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Old June 3 2012, 04:28 AM   #316
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Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I've pretty much spent the past month playing this game and I absolutely can't get enough of it! I actually bought the game back when it was released (here in the UK) in Nov/Dec time and played a bit of it, but I was still deeply involved with MW3 at the time and I lost interest. After finishing FFXIII-2, I went back to Skyrim and I've been captivated ever since.

I'm now on my third character playthrough (a Khakjit thief/archer) and I'm currently level 46 with three quarters of the main quest complete and goodness knows how many side and faction quests, but I'm still always finding new stuff to do in this game, it's that good! I think this character is my best so far, given that I find it very easy to kill pretty much anything (my first character - a one handed spellsword/assassin/unorganised character, at level 51 was still being annihilated by Draugr Deathlords!).

The only thing I really dislike about this game is the College of Winterhold storyline and having to fight those damn magic anomalies which seem to have a ridiculous amount of health and the ability to move like ice wraiths on amphetamines! It's not hard, it just takes way too long!

I've also found it to be beneficial to abandon the main quest (don't hand over the Dragonstone) at the start of the game, join one of the guilds and play through their storyline until it's completion before enabling dragons - because the spawn rate of the dragons can be a pain in the ass at lower levels and a guild's questline can easily get you to level 20.
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Old July 15 2012, 07:24 PM   #317
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Just picked the game up on the Steam sale and have been playing it *all sodding day*!
Just about everything that turned me off Oblivion is gone. No more conversation pie, no more generic, samey environments, the combat feels tighter and the levelling/class system is a lot more intuitive.

What shocks me the most is that I'm really digging the crafting system...which is weird for me since usually I *detest* crafting systems. For some reason I like the intuitiveness of being able to go out hunting, kill an animal, cure it's hide into leather and use that to make a new set of armour. I haven't figured out what I'm suppose to do with firewood yet, but I'm sure an answer will present itself before too long.

I've also found it to be beneficial to abandon the main quest (don't hand over the Dragonstone) at the start of the game, join one of the guilds and play through their storyline until it's completion before enabling dragons - because the spawn rate of the dragons can be a pain in the ass at lower levels and a guild's questline can easily get you to level 20.
^Whoops, too late! I already had the dragonstone when I spoke to the bloke and just handed it right over. Oh well.
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Old July 15 2012, 10:03 PM   #318
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I haven't figured out what I'm suppose to do with firewood yet, but I'm sure an answer will present itself before too long.
You can sell it to the mill owners who will pay a fair price for each piece of firewood. Some merchants will also buy firewood, although for much less than a mill owner - still it's useful if you are looking to make a bit extra in a place like Windhelm.

It doesn't serve any purpose ATM and I doubt future DLC or updates will assign it any special purpose, although it would be cool to be able to make your own arrows.
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Old July 16 2012, 06:45 PM   #319
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After a little experiment in sneak attack archery I think I've learned a valuable lesson today: don't f*ck with giants.

I've decided to give these guys a *WIDE* berth in future. Good thing I quick saved!
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Old July 16 2012, 07:03 PM   #320
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^^^ Yes they can be tough nuts to crack at lower levels. I've found, though, once you get in the 30's and 40's, have a good archery skill and some ebony arrows w/ matching bow, you can take them out with a few shots. They are quite slow and unintelligent and you can usually get a couple shots in before they figure out where you are. You should also be wary of their mammoth pets. If they get flustered and decide to attack you as well, you're doomed.
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Old July 16 2012, 07:24 PM   #321
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Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

if I ever anger them giants I just run and keep running, pop a stamina potion and keep running


Check out the Skyrim Nexus
without the nexus I wouldn't have spent over 300 hours in Skyrim.
There are several mods that add arrow crafting.

some favorites of mine:

A Quality World Map - adds roads to the map
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/4929

Alternate Start - Live Another Life - choose to skip the default opening and start the game almost anywhere
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/9557

