What’s Going On and Why

The tl;dr of this post is: There will be no mods released this Christmas, but there will be some staggered releases in 2020, mostly in the latter half.

If you’re interested in the in-depth reasons, a bit of personal insight, and what you can actually expect to surface throughout 2020, read on.

So I’m sure if won’t have escaped everyone’s attention that I’ve been pretty silent, both here and on social media. It’s been a rough year for me. PC breakdowns and data losses on the computing side of things, as well as on the personal side, I’ve been trying to deal with some long-standing mental issues. I finally started taking medication for severe depression and anxiety this year, which unfortunately had the undesirable side effect of completely murdering my energy levels and creativity completely for about 5 very long months. I essentially spent a lot of time vegetating playing Final Fantasy XIV, and not doing very much else at all. That hasn’t changed much, but I’m not on a different medication which seems to be having a more positive effect.

Now normally at this time of year I’d begin a headlong rush into pushing out a pile of mods for Christmas day, but given my current situation, I don’t particularly feel like putting that kind of pressure on myself, especially since all the mod releases I intend to make will be the final releases. With that in mind, I decided to take a slow and steady approach with an eye towards quality as I slowly release things one by one.

It’s been a lot of years now that I’ve been releasing regular and not-so-regular mods for Skyrim, and it’s been a lot of fun for me doing all this creating, but the game is getting old, and even if I did feel like moving over to SE, the fact remains it’s still the same old game, just for DX11 with some fancy effects tacked on, and it’s about time to put the poor thing to rest in terms of my modding.

So, what’s to be released in the coming year, and (very very roughly) when?

I have quite a few ongoing, every growing mods, and I aim to do a final release for each of them, so throughout 2020, and in this order, you can expect to the following releases:

Halo’s Poser S 2.0
Fuwaposer 7.0
MK Poser 2.0
Knox Poser 1.0
Aether Suite 1.0

The posers will likely begin surfacing around February or March some time, and keep popping up slowly until the latter half of the year. Aether Suite… the last update is going to be a pretty big one. It’s already WIP, and too WIP to shape into something releasable at the moment. It could come as late as all the way on to Christmas 2020, though I don’t intend for it to be that long, but the last thing I want to do is be that guy who says “summer 2020″ and then nothing happens. If I find myself with the time and inclination, I might at least pop out one poser update for Christmas, but don’t get your hopes up, it’s not likely.

Hopefully this has been nice and informative for everyone.

See you in the new year, and happy holidays.

13 Comments

  1. JustHitX November 20, 2019 10:16 pm  Reply

    Sounds pretty rough,man. I can’t honestly tell you how much I’ve been waiting for an update for your poser modules, since they bring my Skyrim so much life. But your health, mental and physical is what’s the most important here. Take care, rest up, and thank you for everything you’ve given us so far.

  2. Gregory Thomas November 22, 2019 4:32 am  Reply

    Totally understand, and here I thought I was the only one struggling with depression. Its something I have to constantly pray on, and I’ve never seen a prayer go unanswered.
    Especially with my book that I wrote and finally published.
    Trying to get and agent to finally respond is very difficult.
    On top of that, I never had a girlfriend before, never went to prom (a girl stood me up), never even had my first kiss. I pray always for these two things that I want more than anything in the whole wide world.

    Even though I have a good family and mom and dad thats real supportive, good friends and support at work, and even though I’m always happy seeming, and keep everybody’s spirits up,

    I found with a pill bottle opened and about to take 13 calm vitimans at once, saying ‘God, answer my prayer that these literary agents respond back with a deal, or I choose to die.’
    But I didnt take those pills. I didnt take my life, and Im still waiting.

    I tell you, the celebs I tried to get my book to, tried to get them to respond never do.
    People like Chris Pratt, Tyler Perry, even Denzel Washington, Oprah, all these people never responded when I needed them, they were out far too busy trying to do for themselves.

    I had to pray for God to answer my prayer in where the world just couldn’t guve me the desires of my heart.

