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The 2024 Morrowind May Modathon Month Modding Competition - May 1st-June 2nd

Looking to participate? Use the Modathon Logo in your mod description!
Also, check out the Achievements Banner (Color Achievements Banner Black and White Achievements Banner)

Got questions? Stop by the Modathon Discord Channel!

Participating Mods:

  1. Main Quest Redux By Kildozery
  2. Lore Accurate Artifacts By Kildozery
  3. Scornfully Wielded Insults and Taunts (S.W.I.T) By Kildozery
  4. L'Space - Large Quest Mod By The Wanderer and LSpace Teams
  5. Morag Tong Attacks By GrumblingVomit
  6. The Tea Shop in Old Ebonheart By Stuporstar and RandomPal
  7. Ald Skar Inn Overhaul By RandomPal and DimNussens
  8. Bal Isra and Indarys Manor Overhaul By RandomPal
  9. Red Wisdom - An Ashlander Prophecy By AFFA (Douglas Goodall) - Greatness7 - Melchior Dahrk
  10. Veil of the Forgotten By ZackHasaCat
  11. The Arcane Watch -- FULL By Glittergear
  12. Creatures and Critters By Danae et el
  13. The Enchanting Emporium (aka The Telvanni Abolitionists) By HeroDOA
  14. Dwemer-Tec Suit By Superliuk
  15. Your Name By Longod
  16. Animated Pickup By C3pa
  17. Vanilla Style Book Menu and Matching Manuscripts Texture Patch By NullCascade - ButchAmy - Maars
  18. Wearable Lanterns By syanide23
  19. Minor Plantations Redone By Endify
  20. Moruhn Corkbulb Manor By Juidius
  21. LittlePuny's Astral Pocket addons By LittlePuny
  22. Detect Propylon Indices By ZackHasaCat
  23. Ashlander Dombrists By Leyawynn
  24. Birthsigns RESPECted - A Birthsign Rebalance Mod By Discontinuous Qualia
  25. Quick Wheel By Archimag
  26. Vintage Morrowind - Alcoholic beverage mod By SigynLaufeyson
  27. Unique and Useful Birthsigns By SandGentleman
  28. Skyrim-Style Cage Resource By DimNussens
  29. Blast Shield By Archimag
  30. Shabgrut gra-Malak - Zenithar Guard By HMCascade
  31. Vennin's Hlaalu Tomb Overhaul By Vennin
  32. Better Propylon Index Discovery By SandGentleman
  33. Solstheim Architecture Visual Upgrade By Ivan Maksymiv aka Izendel
  34. Queen-Mother Barenziah -- Hail to the Queen By DimNussens
  35. Ashlander Seer By DaBean1188
  36. Dune Balmora By Sleepernn
  37. Odachi By waefre1
  38. PSX Shader By Safebox - requested by Remiros
  39. Vennin's Hlervi Tomb Overhaul By Vennin
  40. Relaxed Level-Up and Progression Rebalance By SandGentleman
  41. The Dark Tower - A Player Home By The Wanderer
  42. Mages Guild Overhaul - Main Quests By Glittergear
  43. Visible Belts - Onion By syanide23
  44. Rag N'Wahs By Archimag
  45. The Buulorian By Billyfighter
  46. Superior Pneuma Trap By Lord Zarcon
  47. Making Hand Props for Morrowind NPCs By GrumblingVomit
  48. Actual Old Ebonheart Stables (Tamriel Rebuilt) By Lord Zarcon
  49. Shade of the Revenant Altar Resource By GrumblingVomit_MasssiveJuice
  50. Darth Nihilus Robes By Concit
  51. The Journeyman Report By Karpalo
  52. QuickSelect By ZackHasaCat
  53. Sanity Lost By Viga
  54. Alen Ancestral Tomb Rebuilt (ALPHA) By JB
  55. Visions - A Mysticism quest mod By Danae
  56. Baandari Dreams -- A Khajiitsy Jazz Album By DimNussens with assistance from Lucevar
  57. Herbert's Literacy Program By Herbert
  58. Daedric Shrine Overhaul Exterior Sheogorath By Glittergear
  59. The Professionals Volume 2 By Viga
  60. Stuffed Lockpicks By Vozhban
  61. Ahnassi Shares a Song By Lucevar
  62. The Dead Druid By VvardenfellStormSage
  63. Rough and Ready Strongholds By Friend-at-Arms
  64. CRT Shader By Safebox
  65. Harold's Archipelago - Trouble in Paradise By Harold
  66. Justice for Shulki Ashunbabi By RandomPal and DimNussens
  67. The Lucky Fellow By ZackHasACat and Danae
  68. Far From the Marsh By MassiveJuice
  69. Light the Path By Lord Zarcon
  70. Skerry MAYAN Eggboi Race By Scheel
  71. OpenMW Classic Resident Evil By Come
  72. Equipment and Items Requirements Overhaul - EIRO By Sirloff
  73. CUA Dropdown By abot
  74. Sincerely Expressed Recognition and Accolades (S.E.R.A) By Kildozery
  75. Remains of the Fallen By Diject
  76. Just an Incarnate By Diject
  77. Bound Fishing Pole By Stele
  78. Waters of Morrowind By Tel Shadow
  79. Wig Disguise By The Wanderer
  80. MWSE Dwemer Double Doors By Pherim
  81. Inventory Sorter By abot
  82. MUSE Music Expansion - Hlaalu By Scipio
  83. Remove Stolen Flag By The Wanderer
  84. Vivec and Velothi Retexture - Atlas Textures By Maars - Mikeandike
  85. Better Character Classes Fixed By Sirloff
  86. It's Just Rum By Tel Shadow
  87. Carefully Cluttered Cozy Cat Cottage By Juidius and DimNussens
  88. Devilish Werewolf Overhaul By DetailDevil
  89. The Song of the Grazelands By Kalinter and DimNussens
  90. Inspect It By Longod
  91. Historically and Visually Accurate Morrowind Textures By YourNearestNeighbor
  92. Less Verdant West Gash By Vegetto
  93. One Side of the Coin (OpenMW) By GrumblingVomit - Markond - DimNussens
  94. The Woe of Indalen Tomb By Markond
  95. A Tale of Two Blacksmiths By Karpalo
  96. Lost Heirloom - written by ChatGPT By The Wanderer
  97. Blighted Hood By GrumblingVomit
  98. The Curse of the Silent Siren By Billyfighter and Melchior Dahrk
  99. Ascadian Farmyard Overhaul By Cerebulon
  100. Stuffed Probes By Vozhban
  101. Daedric Shrine Overhaul FULL By Glittergear and Ashstaar
  102. Fight Club - Suran By The Wanderer
  103. More Ingredients - Nature By syanide23
  104. Mudcrabmancer By Billyfighter
  105. Practical Repair (OpenMW) By Kuyondo
  106. The Illusionist's Curse By The Wanderer
  107. From the Flaming Realm By Rosynant
  108. Songbird - Choose Your Music By Lucevar
  109. Heart of Fire By Tel Shadow
  110. Weather Ring By The Wanderer
  111. Silent Exploration Tracks By Sarantine
  112. Larrius Varo's Little Story--A different version By Glittergear and DimNussens
  113. Vanilla Style HD Icons for Attributes and Skills By Kotbaioun
  114. John Morrowind NPC By TheMach

