Category: "UESP"

Revision History: XB1 NA Guild Plans

  11:37:00 pm, by   , 622 words  
Viewed 23009 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.

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Revision History: Xbox One NA guild!

  03:18:00 pm, by   , 162 words  
Viewed 6251 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 1676 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).

Revision History: Iliac Bay Overhaul

  10:36:00 pm, by   , 282 words  
Viewed 5602 times since 05/15/15
Categories: UESP, Analysis

Vordur Steel-Hammer, resident geographer of the UESP, has been tackling a much needed overhaul of Lore place articles in the Iliac Bay region. In TES II: Daggerfall, the game world was divided into a series of city-states, so the capital city and the surrounding region typically got the same name. And now ESO has thrown the Iliac Bay back in time a thousand years, and things are understandably, but frustratingly, different. What will become the name of a Daggerfall city-state is in some circumstances an entirely different region with a different political framework. It's been a mess, but thanks to Vordur, it's finally being sorted out.

Other projects continue, of course, while some are still being fleshed out. And little fun facts keep cropping up here and there. For instance, we're still getting insights on M'aiq the Liar's Skyrim dialogue. And over the last few months, it seems, people on youtube, reddit, and elsewhere have been puzzling over the skeleton of a Snow Elf king in the Forgotten Vale. Hey, it's news to me. One of the big delights from hanging around here is, every once in a while, you learn something new about games which have been out for years.

Zenimax released The Tamriel Chronicle, Issue #85 three days ago, and today gave us the latest entry in the Loremaster's Archives, Rituals of the Divines. It's always fun to see an Imperial try to speak authoritatively about other cultures.

Has Daggerfall always had a lot of mod support, or is this only been picking up since the game went free? Regardless, in case you haven't seen it, check out Daggerfall Tools for Unity - Mod Showcase 1:

I repeat: this game is free.

Revision History: Pandora's Page

  12:31:00 pm, by   , 76 words  
Viewed 1779 times since 05/06/15
Categories: UESP, Analysis

Shuryard has launched the Real-World References page. Enjoy it while it's short, because it's inevitably going to become the largest page on the UESP.

There's plenty of uncontroversial stuff to add, so let the free for all begin. I just caution you to follow this general rule: if there's any doubt in your mind that what you want to add is appropriate, there is no doubt that you should take it to the talk page first.