Welcome to the world of CoT.
“It was early and stable. There was nothing else around.”
It has been almost three and half years since Climates of Tamriel was uploaded to the Nexus for the first time. The author JJC71 had just finished a marathon 6 month development schedule to ensure that it reached its intended audience on July 4th 2012. The mod had been thoroughly tested by fellow mod authors such as MyGoodEye, Sharpshooter8, Commander_Tak and a few other notables. The feedback from those tests was positive.
JJ stated that he would be ‘over the moon’ if the mod ever reached 1000 endorsements. Climates of Tamriel made its debut on the Nexus and the rest is history. It has gone on to become one of the most popular mods for Skyrim racking up over 100k+ endorsements and counting.
I asked JJ what he thought the secret to its success was? He replied that it was early and stable. There was nothing else around.
A slightly modest interpretation of its success by the author if I may say so. Climates of Tamriel added something tangible to Skyrim. The best way I can put it is that Tamriel just felt more alive.