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Jens Wege
I don't consider myself an artist, but I enjoy creating meshes, textures, poses, animations and coding to realize a certain dragon from my imagination in any 3d environment suitable enough.

Mostly this will be in the form of game mods, lacking a better environment to work in. Currently it's for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

This dragon or its race isn't the only thing I'm creating though. I just enjoy creating virtual things in general.

I also started writing down the story of this dragon, which I was dreaming of and imaginating over several years now. But I'm a little behind and the story still continues almost every night. What I've written down by now is only 1% of what's in my memory. I really have to keep up before something gets lost forever.

Favourite genre of music: all that sounds good, not thinking in boxes
Operating System: Mac OS-X currently
MP3 player of choice: Media Player/QuickTime Player
Personal Quote: "The only thing I know is I don't know anything."... and even this I don't know
You know, I'm mainly a modder, or mod author, in my free time, and while I'm not yet able to create Skyrim mods myself, still lacking the game and free time to do anything with it, I'm very much interested in the Elder Scrolls modding scene and caring quite a lot for its community of great, talented modders, real artists in their own category no less.

Right now we're having a situation at the Steam Workshop which the community decided is no longer bearable. The Skyrim section of the Steam Workshop currently is more or less a 'law-free' zone. Its own rules and EULA are not enforced at all. It's totally unmoderated at times, or at best horribly under-moderated by one single Bethesda official doing this job next to his real job and this is by far not enough. The amount of illegal game rips, which is a direct breach of Bethesda's own rules and copyright infringement on multiple accounts, and mods uploaded without the permission of their original creators, sometimes even knowingly against their will, or ripped apart and used in other mods uploaded to the Workshop without permission, giving credits to the original author or not, has skyrocketed lately and using the Steam Workshop's own "report" button so far has not led to any results.

The only way to get an unauthorized upload of one's hard work removed from the Workshop is to email the one Bethesda official in charge directly and it must be the original author doing so, nobody else! My condolences to those modders who left the scene long ago, leaving behind a simple line like "don't upload to anywhere else without my permission" in their readmes, believing this was enough, now having their hard work plundered and dissected with no way to stop it but to return to the modding scene themselves and complain about it in person. And even then this one single moderator can only remove the uploaded file. Nothing will stop the offender to upload it again a day after, and they do so.

Some thieves even got the gall to announce the mod authors stating such restrictions to re-use and distribution in their readmes would be violating Bethesda's EULA now, and they would have any right to do with the work however they please once it was released to the public! We all know this is utter nonsense and no EULA in the world can ever take your Intellectual Property rights away from you just by agreeing to it, but as the officials at Steam don't react to the incidents, the thieves take their opinion as confirmed and keep doing it.

More and more great modders I was looking up to since I joined the community years ago have had enough with the hassle now and simply stopped sharing or left the scene completely, and their numbers keep rising.
I myself dropped any plans to release mods for Skyrim I possibly might be creating in the far future, too, due to this. It's not that I'd care for the stuff I create and release. Far from it, and who knows me also knows this. But if it's no longer feeling right to share my work with the public, I have to act, and when it comes to my inner piece with things, I can be very selfish, too, sometimes. Right now it just isn't 'worth it' to me anymore. It just feels wrong to share under these conditions. I was told "When you can't live with this, maybe you shouldn't be releasing your mods to the public to begin with?" and I'm going to agree with them for now, and won't share anymore.

(As this is not a matter with Oblivion modding, nothing will change there. I will still try to keep my projects going and release everything I feel release-worthy, just as always.)

But I won't just stand back and watch the ongoing mod theft and the Exodus of top-class modders I've known and enjoyed the mods of which for years, only because Valve can't get their act together and enforce their own rules.

This is not against the Steam Workshop in general, far from it, as we're trying to improve the situation and make it a viable place to upload your mods to. But if an author expressly does not wish his or her mods uploaded anywhere else or used by anybody else in another mod without his or her express permission, and 'no' means 'no', this has to be obeyed to, or the place isn't worth it. There are ideas of self-made DRM (Digital Rights Management) measures in discussion, rendering your mods unusable with the Steam Workshop's subscription and one-click-install mechanism, so they can't be stolen and reuploaded there, but that's besides the point and only hurts the Workshop instead of improving it. But as negative as it may sound, to most authors this is a more welcome solution than the usual "The best way to prevent your mods from being uploaded without permission is to upload them yourself first, and all will win."-nonsense they regularly get to hear as an answer. If they don't want to, they have their reasons to, and it's their damn right to have their reasons to, and nobody's entitled to question them or disrespect their wishes and upload it anyways.

