The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Catch-All

I stumbled across the Lost to the Ages quest that's part of the Dawnguard expansion, and it starts off with you entering a Dwemer ruin with a pretty interesting layout and a well-voiced, interesting character who accompanies you. While I haven't started the main Dawnguard quest yet, I have stumbled across some locations added to the game for it and they're already more interesting than many of the standard caves and ruins in the base game (and I found the ones in the base game to be a massive improvement over Oblivion's). It seems the expansion let them stretch themselves a bit in terms of level design and scripting events in the dungeons, so I'm hoping for more of that from Dragonborn next month.

So need advice as I just got caught up in the Markath Conspiracy quest. So I'm playing a nord loyal to the stormcloaks who firmly believes the Imperials are sell-outs and traitors who must all die. I recognize Ulfric is a bit of a blowhard and some of the Stormcloaks are xenophobes, but it was fun playing the rebels and also getting a chance to kill Roman-looking troops (yes I'm back into the Spartacus TV series).

But after delving deep into the Markath Conspiracy, I realize:

Spoiler:
The Stormcloaks are genocidal maniacs who regularly butcher little kids in front of their parents. And Ulfric is a little proto-Hitler. I really have little interest in continuing to work for them, although I love the big battles.

So, a few questions:
1. Is there a way to switch sides in the middle of the Civil War?
2. is there a way to eventually kill off Ulfric?
3. Do the Stormcloaks in any way reddem themselves throughout the Civil War quest, or do things just get worse? In other words, did I inadvertently pick the "evil" side?

What's great about this game is I didn't even mean to visit Markath - but after a night of heavy drinking in Windhelm my character wakes up at the shrine of Dibella there.

I don't think you can switch sides, but there is another way to resolve the civil war. How far are you through the main quest? (hint hint)

Scratched wrote:
I don't think you can switch sides, but there is another way to resolve the civil war. How far are you through the main quest? (hint hint)

Still pretty early - I'm just about to go hit the embassy. I've been distracted quite a bit by side quests, which isn't helping my efforts to scratch Skyrim off the pile list. I probably should drop everything and power through the main quest.

jdzappa wrote:
Scratched wrote:
I don't think you can switch sides, but there is another way to resolve the civil war. How far are you through the main quest? (hint hint)

Still pretty early - I'm just about to go hit the embassy. I've been distracted quite a bit by side quests, which isn't helping my efforts to scratch Skyrim off the pile list. I probably should drop everything and power through the main quest.

It is possible to switch sides, and even go back-and-forth, I believe -- and that's until

Spoiler:
The Jagged Crown quest, if I recall
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There's even a spot mid-mission that's your point of no return. You got a little ways left to dither -- two or three missions, at least.

Any news on PC release of Dragonborn yet?

BlackSabre wrote:
Any news on PC release of Dragonborn yet?

February 5th, according the Bethesda's blog.

Awesome.

Caaaaannnnnn'tttttttt Waaaaaiiiiittttttt!!!

Skyrim has been getting a lot more attention from me recently, I finally decided to get some smithing and enchanting done.

P.S Confession time: I'm about to hit 100 hours soon, and I've never really even tried the main questline, certainly nowhere near finishing it, with either of my characters 0.o

Maybe I should remedy that before Dragonborn is released..

I got my smithing up to 100 last night. No perks except being able to improve magical items, so with a few smithing-enhancing items and potion, I was able to improve all my standard gear to Legendary status, which is just hilariously overpowered now. I'm working on improving my secondary skills so I can reach level 81, but once that's done I'll have a stellar set of gear to equip for Dragonborn and other random things I do.

beanman101283 wrote:
I was able to improve all my standard gear to Legendary status, which is just hilariously overpowered now.

Worth reading: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Armo...

Having better smithing lets you improve armor more, so it's easier to hit the cap with a wider selection of armor, which might be useful if you're not into enchanting your own stuff.

I think my armor rating was 610 or so without a shield equipped, though I did have an Amulet of Articulation that counted as light armor. I was wearing a combination of high-end Dark Brotherhood and Thieves Guild gear, along with the Krosis dragon priest mask.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
dissposablehero wrote:
Was gonna pick up FO:NV again, I played it when it was first released and it was simply unplayable and I had many issues with bugs. Has it been fixed adequately(obviously no game is perfect) yet? Or should I not bothered. I played about 30 hours, then gave up but never actually finished any story lines.

Oddly enough, most of my bugs were at the beginning of my play. Nothing game-breaking, things like half the scorpions walking around at an angle so their tails were up in the air and their faces were clipping into the ground. That stuff weirdly cleared up the longer I played. I put 130 hours into it.

The main bugs I saw were;

The floating robot companion thing that you can get near the start disappeared at somepoint but the game thinks it's still following me and acts as if it is still there. i.e When you go to get the robot dog companion it growls at the floating thing as if it's in the room but is completely invisible to me and I still get it's perk. I don't even know if that's happened to anyone else and if it's been patched.

