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Nuvendil Feb 1 2014, 12:00am replied:

Ok except...this isn't set in the real world like Kingdom Come Deliverance. And unlike guns which screwing up one detail makes the whole gun completely non-functional in some cases, armor can be functional and take a very large variety of shapes and forms. Given this is NOT a historic game, I'd say it has some very functional armor designs. Therefore, your criticism is pretty much baseless. Now if Deliverance messes up in a design for its armor, such criticisms would be warranted since they want the most authentic historic RPG experience possible.

+2 votes   game: Gloria Victis
Nuvendil Jan 30 2014, 1:33am replied:

16km^2 . Around 4x4 once you factor in all the odd shapes and whatnot. Granted it is actually larger than that with interiors (Whcih are bigger than their exterior "shells").
But now that I look at his post, I must have misread it :S . Sorry. If 9k2=how you write 9km^2, then that's a bit smaller actually.

+1 vote   news: Lore Special: The Somstrynd Clans
Nuvendil Jan 29 2014, 5:06pm replied:

That's a bit larger than Skyrim. Thus much larger than Morrowind.

+1 vote   news: Lore Special: The Somstrynd Clans
Nuvendil Jan 27 2014, 8:59pm replied:

Yeah, I'm cool with divergence from the main setting :) . I am just not sure if this is a total conversion or a new lands mods. New lands mods I normally prefer to blend more into the game. However, this mod looks very high quality. And I like the attention to detail. So yeah, I like it so far. Keep it up ;)

0 votes   mod: CangLoong City
Nuvendil Jan 27 2014, 8:21pm replied:

It's not a heightmap, but a whole dang planet. Outerra is a planet engine. So yes, they are creating all of Arda. I doubt there will be too much in the way of real game content in the foreseeable future. Cause when I say planet I mean TO SCALE. So that is a really huge map. It will be a blast to explore and they could probably create game areas within it (think kinda like Daggerfall), but a full RPG on the whole map would be inconceivable. Still, it is a glorious sight. And the good news is that Outerra is rather niche. So WB will probably leave them alone.

+2 votes   game: The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order
Nuvendil Jan 26 2014, 8:10pm replied:

Yeah the Moddb site doesn't have the new theme right now. We decided to focus on IndieDB since it is our main page.

0 votes   game: The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order
Nuvendil Jan 26 2014, 7:27pm says:

Ok this image seems to be having a slight technical difficulty. Just click "view original"

+1 vote   media: Beran Guard
Nuvendil Jan 23 2014, 4:30pm says:

Good luck! Many of us at Epoch Games are following your project with interest. Hope you get what you need to succeed.

+2 votes   news: Cradle, Upcoming Indie of the Year, launches Kickstarter!
Nuvendil Jan 20 2014, 1:28am replied:

It is also illegal in LA for a man to beat his wife with a strap more than two inches long without her what is the world coming to? :P

+2 votes   member: Sakura┬áMatou
Nuvendil Jan 19 2014, 6:52pm replied:

Well we have always wanted a climbing system going back to Oblivion. Don't ask me about the technical details; that's not my department. It might not make it into our first release, but we definitely want it.

+1 vote   media: Cunnian Market Square
Nuvendil Jan 19 2014, 6:37pm says:

On the performance issue, the beautiful thing is that Cryengine 3 actually is fairly efficient and yet still pretty gorgeous at even the default "low" setting. But if you want all the fanciness - tessellation and the highest resolutions possible - then yeah, definitely upgrade your computer. Basically, we want to reward those who have put a lot of time into building powerhouses but still let those with rigs that aren't quite at that level play ;)

+2 votes   media: Tracks through the Forest
Nuvendil Jan 19 2014, 6:35pm replied:

If we can get our climbing system we want working, definitely. If not there will still be plenty of mountain paths both marked and unmarked.

+5 votes   media: Cunnian Market Square
Nuvendil Jan 13 2014, 6:17am says:

Nice update

+1 vote   news: Cradle: Meet the Team #1 Lead Environment Artist
Nuvendil Jan 6 2014, 4:33am replied:

Hmmmm. Depends on what you mean. Magic, yes, but not in an over abundance. If you look under "News," there are three First Look: Magic posts. They explain magic's history and such.

