Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind had been my favorite RPG video game since about 4 minutes after I got it installed. It would have stayed that way until Neverwinter Nights allowed me to play with my significant other. Since that time, poor Morrowind has been resigned to “You would be first if only I could play online” place. This is why when I heard about the Morrowind Online mod that allows you to do just that, I became very excited.
The MO mod is easy to install and easy to operate. Both players must have the Bloodmoon expansion installed as well as the four pieces of the MO mod. Both players run a small connection program called bamf. One player connects to the other via IP or LAN, they both select the save game they wish to use and use the transfer button to exchange information about that save, then hit launch Morrowind Online.
This mod will create an NPC of the other player on your computer, and an NPC of the other player on the other’s computer. This NPC will move around, jump and act as the player on the other end is, however it is not the actual player. This is important because it means the players can’t fight each other. It also means that the other player can’t see or interact with the monsters on your computer, nor you theirs. When my partner saw a mudcrab and killed it, I saw nothing. Co-operative play is not yet a feature of this mod. Basically you can play Morrowind at the same time as your friend, but you can’t help them and they can’t really help you.
Still, I think this beta mod is useful and fun. Lets say you want to give your friend that glass armor that you have out grown. There is a barter barrel that comes with the mod that will allow you to pimp out a friend. If you just can’t find that NPC you need to meet, your friend can log on and lead you to him. My SO and I plan on leveling up a bit and then just randomly exploring Vvardenfell together (or rather, at the same time). There is more than enough content in the game to make that enjoyable. I look forward to more development of this much desired mod.