One of the awesome things about Elder Scrolls has always been the ability to add content and functionality to the game. While Elder Scrolls Online doesn’t have a foundry yet to allow player created dungeons or scenarios yet they did put in add-ons. Now the only question is what can you do with add-ons and how difficult is it to install them?
When I started researching add-ons I was told about a neat little program created by ZAM called Minion. Now the ever present question of what does it do? Well there’s quite a few things, so let me show you!
I know, the website scales it down, but you can click on any of these pictures and get the full sized one. This is just the basic open screen (with my username edited out of course). From this you can get a list of Featured add-ons and you can see right away if any of your add-ons are out of date. It gives you two indicators that show up bright red to let you know that something needs to be updated.
It seems that they have plans to eventually add other games to the client so the one on the left hand side would be per game and the one by your username would be in total. I’m not sure if they’ll add other games or not but that’s what the concept was to begin with. It also makes finding new add-ons quick and easy. You can search through all the add-ons if you wish.
For those of you who don’t want to browse through everything you click on “Find More” you can search by category like is featured below.
You can also look by searching by keywords like “Crafter”, “Fish”, “Combat” and many more. Remember it’s like a Google search. Sometimes you might have to play around a little with the wording to find what you want.
When you go to look at the currently installed add-ons you get this.
You can scroll through and get the info on each one that needs updating. It will give you the version that you have installed (in red) and when it was last updated. It also gives you an update button to update just that one add-on if you wish.
Or, you can use the handy “Update All” button if you want the quick and easy way.
There is also an option in the back end to let it update automatically. There’s even an option to exempt add-ons from automatic updates.
As for me, I love it! I’ve always hated having to read all the instructions on how to install different add-ons. Then there’s the inevitable add-ons that don’t seem to like each other. The only time I’ve ran into add-ons that didn’t like each other was because one of my add-ons already contained the second add-on and I didn’t notice it. The only thing that I’d like to see improve in this program is an uninstall button would be nice. Here’s hoping that many more people will download Minion and that the modders will keep improving their add-ons!