All fellow modders thinking alike put this on your page to get attention to this issue:

*** Support the rights of modders to publish as they see fit ***
*** Sign our wall to show support and help bring change ***
***… ***

All mod users or even Steam Workshop downloaders think about it and try to look at it from a mod author's point of view who just got robbed the work of his life and uploaded to a place outside of his reach without ever being even asked. Would you want to continue sharing your hard work, when you know that's what you get as a thanks? Keep in mind most modders aren't modding for You. If this entitlement and disrespect doesn't stop, you will loose them, and their mods.
  • Mood: Worried
  • Listening to: my favourite game music and soundtrack collection
  • Playing: ... I wish I could play any games at all...
  • Drinking: alot of coke zero against the heat

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VividThought Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the returned llama! I really appreciate that you've wanted to take a part of your time to do so! ^w^
DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
You're welcome! The least thing I can do for receiving a llama is giving one back in return. I'm giving out these things way too rarely anyways.
And the fraction of a second it took me to do so really wasn't that large a part of my time after all either. ;)
VividThought Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey, it was well worth it in the end! XD
Ashravan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconthankyouforthellama: :happybounce: :dummy:
DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
The least I can do for receiving a llama is give one in return :D
Ashravan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great! A llama exchange :D
Tattorack Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaahh... so YOU'RE the one with the Dragon species back on Nexus Oblivion.
Didn't get a chance to try your costum race though, but once I finished the game with my Khajiit I just might ^^
DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Yes, that's me, the lazy one who hasn't made any notable progress at all anymore for 4 years by now.
My free time, due to me being very busy with my job lately, is rather limited currently, as limited is non-existant can be.
There's no time left for my hobby, or any free time activities at all, and I miss my modding so much right now.

It's no loss you didn't get around to try out my race mod so far. There's still so many things missing I was planning to add,
and so much unfinished work left on my drives, not even coming close to a releasable state.

It isn't labeled a 'pre-beta test release' for no reason, and everybody downloading it regardless is becoming voluntary pre-beta tester for me.
Not saying it isn't already fully playable still, and, if user feedback is to be believed, pretty much enjoyable as well to all testers so far.
It's just the unbelievably massive feature lacking is killing me.

I swear, if it wasn't a question of 'release now' or 'lose everything' when my hard-drive died back then, it would've never been released so prematurely.
Oh well, but it can't be helped. I'll be getting it done eventually anyways. For what it's worth, the project at least won't ever be 'dead' before I am.
Tattorack Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as your heart is still ticking, your loungs are filling with occasionally and your brain still rambles in a certain direction this species will still stay alive!
Anyway, I'm quite patient and can wait ^^
And so are others it would seem.
DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Yeah, sadly there are, a lot of people I'm constantly letting down and disappointing by not making any notable progress at all anymore for ages.
They can tell me it's fine and they'll wait patiently as much as they want, but at the end of the day it still feels... just not right.

Luckily I think as long as this story thing is still continuing inside my mind I will be driven to not let this project drop so easily.
Granted, the story's not making as much progress per week anymore as it did in the past, but I'm blaming my sleep deprivation for my lack of dreams for it to go on.

Drake and Kaira are currently held hostage in Lord Daemon Lady Ragna's fortress, which isn't much of a spoiler even as similar occurances already happened repeatedly throughout the story,
but I'm currently not making much progress with them getting free again. Maybe a couple hours of narrated time per week at most right now,
while in the past 4 or 5 years it was almost daily progress every time I was half asleep or dreaming.

That's literally months worth of narrated time I still haven't got around to write down so far. And I fear I'm slowly going to lose my memory of it before that happens.
But yeah, as long as this keeps going on in my mind, so will the drive for me to finish this modding project.

I still have plans for Lady Ragna following Drake and setting foot inside Cyrodiil, in a secluded underground fortress complex,
sending out her improved Shadow Ships over the towns and settlements to capture and imprison useful labor slaves for her terraforming projects.
She's out to 'possess' Drake no matter what, and if it has to be inside another plane of existence, conquering Nirn first before conquering Earth next will make no difference to her.
Lot's and lot's of ideas, as you can see, just no time, or opportunity, to make them become real.
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