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  1. 59 points
    Download Note: Please note this is still a work in progress, I'll be updating it over time as I make more textures. But for now, enjoy these Insanity's Texture Pack is just that, it's my very own texture pack for Skyrim. Now I;m not going to mention the usual HD, HQ, more detailed ect crap people put on their mods now, instead I will simple say this. The textures are high resolution, most range from 1024x1024 for small clutter items right through to 2048x2048 for things like landscape, they are all new (not used any originals except for reference) and more vibrant. The textures have been designed with Skyrim's style in mind, so all the new textures will fir perfectly fine. So don't worry about jarring differences. What does it change: Landscape textures - roughly 60% of them have been changed Caves Farmhouses - Riverwood, Winterhold ect Clutter - Some random clutter, like barrels and the cart Azura's Star Interior Water Sunglare Snowflakes Whiterun - About 50%-ish, enough to make a big difference Secondary note: The reduced version will take a little while to setup and upload, so please be patient. Extract this archive to any folder and then copy the contents to Skryim's Data folder. Delete the files/folders associated with the mod. InsanitySorrow @ TES Alliance You may use this as you wish but you must credit me for my work. Please do not re-host this file without my explicit permission.
  2. 17 points
    CK Basics Lesson #1: Rendering Skyrim Part I: Creating an Interior Before we dive in, if you are a beginner or approaching the CK for the first time from other toolsets, make sure you have read the Introduction to the course before proceeding. This lesson covers the very basics of working in the Render Window of the Creation Kit. Begin by familiarizing yourself with the list of hotkey controls provided here. Controls to Know: This is a list of some of the most commonly used modding hotkeys for the Creation Kit. For more hotkeys look in the CK under View > Render Window Hotkeys for a more complete list of keyboard shortcuts. Let's get started! Now that you've had a look at where your tools are and what they're for we're ready to make our first mod. If you are starting this class right from the Introduction you may already have the Skyrim.esm loaded in the CK. If not, bring up the CK then go ahead and load the Skyrim.esm now. Smarty Says: When you open the data folder to load a file you will see all the plugins from your data folder appear in the list. Beginners are sometimes tempted to load their favorite mods as well and add things they like from them to their own mods, this is called mod sniping. The trouble is the new mod will only work if you have both mods installed and this is not a technique you want to use when creating mods for release. So, resist that temptation. With the Skyrim.esm loaded in the CK, the first thing we want to do is SAVE to create an active plugin for this session. Click the Save icon on the main toolbar and name your plugin: CKBasicsTutorial It's time to start our first house interior by creating a new cell to work in. You'll note that the default worldspace on the cell view window is Interiors, that's exactly what we want. Right Click on one of the first cells in the list of interiors (AbandonedPrison01 for example) and select Edit. The Cell Window will open, just Right-Click on the first cell again and this time choose New A smaller window will open asking you to assign an ID name to the new cell. Type in a name for your cell, for this tutorial I have called mine aaDRTutorialInt01. In modding there are naming conventions when creating new IDs and they are as varied as the modders and developers who use them. Sometimes beginners think these names need to be uber technical, "Cause if it's not hard it's not modding" This is a false assumption. Confusing names are just confusing, even for you later on. Your naming convention should have a purpose, be simple, and whatever you start with you should maintain throughout the entire project. This makes it easier to track parts of your mod when they are mixed in a load order with dozens of others. In this case I chose "aaDRT" to take my custom adds to the top of every list in the CK. You NEVER want to start an ID with a number like 1 or 0 as it may confuse scripts and can cause issues later when trying to call the ID in a script. DR are my initials, but you might choose instead to use the initials for your project, that way all your plugins will be compatible with one another. Tutorial is the project name of the house we are building, "I" stands for interior, and "01" indicates it's the first of a series on interiors. Once the cell has been named it should appear first in the list. Click on the new cell in the list, then to the right, take a look at the four tabs there: Common Data, Lighting, Interior Data, and Directional Ambient Lighting. There are a lot of settings on these tabs but for this class, let's just focus on the most used settings on the first three tabs. Common Data The common data tab contains settings relating to how the selected cell reacts as part of the wider game world. The "Location"setting better defines the cell's location in the game world. The "Default Acoustic Space" setting, defines what sort of ambient sound/reverb/echo quality the cell will contain (Does it sound like a cave? Or a house?). The "Music Type" setting defines what sort of music plays in the background. The "Has Water" setting defines whether the cell has water, what type, and its depth. The "ImageSpace" setting determines the base display effects for a cell or worldspace, adding visual film type effects like blur or coloring. The other important setting on this tab for our purposes is the "Can't Travel From Here" flag which must be set for interior cells. For now, leave this tab at its default settings, we'll be coming back to this one in Lesson #4 Lighting The lighting tab has two key settings we are most concerned with. The "Lighting Template" setting allows for duplicating the light definitions from a different cell for use in the current cell. The "Ambient" setting defines the light level and color for the current cell. For our tutorial select the Lighting Template titled: FarmLightingTemplate Interior Data The interior data tab has four settings we want to change for our interior cell. The "Name" setting provides the in game name for the cell player's see when entering the cell. The "Encounter Zone" setting determines how this cell behaves with leveled lists; this setting does not apply for homes, it's for dungeons where leveled lists are placed to determine the type/strength of enemy encounters. The "Owner NPC" and "Owner Faction" settings are used to determine who owns the cell and everything within it; choose a common faction setting when more than one character shares a cell. The last section of flags determine the access permission parameters for the cell (Is it a public place like an Inn? Is it a private place like a nobleman's room? Can the player wait there?) For this tutorial, enter your interior's name, set the encounter zone as NONE, set the owner faction to PlayerFaction, and check the Public Area flag. When all of these settings have been set, click OK to close this dialog box and SAVE your plugin. You will see your new cell has appeared in the cell view window at the top of the list if you started your name with "aa" as recommended. Double click on it in the cell view window to load your cell in the Render Window. Part II: Working in the Render Window Since this is a new cell what you will see is a sad empty grey void, but we're going to change that right now. On the Object Window, you will see a category called World Objects. Click the + sign next to it to expand the categories tree. You'll see a new list of category branches under World Objects. Click the + sign next to Static to expand the most commonly used tree in Skyrim Modding! Static consists of all objects that are static in the game world, meaning players can't move them. Click on STATIC to load all statics in the object window list The objects in the Static window are listed in alphabetical order. Scroll down to FarmInt2End02 click on it with your mouse, drag it to the Render Window, and let go to drop it into our empty interior cell. Even though we can't see it, there is an invisible grid in every cell even interiors. When you set your first kit piece you want to set it to the 0,0,0 point on the grid so that everything else you add to the scene will be built to this grid. This is especially important when building things that require kits pieces to be joined together like in dungeons and caves, but it's a good habit to get into for any interior. To set our interior to the 0 point, double click on it to open the Reference Window. Smarty Says: The reference window can change an object's position, rotation, disable/enable quality, scale, or persistent status, and can access an object's Base Editor! You can double click on any object, NPC or creature to find its reference window. In the reference window for our farm interior kit, set all the position values to 0 and click ok. When the interior static moves to the 0 point you might not be able to see it in the render window anymore. Double click on the cell view window content list to move your render camera back to your house interior. Now before we go any further let's click the SAVE icon on the toolbar to save our mod. Smarty Says: Save! Save! Save! Modding Toolsets can crash at any time for any reason. Because that is its nature, you want to save often so that when it does crash, you don't lose too much work. Rarer, the toolset occasionally corrupts a .esp mod file when it crashes, so at the end of the day, backup your day's work and maintain a backup copy of your .esp just in case. Part III: Building on the Grid To maximize customization and uniqueness, most of Skyrim's interiors are made up of several kit pieces locked together on the invisible grid, including farmhouse interiors. Click on the first piece of our farmhouse interior, tap A to turn on the work light, and you'll be looking at something like this: The rainbow colored cube around this piece of the house interior is the active highlight. Whatever object has that highlight around it is the object you can actively move with your mouse. Because we set this piece to the 0 point, we do not want to move it anymore. But, by holding shift and moving your mouse, you can practice moving your camera around this piece. Learning the camera and getting used to the depth perception in a 3D drawing space are the two trickiest parts about learning how to mod. Once you get comfortable with moving the camera and using the keys, this sort of building will be something you can, ¦and likely will, ¦do in your sleep! If you do accidentally move your house, you can always tap ctrl+z to undo your last movement. Just be mindful of what you have highlighted and those accidents will be minimal. We're now ready to add some more pieces to the grid. To make sure we have no overlapping kits or open seams, we want to put our kits together using the snap to grid feature. On the main toolbar, click the preferences button to open the preferences dialog. Before using snap to grid for the first time, we want to change the default snap to grid distance from 64 to 16. Once you've changed this setting, click Apply and Close to set the changes. With this narrower margin for error set, let's turn on the Snap to Grid tool on the main toolbar to turn this function on. If you turn this tool on before dragging additional pieces into the render window, then everything you add will enter the window on grid, which is good, so make sure you turn it on before adding additional kits! When ready, find our next kit piece in the Static list FarmInt2Doorway02NoDoor and drag it into the render window. Use your mouse and alternate holding the X,Z,C hotkeys to move this piece right alongside the first. You'll notice that it moves more than one unit at a time, that's the snap to grid feature at work. Remember not to move that first piece, it's the head of the snake, we need its position to ensure all the other pieces attached to it are aligned properly; it is the start of the grid. The grid is invisible, but when you have Snap to Grid turned on, the pieces are able to find the grid. If a piece is off grid a single point, every piece you add on to it will be off a point +1 so by the time to get to the end you have a gap 30 points wide! When the second piece is properly aligned, you should be looking at something like this: Finish this interior set by finding FarmInt2End03 in the statics list, dragging it into the render window and lining it up on the grid with the others to close in the space. Smarty Says: Finding Snap to Grid to be a challenge? Visit the Additional Information on Snap to Grid section of the CS Basics course Lesson #3. Aside from the layout of the Reference box, the technique is identical so it's a valuable source of info for Oblivion and Skyrim modders alike. Part IV: Staging the Interior Now that we have all three pieces of our kit together you should be looking at something like this: For the close of this lesson we're going to add a few additional objects to begin the staging of our interior and practice the controls charted at the beginning. Start by turning OFF snap to grid. This feature is not needed for placing clutter type items. Go the object window again, choose the category MovableStatic, find FireplaceWood01Burning, and drag it into the render window. Once it's there, use your mouse and key controls listed at the start of this lesson to move your firewood into the fireplace. Tips: Hold z to move things up or down on the grid.Hold Shift and Rotate your mouse to rotate your camera around the active object.Hold the spacebar and move your mouse to adjust your camera position.Move your camera a lot to get a true perspective of where your object is in render space. Save! When done you should have this: Next we'rre going to add a couple chairs beside the fireplace. Go to World Objects>Furniture in the Object Window and click on Furniture to load the furniture in the Object Window list. Be careful not to mistake this for Static>furniture which is furniture that can't be used. We want to use furniture we can sit on so we need chairs with sit markers. Find UpperChair01L and drag it into the Render Window. You'll see the blue and orange marker on the chair. This marker is a place holder for people in game, and shows how an actor interacts with this chair so you don't want that marker to be in the floor or through any other furniture; leave space for these character animations when placing furniture. Position the chair in front of the fire place; then find UpperChair01R and set it alongside its mate in the render window. Time to light the fire! In the Object Window go to World Objects>Light, and click Light to load all the lights in the object window list, ¦seeing a pattern here? In the list find FarmInteriorFireLight01 and drag it into the Render Window. You want to position the fire light object over the fire logs in the fire pit that we added first. This fire light will lend light and shadow to the scene in game. Save! Congratulations, you have just made a plugin for Skyrim! This concludes lesson #1, you should now know how to create new interior cells, add statics, furniture and lights to the render window, how to move the render camera and how to manipulate objects in the render window! Well done, that's a big step! To see your hardwork first hand, activate your plugin in the Data page of the game's main menu before going in game. Then use the console command coc YOURCELLID (Mine would be aaDRTutorialInt01) to teleport to your cell. Repetition is the fastest road to mastery of skills. This assignment is worth 10pts and the Extra Credit Section is worth 5pts. You need 100pts to earn a medal for the CK Basics Class. So do your assignment and post a screenshot here when you are done! Your assignment before moving on to Lesson #2 is to continue adding furniture and statics to the interior we have begun to create the basis for your house. Across this course we will be building this interior as a Tavern, but you may build as a home if you so choose. Do not skip ahead, and do not confuse yourself by experimenting with objects we haven't covered. You may add additional light objects, but I recommend using static candles like CandleHornTable01 and adding a light object over the candle like HelgenCandleLight01 (Do not use more than 2 of these lights). In Lesson #2 we will cover cluttering with Misc Items like dishes and food, creating containers, adding doors, and NavMeshes. Make sure you take time to practice what you have learned here, especially your hotkeys, camera and render controls. Practice makes perfect! If you are ready to move on head to Lesson #2: Living Interiors.
  3. 11 points
    About the CK Basics Class About the CK Basics Course: The Creation Kit for Skyrim released for public use the same day this course was launched. As such, there is still a development period ahead for the modding community at large as new tricks are discovered and new tools created. This tutorial course will continue to be updated during this period of community development. Please keep in mind that the course as you see it today, is a work in progress. Description: The CK Basics class has been designed to give beginner modders a rudimentary understanding of common and basic creation kit functions used when creating mods for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This course does not cover every subject, for example NPCs and Questbuilding, as those subjects are covered in other classes. Rules: CK Basics Students are expected to adhere to the general rules for Enclave Decorum. Be sure to read through them before posting in this class. Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse for breaking them, so have a read and you'll be set to go. Homework: By Lesson #1 homework is introduced. The point of the homework assignments is to give students an opportunity to practice what they are learning while still being guided by the class and the active Scholar. Doing the homework is optional for casual learners, but completion is necessary if you want to earn points toward your CK Basics medal. Students should not plan on releasing their classwork, only their final exams, as the classwork has already been released in Half-Moon Village by DarkRider. Extra Credit: Extra credit is just that, extra, doing some of these will be necessary to earn a total of 100 points, but you can pick and choose what you do to make the grade. Credit Challenges: Credit challenges are small tasks worth points but offering little guidance. This enables students to boost their point count while expanding on their skill set and gaining some confidence for working without guidance. Final Exam: The final exam offers one of the best opportunities to earn points as it's worth a total of 20 possible points. Finishing the exam in a cell of your choosing and releasing will earn you an additional bonus forum medal in addition to your class medal. Points: In the class, you are required to achieve at least 100pts in order to receive the CK Basics Medal. There are more points possible however and doing all of the homework and all of the credit challenges will boost your skill set and your confidence. Points are tracked on our Student Progress Report Sessions: Students of this course are divided into seasonal sessions on the class roster. New students may PM the Scholar to join the class at any time regardless of which session is current. The purpose of sessions is to limit how long idle students sit on the roster. As a new session begins, active students are moved forward to the next session while idle students are dropped. About Advanced Students: Some of you may be more advanced by modding previous games, but still want to earn a CK Basics Medal by doing the assignments. Regardless of your skill set, if you do the homework assigned in step with the class you can certainly earn a medal. However, with advanced skills comes the temptation to show off a bit and add in resources and other custom touches like different interiors or locations. Screenshots of your work will only confuse and invalidate the other students who are just learning, so such images will be nixed and you won't get credit for your work toward a CK Medal. If you want to do the work, you must do the assignment within the outlined spirit of the course. Smarty Says: Once the course is completed and points are tallied everyone, beginner and advanced students alike, are welcome to add or change whatever they like in their creation to make it custom.