CLARALUX - adds lighting to roads and towns for better lighting at night
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17605

IMAGINATOR - impressive control over the game's visuals
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/13049

Immersive Armors - giant collection of fantastic armors
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/19733

Inhabitants of Skyrim Character Presets - no more freaky presets in character creation
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/18820

Project Reality - Climates of Tamriel - best of the best weather and lighting mod
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17802

Regent Armory - (Shameless Plug ) My pet project, somewhat realistic and historically accurate swords.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17250

W.A.T.E.R. - greatly increases the look of water and surrounding terrain
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/13268
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Old July 16 2012, 07:44 PM   #322
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After a little experiment in sneak attack archery I think I've learned a valuable lesson today: don't f*ck with giants.

I've decided to give these guys a *WIDE* berth in future. Good thing I quick saved!
I've been able to kill Giants at level 5 by using the scenery to my advantage. Naturally, it's suicide to try and take on a Giant with anything other than an archer at this level.

For low level Giant kills, your best bet is to sneak attack from a rock formation that the Giant cannot access (well one that it cannot access easily at least, so you have enough time to take them out!) using either Orcish, Dwarven or Elven arrows (Steel arrows work too, but takes longer and will give a Giant the opportunity to gain on you).

It's almost necessary to slay Giants at early levels if you want to build up your Alchemy fast because Giant's Toes are rarely available in decent quantities via merchants.
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Old July 16 2012, 10:41 PM   #323
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I haven't figured out what I'm suppose to do with firewood yet, but I'm sure an answer will present itself before too long.
You can sell it to the mill owners who will pay a fair price for each piece of firewood. Some merchants will also buy firewood, although for much less than a mill owner - still it's useful if you are looking to make a bit extra in a place like Windhelm.

It doesn't serve any purpose ATM and I doubt future DLC or updates will assign it any special purpose, although it would be cool to be able to make your own arrows.
I just started the Dawngaurd DLC and it seems that I can now craft arrows with firewood!! I don't know if this is tied to Dawngaurd or anither patch, but I wasn't able to before.
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Old July 18 2012, 09:05 AM   #324
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And meanwhile the PS3 version still hasn't gotten that last patch with the mounted combat. I figured It's got some things that are tied to Dawnguard and that they're waiting for Dawnguard to be released for the PS3 before they release the patch.
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Old July 18 2012, 10:16 AM   #325
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^Near as I can tell, the steam version is still on 1.5 too. At least that's the last entry on the updates screen. I haven't bought a horse yet so I can't put it to the test.


BTW, last night, I saw a mammoth for the first time....and it was fighting a dragon. I love this game.

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Old July 18 2012, 03:31 PM   #326
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Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I put roughly 250 hours into the Xbox 360 version of this game between last November and January. Finished all the main quests, but much of that play time was just soaking in the radiance of a beautiful game world. Skyrim absolutely excels at prettiness.

I'm now trying the game out on PC, as a friend of mine bought it for me during its 50% off time on the Steam Sale. I'm fiddling around with mods, but mostly just aesthetic-enhancing and highly-regarded game-balancing mods. I did add the famous MoMod, too, though, which adds a plethora of new monsters to the fields and dungeons. I also installed Civil War!, which adds Imperial/Stormcloak skirmishes all over Skyrim.

Good stuff; helps keep the game feeling truly alive after so much time spent with it in vanilla. Looking forward to Danwguard, too!
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Old July 18 2012, 06:30 PM   #327
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Got myself a horse and I can indeed use my sword and bow while riding, so the steam version is up-to-date after all.

Incidentally, I'm just wondering what everyone's preferred character build is? I'm not into min-maxing, but at the same time I'd like to have an effective character that isn't totally gimped. What I've basically got is a female Nord, alternating between bows & great-swords and specialising in light armour and sneaking. A kind of barbarian hunter type. The light armour gives her a bit of a glass jaw, but I plan to focus on improving that next. I really don't want to go the heavy armour route. I like being able to sneak up on someone and shove a great-sword through their spine.
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Old July 18 2012, 08:28 PM   #328
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^ I prefer long range orientated characters that focus on thief skills such as lockpicking, pickpocketing and sneaking. I like having the option of circumventing the need to hack and slash everything and rush in wielding great swords like a good Nord should.

