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SWS is a vast modification set in a lore inspired by the Warring States period of Japanese history. While many of the concepts are inspired by history, this mod is also heavily influenced by Japanese Pop Culture, and how it has portrayed this time in history. In order to better fit the Elder Scrolls universe, this mod will include fantastical elements such as magic, demons and other RPG staples.

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Posted by Aurel_Tristen on Mar 7th, 2012

Hello again Skyrim players and Warring States fans. I'm happy to have the opportunity to disclose the latest progress report. Zigan and I are putting in serious hours on this project, and its paying off.

New Weapons and Clothing

Because swords are relatively easy to get working in Skyrim now, I've moved on to taking on what was originally the greatest challenge for weapon fabrication: Creating a new bow. For anyone not familiar with Skyrim modding, bows in Skyrim are unique in that they have a skeleton much like you would find giving life and movement to Skyrim's NPCs and creatures. These bones control how the bow flexes as it is drawn back. Because of this, and due to the limitations of the Creation Kit, new bows must take on a similar shape to the originals. The bow string is controlled with two pivoting bones, and moving these would break Skyrim's animations. To get around this, I've designed a longbow that looks similar to a traditional Japanese bow, but with additional features that keep the pivot points where they belong.Long Bow In GameLong Bow In GameLong Bow In Game As you can see, the bow is now in-game and working. You'll also notice that the priestess kimono is in game as well. I've learned a whole lot along the way, and this should help speed up future development. The kimono still needs some skin-weight work to reduce sleeve and shoulder clipping, but I'm quite happy just to see it working in-game.To go along with the long bow, I've created a 'long arrow,' or spiritual arrow. This new type of 'ammo' has a new model for the arrow-head (Not pictured) as well as new particle effects for the 'in flight' version. The new arrows trigger a spiritual-energy explosion on impact and are very powerful. Its a good idea to avoid messing with a priestess wielding one of these bows. I've created a video demonstrating all of this, but today's work has already made that video old-news. I'll be putting together a new video for the next news post.

New Static Meshes

While we still have to wait for Bethesda to fix the Creation Kit so we can generate a new World-Space, our testing world is filling up with new static meshes. The first one, the Torii Gate was announced a week or so ago. Today I have added several new wall meshes to match SWS's theme. They work in-game, but do not have collision yet. I'm working on making this happen, but right now I'm stuck with limited options. Bethesda implemented a new type of physics with Skyrim, and the modding community is still working to decode how this new system works. For now we are stuck with convex hulls (Shapes that contour the outside of an object, but do not allow for holes such as the space between the two supports of the Torii gate) and simple boxes.More Static Meshes and no LODNew Static Meshes in Game

New Team Members

Originally, Zigan and I were the only team members on this project. Since the ModDB page has gone up, we've had a few people express interest. We now have two composers and a voice actor. The final project will require quite a few more voice actors, but until we fix the dialog-sound issue, there is no sense in bringing more members on-board.

Recruiting

As always, we could use a few more developers to make this project a reality. The greatest need right now is for 3D artists who can UVW and compile their own work, as well as animators who can (or can learn to) convert animations to a readable format, edit them and re-compile them into Skyrim compatible files. If you're interested, send me an Email.
That's all for now. Don't forget, you can follow us here on ModDB for the latest updates!

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hogan_skoll
hogan_skoll Mar 9 2012, 6:08pm says:

G'luck

Sucks that beth screwed up the modding scene - i appreciate it takes alot of work - but i for one only bought it to mod it and the stuff theyve missed makes me regret it.

Valve did a stand-up job in hindsight.

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Aurel_Tristen Mar 10 2012, 12:12am replied:

I also bought the game specifically to mod it, but I think (Hope) the shortcomings of the CK are more or less bugs that will be squashed in the future.

I love valve and I love the Source Engine, but the fact that it still has quake one code in it, uses lame *** BSP, requires mappers to undergo extensive compiling just to see their work, and has the most convoluted picky BS proprietary model format I've ever worked with are all reasons why I quit working in Source.

The engine and its MDL / SMD format has been about since 1998 and yet I still have to hack and slash though QC files by hand, just to find that I forgot a $ somewhere or that Steam is going to flip out and now my model won't compile? While it is true that working with NIF files is a pain, I'll take NIFs over MDLs any day.

Bethesda seems to have had issues releasing their 3DS Max tools due to legal complications. Id imagine if we had these tools, most of the issues we're having as a modding community wouldn't exist. As to the LOD issue... I don't wanna talk about it >_< ... :P

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