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. :)

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Nimgimli · August 30, 2021 at 12:22 am

ESO is my “home” MMO the way WoW is for a lot of players. Which is not to say I’m an end game player because, hey, this is me and I never hit end game! But I really love the world. Don’t tell Bhagpuss (I say this hoping that he’ll eventually read this comment!) but I enjoy the writing and the characters quite a bit. :) I like how… I dunno, mature ?? the world feels. It’s not all sparkles and crazy spiked shoulder pads and steampunk motorcycles.

As a new character with no Champion Points the Skill Advisor will get you through to level 40 pretty well, just in case you don’t want to be consulting a web site while you play. And at level 40 one of the rewards is a respec. I think the default Skill Advisor build is a magica build but you can switch to a stamina build.

Sorry, fell right into lecture mode. If you do have any questions, from one neophyte to another, let me know!

    Naithin · August 30, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Haha, lecture’s welcome!

    I’m glad to hear for sure there is a respec awarded though — I had actually just assumed there would be one and even that it was possible to respec but hadn’t really looked into it too closely. The structure of the guide branching into quite different options at the end though seemed to back-up the idea respec was a thing. xD

    For all this lack of knowledge and taking it casually though, I’ve sunk a decent number of hours into the game. Not for an MMO perhaps, but for me in a SP game – definitely.

    Steam tells me ~135 hours for ESO and I have ~235ish hours for FFXIV. Never been to the end game in either of ’em! But also… not really too worried about it. Despite a horrifying number of hours (granted over a 15+ year stretch) at end game in WoW. >.<

    One of these days I’ll have to go back and compare and contrast between all these.

    I do agree with you though re the difference of the feel of ESO’s world. It really is its own thing in the MMO space and does a pretty good job of crafting the feel of the SP Elder Scrolls games. :)

Jaedia · August 30, 2021 at 5:44 pm

I can’t believe you didn’t call this particular “series” Back to Tamriel. headshake

It’s getting close to time for me to revisit TESO too, I think. I’m still wanting to invest time in FFXIV right now, though, but I am feeling like exploring a different fantasy world. One at a time though!

    Naithin · August 30, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Haha, it didn’t start off as a series! Just… kinda happened. A lot of my ‘series’ are like that. xD

    As for TESO/FFXIV — agree one at a time is best. I mean… I’m not following that right now. But it probably is best. xD

Nimgimli · August 31, 2021 at 12:49 am

Yeah there are “shrines” in capital cities that let you respect skill points, skill morphs, and attribute points (magica/health/stamina points) at any time, at the cost of some gold, but it’s nice when the game gives you a free “do-over”. :)

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