+2 votes   media: The continent of Althas
Nuvendil Jan 6 2014, 2:34am says:

I really like the lighting and the almost painting like feel. Gives the world a mystifying air, really draws you in. Excellent work, can't wait to see more

+2 votes   media: Outer Shrine
Nuvendil Jan 3 2014, 9:59pm replied:

Thanks! A lot of us have our eyes on Cradle too ;)

+3 votes   media: Dauphin: Concept and Model
Nuvendil Jan 3 2014, 4:12am replied:

Well there are a few bits of clutter, but the road itself was made with the road tool so it is pretty fast and basic. The focus of this demonstration shot was the buildings after all ;)

+1 vote   media: Cunnian: a small, northern Market-Town.
Nuvendil Dec 27 2013, 6:56pm replied:

I is a model that our level designer who put together this scene left in by accident :P .

+4 votes   media: Cunnian: a small, northern Market-Town.
Nuvendil Dec 27 2013, 6:26pm replied:

You know, these awards wouldn't be complete without your bitching.

-1 votes   feature: Indie of The Year 2013
Nuvendil Dec 26 2013, 9:20pm says:

Sooooo bit of delay with the MOTY Player's Choice? Will we be seeing it tomorrow or the weekend?

+2 votes   feature: Mod Of The Year 2013 Editor Choice
Nuvendil Dec 26 2013, 8:51pm replied:

Well that is a sort of compromise you have to make. You can either have fewer npcs but have them be somewhat intelligent with routines and dialogue or you can have huge masses of brain-dead npcs (more like Assassin's Creed). We want to try and strike a balance to have good sized crowds but still plenty of intelligent npcs to maintain immersion.

+5 votes   media: Cunnian: a small, northern Market-Town.
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 12:31pm replied:

If you looked up a few posts, you would see that three of them have already explained how. As fir the Vietnam one, well what can I say? Crap happens. It's still quality and obviously caught the eye of a number of people. If you don't know who SureAI is I can understand your surprise. But now you know: they have a very strong rep in the entire Elder Scrolls community and also have a very high quality standard. Don't be surprised when they show up here with Enderal. I Am The King is a foreign mod, most of their community isn't going to frequent an english site. These are awards that grant exposure to all modding. Moddb is more promotion orriented than community oriented. Mods are going to push for the awards with the power of their communities. That's why you can't be complacent with just watchers. You have to diversify.

+4 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 12:02pm replied:

This would be an issue and a good point if it wasn't for the fact that Moddb repeatedly tells teams to diversify where they advertise both year round and during these awards. And they aren't victims. Please. They made advertising efforts, sizable ones. Their fanbases came and voted. Instead if saying "what the hell JB," why not say "what the hell fans?" If you are so certain you had the superior count on that end?

Also, the karma spam is out of hand on both sides of this. Can we please use that judiciously?

+6 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 11:55am replied:

So it is a bad thing that you will next year be competing in the full MOTY awards??? Where high quality, thematic total conversions have an edge?

Also, you do have a right to be bummed. You and forty-three other teams. But you don't have a right to call mods you lost to subpar, accuse them of cheating, or otherwise try to undermine their integrity. Also, as the post below shows, thr JB team made their kwn efforts on their own front. Black Messa has thousands of watchers here and is based on a cult status game. Enderal is made by the most veteran and respected team in the Elder Scrolls modding community. I Am The King apparently has a good following and rep in the French community (as Le Roy C'est Moi), I have seen the Vietnam one; it's quality and does seem to have a healthy following. So I don't see what you are trying to say; these winners don't look like they would need to cheat to win. Their advertising just clicked.

+5 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 5:19am replied:

Yep. That's why I read all buried posts. Just scroll up and click view.

This information could have been better laid out. But from what TKAzA's words, the system seems exactly the same as last time.

I also agree that it could be great if they released the full list of placements for Upcoming and Released mods. After the full competition of course. And Top Upcoming could be Top 10 instead of Top 5. That could help since a lot of these popular mods probably missed top 5 by a few votes.

