Eeek.. Time Flies

Holy Heck it’s been way too long since I’ve updated. So my plans of weekly blog posts went out the window around the middle of March.. right about the time my real life hit some massive changes.  The boyfriend and I, after a turbulent 3 years which included a couple of nasty breakups and reconciliations, decided that we just weren’t going to work out and I moved out.It sounds so civilised now but it’s been a pretty bad couple of months. But time heals or blunts a lot of things and with the love of some amazing friends (you know who you are!) I have to say I’m in a way happier place both mentally and physically. I love my new house! I can decorate it how I want, and enjoy Z time without walking on eggshells and life is really good right now.. (Crosses fingers  and hope that I’m not tempting fate by that comment).

Gaming wise.. I’m still not over my Skyrim obsession. The news of Legion’s release date actually made me think more about what I wanted to finish in Skyrim before I throw myself back into Azeroth. Guess the Skyrim bug is still hitting hard.

I had to change companion because I lost Illia  when a quest made her stay behind and she just never turned up again. I checked all the places I thought she could be… where I found her, my different houses but she just didn’t show up again. The only frustrating part was her inventory was rather full of gear she was storing for me. I ended up grabbing another mage companion from the Mage’s College and he seems really strong, I much prefer playing with another mage companion than any other of the followers.

I’m sitting at level 42 and trying to get as many achievements done as I level. Level cap is 81 but the levelling has seriously slowed down after 40, so I have no idea how long it will take to get to 81.  I managed to hear about Platinum which is a trophy (achievement) you get for getting all 50 trophies  in the game and my completionist side kicked in but so has my ambitious side and now i want to get that in 1 play through. There’s a couple of quests you can mess up and make it impossible to get all the trophies on one character if you chose the wrong options, so I’m being a bit careful and checking guides every now and again.

The game still doesn’t fail to amaze me visually.

amazing sky Blackreach Lakeview Manor

I’ve just started the DLC content which is adding tons of new scenery to the game. I didn’t want to go into new areas before i finished the main dragonborn quest line. I have to make the choice atm between becoming a vampire and killing the vampires. So I’m umming and ahhing over the pros and cons there.

On top of all that.. I also re-discovered my love of Terraria and have been happily digging and building in that game for something different when I feel like I’ve looked at enough Skryim for a while.

In Terraria when you build a house with rooms and fulfil certain conditions like killing bosses or exploring things you get a NPC that comes and lives with you. Most are vendors though the nurse has healing abilities. My character is the little one the ground on the left in the dress. Many bosses drop vanity items you can equip, my favorite is the pharaohs robes which I coloured with multi-coloured dye. I’m playing multiplayer with a friend in this game at moment. His toon is the one shooting out green lasers.. right at me :p

Terraria Small House

The same house after a few hours of game play and building. I had a paint and wallpaper vendor turn up after a while which meant I now have a pretty colourful house. The decorations are souvenirs I’ve collected out and about on exploration to different biomes.. each area is themed so there are many different styles of decorations you can loot.

Terraria House

This is a map of my small world.. The black is places I’ve not yet explored. It’s mostly underground places where you can only get through digging. I’d like to have the full map dug out one day… completionist tendencies coming out again.

Terraria Map

 

Well that’s my last month and a half wrapped up. With all the big news of a release date for Legion  and lots of Skyrim time, there shouldnt be any shortage of blogging. I’ll try to get back to a regular posting schedule.

 

 

Heart string tugging quests in Skyrim

Skyrim is still going strong. Through a mixture of questing and levelling skills such as smithing and enchanting I’ve hit level 27.

I’ve come across a few really memorable quests, like the one where you reunite a pair of centuries-old ghost lovers separated by war.

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Neither party actually realise they are ghosts and you have to go between the two of them to work out their story: the wife Ruki is out searching for her husband as she heard there was a hard fought battle where his military unit was meant to be. The husband, Fenrig,  however believes the battle will be tomorrow and he hasn’t actually got to it yet. You eventually lead the husband to the wife where they are reunited and finally together again they pass on together.  It was a seriously lovely quest and completely unexpected to stumble across.