    Something keeps me going, and if it wasn’t for God’s grace, and if it wasn’t for something inside of me wanting to cling to hope,

    I wouldn’t even make to to your website right now typing trying to reach out. Everybody here loves you and your work, and I’ve been following you for some years and years now.

    My game wouldn’t be Skyrim without your Aether mods or poser mods my good friend. :)

    I want to invite you to continue keeping the faith, and uplifting everybody’s spirits.

    Dude, I know you read science fictions, am I right?
    I have movie plans for my book. Its called Chronologue, its about AI and robots trying to take over the world and turn people into machines, you can find it here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Chronologue-Gregory-Thomas-ebook/dp/B07XF4HQ5X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=chronologue&qid=1571791138&sr=8-1ian%20johnson%20books

    Please keep hope. You should also know that for me, errm, and this is a tad bit embarrassing >_< those anti depressants kinda snatched away my sexdrive–which is why I stopped, lol af!

    If ever you wanna rest, check my book out!

    -from your buddy,
    Gregory Thomas.

  3. aenseidhe November 22, 2019 6:56 am  Reply

    I’m sorry to hear that, Halo! Been having a pretty rough 2019 mentally speaking, but I’m finally doing a bit better now. Take all the time you need, we’ll be waiting patiently. ^-^

  4. TJHammersmith November 22, 2019 8:43 pm  Reply

    Sorry to hear about your mental health struggles but I’m glad that things are trending positively for you.

    I’m not going to pretend that I wasn’t looking forward to this year’s Christmas releases, but I completely understand that you’ve had more important things to attend to.

    I hope things continue to improve for you into the new year and I look forward to seeing your new work, whenever it’s available.

  5. MokChaoticran November 28, 2019 12:18 pm  Reply

    Hey, I know what it’s like to go through this and it crippled my own ability to be creative for a long handful of years, but trust me, you will find the other side of that tunnel. No matter how dark it seems. I’m just emerging now, finally on the right cocktail of pills and therapy, and it works man. You’ll find your new normal.

    As for modding, take your time, you don’t owe anyone or this game anything. It’s been eight years since Skyrim hit the scene and if it doesn’t interest you any more in a creative capacity, why force yourself? Newer modding horizons or even just as a player await out there.

    Hope some of this helps and that it isn’t too presumptuous, but my point is just that mental illness, while harsh, can be overcome and that improvement you’re seeing can go all the way if you lean into it. Good luck with everything.

  6. Олег November 30, 2019 3:58 am  Reply

    Aether Suite That’s what I expect from you most!
    I’d like to be like you (your skills) how to do this? What should I teach? Is this programming?

    • Halofarm November 30, 2019 8:40 am  Reply

      I use blender, photoshop, nifskope, and the Skyrim creation kit to make aether suite.

  7. Eri December 2, 2019 8:37 am  Reply

    I just checked this site on a whim to see if there were any updates. I haven’t played in a while, and if I do it’ll be in SE, but I love to see what you make and your screenshots.
    I hope you’ve been feeling ok. Don’t push yourself too hard! You’ve done a lot for the community and the game is ancient. If you’d rather just clean up what you have and move on, godspeed to you.
    Have you taken any screenshots in FF? It’d be fun to see those, or screens from any game you play, really.

    • Halofarm December 2, 2019 9:33 am  Reply

      Not really. Aside from a small few games, I don’t tend to screenshoot much. Basically if it’s got a free camera mode or cheat, then I’ll screenshoot in it, but so few games do, sadly.

  8. Rat December 2, 2019 5:13 pm  Reply

    Hey man, sorry to hear that. Health comes first and that’s final. These things can come later. Just get your body and mind in tiptop condition. That’s all that matters.
    I pray and hope that you have a quick recovery!
    <3 <3 <3

  9. Longtime Lurker December 4, 2019 2:17 am  Reply

    Does this mean you’ll be retiring for good? It will be sad to see you go. I always put your work as a gold standard of modding.

    • Longtime Lurker December 4, 2019 2:17 am  Reply

      And because I can’t edit, I hope you feel better soon.

    • Halofarm December 4, 2019 8:49 am  Reply

      Eventually. I mean, it’s a year from now, so it’s not quite yet, but that’s the plan.

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