Category Archive: Games

(Re)installing Morrowind, Pt. 6

Now that we have fixed most of the bugs, we’re going to make a few more improvements to graphics and gameplay. If you’re at all familiar with modding Morrowind, you may think it’s strange that I’d choose now to do this, as opposed to waiting till after installing extra landmasses or other things. My reason is that I want to get the “most necessary” things done first, before adding to the base game, so if you wanted, you could just quit modding and play through it before trying anything world-changing. My goal is “Good-looking, bug-fixed Morrowind with expansion packs.”

This will also allow you to experience Morrowind more closely to how it was designed, albeit with fewer bugs and better gameplay. When we reach the point of anything advanced enough to be game-altering rather than game-improving, I’ll let you know.

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(Re)installing Morrowind, Pt. 5

Now that we’ve established some good habits for organizing your Morrowind directory, it’s time to install your very first Morrowind addon— or at least the first that’s actually a regular addon and not a whole separate program. This will be the Morrowind Patch Project. Don’t get it mixed up with the Morrowind Code Patch that we installed in a previous entry; that was a program to fix things that addons couldn’t, whereas now we are working with a traditional addon.

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(Re)installing Morrowind, Pt. 4

Now that we are through tinkering with the Morrowind Code Patch, it’s time to install some regular addons. We’re going to start with some important bug fixes, but first I’ll explain general addon usage, along with my suggestion for an ideal way to keep everything organized.

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An Update.

You may have noticed the lack of activity here for… wow, a little over two months. This was due to my suddenly acquiring a new job. The last update I made to this blog was published literally 10 minutes before I walked out the door to the interview. I was expecting a part-time gig a few days a week; instead I ended up with full time, in addition to my other job on the weekends. To sum up, I abruptly found myself not having a single day off for 21 days in a row, sometimes working 12-hour days, and having very little time afterward despite my attempts to iron out my schedule. It has taken me an embarrassing amount of time (due in part to the uncooperative nature of my previous employer) but I’m finally almost adjusted to this new life cycle.

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(Re)installing Morrowind, Pt. 3

So, we’re at high(er) resolution and widescreen now; what’s next? The Morrowind Code Patch!

The MCP includes both fixes to problems with the game’s base code (things hardcoded into the .exe that can’t be fixed by simple addons) and additional features to alter or improve gameplay. I recommend you read through the entire description you will find at the above link, as well as the Readme that comes with the download.

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(Re)installing Morrowind, Pt. 2

All right, now that we have the unmodded game working, it’s time to set up a few graphical improvements. At the very least, we need to fix our screen resolution. I highly recommend doing this early on, as it may influence your later decisions over which texture upgrades to use.

Before I go any further, I want to make mention of the Morrowind Graphics and Sound Overhaul. I am not going to use it, because the purpose of this guide is to help you understand what all these individual components are, and what they do, and also because I’m not fond of some of the specific choices utilized by the Overhaul and there are some annoyances involved in customizing it to your liking. Still, it is an excellent compilation with a very good installer, and I plan on writing more about it in the future (especially some of the troubleshooting I went through trying to get it set up). For now, though, we’re going to mod Morrowind a piece at a time until we have it how we want it.

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(Re)installing Morrowind, Pt. 1

So here I am, reinstalling Morrowind for the hundredth time. Hard drive failure and the recent death of my XBox’s disc reading capabilities got together and convinced me to do it. This is an epic path which I have trod before, and I decided this time I’ll be intelligent about it and actually write down what I’m doing so as to ease the process for myself when, inevitably, I have to reinstall on the next computer. I have decided to bring you along for this journey. Yay!

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