"Falskaar" is a fan-made mod for "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." That's not really that unusual -- mods for popular games are a dime a dozen -- but "Falskaar" took 19-year-old Alexander Vilicky over 2,000 to design, develop, and implement, and it adds almost 25 hours of Draugr-slashing content, 26 quests (including a new storyline), unique spells and abilities, full voice acting, and its own soundtrack.
Instead of heading off to college after high school, Vilicky spent an entire year organizing a team of testers, voice actors, and writers and assembling "Falskaar"'s constituent parts. "Falskaar" was only released last weekend but has already been downloaded almost 60 thousand times.
“I organized everyone involved, but the voice actors themselves recorded all the dialogue and submitted it to me,” Velicky explained to PC Gamer. “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.”
Velikcy admits that "Falskaar" isn't perfect, but he hopes it's enough to land him a gig in Rockville, Maryland. “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," he says.
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