The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Catch-All

As a part of the dirty console underclass this kind of stuff does make me smile.

The link upthread collates everything into one quick set of instructions. It's basically changing one setting, and adding two, for a much improved frame rate and better feel. It took me under five minutes. I'm willing to spend five minutes to use a box that's ten times as powerful as my consoles.

BNice wrote:

Anyone found a good place to store stuff early in the game?

If you joined the Companions (fighter) Guild, near where you sleep there's a dresser in the middle of the room. That seems to work fine for me.

As far as the controls go, the whole interface makes perfect sense with a 360 controller. I'm fine with not using my keyboard and mouse, but I do hope some modders tweak that for people who don't have a controller to use.

Last random 1AM note for the night: Flame Atronacht looks so cool, I think I'll be summing more than usual in Skyrim.

hoosierjoe wrote:

In Whiterun, I spoke with Andrus' in the House of the Dead (I think), who had me go into the catacombs and retrieve an amulet. I've cleared the catacombs, but there is no amulet... what gives?

It's in there, but hard to spot. It's sitting next to a wreath Down there somewhere. I had a little trouble finding it, too.

If you haven't already, you need to head up to the northern edge of the map at night. The aurora looks pretty amazing.
IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/0O3JI.jpg)

Also, I was fighting a dragon and my horse ran up and got the killing blow. Even my horse is a badass dragon-slayer!

I exited a cave and a mammoth fell from the sky a few hundred yards away. On its dead body was an amethyst. I am keeping that amethyst as a sign from Sovengarde that I am Dragonborn, prophesied by mammoths raining from the heavens.

I hate you all.

But carry on with these stories. They're terrific.

I think I broke a quest. The final objective was to "talk to or kill" a certain npc, so I killed him (technically, I talked to him AND killed him, since I hit him with a couple dragon shouts. Not my fault he doesn't know the Dragon word for fire). I went back to turn in the quest, but the objective never got marked as complete. He definitely died (I looted his corpse), but I guess I never got credit for it.

So, this just happened. I set out on a quest with my companion guild buddy. I spot an elk so of course I go after it. Turns out when you shoot an elk, companion guy goes apesh*t and runs after the elk. Turns out that the elk was running right at a giant so my buddy aggros the giant. At that very moment, a f*cking dragon shows up (this was only the second dragon I encountered). The dragon lands by the giant and the giant starts wailing on the dragon. The dragon takes off so I start looking in the air to see where it's going to land. While that's happening, the giant apparently made a bee line straight to me because I turned around just in time to see him hit me with his huge club thing. He hit me so hard that I ragdoll-ed into f*cking space.

I love this game.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

He hit me so hard that I ragdoll-ed into f*cking space.

Is this hyperbole or did you actually break atmosphere? I ask because I could honestly believe it.

Speedhuntr wrote:
iaintgotnopants wrote:

He hit me so hard that I ragdoll-ed into f*cking space.

Is this hyperbole or did you actually break atmosphere? I ask because I could honestly believe it.

It should be hyperbole but really it's the best description of what happened. I got hit and the body went flying with a clear upward trajectory until the background was completely black.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
Speedhuntr wrote:
iaintgotnopants wrote:

He hit me so hard that I ragdoll-ed into f*cking space.

Is this hyperbole or did you actually break atmosphere? I ask because I could honestly believe it.

It should be hyperbole but really it's the best description of what happened. I got hit and the body went flying with a clear upward trajectory until the background was completely black.

Same thing happened to me, I think it might be bug - seems like some of the giants possess the ability to one shot absolutely everybody with a smash catapulting you into the atmosphere. You literaly shoot up straight with high velocity.

Important question: what difficulty setting you guys are playing on?

For those of you with a choice between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions: get the Xbox version.

I pre-ordered the PS3 version from Amazon. It arrived. I tried to play it. Executive summary: the PS3 version of the game is made entirely of poop. Hangs, hitches, and a framerate that I'd estimate as approaching 20 to 25 FPS. I gave up, RMA'd it, and picked up the Xbox version from Target, which is performing much, much, much better.

Well I just played for four hours and I can't say I did much beyond what I hadn't already seen in so many preview videos. No dragon fights, just Riverwood, Bleak Falls, and a whoooole lot of crafting. But it sure is fun. And pretty. Not sure I can add anything substantial to what's already been said. It's Elder Scrolls, playing and looking better than ever.

Slupczynski wrote:

Important question: what difficulty setting you guys are playing on?