  4. 9 points



    This project is a community collaboration of free-to-use resources for your modding needs. Find out all about the TESA Skyrim Resource Kit Project here. Browse through the list of resources. All the files are here for convenience.
  5. 9 points
    Added new file: InsanitySorrow's Fishing Supplies; 4 Traps, 3 Fishing Nets, 2 Dipping Nets, 2 Creel's
  6. 9 points
    CK Basics: Introduction to Skyrim's Creation Kit Introduction: Welcome to Creation Kit Basics! It's time to begin your expedition into the wonderful world of modding for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim! Congratulations! If you are a fan of the Elder Scrolls series you will find no greater satisfaction than creating your own content and experiencing it first hand in your game just the way you envisioned it! By now you will certainly have lots of magnificent ideas about all the things you'd like to create, fix, or change and with some careful study of the tutorials available in the Creation Kit Wiki and here on TESA you will soon achieve those goals. However, it's recommended that you jot them down and set them aside for now. The first thing you want to do is spend some time studying the material, asking questions, and learning how to mod the game, rather than stumbling through your mod ideas one tutorial at a time. If you start with your ideas first the margin for error is typically greater, your experience can prove frustrating, fruitless, and you may find yourself having to fix or even redo things later when you learn new skills. So for now, clear your minds and let's dive into learning some CK Basics! Smarty Says: Hi! I'm Smarty, I know everything there is to know about modding for the Elder Scrolls and I will follow you along your course of study in all the classes on TESA. I pop up in some of the strangest places but always have useful tips and reminders for you, so keep your eyes open for me! What You Need: STEAM GAMING PLATFORMTES CREATION KIT v1.6.89 or higher (See Part I for Install Instructions)Terms to Know: CK: A shorthand term for Creation Kit TES: Not to be confused with CS, TES stands for The Elder Scrolls .esp: A common file extension for mod files or Elder Scrolls Plug-ins .esm: Another common file extension for Elder Scrolls Master files SKSE: Skyrim Script Extender, an extension for vanilla Skyrim code scripting abilities. Roombound (aka Room Marker): A room marker is a box used to unify many objects into a single unit of objects that belongs to that room. Portal: A Portal is a visual gateway used to connect room markers together, like a doorway between two rooms. They should be placed between rooms at any location where the player should be able to see from one room to another. Occlusion: The occlusion system tracks which objects render in the player view and which objects don't; a form that is occluded is not rendered Multibound: Similar to a room marker, multibounds are primarily used in exteriors to group objects together for rendering as a unit as opposed to rendering many objects individually. Collision: An invisible field form that cannot be passed through by players Current: The force of drift in water; what draws the player downstream Part I: Installing the Creation Kit Step 1: Launch Steam and log into your user account. Step 2: Click on Games>Game Library Step 3: On the drop-down menu labeled "ALL GAMES" select "TOOLS" Step 4: Under the title column look for "Creation Kit" Step 5: Right-click on the title and choose "Install Game" Part II: Anatomy of the Construction Set Now that you have the CK installed it's time to load up the Skyrim master file (Skyrim.esm) and get familiar with the primary tool of the Skyrim modding craft. Regardless of what you'd like to do in the modding world, sooner or later you will need the CK to make it happen, so let's get started! Click the CK icon on your desktop to start the program. When the CK opens you will have a total of 4 windows, 3 smaller ones nestled inside the main window. On the main window click File>Data A new window will open. On it, check the box beside the Skyrim.esm, and ONLY this box. Then click Ok. Smarty Says: What about the Update.esm? You should never check the box next to the Update.esm master file as it will make your mod dependent on that file. When Bethsoft overwrites the Update.esm, is can create problems for mods that depend on it. The only time you should load the Update.esm as well is if you are knowingly modding something the Update.esm added or changed. The CK will then load the Skyrim.esm. This may take several minutes depending on your rig's available resources, so be patient. NEVER EVER EVER click on anything on the CK while it's loading anything, ever. Just like its predecessors the CK doesn't like to be bothered while it's thinking and clicking on it impatiently can make it freeze, crash, or both, so just give it the time it needs. Smarty Says: Is your low to mid range rig taking forever to load the CK? Is everything really slow? Make sure you give your PC all the available resources you can spare to devote to the CK. Close other programs running in the background like web browsers, messengers, and media players to help improve performance. Once the Skyrim.esm is loaded, you'll see the little windows have now become filled with interesting bits of data. Go ahead and make the main window full screen by clicking the full screen icon in the corner. Once that's done, you can reposition the nested windows to suit your preferred layout for your workspace. This is one possible configuration, you can move them around until you find the configuration that best suits you: Okay so now what are all these windows for? This window is called the Object Window The object window contains all objects that can be used in creating mods, including static objects, clothing, armor, architecture, creatures, NPCs, furniture, quests, and loads more. Most things in this window can be added to the game by simply dragging and dropping them into the Render window. This window is called the Cell View Window The cell view window contains a list of all the cells in game, including interior and exterior cells. It also contains cells for all the various worldspaces available in the game. A cell is a canvas to build game content on. In the exterior world cells are placed side by side in a grid fashion. In the interior, a cell is a nebulous 3D space to build home/dungeon/castle interiors. An interior cell also has a grid but it's not visible to users. This window is called the Render Window The render window allows you to visually navigate the Skyrim game world. By dragging objects into the render window you can add things to the game world and make mods. The render window loads cells selected in the cell window. This window is the Main Window The main window not only surrounds the other three windows, it also contains a number of valuable shortcuts and tools. Examine the image above carefully for the coordinating numbers for the explanations below on what these tools are. This concludes the basic introduction to the Skyrim Creation Kit. You should now have the CK installed, have a workspace configuration that works best for you, and should have a good basic knowledge of where the most common tools can be found. Well done! If you have questions on what we've covered so far, post them here in the General Questions thread. If you're ready to move on, then head to CK Basics Lesson #1: Rendering Skyrim Make sure you read the next post below "About the CK Basics Class" so you know what's expected of you!
  7. 8 points
    CK Basics Lesson #2: Living Interiors Welcome Back, Student! By now you should have completed the Introduction to this course as well as Lesson #1 and by completed that means, you have posted your homework assignments and points have been successfully achieved toward your CK Medal. If you haven't done the earlier assignments and are a novice, do take the time to start from the beginning or you will find this lesson confusing. In this lesson we will be learning how to develop an interior using havocked items such as table settings, how to create custom containers, and also the basics of NavMesh pathing. Part I: Reloading If you haven't done so already time to cue up the Creation Kit. We're ready to get back to work on our tutorial interior. Just like before when we started our mod, we're going to load the Skyrim.esm again, only this time, we're going to add a step. Go to File>Data, or click the Data folder icon on the main toolbar. When you check the box next to Skyrim.esm, you also want to check the box next to our tutorial mod. With the tutorial mod highlighted click "Active File" to make it the active file we're going to edit. This is an important step when you are returning to work on a mod you've already started. By making it the active file, the CK knows to include any work you do now in that same .esp. Otherwise, the CK will save your new changes as a second mod! We don't want to create a bunch of half mods that need one another to play, that would be a real headache so make sure you set your file as the active file when you load it up each time. Smarty Says: If you check your mod, but forget to set the Active file, the CK will remind you so always pay attention to the messages the CK gives you, it can save you headaches later and be useful for troubleshooting. Part II: Havocked Clutter Once the CK has loaded your mod, let's find our interior cell in the cell view window and load it in the render window by double clicking on it in the list; if you were paying attention to our naming conventions in Lesson #1, you'll find it near the top of the list. When the cell loads you'll see your house interior floating in that now familiar gray void. Click on it once and tap Y to swing your camera in alongside your interior, then zoom in with your mouse wheel until you are close enough to work, and tap A to turn on your work light. We're going to start adding to our interior design by creating a table setting on one of our tables. In Lesson #1 we added chairs to our tables and chair markers can make the scene a little difficult to navigate. Tap the M key to turn off Marker view so we can work with a table closely. Click on one of the tables in the render window, tap Y to swing alongside it, and then rotate your camera a bit so you have a good view of the table. Time to return to the Object Window, only this time we're not going to search for items under World Objects, we want to look at the Items category; just click the + sign next to items to expand the tree. You see a number of branches under the Items category, so let's take a minute to explore what these categories contain. For setting our table we want to start by clicking the Misc Items category. When the list is compiled in the list pane, find BasicPlate01 near the top of the list, and then drag it into the render window to your table. If you modded Oblivion you might expect the objects to drop in front of your camera and require manual positioning. In Skyrim, objects drop to the surface you drag them over, and then just require some minor tweaking. When tha's done, let's grab a matching cup, BasicTankard01 and add that alongside the plate. You've no doubt noticed we've been using objects starting with "basic". The Bethesda developers use naming conventions too, but just like modders they are varied depending on the dev who created those objects. Smarty Says: By paying attention to naming conventions used by developers you can better estimate where the things you want will be located. Don't get discouraged if you can't find something you want right away though, with practice you will learn and remember where things are. If you need help, try using Edit>Find Text to do a keyword search for items you need. Or just type your keywords in the filter bar to narrow your search. Now let's add some eating utensils! Find BasicFork01 and BasicKnife01 and add them to the table with our plate and tankard. Your utensils may be facing the wrong direction and need to be rotated, to do this click on the item you want to rotate, then hold your right mouse button and move your mouse to start rotating it. You may need to click and rotate a couple times to get it rotated all the way around. Once you have a place setting, we're going to save some time using duplication. Duplicating things is a useful modders shortcut. It saves you the trouble of hunting for things and drag/drop placing things repeatedly. To duplicate your place setting start by clicking on your plate. Then hold ctrl and click your cup fork and knife so that all the items are highlighted. Once highlighted, click ctrl+d to duplicate the items. Your cursor will have become a cross, indicating you can move the items you're hovered over. Left click and drag the duplicate set over to a new place at the table. Smarty Says: Sometimes when you duplicate and item your cursor doesn't turn into the move symbol. To move your duplicates, deselect by clicking a neutral item like the table, then click on your plate, hold ctrl and click on each of your items to reselect the duplicated place setting. Your cursor should change then. Not only can you duplicate and move a whole place setting, you can also rotate a whole place setting. To try this, with all the pieces still highlighted, hold your right mouse button and move your mouse to rotate it into the position you need for the other side of the table. Whatever the shape of your table you should now have 2 place settings. Save! And then let's add a bit of food to our table. Click on the + next to the Magic category to expand that category tree, then click the Potion category in the object window to load your potion, beverages, and food stuffs. In this section food items begin with "food". Find FoodBread01B in the list and drag it into the render window to a blank place on your table. Make sure you rotate your camera to check that your bread landed on the table and is not floating on your place settings. Anytime you add a havocked object like Food to another havoc object like a plate, you have to consider how these objects will relate once havoc is applied in the CK or in game. Usually, havocked objects will push against one another and you may find your food springing across the room as a result. To prevent this, double click on your food objects to open the ref edit dialog box. There you will find a flag called "Don't Havoc Settle". Check the box next to this flag and click Ok to set it. This will keep your food on the plates or table where it belongs. Let's leave the table for now, and go to the bookcase you placed in your interior. If you don't have a bookcase, go to WorldObjects>Static, look for UpperShelf01, and add it to your house now. When you have a bookcase ready, click on it, tap Y, and zoom in a bit to get it close enough to work on. In the object window, go to Items>Misc Item, find Drum, and drag/drop it on the middle shelf to place it in the bookcase. Then go to Items>Book and click book to load the books in the list. Find Book0RansomOfZarek and drag it into the window. Books are rarely at the right rotation, so double click on your book to open your reference box and change the X rotation to 90 so it's in the right position for your bookshelf, click OK, then place it on the shelf beside your drum. Save! Cluttering a house is a lot of repetition; you will want to explore the Items tree for cluttering materials. However, clutter items like books and dishes are havocked, so they behave a little differently from static items. You want to keep two things in mind Havocked items cannot be placed too close to one another or they will fly out of place when loaded by the player. Leave some space between books and place settings, or food in bowls.The more small items added in one cell, the higher the impact on a play's frame rates. A house packed with loads of clutter may look pretty to your eye, but is not practical for playing since such homes can render a player's fps to crippling levels. Be creative, but judicious. Smarty Says: The havoc sim button can be a useful tool in Skyrim modding when placing havocked items. Havoc sim in the CK behaves similarly to the in game havoc physics and can help you see how your havocked items behave in the game world; like turning on gravity. Part III: Customizing Containers It's time to talk about creating custom containers. While they are a very important part of cluttering any scene, containers are the source of two of the most common beginner modding blunders. 1. Container Mistake #1: Use of Respawning Containers for Player Storage The _NoRespawn at the end of a container's name indicates it's safe for player storage. You can easily avoid container mistake #1 by only using _NoRespawn containers when you make player homes, but many containers in Skyrim are safe and don't use this ID clue. Make sure that containers placed for player storage have their Respawn flag unchecked. Containers that are set to respawn will replenish their contents after 10 game days pass in general areas such as farms, or 30 for cleared dungeons and the like. These are great for placing in dungeons, or NPC homes, or stables. They are containers players can loot and after some time passes, the loot reappears. In a player home though, a respawning chest is an error. A player will store their gear in the containers in their homes, and a respawning chest will respawn and make the player's stored gear disappear! 