Over the last weekend one enterprising young developer released Falskaar, a mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that adds 25 hours of game content with new, voiced characters, a land mass a third the size of the original game, a huge dungeon, and some additional quests. The mod is the culmination of 2,000 hours of work using Bethesda's Creation Kit and the mod's author, Alexander J. Velicky, is hoping that the Elder Scrolls studio notices the mod. Velicky is 19-years-old and hoping his first post-high school job will be one at Bethesda Softworks.
"I organized everyone involved, but the voice actors themselves recorded all the dialogue and submitted it to me," Velicky told PCGamer. "I had some people help me out with a few models and textures, someone wrote a book or two for me… But otherwise all content was implemented, written and developed by me."
He had help from the huge Skyrim community and his father, who allowed Velicky the chance to focus on his mod.
"[My dad] was incredibly supportive and allowed me to live here, paying for living expenses and charging no rent. I was able to not go to school and not have a day job. Meaning, more or less, that Falskaar was my day job," said Velicky.
While the community response has been largely positive for the mod, the author admitted that it's not perfect.
"I’m not an expert who’s been crafting game experiences for the last 20 years, so I certainly still have a lot to learn, and I always will. I’m always looking to learn and improve, and Falskaar was a huge chance for me to do this," he added.
So, if you have Skyrim and some time to kill, you can download Falskaar over on Skyrim Nexus and give Velicky a warm round of applause for a job well done. Hopefully, Bethesda answers the young man's job wish.