The guy right at the start - his head started spinning like this;

I think this one was patched, because all the Reviews pointed this one out.

There were a couple of small ones that are inconsequential, which may or may not have been patched.

Plus it crashed way too many times for me, I actually thought there was a problem with my 360.

I played it for around 40 hours. Just isn't good enough for games coming out in this generation. Remember games like FF7 - massive game found a list of glitches http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_VII/Glitches_and_errors#Cloud.27s_PHS_.28Phone.29
And some of those are basically cheats! I realise games are way more complex and graphically superior, but someone pointed out games that are developed for a console shouldn't be ridiculously buggy 5+years after it's been out and just relying on everyone being online and just patch it afterwards. It's so annoying after paying £40/$60 for a game on release and it's nearly unplayable and there are allot better examples of that out there.

P.S sorry for being off topic - back to Skyrim.....:)

The W-Item thing was an exploit and not a glitch. I used it, therefore it must be on the level.

For those that have done Dragonborn, are there any requirements that it makes on base Skyrim quests, like how Dawnguard requires a certain item from the Skyrim main quest line? I'm wondering about whether to use my current 'do everything' character, or to go with a new one.

Does Dawnguard really require that item? I had it, but I don't recall it being needed.

complexmath wrote:
Does Dawnguard really require that item? I had it, but I don't recall it being needed.

Wiki entry on that item (don't hover! Spoilers!)

complexmath wrote:
Does Dawnguard really require that item? I had it, but I don't recall it being needed.

It does, but there's a base game sidequest that will also get you it. So if you haven't done that sidequest (or the main story quest) by the time you hit that point in Dawnguard, the Dawnguard story will set you on the sidequest.

(And if you know what sidequest it is, and are afeared of its length, fear not—you'll get the item and can continue on your merry Dawnguard way without completing the sidequest.)

Out of interest, how many 360 players do we have who've played Dragonborn?

Scratched wrote:
Out of interest, how many 360 players do we have who've played Dragonborn?

I'm Spartacus I do (see location).

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At this point, I'm trying to level my guy up to 81 then I'm going to start again. i feel like I've done heaps in the world, but because i've left it for a while, I want to go back in fresh knowing what i do now.

Really getting the new character itch... must resist... must get to level 81 first...

BlackSabre wrote:
At this point, I'm trying to level my guy up to 81 then I'm going to start again. i feel like I've done heaps in the world, but because i've left it for a while, I want to go back in fresh knowing what i do now.

Really getting the new character itch... must resist... must get to level 81 first...

I'm also trying to hit 81 (or at least 78). I'm 65 right now, and was getting about a level every two sessions (of about 2-3 hours each). That's with the Aetherial Crown (a Guardian Stone + Lover Stone) and training every level. I imagine once I max out the rest of my combat and stealth skills (maxed half of them so far, rest are 90s and one 70s) and have to start working on magic, things are going to really slow down as it becomes a spell-casting grind

So my question to you is, how much of an uphill climb do you see your level 81 journey? I've no doubt that there's enough left to do for me to reach it, it's just looking further and further off the closer I get.

Well the skills I'll need to reach level 81 aren't really the fun ones. I have block, heavy armour, two handed swords at all really low levels. Isn't really my thing, but I suppose it could be interesting to change it up a bit. Most of my magic is around the 70s if I recall correctly and I already have the smithing, enchanting etc at 100.

The only reason is I want to get the Legendary dragon. Once I've done that, I'm going for the restart. So I guess I don't need 81, probably 78 will be fine. Currently 69, so I think I can get there pretty soonish if I power level it a bit.

BlackSabre wrote:
The only reason is I want to get the Legendary dragon.

Heh, you and me both. /weary, sore-thumbed respek knuckles

At level 81 the Ebony Warrior quest starts in Dragonborn, so I'd like to do that. No achievement for it, other than knowing you beat a ridiculously hard enemy.

I haven't been above letting enemies wail on me for a while in order to grind up skills. Unfortunately one- and two-handed skills take forever to level, so while my one-handed is in the 90's, my two-handed is still in the 40's or 50's and I know i have a long way to go with that. Conjuration lets you at least level two skills at once, when you conjure a sword (one-handed) or battle ax (two-handed). I think alteration, restoration, and alchemy are going to take the longest after two-handed.

Gravey wrote:
BlackSabre wrote:
The only reason is I want to get the Legendary dragon.

Heh, you and me both. /weary, sore-thumbed respek knuckles

Don't forget the new boss encounter added with Dragonborn.

Well in that case I'll have to go for the full 81. Or at least get to 78, kill legendary dragon, then keep the character there for later to kill the level 81 ebony warrior.

Well I've hit level 78... now to hunt me a dragon...

Also, Dragonborn is available to pre-order on Steam. $25. Sheesh. Bit steep.

$25 ? is that the Australian steam ? ouch
Im going to hold off getting it until later, if you pre order it maybe it downloads automatically thus causing lots of trouble with mods.

It's £14 here, which is the same as Dawnguard.