2. Container Mistake #2: Altering Vanilla Containers Of course, modders like to create custom chests too, with specific goodies inside, like maybe a Daedric Sword. But it's not as easy as picking a container and adding a sword; you need to create a custom container before editing the contents. So let's create a custom chest. In the Object Window, go to World Object>Container, and locate PersonalChestSmall. Double click on it to open its base edit box to edit the base form of this container. Now this is where container mistake #2 can be avoided, before you change anything else in the base edit box, change the ID name to aaDRCustomChest01. Whenever you want to change an item by changing its inventory, its sound fx, or anything, you want to start by changing the ID name. This is true for changing any vanilla item, not just containers. When the ID name is changed, click Ok. A new smaller dialog box will open asking if you'd like to create a new form. Click Yes. This will create a duplicate of that chest physically, but with your custom name as its ID, it's changed into a new container. Let's look at our object window. Find the new container we just made in the list; should be at the top of the list if your ID starts with aa. Before we move on, I want to take a moment to really impress the importance of changing IDs on you. Right click on our new chest in the list and choose UseInfo. A use report window will open and you will see this chest hasn't been used anywhere yet. Click Ok to close the use report and go back to our vanilla PersonalChestSmall in the list. Right click on it and choose Use Info. You will see this vanilla chest is used once in WhiterunWorld but also once, twice, even three times in a lot of other places. In fact there are 153 instances of this chest scattered across Skyrim. If you change a vanilla chest, like adding a full suit of Ebony Armor, you won't just change the one in your house, you'll change all 153 instances too; imagine if they all had a suit of Ebony Armor inside! With custom containers, where you are adding a specific item for collection, change IDs, create New Form, THEN make your custom changes. Never ever change a generic vanilla container for your treasures. Now that we've covered the two common container mistakes, let's double click on our custom container in the object window to open its base edit box. The item list pane in the center shows what is inside the chest, which in this case are a few leveled items. Click on each, and tap your delete key to delete those. Then in the object window, go to Weapon and scroll down to DaedricSword. Drag it from the object window and drop it in the list pane for your chest. Make sure the respawn flag in unchecked and click Ok to save your changes. Then drag your custom chest into your house and place it near the wall. Part IV: NavMesh Pathing Pathing tells NPCs where it is safe to stand and walk in any given cell it helps them process and define the parameters of the world they live in. There are established paths in exteriors and interiors. Some modders think that it's okay to leave pathing out, but that's just lazy modding. A proper cell has pathing and so we're going to cover the basics of pathing with Skyrim's NavMesh so you can mod properly right from the start! Start by clicking the NavMesh button on the toolbar: The NavMesh toolbar will appear. For this basic course, we are only concerned with the first 3 tools from the left: Select Triangles: (T) Allows users to select triangles Select Vertex (Verticles): (V) Allows users to select vertexes Select Edges: (G) Allows users to select edges Let's start by toggling Select Vertexes on. Think of vertexes as the framework for a navmesh. Starting at the door right click on the floor in front of the door to place your first node; a green node will appear. Right-click to place another node on the opposite side of the doorframe; you should notice that this node is green but your first node has now become yellow. The green node indicates that it is the active node. Adjust your camera to the overhead view, and zoom in a bit so you can see the navmesh you are creating. We want to add a third node, center of the two, but further into the room. Navmeshes are made up of triangles so that's what we are making here. With your third node highlighted in green, hold ctrl and click the other two nodes to light them as well. When all three are green, tap A (or click the Create Triangle button on the Navmesh toolbar) to fill the triangle and create our first piece of navmesh. Smarty Says: Green nodes are active nodes you can move, yellow nodes are inactive and are not attached to the mesh attach or delete them, red nodes are part of the navmesh but are not active. The same applies to edges and triangles too; a yellow edge is not attached to your mesh and won't work. Right click on the floor to the right of our first triangle to place another node, and then click the two side nodes of the first triangle so you have three active nodes again. Tap A again to fill this second triangle. This is the start of our nav mesh, as we go we are going to form a blanket of triangles around our furniture statics. Move your camera and before placing your next node try to visualize the triangle patches. Be careful that your navmeshes don't cut through corners, furniture, or any obstacles. NPCs will consider any part of the mesh as safe to travel and stand on. You'll notice that there are two nodes highlighted as active after filling your second triangle. This function is to allow you to link triangles quickly in a technique Bethesda Devs coined "Walking the dog". With these two nodes active, you can use ctrl+right-click to drop another node and create a filled/connected triangle at the same time. This technique allows you to cover a lot of ground quickly. Place another node and link it up as before; keep working through the cell to plot out a blanket of pathing until your entire house is mapped out for NPCs to navigate. Even in a player home it's important to have pathing for companion animals, companion NPCs, and NPC messengers that might seek players out there. Save often as you go. Once you're done, go ahead and toggle the NavMesh button off, and Save! Smarty Says: There's a lot more to NavMeshing in Skyrim. For more information, continue reading the Lesson #2 Supplemental on NavMesh in post #2 of this thread Visit these wiki links for more on NavMeshes: http://www.creationkit.com/Navmesh_Cheat_Sheet http://www.creationkit.com/Navmesh http://www.creationkit.com/Bethesda_Tutorial_Navmesh Smarty Says: The Creation Kit is capable of auto generating nav meshes, but this technique is really best suited to a testing environment. Creating a NavMesh path by hand is the cleanest and ultimately the best way to path your cells even though it is generally more time consuming. This concludes Lesson #2! You should now know how to duplicate, rotate, and place clutter, create custom chests, and create a basic NavMesh in an interior. Well done! We'll discuss more about NavMeshes in lessons #3 and 4, where we will finally be exploring the exterior game world and will be creating an exterior to match our interior. Be sure to do your homework so you can earn the points for this lesson and prepare for the next. This assignment is worth 10pts and the Extra Credit Section is worth 5pts. You need 100pts to earn a medal for the CK Basics Class. So do your assignment and post a screenshot here when you are done. For this section's homework you are going to finish the interior work by adding more clutter to complete the level design of your tavern or house. You may add any statics you'd like to practice, but your house should have at least these items when your homework is done, not including what we've added in class. In Lesson #3, we'll be venturing into the exterior and exploring exterior mechanics, basic landscaping, cluttering exteriors, and linking doors. Keep studying hard, students, and practice, practice, practice! Ready to move on? Head to Lesson #3: Exterior Mechanics
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    Version 1.21 FINAL


    Name: Insanity's Improved Armoury Compilation Version: 1.21 FINAL Date: 03/27/2012 Category: Armor Author: InsanitySorrow Source: TES Alliance ================= Requirements: ================= Oblivion 1.2.416 ================= Description: ================= InsanitySorrow has created a large number of high-resolution texture and normal map replacers for stock armor and weapons, compiled two ways for your convenience. The first package is a scripted OMOD that will allow you to install all the textures or choose only specific ones to install. This .omod can only be used or extracted by Oblivion Mod Manager (OBMM). The second package is a .7zip archive that contains the full compilation in one parent folder, so you can manually install the whole thing in the usual drag-and-drop-and-overwrite fashion. The alternate Elven and Glass textures are offered as well, in separate folders. This package is BAIN-friendly. Both packages include all of InsanitySorrow's high-rez armor and weapon retextures to date: Improved Armoury - Amelion Armor Improved Armoury - Arena Champion Improved Armoury - Ayleid Crown Improved Armoury - Blackwater Cuirass Improved Armoury - Blackwater Blade Improved Armoury - Blackwood Improved Armoury - Blades Improved Armoury - Bloodworm Helm Improved Armoury - Chainmail Armor Improved Armoury - Chillrend Improved Armoury - City Guards Improved Armoury - Daedric Armor Improved Armoury - Daedric Bracers Improved Armoury - Daedric Weapons Improved Armoury - Dark Brotherhood Improved Armoury - Debaser Improved Armoury - Dwarven Improved Armoury - Ebony Armor Improved Armoury - Elven Armor Improved Armoury - Golden Elven Improved Armoury - Fur Armor Improved Armoury - Glass Improved Armoury - Dark Green Glass Improved Armoury - Darker Green Glass Improved Armoury - Gray Fox Cowl Improved Armoury - Imperial Dragon Improved Armoury - Imperial Palace Cuirass Improved Armoury - Imperial Watch Improved Armoury - Iron Improved Armoury - Leather Improved Armoury - Legion Improved Armoury - Legion Horseman Helm Improved Armoury - Mithril Armor Improved Armoury - Mythic Dawn Improved Armoury - Orcish Armor Improved Armoury - Pit Leather Improved Armoury - Savior's Hide Improved Armoury - Shield of the Thorn Improved Armoury - Silver Weapons Improved Armoury - Spellbreaker Improved Armoury - Staff of Indarys Improved Armoury - Steel Improved Armoury - Thorn Blade Improved Armoury - Witsplinter Enhanced Normal Maps - Daedric Enhanced Normal Maps - Daedric Artifacts Enhanced Normal Maps - Dwarven Enhanced Normal Maps - Ebony Enhanced Normal Maps - Elven Enhanced Normal Maps - Glass Enhanced Normal Maps - Madness Enhanced Normal Maps - Spellbreaker ================= Installation: ================= BAIN (using the 7zip archive) 1) Move or copy the downloaded archive to your Bash Installers folder, no need to extract first. 2) From the Wyre Bash installers tab, select the archive on the left. Check the boxes on the right for Core Files and any alternate colors you wish to install. 3) Right-click on the archive on the left, and choose Install from the context menu. OMOD (using the .omod) 1) Double-click the .omod file from within Windows Explorer. This will open OBMM and automatically add the .omod to OBMM. 2) Double-click the .omod from within OBMM to begin installation. Follow the prompts to select which content you want to install. Manual (using the 7zip archive) 1) Extract the archive you downloaded to a temporary location. 2) Copy the contents of the "Core Files" folder to your ..Oblivion\Data folder. Click "Yes" to overwrite, if prompted. 3) Repeat step 2 for any of the alternate folders, if desired. Wrye Bash and OBMM both handle ArchiveInvalidation for you, which is required for texture replacers such as this to take effect in-game. If you don't have either of those applications, please consult your internet search engine of choice for other solutions. ================= Un-Installation: ================= BAIN Right-click the archive from the Installers tab and choose Uninstall from the context menu. OMOD Double-click the .omod from within OBMM to de-activate it. Manual Delete the files/folders associated with the mod. ================= Contact: ================= Please contact InsanitySorrow @ TESAlliance with any inquiries. ================= Credits: ================= Thanks to Bethesda for creating Oblivion. ================= Tools Used: ================= Insanity's ReadMe Generator Photoshop
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    CK Basics Lesson #3: Exterior Mechanics Welcome Back, Student! Before you begin this lesson be sure you have completed the course Introduction as well as Lessons #1 and #2. In this lesson we will be stepping into the exterior world of Tamriel, but we'll be coming back to that interior, so make sure you have finished so you can keep up later. If you haven't done so yet, bring up the CK and load your mod, remember to set it as the active file so your changes this session will be applied and saved. Part I: Navigating Exteriors The first thing we want to do is take a look at the Cell View Window. The default worldspace displayed is Interiors. Click on the drop down menu and select the worldspace Tamriel to load Skyrim's exterior cells in the Cell View Window. Smarty Says: Tamriel is the only exterior worldspace you want to build in if you want your mod to appear in the exterior game world. Many of the other worlds, like SolitudeWorld, are child worldspaces. If you build outside the city walls in SolitudeWorld, your house will be in the void that is outside the city walls when you are inside the city as a player. SolitudeWorld is just for the city interior part of Solitude. That said, if you want to build something in the city, like a new shop for example, then you would build in the SolitudeWorld worldspace. If you want a house outside Solitude's walls, then you need to build in the Tamriel worldspace at the coordinates outside the city. Once Tamrie's cells have loaded we need to select a cell we can build in. Before you go rooting through the CK, have a look at a detailed map to find a location. A modder's resource grid map that displays the cell grid numbers would be best so you can look up your selected cell by its coordinates using the X.Y filter on the Cell View Window, but for now we'll be using a detailed locational map. [This section will be updated in the future with a grid map] For this tutorial we will be building in a cell located near Half-Moon Mill. In the first column in the Cell View Window you'll find all the cells listed alphabetically by their Editor ID names. Scroll down the list to HalfMoonMillExterior and double click to load it in the CK. Click on the Render Window and zoom out using your mouse wheel to get an overview over the Half Moon Mill Exterior. As you navigate the window, be very careful not to disturb anything. We want to maneuver in the render window into a neighboring cell that is open for development. Click B to bring up the yellow cell border grid that shows where cell boundaries are and navigate to wilderness cell -12, -14 Part II: Developing Exteriors Now that we found our cell we want to rename it. In Skyrim, there are thousands of wilderness cells and we don't want to hunt up the grid number every time we want to work on it. Scroll over to the Editor ID of our cell and click on it once in the cell view window. A flashing cursor will appear and you can type in a new name for our cell: aaDRTutorialExt01. This time our naming convention is the same as our interior, except we've made the end Ext meaning Exterior. Now if you click on the Editor ID heading, our cell will jump to the top, just scroll up to find it, and then double click on the cell name to load it in the render window. Smarty Says: If the cell you have chosen to alter is already named something other than Wilderness like the neighboring cell HalfMoonMillExterior, STOP, do not rename it. Renaming a named cell can cause conflicts if another mod references that cell by its original name. Just make note of that cell's name so you know not to clean it out later on accident, but leave it in tact. Welcome to our exterior cell! The cell grid borders will continue to help you stay within the boundaries of our selected cell. If you go outside the boundaries when modding you are affecting another cell. If you want to keep the changes you made outside your target cell, you will want to rename that cell as well. By naming the cells you change, you can make sure you don't accidentally delete any of your hard work later when cleaning the mod for release. Let's zoom in now and get to work! First thing we need to do is select an exterior static for our tavern/house, this will help us make judicious choices about how to adjust the default contents of the cell to accommodate it. In the Object Window, under Static, look up the Farmhouse statics 01-06, as well as FarmhouseSmith01 and FarmInn01. For this project any of these exteriors would do really, but the one we're interested in for our class work is FarmhouseSmith01. Drag and drop the farmhouse static into the render window, but be certain you are dropping it into our claimed cell and not one of the neighboring cells. Use the Z key to lower the farmhouse closer to the terrain and position it relative to the road; right about where that big tree trunk is laying facing the road. You don't want a structure to rest on top of the ground; you need to lower it so that all sides are sunk into the ground, about halfway up the foundation stones at least. A close inspection will show a number of trees, rocks, and landscape debris poking through our farmhouse and generally getting in the way. Do NOT delete these object refs. Deleting vanilla objects can cause possible mod conflicts later and even CTDs, always try to be mindful of the impact of other modders in the gameworld; you're not the only one making changes so make them as compatibly as possible. A good rule of thumb is move it if you can, disable it if you can't. So, instead of diving into mass deletions, use your camera and mouse to move things away from the farmhouse static. Be careful not to cross the cell borders. The game remembers these objects belonging to this cell, if you cross them out of the cell, you can get errors about objects being in the wrong cell for their stored location. Be sure to move things out from under the house static as well. When you're finished you should have a clear setting for your tavern/house. Smarty Says: Heya Students! Is your workspace darker than what you see in the pictures? Press A to toggle your work light on to shed some light on things! Still too dark? Try toggling on the Sky instead of the worklight to shed some good Skyrim sunlight on it. Then add a WalkwayStairs8 and Farmhousedoor01 to the front of the farmhouse so players can walk up to the walkway around the house. Add a second walkway to the side porch as well. When finished you should have something like this. Smarty Says: Did your house disappear?! v1.4.23 of the Creation Kit has a bug that makes some large statics fail to load. The easiest solution to bring it back in the CK is to tap F5 to refresh the render window. If the house is gone in game, make sure you are using a clean save and avoid fast travel, in many cases fast travel produces the same load fail in game. Entering an interior and returning to the exterior may reload the game version. These fixes are not permanent, the house will disappear anytime it fails to load just repeat the reload actions. Save! This Lesson is Continued Below