Adept (?) or whatever the default middle one is. And I thought I was doing alright until these hired thugs sent by a witch I killed showed up and sent me to the game over screen twice. I think that just means I need a bigger axe.

Edit: Or, as per the Skyrim addendum #1 on RPS, I should take advantage of dual-wielding to keep the damage up when not in melee range.

Sinkwater wrote:

I ran into a weird exploit. You can pickpocket the money you give to trainers to build your skills, and there doesn't seem to be a cap to how many times you can train. I just went up 10 levels by training archery and pickpocketing the same guy over and over again.

You don't even have to pickpocket them. If you have them "assisting" you, you can ask to "hold their money" for them. Then you can use same money to buy skills training from them immediately. Kind of funny actually.

MisterStatic wrote:
Sinkwater wrote:

I ran into a weird exploit. You can pickpocket the money you give to trainers to build your skills, and there doesn't seem to be a cap to how many times you can train. I just went up 10 levels by training archery and pickpocketing the same guy over and over again.

You don't even have to pickpocket them. If you have them "assisting" you, you can ask to "hold their money" for them. Then you can use same money to buy skills training from them immediately. Kind of funny actually.

Funny, I was just about to post the same thing. Very conveniently for thief types, in the first village you encounter (Riverwood) there is an elf who trains archery who can become a follower if you help him in a quest.

conejote wrote:

Edit: Vega, how did you get such a large image uploaded on photobucket? My original image is 1920x1080, but this is as large as I can get it to work.

I just converted it to JPG before uploading. The only limit I know of is they cap the max size at 5MB per image. The raw BMPs are 6.5MB so unless you were trying to upload that it shouldn't have prevented you.

Re: bugs and glitches, this bit from the Edge magazine review struck home:

There's long existed a covenant between Bethesda and those who play its games, handed down from one hardware generation to the next. The developer fashions worlds of unrivalled scope, rich in lore and history, filled with stories to unravel and secrets to find. Then, it offers players the freedom to explore these worlds at their own pace – dawdling for hours in a particularly lush patch of forest in order to hunt game, or rushing to defeat the dark forces threatening the land. In return, our side of the bargain is simple – we do all we can to ignore the rough edges that come, apparently, as the cost of such ambition.

http://www.next-gen.biz/reviews/elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-review

Puce Moose wrote:

I find that I am much more likely to be awed by having to crawl toward a baby book/rattle as an infant at the start of a game (Fallout 3)/go to a birthday party than to race through a burning building to survive an explosion. I guess it's a weird sort of reverse-fatigue.

Yeah, I'd have to agree that the intro tried too hard to be dramatic. And it was a bit long. I expect there will be an alternate start mod of some sort out there by the time I want to start over with a different character.

DSGamer wrote:

But as soon as I started lock picking it felt still familiar. This isn't a bad thing. Just interesting.

It's interesting to see which bits of Fallout got imported back into the Elder Scrolls. I like the FO3-style lickpicking minigame a lot more than Oblivion's version (which I could never get the hang of), and my first impressions of the crafting are positive, too.

And mentioning the crafting reminds me that it'll take me a while to get used to equipment condition not mattering. I keep going back to my inventory screen after a fight and taking a moment to remember that not having any repair hammers isn't a problem.

zeroKFE wrote:

Very conveniently for thief types, in the first village you encounter (Riverwood) there is an elf who trains archery who can become a follower if you help him in a quest.

Hm. That's probably the elf I found dead on my first visit to Riverwood. I thought maybe there was a quest to find his killer or something. I wonder what did happen to him?

Oh, so that lock picking mechanism was new in Fallout 3?

So it is Fallout 3 with swords.

I really like the game so far. However I think I'm going to wrap up Deus Ex first. I can tell it will be a long haul.

Gravey wrote:

Adept (?) or whatever the default middle one is. And I thought I was doing alright until these hired thugs sent by a witch I killed showed up and sent me to the game over screen twice. I think that just means I need a bigger axe.

I was playing at default difficulty, but as someone said previously, dragon fights seem not challenging enough. From the other hand you have Giants or Mamooths who are quite challenging - I'm an archer/thief/alchemist, so got to do a fair amount of kiting so it doesn't one shot me.
So I switched to master difficulty on my 4th dragon fight, and boy, what a diffirence. I get killed by taking one dragon breath straight in the face. First few tries I hardly got him down to 60%. Using shouts is a must, using everything to your character disposal (i.e I've got to poison arrows, good positioning, various potions).
It's much more fun. Highly recommended.

