There are mods and then there are mods. Falskaar sits firmly in the second camp, a mod so well produced and meticulously crafted that you’d think Bethesda themselves had made it. And that’s just the point. The 19-year old creator of Falskaar has built his mod with a big goal in mind: to bag himself a job at the legendary RPG developer.
Alexander J. Velicky spent 2,000 hours creating Falskaar, which adds a new content clocking in at 25 hours worth, all set in a new map that’s one-third the size of Skyrim (so still pretty large). Velicky’s life ambition is to work for Bethesda Studios, but rather than do a design course at university or write nagging letters to Todd Howard, he sat down for a year and worked on a mod with massive scope. "The best way to show Bethesda Game Studios that I want a job there and should be hired is to create content that meets the standards of their incredible development team,” said Velicky to PC Gamer.
The mod was almost entirely built by Velicky himself, but also contains the work of over 100 other contributors. "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 explained. Other contributions come in the form of a full voice cast of 29 actors, all whom had to try out in auditions.
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Falskaar has been a day-job for Velicky for the past year, and the results prove his talent. The mod is available to download from the Skyrim Nexus should you wish to sample it. But more importantly for the budding developer, Bethesda know that it exists. Velicky is just patiently waiting for a response from them. With results this good, regardless if there is a job offer in the correspondence, I doubt he’ll be waiting long.
Thanks, Games Geek.