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Elder scrolls world

After being playing Skyrim (and Oblivion/Morrowind before it) for a while I googled a bit to find out about the whole world behind it – The bigger Tamriel or Nim, the whole fictional planet. There is such a massive world (size and story wise) that still needs exploring. I really hope/wish they (Bethesda) plans to have the rest of this wonderful world also made available to play and explore. In case you wish to see a simple map (fictional of course) of the whole place look here.

Apparently in the original Elder scrolls game the whole Tamriel was open to be explorable – but that game is ages old and I never got to play it (actually, I didn’t even know about it back then since it wasn’t the kind of game I would have been interested at the time). This got me thinking – wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole Tamriel/Nim was playable using the Skyrim level of graphics/game engine. Perhaps this is a bit of wishful thinking as such a game would be huge (in about every way possible including disk space, story, quest count, complexity etc.). Skyrim already pushed the envelope for PC specs but a game like this could go even further. Possibly the whole map will have to come in sections that must be loaded separately as you venture from one region to the next. Crossing the oceans might require some kind of ‘fast travel’ since it would be too easy to get lost as ‘sea’. It is not impossible that there could be isolated islands with its own treasures or adventures. Since it is an fictional world there is even the possibility for an totally underground world as well (aka Middle Earth idea). In Skyrim there has already been something similar – the Falmer/Snow Elves and Dwemer.

A game like that could keep you busy for almost a lifetime in itself. You’d need a separate life to play it… This is probably close to impossible or improbable but still, one could wish and dream.

Oh, and happy new year to all… 🙂

Update: I just thought mentioning that since the original post above I’ve come across some other postings by Skyrim/Elder scroll fans that Skyrim (the game) seems to have maps included for the ‘whole of Tamriel’ – check here. Perhaps Bethesda is planning something ‘bigger’ at some point. Lets hope…
Update 2: There has been rumours and speculation about a totally MMORPG game that is based on the Elders Scrolls. Bethesda has now announced a game like that. Due somewhere in 2013. It will apparently cover the whole of Tamriel and be situated something like a 1000 years before Skyrim. Wonder if they’ll ever consider opening up the whole of Nim or what will happen if you play for too long and use up the 1000 years 😉 ? See this.

Skyrim getting boring?

Well, I’ve now done/completed something like 80% of the accomplishments of The Elder Scroll – Skyrim and trying complete some of the smaller side quests – seems boring but still, I just cannot seem to leave it alone somehow.

As a personal challenge/goal I now have started selling weapons I take from bandits – then heading out again to get some more bandits to ‘relieve’ them of their ‘stuff’… This is almost more fun than some other more complex quests I’ve done before. Essentially I’ve become a weapons merchant (in the game of course… 😉 ) I still have a few thieve guild quests to do and most of the companions. Must say the (spoiler) werewolf transformation was a surprise… hmm

The wife is still sitting at home generating income – I actually use her (Ysolda) as one of the places I sell my ‘relieved’ items I gather. We moved to Markarth briefly to a fancy house but somehow Ysolda didn’t seem ‘happy’ there (not that her behaviour is any different from little house in our Whiterun…)

As far as horses are concerned… I’ve given up trying to find the ‘damn’ horse that ran away. Anyway, my armor and stamina are now strong enough to protect me along the way to destinations. Somewhere I lost a horse (one that I bought from Whiterun) and now I can’t buy a new one from the same stable.

 

Skyrim main quest done

I’ve now managed to complete the ‘main’ quest of the game and Alduin is no more. Still there are some dragons around to slay and some other quests to complete. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot around the thieves guild restoration so… my skills around that particular ‘job’ is increasing. Must say, you do get to wear a really cool leather/stealthy outfit that helps a lot with sneaking further on.

One thing I would have loved to have been able to do is actually riding the dragons (bit of a spoiler here) instead of just implying and quick jump to the location you are going to… I suppose that would have been a technical problem for the graphics or something but it would have been cool to see the world (Skyrim) from the air.

