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hmmmm.....

Maybe that's what I'll do with my Altmer Mage.... play through as a Vampire....
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Searching for a jaccuzi in Skyrim? So is this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aySfJGpaPVk&feature=relmfu *NSFW*

May your search not be in vain.
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I've sort of touched on this before I think, but, I've now done over 440 hours (some of which probably came about by minimising the game for periods of time instead of quitting) level 53, master difficulty, and have now done all the major questlines I think, and pretty close to the end of the main story which I've only just resumed, (just finished blackreach). In that time I've done a ton of radiant and miscellaneous quests before even getting stuck into the major storylines, plus of course lots of smithing, enchanting, running around finding materials, selling stuff, buying stuff, etc. This stuff takes time to do. Why is it people on another forum I post at are like "omg, I did more than you in 70 hours" or "440 hours, ***?". It's an RPG, aren't these games meant to take many hours? It's my first ever RPG btw so I guess I'm savouring the experience more plus it took a period of time to really learn how it all works. Am I supposed to feel guilty, stupid or incredibly slow for putting so many hours in ? tongue.gif I can't be the only one, are there any others here with similar hours put in to make me feel better?

Its all good Roman smile.gif

None of my toons have gotten past level 20 because I keep changing out my race and abilities. Im all for what your doing and think that the only way to play IMO.

I have massive hours on this game and havent tired of it yet because of the side quests and exploring. Every cave and barrow is an adventure, Im loving it thumb.gif
post #7214 of 12885
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Roman5, I love you man.
You are doing it right, don't sweat the haters. Modern RPGs have gone to an instant gratification format, in my opinion. A format encouraged by Achievement Titles and heady rewards; indeed, a format inspired by the rest of modern life.
Most young people today - and some of us older ones - get sucked into the wham bam feeling had by 20Mb/s connections, screaming CPUs, and omnipotent phones. It is nice to see someone enjoying the fullness of an experience.
I only have a little over a hundred hours on my main toon and haven't finished the main quest line yet. I just recently went through Blackreach, too; a little sooner than you maybe. In my case, I try to take it slow and really let the game engage me. I find myself wandering away from a quest marker to find out what's over the next hill a lot. I generally only get to game for about an hour a night during the week, maybe a few hours on Friday and Saturday nights, so I have to fight the urge to hurry through quests often.
One thing I am doing, in an attempt to make the sand-box feeling last, is limiting my characters roles. My primary character has followed some of the Thief quest line, most of the Assassin quest line, and is deeply immersed in the main line. I thought that with him I would wait to finish the Thief and Assassin lines till after I had completed the main line.
I started a High Elf character to delve strictly into the Mage quest line. I have no idea where this will lead.
I also started an Orc character to try out some thing that will follow the Heavy Armor - Two-handed Weapon model, forgoing stealth and duplicity in favor of direct assault.
I don't play either of them often, though. I figure I will finish out my primary character before engaging them.
So, in sum - Good On Ya Bro! What your doing is reminiscent of what we used to do in the 80's with Pen and Paper marathon D&D sessions. We had one campaign that took almost every weekend, from Friday night till Sunday morning from 1984 to 1987. As dorky as it sounds, it was very rewarding in the end.

Hey thanks grishka! Nicely written and makes me feel better. smile.gif We seem to be from a similar era. I agree with you, the instant gratification phenomenon is very prevalent in almost everything about today's society, and I'm guilty of that too with certain things, but with games, I never like to rush them unless they're absolute rubbish. Though I can't ever recall playing a rubbish game tbh.
Like you, I often pass by or close to a ruin, a fort, a fight going on in the distance, a small town, and get distracted away from my quest. I also love to spend time figuring out where treasures are hidden when I ocassionally come across a treasure map with an X marks the spot on it, even though they mostly don't have much inside them. I stop and read some of the books, mostly skimming them, and will often find myself engaged in dialogue with various people, even if it doesn't really further the game for me. That Blackreach is amazing, immense and jawdropping. When you finally leave it and get back to the green pastures of skyrim, it's quite a relief and almost like two completely different games, the stark contrast of the environments. I went back to Blackreach today though because I'd read about the secret Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
dragon that can be summoned by fus roh dah'ing the orange hanging globe
so decided to take care of that. I've no idea how anyone would have figured that out!

Btw, I purposely left the main quest till I'd finished the other main quests, and I thought defeating Alduin would be a breeze. It's really hard! I've never regretted master difficulty till now. Might have to consider notching it down, but I really don't want to if I can help it. I think I'm also going to reload an earlier save and send lydia home for a bit, it's a PITA continually restoring her health, while trying to avoid burning boulders raining down on me while trying to stay away from Alduin's bad breath.tongue.gif
    
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I've almost completely stopped using Followers. When Lydia died and then the Orc woman died the next day, I felt kind of bad. It was my splash damage that did them in, after all. I didn't know about the resurrect command then, either.

