In House With Halo on Skyrim Academy 782

Skyrim Academy 782

One for you fans of Skyrim Academy. I don’t often do this sort of thing, but I decided with this Skyrim Academy update, I wanted to provide a little insight. I’ve read over this post, now that it’s written, and I know it’s rambly, and tangenty and nasty, but for those of you who are truly curious about what this mod is and where it comes from, you can read just what’s going on in my mind as I make it.

I haven’t forgotten about you, or the mod. In fact, I’m just about to write a wall post about the mod. Stop reading here if you’re lazy, and jump to the end for v782.

So I’ve never really sat down and wrote about what Skyrim Academy really is, or why it exists. I often get comments from people, suggesting things I should do, things I should add, directions I should take the mod. The biggest one is, of course “add NPCs and make a quest”, but really, even at a glance, Skyrim Academy just isn’t that sort of mod, at least not in my mind. I also get requests to expand the school area. Add more accessible classrooms. Things like that. If I said the words “engine limitations” to you, I wouldn’t be joking. The main academy building is one single indoor cell, with absolutely no culling, primarily because with the massive number of windows you can essentially see from one end of the building to the other. Keeping that in mind, there’s no way I could continue adding to the school without dramatically decreasing performance until the mod eventually becomes unplayable due to the massive amount of content rendering at once. Moving on…

At its core, Skyrim Academy has absolutely nothing to do with the game it’s placed in, and short of effectively creating a total conversion mod, it just doesn’t seem like the direction I want to go.

Then what is Skyrim Academy? Well, I’ve asked myself that question many times. Originally, it began as a swimming pool, after a discussion I had with HoneyVanity about wanting one for screenshooting. It was just a nifty little screenshooting location, to take *not lore friendly* pictures. Users of ENB will also notice that quite a lot of this mod was designed to function with ENB in mind. A lot of the metallic surfaces look flat using only the vanilla engine, and that only serves to compound that this mod is meant for screenshooting with your pretty ENB. After that, as you’ll find on the mods page, I ended up making another unique location, which was intended to simply be a nurse’s office, but as I built that location the ideas began to spark and I ended up pretty much consumed with ideas on how to expand and use the space I was making.

Skyrim Academy was born. Even now, I still call Skyrim Academy a screenshooting location, because that’s exactly what it is, in practical use, but for me it’s become a way for me to learn how to create and world build, and just have fun making a vision come to life. Anyone who keeps an eye on the mod track page will see themselves that I have many grandiose plans for the mod, and it will likely never be finished, but as an experiment in just what I’m capable of and how far I can go with a solo project, it’s going far.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you all aren’t well within your rights to expect something more from a mod than just “a location”, but I just don’t think I’m the man to do that job. Perhaps, if I had a team to help me along, things might move faster, the world might come to fruition, and we could populate it, but this is my pet project, not a god tier story mod.

Every aspect of Skyrim Academy was born out of some sort of fandon, pastime, or fetish (not necessarily mine). Locations like The Velvet Room, which it seems a number of folks have never even found, come directly out of the Persona games. This incarnation specifically comes from Persona 3 (though my elevator goes down, not up). The swimming pool is a place to use your mizugi, personified by the fact I even gave you a mizugi to wear, in case you didn’t have one. The club rooms are just such an in-built part of high school life, and all the cliched ones are there. Though you may not recognise them yet, there’s a PC club, an anime club, a student council room, an art club, a film club, an occult club, and that one club which nobody really knows what it does.

The photographer’s studio is another exemplary part of the mod, in terms of the random creativity vibe. Normally one might make a mod like that a separate item, but with the nature of Skyrim Academy as just being a big sort of amalgam of all the shit I wanted to make, it just ended up tacked on.

As the mod expands, it becomes harder to work on, because it comes more well known, and more is expected of me. It’s an interesting dilemma, since at one point I had a clear direction for the mod, but as time goes on, I become more unsure of what it is or where it’s going.

In the end, the tl;dr is that Skyrim Academy is a big pile of shit that I mashed together. There’s no point in expecting it to become some amazing quest, or be populated with kawaii school girls. It’s just an ever expanding location for you to take your not so lore friendly waifu to, and take a picture of her. As I keep expanding the mod, more locations will appear, which are a little less age locked (because your 30 year old Breton probably doesn’t walk around in school uniforms), such as the “home” portion, or the inn, but it will always remain an interesting screenshooting location, and nothing much more.

Following all that garbage, of course, this post also has an update. A small update in terms of new content, but a big one in terms of bug squashing and under the hood improvements.

