Q: What is this site?
A: truancyfactory is my personal website. Famous Faces is a database of game saves and preset plugins for over 100 NPCs from Skyrim and Dawnguard, including most of the loading screen characters. War Baby and War Dog are collections of original female and male characters that I've created either to play or to serve as custom followers. Celebrity Sliders is a collection of sliders for recreating real people (they're not very good). Friends & Allies is a collection of custom and NPC followers. I've also written a large collection of articles and tutorials about Skyrim and game culture and design in general.
Q: How do I use the database?
A: There are a couple of ways. Every character has a download package that includes a game save, a plugin, and screenshots. If you're on PC, you can use the game save to start a new game with the character already created, or use the plugin to access the character's sliders in the character creation menu, either at the start of a new game, or by entering showracemenu in the console. Alternately, you may use the screenshots of the sliders in the database to manually re-create the character. If you're on XBOX 360 or PS3, this may be your only option, though the screenshots are included in the download if you'd rather use those than work from the site. Some of the screenshots for the most popular characters have slider numbers, which take the guesswork out of using the sliders. You can also use the Skyrim Slider Tool to get easy access to characters that have slider numbers.
Q: I can't see some of the thumbnails because the sidebar is covering them. Are you going to fix this?
A: Yes, eventually. For now, just make your browser a little smaller. It should push the slider down to the bottom of the page below the table. I'm not a professional web site designer and I'm really busy, so the site isn't exactly 100% user friendly. My apologies for the inconvenience. I'll figure out how to get around this issue some day.
Q: Some of the sliders appear to be incorrect. Do you know about this?
A: Yes. But I didn't know about the issue when I started the database. All of the NPC face data has been exported directly from the Creation Kit (the game editor), but Skyrim often shows sliders in the wrong position when using the character creation screen. Some of these errors, unfortunately, crept into the database. Although I've corrected most of these errors for all of the characters after I discovered this bug, many of the earliest characters added to the database do have incorrect sliders. The sliders most likely to be incorrect are the Nose Type, Eye Shape, and Mouth Shape. You can correct these by eye by looking at the screenshots. Often, you just need to move the slider one position to the left or right, but sometimes you need to move it quite a bit. If the screenshots have slider numbers on them, use the numbers. They were added to correct for these errors. You can also use the Creation Kit slider image (the last one) to correct things like the cheekbones, jaw, and chin. (Anything with a slider.) The sliders in this image are 100% accurate, but you can't use the Type dropdown box number as an accurate guide to the Nose, Eye or Mouth shape as it doesn't show omissions in the numbering sequence.
Q: When will you be adding slider numbers for the other characters?
A: As soon as possible. I am working as fast as I can to add numbers in order of popularity. Please do not request slider numbers as I am already swamped with requests.
Q: I noticed that there is a character missing from your database. Can I request sliders for them?
A: Yes, absolutely, but it may be a while before you get them. I typically have several dozen requests in my que at any given time.
Q: Why can't I find a certain hair style, eye color, or skin tone in the character creation screen? I want my character to be identical to the one in the game.
A: If you're on PC, you can access these unique items by using the plugin or game save. If you're on XBOX 360 or PS3, you won't be able to access these unique items. The eyes used by Karliah, Serana and Lord Harkon, for example, Serana's hair style, or Nocturnal's unique skin tone have to be modded in to be accessible in the character creation screen.
Q: I loaded one of your game saves and got a warning about missing content. What should I do?
A: Ignore it. I have to use the plugin to create the game save, but you don't need to use the plugin to use the save because the game stores your characters appearance in your game save. The game is looking for the plugin I used to create the character. The warning is harmless. The only mods I have loaded when creating game saves are the hi res texture packs and any DLCs I need to create the character (eg. Dawnguard).
Last updated August 6, 2012
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