+4 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 4:55am replied:

Actually, that info I just state was given at the top of this very page of comments by TKAzA, one of the Moddb authorities on this event. However, karma spammers have buried the post. He has tried to provide explanation while simultaneously not making it possible to skirt the system. The statement that Moddb has been totally silent is not true.

And MOTY has been at Christmas since 2010.

+2 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 4:09am replied:

Rating is about daily views. Spikes can happen due to numerous factors; happened to us at MERP while we were in development quite often. People trying to guess updates or you introduce your mod to a new site. These spikes can drive your mod to the top 100. And you can get spikes like that but not more watchers or, in this case, more votes. Just depends on who those viewers are and what your mod is.

Since the votes are weighted, the numbers won't be representative. For example, if guest votes count as .5 votes a piece, then a mod might have 5000 votes but only tally as 2500 if they are all guest.

Lastly, you do have to concede that mods can win, especially in the less-voted-on Upcoming category, that are not as mainstream or veteran as others. And as I pointed out earlier, lots of mods have their primary community outside Moddb, but use Moddb as a sort of promo hub to branch out into a wider demographic, especially during MOTY, which is a very prestigious award competition. Watchers are usually voters, if they are active. But there were tens of thousands of votes, locked in votes won't win it. Votes from outside the community and peruser votes are what push mods to win. And I know that some of these mods, I Am The King in particular but also SureAI, have significant presences outside Moddb that they can draw on for these votes.

Just keep an open mind to other explanations before accusing the site or the mod teams of cheating. If accusations are your first route, it will cause tension and strife and can do more harm to all, yourself included, than good.

+8 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 2:51am replied:

Well, to be fair, I would hardly say TKAzA has been silent and he is one of the Moddb managers. He provided an explanation, it's just buried now.

Also, some of this could very well be that votes were absorbed by other projects. Happens in the full MOTY Awards for released mods, with projects like TATW and such getting sizable vote numbers even though, unless they win, they can't possibly place. (And others can't place at all due to having already won). Not saying SotP shouldn't promote; they should. However, when very large chunks of the votes go to large, very popular projects that then get honorables, it could account for some of the more unusual placers.

I would just say do more research than just the number of Moddb watchers before making accusations. Many of these mods promote and have sizable presences elsewhere. You don't want to give a mod that one fairly a black eye when they don't deserve it, especially in the Upcoming category; they really do need the exposure and support.

+8 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 2:37am replied:

Well, SureAI has been here a long time. Arktwend, Cube Experimental, Nehrim, and Enderal are all hosted here and have been for years. In fact, I don't know if Nehrim is available on Nexus. So Enderal being here is not shocking; it was in here last year and Nehrim won Editor's choice some time ago.

I Am The King is a primarily French project with a sizable presence in the French TES community. They did make a push for MOTY over there, but you wouldn't find it easily since they are known as Le Roy C'est Moi in that community. So they probably got a lot of votes from over there.

Also, Nexus is a community for projects either released or in beta. Can't really have a presence there if you don't have a release to show.

Keep in mind, these awards have a lot of prestige within modding. This site is a hub for all modding and gets your recognition beyond your target demographic, therefore expanding your fanbase beyond your normal bounds (Nexus (all of the sites), for example, is restricted to a specific game's fanbase). So it should be expected a lot of mods will push for these awards while being dormant during the year. Think of them as you will for that practice.

+8 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
Nuvendil Dec 24 2013, 1:53am says:

I would like to apologize, in particular to STA3 and SotP teams, for letting my aggression get the better of me. Understand it isn't anything personal; both projects look extremely well done. And it's not because I care particularly about Moddb's reputation specifically (no offense Moddb). I primarily care about the mods; in development mods need exposure and many ambitious mods struggle. I just don't want these top five getting black eyes they don't deserve; that could really hurt them. And I know what it is like being with a mod struggling for exposure.

I would encourage us all to take a step back and breath. These awards are about celebrating the hard work of modders. Are peer voted competitions perfect? No. Will the winners always be the objective "best?" No. But these are quality mods in this top 5. Personally, I feel that should be the focus of these awards.

+9 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Mod of 2013 Players Choice
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