Welcome to Tamriel Foundry

Welcome to Tamriel Foundry, a new Elder Scrolls Online community site dedicated to theory-crafting, mechanics, guides, and discussion. The coming months are certain to be full of exciting announcements concerning the MMO, and we hope to be a valuable source of game coverage for the community during this time. Rather than simply reposting the news, Tamriel Foundry will take an in-depth look at the mechanics and philosophies governing the construction and development of TES:O. Ultimately, this is a site run by gamers, for gamers. We aim to create an environment in which players who are serious about getting the most from their gameplay experience can analyze game systems, exchange builds, and develop strategies for optimizing character performance.

Personally, I believe that Elder Scrolls Online constitutes a great chance for a game to capture and re-imagine MMO conventions which have formed iconic cornerstones of the genre. Emphasis on exploration in a vast fantasy world full of danger, three faction RvR, open dungeon design, and a rich underlying lore system are all examples of elements which cooperate to foster a more meaningful social gaming experience. In my personal experience, the greatest MMOs have been ones which have not attempted to direct the gameplay experience, but rather have created worlds with meaningful conflict and carefully designed reward structures that incentivize communities to form and dynamic gameplay to emerge naturally.

Between loot systems which don’t pigeonhole players into a distinction between pve and pvp, an integral realm war between three compelling factions, and open exploration spanning the continent of Tamriel, I believe the Elder Scrolls Online has the potential to extract the strongest attributes of EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot, and World of Warcraft, and combine them into a game that can refine and advance the MMO genre without divorcing itself from the core principals which made the genre great.

I look forward to community discussion which will surround these topics and more as the game moves towards release. If you are a fan of MMOs or The Elder Scrolls, I encourage you to get involved in discussion, either within the comments below each article on the site or in the forums area. While breaking developments may be slow at first, before long the momentum surrounding TES:O will be immense, so this is a fantastic opportunity to get in at the ground floor with a game that could be the iconic representative of the MMO genre for years to come.

39 responses to “Welcome to Tamriel Foundry”

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    Blade

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    Bosmer

    Atropos and myself really hope that Elder Scrolls and MMO fans alike find a home at Tamriel Foundry. Welcome, and we look forward to seeing the community build!

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    Atropos

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    Imperial Sorcerer

    Entropy Rising

    Absolutely! I’d like to welcome everyone to the site, I’m really excited to finally get this thing live :)

    Founder, creator, and developer of Tamriel Foundry.

     

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    Volasdros

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    Daggerfall

    If you both were interested in picking up where we left off with our plans for Amalur, definitely hit me up.

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    Atropos

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    Imperial Sorcerer

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    Yeah, we’ll see. My exact plans for Tamriel Foundry will depend a lot on the specifics of the game and its systems, so for the most part I’m waiting to find out more exact details about the game.

    There are some universal features that I’ll definitely be working on though. Calculator, map, and video guides to name a few.

    Founder, creator, and developer of Tamriel Foundry.

     

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    Atropos

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    Imperial Sorcerer

    Entropy Rising

    Hi paprdok, thanks for stopping by and thank you for the kind words about the site. Our community will definitely continue to grow as TESO moves closer to release. You’re welcome to participate in the discussion here on the forums if you are interested in a place to follow and discuss the development of the game.

    Founder, creator, and developer of Tamriel Foundry.

     

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    Blade

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    Bosmer

    We’re glad you like the site Paprdok! Thanks for stopping by, and Tamriel Foundry is 100% dedicated to everything TES:O. So make sure to stop by and check on weekly updates. I look forward to seeing you, and welcome to the Tamriel Foundry community.

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    Telvanni Veros

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    Dunmer Sorcerer

    Anybody have news about what mainland Morrowind is going to look like? Also, does anybody know if the game takes place before or after the Sharmat chases ALMSIVI away from the heart chamber?

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    Atropos

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    Imperial Sorcerer

    Entropy Rising

    As far as visual style, there are a few concept art pieces which have been released that (I believe) are of Morrowind. In a general sense, from several interviews, it sounds like they are trying to replicate stylistically the three provinces which have been the focal points of TES games since TES3. Therefore, I would expect Morrowind (or at least Vvardenfell) to feel similar to TES3.

