The Origin of the UESP

  09:49:21 pm, by Daveh   , 526 words  
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Categories: UESP

While there's a brief history of the UESP on the Wiki I'd thought I would tell it in more detail from the beginning. Ultimately I suppose it all began when I was grade 5 (1984ish) when my elementary school got their first computers. This was my first real introduction to video games and it continued on through high school and college. Up to this point, however, almost all of the games I played were action oriented: Test Drive, Tetris, Pacman, Mario, Star Trek, etc.... The only RPG I remember playing was Bad Blood which I never really understood, partly because I was playing on a monochrome monitor and couldn't distinguish anything.

My gaming experience changed significantly when I began University in 1992. One of the guys in the dorm had his own computer and among the games he played was Might and Magic III. It was love at first sight and so desperate was I play it I ended up, er, re-engineering some computers in the school's lab to install and the play game when no one was around (ahh, the follies of youth). For the next year or two the only other RPG I remember playing was an online MUD named Moosehead (sadly, it seems to be no longer around).

The summer of 1994 was the beginning of the end, so to speak, for it was then that another friend in University introduced me to Arena. I vaguely remember the scene now: a snowy portrait of a town at dusk. While we may now scoff at the game's primitive graphics, at the time it was by the prettiest game I had ever seen. A few months later I happened to find the game in a small computer shop as one of their dozen games for sale. Needless to say, I bought it.

Shortly after getting the game I found the newsgroup for it and soon after that heard rumors of Arena's sequel, Daggerfall. At the time the WWW was still in its infancy and information for most games was still being distributed as text FAQs (Frequency Asked Questions) around the newsgroups. Seeing the lack of a FAQ for Daggerfall I started decide to start one, not knowing at the time what it would eventually lead to. The FAQ was mildly popular and I had two other editors, Andrew Franklin and Michael Bodenhoff, join me in maintaining it.

After around a year of working on the Daggerfall FAQ its relatively large size and the quick advancement of the web led me to turn the FAQ into a web page (yes, amazingly its still available). Soon after this one of the FAQ editors, Andrew I believe, suggested creating a general web site for all the Elder Scrolls games: Arena and the soon to be Daggerfall. While thinking for a name it didn't take too long to come up with "the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages" or UESP for short which I thought was a decent acronym.

While the site has changed in looks, size, and type over the years its purpose really hasn't changed from that singular moment of creation: a single site dedicated to documenting all the Elder Scrolls games.

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Eshe-is-playing, Eshe lists!

  07:27:39 pm, by Eshe   , 230 words  
Viewed 12725 times since 10/05/09
Categories: Games

I've been trying to come up with something to write about, so I thought I would play off Daveh's "what we're playing" post and see where it gets me. My list is short. Are you ready?

  • Mirror's Edge: This is the only game I've really played in the last couple of months. Now, I'll admit the game has a lot of problems, like the combat. I can take 30 bullets and still run a kajillion miles an hour, but three hits to the face with a rifle butt and I'm dead? Are you serious? But even with those problems, I've enjoyed this game immensely ever since it came out. It's a unique and well-executed idea, the design is great, the music is awesome, and most importantly, it's really fun.

I told you it was a short list. And because it's so pathetically short, I'm going to supplement it with my Top Five Games of All Time!

  1. Final Fantasy VII
  2. Xenogears
  3. Final Fantasy XII
  4. Final Fantasy X
  5. Kingdom Hearts

Yeah, I'm kind of a Final Fantasy nerd, but don't hold it against me &#59;). I'd actually never heard of FF until I was about 13, so believe me when I say I've played a lot of other games too!

Other games I play often but don't make the list include: Dragon Quest VIII, Portal, Heavenly Sword, Assassin's Creed, and the Legend of Zelda Series.

Playing Games

  12:34:00 pm, by Daveh   , 287 words  
Viewed 7972 times since 10/02/09
Categories: Games

I've always liked the "What we're playing" regular section on the Bethesda Blog (a definite regular read if you are an Elder Scrolls or Bethesda fan) so I will occasionally do a similar post of what I've been playing lately.

  • Fallout 3 -- I've recently purchased the last 2 or 3 DLCs and am currently finishing up Broken Steel. While the game and its DLCs have its fair share of critics I've immensely enjoyed all of them.
  • Majesty 2 -- A game/series I wasn't at all familiar with until I read about on the Bethesda Blog, I've been playing this game on my laptop when traveling. Its a fun little casual strategy game which is perfect as I've never been very good at complex strategy games. I'll also have to look into the original Majesty which fans of the series appear to think is the better of the two.
  • Everquest -- I don't play nearly as much EQ as I used to but there's been a few recent content additions to the game that I'm gone and checked out. Typically I'm three-boxing when I play which I know is terribly anti-social of me but is by far the least stressful mode of playing. I tried a pickup group the other day which was basically two hours of me thinking "What are you doing?!?".

I haven't seen any games coming out in the near future that particularly interest me other than the new Wolfenstein which looks mildly entertaining. I only feel slightly guilty of having no Elder Scrolls titles in the above list. I did restart Oblivion a few months ago playing a magic based character (all my previous characters were stealth/warrior based) which I'll have to pick up again.

Welcome to the UESP Blog!

  07:29:50 pm, by Daveh   , 336 words  
Viewed 13045 times since 09/30/09
Categories: Welcome, News

Welcome to the first post on the UESP blog. A place where I, and possibly other UESP editors or Elder Scrolls fans, can talk about what is on our minds. I tend to be a "jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none" type so my desired blogging topics cover an equally wide range:

  • UESP -- Running the UESP site has definitely been a trial by fire so I'll try to pass on all tips and knowledge I've accumulated along the way for what they may be worth.
  • Gaming -- I play a variety of games, not just Elder Scrolls titles (shocking, I know...), so expect discussion about what I'm playing as well a little bit about game development and theory. For all the games I've played I must be an expert, right?
  • Programming -- I have programmed for both fun and work most of life so would like to discuss both the practice and theory of the topic.
  • Rants -- Reading other blogs it seems one of their main purpose is to provide an outlet for the author to rant about things. I can only try to not disappoint in this regard.
  • Science -- Both my education and work history have been science oriented and I've had a love of science since elementary school.
  • Hobbies -- I have many minor hobbies, such as wood/metal working and ultimate frisbee, I may bring up occasionally depending on if I actually find the time to do any of them.

Besides all those wonderful topics if I do manage to regularly update the blog it gives me a chance to practice my poorly neglected writing skills. Since UESP moved to a Wiki based site (some 3 years ago now) I haven't had time, or really the need, to write any actual content or articles. The editors and contributors to the Wiki have far surpassed anything I had originally thought of. I've been writing lots of code and shell scripts, which I don't mind, but it feels good to be able to just writing 'stuff' again.