Description:

"The Road goes ever 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 eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say." - J.R.R. Tolkien

In the long ago hazy days of an early May, Morrowind was first released, promising a world of adventure, an alien land, foreign and unfamiliar, where countless paths led in countless directions. Now, twenty-two years later, we've explored every road, seen every sight, and yet, the adventure continues. For where Morrowind left off, the modding community continues, building new worlds, new perils, new adventures, new strange sights to see!

For twenty-two years, the modding community has been building, creating, adding new content to this beautiful land we call home. And for twenty-two years that community has shown no signs of slowing down! Far from it, the community has grown each year, 2023 was the most active year on record for Morrowind modding with over 1500 new mods released for this over twenty-year old game!

So today, in order to celebrate Morrowind's 22nd birthday, we are once again hosting the Morrowind May Modathon Month Modding Competition, and this year is a special one, for it marks our tenth anniversary of the Morrowind Modathons! Begun in 2015, over 1300 mods have been released for the Modathon competitions over the last ten years. The Modathon has gone from a small-scale modding competition to one of the biggest annual events in the entire Elder Scrolls modding community!

And like every year before, the Modathon is a free-for-all competition, throughout the entire month of May, modders can participate by releasing mods on the Nexus to get a chance to win weekly random drawing prizes (composed of AAA and indie games), unlock achievements, and compete to win the Masteries by releasing the most popular mod in a particular category!