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    Part III: Landscaping Skyrim We can get a good look at the house now that we have that clutter cleared out of the way and while it's off to a great start, there's still a bit of work to be done in the exterior. We have some grass cropping up through our stepways, the uneven ground around our foundation is sloped on one side, and the pathway up to our steps is overgrown. Landscaping can be very intimidating to new modders, just remember the most important part of the Newbie Mantra: modding Skyrim is fun, not scary. With a little practice you'll be landscaping like a pro in no time, so let's get started. Tap H or the landscape toggle on the toolbar to open the landscape editor. You'll notice your cursor has been replaced by a red circle, which is the visual guide for our edit radius. This illustration will outline the primary parts of the landscape editor so you can understand the basics of what this tool can do. To be a better landscaper it helps to understand how the landscape works. Just like the exterior is made up of a grid of cells, those cells are made up of nodes or vertices that are placed together like a huge patchwork quilt. By moving vertices higher and lower we can create hills and valleys. Great big hills can become mountains, and deep low valleys can become lakes. What we're going to do now for our tavern/house is on a much smaller scale, and much simpler. The first landscaping job we want to sort out is the grass under the steps. Grass is the modder's bane, it gets into everything, and while 3D grass renders in the CK, it doesn't adjust real time as we make changes. Think of the CK grass as a reflection of what's in game because it's going to be different as we go. Let's start with the grass around the main steps, zoom in for a closer look. With a good angle and the landscape editor open, HOLD ctrl and right click on the grassy area. This will make your active texture (displayed in the window) one of the primary grass textures in the area you clicked. There are five textures at play here so you might have gotten something different than the example, that's okay, the rest still applies. For the example, the CK brought up LFieldGrass02 as the selected texture. The point of this is to see what texture you are looking at. Once you know that, you will be able to replace it with a NoGrass version while maintaining the overall look of your landscape. Just below your grassy version you will see an identical NoGrass version; you may need to expand the Editor ID column to see the NoGrass suffix on the ID. Click on that version to make it the actively selected texture. This is what you are going to paint with now to eliminate grass. For such a small area make sure your Edit Radius, or brush size, to 1, and set your Max Opacity to 100. Full opacity is what prevents grass from other textures in the area from invading our NoGrass territory. Once you have your texture selected, and your brush and opacity set you're ready to paint. The best thing to do is make one click strokes with your right mouse button and paint your texture carefully over the areas under our steps that have grass. Oblivion modders had the luxury of being able to undo numerous bad strokes, the creation kit will only undo the last couple so don't get carried away and expect to undo it easily. Smarty Says: When you painted your texture what did you see? A grassy texture? Or just black paint?! A texture that paints black means you may have too many textures in that quadrant. In Skyrim, each exterior cell is made up of four quadrants and each quadrant can have no more than six unique texture types painted in it. If you try to add a seventh, the texture will simply paint as a matte black color; it will turn black in game as well. Not to fear, this isn't like the black texture bug of Oblivion infamy, this black paint can be undone, or painted over, just like every other landscape texture. If this happens you'll need to consolidate your textures. Part III.a: Consolidating Textures While positioned over the full texture quad with the landscape editor, tap i to open the Land info dialog box. This window will show you the four quads for that cell and the textures contained in each. To find the trouble making quad, look for the list with more than 6 textures. Right click on one of the lesser used grass textures and choose REPLACE. Swap this grass texture with one of the NoGrass textures you've been painting with to consolidate them into one. To be cautious, use replace to consolidate rather than delete which does more damage. Also, leave the top textures alone. Their use percentage tends to be high and the outcome of replacing or deleting the primary texture could be unpredictable. Once you have a NoGrass texture that's painting effectively, finish painting under both sets of steps to clear a walkway for players. Your changes won't reflect in the CK, but you'll be able to double check your work in game. Save! Our next task is to create a path from the road to our structure so players aren't wading through grass to get to the steps. On the toolbar find the Grass Toggle and toggle off the grass to make it easier to see where our path is. [Note: There is a bug in the toggles that may render some features on even when the toggles are off. If your grass toggle is off, click it on and back off to shut off your grass.] When the grass is off, select a new dirt texture from those already in the cell like LDirt02 and paint a narrow path from the steps to the road. This will clear the grass out for us in game and prep the path for cobbling. The next landscaping technique we're going to explore is raising and lowering the landscape mesh. Let's start by setting the Edit Radius to 2. A size 1 radius is excellent for painting textures with more precision, but for moving the terrain you can get better results with a slightly wider brush. Position that red circle over the footpath we drew near the base of our steps. Then left click+hold and ever so gently push your mouse down to create a subtle indention in your path. Then release your hold. You're going to repeat this process all the way down the path to the road to create the effect of wear. Repeat this landscaping in little sections, lower the terrain a bit, rotate your camera, and then lower a little more. Terrain can trick the eye, it can look absolutely beautiful from one angle, and then hideous from another, so by rotating your camera you can be certain it looks good from all sides. Save! Road stones in Oblivion were painted textures, but in Skyrim, road stones are made up of placed static cobblestones. The road stones are listed under Statics in the object window beginning with the prefix "Road". There are different types for different locations. If you're near a road like we are in this cell, try to use the same type of road chunks, in this case use RoadChunkM03, RoadChunkM04, and RoadChunkL03 to plot a broken path up to our tavern on the dirt path we just molded. Sink them in up to the top edge of the static, even if you need to adjust the landscape to suit the mesh; these look displaced if they sit too high on the terrain. Now that our footpath is complete and leads out to the road let's have a look at the foundation of our house. The one side of our cell slopes rather dramatically. While the landscape around your house doesn't need to be perfectly even, you don't want half the foundation exposed either. Next we're going to lift the terrain around our foundation wall, same technique as lowering our path only in reverse. Just use one click movements so you don't overdo it. When you're finished you should have something like this. Lastly we're going to smooth a few rough edges! Change your Edit Radius back to 1 and check the flag next to "Soften Verticles". Using one click at a time, click the terrain where our changes may have made any jagged edges or points. This will soften the rough edges slightly to blend the old terrain into our changes. Smarty Says: Doing one-click actions with the powerful flatten and soften tools can save you big headaches! If you make a mistake, simply hit ctrl+z to undo and try again! Save! Part IV: Map Markings The next thing we need to do in our exterior in this lesson is add a map marker. MapMarkers are the CK object that creates a point on the in game map for this location. It's also what makes those cool titles appear when you find a location the first time. Under WorldObjects>Statics find the Object called MapMarker and drag it into the Render window. This green tablet marker is where the player will land when they teleport into that area by fast traveling. Place the marker with our cell, but a bit toward the start of our path out by the road. Once placed, double click on it to open its reference box. Click on the tab called "Marker Data" this is where we will set the details for our marker. For this tutorial, name your house to match your interior name, select settlement under type, and check the visible flag so you can find it in game! Smarty Says: Everything you add to the render window becomes a reference, that's why when you double click on it, it has a reference box! Each reference box contains information (data) for ONLY that object, so it's okay to change reference data like, scale and ownership for example or in this case MapMarker Data, since it will only apply to this specific instance of that object. Part V: Linking Doors One more step left for our classwork this lesson. Time to get a door on this tavern and link it up with the interior we made earlier. Under WorldObjects>Door, find FarmHouseDoor01, drag/drop it in the render window and position it in front of the faux door on our house exterior. Make sure the door handle is facing outward for realism sake. Once it's in place, double click on the door to open its reference window. Select the Teleport Tab and there you'll find two drop down slots. Cell is where you choose the destination cell. In this case our house interior aaDRTutorialInt01. In the drop down box called Reference, you will select which door you want to link to from the available doors inside; another farmhouse door should be your only option at this point, so once your teleport tab looks like this click Ok. Smarty Says: Oh no! When you chose the Cell there were no doors to choose under Reference!! Did you forget to add a door to your interior cell? You'll have to go there now. In the cell view window, change your worldspace to Interiors, select our interior house and double click to load it. Add a FarmHouseDooor01 to your interior. Once in place, double click on the door to open the reference box and select the teleport link. The rest of the instructions are the same except you are going inside out, same results though, promise. When the Reference box closes you will see a translucent yellow block merged with the front of your door now. This is the actual door marker. With your mouse, click on the door and drag that block out of the door. You will see it has a yellow/orange beak on it. Imagine that block is a person, and the beak is that person's nose. Set the block in front of the door with the beak pointing AWAY from the door. That will be where the player appears when they come out from that door. Once in place, double click on the marker and a message will appear saying "View Door reference for this Door Marker?" Say Yes! This action will teleport you to the other door inside our house where the yellow block is still in the door. Pull it out and position it as well, with the beak pointing toward the interior and away from the door. Smarty Says: Keep your door marker close to their doors where a person would be standing when they enter. A door marker several feet from the door would be an unnatural landing point. Great job, you have now completed the longest lesson so far, Lesson #3! You now know how to claim and edit an exterior cell, do some landscaping, add doors, and mapmarkers! Well done, I'm very proud of you and you should be proud of yourself! For your homework this go around you will be sprucing up our exterior. Use some creativity and find some unique statics to get your assignments done. This Main Assignment is worth 10pts, Extra Credit is worth 5pts. Post a screenshot here when your assignment is complete. In Lesson #4 we will be refining the skills you have learned so far and explore the value of testing and tweaking. Also, now is a good time to start browsing the Credit Challenges, these are small modding tasks that are worth big points. Most of you will be required to do at least two to finish the class. Keep up the great work, students! When you've finished with this class visit Lesson #4: Design Refinement
  11. 8 points
    In addition to the standard rules there are a few additions specifically for the modules. Be sure you read them carefully. The modules on TESA are extra privileges we allow you to use freely, but disregarding rules will result in those privileges being revoked, permanently if need be. --------------------------------------------- Downloads No uploading anything that is considered "Adult Swim" material. Meaning no mods of a sexual nature. This site is rated PG-13 and that includes our mods section. If you are looking for a place to upload/download mods of that type, there are plenty of places to do so.No "Cool" or "Sucks" comments. Add something constructive, or at least a complete sentence or don't comment at all.All images posted with mods must adhere to our rules for images; meaning bikini coverage on bodies and no overtly sexual poses.While we sometimes make exceptions for special circumstances, we ask that you do not upload text files here with links to other sites in lieu of hosting actual mod files. It's a misuse of our hosting service and constitutes advertising.Mod Authors retain final say on their mod usage, refer to the rights and privileges section on the individual download pages for specific permission details.--------------------------------------------- Galleries Observe the standard rules of image content in your galleries.Non-related images may be hosted in your private albums, but public albums must remain content relevant to the site since they appear on the index.--------------------------------------------- Blogs Observe the standard rules of images and content in your blogs. --------------------------------------------- Status Update Hook Status Updates must be in EnglishYou may not use your status to bump your forum threadsYou may not use your status to overtly advertiseStatus Updates may not contain profane or vulgar commentary--------------------------------------------- A Note on Private Messaging Unlike many ES fansites, TESA offers the cutting edge PM convo feature which allows members to create a private forum thread in their PM box and chat privately with multiple parties. The PM system also permits members to upload and download file attachments within their conversations. However, users should be aware that abuse of the PM system is not tolerated here. Members are encouraged to report PM conversations that are abusive so the staff may intervene and take action where needed; every PM inbox has a report button for this purpose. The PM system also logs and filters messages for illegal content. Such PMs will be investigated and may result in all participants being permanently banned; in some cases IP providers and authorities will be contacted. Do not use the PM system here for piracy nor cyber terrorism.
  12. 7 points
    You would have to go in an right click each image to save as. Today I started downloading the whole of TESA to my rig, which thankfully had enough room to store the sites. It will probably run all night and into tomorrow before it's finished but I'll update here once I can verify everything is secured, its actually downloading TESA's gallery right now.
  13. 7 points
    Those that were here will remember that over the last summer (or winter for the north) that I was trying to spend more time around the forums, however in January I disappeared again. Considering whats happened and where I'm at now its a good time to post this to let you guys know. For the past 4 months I've been quite sick with what has be diagnosed as an unknown balance disorder. After having a mild cold in January a part of my right ear which control balance was damaged or effected in some way which let me unable to do much. Something as simple as walking can be difficult and gives me a crippling headache within minutes, so obviously I cannot drive nor go and do much. This also led to dropping my university courses as I couldn't attend, however since I am at the end part of my studies I had to finish a research project that I could do from home, so that has occupied the hours when I'm well enough to work. Using a desktop is impossible, since it requires sitting up, but lucky using my laptop in a high-back chair does not cause problems, so that's what my life is at the moment. The area effected is one with very little research, they don't even understand how it works yet. This means they don't know whats caused this, don't have a name for the condition and there is no simple treatment. If I was doing medicine I would be my own research project. Yesterday I started physiotherapy which I is supposed to re-train the part of my brain that controls balance to understand the change in signals from my ears. The physio is simply to make my head hurt so much that it stops hurting, which as you can imagine is not very fun. I've got a deadline of 1 month until I have to stand and give a seminar on my research project, so for the moment that is my aim. Thanks for reading.
  14. 7 points
    To be a service provider a site has to get the invite. We had an invite, we did not accept, and would not accept because paid mods violate the tenets of our site. As I said, we respect a modder's right to choose, but our choice for TESA is to remain free. That is our official stance. Again I would encourage cooler heads to prevail, the first step in maintaining our community as a whole is to stop the drama and the fear mongering. There are tons of non Sims 3 communities where free and paid modders exist in harmony. This decision by Valve/Zenimax is not the end of modding unless we roll over and let that happen. Do not sell. Do not buy. Do not drink the Koolaid.