The enchanting and smithing skills are obviously very important because once you reach a certain level, most of the Daedric artifacts become average at best against the higher level enemies. Therefore you need to craft and customise everything to make life easier since it's suicide to try and take on a Draugr Deathlord (the archer variants are in a whole league of their own in terms of being frustrating ) when you aren't protected by decent armour that boosts your health regen, fortifies combat skills and is sturdy enough to protect you from being flung across the room by the Deathlord's version of the unrelenting force shout.
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Old July 19 2012, 07:05 PM   #329
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I put roughly 250 hours into the Xbox 360 version of this game between last November and January. Finished all the main quests, but much of that play time was just soaking in the radiance of a beautiful game world. Skyrim absolutely excels at prettiness.

I'm now trying the game out on PC, as a friend of mine bought it for me during its 50% off time on the Steam Sale. I'm fiddling around with mods, but mostly just aesthetic-enhancing and highly-regarded game-balancing mods. I did add the famous MoMod, too, though, which adds a plethora of new monsters to the fields and dungeons. I also installed Civil War!, which adds Imperial/Stormcloak skirmishes all over Skyrim.

Good stuff; helps keep the game feeling truly alive after so much time spent with it in vanilla. Looking forward to Danwguard, too!
if you haven't tried these mods I suggest you check 'em out
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CLARALUX - adds lighting to roads and towns for better lighting at night
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17605

IMAGINATOR - impressive control over the game's visuals
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/13049

Project Reality - Climates of Tamriel - best of the best weather and lighting mod
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17802

W.A.T.E.R. - greatly increases the look of water and surrounding terrain
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/13268
and also the official high res DLC, and I forgot to mention my favorite ENB
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Old July 19 2012, 07:31 PM   #330
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^ I prefer long range orientated characters that focus on thief skills such as lockpicking, pickpocketing and sneaking. I like having the option of circumventing the need to hack and slash everything and rush in wielding great swords like a good Nord should.
I'm sort of going for both. A stealth long range sniper that can pull out a ridiculously huge sword and hack enemies to bits when they get too close.

Normally in these sorts of games I tend towards rogue type builds, usually focusing on stealth, lock-picking, speech etc. but this time I wanted to role play a character and have the skill set reflect that concept. Think Conan crossed with San from Princess Mononoke.

The enchanting and smithing skills are obviously very important because once you reach a certain level, most of the Daedric artifacts become average at best against the higher level enemies. Therefore you need to craft and customise everything to make life easier since it's suicide to try and take on a Draugr Deathlord (the archer variants are in a whole league of their own in terms of being frustrating ) when you aren't protected by decent armour that boosts your health regen, fortifies combat skills and is sturdy enough to protect you from being flung across the room by the Deathlord's version of the unrelenting force shout.
The problem with enchanting is that I can't figure out a good way to practice it and get the skill level up without being a magic oriented character. Unless I'm missing something, I'm assuming you need a certain level of magical proficiency in order to fill up soul gems. Indeed I can't figure out how to get the spell or whatever to drain souls.

I read in the help section (nice that they have one btw!) that there are special weapons that can do this, but I've yet to come across one. A bow would be preferable since it'd make the grind a lot easier if I could go hunting, take down a few elk, deer etc. and use their hides to make leather strips to make into iron daggers (just visited a mine, so iron ore isn't a problem.) That'd give me xp for sneaking, archery and smithing. If I then enchant the daggers and sell them on, I'd get enchanting and speech too. The only weak link as far as I can see is getting a decent supply of empty gems. Is there a reliable way to get those other than dungeon crawls and merchants? Can they be crafted in some way?
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