Not only that, but all winners will get trailers, special showcases, and numerous video features on Morrowind Modding Showcases. Winners of the category masteries can also expect special video features, and of course, more prizes!

Last year saw some pretty big releases for the 2023 Modathon, from new quest mods by one of Morrowind's original game developers (the estimable Douglas Goodall), to all-new animated fishing gameplay mechanics, to countless new dungeons delves, adventures, graphical improvements, and more! With your help, we can make 2024 the biggest Modathon yet for this amazing community! The best games never die, so let's make Morrowind better than ever before with tons of new mods!

Achievements:

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A core feature of the Modathon, achievements are back, with over 94 new achievement badges that you can earn and unlock by releasing mods! Shiny new badges that you can add to your mod download pages or modder profiles, these achievements are divided into five main categories; Category, Metric, Challenge, Hidden, and Medalist. Each have different requirements, but every mod submitted will unlock at least a few!

Compete in weekly themed challenges for unique achievements, try and find hidden achievements based on only a name, and go for gold by releasing the very best mod in a category! How many can you unlock? Try and collect as many as you can and become a Modding Master of Madness!

Full Achievement List:

Gold Achievements (awarded one month after the end of the competition):

  • Champion of Legends - Release the most popular Quest or Guilds & Factions Mod
  • Champion of the World - Release the most popular Landscape or Landmass Mod
  • Champion of Life - Release the most popular Companion, Creature, or NPC Mod
  • Champion of Artistry - Release the most popular Graphics, Animations, or Audio Mod
  • Champion of Comfort - Release the most popular Player Home Mod
  • Champion of Clutter - Release the most popular Items Mod
  • Champion of Enhancement - Release the most popular Gameplay, Bug Fix, Patch, or UI Mod
  • Champion of Culture - Release the most popular Towns and Cities Mod
  • Champion of Dungeoneering - Release the most popular Dungeon Mod
  • Champion of Immersion - Release the most popular Immersion Mod
  • Champion of the Community - Release the most popular Modder's Resource or Utility
  • The People's Choice - Most Endorsed Mod
  • Numbers Matter - Most Downloaded Mod
  • Emperor, King, and Justice, Citizen - Achieve the highest cumulative number of endorsements for all mods released for the Modathon
  • A Warrior's Legacy - Unlock all Silver and Bronze Achievements
  • Master of Madness - Earn the highest number of unique achievements
  • Challenge Accepted - Release a mod for each weekly themed challenge.

Rare (Silver) Achievements:

  • A Show Of Power - Achieve at least 25 endorsements and 250 downloads with a Modathon Mod
  • You Are A Credit To Your House - Achieve at least 25 endorsements on a Modathon Mod
  • Cliff Racer Fly So High - Release at least 5 mods for the Modathon
  • Lesh Make A Deal - Achieve over 250 downloads on a Modathon Mod
  • Destined for Great Things - Achieve 500 combined downloads for all mods released for the Modathon
  • Cult of Personality - Achieve 50 combined endorsements for all mods released for the Modathon
  • Available for Hire - Cooperate with at least two different modders on two different mods

Copper (Uncommon) Achievements:

  • Let Me Tell You A Story - Achieve at least 10 endorsements on a Modathon Mod
  • Triple Threat - Release at least 3 mods for the Modathon
  • I'm Creeping! - Achieve over 100 downloads on a Modathon Mod
  • Jack-Of-All-Trades - Release a separate mod in at least 4 categories
  • Improve My Effectiveness - Release a mod which qualifies for at least 5 achievements upon initial release
  • You and I Are About to Become Very Close - Cooperate with at least one other modder to release a Modathon Mod

Challenge Achievements:

  • Mysticism & Prophecy - Release a mod featuring both themes in the first week
  • Fortune & Woe - Release a mod featuring both themes in the second week
  • Illusion & Infection - Release a mod featuring both themes in the third week
  • Ruins & Relics - Release a mod featuring both themes in the fourth week
  • Twisting Paths - Release a themed challenge mod two weeks in a row
  • Tag Teaming - Release two themed challenge mods in cooperation with other modders
  • Mastermind - Release a themed challenge mod which simultaneously unlocks three metric achievements
  • Breaking Barriers - Release themed challenge mods in two different weeks which cover at least four different categories between them
  • Lighting the Way - Release a themed challenge mod that also unlocks a hidden achievement.
  • Punctually Perfect - Release three themed challenge mods that also unlock a date achievement
  • Medalist - Release a themed challenge mod which earns a bronze, silver, and gold achievement by the end of Modathon