  15. 7 points
    I just downloaded the unofficial skyrim patch, but where do I extract the file in order to get it to work?
  16. 7 points

    From the album Tamiras Skyrim Album

    Halloween pumpkins. One with glow, the other without glow.
  17. 6 points
    Hail Elders, VIPs, and Allies, Ten years ago I joined the Elder Scrolls community and in the interest of sharing the knowledge I'd gathered I started TES Alliance to be a safe place of creativity, study, and free collaboration. I have never made money here, and I didn't start this to make money, modding and teaching are my passions, I have lead and maintained this site all these years for the sheer love of the craft and our community. Those who have been here from the beginning know me well enough to know I don't often discuss my personal life at length on this forum, but today, the future of TES Alliance is tied to my own and it looks a bit grim at the moment. We received word a few days ago that the man who owns the house we've been renting for years has spontaneously decided to sell, it goes on the market tomorrow. With no notice, we have to scramble to pack up our life here and move. Problem is, my wife's job is the primary source of our rent and we recently started a bankruptcy program to rehabilitate her student loan debt. We did this before the news that we were losing our home so now, we're losing our home, and no one will rent to us. We don't qualify for any home loans or assistance programs because of the bankruptcy; the owner's timing is really the worst it could be. June 1st, we will be homeless, with our two little girls. We are currently running a GoFundMe to raise the money to discharge the bankruptcy and put a down payment on a new home so that the credit issues are no longer a hurdle. If you would like to help you can make a donation or share the link to tell our story, we'd really appreciate it. https://www.gofundme.com/1-new-home-for-2-little-girls I'm sharing the story here because I'm not sure how long we will be in transit or how long I can maintain TESA and her server while trying to keep a roof over our heads any way I can. I will give as much notice as possible before closing the site down if that happens. In the meantime, the TESA team is here to keep things running and as long as our members keep kicking into the servers the site may weather this just fine. I just don't want there to be any surprises. TES Alliance is still my passion, you all have been like family for years. I'm grateful for this time we've had together and if the Nine are willing we will carry on here for many years and many Scrolls to come. Cheers, and Happy Modding!
  18. 6 points
    Just an update here, we signed a lease this morning and we are no longer homeless, officially! We are still fundraising to cover moving costs and to replace the old appliances that are in the place now, they don't work, so if you can help out or just share my fundraiser with your family/friends offline that'd be awesome. I'm really grateful for everyone's support through this For now we're cleaning and painting and trying to make a home out of this diamond in the rough! Almost to the other side of this overhaul
  19. 6 points
    I don't know if everyone else knows but Colonel and Doc paid the bill this time around, and I've got to say I'm very appreciative. This site has been our home for a while now and I'll definitely be keeping a closer eye on things so another shutdown like that doesn't happen. I went ahead and made a donation too to stave off any future troubles. Thanks so much to Doc and Colonel for bringing us back online, cheers to y'all
  20. 6 points
    Sons of the Alliance! Of Nexus! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of modders fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Modding comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand! Modders of Elder Scrolls! [Just seemed like we needed a rallying LOTResq speech ] This day only changes modding and the spirit of it if we allow it to, and I for one will never go quietly into that dark night. The community lives in us, our fellowships, our collaborations. We are Modders, we can choose what happens next and I plan to keep making free content for a series I love. Don't despair my friends, don't fall down that spiral of fear, hate and doubt, (of the dark side these things are ) this is our community, we are the creators, as long as we carry on so does it all.
  21. 6 points
    The spirit of modding lives on as long as we mod in the spirit of modding, my mods will always be free and hosted free. Long live modding
  22. 6 points
    You're enjoying your romp through the game, admiring the scenery to a new mod you just installed. Everything seems to be going fairly well, you haven't run into any issues and nothing seems out of place. That is, until you round the corner and come upon the following scene: You think to yourself "this doesn't look right", and you'd be correct. You have a cottage square in the middle of your awesome new Unique Landscapes area. Come to think of it, you recognize this cottage, sort of, then it hits you. "That's Emma's Bravil Bridge Cottage! It never used to look quite this cluttered before!" Again, you'd be right. Emma's cottage sat on a nice pristine piece of land with nothing much around it. Until Bravil Barrowfields came along. Not to mention, a bit of further exploring nearby reveals some large rocks covering over Emma's dock. It looks like you need a patch. This is a rather common problem when using a lot of mods. Anyone who is an avid fan of the Unique Landscapes series of mods can attest to the vast number of patches that have already been generated. With this tutorial, I'll try and lay out the basics of what Vorians and I face each time one of these patches needs to be created. This patch for Emma's Bravil Bridge Cottage will be a decent example of one of the less complex patches. Planning The first thing that needs to be done is to get a feel for the scope of the project. The best way to do that, while you're already at the location needing a patch, is to take screenshots of the affected area. The one I presented above is from the back side of the cottage and illustrates most of the issues needing correction. For purposes of making this a bit clearer, I went ahead and shot the following: Using the in-game console "tcl" command, I was able to orient myself directly over the cottage. I've circled the more obvious places needing work. Several objects are clipping into the house, and if you were to walk around its perimeter, you'd see that several objects are mostly buried behind the cottage's walls as well. Since it helps to know exactly what you're trying to work around, I've also taken the following shot from within the TES Construction Set with only Emma's mod loaded: As you can probably guess, Bravil Barrowfields adds a huge amount of stuff in the immediate area. Note in Emma's CS shot that none of the walls, fencing, vineyard wiring, fort ruins, trees, rocks, and even the landscape itself are present. So with this in mind, you need to make sure you have the following tools: * TES Construction Set, version 1.2.404. Using the older CS may lead to problems. * A copy of TES4Edit, version 2.5.3 or later. * A copy of Wrye Bash. You can substitute TES Gecko here, provided you know what you're doing with it. If you are not reasonably familiar with these tools, then patching mods is not something you should be undertaking as it requires an intermediate to advanced knowledge of landscape modding and object manipulation, as well as mod de-isolation and the use of the ESM flag. Getting Started Open up your copy of Wrye Bash, and find the mods in question in your load list. For best results, be sure your list is sorted by load order, as this is critical to get things right. Highlight the two mods to be worked on, you can ctrl-click to select more than one at once. Then, as show, right-click and select ESMify Self. After clicking on it, when you unhighlight the mods, their names will be listed in blue. This tells you they're ready to be treated as masters in the CS. The Construction Set Open the CS, and locate the two mods. Checkmark the boxes to load them. You will not be able to tell it to treat either one as active, this is normal. Allow the CS to load. If you get any errors during the process, click the "Yes to all" button to continue. Errors when dealing with overlapping mod files is normal. Bring yourself to the affected area you intend to work on. In our case here, cell 13,-9 in the Tamriel worldspace. You should be presented with something resembling this: Make an over all mental note of things now that you can see them all laid out in the CS. Some aspects of the clash might be fitting if kept. Others might not. Also try to keep a general philosophy in mind: Touch as little as possible. The main goal is to be as non-disruptive to the scene as you can and not to spread changes to more than is absolutely necessary. Get comfortable. There's lots to be done here. The most obvious order of business will be to clear away objects that are too close to the cottage, such as some of the vine trellises, plants, clutter barrels, and other small items. You should periodically remember to save your work. The CS can be somewhat picky even with normal mods, but with patch mods it presents a special pickiness that causes more crashes than usual. Don't lose hours of work because you forgot until the end, because you may not get the chance. While working, take note of any doors, XMarkers, Map Markers, Oblivion gates, etc. These are generally persistent objects and cannot be moved once their locations are visited. They become permanently fixed in place in the saved game. So any patch work to be done absolutely should not move a persistent object. If you find that this is not feasible, it is best to seek help from someone more familiar with ways of getting around this. You should avoid at all costs the urge to use a script to reposition such objects in the patch file as ANY scripted changes ALSO become permanent in the saved game. You can safely move door markers (the semi-transparent yellow rectangular objects with the pink/purple arrow) if the need arises. NEVER DELETE A PERSISTENT OBJECT! This can cause untold disruption in the user's game! Oblivion does not handle deletion of persistent objects well under any circumstances, even with normal mods. The game can become unstable and crash when those objects are not present. There are methods for getting around problems like this, but they're best left for a more advanced tutorial since it involves a solid working knowledge of TES4Edit to make it happen. Returning to the job at hand, you will probably find it helpful to disable the display of tree leaves and to have landscape borders turned on. With the initial work done, my results are already a substantial improvement: I've removed many plants from the immediate surroundings, removed the fort ruin chunk that clashed with the cottage, removed trellises that collided into the walls, and removed some barrels and brick wall pieces. Two large rocks covering the dock have also been deleted. I moved the tree that was intersecting the well into a new position. I've been careful to avoid moving the cottage itself, and the little garden troughs that are up against it. I did not need to move the door markers either. Fortunately no persistent objects in this area need to be moved, so that's one less headache to deal with. There's one other aspect that needs to be considered though. Is the cottage sitting directly over anything? In this case, yes, the cottage is obscuring some additional plants and more brick wall pieces. These will also need to be deleted. in general, anything rendered invisible due to burial like this that is not critical to the scene should be removed to help game performance. These objects get rendered by the game engine whether you can see them or not. The next logical step is to check for objects that are critical to the scene which might have been buried by changes in land height. In the case of Emma's mod, the dock she added along the shore has been partially buried under a bit of raised land. Using the landscape tool on its smallest radius, that needs to be lowered carefully until the dock looks normal again. In the process, a rowboat next to it will emerge. If the landscape can't be shaped precisely enough to leave it in place, then it should be moved a little bit until it can be. Now comes the general landscape repairs. There may or may not be tearing along the cell borders to consider. In this case, none is visible on inspection. There may also be some adjustments to make in general land height within the work area. Since landscape is winner-take-all, all height, texturing, and vertex shading for this project was provided by Bravil Barrowfields. So some restoration of Emma's work is needed. Start by making sure that the land height in the work area is satisfactory. There should ideally be no jagged bumps or unusual sloping, or half buried objects. Fortunately, it appears as though land height adjustments have already been dealt with at the dock. Once you're satisfied with any height adjustments in the landscape, the next step is to correct any obvious texture flaws. In this case, two things should stand out: * Emma's mod left green grass all around the cottage. Some of which should be restored. * There was a cobblestone path leading in from the main road to the front door which needs to be restored. While restoring the land texturing, don't panic if you're painting grass and you end up with what looks like ugly mud. The CS has a bug when there are 9 textures in use in a cell. It displays the wrong one while you're working but it is applying the correct one to the file. Since painting grass in this case involves covering underneath a building, I've chosen to use a grass texture that does not cause the game to generate tall grass. After painting textures, fixing any out of place vertex shading should be done. Fortunately not much of that needs to be done in this example, other than to surround the house with it. With the landscaping done, here are the results so far: There is one final phase necessary before work in the CS is finished: Path grids. Like landscape, path grids are winner-take all. Since Bravil Barrowfields loaded as the second file, its path grid choices took precedence. So there's going to be some problems to correct. Fortunately, not as bad as it could be. There is only one not so obvious path node that must be dealt with and that's the one under the house. Unfortunately deleting it severs part of the grid, so I'll add some new nodes to reconnect it and to provide for better pathing around the cottage, so that any NPCs and creatures in the area can get around here. With the pathing fixes done, and everything looking satisfactory at this stage, it's time to exit the CS. Don't forget to save, would be a shame to lose all this nice work, right? Cleanup With TES4Edit The CS is a somewhat erratic beast. It can leave unwanted edits in even the simplest of mods in places you'd hardly expect. These edits that get left behind can lead to compatibility issues with other mods. This is especially bad if you performed one of the big no-nos at some point, such as hitting "compile all" believing it would only compile your scripts from your mod. The result is actually far worse, your mod saves untouched copies of every script in the game when this happens. Worse still, objects deleted by the CS that might end up being edited by another mod later in your load order causes the infamous "crash-on-exit" bug. Or it can leave Oblivion hung indefinitely when trying to quit. It is therefore important to understand that nearly all mods need some form of cleanup in order to correct this. This is by no means a problem exclusive to Oblivion. It existed in Morrowind as well, and a number of mod cleanup utilities were created for the purpose. TES4Edit and TES Gecko are the two primary tools that are capable of mod cleaning for Oblivion, with TES4Edit being vastly more reliable for this purpose. Sadly, this problem also extends into Fallout 3, where FO3Edit (same program as TES4Edit, different filename) is the only tool available for the job. Patch mods add to this frustration because the CS was never intended to work with ESPs editing each other's content. So the problem of unwanted (dirty) edits is even greater. Which is where the next step in creating this patch comes in: Fixing the CS bugs so your users don't complain that the patch you just built to solve one compatibility issue causes a dozen others in far flung areas of the game. There are two schools of thought on how to handle cleaning a patch file. Those who will go with what TES4Edit finds and removes as part of the automated process, and those who take the extra step of manually inspecting every change made to weed out addition unwanted edits - stuff the automated process won't remove. Also known as "wild" edits. For purposes of this guide, I'm going to go through the manual removal method. Which is also a good illustration of why cleaning in general is needed, as you'll be able to see what dirty edits look like before they're removed. So let's open up TES4Edit now. Find the patch file that was just saved, and double click on it. TES4Edit will automatically pick up the two parent mods as it loads. When it gets done loading, the fun begins. Expand the file tree in the left window pane, it should resemble this: Keep in mind, the actual working area of the patch that was just made: Cell 13,-9, and cell 13,-8. Something should be immediately obvious right off the bat. There are edits for cell 13,-12, 20,-17, and 20,-14 included. These particular cells have no data branches below them, and are highlighted in green, indicating they are identical to the data in the plugin's master files. If you click on each one, note what the display on the right side does. These identical cell records need to be removed. This is done by right-clicking on them from the left window pane, then telling TES4Edit to remove each one. In doing so, you should notice that "Sub-Block 2, -3" and "Sub-Block 2, -2" are now dangling with no data branches. Those need to be removed as well. The results should look like this: The next step is to expand the remaining branches. Once you do, you'll see this: The ones that just read as "Placed Object" with no further data listed are the various things that were deleted while in the CS. Then there are some additional green on yellow edits for rocks and a couple of plants. Finally, the orange on red (bad color scheme) edits for landscape and path grids. All of these are legit, so you should keep them. Remembering what was said earlier about deleted objects, these need to be fixed so they don't induce crashes and/or instability during play. The only way this is possible is through the use of the automated "Undelete and Disable" process. Visit the CS Wiki topic on mod cleaning, and skip down to Section 2. Follow the instructions for setting the filter. Once the filter is done, ONLY perform the step for undelete+disable. This should be step 13 in the instructions there. The "Remove 'Identical to Master' records" part has already been done manually above for this patch. It's a good idea to come back to the CS Wiki page on this subject later as the cleaning guide is very thorough and explains in detail why cleaning is necessary. Do not let anyone tell you it isn't, because that person doesn't know what they're talking about. Once you're done with the undelete process, go ahead and close TES4Edit, and let it save the results. Finishing Up Fire up Wrye Bash again, and select both of the original mods as before. This time instead of ESMify Self, select ESPify Self. Failing to do this last step will result in loading the game and finding your world in chaos with missing land squares and other assorted issues. Activate your new patch in your load order, rebuild your Bashed Patch if you use one, and re-run TES4LODGen to update the VWD data for the game. Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor So now that you've gone to all this trouble, it's time to see the results. Load the game and travel to Emma's cottage. Take a walking tour of the area. Make sure nothing got missed. Soak in how much better it all looks now that it's not chaos incarnate. Final Thoughts Hopefully this guide has proven useful to those wanting to learn to build mod patches. This particular pair of mods is one of the simpler patches that has been done. It involved very little in the way of object deletion and only some very minor landscape and path grid work. Many patches are a good deal more complex than this and cover a lot more area. Some of the truly nasty ones involve patch work for combinations of mods, such as the one for Cloudtop Mountains, Ravenview Village, and the Mimics mod. Or such beasts as the patch for Let the People Drink, UL: Imperial Isle, New Roads & Bridges, and Open Cities. Yes, a 4-way patch, which one might imagine is quite a bit of work to manage. As with all things, practice makes perfect. The more patches you end up needing to build, the easier the process becomes, and the faster you can start churning them out. Done properly, compatibility patches enhance your game in their own special way. Astute observers might note the presence of an extra log in the overhead shots. That log is from TIE, and just happened to be right on the edge of the work space. Fortunately editing in the area did not result in the log being left in an awkward position, but it does illustrate just how crowded things are getting in Cyrodiil.
