the official Forums:


NO criticism should be directed at the PERSON – only at his or her WORK.
Also, whatever criticism is presented, it should NOT be negative in general terms – such as, “That screenie is really lame.” This type of non-specific criticism only insults and does not provide any help whatsoever. Or even worse, this kind of criticism: “You are a silly man with a silly idea.” If you really must say something negative to someone outside of this simple “code”, keep it off this thread!

Another bottom line rule on this thread we have learned over time: If you find a post really offensive, REPORT IT AND IGNORE IT! The moderators know how to quickly deal with any such situation, and will remove any offensive posts, if they are actually offensive. Arguing or making demands regarding the post, invariably ends up worsening the situation, and can even result in all involved parties getting a warning.

Also, some posts can be too vague and subject to interpretation – so please word your posts very clearly to avoid any misunderstandings, especially if they are critical in nature.

Commenting on style of play in screenshots:
Due to a recent resurgence of abusive posts, any comments concerning the style of play a member employs should be constructive and friendly – and always aligned with the standards for commenting within this topic and on this Forum. Members have a wide variety of playing styles and of capturing screens – and no subjective (or moral, ethnic, political, religious, cultural, social, sexual, etc.) preferences should be dictated to others as right or wrong on this thread. All members are encouraged to post their screens regardless of their style of play – as long as they stay within the rules of this Forum and thread.

Seems like a pretty simple thing to follow, right? Apparently wrong. Lately, in several communities it seems there has been constant flaming for people uploading screenshots in their style of play. It’s a fantasy game, why can’t we run around in skimpy armor? Why can’t we just do what we want in our own game and not have to worry about persecution from others when we share our screenshots that we’ve worked hard to set up and/or edit?

So, here’s my plea to people reading this- STOP. There is no point to trying to ruin the enjoyment of the game for others. You may think you are clever or cute by pointing out that most characters are female, but your actions have consequences. Realize them!

You are making people feel alienated and not wanting to share. How would you feel if someone came along and did that to you? I’ve spoken with several people lately who have retreated to smaller venues to share works and screenshots because of people doing similar things. Even at times it makes me want to scream “Screw you guys, I’m going home!”

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Blog Exclusive: Better Spriggans

October 19, 2009 at 10:33 pm (Blog Exclusive)

Lately, I’m feeling overwhelmed. So many projects, so little time. To top it off, blender has decided to break in some untraceable game crashing way every other mesh that comes out of it. With a half finished mod full of those meshes and a deadline for the competition not so far away it’s not exactly enjoyable.

I keep meaning to go back and work on the spriggan replacement meshes & textures. She has a few spots that reflect light backwards. Completely not my fault thankyouverymuch. So, as my way of saying thank you for stopping by here she is!

Spriggans

Download link at Mediafire (Sorry for the copy and paste neccesity, word press doesn’t seem to like making links work lately)

http://www.mediafire.com/file/2zzalitykid/Better_Spriggans.7z

Name: Better Spriggans
Version: .5
Date: October 19, 2009
Category: Game Improvements
Requirements: Oblivion (duh)
Author(s): Korana http://korana.elricm.com

Description
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This is a set of replacement meshes and textures for the spriggan creature. The following have been performed:

-Adjusted textures
-More greenery and flowers added to hair and body
-Odd glow spots to face removed
-More which I’ve forgotten

She still has issues, in particular a few spots on her reflect light oddly. This is the fault of the original bethesda
meshes used, but I’ve got too much going on to fix it. Also, her flowers can warp oddly in certain poses.

I chose to release this as a blog exclusive mod only. You may not redistribute this in any form.

Install
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1. Extract this archive into your Oblivion directory to install the files.

No archive invalidation should be needed, as the game engine will check for meshes and textures and update the game accordingly.
However, sometimes that glitches. If you’re still seeing the old spriggans, open up your archive invalidation.txt (or create one)
and type in the following:

meshes/creatures/spriggan/spriggan.nif
meshes/creatures/spriggan/hair.nif

Uninstall
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1. Start Oblivion Launcher, click Data Files, uncheck the .esp
2. Delete the following files associated with the mod.
*meshes\creatures\spriggan
*textures\creatures\spriggan

3. Remove the following lines from your archive invalidation.txt if added:
meshes/creatures/spriggan/spriggan.nif
meshes/creatures/spriggan/hair.nif

Incompatibility
===============
None known.

History
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October 19, 2009 – Released it. Chance are I’ll never get a chance to get back to it, plus blender now thinks it’s cool
to break every other mesh it exports.

