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For the darkness has passed, and the legend yet grows

12th February 2013 (13:01)
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This isn't the sort of thing I normally post... but given that I've been playing the PC game Skyrim on and off for 14 months since Christmas 2011, I thought it was worth a small celebration to mark the fact that I finally finished the game! \o/

So here's Katrine Dragonborn, the Dovahkiin, Hero of Skyrim, Legate of the Empire, Archmage of the College of Winterhold, Harbinger of the Companions, Guildmaster of the Thieves' Guild, Thane of the Nine Holds, wife of Brelyna and mother of Sophie, and Slayer of the World Eater:



Anyone else played this (or similar games)? Got any stories to tell?

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Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 13:53 (UTC)

Slayer of the World Eater

Does this mean she slew someone who eats worlds, or that she ate someone who slays worlds?

Congrats! I keep hearing good things about Skyrim, but my old laptop doesn't take kindly to graphics-heavy games. (Which is probably for the best or I wouldn't get anything done.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 14:29 (UTC)

Does this mean she slew someone who eats worlds, or that she ate someone who slays worlds?

Bit of both, actually...

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She slew Alduin the World Eater, a god of entropy in dragon form whose goal was to destroy the world. However, the special power of the Dragonborn (which is the character you play in Skyrim) is that s/he can eat the souls of the dragons s/he kills, thus gaining their power.

Skyrim is definitely fun (he says, having spent 14 months playing it) but I'd say it's expansive rather than intensive: there are 101 different things to do, but they're not really filled out with the same level of detail or in-depth characterisation as, say, Bioware's games (which I'm also a fan of).

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 20:34 (UTC)

I really want to play Skyrim, but my current computer is having problems and I need to replace it. I suspect it would burst into flames if I tried to play a game like this on it right now.

When I do I'm going to base my character on Rhapsody, my ranger who kicked ass in Baldur's Gate many years ago. Hope I can make an avatar that looks like her.

(And that reminds me, I need to download the new re-release of Baldur's Gate.)

Posted by: ladydorotea (ladydorotea)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:06 (UTC)

re-release ? Blink. When did that happen ?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:19 (UTC)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldur%27s_Gate:_Enhanced_Edition

I don't know much about it beyond what's written there, though.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:32 (UTC)

http://www.baldursgate.com/

Apparently the PC and Mac versions are faithful ports of the original game... the Android and iOS versions not so much.

Now if only someone would do updates of Myst and Riven that work trouble-free in current versions of Windows.

Posted by: ladydorotea (ladydorotea)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:37 (UTC)

Well, it seems they are going to remake BGII and ToB as well... Not sure if I like the idea. Do you know if they keep the original voice cast? Irenicus' voice is irreplaceable, IMHO.

I am the author of the Longer Road mod for ToB, btw, if you ever played with mods installed.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 22:15 (UTC)

AFAIK the NPC voices are all the same. I know they've added some new voice sets for PC's.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:12 (UTC)

While I don't "re-make" characters as a rule, I do tend to name every female character I play some variant of Catherine (Katrine, Catriona, etc). it's a tradition,. Male characters are generally Stephens.

Posted by: ladydorotea (ladydorotea)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:05 (UTC)

Dragon Age 1 and 2 on and off. Witcher 1 and 2 as well, and Bethesda's Elder scrolls; before that there was an age of Baldur's Gate and Planescape Torment. Could never get into multiplayers tho. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:14 (UTC)

I've never got into MMOs either; I play for the story more than anything else, which is the big benefit of single player.

I've played all the games you list except for Witcher 2 (I wasn't that fond of the first one) but Torment is still the best. :)

Posted by: ladydorotea (ladydorotea)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:25 (UTC)

I actually 'modded' Baldur's Gate, and I still get emails from folks who download and play my modules. Never got to do anything with Torment - but I used to know a lot of folks who modded it (there is an enhanced full screen version of PT with Unfinished Business mod that restores some of the lost /unfinished quests.)

In any case - yeah, these RPG's were the best. The better the graphics became - the less interesting were the plots/dialogs of the new games...

Posted by: M (spankulert)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 21:43 (UTC)
Mad Men Peggy it's all in my notes

Awwww you got to be a lady on the PC? Xbox stuck me with a dude :/

I played through Mass Effect last year. Less fantasy, more SPACE. And technology and an awesome story. Also I got to play a lady; she has swagger and is basically Space Jesus.

I'll probably give Dragon Age two a go at some point. The first one didn't quite connect with me despite an interesting story and great side characters, due to my character not having a voice *shrug* But then I also have the Batman game to get through, if only I could get over being crap at basically everything stealthy ever.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th February 2013 22:11 (UTC)

Xbox stuck me with a dude

Really? That sounds like something out of the Dark Ages of computing (by which I mean five years ago *g*). I think Deus Ex 3 was the last game I played where you couldn't pick your gender, but that's partly because you're playing a specific character, rather than it being a sandbox.

I loved Mass Effect; less keen on Dragon Age (and never even finished DA2). I love stealth games (check what my character's wearing in that screenshot for proof) but they do take a lot of patience.

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