  23. 6 points
    Hey there! I'm new to the site/forums. New, as in, just finished my profile 5 minutes ago. I just wanted to introduce myself. I prefer to go by kiwi, since disclosing my real name is not in my best interests. (Yknow. Don't need to be stalked ) I'm pretty happy to be here. Despite the fact that both oblivion and skyrim have been out for years now, I'm just getting warmed up to the modding scene. I had some experience modding oblivion before moving onto skyrim just recently, and the kit seems to be fairly familiar, so it shouldn't be too bad. I don't think I'll be uploading any files, though. I'm too self conscious and fearful of negative feedback, not to mention at my level there will be hundreds of mods out there nearly identical to what I'm capable of producing. Scripting is way out of my range of abilities. I'm more of the, ohey look I added a summonable horse and a player home. If I may recommend a mod that I'm enjoying, however, it's a mod called Frostfall. Tons of immersion, hours upon hours of work, no bugs whatsoever due to thorough testing. It might as well be a new game, as the wonderful person who created it had a whole team. Anyways, I'm glad to be part of the community, and I look forward to seeing loads of amazing mods. My sincerest apologies if none of this makes any sense, it's too early to do the sense making thing.
  24. 6 points
    Hello everyone! I'm Cybernikes, a veteran modder whose been laying low for the last few years. I thought I'd get back in the game with Skyrim, and to that end I have followed the hallowed trail of knowledge here. You all seem to be a courteous and talented lot, so if it's cool I think I'll just hang around awhile, Cheers!
  25. 6 points
    Added new files; lilith's Buttons: 12 buttons, 4 varieties lilith's Doilies: 16 patterns lilith's Rugs: 7 patterns, 7 different colors, 1 set clean, 1 set dirty lilith's Baskets: Sewing basket, Veggie basket, Oranges basket
  26. 6 points
    Lesson #2 Supplemental: Honing NavMesh The Navmesh is easily one of the most intimidating new features beginners will face in Skyrim's Creation Kit. In lesson #2 we went over the bare mechanics of NavMeshing exploring how to mesh by hand and what the primary tools do. In this supplement we're going to build upon what the lesson covered and also explore some special techniques and new tools in the arsenal. These techniques are NOT required to complete Lesson #2, this is just to provide additional information about pathing with NavMesh. Part I: Path Checking The first thing we want to look at is checking our Navmesh for errors we might not have noticed just by looking at it. Picking up where our lessons left off we should have an interior cell, fully pathed with a solid NavMesh. Bring up the NavMesh toolbar and click Find Triangle. A new dialog box will open; press Check NavMesh to let the CK search for errors. This should go quickly in such a small cell. If the mesh is good, you will get a return of "No Warnings Found" If you do receive warnings, press Yes to delete the trouble makers and then go through by hand and patch the holes to fix your mesh. Run the check again and repeat until you are warning free. Part II: Auto-Generation The benefit of Auto Generating is much more obvious in large dungeon like cells with multiple rooms, halls, and levels, or vast exterior swaths of new terrain; hand meshing takes time. In these large areas, it's usually wisest to auto generate the Navmesh and then tweak it by hand. You can practice this technique using a duplicate of your farmhouse and deleting the existing mesh, or (if you have finished the classes) by clearing your farmhouse NavMesh out of your farmhouse and starting over with auto generation. With a cell clear of NavMesh pathing we begin by bringing up the NavMesh toolbar to enter NavMesh mode. When the toolbar is up make sure nothing is selected in your cell (click in the grey void to be sure) then click NavMesh>Generation>Recast Based Generation When the dialog box opens, make sure your settings match these: When the settings match click OK to cast the NavMesh. Zooming in you'll see errors right off, floating triangles, unlinked seams, bad paths on the steps, you'll need to go through now and fix these errors by hand. If you are comfortable with NavMeshing, doing it all by hand even in large areas may prove to be easier and cleaner than this shoot and tweak technique, but it's modder preference. Just remember you need a clean and functional NavMesh in the end. Part III: Special Pathing In Skyrim, just as in previous ES titles, there are ways to path for special cases, like over water, or priority pathing. Here we'll cover the basics of three most commonly used special paths. Cover: Cover is a bit of cell data not logged in previous games, but it's a big part of how NPCs interact with a cell; it determines where NPCs and players can take cover when fleeing or during ranged combat. In most small cells, like a farmhouse, cover is not really much of a priority, so even though we will practice this technique in a farmhouse, it's not really the right location for it. Start by bringing up the NavMesh Toolbar and click "Find Cover Edges" You'll notice the edges of your NavMesh change color in several places, maybe blue or white, even dark grey. To get a better view of how cover works in your cell, click NavMesh>Draw Cover on the main toolbar. This will highlight your cover edges into 3D form so you can see how your cell offers cover, but drawing the cover is not necessary for NPC use; it's enough to find the cover edges. The colors represent different cover heights. While developers have not expanded on this, white appears to mark walls offering little or no cover, in theory, the darker the color the better the coverage. Use this technique in cells where combat is anticipated, skip it otherwise. Water: Water paths are blue in the CK. When dealing with water you should path along the floor of the lake or riverbed not on the surface of the water. When your landscape is pathed, hold ctrl and left click on each to highlight the triangles that are under water. Then tap the O key to turn the triangles Blue and mark them for underwater. Only NPCs who can swim will cross water. Priority: Priority paths have a lower processing cost, meaning it takes less energy for NPCs to process these special paths and so they become the preferred paths. An NPC will choose a special priority path over regular red meshes. These are used for roads and special paths that require an NPC to follow a specific planned course. Hold ctrl and left click the triangles along your preferred path to highlight them, and then tap the P key to set them as preferred. They should turn Yellow. Part IV: Disabling The last thing we're going to discuss on Navmeshing is how to temporarily disable NavMesh pathing in areas that are hidden and revealed later. In Oblivion modding this involved disabling and enabling path nodes via script. In Skyrim, the NavMesh is not designed to function that way. For our practice we're going to pretend our top floor is hidden and will only be revealed in the course of some questing. On the main toolbar, click "Create a Collision Cube" and draw a cube in the render window. Use your mouse to drag the cube into position and the arrow gizmo to stretch it out until it covers the area we want to disable NavMesh in. Double click on this collision box and give it a ref ID like: aaDRHiddenRoomMaskRef Click OK to set this Ref ID. According to developers, these collision fields will cut the navmesh anywhere it intersects one and using the Ref ID of the collision box, you can disable it via script to enable the NavMesh it was previously cutting off.
  27. 5 points
    Good episode. I liked how they finally ended the plot of Winterfell. However I think it was brought down by the poor setup in the earlier episodes. It seems like the writers wanted to fool the viewers so much that they made too many leaps of logic for it to happen. I think not showing Arya and Sansa interact when no one was around and maybe show one of them going to visit Bran would have helped. As for Cersei I at first felt like they've ruined her to "Yep, that's Cersei." Jaime seems to be moving forward which is nice to see. Overall I like that they managed to remain consistent with their characters throughout. Also like Doc's theory about Tyrion as that would explain a lot and would mean his look at the end is not a setup for some contrived conflict between him and Jon. Was a little disappointed that Theon didn't return the groin kick as I think that would have been fitting. But as with Jaime at least he's moving forward and may actually achieve something of worth. Was a little disappointed how fast The Wall came down. I had hoped it would be more resilient and that the episode would end with the undead laying siege. It made The Wall feel rather useless and I would have liked an undead siege to see how the White Walkers first plan for getting past The Wall was. The dragon felt too convenient.
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  29. 5 points
    I have already tried to turn balrog away from his heretical and wicked spelling ways. But alas it was to no avail. At least I managed to bring you redemption.
  30. 5 points
    Just paid 75 but apparently it won't show up til 3-5 days. PayPal sucks.
  31. 5 points
    Here's my new dog. Picked her up today.
  32. 5 points
    i'm out of school and throwing rent at my credit cards... but as soon as i get hired, i'll pitch in what i can
  33. 5 points
    Hey Doc, Would you mind writing up a paragraph or two synopsis of the setting and what events are taking place as the RP begins? Or point me to that, if you already posted something like it.
  34. 5 points
    Albecias awoke, his muscles so stiff he couldn't sleep any longer. He had no idea what time it was, and the darkness of the basement left him nothing to reference. He had tried to feel around for something to aid his escape, but he felt nothing, and he wouldn't have been able to see whatever he found regardless. He guessed he'd been down here less than a day. He tried his best to stretch out, but the size of the cage left him only able to sit up with his back bent over and his arms wrapped around his knees. Practically the same position he'd slept in, only upright. He sat like this, wishing the High General had just killed. He wanted to be a martyr, not a prisoner. At least he had the security of knowing Marillan would release his work, as Fallaise would likely be stopped before she could. As Albecias sat there, awaiting whatever his fate was, he was blinded by a light from the direction he knew the staircase was. He cried out, "Who is it? Help me, please!" Suddenly he could see what appeared to some strange form of blue-white light shine from somewhere nearby, but hidden behind some wall of corner. "Hello? Albecias?" he then suddenly heard a male voice call out from where the light source seemed to be. "Yes? I'm here, down here," he called out, beckoning the voice and the light to come closer. Instinctively, he began to shake the door of the cage, trying to free himself, to go to his savior. He could tell by the voice it wasn't Ceno. Soon enough the source came into view, which he could then see to be a magic light orb. The orb was floating above the palm of the hand of some tall, man shaped figure. Though the light proved so strong for his eyes that had grown so used to the darkness that Albecias was forced to avert his gaze before he could get a good look at who it was. The man walked up to the cage and began to fiddle a bit with the lock. Albecias could get a half decent view of the man's clothes, which were somewhat colorful in red, black and gold, suggesting that the man might be some kind of nobleman. Then after a couple of seconds the cage was unlocked and the door hinges screeched lowly as the cage door opened. Albecias crawled out like some primordial creature, awkward and stiff-jointed and half-blind. He rose and stretched his back before rubbing his eyes. By the time the adjust, he could clearly see the man before him was none other than the Emeperor. His Nordic features were hidden in shadow and his long black hair, though he was easily recognizable from his scar and beard. Much more deferent than he'd ever been before, Albecias bowed and said, "Thank you, thank you Your Majesty. What has happened? Where is Ceno?" "A guard overheard his... confessions when he interrogated you. General Ceno is currently under arrest during further investigation." the Emperor said, sounding a bit troubled as he did. "Good news is that you are now a free man." he then continued with a more cheerful tone and outlook. "Thank you, sir. I knew the truth would be revealed soon enough." Albecias smiled, echoing the Emperor's own happiness, but like an inverse version he grew more dour. "But what about his meeting with you? Did he not tell you then about my 'crazed' ramblings?" "No." The Emperor looked a bit confused for a second. "He told me he had caught a spy from High Rock." "Well, my liege, I am glad this was settled. You can be sure the rest of Cyrodiil will soon read about his treachery. I feel obliged to mention I discovered his plot a while ago, and came to coerce a confession. It seems I did just that, though not how I imagined." "You did a good job. You should go home and celebrate. Though I would suggest laying a little low for a while as I'm sure Ceno had other accomplices within the Legion." "General Lithin and Retrius to be exact," Albecias said, a smug grin plastered on his face. "They both expressed willingness to support Ceno for Emperor, and I believe they are his accomplices to that end." "Hmm. I'll have to look into that." Krojun said thoughtfully. "Though your part is now done. Come. I'm sure you want to see the sun again." Albecias followed Krojun and realized he very much did want to see the sun again. He knew he hadn't been imprisoned long, yet it seemed an eternity since he'd been outside. But as always his fame, and thus his work, was chiefly in his mind. And so he said, "Of course, I am more than happy to be of service again should you need it. But for now, I think I will be content to see Cyrodiil saved." They soon came to the entrance to the palace, and there Albecias stood soaking up what he surmised to be the morning sun. "Goodbye Mr Albecias. Go home and celebrate. Now if you excuse me, I got some business to attend to." the Emperor said. As the Emperor left, and Albecias did the same, he wondered what all this might mean. He would undoubtedly grow more famous than ever, and he even imagined going down in history as one of the most important writers ever. He saw riches and titles and ever more important stories pouring in. So great were his fanciful notions his fame that he scarcely noticed he'd arrived before his apartment. There was a young woman standing by the front door, which only residents possessed the key to. She was pretty, with long brown hair and doe eyes, holding a copy of some book, dressed in a nice blue dress which seemed to be the color of the sky. As Albecias grew closer, he noticed it was his book she was holding, one of his first ones about some gruesome murders in Anvil. In her other hand was a small woven basket with a cloth covering it. She noticed him too, her eyes lighting up and her mouth moving but nothing coming out, so great was her excitement. "How may I help you?" Albecias asked, wishing he didn't look so dirty and dingy in his clothes. "Are you Albecias Plebo?" she asked with some self-restrained glee. "Yes I am. How did you find me?" he asked, excited to be meeting someone who was obviously a fan of his. It seemed as though this day was getting better and better by the second. "I wrote a letter to your book publisher." she said. Her gleeful smile unwavering as she stared at him with wide eyes. "Well, I'm certainly glad found me. What can I do for you?" "Well, that could take quite a while. Shall we go inside? To a tavern, maybe." "Yes. Know any good taverns?" "There's one right down the street," Albecias said, pointing it out. "If you'll follow me." Albecias led the way, and once they were seated Albecias asked, “What'll you be having?" "Some wine. Maybe some of that Skingradian Lifeblood, just like in your book." Albecias called a waitress over and said, "Two glasses of Skingardian