I managed to find myself another follower, Illia who is a destruction mage like my toon but she uses primarily frost spells and now that I’ve equipped her with a few different staffs she swaps between them so her spells are a mixture of frost, conjuring animals to fight alongside us and lightning and sparks.

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Being two ranged is really fun though she has the same voice acting as Lydia so still the “oh” wherever we go.

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I came across a wild horse at one of the military camps and found I could ride it. Now whenever I fast travel somewhere the horse turns up and I can mount it but if I don’t get on straight away it will just wander away to who knows where. I followed it for a while just to see where it goes and it seems to meander wherever it likes. It always turns back up when I travel though which has been nice so far.

Wild horse

The game just keeps rolling out absolutely beautiful scenes so my screenshot folder is quickly filling up.

Giants caveStatueBroken Tower Redoubt

So currently 100 hours in and I’m starting to get an idea of what I want to do in the game, I’ll post about that next time.

Skyrim rambling chatter

Leveling in Skyrim seems to be rocketing ahead, before I even knew it I bumped up to level 21 last night.

Each time you level you get to increase your health, magica or Stamina (so far the only use for Stamina I’ve found is it lets me sprint until it runs out). My health doesn’t seems too bad, I rarely die so I haven’t been increasing that much at all from the beginning level. Magica though…. In a long fight I’m always Magica starved as my spells just seem to drain it too fast so I’ve been increasing that with pretty much every skill up I get.

Along with each time you level you get a point to put into your skill tree. So far I’ve got 5 points un-allocated as I just can’t decide where to put them. My offensive spells seem strong enough for now, there’s very little I can’t burn though.. as long my magica holds out. I’m thinking I might drop a few of the 5 points into enchanting which will have the benefit of making any enchantments stronger and then I’ll put all magica regen or booster enchants on my gear which should help with the feeling magica starved.

It’s tricky because there are some very useful perks I want to put my points in but they are gated by certain levels which I’m not at yet, so I don’t know if I should just horde my points until I reach the level or just use them up now.

I’ve been wearing heavy armor (plate, steel, iron) which is giving me skill ups in the heavy armor skill tree but the weight of it is pretty hefty which means I can’t carry as much gear before I get overburdened and have to find a vendor to offload some stuff. There is a perk where you can make your armor weigh nothing but it’s very high up the heavy armor skill tree. There’s a corresponding perk for light armor (fur, hide, cloth) but it’s much lower down the light armor tree which I’ve been eyeing off but I’m not actually sure I can change my armor type at this stage of the game. My heavy armor has leveled up to around 40 but my light armor skill is still way back down at lower than 20.

It’s always tricky with a new game that you don’t have the in-depth knowledge that comes with playing that one game for years.

I’ve decided it’s time to find a new companion. Lydia is annoying me by constantly blocking the mobs and ending up with a fireball to the back of her head, injuring her and wasting my magica at all once. And Lydia tends to say “oh” a lot with no rhyme or reason.. we zone through a door  and she shouts “oh”, we walk down a slope and off she goes – “oh”.. I cannot figure out what she is finding to exclaim about.

I think I’ll go hunting for another ranged companion that should avoid the fireball to the head issue I’m having. I did have an archer that I recruited way way back at the first town I came across but he got unceremoniously booted out of my group when a quest foisted an npc on me who took his place for a quest. I think he might have gone to wait in  to the town I originally  found him in but as Lydia was waiting at my house, I found it easier just to recruit her than go hunting for a lost companion. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll go look for him or find a new questing companion to have tag along. I think another mage might be fun for a bit if I can find one.

I’ve been given another house servant as a reward for helping out the Jarl of Winterhold with some issues he was having, but from what I can see, she’s melee as well so she can just stay in Winterhold, no point changing melee for melee.

I’m really looking forward to getting back home (I’m thinking and posting about Skryim in my lunch break at work) and looking for a new companion and maybe seeing if I become really squishy if I change armor types this far into the game.