Here’s the changelog:

-Photographer’s studio updated with a reception cell. Instead of having to hike through 4 or 5 other cells to get to the unique rooms, all 7 studio cells can be accessed from reception via various doors.
-Fixed collision on over half of the meshes which were suffering from bizarre offsets. All collision meshes should now be working as intended.
-Minor alterations in various areas:
–Added shelving and balls to the sports hall, as well as basketball hoops.
–Replaced original diving boards in pool cell with properly modelled and collisioned ones.
–Replaced vanilla copied collisions on the stands with custom collisions.
–Moved pool cell shower heads higher up, so taller characters won’t bump their heads.
–Scaled down the comically huge shower heads in the sports hall showers, and also raised them.
–Minor optimisations in the pool cell.
–Restored door travel from Infirmary to Courtyard, since some folks didn’t even realise there *was* an Infirmary because it was too much *effort* to find it.

Download Skyrim Academy 782

To top off this post to pierce the heavens, I also have my first showcase videos of the mod. I’ve been avoiding doing this for a long time, in no small part due to my shitty upload speed and the length of time it takes to upload HD video (in fact, it’s still only 720p, for that reason), but also because the mod is so far from being complete, I loathe to show it off like that. However, I’ve seen quite a few showcase videos made by others now, and a great many of them are lacking in one way or another. Mostly, I feel like none of them really give you a full scope of the mod and all its little ins and outs. For example, I haven’t seen a single video of the school at night, which I personally think is when it’s most charming (or most creepy, for some folks).

So here, in all their low quality 720p glory are my Skyrim Academy showcase videos.

And there it is friends. The ugly truth.

Until next time.

Halo.


31 Comments

  1. Loshirai14 August 10, 2013 4:23 am  Reply

    can’t wait for the Skyrim Academy Home to be completed :3

  2. nawah August 10, 2013 2:58 pm  Reply

    why not put some npc with school suit there ? :( it would be perfect
    besides it’s like haunted school if only player character to be take for screenshoot =______=

    • Halofarm August 10, 2013 3:10 pm  Reply

      I think I explained pretty well my reasoning for why not.

      • Loshirai14 August 10, 2013 8:53 pm  Reply

        @Halofarm

        i found a ‘cell’ in you skyrim academy called ‘skyrim academy home’, is that a work in progress? or an abandoned project? can’t wait for it to be finished :3

        • Halofarm August 10, 2013 10:24 pm  Reply

          Look on the mod track page and you’ll see that it’s a cell in progress. You’ll also see future planned cells.

          • Loshirai14 August 10, 2013 11:53 pm 

            thank you all mighty Halofarm! :3

  3. G-Heff August 12, 2013 6:31 am  Reply

    Just wanted to thank you for the great work. Only thing I don’t like is traveling through that long corridor of light rooms to get to the water/curtain screenie room. Can there be a “hub” instead?

    • Halofarm August 12, 2013 8:28 am  Reply

      I already did it. It’s one of the big features in the update. It’s right there in the update list.

  4. Yajo August 19, 2013 10:40 am  Reply

    Halo could you tell me wich songs you used?

    • Halofarm August 19, 2013 10:55 am  Reply

      Everything I know about the songs is in the readme file. I got them from the Persona 5 Fan Soundtrack YouTube channel.

  5. Kezza921 August 20, 2013 12:17 pm  Reply

    First off I love it. Unfortunately you wont be adding npcs, hut it’s your mod so you decide what is added. Also just one thing can you add a spell that takes you back to skyrim?

    • Halofarm August 20, 2013 2:02 pm  Reply

      You don’t need one. You can fast travel from the main school building.

  6. Shimaneko August 23, 2013 12:48 pm  Reply

    Great mod! Thank you!
    My swimsuit mod suits your swimming pool very well.
    http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/40634
    I hope that there are two or more various pools.
    For example, Olympic Games pool,diving pool, open-air,a shallow elementary school pool.

  7. Aron August 30, 2013 12:32 am  Reply

    I could attempt to add custom npc’s to the school, since I already have multiple ideas for questlines within the area. I just have to figure out why every npc I set there is naked and missing the hair mod I set. Once I’m done I could post maybe a video or create a mod for the quest and send it to you.

  8. marco2581 September 10, 2013 8:19 am  Reply

    Hi man, there is a problem, followers cant enter to Sports hall and photo room. Swimming pool is ok and the other rooms.

    • Halofarm September 10, 2013 8:23 am  Reply

      They worked fine for me. You didn’t just leave them too far behind, did you?

      • marco2581 September 11, 2013 3:23 am  Reply

        Problem solved, you have reason man, they be to far. Thks…dumbass lydiabrain followers xp.

        • marco2581 September 11, 2013 3:53 am  Reply

          * damm problem persist in Photoroom….followers stay very close to me, but cant enter to Photoroom, in Sport hall dont have the problem now but still persist in Photoroom T_T

  9. DioBrando September 12, 2013 12:51 am  Reply

    HYYYYYYY!!!!!!! perfect mod, just firs time to i downloaded the mod, and tested all, but i have the same problem to marcos, i tested using all my followers for example:
    – Skyrim beautifull followers.
    – Kawai Followers.
    – Sooji, Ria, Ari.
    – Silmeria.
    – Selene.

