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The introduction to "The Black Road" reads, in part:
There's nothing like the desert to make people feel small and insignificant. In every direction, huge dunes roll across the landscape, and an even bigger sky looms above. The oasis of Vuerthyl is a motley collection of sun-bleached tents in the vast Anauroch desert.
Through various means, it has been arranged that you would meet Azam the caravaneer in the large, Calimshan-styled tent that passes for a tavern here. A pair of tieflings, who seem to be unaffected by the heat, eye approaching visitors warily. The dim interior of the tent is a relief from the bright light and wind, though it’s as hot here as anywhere else. The gentle sounds of a stringed instrument fill the air, and the people inside are hunched over food, drink, and conversation. A dragonborn with rust-colored scales greets you, and guides you to a private table. There are a few other adventurers here
"Elsweyr's" introduction reads as follows:
Nothing beats the desert to make people feel small and unimportant. In every direction enormous dunes roll across the landscape, and an even larger empty air skies above it [sic]. The oasis on the border between Cyrodiil and Elsweyr is a colorful collection of sun-drenched tents in the vast desert of Elsweyr.
In various ways it is arranged that a group of adventurers would get acquainted with the caravan leader named Kar'reem. His big tent is filled with several Khajiit, which seem unaffected by the heat, they stare at you cautiously. The dim interior of the tent is a relief compared to the bright sunlight from outside, even though it is still as hot inside as out there. The soft sounds of stringed instrument [sic] fill the air, and the people are busy over eating, drinking, and conversation [sic]. An Argonian servant escorts you to an empty table.
A promotional Elder Scrolls-themed tabletop RPG adventure released by Bethesda Tuesday contained widespread instances of apparent plagiarism from a Dungeons & Dragons adventure published by Wizards of the Coast in 2016. That adventure was pulled down from the Internet Wednesday afternoon, and Bethesda now says it is "investigat[ing] the source."
Bethesda's pen-and-paper Elder Scrolls "Elsweyr" adventure (archived here for reference) contains text that in total seems only slightly reworded from the D&D adventure "The Black Road," written by Paige Leitman and Ben Heisler as part of Wizards of the Coast's Organized Play program. The adventures are largely identical throughout their texts, aside from sometimes sloppy replacements of certain words and phrases with synonyms and the changing of certain items and locations to fit in the Elder Scrolls setting.
Bethesda's Facebook post announcing the "Elsweyr" adventure (link since removed), which says it comes from "our friends over at Bethesda Netherlands," contains many comments from D&D players complaining about what they see as a rip-off. That includes Paige Leitman, listed as a designer and author on the D&D adventure. She posted a lengthy Facebook thread titled "How They Plagiarized Our Adventure, An Annotated Powerpoint Presentation," highlighting many examples of overwhelmingly similar text in the two works.
I think the first thing consumers need to do to send a message to these studios is stop pre-ordering games.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: raedar
They get a bad rap because they deserve it , Bethesda were my favourite developer even though they don't really release much but the Elder scrolls series and Fallout were enough for me , I played Skyrim for hundreds of hours and could still go back to it.
When 76 was announced I thought it looked interesting but as time went by I saw the reports about the game and quickly went off it , I don't doubt Bethesda will stick with it and make the game they intended but at launch it wasn't ready and shouldn't have been released , money was the motivation from a publisher that isn't short of money thanks in part to the many versions of Skyrim they released.
Glad you're enjoying 76 but it isn't for me , I didn't really enjoy Fallout 4 but thought the Far Harbor expansion was better than the base game.
Bethesda really need to pull the stops out for ES6 or they're doomed , a new game engine is a must.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: solve
My last console was a Sega Dreamcast , been part of the PC master race since then.
*says quietly* I own an XB one.
You were a huge Bethesda fan, played and enjoyed all up to FO4, and somehow a one off game (76), you haven't even played ruined the entire company to you?
Ultimate Skyrim VR is even better
originally posted by: Dem0nc1eaner
You should try out Ultimate Skyrim if you fancy a very well modded version.
Game is completely changed and feels brand new.
It took me about 20 hours to install all the mods and get it up and running the first time, but since then, they have released it through Automoton and it took me about 2 hours all in from starting to playing.
Be warned though if you do try it, it's very different and much MUCH harder.
That was supposed to be a reply to gortex!