    About your lore question…I possess nowhere near the level of lore knowledge as many fans of the series, so perhaps someone else can chime in and clarify this. My understanding is that TESO will take place “sometime during the interregnum”, which is loosely described as occuring between 2E-431 and 2E-854.

    I believe you are referring to Dagoth Ur chasing the members of the Tribunal away from the Heart of Lorkhan, correct? From what I was able to discern, this occurs in 2E-882, so therefore some time after the setting of the MMO. As I said, however, I would welcome the input from someone else who is more conversant in TES history.

    Founder, creator, and developer of Tamriel Foundry.

     

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    Telvanni Veros

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    Dunmer Sorcerer

    Thanks for replying so courteously! I can’t wait to make a Dark Elf character or three. Imagine: the Tribunal at the height of their power, when they still have access to the Heart of Lorkhan. By the time the Nerevarine is sent to Vvardenfell in 3E 427, their power has waned immensely combating the evil forces of the latent Dagoth Ur. I miss wandering around Vivec City, and the thought that the whole city is a blasted crater by the time TES:V takes place makes me terribly miserable. By the way, does anyone else think the Ouroboros is the perfect symbol for the Ebonheart Pact? The Nords have always had legends of Dragons, it shares a reptilian aspect with the Argonians (as well as the Striking or “exact egg cracking”), and the Dunmer have secret knowledge of “a process of glorious apotheosis, where time itself is bent inward and outward into ‘a shape that is always new.'” Considering Akatosh is considered the Dragon God of Time, I’d say the symbol fits perfectly for all three races in the Pact.

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    Earthdancer

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    Orc Sorcerer

    Very nice looking site. Good luck with your efforts and I look forward to visiting regularly to see what’s new. I’ve been a fan of the Elder Scrolls since ARENA. But I’m also a citizen of Azeroth, so the idea of an Elder Scrolls MMO has me very excited!

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    Blade

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    Bosmer

    We’re glad you find the site enjoyable, and we look forward to bringing more information and tools to ESO gamers. Be sure to check back, we will be sure to keep everyone updated on the development of ESO as we wait for release, and then hopefully be your go-to site for guides, theorycrafting, and mechanics discussion. Thanks for visiting :)

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    Pantherin

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    Great resource page! I appreciate you taking the time to make such a place for me to read and catch updates on the game. I am a veteran DAoC player and I have been waiting for them to “re-make” or expand on that concepts in that game…being a Soldier, currently deployed to Afghanistan, it gives me hope and proverbial light at the end of the tunnel to see this game being produced. Once again, thank you and I liked your Facebook page as well, so I will be less likely to miss information.

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    Blade

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    Bosmer

    We’re glad you like the site, and hope to meet all your ESO needs. We also plan on becoming a theorycrafting, guides, and discussion site once The Elder Scrolls Online launches. Welcome to the community!

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    lardycake

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    Khajiit

    Good job on the design of the site, that’s all I have to say…

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    Blade

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    Bosmer

    Thank you very much! We really appreciate the kind words, and hope that you find Tamriel Foundry a useful resource.

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    RingX55

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    I must say this is a fantastic site and I’m very glad to see that you moved on from Amalur. I look forward to the community and the site itself thriving in the months to come!

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    Lithon

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    Altmer Dragonknight

    I just joined this amazing, and fast-growing Elder Scrolls community. The website is well organized and oh my god I cannot wait to play ESO!

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    TWD26

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    Dunmer

    glad to see ya!

    ”For the blood of my forefathers and my sons, I have sworn to protect Morrowind.”-Vorro Rayden

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    Blade

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    Bosmer

    Thanks for the kind words, it really means a lot, and welcome to Tamriel Foundry. I hope you find yourself at home. :)

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    Lithon

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    Altmer Dragonknight

    Thanks! I love the Elder Scrolls Lore and who love it! and this site shows some love for the lore in many aspects!

     

    Best of luck!

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