Sorry, this is going to be a screenshot bare update as I don’t really have access to my PC at the moment (family staying :)), Avast is reporting malware from a Steam update (false positive I think, although Avast definitions are up to date), the .bmp screenshots are saying they are corrupt and I can’t open them and I just don’t have time to sort it all out :(
So I’ve been back playing Skyrim after a fairly long break. Scarily I’ve now put in about 160 hours on the game and I’m still not bored or anywhere near finishing it ;) After playing around with a couple of new characters (still bow wielding sneak thieves!) I’ve gone back to my original character to try and sort out where I’m up to quest-wise and I’ve now braved the shite spread across her 6 houses and am currently consolidating into
one crippling monthly repayment, a mess , a new house. I will be posting on the inventory side of things for Ambermist’s latest challenge so I will say no more here.
I’ve also downloaded quite a few new mods (last time I played, the Steam Workshop had only just released I think) and they are proving to be a lot of fun. I’m currently using the better roads and maps and SkyUI (which I had installed early on via the Nexus site) but now I also have Better Females (not entirely to my taste but stops my female wood elf from looking like a man ;)), The Reserve (a stunningly beautiful house which has everything you might need), the Build Your Own House mod (fun!), a couple of graphics enhancers, arrow crafting and erm a cheat… Its basically a mod which gives you the perks you are entitled to based on skill level rather than the standard one perk per level. Its slightly overpowered but I think I’ve put enough hours in by now to justify it ;) I can’t remember the name and I can’t currently look it up – sorry (but search for perks under cheats and you should find it).
I’m currently deciding what to do next. I’m thane in all available cities, halfway through the dragon shout questline, halfway through the main questline (sided with the imperials), guild master of the thieves guild and am archmage of the magic college (which is ironic given how little I use magic). I may skill up the crafting and work on filling/completing the two new houses and just carry on dungeon running and exploring for now.
We played lotro on Saturday evening and had a lot of fun finally doing the Culling Pit quests with Team Orange (that’s my hunter, Dimzad’s RK and Aeowulf’s warden! Aeo came up with the name….) and then doing
Saruman’s armPits Pits of Isengard on T2 challenge. We were successful but because Aeo and I popped out between kills, our quests reset so we’ll have to do it again to get the deed. Its pretty easy once you get past Zaburz (sp?) which is quite hectic but fun. Hopefully we’re grouping again on Wednesday night :) I feel like I ought to be working on my Limlight Gorge faction, but with the expansion so close there does seem little point in grinding for level 75 gear. I do want to try and push Mallendis to 75 though, as she is my Cook and it would be great if she could get the faction recipes. She’s currently level 58 so it is possible…. I’m not intending grouping with her, although occasionally it might be fun :)
I haven’t had time or the mental energy to look at the new festival though. There are a couple of cosmetic pieces I would like to get so hopefully I’ll get time in the week to check it out.
I may also have to pause the Tale of the Red Maid posts, August is a horrendously busy month and they are not in a fit state to publish as yet. I will see how it goes and will try to get them out if I can.