I'm resurrecting this thread, but instead of my own original post I'll just quote the Master:
God ****! This game is an evil demon, and it's taken possession of my heart and soul.
Haven't touched or thought about the game for a million hours (okay, more like minutes), but then the other night, as I was ready to go to bed, I suddenly had an urge to play Skyrim again. What the ****, man?! Time to sink another week of lifetime into this thing.
Once again, I started my upteenth character (500+ hours according to Steam) with the thought that I'd do something different. I'm now in the early 30s and . . . sneaky thievy sniper again.
So last night I found myself suddenly slamming the palm of my hand on my desk and saying, "NO! This time was going to be different!" and I started another
character - a mage. But(!), she's a High Elf so I don't have all the sneak/steal/snipe bonuses. Genius, right?!?
O.K., so now I have a level 9 mage that sneaks everywhere and snipes people, but when they don't die (because archery is so low) I polish them off with fire and lightning. This isn't working out like I had imagined. On the plus side, the mage college quest line is
new and different for me.
Anyone else still playing this game, and if so do you do anything special to make it interesting? Like, go archer but never use anything higher level than a hunting bow? Or, follow Cicero around and kill anyone you see speak with him? Or, drag the corpse of everyone you kill back to Whiterun and pile the bodies up in front of Jarl Badass?
That's the trouble with mages they become stealthy-mages too easy. You have a mana pool high enough you can just skip over the illusion perks, and you may not have the bonuses for sneak attacks, but creeping up and filling a room with giant fireballs seems pretty effective. At least, that's what I did with this character
up until the mid thirties when I got bored and needed something different, yet again...
Anyway for me? I modded the living #$%* out of the game, and it's renewed my interest. Scenery looks better, characters looks better, there's new quests and new companions, etc. It probably helps I've never actually finished the game, so there's still plenty for me to explore even without expansions and new content. This character is still alive still,
and I'm doing the civil war from the imperial side for the first time. Sword + board in heavy armor with some weaker magic for pulling; or slaughtering goats as the case was in the pic (must get leather from everywhere!
). I'm also seriously raising smithing for the first time; is fun with new armor models to see. I'm also half-heartedly playing another on the side, something where I'm going to try and take the minimum amount of perks needed to kill stuff and invest the rest in stuff like crafting and speech and other non-lethal skills. No decent pics of that one yet, just started doing the bard quests.
I'm actually hopeful I'll beat the game here soon. I'm slowly running out of character combinations I haven't tried yet, and I've more or less given up on the whole "melee-range-robe-wearing" character, as that doesn't seem to go well for me once I get up in levels and meet someone with a giant warhammer. Blocking is nice, but it isn't that nice.
Good times in a game with a lot of potential tangents, hidden amongst a few quests I do way too much. Which reminds me, I need to finish the Agent of Mara thing yet again for my newbie bard.