Ambermist’s latest challenge and July’s recap can be found here. The challenge is, what do you keep and why? I ended up writing so much, I’ve had to split into two posts :P sorry…
Part 1 ~ Inventory management
I try very hard to keep my inventory manageable in games but usually fail miserably… Out of EQ2, Lotro and Skyrim I’ve so far found Lotro the easiest, as you have so little space you just have to be ruthless. So what do my storage slots usually hold?
- gear – either situational or for alts to grow into
- consumables – food, potions, poison, temp buffs and the like
- shinies! (eq2)
- appearance gear (this is my worst offender in lotro)
- house items
- pets (if available in game)
- crafting mats
- legendary items and items for blowing up (lotro) or gear to be muted/used for other crafting needs (skyrim, eq2)
- odd, nostalgic or unique can never get again items…. like Gandalf’s pipe in lotro, Falmer eye in Skyrim,
- *stuff* for alts
I think this is fairly standard for most gamers and managing these items in game can be pretty tricky. It is scary if you ever have a break from a game, open up your inventory and bank slots and WTF?! what is all this stuff?!
In fact returning to a game and trying to sort out your inventory can be so offputting that it can seem easier to start a new character. After putting in around 80 hours in Skyrim from Nov to Jan this year, I then went on a break from the game until a month or two ago. I looked at my character, I tried to remember where I was up to, I looked at her inventory and wondered why I was carrying all this stuff. I went to what I thought was her main house and found it empty. At this point, I just thought…. no…. no…. I just cannot pick up from where I left off and the thought of trying to track down her gear (spread across 5 or 6 houses) and then figure out what to do with it was too much…. So I started again. A new bow wielding sneak thief…. I have now backtracked and started sorting out my first character. It turns out my whiterun house was for smithing, my riften house for alchemy, my solitude house for general loot and displayage of weapons, markarth for enchanting… stupid stupid stupid system!! I’ve now downloaded the mod house The Reserve which has tons of storage, all crafting needs and many display areas – in short, its perfect for a packrat like me ;)
No matter the game though, I tend to be very nerdy about it all and have different boxes, slots etc, organised by type. I keep stuff until I don’t have room and then have a purge. I would like to say that I only keep stuff I truly need but clearly I don’t… A lot of stuff is kept ‘just in case’, and of course I never need it…