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Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by Channel1 » Mon May 28, 2018 1:03 am

These are all the things related to screenshots of pre-release classic/demos that I have collected. I haven't fully looked through most of these, so I can't guarantee they're not missing a NSFW tag, also there's a lot of overlap in these links. If anyone has any other good links I could add, I will.

Links:

Pre-Release Screenshots:
http://www.mobygames.com/game/elder-scr ... fall/promo - Thanks to MrFlibble for this one, there's pretty much everything here
NSFW - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... m1fcFhCdXM - Thanks to epicurius7 for this one, he put it together, there's a lot of stuff here too
https://web.archive.org/web/19970605100 ... agpm1.html (Includes 2 working downloads)
http://www.oldgames.sk/en/mag/riki-24/page/8/
http://www.kultcds.com/Upload/Daggerfall/1995.htm
http://www.kultcds.com/Upload/Daggerfall/1996.htm
http://www.kultcds.com/Upload/Daggerfall/nuke.htm
http://kultcds.com/Upload/MakingofDaggerfall.pdf
NSFW - https://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewt ... 14&t=16245 (Also contains some screenshots from the demo)
http://www.mjonesgraphics.com/dagger.html
https://tcrf.net/Prerelease:The_Elder_S ... Daggerfall
NSFW - https://web.archive.org/web/20140330012 ... m/beta.stm
https://imgur.com/xlclS86
https://tcrf.net/Category:The_Elder_Scr ... ase_images
http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Daggerfall:Old_ ... d_Previews
https://web.archive.org/web/19961220170 ... /features/ - Thanks to MrFlibble for this one, it contains some downloads
https://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewt ... p?p=428176 - Thanks to MrFlibble for this one
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cx8D4_tW8AAbvSt.jpg - Thanks to Biboran for this one, it shows an earlier version of the sky, with (presumably) dynamic moons

Demo Screenshots:
https://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewt ... 14&t=21057
NSFW - https://tcrf.net/Proto:The_Elder_Scroll ... _1995_Demo
NSFW - https://tcrf.net/Proto:The_Elder_Scroll ... _1995_Demo

Extra things:
NSFW - https://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16245 - Thanks to Biboran, great thread about pre-release arena
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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by MrFlibble » Tue May 29, 2018 10:43 am

Good initiative! You probably noticed that Hallfiry collected a sizeable gallery at KultCDs, I've also added stuff to MobyGames' Daggerfall promo art section.

Some notable sources for official screenshots available through the Wayback Machine include:

Official website, 1996 snapshots (not all stuff preserved sadly, but we have it from other sources):
http://www.bethsoft.com/html/dagpm1.html

NUKE special feature, 21 June 1996:
http://www.nuke.com:80/cgr/features/9606/dagger.htm

This one has some good stuff including some NPC animations in larger resolution than found in the game files (IIRC), e.g. the temple dancers. NOTE: Some screenshots are in a kind of blurry 640x400 GIF upscale but I managed to downsize them to the original 320x200 without artifacts, the results can be found here.

Somewhat of a rare occurrence for the time period, a fan site has a few original screenshots from Bethesda (most known from other sources like magazine coverdisks but a nice thing anyway):
http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Du ... 027nf.html
http://geocities.com/TimesSquare/Dungeo ... dfall.html
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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by Biboran » Tue May 29, 2018 12:14 pm

This ones from 1994 are super awesome in my opinion
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Sat May 26, 2018 9:42 pm
If Only we could get some older version of the game and rescue these great sources.
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Old buildings and underwater with fish are most interesting things there

Also this ones with clouds and horse guards already was posted?

If someone interested - great theead about beta arena
https://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16245

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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by Channel1 » Tue May 29, 2018 9:50 pm

@ MrFlibble
Thanks for these, that MobyGames one is especially awesome. :D

@ Biboran
I added a link to that Arena thread, there's lots of cool stuff there.

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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by MrFlibble » Wed May 30, 2018 9:23 am

Interkermit wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 9:50 pm
@ MrFlibble
Thanks for these, that MobyGames one is especially awesome. :D
Note that I submitted then on a by-source basis, meaning that they are not really sorted according to any chronology. It's especially true for this batch which mixes up images from different time periods (some apparently still from 1995 and newer already from 1996). However Hallfiry did some analysis and preliminary sorting based on approximate publication time of the images and their content, in his galleries at kultcds (linked in your first post), but a more refined chronology of images could still be prepared.

BTW, I think I also forgot to mention this very early screenshot pack with the "plain" HUD: DFGIFS.ZIP. The images are from January 1995, according to date stamps.

EDIT: I just realised that I put the wrong link for the NUKE special, fixed that now.

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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by Biboran » Thu May 31, 2018 1:02 pm

Post this classic ones in case they aee missing.
Here are possible to see dynamic sky objects as moon and clouds and also horse NPCs in action.
Also on second one more detaled landscape and I don't recognize this building

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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by epicurius7 » Thu May 31, 2018 1:09 pm

I took a crack at dating the prerelease images a while back:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... sp=sharing

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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by Channel1 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:35 am

@ MrFlibble
Good to know.

@ Biboran
Thanks! I didn't add the bottom one as it's in several of the archives I linked to, but the top one isn't, so that ones in there now (It's got fullscreen mode, which is interesting).

@ epicurius7
I added that to it, it's quite interesting to know where in the development cycle they were with each screenshot.

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Re: Pre-Release/Demo Screenshot Links

Post by MrFlibble » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:51 pm

I just noticed a little something about this official screenshot:
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Not only it shows what appears to be a High Elf on Valenwood background (while the character is stated to be a Breton), but also the character's face is absent from the final version graphics (I haven't checked the early demos yet), although there's a slightly similar High Elf face but with a different hairstyle (seen here, third from the left in the High Elf face row).

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