23 January 2012

so the hardcore guys are gonna say I suck...




and maybe I do and maybe I finally found part of what I got burned out on by the other games.


I can manage to be really good at understanding the fights and understanding my own strengths and weaknesses. So much so that I can manage to clear things on medium difficulty in almost no armor that other players complain in the forums about on lesser difficulty in complete "elite" armor sets with amazing enchants etc... and when I bump the difficulty up and start dying a lot I hate the game and walk away and don't come back for a couple days.


Skyrim allows the player to choose between 5 difficulty levels. On the first level I found the game to be too easy even for my first character. On the second level I found it was just challenging enough as a learner that I didn't die much and still had some challenging content at the end of the dungeon/bandit den etc... and on the third level I've found that there are regular run-in's that are actually threatening to my character and that the last fight in the dungeon is a real challenge.


now I know I should up the gear and up the preparedness and continue climbing the difficulty ladder if I ever wanna be able to hold my own in the forums against the asshats and demi-god seeking hardcore players.


and I'm not going to. right now I'm having fun, the challenge is what I enjoy and I still haven't seen even 50% of what the game has to offer. if I get bored I might kick it up a notch, and I might try different combinations of professions and skills. what I'm not going to do is move the difficulty to a place where I spend three hours beating my head against the same challenge praying for luck.


I did that in WoW as a raider/raid leader and I've done it in Rift and I've proven I have the stamina and determination to get where I'm going.


This time I want to prove to myself that those hardcore guys are asshats and I don't have to please them to have fun. If they need to know that they have the best of the best of stuffs in a single player game for the bragging rights, then let them. I'd like to see those guys beat some of the content I've beat, even at my difficulty level in the gear and with the au natural enchants etc. that my characters regularly do.


The best thing about Skyrim is that it's an individual experience and I'm not going to ruin it with aspirations of being like those guys.


Because I really really don't like or respect those guys.


Above is my newest character. Well, yeah, newest. Erijn is not a nice gal. She does what she chooses and mostly that's murder and steal her way across Skyrim. She'd be doing it across all of Tamriel if Bethesda released us content that married in some of Morrowind and Oblivion, and since Skyrim is all she's got, that's where she's at. I did it to see if I can learn anything for my Delia character before she finishes the game as my primary thief. I also did it to see if I can ever manage to actually backstab a mob without them turning around at the last second and catching me.


Erijn is sneaky with all the right perks to kill everything with a bow and daggers, she's a member of both the Dark Brotherhood and of the Thieves' Guild and I'm trying to balance the quests to bring her along so that she finishes DB just ahead of Nightengale content. She has never been on the "first dungeon" quest, nor has she ever spoken to the Jarl of Whiterun. She has nothing to do with being a Dragonborn and I like it that way. The game is wholly different without dragons. It's like the designers knew we'd try it and so they've loaded all manner of OMGWTF there's 3 trolls here and if I back up I'm in a Thalmor procession? heh... yeah, they didn't let us take it easy, just gave us something else to kill. Personally I find I prefer killing dragons to trolls. Those suckers can one shot you and Dragons mostly can't unless you have to melee fight.


I remade Ysil and she's waiting for a destiny. She used to be my "test" mage. The mage to prove that pure mages don't needs no weapons or hardcore gears. I didn't like her as a weapon to prove the asshats on the forums are complaining shits with no ability. Maybe she'll end up being my dead is dead character. I don't know. Ysil is there and waiting when I decide.


I still have Jules who needs to clear every dungeon and find every dragonwall in the game.


I still have Delia who is rebuilding the thieves guild before she heads off to start filling her map with every explorable location in the game.


I still have Ioan who has to beat the game, work on being a plate wearing mage and teach me better how to employ my cloaks and remember to use my wards in one hand and spells or weapons in the other.


And I have a 2h weapon wielding light armor warrior who has never used magic, Kierjan and a sneaky little mage who likes to lift things and pretends she is just a Nord with no special abilities, Ilijan.


So I have plenty to do.


And I have All My Jules', a new blog where I'll be posting experiences from WoW and Rift as I level a brand new Julienne in each... to see if I can fall in love with them again as single player games or if it's just time to end the subscriptions, send the sad and true letters in email and move on. I know I'll be missed. But only from activity lists because I haven't been there in so long no one knows my name. I find that actually to be a good thing.


Sad and true.


Peace and if not peaceful then kill 'em all and let their gods sort them out... what do you think this is? The real world?

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