Common Category Achievements:

  • Adventures Await - Release a Quest or Guild/Faction Mod for the Modathon
  • New Horizons - Release a Landscape or Landmass Mod for the Modathon
  • Im-Leet and Rolf the Uber - Release a Companion, Creature or NPC Mod for the Modathon
  • I Like the Way You Look - Release a Character Customization Mod for the Modathon
  • Morrowind is Home - Release a House Mod for the Modathon
  • Cluttermonkey - Release an Items Mod for the Modathon
  • Let Me Tweak That - Release a Gameplay, Bug Fix, Patch or UI Mod for the Modathon
  • The Only Game In Town - Release a Town Mod for the Modathon
  • Better Take A Torch - Release a Dungeon Mod for the Modathon
  • Let Me Immerse You - Release an Immersion Mod for the Modathon
  • Stimulate the Senses - Release a Graphics, Animations, or Audio Mod for the Modathon.
  • The Lusty Argonian Maid - Release a Resource for the Community

Common Metric Achievements:

  • Double Trouble - Release at least 2 mods for the Modathon
  • Back for Another Round - Release Two Mods in the Same Category
  • Backup Plan - Release two or more mods within 48 hours of each other.
  • Tamriel Imports - Release a mod that requires either AATL Data, OAAB Data or Tamriel Data
  • Novice of Madness - Release a mod in your first Modathon
  • Veteran of Madness - Release a mod in two or more Modathons
  • CHIMming It - Release a mod in three or more Modathons
  • Ahh Yes, We've Been Expecting You - Release a Mod on May 1st
  • May The Fourth Be With You - Release a Mod on May 4th
  • May The Ides Be Ever In Your Favor - Release a Mod on May 15th
  • Cutting It Close - Release a Mod between June 1st and June 2nd.

Hidden Achievements (requirements will be revealed whenever a mod unlocks a hidden achievement):

  • A Puzzler's Paradise - Release a mod that uses or adds puzzle-based mechanics (first unlocked by Viga)
  • A Sonorous Knell - Release a mod that adds new sound effects to the game (first unlocked by Kildozery)
  • Chronomancer
  • Dreams and Visions
  • Eclipsing Mundus - Release a mod that takes the player to a realm of Oblivion (first unlocked by Glittergear)
  • Finders Keepers - Be the first to unlock three separate hidden achievements (first unlocked by The Wanderer)
  • Historian
  • I Swear He Was Here Yesterday - Release a mod that adds or uses an NPC scheduling mechanic (first unlocked by The Wanderer)
  • Master of Disguise
  • Melting Pot
  • Nothing Left
  • Pathfinder
  • Piercing the Veil - Release a mod that changes how death is handled in Morrowind (first unlocked by Diject)
  • Putting the Mer in Merchant - Release a mod that adds an elvish merchant with custom dialogue (first unlocked by HeroDOA)
  • Reaching for Aetherius
  • Read All About It! - Release a mod with an actual Read Me file. (first unlocked by Melchior Dahrk, AFFA and Greatness7)
  • The Blue Ones Are Nice - Release a mod that adds new dinnerware to the game (first unlocked by The Wanderer)
  • The Clan Ascendant
  • The Hunter's Moon
  • The Naturalist - Release a mod which adds at least 3 new plant and/or animal ingredients which originate from Nirn (first unlocked by synaide23)
  • The Outsider - Release a mod which adds a new playable race (first unlocked by Scheeel)
  • The Pacifist - Release a mod with at least 3 quests which can be completed without the player hurting a sentient being (first unlocked by The Wanderer)
  • The Riddler
  • Think it'll Rain?
  • Trailblazer
  • Tribes and Tribulations - Release a mod that expands upon the culture, customs, or quests of the Ashlanders. (first unlocked by Melchior Dahrk, AFFA and Greatness7)
  • Twin Moons - Release a mod which involves Masser and Secunda (first unlocked by DetailDevil)
  • Vvardenfell Vigilante - Release a mod which lets the player solve a crime (first unlocked by The Wanderer)
  • You Wouldn't Download A Guar

Challenges:

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Returning this year are optional, theme-based modding challenges that will be running throughout this month's competition, with new achievements to unlock and new prizes to win! I must emphasize that these are *OPTIONAL* challenges, the Morrowind May Modathon has always been and will continue to be a free-for-all modding competition where all are welcome, regardless of themes, but if you'd like to unlock some additional cheevos and get a chance to win some additional prizes, you can try your hand at making a mod to fit one of the weekly themed challenges below.