Contact
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You can find me under “Korana” at ORE, nexus, the official forums, TESeyecandy.co.uk,
or http://tesadventures.com You can email me at the following address:
Roxykittyd@roadrunner.com

Credits
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Thanks to Bethesda for creating Oblivion.
Thanks to the Nifskope Team
Thanks to the Blender Team!
Thanks to LHammonds for the Readme Generator this file was based on

Licensing/Legal
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This is an exclusive release as my way of saying thank you to a few people who stop by my feeble blog offering regularly. As the
mesh is not finished you may NOT under any circumstances use this in any project or distribute this archive without permission.

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I do what I want! I think…

October 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm (Rant)

The past week has been somewhat of a challenging week for me. The latest Oblivion Real Estate challenge opened up earlier this month. While working dilegently on a “country home”, I’ve discovered there’s just so much of this I’ve already done and I’ve been pushing myself to come up with new ideas and new ways of doing things. The decorating part has always come easy, not this time. I’ve been plagued with “decorator’s block!”

After several hours of staring at a corner of a room, I can usually struggle past it. However, this past week I’ve received a few emails and a nexus comment about my style of decorating that have really begun to get under my skin. Immersive lighting (not the BAM YOU BLIND lighting that the game tends to have), lush floral settings, and clutter are things that tend to be my modders thumb print when making an interior. It seems some people don’t like these things and have decided that complaining about it in my email is the way to handle such things….instead of uninstalling the mod or learning how to modify the mod themselves to their liking. If you like something, stop by and let the author know! It seems sometimes we hear an awful lot of criticism about some incredibly small things while we are offering you something we worked very hard on for free to enjoy.

All this has left me with a struggle- keep doing what I like to do, or try to make something that appeals more to the masses while still trying desperately to make it mine? That evil bunny that lives inside of me wants to push even further to make it even more lush, even more cluttered, and even more FPS hitting than ever before. Tell me what to do? I do what I want! I think…

One last note: I realize detailed interiors may not always work well on some systems, but above all I mod for my own system…not yours. I recently made a joke about taking stock out in computers and making a mod that will blow up your computer. One person took this not as joke, and the joke had to be removed. However if I make a mod and your computer cannot handle it do us both a favor- I am not you and your computer is not mine…remember that. It runs on mine, and this mod is mine. Go complain to someone else, uninstall the mod…whatever you want to do. I won’t cry if you don’t use it, but chances are you’ll irritate me to a major degree if you go complaining to me about how your computer can’t run my mod. Upgrade, learn to mod, or take up knitting…

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One Massive Project down…many more to go.

October 9, 2009 at 5:20 am (Clothing and Armor, Mod Releases)

New Release up @ The Nexus:

http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=27530

Don’t even ask me how I finally found time to manage to get this finished while working on another housing competition entry. I should look into cloning….

Long ago, Kynareth had a great temple complex where her Acolytes worshipped her. The complex was thought to be completely destroyed in a massive earthquake, but someone discovered the
secret and awoke the last Acolyte of Kynareth.

Travel to the Abandoned Camp, south east of Fort Black Boot (map included) to learn the whole story, and obtain the forgotten armor of the Acolytes of Kynareth. Come prepared for a fight…

There are 40 sets of armor in this mod, 20 each of 2 variants. The skirted version’s texture warps considerably in certain poses, so skirtless versions have been provided. You may find the armors in Ayelid coffers within the temple complex. The coffers will respawn.

Once you’ve fought your way into the Lost Temple, seek out the last Acolyte. She will yeild her place among the servants of Kynareth to you, awarding you the actual title of the Acolyte of Kynareth. You may also receive daily blessings from the altar. Please note that you cannot use this altar to gain quicker advancement with Knights of the Nine, I’ve taken consideration to avoid
that possibility.

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Clamshell Cottage Files Of The Month

October 7, 2009 at 2:06 am (Housing, Mod Releases)

I’ve been meaning to stop by and blog about Clamshell Cottage getting the most votes for September 2009’s Files Of The Month at TesNexus. Thanks to all who voted! While it didn’t win the Oblivion Real Estate Water Homes challenge, it was a very difficult modding time and this honor feels really nice! I started receiving threats during that time from an over zealot forum goer, began getting ill, and I actually dropped out of the competition for a few weeks before I decided it was best to re-enter about a week before the deadline to not let other people have power over what I like to do.

Then, it got a bad rating on nexus from someone. When politely questioned, they responded they just didn’t like it and that’s all they had to tell me. Well, to rate a file on Nexus you have to first download it. Everything about the cottage is shown in the screenshots, there’s no hidden environments…the ambiance you see is what you get. So this person took the time to download it, wait a few hours, and then come back to rate it poorly. That as a modder was quite upsetting, because negative ratings usually reflect technical issues with mods.

So for all who voted- you are awesome in so many amaz-a-zing ways. I really can’t thank you enough! You made all that hassle so much more worth it. I appreciate the support, thank you again!

If you haven’t checked out Clamshell Cottage here’s a link. It comes in COBL flavor too…

http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=26785
26785-3-1251425607

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