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#352 Nov 16 2011 at 3:29 PM Rating: Good
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There's a difficulty setting? Smiley: dubious
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#353 Nov 16 2011 at 3:35 PM Rating: Good
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There's a difficulty setting? Smiley: dubious


5 options, you start at 3. I'm pretty sure it asks what difficulty you want when you first start...

In any case, it's in the gameplay section of the options menu.
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#354 Nov 16 2011 at 3:41 PM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
It's not just wandering that will get you into those oh-sh*t moments. A lot of quests from Whiterun will send you to some really difficult places, and that's super early. ****, good luck clearing the saber cat caves for the companion quest if you are a magic user. Those teeth HURT--they ripped through my Oakflesh spell and all 3 early destruction spells barely scratched them.


The sabercat caves does require a "come back later" flag. =X But once you are set up, The 2nd tier spells + Impact + dual-cast bonus from dual casting can pretty much take anything down.
#355 Nov 16 2011 at 3:49 PM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
It's not just wandering that will get you into those oh-sh*t moments. A lot of quests from Whiterun will send you to some really difficult places, and that's super early. ****, good luck clearing the saber cat caves for the companion quest if you are a magic user. Those teeth HURT--they ripped through my Oakflesh spell and all 3 early destruction spells barely scratched them.


The sabercat caves does require a "come back later" flag. =X But once you are set up, The 2nd tier spells + Impact + dual-cast bonus from dual casting can pretty much take anything down.


I just need Impact. :P

Also, is anyone else a little disappointed with Conjuration? All my summons cost a crapton of magicka and tend to die way too fast. They might have been useful if I didn't want them to tank, I suppose.
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#356 Nov 16 2011 at 4:17 PM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:

I just need Impact. :P

Also, is anyone else a little disappointed with Conjuration? All my summons cost a crapton of magicka and tend to die way too fast. They might have been useful if I didn't want them to tank, I suppose.


I think the only Destruction Trainer available is only at Winterhold...could be wrong! :D

As for Conjuration...Conjuration in this game feels designed around a melee character more than a standard ranged character to me. So if you're primarily ranged, you won't get a lot of mileage out of it.


#357 Nov 16 2011 at 4:48 PM Rating: Good
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I've been abusing the crap out of Conjuration and loving it. The skill is at about 55 at the moment for me.

Flame Atronach is an excellent addition to your fire spells, she stands back generally and lobs fireballs at the bad guys, and looks badass while doing it. If they're close up she'll melee them. Both her attacks will set the enemy on fire, giving your fire spells bonus damage. In addition, if she dies, then her corpse will explode.

Also, I love raising the dead with the necromancy spells, which fall under Conjuration. This time around, you have to cast them on bodies instead of pulling a skeleton or zombie out of your ***. It's just a lot of fun for me to kill a bandit and raise him to help me clean up the others. If you need to, get the half magicka cost perk and it really helps out.

I'm sure a Frost Atronach would be an awesome tank, but I haven't been able to track down a spell for it or a Storm Atronach. Or Transmute. I feel like there's a lot of spells I'm missing.

Little tip, though. Do not summon stuff against a Dragon Priest. They will turn it against you like an *******.

Edited, Nov 16th 2011 5:49pm by IDrownFish
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#358 Nov 16 2011 at 4:50 PM Rating: Good
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IDrownFish wrote:
I've been abusing the crap out of Conjuration and loving it. The skill is at about 55 at the moment for me.

Flame Atronach is an excellent addition to your fire spells, she stands back generally and lobs fireballs at the bad guys, and looks badass while doing it. If they're close up she'll melee them. Both her attacks will set the enemy on fire, giving your fire spells bonus damage. In addition, if she dies, then her corpse will explode.

Also, I love raising the dead with the necromancy spells, which fall under Conjuration. This time around, you have to cast them on bodies instead of pulling a skeleton or zombie out of your ***. It's just a lot of fun for me to kill a bandit and raise him to help me clean up the others. If you need to, get the half magicka cost perk and it really helps out.

I'm sure a Frost Atronach would be an awesome tank, but I haven't been able to track down a spell for it or a Storm Atronach. Or Transmute. I feel like there's a lot of spells I'm missing.

Little tip, though. Do not summon stuff against a Dragon Priest. They will turn it against you like an @#%^.

Edited, Nov 16th 2011 5:49pm by IDrownFish


I found Transmute in that dungeon just outside Whiterun. Halted Stream camp or something like that.

I know I bought Storm Atronach--maybe from the Jarl of Whiterun's wizard?
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#359 Nov 16 2011 at 4:51 PM Rating: Good
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His voice annoyed me, so I didn't talk to him any more than I had to. I'll have to check his wares out again.
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#360 Nov 16 2011 at 4:52 PM Rating: Good
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That reminds me of the other problem about the pets...they usually just get in the way. :D
#361 Nov 16 2011 at 5:00 PM Rating: Good
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IDrownFish wrote:
His voice annoyed me, so I didn't talk to him any more than I had to. I'll have to check his wares out again.