And the horses… I’m really getting a bit annoyed with them – either running away or doing stupid things or the fact that you cannot ‘reverse’ when you are in a tight spot (like right at the edge of a cliff). I’ve also managed to get onto the ‘wrong’ horse somewhere and only later realized it’s not mine – and it has the habit of walking away as soon as you climb off. They really should provide a way you can track your horse… really!

Being married in the game was interesting in the beginning but really, it gets boring after a couple of times the wife greets you with ‘hello my love’ or ‘I bet you must have had some interesting adventures’… She start reminding me of a robot… and you cannot even do some married things together… like… fighting, arguing, playing… hehe. And then there are the kids… some of them really becomes irritating but you cannot do anything about that… since it is politically incorrect these days.

I guess I’ll still be playing Skyrim for a while since Mass Effect 3 is only due in March or so next year. I just hope it will be as good or better than 2!

 

Don’t mess with Riften

Another Skyrim tale to tell. The other day I was in Riften minding my own business (secret thieve stuff or something) when a dragon attacked. It was almost evening. I ran, looking for the best places to hide, attack and so on. It wasn’t long before the whole town got into the fight and some chaos followed. The dragon landed behind the temple of Mara (doing the things dragons do while on the ground). I rushed in for the kill – but before I could claim the dragon all by myself the rest of the town was there – all slashing, slicing, shooting (biting and scratching if they could). The poor dragon didn’t stand a chance! It was the quickest dragon kill I’ve seen to date. I almost felt sorry for him!

So, next time you’re in Riften, show some respect! These folks don’t play with dragons… they have them for a midnight snack! Ouch

Horse tales in Skyrim

I’ve been spending way too much time in this game… hehe but it’s fun…

There is one thing that really annoys me – no not the damn dragons or other enemies – the horses! Every time I leave my horse some place or enter a battle with the horse near by it disappears (like running away)! Then afterwards it’s a pain to find it again! hehe If it’s an open area then finding it isn’t that hard but inside the woods or cliffs I’ve lost my horse more than once – to the point that I had to go back to a stable and buy a new damn one! 😉

If I can make just one request to the creators of Skyrim – please provide a way to find your horse again! Like a marker on the map, have a hot key so you (the character) can whistle and your horse will come get you (provided you are outside and not in danger or something). I’ve lost count how many horses I’ve bought and lost… (yes some died trying to help me fight a dragon or two…)

Then there is the issue that your companions can’t have a horse… shame. I feel so bad that poor Lydia has to run the whole time while I ride comfortably on my (disappearing) horse. How about having a passenger on my horse?

Please Bethesda give a horse rider a little slack! 😉

Update: just have to add this bit: a day or so ago my latest horse ‘Frost’ got into a fight with me against a dragon. Somehow it managed to get op top of the dragon during all the excitement and I couldn’t help start laughing – It looked like it was trying to stomp the dragon to death! Fortunately we managed to kill the bastard… I mean dragon… There will be no flying horses in the sequel…

Update2: I’m sad to announce that Frost is no more… He bravely fought a dragon along-side me and… {snip} gave his life in the process. I didn’t immediately realized it as the dragon flew a short distance to its final resting place where I gave it the last blow. At first I was cross because that ‘damn’ horse ‘ran away again’. Then I found the remains of poor old Frost… I gave him a moment of silence, took his meat and gave a salute. Damn he was a good horse! Oh well, I’ll just have to go get another one…

Update3: Seeing how many people read this post after doing a google search on missing horses it seems the disappearing horse problem is really an issue. It is a pity they (Bethesda) hasn’t fixed this issue yet. Please guys help us out a bit!

Skyrim progress (or not)

Seems like a number of people visited my blog concerning Skyrim. This is probably more an indication how popular the game is – and less about my great writing skills hehe.

