If you’ve ever played Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for more than a few hours, you’re well aware of just how expansive the in-game world is. There’s no shortage of things to see and do but in the event that you’ve “been there, done that”, you may be interested in checking out a new fan-made add-on called Falskaar.
The expansion adds nearly 25 additional hours of gameplay and comes packed with new areas to explore. And by new areas, I mean a land mass that is a third the size of the original game. It’s essentially a whole new game as there are new characters, new voices and dozens of quests to complete.
More impressive than the mod itself, however, is the person that put it all together: 19-year-old Alexander J. Velicky. The aspiring teenager invested some 2,000 hours into the project since finishing high school more than a year ago. Tasks included building content, rounding up contributions (like an original soundtrack) from more than 100 people and putting it all together.
Instead of heading off to college or a design school, he used Bethesda’s Creation Kit as his own personal classroom. His father supported the effort, allowing him to live rent free at home and helping out with living expenses.
Velicky isn’t shy about the reason for creating the mod – to gain the attention of Bethesda with the hopes of landing a job there. He noted the best way to show them that he wants a job there and should be hired is to create content that meets the standards of their development team.