Can you make a mod to match each theme? Each of these challenges are deliberately designed to be fairly broad and open to interpretation, potentially fitting any of a wide variety of mods, allowing you to let your creativity go wild!

Participation and How it Works:

You can participate by leaving a short note in the mod description page of your mod at Morrowind Nexus that includes "Part of the May Modathon Month" somewhere near the top of the description or use the "Modathon 2024" tag to mark your mod as a competition entry.

Every week, at least five different modders will be selected at random to win a single AAA or Indie game, and the way this works is that we'll compose a list of all participating mods released that week, plug them into a random number generator, and the first five results we get back will be the winners for that week.

If you win in one of these weekly drawings, I'll send you a message on the Nexus or Discord notifying you that you've won and providing a list of games you can choose from as your prize. We have over 500 games to give away, so hopefully you'll find something you want on there!

Once again this year, for the grand prize winners, we're letting the people decide! The mods with the most endorsements in each category (Gameplay, Immersion, Dungeons, Quests, Landscapes/Landmasses, Player Homes, Graphics and Audio, Towns and Cities, Items, etc....) by July 1st will be declared the masters of those categories, and win additional prizes as a result, including achievements and 2-3 game prizes for each grand winner in each category!

We'll be going by whichever categories you upload your mods on the Nexus to, and obviously, some categories (like Weapons and Armor) will be counted under broader categories like "Items". If you have any questions regarding how this will all work, exactly, feel free to post them below!

In total, there's 12 categories with Masteries (and other categories of mods will be included under one of the existing categories, if you're posting a mod to Miscellaneous for example, we'll include it under the category that makes sense, depending on the mod, or you can include what category you want it to be included under in the mod description):

  • Companions/Creatures/NPCs
  • Character Customization (heads and hairs, new races, clothing mods)
  • Dungeons
  • Gameplay Mods/Bug Fixes/Patches/UI (Depends on UI mod, some may be categorized as Graphics)
  • Graphics Mods/Animations/Audio/Shaders
  • Immersion Mods
  • Items/Weapons/Armor/Books/Etc...
  • Landscapes/Landmasses
  • Modder's Resources/Utilities
  • Player Homes
  • Quests/Guilds&Factions
  • Towns and Cities

Rules:

Overall this competition and giveaway is pretty easy to understand, and there aren't a whole lot of rules involved, but there are a few things we should clear up just in case.

First, all types of mods are perfectly acceptable. From texture replacers to gameplay tweaks to content mods like house mods, quest mods, or dungeon mods. All of those are fine and will be accepted for the competition! The only kind of mod that will NOT be accepted is cheat mods, i.e. placing a barrel full of loot in the middle of Seyda Neen or placing a Daedric longsword in the Census and Excise Office. Cheat mods like that will not be considered for the competition.

Also, we accept both tes3mp and OpenMW mods, as well as MWSE Lua mods! Regardless of which platform your mod is designed to work with, all will be accepted!

Second, all submitted mods must be, at least for the most part, safe for work. Questionable content is acceptable so long as it isn't the entire mod, remember we have to showcase these and we can't showcase adult-themed mods on the channel!

Also, it should be pointed out that for larger mod projects, you can submit a demo or playable beta of your mod as part of the competition and it'll be perfectly acceptable. I do need to stress that it must absolutely be playable though. Any mod that crashes to desktop upon loading the game will not be considered.

In addition, we ask that all participating modders please only release a *maximum* of 5 mods per day, there were some issues in past years with mods immediately getting buried, and we want everyone to have a chance to have their mods get seen! Also, we won't be counting very quick CS edit mods as counting towards achievements, in order to encourage less spam.

Remember, this only applies to mods released in May, so let's all get to modding and make this the big 22nd Anniversary that Morrowind truly deserves!

If you don't know how to mod, check out our Let's Mod Morrowind series for a visual guide to modding - including interiors, basic scripting, and quest design.

Want to check out our past Modathons? You can find playlists of the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Modathon competitions down below!

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