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Just letting everybody know that I am not a well paid guy and when my money runs out, all the mods on this site go bye byes for good. Which may be as early as March 2015 if this government gets it's way.
TEG has recieved 1 donation this year and faces a difficult year next year as the UK government continues to perscute carers and the disabled as it has done for the past 5 years. So things are going to be tight, especially since this goverment likes carers to live in an atmoshphere of fear and intimidation, with great deal of uncertainty as to what will happen next month or next year, and are very good at making a difficult stressful job in to a total nightmare instead of supporting us as they should be doing.
Carers save the UK £119 billion and yet to us the min wage is a 500% wage rise for us, which tells you just how little they care about us and just how little money I have to run this website on.
Anyway, what little I get goes in to paying for the bandwidth you use, the webspace, domains, and liciences needed to keep these mods I make available to you. The more mods I make, the more expensive it gets. Eventually I'll have to drop Oblivion and Fallout mods from TEG because I simply will not be able to afford to keep them available and make new mods.
That does not even cover website and forum themes, software upgrades or new software needed to keep up with modding requirements. It is sad but most of the NOs I give you is not because I cannot do something or will not do it, its because I cannot afford to the tools or afford to host the finished mod.
I keep the cost of TEG pretty low because my income is pretty low.
Uploading the the mods else where like I did prior to march 2009 just got certain folk on Beths forum making wild claims about my mods being a danger to the planet and they all vanished. So its not like there are a lot of trustworthy hosting sites out there. They all where used prior to march 2009 and all took my mods down when the trolls started. So TEG is really the only location where you know they will be safe.
But I need your donations for that, otherwise you may not have TEG next year.
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Given that Steam has made almost everything a modder would want to do over there against it is rules. I have closed the TEG steam group, it was not being monitored anyway because steam did not offer anything we did not have here already.
This follows the decision to remove all my mods from Steam for the same reason.
I have said many times Steam Workshops limitations seriously affected my modding decisions and mod designs, the 100meg upload limit, the 1000meg total mods upload limit, the lack of space for mod descriptions. The poor support for formating.
I think it is pretty clear Steams attempt at supporting modders in Steam Workshop is piss poor and half baked. Neither Steam nor the companies rushing to use Steam Workshop seem to understand much about modding and modders or what we want.
Given that I had to give up a lot of this sites traffic to support Steam and Steam is not supporting me at all, I think it is time to focus on TEG instead of sending folk to a massive corportations website that is clearly out of touch with the modders it claims to serve.
Another decision is regarding Youtube. Google only pays for hits from Youtube on videos, not from hits from this site or Google+. Since most views are now redirected to Google+, that means a large portion of the traffice sent to youtube for videos does not count as hits and does not generate any money. So I am going to take the adverts off the videos. There really is no point lining Googles pocket.
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I have released the Dark Lore Grimoire V2.2 update to correct a lore error I made that a user on the forum was kind enough to point out. Apparently Gothren was dead already, hay who knew, it was not in any of the books and I dont usually play House Telvanni in Morrowind.... Opps... Seriously though, its something Telvanni players would have known, and since I am not a Telvanni player, I did not.
All fixed now :)
Thats the trouble with lore mods, the more closer you get, the more distant you are and the more mistakes you make. Still theres always updates to solve these little issues.
Lore Accuracy needs to be maintained so here you go DLG V2.2.
Also released today Solstheim V2.5.
This release sees the deletion of 4 Redoran Guard Quests and the creation of 1 super cool, does it all, totally random quest that does the job of all 4, only randomly, produces random encounters and random loot and will never stop working because its repeatable. Where as the original ones where one shot quests due to bugs in the Skyrim paprus command system that I used when I first made them. So you can defend Raven Rock over and over again as I originally intended.
Cool or what.
You may notice features intended for future versions, these are incomplete right now.
Both these mods are in the Skyrim download area on my forums.
I did not intend to release Solstheim V2.5, I was working on Solstheim V3, but shortly after Dark Lore 2.0 got released the TES troll trouble started and has drained me of my modding creativity. So I am releasing it as is whilst I recover from yet another round of "release a mod, get shit for it" from TES fans.
I have no idea when I'll get back to modding Skyrim, to be honest I get sick of this shit from Elder Scrolls fans. It gets in the way of my modding activities every time. But now I no longer support Steam Workshop, perhaps that will change. Talking of TES trolls, I'll be making a blog about that in a moment.
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You may not be aware but we had a TES community troll (from Beth and Nexus) on this site this week intent on breaking UK laws and later after being banned from here 3 times in the same day, started making threats against this site on Steam that would breach Seattle laws as well. Steam moderators stepped in and delt with it, no complaints about most of their activities to be honest. All perfectly fair.
However trolls flaming did reveal Steams Advertising policy applied to mods and mod makers.
Which is a problem and means that troll and all other trolls just lost access to all my mod downloads because I have dropped support for Steam Workshop because of what I found. Basically, what I consider to be normal modder activities is against Steam rules and has already gotten me moderated, advising mods, recruiting teams, posting videos, all against Steam Rules. Yet all normal gamer activities.
Steam rules effectively make Steam Workshop in to a graveyard for mods.
A place you upload them too and leave them to die instead of allowing users to promote the mods they made or show them off. Which explains why this is exactly what happens to most mods on Steam, they die a silent death due to lack of interest. I had that problem my self.
Users should remember Steam Workshop already imposes a 100meg mod upload limit, a 1000meg total mods upload limit and provides so little document space, we cannot explain our mods very well nor does it allow us to inform users of new features when we do update them. So its really not a good service for us modders to start with. That is assuming its working at all.