Tes3Mod: Tamriel Rebuilt
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Tamriel Rebuilt (commonly abbreviated as TR) is the largest collaborative fan-based modding project for the Elder Scrolls series, with the goal of creating the mainland of Morrowind. This project has existed since before Morrowind's release, though the leadership and members have changed many times since then. A complementary collection of province mods, Project Tamriel, shares assets with Tamriel Rebuilt through Tamriel_Data, and they are meant to complement each other.
Tamriel Rebuilt currently covers all of northeastern Morrowind and much of the eastern and central part of the province, with the latest release adding the rest of the Aanthirin region south of Vvardenfell. The next release will continue west into the Ascadian Bluffs, Roth Roryn, and Armun Ashlands regions.
Tamriel Rebuilt is a group collaboration, a project which has involved over 200 modders and contributors over the years. Tamriel Rebuilt was founded in 2001 by a gaming enthusiast under the alias 'Ender', as a reaction to Bethesda's announcement that the then-upcoming The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind would not contain the entire province, but merely the island of Vvardenfell.
Prior to 2010, Tamriel Rebuilt was billed to divide the mainland of Morrowind into six distinct maps, all of which were to be developed separately and sequentially. Due to a reorganization in 2009, the number of maps was increased to eight, to increase productivity and general public accessibility. After further reorganization in 2014, the TR team had again changed the project's release structure, focusing on releasing playable areas as they're finished rather than the eight major planned "releases". The project's vision had also undergone a change, and now plans to eventually integrate itself with vanilla content.
Maps that have been released to the public include Map 1 (Telvannis, released 23 September 2006), Map 2 (Antediluvian Secrets, released 30 November 2008), and Map 3 (Sacred East, released 6 June 2012). Both Telvannis and Antediluvian Secrets cover the regions ruled by House Telvanni, while Sacred East is centered around cities of House Indoril and the city of Necrom. Releases after Sacred East were no longer labeled as maps, but by a Year.Month version number, starting with 14.08 (August 2014). Versions between the last update to Sacred East and 18.07 did not officially release any new landmass, but continued work on preview areas, integrated the travel network with Vvardenfell through TR_Travels (15.12), moved assets to Tamriel_Data (16.09), and integrated factions with Vvardenfell's through TR_Factions (17.09).
The 18.07 release (31 July 2018), termed Old Ebonheart, was focused around the Imperial city of Old Ebonheart in northeastern Aanthirin, a region directly south of Vvardenfell. Following this was 19.12 (19 December 2019), Aanthirin, which completed that region, with notable settlements such as Almas Thirr and Roa Dyr. The current release is 20.02, a bugfix release for Aanthirin.
Development of a region typically starts off with planning and conceptualizing the lore (such as important locations, people, and factions), assets, and appearance of the area. Asset development is started early on, and remains the primary bottleneck for exterior development to start. As exterior claims are completed, interior claims open up. NPCs, creatures, and generic dialogue are included when all necessary interiors are done. Quests and questlines are designed, written, implemented, and playtested. With all of these components merged into one section file, they can be combined with the main mod.
Files for Tamriel Rebuilt are organized into individual assets, claims, and release files.
Assets are the building blocks of the game world, including Writing, Audio, and Models. An asset is either proposed by a member or requested by a lead developer. Once an asset has been created, it undergoes a reviewing process. Should it be accepted, it will either be turned into a claim (such as in the case of quest designs), or flagged for merging into a temporary add-on to Tamriel_Data, which itself is merged into the main Tamriel_Data files when there is a major release.
Claims are individual playable aspects of the mod, which make use of all created assets: Exteriors, Interiors, and Quests. Once a claim has been fulfilled by a developer, it undergoes a similar reviewing process. Designated users thoroughly examine every aspect and detail added by the claim, fixing issues they find so that the claim can be set as ready to merge. If the claim has too many issues or does not fit the claim description, it can be rejected and returned to the original developer for a redesign. Incorrectly placed objects are the most common issue with exteriors and interiors, with terms such as "casper", "floater" and "bleeder" used to describe their bad placement. Quests may have scripting errors, dialogue typos, and dialogue loops, among many other issues. For this reason, quests are playtested by various people at all stages of the claim process.
Claims and assets are given a priority: low, medium, high, and critical. For claims specifically, critical means required for the next release, high for two releases away, medium for three releases away, and low for anything else.
Release files include TR_Mainland and various section files that together form the latest TR_Preview. Section files are checked out by senior developers and most work involves merging completed claims so that a connected game world is formed, as well as fixing bugs. When nearing a release, one or more sections are merged into TR_Mainland, and upon release the others are merged together into a new TR_Preview.
Following the first three large-scale releases, Tamriel Rebuilt switched to a quarterly (later biyearly) release cycle and soon began to make incomplete content available through TR_Preview. This was done to keep the mod from appearing inactive for long periods of time. This cycle lasted until near the completion of the Old Ebonheart release in 2018. Since then, Tamriel Rebuilt has a named release only when a new part of the landmass is finished, with a bugfix update in the following months which does not change TR_Preview.
Tamriel Rebuilt's website is also divided into Development (containing the Asset and Claims browsers, Bugtracker, and Release Files) and Community (containing the Forum, Discord, and IRC links) and access is restricted to certain members of the project. Guests can view all forums, claims, and assets. Members can comment on each of them and ask for the assignment of assets, and developers can ask for assignment on claims and assign themselves to assets. Lead developers regulate asset and claim assignment, and control the implementation of the planning.
Planning and general meetings are held on Sundays every other week in TR's Discord server in a dedicated meeting channel. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to join and contribute.
Tamriel Rebuilt consists of a main file and several optional plugins for content that is either incomplete or affects Vvardenfell.
- The main file, which adds all officially released lands and quests. Note that required assets are contained in Tamriel_Data, a separate mod.
- Includes any unreleased lands and quests. Content may lack quests, new dialogue, NPCs, interiors, or exteriors, though a basic heightmap covers most of the future landmass where exterior development has not begun.
- Connects Vvardenfell's travel network with the mainland's by adding new connections and rerouting others when the limit of four connections makes new connections impossible. For more information, see the Transport page.
- Slows down advancement in some factions to accommodate for Tamriel Rebuilt's new quests, changes dialogue to reference the mainland, adds faction reactions to new factions, and requires you to convince more councilors for the Hortator quests (only Telvanni for now). For more information, see the Factions page.
- Includes three new battle tracks and seven new exploration tracks that may play anywhere in the game.
For gameplay information not listed here, see Tamriel_Data in the Miscellaneous links, below.
- Diseases — The less pleasant souvenirs you may bring back from the mainland
- Items — New items on mainland Morrowind
- Quests — A guide to all major and minor quests for Tamriel Rebuilt
- Reputation — List of quests that give you fame points
- Spells — New spells known to mainland inhabitants
- Starting Out — Hints to help you in the new additions that encompass Tamriel Rebuilt
For world information not listed here, see Tamriel_Data in the Miscellaneous links, below.
- Creatures — A list of the new creatures to kill and maim
- Factions — A guide to the old and new factions found on the mainland
- Maps — A collection of maps that detail additional areas
- People — A list of all people added by the mod
- Places — A guide to cities, towns, dungeons, and ruins in mainland Morrowind
- Services — A list of the services of trainers, merchants, armorers, and mages
- Transport — A list of the various modes of transport on the mainland
- Tamriel_Data — The asset repository used for Tamriel Rebuilt and Project Tamriel