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Links to the Past

In my work for the Library, I spent the first month of the new year looking back into the years gone by. Our developer archives have always been one of my favorite parts of our collection, and they are now more up to date and easier to browse than ever. 

First, the Forum Archives section has been split into Post Archives and Thread Archives. The Post Archives document individual lore-related posts by developers on forums, websites, or social media, while the Thread Archives are backups of whole threads that feature interesting discussions or a lot of answers from developers. 

The Thread Archives now hosts each thread as its own book in the library, which makes them easier to read by cutting away all the clutter of the forum backup (signatures, post dates, etc.) as well as selectively editing down the posts so that only those pertinent to the discussion remain. The original backed up threads are also available, of course. Another bonus to this structure is that the threads now show up in searches. There are still quite a few threads to add to the collection, and if you've got any in mind that the original archives were missing, please let me know.

The Post Archives section has also gotten an expansion. Tons of new quotes were added to the pages for Ken Rolston, GT Noonan, Ted Peterson, Michael Kirkbride, and Lawrence Schick. The latter two have had their archives split into chronological sections. This both gives added context to the quotes and makes linking things easier. As with the threads, this section will continue to be updated in the coming weeks. 

While the Obscure Texts section saw no new additions, I did go through and add dates of publication to many of the texts. The dates provide much needed context to the works. Redguard Forum Madness, previously hosted under Obscure Texts, has moved to the Thread Archives. 

Last, but certainly not least, I added an "interview" with Julian "LeFay" Jensen, who was one of the chief programmers and designers behind Arena and Daggerfall, and is considered to be the "Father of the Elder Scrolls" because of it. The interview collects lore-related answers from a r/daggerfall reddit AMA conducted late last year. If you're interested in the origin of TES and in its evolution, this is a must read.

I'd also like to give a shout out to everyone who has provided me with links to old posts or with corrections to TIL's existing materials. Keep it coming!