    All of there enter normally to other rooms inclusive when you are to far, but in the case of Photoroom they cant enter, stay close to hers dont follow my char to enter to photoroom, inclusive i tested the Alternate actors mod to change my main to a follower and is equal, i enter normally but the other cant follow me.

    Other bug who i found is the door travel from Infirmary to Courtyard, same to Photoroom, followers cant use the door and take the “long route” to find me.

    • Halofarm September 12, 2013 8:05 am  Reply

      Well, I’ll look into fixing it for the next release then. I did have the problem personally, so I’m not sure what’s causing it, but will try and figure it out.

      I’m working on something else at the moment, so it’ll be a while.

      • DioBrando September 13, 2013 9:10 pm  Reply

        HYYYYY!!!! thks for the answer, iam waiting for your next update, so i found another issue i report him. Because you make a great efforts to make this mod, and the least who me can do is help reporting any issue who i found.

  10. FiftyFourSeven September 16, 2013 2:24 pm  Reply

    There’s a slight issue with this mod and SkyRadio, as soon as the latter mod is activated and tracks being played, at some point there’s an unexpected CTD.

    Since SkyRadio’s author seem to have gone MIA, and hence no support or any hope for an update, for now SkyRadio must be uninstalled first before using the Academy.

    • Halofarm September 16, 2013 8:03 pm  Reply

      I don’t know what SkyRadio does, but I assume it probably works by forcing custom music tracks. Since Skyrim Academy uses its own location based music, I imagine SkyRadio conflicts, when trying to force Skyrim Academy’s music to stop playing.

  11. music love October 14, 2013 1:46 pm  Reply

    what are the music tracks in the night time tour if you don’t mind me asking? they’re really great!

    • Halofarm October 14, 2013 2:47 pm  Reply

      My knowledge of the tracks is written in the readme, though I don’t know what all of them are, because of where I got them from.

  12. jackalx137 October 29, 2013 12:05 am  Reply

    hey, I see that you don’t really see this mod becoming anything more then a place for screen shots, however I think you are very wrong. my number one favorite mod for oblivion was that duke city mod. I had spent so very long expanding that city for my self, along with making a great many floors and apartments on each floor, simply because I loved it there. I played only at that place after awhile and never went back to the normal world again. if you are wondering why I tried so hard to make a modern world out of oblivion rather then just playing something like fallouts? its because elder scrolls feel different then fallouts, idk what it is but I don’t like them as much no matter how mod for it. anyway I took that little mod and turned it into a little world for my self where I kind of had a apb reloaded version of buffy the vampire slayer going on there with random and respawning problems to deal with. my point is just because something doesn’t match doesn’t mean people don’t want it. I love your school as I am sure most people do. im not asking for you to keep working on it if you don’t want to. but if you do, you can do things like make a cell for each floor that way you can fill each floor without the fps killing us. also on dragon porn I said you should make a launch room, more classrooms and offices. even the out side can be expanded, when I went out there it looked and felt the 1st map in bullet witch. I always see what can be over just what is =). if you don’t want keep it going then that sucks but its your call. however if I was you I would give the people what they wanted =) and keep your mod going, like adding students all which have a house somewhere out side. more classrooms, offices, a lunch room, even a player home and such. anyway I have hope in your school, it looks awesome and im dying to see more. p.s. sometimes I cant fit by the sliding doors or up the steps without fighting to get by, but that’s fine don’t lose faith because of that. p.s.s. sorry I write so much =)

    • Halofarm October 29, 2013 8:52 am  Reply

      The steps problem even occurs in the vanilla game sometimes. I’ve already got a fixed version of the door meshes.

      As for the giving the people what they want though, I mod for what I want. Giving people what they want has never been my concern, particularly because if I mod for other people, the requests just keep coming and coming.

  13. MrBigStuff November 10, 2013 3:59 am  Reply

    Great mod! However, I’m having problems with my follower, Kitiara. She is permanently stuck in the academy. She won’t fast travel out of the academy back into Skyrim even when I dismiss her. Do you know of any fix to get her unstuck? Thanks!

    • Halofarm November 10, 2013 9:34 am  Reply

      The only thing I can think of it to not dismiss her and fast travel back with her, and that definitely should work, because your follower is supposed to fast travel with you.

  14. mr, skyrim January 18, 2014 6:25 pm  Reply

    your mod is amazing, after leaving that place and return to skyrim I had a strange feeling, as if skyrim was not real, and that the academy was the real world. something like matrix, only needs a story and many npc students.

    • Halofarm January 18, 2014 6:26 pm  Reply

      I recommend you download the newer Aether Suite.

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