I started Skyrim this weekend. With the guidance of one of my WoW guildies, I ventured into this world that had caused the processor on my old PC to explode. I watched my way through the first cut scene, and designed myself my first character in this game. Elsen the Breton was born. I went with Breton because I rolled with what I know – a magic using caster. Straight away I got thrown in to making decisions – do I follow the guard or the rebel? With the help of Nordis (the guildie) I selected the rebel, and followed him through. We killed a few guards, searched them – constantly fighting against my desire to collect ALL THE THINGS.
It took me a while but I currently have two skills bound to each mouse button. With my left mouse button I cast fire – which seems to work more like a continuous stream of fire rather than fireballs. With my right mouse button I heal myself – an excellent skill. One thing I am doing in this game is totally avoiding manuals, information, cheats, or guides. The only help I’m getting is off Nordis, who is usually AFK from Steam and doesn’t answer my questions ANYway. Actually this is only 99% true. On one of my first quests – working for the Jarl of Whiterun – I had to work through the Bleak Falls Barrow, and at one point I got stuck at a puzzle with 3 rotating pieces I had to slot in a particular order. Eventually I got bored of trying different ones and looked up the order. The concept I understood…just didn’t have the patience!!
Things I’m learning
- I’m really quite fragile. I need to learn that I can’t jump off really high cliffs without death, and that if I’m going to attempt something I think might end in death, I really should do a quick save beforehand.
- the “`” key is not autorun. Just because it’s autorun in WoW where I spend most of my time doesn’t mean it is everywhere else…learn to play soph, learn to play.
- I’m all about the visuals – it’s annoying me that I have to wear this “Novice Hood” to increase my magicka – because it covers up my face and my hair and there’s no “don’t show helm” setting. This is mildly irritating.
- The level progression isn’t very intuitive – Apparently I had “levelled up” but I actually hadn’t because I hadn’t chosen where to put my…perk? Which is presumably sort of like a talent point. But where I CAN put my points depends on how much I use a spell, so for example at the moment I’m currently locked out of going further in to the Destruction “tree” because I’m a couple of points too low. So I’ve put one in to Restoration.
- Key bindings…so far I’ve worked out I can map spells to my left and right mouse button, but modifiers don’t seem to work – can’t map to Shift + Left mouse for example. I know this game can be played on a console so maybe this is why, but I do have access to MORE spells than just “flames” and “heal” – so should I be using these? Should they be mapped to somewhere? This may need further investigation/fiddling around when I get home.
- Dragons in this game aren’t really very attractive. I also killed one, although it took me three tries and it was on the third try I remembered I had healing and started using that.
- Potions are ace…I do have Alchemy (I think?!) but I really should have a look at the interface a bit more and work out if I can craft some health and magicka potions, seeing as neither regenerate very quickly.
- I want a horse. I tried to steal one but it didn’t end well. I also need to find somewhere to offload all the STUFF I’ve been stealing. I’ve got a necklace somewhere that’s worth like, 1k gold but I can’t find anyone to sell it to. I have however managed to get myself up to nearly 2k gold, which is quite good. I think.
- Giants cannot be taken on by a level 4 mage who has no idea what she is doing. I found an encampment and they had all this STUFF to steal but there was a giant. I was like – hey hey hey, I’m level 4, I can TOTALLY take this out. I spat fire at him and he picked me up and flung me about 1000 feet in to the air, and then I fell to my death. It wasn’t pretty. So I just snuck in and stole their mammoth cheese and then ran away again.
- I got a guard to say “I was an adventurer like you, until I took an arrow to the knee”. I don’t get it – it’s not that funny. I’m clearly missing some greater point here.
- I think I’m going to lose my life til this game. I am very much reminded of this, which made me giggle at the time and still gives me much amusement. In fact I just read it again and chortled to myself again.
So yea, overall, Skyrim is ace. I’m a slow burner with this sort of thing, and I expect it will last me a very long time, months after most people have blasted through the whole lot. But I’m enjoying it, and looking forward to playing it a whole lot more.