As for progress in the game, I’ve lost count how many dragons I’ve killed – but I could probably look it up somewhere under achievements somewhere. I do have a few possible funny experiences that is in-game related – like the dog, the fiance (hu?) and a weird abduction experience I still haven’t figured out…

The dog, yes that damn dog! Brutes or something. It was annoying and constantly getting in the way of everything so I tool it back to its ‘master’ – but now I feel a bit bad for the poor thing – being turned into stone… forever…

Looking at the locked achievements on Steam one of them list ‘Getting married’. During the investigation into the whole abduction thingy some girl mention you bought/got a ring from her for your ‘fiance’. Somehow I must have chosen wrong dialog option there and the option for the rest of that conversation disappeared.

And then yes, that abduction thing still confuse me. What happened? Hu? From the reactions of some other characters it seems during that ‘missing’ time you did some weird and questionable things all over the place… When finally meeting the guy who instrumented the whole thing things happen so fast that I could not understand what he was talking about. Next thing you are back in some town with the whole ‘episode’ over.

Seems like the game is causing a whole life of its own to develop… hehe

Skyrim – another small update

I almost can’t believe that I somehow have already spent 24hours of playing Skyrim! Addiction perhaps… hehe

I’m still relatively satisfied with the game and haven’t had any major issues with it other than… One crash where the game just stopped running and I was back at the desktop. I restarted and played the same scene again without further issues. Must have been a glitch.

I have killed my third dragon – plus 2 giants, some trolls, a bear and a number of wolves. Got 3 dragon shouts already, bought a house, a horse and got a companion (named Lydia).

And have I mentioned it is addictive?…

Update: I had a dog for a while but he was so damn annoying – getting in the way of everything, that I returned him to his previous master (almost felt sorry for him then…)

Skyrim – my thoughts

I’m no professional reviewer – or even professional gamer so I have only a few words to say about this game – mostly good.

Having played Morrowind and Oblivion it is easy to get into the game play straight on. My first impressions was that the graphics wasn’t ‘that’ much more fantastic than its predecessors, but it probably depends on how you judge it. Close-by objects are difficult to improve on and this is the only real negative thing I can say for this game. Some objects and textures seen from up close still looks like low detail compare to other more recent games. However, when it comes to nature scenes and particular large viewing distances all I can say is ‘wow’!

Initially when I installed the game there were some hick-ups but it wasn’t because of the game itself – rather Steam acting up because of the overload of people trying to activate all the newly released games – plus the hacking issue they’ve been dealing with… I had to download 5GB+ of updates because Steam could not ‘validate’ the files on the physical game DVD I bought – not nice!

I am lucky enough to have a machine that can play the game on ‘Ultra-high’ settings (I7 860 with Radeon 5770). So far I haven’t seen any real performance issues and it appears the machine is handling it fine. At times I can hear the fans spin up bit. Load times are fairly quick and saving happens so fast it appears there is no interruption in game play.

There are a few things around interacting with objects or even the environment that still does not look and feel ‘real’. Characters walking or climbing up a ladder or stairs still does it with straight legs. Looks really ‘unreal’ and silly. Horses can run up almost impossibly steep hills and even when you turn sideways it does it – you guessed it – with straight legs – i.e. one side’s legs in the air and the other inside the ground.

I hope this is not a spoiler but I like the idea of you having companions that walks with you – helping defend you etc. I was just wondering, can’t I buy/get a horse for them too? Seems so cruel that I ride on my horse while they have to run around after you. Just an idea.

Weather is a great effect – like the snowstorms you see when you are high up in a mountain. It really makes you feel cold and wanting to get to a safe warm place. Thunder sounds good – but I suspect my old speaker system is not as good as it use to be so I might be missing some parts of the whole ‘effect’.

This is a ‘slow’ game unlike some other shoot and run games released recently. It is easy to get drawn into it and spend hours of game play – you just can’t seem to say ‘stop, I had enough’ easily 🙂 I’ve basically just started playing the game and already have something like 8 hours worth of it (but I don’t know where all 8 hours have gone… hehe). I probably still have to get to the really ‘exciting’ parts of the main quest so there are still some good game play ahead.

All in all I like this game. It isn’t the totally awhsum game some people might have expected – graphics wise, but it really isn’t bad at all.