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My Skyrim Journey: Part 1



This is the first entry in a series in which I will be journaling my adventures through Tamriel.

**Spoiler Alert**
All kinds of plot things are likely to be spoiled.
If you haven’t played the game yet, you might want to come back later.

Cockatiel alduin Skyrim dragon

Here’s my cockatiel, Weaver, pretending to be a big, bad dragon!

I am a fan of the Elder Scrolls Series and of Bethesda games and I started playing this game when I received the Collector’s Edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as a surprise Christmas gift from my wonderful husband in 2011.  I played about 35 hours with my Alduin statue perched overlooking my gaming area but then lots of RL things happened and I invariably got distracted with other games.  At some point I decided to go back and get 100% of the achievements on The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion which took some time but was satisfying to complete.  Skyrim strikes me as a “Winter” game and so I decided I’d wait until this winter to delve back into Tamriel.  I waited for a great deal on the Legendary Edition which includes all the DLC.  I got it this summer for about $20 which is an awesome price as it still hovers in the $40-$60 range.

So, it’s finally winter, and I’m totally in the mood to play some Skyrim.

I break open my new legendary edition and quickly check out the sweet fold-out map while I install Disc 2/DLC disc.  Then I patiently install Disc 1 and start a new game.

I’m a prisoner on a wagon being transported.  I find out from the conversation my fellow inmates are having that we’re going to our beheading.  One amongst us is some special guy, named Ulfric, the other is a theif.  When we arrive and are unloaded off of the wagon, I find out that I’m not on the  Imperials’ execution list.  I’m asked who I am and the HUD pops up and lets me start selecting my Race, Gender, and features.  After a few moments of browsing my options, I realise that this is an important decision and one I’ve made before.  Maybe I should go look at my last save file from when I had previously played the game (two years earlier).

Well, I have 90(!) previous saves and have already played about 35 hours; that’s nothing to scoff at.  I decide to boot up my last save and at least see what my character was like and what quests were active…maybe I can get back into it.  I was a pretty Imperial on the edge of a snowy wood and I had NO idea what to do next or how to do it.  Ok. Back to the character creation save to start over :/
It’s not actually a horrible thing, ’cause it’s a great game, but it just feels like time and skill wasted. And to an eternal skimp-er, that’s a burdensome feeling.  Not efficient at all.

Character creation always takes me a while because I want to get things just right. I mean, I am going to be spending 100-ish hours with this character, I don’t wanna regret something half-way through!  I have to host PopChiX Trigger Tuesday soon, so I decide to start Skyrim tomorrow when I can dedicate more time to getting into it.