Category: "UESP"

AKB's Auto Korrect Blog: Correctly Guessing Future Games!

  03:50:00 pm, by AKB   , 335 words  
Viewed 31120 times since 09/05/15
Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls, UESP, Analysis

That's Three for Three

As I wait to be embarrassed by my previous prediction that the next Elder Scrolls game will be revealed on a very specific date, I'm going to raise the stakes on my previous guess by claiming I have successfully guessed what the three most recent Elder Scrolls games would be. How so? Through sheer good luck. About a year ago, I wrote a blog post talking about the troubled status of the spin off games of the series, how they could be lost to time if something wasn't done to preserve them. And as a final comment, I said that if the games had to be sold, sell them through GOG. And almost a year to the day, here is Battlespire and Redguard on GOG. Also Morrowind, but that has never stopped being available. So I successfully requested Battlespire and Redguard at such a time that I can slyly smirk and try to take credit for them coming back out, while they were certainly already working on re-releasing them.

But I'm going to take this one step further, and say that I also guessed that the next game would be Elder Scrolls: Legends. With our April Fools joke. You may notice that I state that this game would be available on iOS, and sure enough, Legends is set to be available on the iPad. The rest of the details remain hazy, and not much else has been said since the reveal, but I am going to say that the game will heavily feature the finer details of mudcrab reproduction at the very least. That could also mean that the April Fools jokes we release are being used by Bethesda for ideas, and that idea is simply terrifying.

So those aren't exactly the strongest justifications for claiming credit for predicting the next games, I know. But I am going to say that is odd enough to allow me to take some credit here. In fact, all of the credit. Good job, me.

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AKB's Auto Korrect Blog: The Next ES Game Release Date?

  04:32:00 am, by AKB   , 881 words  
Viewed 15086 times since 08/20/15
Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls, UESP, Analysis

The Scrolls Reveal To Us The Date Still Unknown...

I feel like Bethesda has personally challenged us. Dave Humphrey, our owner, founder, and all around cool guy, mentioned that some developers at Zenimax jokingly said to him that they were worried we might be able to announce the game ahead of them, and what the game would be about. All we'd have to do is check to see what pages they visit on our site, and we'd be able to make a very educated guess. As it turns out, we just didn't think of trying to do that, although we definitely should set up a system for this, now that it's been pointed out to us by the developers that we should be able to do this. We'll see about getting a system that allows us to tell what the developers are looking up in advance, for the benefit of everyone.

I don't want access to this information so we can spoil the announcement, mind you. I want this information for the developer's sake. If we see that they're studiously looking up, say, information about relations between the Bosmer and Khajiit, then we can quietly make updating information relating to those topics a priority. It'd be a silent and sneaky way to help the dev team out. We'd also benefit of course, beyond the simple joy of being able to call it well in advance. We'd be able to improve areas of the site that will get more traffic, well in advance to the need. So the developers get better information, the players get a more complete resource on launch day, and we'd be rushing less during an announcement. Everyone's a winner!

So when is the next game coming out, then? To answer that, it's November 9th, 2017. My reasoning for that, after the break.

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Revision History: XB1 NA Guild Plans

  11:37:00 pm, by   , 622 words  
Viewed 22841 times since 07/02/15
Categories: Elder Scrolls, UESP

So, Jeancey tossed me the reins of the XB1 NA branch of the United Explorers of Scholarly Pursuits just before we got access to a Guild Bank. It took a while to unlock the bank because we're not actively recruiting; the only people who join are those who seek us out. Also, because we're spread out across the factions, members don't seem to interact much. So the primary motive to join has been to come see how good we look.

Until now. With the Guild Bank, we now have the ability to help each other out in a more fundamental way: resource sharing. This should be very helpful for crafters, grinders, leveling alts, etc. I'm going to be watching the transaction history like a hawk to make sure people keep their withdrawals reasonable. Since Officers (Savants and up) will have virtually all permissions to take actions as needed, I hope they will also help keep an eye on things occasionally.

Think of the Guild Bank as a resource above all, not an obligation to donate. But if you find yourself with an excessive amount of what-have-you, think of a small donation as an investment. Hopefully, in the future, the Guild Bank will be there to help you out when you need something.

I've eliminated the vacant Guild Merchant position; we now have Novice, Scholar, Professor, Savant, and Doyen. A "Professor", fundamentally, is a person who spreads knowledge, and spreading knowledge is what the UESP is all about. Anyway, I think it sounds cool, once you strip away all the real-world connotations. A "Doyen" sounds to me like some sort of medieval court jester, but I guess I'll keep it.

Everyone currently in the Guild is now a Scholar or higher. Scholars have broad privileges, including the ability to change the Message of the Day, in case they have something to shout out to guild members. They can also invite new members as they see fit.

For the time being, Novices will not be able to withdraw from the Guild Bank, but this is really just so someone has a chance to touch base and tell them the Golden Rule of the Guild Bank: take what you need, but need what you take. Promotion to Scholar will be pretty much standard. We'll see how this works out, and the approach might be revised later as needed.

