Looks like this year’s go-round is a little later than usual. Last year, and the year before that, I sort of fell into another stab at The Elder Scrolls Online very early in the year. It was starting to look like this year might even pass by with nary so much as a glance until yesterday when some WoW-guildmates decided it was time for a change.

Last time, I was playing a Warden in Northern Elsweyr. Since then, a whole other expansion cycle has come and been — the Greymoor aka Skyrim one. Now we’re in Blackwood aka Oblivion.

Hmm… Have we been here before?

As seems to be the way we work on a revisit to Tamriel now, while everyone is on together we progress the current expansion together. While alone or in differing configurations of people, can work through the previous content and expansions. I think I’m going to save Greymoor as my ‘solo’ one so I can see what I missed at my own pace.

This is possible by power of the fact that the difference in levels between us don’t really matter. So while player and mob scaling isn’t always my most favourite thing ever, I do appreciate this consequence of it. I could have brought over my Elsweyr Warden and honestly, I was tempted to! Instead, though, I’ve kept to tradition and rolled a new character.

This time around, a Dragonknight which I intend to make into a Stamina based DPS character. Probably with 2H weapons as a focus. Roughly following this guide for getting started, in any case, it has some options at the end. :)

There is still something about the Ayleid Ruin aesthetic that I really like though, despite perhaps being a little ‘plain’.

After today, I’ve made it up to Level 10 on the new character. This struck me as going pretty fast, I seemed to recall much slower levelling for some reason. Whether that memory is accurate and something has changed or whether it has simply been morphed by time, I’m not really sure.

I’m enjoying it though, I think. My usual quibbles around how floaty the combat feels still exist of course, but I can push those into the background for the sake of playing an MMO as an MMO in a group again. This probably doesn’t bode well for any sort of chances I might’ve had in reaching current content for Final Fantasy XIV before Endwalker comes out but eh. It’ll keep. :)


This was posted during Blaugust 2021, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

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