So I picked up a mercenary in a bar, platonic, you know. But he kept getting in the way too. I showed him Breezehome, then told him to hold down the fort. He stayed for a few days, then sent me a message saying he was going back to Morthal, or maybe Markarth, to hang out at The Silver-Blood Inn or something. If I needed his help, I knew where to find him. Guy didn't leave my gear at home, either. I might have to talk to him about that.

I figure, if they aren't around, I can't kill them. None of them are nearly as stealthy as me, ta boot.
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I've almost completely stopped using Followers. When Lydia died and then the Orc woman died the next day, I felt kind of bad. It was my splash damage that did them in, after all. I didn't know about the resurrect command then, either.
So I picked up a mercenary in a bar, platonic, you know. But he kept getting in the way too. I showed him Breezehome, then told him to hold down the fort. He stayed for a few days, then sent me a message saying he was going back to Morthal, or maybe Markarth, to hang out at The Silver-Blood Inn or something. If I needed his help, I knew where to find him. Guy didn't leave my gear at home, either. I might have to talk to him about that.
I figure, if they aren't around, I can't kill them. None of them are nearly as stealthy as me, ta boot.

If i am going stealth, i tell lydia, my horse and my dog to stay put!
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Edit: lol, That image just works so well. Perfect positioning of the NPC's haha.
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I've almost completely stopped using Followers. When Lydia died and then the Orc woman died the next day, I felt kind of bad. It was my splash damage that did them in, after all. I didn't know about the resurrect command then, either.
So I picked up a mercenary in a bar, platonic, you know. But he kept getting in the way too. I showed him Breezehome, then told him to hold down the fort. He stayed for a few days, then sent me a message saying he was going back to Morthal, or maybe Markarth, to hang out at The Silver-Blood Inn or something. If I needed his help, I knew where to find him. Guy didn't leave my gear at home, either. I might have to talk to him about that.
I figure, if they aren't around, I can't kill them. None of them are nearly as stealthy as me, ta boot.

I sent Lydia home during the final Stormcloak assault and then retrieved her after. Was a lot easier without her. Just sent her packing for Alduin's Bane and again, a lot easier. I've succeeded with defeating him, don't know what happened there but I was expecting it to continue to be hard, then all of a sudden I'm now onto the next bit, The Fallen.

But with all other dragons and enemies, I find her invaluable, if nothing else, then certainly for her carrying ability.
    
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I play as a warrior but a master of all trades. I wear heavy armor, I sneak, and I wield a shield and a sword -- got a bow, too, just for dragons, otherwise it takes too long to get them on the ground. I'm being conservative in what I put all my perks into, but I'm going to get the necessary perks in enchanting, alchemy, and smithing, to make super gear.
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Isoku just released Realistic Water Textures (and Terrain) v2.0 a few hours ago. There are currently a few bugs such as a floating waterfall above Whiterun in the current release, so keep your eyes open for the patch as well. He's done amazing work on the waterfalls this release and most of the water sources now flow in correct directions! Now if only we could get that 'Flow-based Water Shader', we could have some realistic water here thumb.gif My recommendation is to get the High version, Ultra is just overkill at this point.

Link to mod for those who don't have it

off-topic: where is Mirror's Edge 2....
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Its all good Roman smile.gif
None of my toons have gotten past level 20 because I keep changing out my race and abilities. Im all for what your doing and think that the only way to play IMO.
I have massive hours on this game and havent tired of it yet because of the side quests and exploring. Every cave and barrow is an adventure, Im loving it thumb.gif

Sorry Sethy, completely didn't see your post earlier! I totally agree, every new place found is indeed an adventure and I can't see myself tiring of it anytime soon. Was on my way to a quest just now, and as I was walking, got the message 'you have discovered blind cliff cave', so decided to check it out, and lydia was still at home. I've not done any quests without a follower, but I have my spectral assassin to conjure up to help me out. Seems I did the quest called 'The Affairs of Hagravens' in blind cliff before I was given the quest. Helping out one of those transvestite hargraven, who'd have thought? That's what's great about the game, it doesn't just repeat the same things, there's always something completely different. Or something new, like hidden switches or buttons in puzzles where you've not seen that type before in the game. So the devs clearly made a huge effort to keep things as fresh as possible .Such as the pelagius quest, which reminded me a bit of a mad hatters tea party environment. Nothing like anything else in the game, completely a unique quest I wonder if every single fort and cave has an official quest attached to it, or whether some are purely for discovering and exploring with no main goal smile.gif
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