Many thanks to Savant SCarverOrne for stocking up the Guild Bank with loads of ingredients and other things. I've been doing the same with food and drink. It's mostly (but not entirely) low-level stuff, to help any low-level characters get on their feet.

Finally, although is doesn't matter at the moment, I've changed up the guild's heraldry to make it similar to the PC EU heraldry, as I think it's more appropriate for a variety of reasons. But I may still tweak the color pattern, at least, to be more aesthetically pleasing. We'll see. And we'll also see whether we can get a half-way decent guild photo uploaded at some point...

Oh, yeah, VR 16 is confirmed to be added with Update 7, Rich Lambert is the new Creative Director, ES Legends sounds cool, the wiki continues to be developed by leaps and bounds, blah blah blah. ESO is sucking up almost all my spare time; there's no opportunity for me to sit down and analyze this stuff appropriately. I see that Faunter did more for the wiki in a day than I have in the last month, Contraptions has also been doing some great work recently. I hope I get some time to fill in a few more blanks on the wiki myself, but for now, I'll be trying to help out other players from within the game.

Revision History: Xbox One NA guild!

  03:18:00 pm, by   , 162 words  
Viewed 6148 times since 06/10/15
Categories: Elder Scrolls, UESP

The United Explorers of Scholarly Pursuits have begun their Xbox One expedition on the North American server! To join, send an in-game message to DarkSoup, aka Jeancey (hail, Doyen!), or leave a message on the talk page, or in the UESP guild forums.

Regarding the launch, everything finally worked out in the wee hours of the morning, after two or three hours of trying to log in. It wasn't quite the disaster some have made it out to be. But now, at least, the ESO support center message is accurate: login issues are affecting "some" players.

On behalf of North American XB1 gamers, I'm sorry, Europe. Some impatient Yankees decided to try their luck on the EU server, and basically screwed things up for the Old World, too. If it were up to me, they'd all have to live with their choice permanently or buy new copies of the game. But really, it's kind of stupid that they even had the option.

Revision History: Twenty Years, and Sale on the Hero's Guides

  09:35:00 pm, by   , 538 words  
Viewed 1519 times since 06/07/15
Categories: UESP, Analysis

According to the enigmatic Daveh, the UESP is turning twenty years old! How exactly we're going to mark this occasion is still pending, but it's amazing how far it has come.

The site itself just went through a few upgrades, and tweaks are stilling being made to some features. If you're like me, when using the search function, you'll need to type in a namespace first if you want to get any auto-fill suggestions to pop up. For more info, see here, if you can decipher it all.

Hero's Guides marked down, ESO marked up
Just in case anyone missed it in all the Fallout 4 craziness, The Hero's Guides to the Elder Scrolls Online were marked down 25%, with free shipping in the continental US. Mine's on the way!

Also, reddit user dominoid73 crunched the numbers and says Steam reviews of ESO have been 93% positive since 31 March 2015.

PSA: For best results, make an account or preview
The UESP is constantly getting updated, and activity is likely to be high for a while. Just last month, Jeancey made about 250 edits in one day, clearing a backlog of two months of unpatrolled edits. So it's all the more important to remember that if you're viewing the UESP anonymously, you might not be seeing the most current version of the page. Logging in will ensure this isn't a problem. If you don't want to do that, you can click the "Edit" button at the top of the page, then click the "Show Preview" button.

And while you're checking out of the site, keep an eye out for anything you think should be a Featured Image or Featured Article. I'm going to nominate Shuryard's pic of this windmill, because moons. And, while this isn't eligible to be an FI, you shouldn't miss it.

ESO Console Guild(s)
If you're a console player looking for a guild, we'll get a guild up and running for Xbox One. For the NA server, at the very least. The ESO Guild article will be updated accordingly. I haven't heard about any plans for the PS4. If you're interested, head to our UESP guild forum, or the guild article's talk page.. I'm not sure what role the guild(s) will ultimately fill, but for the time being, the guild's scope will be the same as the site's scope: everything. Whether you need help with your game in any way, you're looking to help out others, or maybe you just want to talk and trade, the UESP is here to oblige as best we can. And, hopefully, the guild can also help editors who play on the console get some assistance with wiki projects as needed.

While I'm on the topic of helping, Tamriel Foundry has a great article for new players.

The Lessons of the Lessons of Vehk and Vehk
Thirteen years after Morrowind's release, many fans are still enthralled by the 36 Lessons of Vivec. Almost 8 months ago, someone began tweeting the 36 Lessons, 140 characters a day. They're on Sermon 10 now. Loremaster RottenDeadite, a longtime devotee of metaphysical TES lore, is providing an annotated guide of his understanding of the Lessons. But of all the tributes to the Lessons I've seen, my favorite must be the 36 Rages of Vivec (slightly NSFW).