Lifeblood." The server took only a few minutes to return, pouring their glass and leaving the bottle. Albecias took a sip and said, "You really are a big fan, aren't you?" "Yes, I am. Can you tell me where you got your inspiration? How much of the stories are based on real events?" she said, her eyes wide with anticipation. "I've done some extensive traveling, especially when I hear about a particularly heinous or unique crime. So many of my stories are at least inspire by true events," he said. He took a long drink of his wine, remembering the Emperor's advice to enjoy today. "Can you tell about your travels and those events?" "Well, in that book," he pointed at The Murder of the Fishmongers, which was sitting upon the table between them, "I tagged along with a guard captain who was intending to retire at the end of the week. Instead he found himself with a serial murderer prowling the docks for months, preying on fishmongers and sailors. It was a maze of a case, and eventually he discovered the culprit was a man seeking to attract the attention of Mehrunes Dagon with murders in his name. But they weren't sacrifices, as his mental faculties were too far-gone to accomplish that. He was so nondescript and at home on the docks, though, that far too many people for the description, and made finding him difficult." Albecias took another drink of his wine and refilled his glass. He had never talked to a fan like this, and was enjoying it as much as she was. "So what happened? How did you find him?" "We eventually took to stalking the docks at night, and were fortuitous enough to catch him in the act. He and the guard captain fought, and he prevailed. I obviously dramatized the events for the book, but it was nonetheless an exciting investigation." "What can you tell about the inspiration behind Blood on the Rose?" "Well, that one is obviously set in Evermor. I wasn't personally able to go to the city, but my acquaintance who lived there kept me well informed. As you well know, the disappearances started in the winter..." Albecias continued on this tale, relating the events of that story as his fan listened intently. As he did, and she asked more questions, he drank more and more of the wine. By the time he finished he'd drank his way through two bottles, and was more than feeling the effects of it. He tried to apologize, but his words were slurred. The second time, they came out correctly. "I'm sorry, I seem to have drank all the wine. My apologies." "No need to apologize. I can buy some more if you need." "No no, I've had plenty. It is delicious, though, one of my very favorites. That's why it made it into the book, you know," Albecias said. He reached for his glass to drinks the last drops still clinging to the side, but knocked it over in his drunken clumsiness. The woman seemed however unfazed by Albecias clumsiness. Though she had also a bit to drink, however not nearly as much as Albecias. "Waitress! Another round of wine." she called before returning to Albecias. "So how did you get into writing?" she asked. "Oh, I have always been great at it. Natural talent that once recognized has vaulted me here," he spread his arms, indicting the tavern, but more likely meaning the city. "Now I am famous, the greatest author in all of Cyrodiil. No! Tamriel!" "What got you into writing detective novels?" she asked as the waitress came and refilled their glasses. "The murder and mayhem make them ripe for drama! Especially when you're dealing with low level guards, who usually only seek to get home safely at the end of the day." Albecias took another drink and leaned back, closing his eyes for a moment so the room would stop spinning so much. "What is your next novel going to be?" "Oh, no novel. But I do have a story that will break soon, which will shed light on the greatest political plot since...well, since High Rock seceded. But it's even bigger than that, as you'll soon see!" Albecias took another drink, then looked out the windows of the tavern. "What time is it? We should be going, I think. You can come see my home! It is exquisite and tasteful, I assure you." "I'm sure it is quite big. You must be making lots of money from your novels." she said almost sheepishly. "Oh yes, I am quite rich. You wouldn't believe how much money I have. I'm positively swimming in septims." "Really?" she said with humorous disbelief. "Come to my house and you shall see." Albecias stood, but nearly fell. He braced himself against the table with one hand, and grabbed the bottle of wine with the other. "Can't forget this." "Cheer! To lots of money!" She raised her glass that still had a little left They toasted, Albecias drinking half the bottle of wine when he did. Then they walked back to his house. Though it wasn't far from the tavern, Albecias was forced to lean on his fan for support the entire time, so it took them considerably longer than expected. By the time they made it, Albecias had finished off the bottle of wine and threw it against a building. They went up together, and the last thing Albecias remembered was lying down on his bed and removing his clothes, and then his fan doing the same. When Albecias finally woke up, sometime afternoon, he had a splitting headache. He rose, rubbing his eyes, and walked into the kitchen. When he got there, it took him a few moments to realize what was wrong. There was nothing there. No food, no drinks, and when he turned around to face his living room, all his vases and decorations were gone as well. He ran back to his bedroom and saw the decoration there were gone as well. And when he threw open his wardrobe and chests, all his clothes, gold, and everything of value was gone. There was no sign of his fan, the obvious culprit. He felt so dumb to have allowed himself to fall for such an obvious scam. He went back to the kitchen and went through the cabinets again, looking for anything to eat or drink. This time, eyes less foggy and head throbbing less, he found a bottle of ale tucked away in a corner. He popped off its corks and took a drink. It was soothing on his sore throat, but tasted different than any ale he’d ever tasted. He turned it around to look at the label and saw it was a Nordic variety, with some berries he hadn’t heard of mixed in. It tasted fine, and he soon finished the bottle. He was about to begin formulating a plan to get his publisher to bring him some clothes when he started seeing flashing red and green lights. He rubbed his eyes, but when he opened them he thought he saw movement down the hallway. Then he heard the growling. It was a guttural, booming growl, like massive boulders splitting apart. When Albecias ventured a peak down the hallway, he saw a long limbed, sharp-clawed beast with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth crawling out from the wall. The wood stretched in an unnatural way as the claws dug out, but Albecias didn’t wait around to see the result. He bolted instantly from his apartment, sprinting down the stairs faster than he’d run in years. Every time he turned around, though, the monster was always right on his heels, and he could feel the claws swiping at the air just behind him. Albecias burst onto the crowded midday street, screaming for people to scatter, pleading for them to get out of the way so that he might flee the horrible creature chasing him. Instead, they looked at him in confusion and derision, and laughed at his mania and nakedness. He saw two guards and ran too them, grabbing them and pointing toward his apartment, yelling about the monster chasing him. Instead, one hit him with the blunt of his blade, and knocked the author unconscious. This time when Albecias awoke, he was clothed. He had on a roughspun wool tunic, and sat behind the bars of a cell in the Imperial Prison. Two guards stood over him, both reading several pieces of paper, pointing and laughing at things on the page. When they realized Albecias was awake, they looked up and turned their points and laughter upon him. “Albecias Plebo, greatest man, greatest author to ever live,” one of them said. It took a few moments for Albecias to realize he was reading from the article. “Presents to the noble citizens of Cyrodiil a tale so astounding, it is nearly unbelievable. And yet, all the things I say are, in fact, true.” “Are they true, Plebo?” the other guard asked. “Is the Emperor really an ancient vampire that used Amaud Motierre’s blood and the ‘power of Molag Bal himself’ to bind Dales’s soul to his own?” "After she drew up a bath filled with her father's blood while cackling like a banshee, of course," the other added. “Yes, mustn’t forget that part. Very integral to her ascension, that was,” the guard said. “And then of course High General Ceno, famously a harsh and cruel man, discovered this nasty bit of magic. And then constructed a plot of his own, wherein he and the Legion generals would overthrow the Emperor and Empress and Ceno would rule.” “Ah, how smart Ceno was to have Lorgar Grim-Maw write you, Plebo. You discovered the whole thing yourself, off of Lorgar’s accusations! You truly are a genius of our times.” The guards burst into laughing, and tossed the article into Albecias’s cell. He grabbed the copy of the Black Horse Courier and read over what was supposed to be his article. Instead it was…something else. Several details were there, but most of them were replaced with horrible lies or gross mischaracterizations of what the author had discovered. The Black Horse Courier had prefaced the article with a note that it did not support the views expressed by Albecias. Even worse, the following article was a tear down of everything Albecias had written, and threw the Courier’s full support behind the Emperor, Empress, and High General. Albecias threw it across the room and curled into a ball, not caring in the least what happened next, or whether he should even live a single day longer. ** Serivus Marillan Imperial City As Albecias Plebo was being imprisoned by High General Ceno, Serivus Marillan was in the midst of his own problems. His manor was still a mess, his furniture destroyed, and he had yet to remove all the bloodstains from the floors. Sibbi Black-Briar had brought nothing but trouble, and even worse, he had dragged the Elder Councilor’s good name through the mud by turning his manor into a war zone. Of course no one really spoke ill of Sibbi, as he had clearly been the victim of ruthless and bloodthirsty assassins, yet the other nobles could not believe an Elder Councilor could allow his own house to turn into such a slaughterhouse. After all, what kind of person allows their guests to be killed by brutes while they flee to the countryside? It made Serivus sick to think all of this had happened and he was being blamed for it. And his house was still far from being cleaned, even when he was ready to move past the events Sibbi had brought down upon him. As Serivus was bemoaning his fate, there was a knock at the door to his solar. “Come in,” he said, looking out the window where one of the assassins had supposedly jumped after killing Sibbi. One of his guards came in, the guard who Serivus had sent to tail Albecias Plebo. His arrival made Serivus remember his agreement with the author, to reveal his article in exchange for not being closely attached to Sibbi Black-Briar. But after Sibbi had died here, any hopes of keeping his distance were quickly dashed. “He never came out of the palace,” the guard said. “Thank you. You’re dismissed,” Serivus said. He then took out the article from his desk. Reading it, he realized it was even more ridiculous than he remembered. Especially how little he seemed to understand General Ceno. Without a second thought, Serivus walked over to the fire and tossed the article in. Though he couldn’t yet put Sibbi’s murder behind him, he could at least be rid of the author and his blackmail attempt.
  35. 5 points
    Update: Ok so at this point I've downloaded 200,000+ files with about 30,000 to go. I think the deadline is about 2.5 hours from now I think it's going to interrupt my download. I DID manage to talk them into more time so they will lift the suspension again but right now it's automated, its going to suspend. In the meantime I've moved the smaller sites off the server reclaimsancretor.net is up on the new server, druidgameworks.com will be up soon, and witanlore.com as well. Takes about 20GB off of TESA at any rate. I will start uploading TESA as soon as the download process completes. We're probably looking at a few days of bumps. If you see the Account Suspended page, or if the suspension notice is still on our board index we're still on the old server. If you see 500 or 404 errors you'll know she's in transit. If you see TESA with no suspension notice, we made it. I really appreciate all the patience and support folks, it's a big help in dealing with a tough situation
  36. 5 points
    Huzzah! DarkRider you're really doing everything to save this community, That's some dedication right there.
  37. 5 points
    It is prudent to add a No Commercial Use clause to your mod permissions if you wish for your work and derivatives of to remain free, but let's be brave and not strip our mods away from the community out of fear mongering. Mod theft has always been and will always be a present part of our community, where there are givers, takers follow. That paid mods now exist on Steam does not elevate that risk, free mods are stolen every day and rehosted for free too, don't let that stop you from creating. If all the artists of the world hid away because there might be thieves in the woods, there would be no more art, that's no way to live creatively. As for TESA, we have always supported a modder's right to choose what happens with their work like any other artist, we support their right to choose if they want to charge for their Steam hosted mods as long as the content is theirs or Bethsoft's obviously. That said, TESA was created during a time when the community was breaking at the seams, we built this place to house the spirit of creativity, collaboration, and a sharing of knowledge/support, to form an Alliance of modders to preserve the future of modding. Those remain the tenets of this site our knowledge, our community, our mods, will always be free here and modders will always have this place to shelter in. ...we also have cookies
  38. 5 points
    I came here as a refugee from the heavy handed moderation at TESNexus (now Nexus mods) and having to threaten legal action to get my mods and project threads taken down from there after they removed my access. You guys welcomed me with open arms and no judgments about being kicked out from there. It's rare I find a group of people that share my interests, and less so when I find a group that is knowledgeable enough for me to really get something out of the community. I know I don't participate as much as I'd like to here and I don't post even 1/5 of what I should of my mod I'm working on (I'm actually kind of paranoid people will steal things from me so I'm keeping as much under wraps as possible and I agonize for days on what I could possibly share. I almost had a heart attack when I saw someone do another complete race overhaul that made the races skyrim-esque several months after I had shared that that was one of the major goals of my mod with progress shots (I'm still going ahead with that portion of the mod, and hopefully some people will like mine over theirs) but broad things like that are to be expected I guess especially since they've been done before sort of. I'm happy I have a place here to share my work and ask questions when needed. I miss some of the experts over at the Nexus I was on friendly terms with and we collaborated and shared a lot. When I re-registered over there so I could private message them for help (they had no other way to contact them) they IP banned me lol :/. This space makes me happy because there is simply no drama here, just questions and answers and friendly chats on the slow days . And above all I'm thankful that you guys are hosting my work, even if I have gone missing for long periods before as I had some chaos in my life and had to move several times, and you've never knocked me for my ambition to one day work for Bethesda. I plan on building a website around it for portfolio purposes, but I also plan to give you guys as much credit as is due in that as well. Thank you.