Nope. Nothing of use I didn't already have. Smiley: frown

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That reminds me of the other problem about the pets...they usually just get in the way. :D


That's the beauty of zombies. They're going to die again soon anyways, so feel free to blow them up!
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#362 Nov 16 2011 at 5:12 PM Rating: Good
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IDrownFish wrote:

That's the beauty of zombies. They're going to die again soon anyways, so feel free to blow them up!


I usually use single target spells. :( So getting in the way == waste of a shot.
#363 Nov 16 2011 at 5:13 PM Rating: Decent
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One of my friends have already started with the ragging.

First day, his message:
********** Skyrim"

Second day:
********** Sky ***"

Tomorrow he'll probably say:
********** Sky Rimjob"

Any time he comes online and I'm playing Skyrim. And I stay online so I can tell when they come on to play some MW3 with them.
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#364 Nov 16 2011 at 5:42 PM Rating: Good
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One of my friends have already started with the ragging.

First day, his message:
"@#%^ Skyrim"

Second day:
"@#%^ Sky ***"

Tomorrow he'll probably say:
"@#%^ Sky Rimjob"

Any time he comes online and I'm playing Skyrim. And I stay online so I can tell when they come on to play some MW3 with them.


Then again, Skyrim has...what, over triple the number simultaneous users as MW3? :D
#365 Nov 16 2011 at 6:20 PM Rating: Good
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One of my friends have already started with the ragging.

First day, his message:
"@#%^ Skyrim"

Second day:
"@#%^ Sky ***"

Tomorrow he'll probably say:
"@#%^ Sky Rimjob"

Any time he comes online and I'm playing Skyrim. And I stay online so I can tell when they come on to play some MW3 with them.


Call it "Modern Whorefare", or something equally witty.
#366 Nov 16 2011 at 8:38 PM Rating: Good
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#367 Nov 16 2011 at 10:34 PM Rating: Good
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What's the difference between generic dragons and the named ones?
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What's the difference between generic dragons and the named ones?

Named ones are quest-based, generic are Radiant Quest AI-induced (ie: random)?
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#369 Nov 16 2011 at 10:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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Named dragons are associated with a quest or have information concerning them in the game. Generic ones are cannon fodder dragons. That is based on my knowledge of video game structure and has zero knowledge of the game. Smiley: tongue

Edit: Dang it Locke!

Edited, Nov 16th 2011 11:51pm by Criminy
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I see. I ask because I've killed a bunch of named dragons... but never got a quest related to any of them (other than your very first dragon). Could just be that I'm clearing stuff without the quests then- happens a lot in these games.
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#371 Nov 17 2011 at 1:08 AM Rating: Decent
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IDrownFish wrote:
I've been abusing the crap out of Conjuration and loving it. The skill is at about 55 at the moment for me.



I use the Flame Astronach to tank dragons for me so I can walk up behind them and get all stabby. I'd like to be able to use the others, but so far I haven't found the spells. Speaking of dragons, Dual Casting Thunder bolt rapes them. It's decent damage, and with Impact it stuns them fairly consistently. Not to mention that unlike Ice and Fire spells, it doesn't suffer from a travel time, so you don't have to lead them in the air.

Now that I've capped Smithing, I need to go find some dragons to farm scales for my armor. Before I realized how useful Smithing was, I sold the silly things off to save weight and buy a house. I'm regretting that now.

Edited, Nov 17th 2011 2:10am by Turin
#372 Nov 17 2011 at 1:27 AM Rating: Good
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60 bones/scales later, you won't even notice.

Also, Enchanting + Smithing + Alchemy is definitely not overpowered... really... not. at. all.


Someone mentioned it, but wanted to confirm- you can use potions/enchantments to see 100+ smithing skill for bigger bonuses. Also, if you craft something at Legendary then boost your skill, you can upgrade it again, even though it's already Legendary tier, so you won't need to worry about having to make a whole new item.

Edited, Nov 17th 2011 1:38am by xypin
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TirithRR wrote:
One of my friends have already started with the ragging.

First day, his message:
"@#%^ Skyrim"

Second day:
"@#%^ Sky ***"

Tomorrow he'll probably say:
"@#%^ Sky Rimjob"

Any time he comes online and I'm playing Skyrim. And I stay online so I can tell when they come on to play some MW3 with them.


Call it "Modern Whorefare", or something equally witty.
Generic Shooter #482.

I'd say to comment on the fact that its campaign only takes about 4.5 hours, but somehow I think that would be missing the point of the game.
#374 Nov 17 2011 at 1:57 AM Rating: Good
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Wait, it has a story?
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#375 Nov 17 2011 at 3:09 AM Rating: Excellent
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I just finished the thieves guild quests...

Am I the only one who thought Nocturnal was hot with her boobies hanging out like that?
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So I boot up this morning and leave that first inn, and Sven is lying dead at the door with two little kids standing around next to him.
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