Someone asked how is Night Eye - Khajit's racial. It is very good indeed. I like using it, as opposed to Oblivion's and Morrowind's equivalent. It's not noctovision anymore, but I have trouble describing how it looks. If you use it at night, it looks like it's bright full moon all of the sudden.
And it has a nice blur around the edges. Night Eye is well done this time.

Montalban wrote:

I exited a cave and a mammoth fell from the sky a few hundred yards away. On its dead body was an amethyst. I am keeping that amethyst as a sign from Sovengarde that I am Dragonborn, prophesied by mammoths raining from the heavens.

If you had read the prophecies of Daila you would know that to the one who a trumpeted tonnage falls to ground and springs forth a red stone is destined to give all their worldy possessions and then serve without question; me.

DSGamer wrote:
TheWanderer wrote:

Here's a nice little page of tricks I found. Includes details on changing the field of view.

Someone tell me what Vsync and smooth mouse mean? Starting to think I should have gotten this for the console.

As a part of the dirty console underclass this kind of stuff does make me smile. I don't enjoy your pain, but these are exactly the reasons I'm willing to put up with gimped versions of Battlefield 3 or a less than gorgeous experience in Skyrim.

A goldfish in a bowl is very content too

I also had an interesting adventure. While travelling (skulking?) through the woods, I ran into a dragon, which I chased up and down mountains to kill. It seems he wasn't that interested in me because he avoided me so that he could flame random animals in the forests. He then flew down to the valley, landed, and proceeded to torch a mammoth. The giant with the mammoth didn't seem to like this. He walked up to the dragon (who unfortunately had landed), clubbed the dragon once in the head, and the dragon died. I sauntered (skulked?) down to the dragon and claimed my soul!

On a side note, anyone want to tell me where you got that handy fire shout?

Vega wrote:

So, anyone want to show off their characters?

Don't need to ask me twice.

IMAGE(http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/649870992091112435/F93B6A2DAFD2D0FE925AEAD24D4135E7B28779C8/)

Also: I'm guessing many folks aren't aware of the Steam screenshot feature. I don't remember the default (mine is [F12], but I think I rebound it), but you can use that to take and post screenshots of pretty much any game that supports the Steam overlay.

Vastly underrated feature.

Is there any way to block if you are dual wielding weapons?

Guess I have to read the manual. I am used to switching weapons with the number keys....

Hello everyone,

I just picked up Skyrim and I am new to that type of game. Basically it's my real first time at an open world RPG. So any advice on what type of character type i should be playing? Is there a type that is more suitable for beginner? Or any hint on where to start? Just started last night and i'm already lost!!

I played around an hour last night and really enjoy it, even though i am having a hard time with the combat and blocking system. Really like it so far and love to read what you all have to say and story. I hope I will get that good soon!!

Thanks

Go with Nordern or Orc. They are strong from the beginning Then again, being Dark Elf I kinda killed anything that came in my way already.

Side_Rider wrote:

Hello everyone,

I just picked up Skyrim and I am new to that type of game. Basically it's my real first time at an open world RPG. So any advice on what type of character type i should be playing? Is there a type that is more suitable for beginner? Or any hint on where to start? Just started last night and i'm already lost!!

I played around an hour last night and really enjoy it, even though i am having a hard time with the combat and blocking system. Really like it so far and love to read what you all have to say and story. I hope I will get that good soon!!

Thanks

Well, I was gonna suggest sword/axe/mace and shield as that's probably the easiest overall as you can crown behind your shield. There's really not much we can say to help you with the combat and blocking because, frankly, it's one of the game's weak points. Combat doesn't really have a lot of feedback.

Since you can switch difficulty on the fly my suggestion is to play on easy/casual/whatever they're calling it until you get the hang of things.

Oh, and walking backwards for better positioning is a good strategy in an Elder Scrolls game, especially when you have 3 or 5 people hitting you at once. This isn't quite an action RPG where you can run in guns blazing and come out the other side, you do have to be a bit more careful (especially with archers raining hellfire down on you). So, don't be afraid to walk backwards while facing an enemy. They'll probably miss you with their swing and the enemies will separate so you can take them on one at a time.

On Dec. 11, exactly 30 days after release I plan to buy Skyrim. The same 30-day rule will apply to Battlefield. Until then I plan to live vicariously through all of you. From the inside - dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.