In the bygone days of May, 2002, a small game came out, the third in a relatively unknown series from a developer on the verge of going under. Few indeed had heard of Arena or Daggerfall, but this third game, this Morrowind, would become the savior of a small gaming studio, and unleash a truly new and unique alien world for us to discover, full of strange and unusual sights, with the beat of hostile wings in the air, and the stirring of a breeze from a passing blight-storm. How many times in the last 16 years have we gone through that familiar Seyda Neen? How many times have we done battle on Red Mountain? How many times have we delved the depths of some lost and mysterious Dwemer ruin? And yet, we keep coming back, because Morrowind is home, and there’s no place like home.
Every year as this beloved anniversary comes around again, I’m reminded of that famous quote – “The Road Goes On and On, Down from the Door where it Began, Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with weary feet, Until it joins some larger way, where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
We’ve been down the many roads of Morrowind countless times over the past 16 years, yet for us modders the road stretches ever before us, an endless path of possibilities, the siren’s song of creation leads us ever onward, to reach new heights, to build new worlds, to bring to life the very fire of our imagination. Over the last 16 years we have accomplished a great many things, we have built new provinces and landmasses, expanded the very possibilities of modding with new gameplay mechanics, and finally realized the dream of a multiplayer Morrowind. In the last 16 years, we as a community have released over 23,000 mods for this beloved game of ours, with nearly 600 released just last year alone. I can think of no better way to celebrate the 16th Anniversary of this amazing game, than to mod it and make it even better than ever before, so that 16 years from now, people will still be playing Morrowind, and experiencing new things, due to the tireless efforts of our amazing modding community.
Which is why, this year, we’re once again doing something special, we’re holding once again the 4th Annual Morrowind May Modathon Month, a month-long modding competition for the community. Throughout the entire month of May, participating modders on the Nexus, TAL and GHF who submit Morrowind mods could get a chance to win indie or AAA games each week. Likewise, all participating mods will be entered to win the Mod of the Month Award, with a ton of games as a prize.
Not only that, but all winners will get trailers, special showcases, and numerous video features on Morrowind Modding Showcases. And every mod submitted for the competition will unlock various achievements! There’s over 60 achievements to unlock for everything from releasing a particular kind of mod, to getting a certain amount of downloads, to doing absolutely crazy and unexpected things! And of course, the winner of the Mod of the Month award will naturally get their mod featured in our Mod of the Month series, celebrating the best mods released each month for Morrowind.You can participate by leaving a short note in the mod description page at Morrowind Nexus and GHF that includes “Part of the May Modathon Month”. Remember, this only applies to mods released in May, so let’s all get to modding and make this the 16th Anniversary that Morrowind deserves!