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    Hello TESAlliance ! First I would like to present myself. I'm JohnAzerty, 24 years old and I'm from France. I came here to present you the mod I'm currently working on : The Elder's Island.It is a big new world I started a few months ago. It's my very first World, I already built a few cells with the CK but this mod is totally different from what I've done so far. Some of you may know me from Minecraft because I built a few big things such as The Mass Effect Presidium. But recently I decided I would stop Minecraft to focus on my work with Skyrim. So here we are. Here are two short video previews of the Elder's Island. Tropical Side of the Island : Desert Side of the Island : I started the Desert Part three weeks ago. It is pretty long and tiring. I'm doing my best to diversify the landscape/areas but it's pretty hard for a desert... Because it's a desert. It's really long because I'm almost alone on this project. Tamira helped me with some objects I needed in the game such as Cactus, Dead trees, etc. and I use a lot of her mods. I'm looking for people to help me complete this mod. I particularly need Interior builders and Dungeon Builders. If someone is interested in doing quests, it will probably come later once a few dungeons are done and the villages ready. The main problem is I don't know how I can make this work, if there's a way to fuse someone's ESP (for example who worked on a dungeon) with my Island ESP. If anyone knows how to deal with this, I'm interested ! If you are looking for Screenshots, click on these buttons and you'll reach my website (no adds or anything else) : Here is a list of a few mods I used for this Island : GKB Green Trees by Ga-Knomboe Boy New Plants 1.2 by Tamira Hoddminir Water Plants by Elinen and Ztree Strotis old cabin resource by Stroti and Tamira Antique Statue by Tamira Special thanks to Tamira who really helped me and encouraged me a lot
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    Hello, I arrived to this nice website while I was reading things about modding, it is very very pretty and full of things, congratulations! I started not a long time ago but I'm in love with modding and that's the main reason that keeps me playing the wondrous Beth games. I wish everyone a very happy day
  41. 5 points
    hey folks i know ive been member here for nearly 2 months now, but i forgot to say hello... well, hello ***** lore about me: there was once a young dude, that stumbled upon a game called "tes 3 - morrowind" ... after picking a first darkelf char, he realized fast that they suck for him and spend a while thinking about what would fit best to him... he picked an orc, and named him "Ragna-Rok", saved morrowind, defeated dagoth-ur and became the latest incarnation of the nerevarine. years would pass, before this sould would be reborn in "tes 4 - oblivion" ... after battles and adventures, he helped to defeat the invading deadric forces, became a knight of the nine and even took sheogoraths place. once more years would pass, and after Ragna-Rok secretely gave sheogoraths place to another mortal, his sould would be reborn again in skyrim. after fighting lots of dragons, beasts and humanoids, he started to wonder... why? why are orcs known as the best blacksmiths in all of tamriel, with gear that always gets the job done, and at the same time few orcish blacksmiths went on new ways, tried new methods of craftmanship and improved diversity of orcish killing tools? ... and so he started to create his own brutal weapons and armors. now, we jump a couple of months... after crafting over a hundred weapons and half a dozen armors, Ragna-Rok looked for a place to teach other adventurers his skills, so that also they could wield his brutal creations after crafting them ... and finally ended up in a realm called "TesAlliance". ***** since im about to retire from active modding when ive done a couple of more projects i was looking for a nice non-nexus site to move my files to. considering the fact that a couple of tutorials here helped me a lot with figuring out a bazillion of problems its just fair and just for me to put my stuff here. so i didnt come alone and empty handed, actually i just finished uploading skyrim-mod number 47 here... hope you enjoy some of my stuff, and in general have a nice time folks, and have some fun
  42. 5 points
    Hey everyone! New here. I came across the site and was surprised I've never seen it before. Tons of people on here, a lot of active members. Looks awesome! In the 5 minutes after I created an account, I posted a question regarding scripting for a mod idea (which was done prematurely as I needed to have at least 1 approved post before), switched my Theme for the site and now I don't know how to get it back, (i'll figure it out), and a fly flew into my sweet tea. All I've been thinking about for the last 2 hours was getting some sweet tea, and now that I have some, jeff goldbloom decides to kamikaze divebomb right into my tasty beverage. I'm a bit grumpy about it. I'm from Indiana, U.S. We only have one basketball team here, FYI. I started playing TES games when Morrowind was on sale at WalMart years ago. And....now I'm pretty much a fan for life. I'm a Demopublican...cause, anymore...why the hell not. My religion is Pizza and French dressing. I have converted every single naysayer so far. Repent now and get saved by trying french dressing on pizza. Take care! Dustin
  43. 5 points
    I know I'm new here and don't even know ho you guys are talking about, but any one that makes mods for Skyrim will potentially make my day better while playing sometime. And I know what its like to not have a computer hen you need one. So I sent 20$ (CAN) Darkriders way. Make sure he/she gets a nice monitor.
  44. 5 points
    I'm Emma, I'm new and willing to learn the tools of the trade so to speak. I'm definatley a go getter and achiver so feel free to ask me for help with stuff. I like working on projects and such and I am more then wiing to put forth my best effert and time into my work!
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  46. 5 points
    Introduction: Normal Map baking is the main texture a 3D artist will bake in their 2D application/Sculpting program of choice. Baking our normal maps allows us to make great looking game assets while at the same time keeping the poly count down so the game performs better, we can also cram more detail into our environments. What we do is make two models, one is our Low Poly model, with this we make the shape our our model and add in any additional details we need to make a nice silhouette. The second model is our High Poly model, with this is we can put in as much detail as we want , don't need to worry about poly counts or UV maps with this. Once we have our two models we use Blender's Wizardry powers and create a texture with the detail from our high poly model on it Smarty Says: I am not going to be covering the actual modeling, I'll leave that to you Step 1: Low Poly Model First step for us is to create our Low Poly model, when creating this model keep in mind that it is Low Poly and not very detailed, just add enough detail in to make a nice shape/silhouette, everything else can be modeled in the next step. Now for this Workshop I'm working on a wall texture and have chosen to use a single plane for this. The detail will be added in later on. Low Poly Madness Smarty Says: Make sure you UV map your model, it's very important you do this now before you move on. So that's done, I've superbly modeled it as you can see, took me hours , It's been UV mapped and is ready for in-game use. Step 2: High Poly Model Next step is the High Poly model, this is the part where can have as much fun as you like. When modeling in your detail you have to think about how well it will look when baked and how well Blender will be able to work with your detail. With that in mind make sure you avoid adding tiny details, these won't read well at all when baked and are better off being textured in. Another thing to note is to make sure you exaggerate your details, what I mean here is when making engraved details make sure you make them deeper than they'd actually be, when working with the edges on your model make sure you loosen the edge loops so the edges are rounder/softer. This might sound like madness, but it's actually not . The reason for this is it helps make a better normal map, the details are read better by Blender and in turn helps it with the baking process. High Poly with pretty colours Smarty Says: Here you can see the High Poly has been coloured, this is just to help me visualize things and is not something you need to do, can if you want to though. As you can see from the image above, I've modeled in just the larger detail, the smaller detail will be added in later during the texturing. I have also exaggerated the edges of my model and made the raised parts higher and the lowered parts lower than they normally would be. Step 3: Baking Before we start baking our Normal Map we have to do some prep work, this is very simple and involves selecting our Low Poly Model, going into edit mode and adding a new image. When baking Blender needs an Image to bake too, so we'll add it now and avoid having Blender throw errors at us. What we're going to be doing is baking our High Poly model to our Low Poly model's UV map, this is how we fake the detail. Make sure you de-select everything then select your High Poly model, then select your Low Poly one, this makes the High Poly selected while having the Low Poly as the active model. To the right of the screen you should see a panel with lots of buttons we can press (If you've hid it, show it now), what we want is the baking options which are under the Render Options, so in the tabs on the panel click the camera icon. The panel has a lot of render options, most of these we can ignore, the options we want are right at the bottom. So scroll down until you see the Bake options. -baking. First thing we need to change is the Bake mode, currently it's set at Full Render but we want just the normal map, click the box and in the menu that pops up select Normals. Next we need to check the Selected to Active checkbox, this is an important option for us, it'll tell Blender that we want to bake from our selected model (High Poly) to our active model (Low Poly). After that we can set the Distance and Bias, the Bias I set to 1 and because I am baking to a flat plane I set a high distance (Anywhere above 100), you can adjust this as you need to depending on what you're baking too. Last step is to adjust the margin, the margin bakes your normal map over the edge of your UV islands, this helps avoid problems with the texture not properly cover the edges of the model. I set this to 5, it gives me a 5 pixel overlap. After you've done that hit the big Bake button. The baking may take a while, it all depends on the detail you have on your models. Once Blender has done it's magic you'll end up with a nice new Normal Map you can use on your model. Smarty Says: Brown areas on your Normal Map are flipped normals, you'll need to correct these before re
  47. 5 points
    Hi everyone! I've been a member of the site for about a year now, but I've never been active on the forums before. I decided to start using the site more now so I could start learning to use the Creation Kit for Skyrim. I started playing the Elder Scrolls games when one of my older brothers gave me a copy of Oblivion. I now own Morrowind and Skyrim as well. I'm new to modding for the Elder Scrolls games, but I love mods and the modding community so I've been wanting to get involved for quite awhile! I'm also currently a senior in college majoring in health sciences with a concentration in microbiology. I want to pursue a career in pathology, possibly as a pathologist's assistant. I'll be starting classes again soon which will mean balancing my ES time with study time. This seems like a great community!
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    This is just an introduction. I'm and Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3 & New Vegas Player (and Mount&Blade and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, but that's not particularly relevent here). Still playing Skyrim at present. A lot. Though uni starts again in a week (stiff upper-lip, don't cry Vako, it's not that bad, no bleeding linguistics this semester, you can make it). My all-time favourite will probably always be Morrowind. Wasn't a big fan of Oblivion, even with overhauls, I think I just could never get into the story, I don't think I ever even finished it. I mod (Morrowind, Skyrim, Fallout3) for myself, simple stuff, houses mostly, trying to make my ideal abode. If I ever do I will propably upload it, if it isn't too messy a file (I am learning how to keep the files simpler, my first attempts had so many necessary mods that they were unfeasable for anyone with a different set-up, I know better know, have learnt to add in new models rather than just use the files they came from, etc) I am always looking for resources for homes, as I'm pretty hopeless with modelling and stuff. My resource wish list at present for Skyrim (in case anyone more talented than I is bored to death and needs some ideas, otherwise, just ignore): clean wallhangings (single colour, nord ruin and new) and wall tapestries. Toys that fit in with the Skyrim world: wooden viking horses or bear/wolf figures like the ones from Bloodmoon, toy wooden fort and soldiers, toy wooden sword and shield, rag-doll/poppet, that kind of thing. Towels, nice fluffy clean ones, I remember someone made a bathroom mod for Morrowind and it had rolled-up towel statics, just like that. All clutter stuff that makes a house look, well, more home-like, more like people actually live there. I am determined to learn at least the basics of nav-meshing. I have made a little cottage for my present character that actually works really well (I made him with an alternate beginning mod and am doing no main quest, stormcloak/imperial or major guild quests in this play-through, though I will be doing Bard's college as my inventory is full of their stuff). It's small, simple, so I might have a go with that. I don't post much. I will ask for help if I just can't figure something out on my own, and I will offer suggestions if I think it really will help a project, but generally I just lurk around in the background, watching for new and exciting mods and handy resources. um ... thanks for your time reading this rediculous post vako
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    Introduction: Welcome to Graphic Artistry! I'm sure when you've been looking at Skyrim's assets or browsing the likes of TESA and see people talking about textures, I bet you were wondering "What the hell they were talking about?", I was wondering the exact same thing when I started. I'm also betting you have many ideas about things you'd like to change or new stuff you'd like to make for your game, but you're unsure how to do that right?, Well don't worry, the Graphic Artistry are here to help you do just that...... yes you can get up and dance now. The Graphic Artistry classes will explain what textures are and what they do, but we'll also go a few steps further and explain how we go about editing existing textures and then finally move onto creating new textures for our own models. Exciting times ahead for all, better make sure you have enough tea/coffee and cookies, you're going to need them Smarty Says: <-- This is my buddy Smarty, he knows a ton of modding information for the Elder scrolls and he'll be following us through the Classes and lending a hand when needed. Smarty loves to pop up in some of the strangest places, but he always has useful tips and reminders that'll keep us doing the right thing. Keep an eye out and if you see him, share your cookies, I think he's earned it. What you need: Nifskope: The magical NIF tool we all use to view and even sometimes edit Skyrim's NIFs (Game's Meshes/Models) Graphics Application: We'll be needing an application of some type to edit our textures. We'll need something quite powerful that supports the texture format used by game and also things like Layers. Anything like these will do perfectly: Photoshop GIMP (Free) Paint.Net (Free) Direct Draw Surface Plugin (DDS) Skyrim's textures make use of the DDS format, so we'll need a plugin that supports though since some of the applications mentioned above do not have native support. Photoshop Nvidia Plugin GIMP DDS Plugin, GIMP Normal Map Plugin BSA Archive Utility For us to be able to edit any of the games textures we'll need to extract the textures from the Archives (BSA files). To do this we'll make use of FO3 Archive by ScripterRon. What does this mean?: DDS - Direct Draw Surface, it's the file format all of Skyrim's textures use. NIF - Net Immerse File, it's the file format all Skyrim's models use. Texture/Normal Map/Glow Map - These are all different texture files Skyrim uses, more information can be found in the Reference Sheet. Getting Started: The first few steps we need to take are to make sure we have a 2D application like one of the ones mentioned above and we have all our tools downloaded. Be sure to follow the install instructions included with the plugin downloads and extract FO3 Archive to some place you'll find easily, I place mine inside a modding folder. After that we can take a look at extracting some textures. Extracting Textures: Let's run through a trial texture extraction to get ourselves used to working with FO3 Archive. 1) First things first, run FO3 Archive, when it loads up you'll be greeted with a screen like this: 2) Take a look at the top of the screen, you'll see things like File and Action. These are where all our options are hidden. So what we need to do is open an archive file, so click File>Open A new screen will pop up asking you to locate a BSA file to open, Navigate to your Skyrim Installation folder, go into the Data folder and select the Skyrim - Textures.bsa. This will take a little time to open. 3) Now you'll see something like this: Use the little + signs you see next to the folder names to expand the tree, navigate down to Weapons and then to the Glass weapons. Click the folder name to select it like so: 4) Now to extract them, with our folder selected with need to use the top menu again, select Action>Extract Selected Files and then navigate to the place you want them. I usually put them on my desktop. And that's it, we've extracted our first set of textures. We can repeat this for other textures and any other BSA Archive files we need stuff from. What's Next?: If you have any questions about what has been explained so far, please post them here in the General Questions thread. Read through all that?, Well then what are you waiting for, get yourself over to Class #1, I'll see you there
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    Hello everyone My name is Firelady and I intent in the near future to move my quest and adventure mods series - A Quest for Heaven - from Nexus to TES Alliance. I need some hints about how to use the site ( upload files, images related, descriptions ). Also, if somebody is interested in voice acting, male and female voices ( especially female ) for the final episode of the AQFH saga, please contact me. Short story, glad I meet you TES Alliance. Firelady