• 101* things to do with an old SteamLink
    I bought one of these back when they were reduced to almost nothing. I used it very little as my pedestrian desktop couldn’t stream game satisfactorily and it’s sat in the cupboard since. As I don’t like to get rid of old tech until I’ve absolutely exhausted all possible ways to repurpose it, I though I’d hoke it out and see what the community has come up with.
  • Adding web games to Playnite
    Like any sensible Windows user with a hoard of different competing games store launchers, emulated games and manually installed games littering his hard drive, I use Playnite. Which is probably the best integrated games launcher there is.
  • Writing a QuestPack: The Common People
    My first steps into the world of Daggerfall Unity modding came when I realised that making quests was as a form of interactive fiction. As those of you who have noticed the wealth of novels, short stories and screenplays that I haven’t published here over the years, I’m not great at finishing things. The short nature of quest-writing appealed to me, despite having numerous unfinished D&D quest modules on my HD going back almost 30 years.
  • Modding Daggerfall Unity
    I’ve been exploring Daggerfall on and off for a few years now, but I’ve only been exploring the world of Daggerfall modding for a few months. I’m still somewhat of an amateur so excuse any numptitude and hamfistedness in this guide…
  • Turning an old tablet into a photo frame.
    Many years ago I bought an Acer Iconia 10 tablet. It’s not a great tablet and their support for it seemed to cease around the time I got it in my hands, so it’s spent a lot of it’s time on a shelf other than the occasions I tried to find a use for it. I’m always concerned about the massive pile of discarded tech being recycled shipped to developing countries to be landfilled or dismantled by kids with inadequate safety kit. So I’m always looking for ways to repurpose tired tech.
  • Pixel Art
    I’ve started dabbling in pixel art. I like the constraints, it’s retro feel, and the fact I can do it on my phone or tablet when I’m have free time. At the moment I’m using Pixel Studio.
  • The Hatch
    Something I wanted to do for my houses revamp mod was to add cellars and basements to the NPC homes. This had been done for taverns in the Taverns Redone mod and temples in Finding My Religion. The stumbling block I quickly hit was that the Transparent Windows mod, by moving the house interiors within the exterior model caused the ground level to appear under the floor. For the above mods a workaround was implemented by Transparent Windows developer Macadaynu, but my houses were more numerous. Rather than expecting them to spend countless hours cutting holes in the ground for … Read more
  • Creating new pixel flats
    Another issue when revamping the houses of Daggerfall is the limited clutter. We are used to clutter in Triple-A games, rubbish, detritus, object d’art… but Daggerfall was from a former era. PCs were limited. Everything non-essential added bloat that PCs of the time couldn’t cope with. Also, with a game Daggerfall’s size there was only so much they could add. So peoples diets were limited to meat, fish and bread with some basic fruit. They drank only out of goblets and are off bare tables. As part of the enrichment I plan to add I want to give them more … Read more
  • New Paintings
    One of the (many) problems I came across when I decided to overhaul the NPC houses in Daggerfall Unity for my houses2homes mod, was the lack of variety in the paintings you can place on the walls of the buildings. There is basically six. Six different paintings that hang in the countless houses within an estimated 15,000 hamlets, towns and cities in the game.
  • Daggerfall Unity: Spotify Soundtracks
    Nexusmods user Macadaynu created a mod for Daggerfall Unity that controls an instance of Spotify running in the background and utilises playlists for music within the game. https://www.nexusmods.com/daggerfallunity/mods/238
  • Houses2Homes
    I’ve been working on a mod for Daggerfall Unity that overhauls the layout of NPC houses in the game.
  • Mastodon
    I signed up to an account on the mastodon.social server using the federated FOSS microblogging/twitter style service Mastodon a few years ago. I liked the look of it and the idea that it was free and servers could be based around different topics/groups etc, but like many such services I knew no-one on it and as such put it to one side thinking it would probably fade away or become a dull hangout for hardcore nerds and misanthropes.