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General:Ted Peterson

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Ted Peterson

Ted Peterson was one of the original developers, along with Julian Lefay, who started the work on the Elder Scrolls series. Since then, Peterson was a major contributor to both Arena and Daggerfall, working as the lead designer for the latter. After the release of Daggerfall, Peterson left Bethesda to work in the animation and entertainment industry for awhile before coming back to the game industry under the employ of Activision. After a year and a half of that, he joined Savage Entertainment as their Lead Designer.

Peterson's contributions to the lore of the Elder Scrolls series are hard to overstate. At one point, he estimated that he had written 150,000 words for the in-game books alone, and this was before his contributions to Oblivion. Even though he no longer works at Bethesda, he still does contract work for them writing in-game books for both Morrowind and Oblivion. He is also a contributor to the Lore Section of the Official Forums under the name Sheogorath. The Mad God's name is actually derived from Peterson's first name, Theodore.

According to Peterson, Daggerfall owes more inspiration to written books than other video games at the time, but Arena owes a bit of its design to Ultima Underworld, Legends of Valour, and a variety of pen-and-paper RPGs. In fact, Peterson went on to say that "we weren't doing anything too new. We just did it bigger. Much, much bigger." As an interesting note, Arena's name came from already having the boxes printed out, and not wishing to waste money on printing new ones.

He is currently the design director of OnceLost Games and is presently working with Julian LeFay and Vijay Lakshman in creating a spiritual successor to Daggerfall.[1]

Elder Scrolls Game CreditsEdit

Oblivion - Additional Writing
Morrowind - Additional Writing & Quest Design
Daggerfall - Design
Arena - Design

Texts authoredEdit

This list is non-exhaustive and includes only texts which have been confirmed to be written, fully or partially, by Peterson.




Out-of-game (See also: Ted Peterson's Posts)

Relevant Interviews and ArticlesEdit

External LinksEdit



  1. ^ "Wayward Realms". Retrieved 12 April 2021.