I’ve kind of done a lot in Skyrim since the last post. Yes. I know that last post was only yesterday. Sort of. I had written it the day before though, whereas now I’m back to writing for the day.

So a lot of time has passed, and some of that time was a Sunday!

In any case, since getting Lydia killed and emerging from that dungeon I have been set upon by an Assassin (in a blizzard! It was actually legitimately scary!) I have also been set upon by a cultist. Two dragons. (Well… This one might be a tad more debatable as to who attacked whom. Suffice to say, dragon fights occurred and they died. Let us not dwell on such details as whether or not I specifically trekked up mountainsides to find their perches.)

Oh, I also visited the Greybeards. Completed a mission for them to collect a horn. Which was stolen by a spy. Who I then found and made friends with. And now we’re on an adventure to up my Dragon-kill count some more! (It’s quite far away though!)

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Before I go onto more of a pictorial show of my adventures more generally I did want to show this comparison shot, between last years Skyrim install and this years. While the positioning and angle of the shot are not the same — that is the same spot. It is showing the bridge from Ivarstead into the beginnings of the 7,000 steps to High Hrothgar.

I don’t recall whether or not I even had tree mods installed last year, but you can definitely see this area was a colder, sparser looking area vs. the more autumnal setup I have going on now. Not that every area looks like this. There are certainly some very cold spots left!

Skyrim actually crashed on me as I approached the Dragon Barrow as part of the quest to join with the Blades in their mission. I’m not taking that as a sign of any return of issues with the RTX 3080, but rather that I have >180 mods installed for Skyrim at the same time.

If the crash happens again in the same spot I may be forced to actually deal with it. But my hope certainly is that it was just a one-off issue and won’t reoccur. It does mean I have to do quite a lengthy run again though!!


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Rakuno · November 10, 2020 at 6:07 am

I don’t think your crash was an issue with the card either. Most likely it is just a case of the game being buggy. I have a lot of mods installed too, maybe even more than you. Some times the game randomly crashes to me too, usually after a few hours. Although some times I barely start and it crashes.

In the latter case I found out that saving often usually seems to avoid any early crashes and I can couple for at least a couple of hours without any issues. I don’t know if saving actually helps or if it is just a placebo but it doesn’t seem to be hurting at least! XD

    Naithin · November 10, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Whether it helps with the crashes or not, definitely helps with the recovery if one does occur! But I’ve done that portion again and approached it from the ‘proper’ path through Kynesgrove first rather than heading straight to the barrow and it worked OK. :)

    I think I’ve done more this year already in my Skyrim playthrough than I did last year. Some of it the same, but also quite a bit in different directions. Since putting this post together I’ve joined with the Imperials (I almost always sided with Ulric, so trying something different this time around.)

    But the first of my real, true, temptation games (AC: Valhalla) is out now and already unlocked in this region. So will see how well I go with that and resisting this evening after work. lol

      Rakuno · November 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      True about helping with the recovery. I just don’t like to save every 5 minutes because the great number of saves just bothers me. But if it is what it takes to finish my current run….

      I am doing quite a lot of different things in my current playthrough too, thanks to the Legacy of the Dragonborn mod. Usually I tend to join just one or two factions but to fill the museum I am joining all of them! As for the Civil War, I usually sided with Ulric too but nowadays I prefer to side with the Imperials.

      Good luck resisting the temptation!

        Naithin · November 10, 2020 at 1:37 pm

        I just use F5 (Quick Save) which uses a single slot, then use manual saves only when want a specific point in time / action save that I might want to revisit.

          Rakuno · November 11, 2020 at 10:57 am

          I try to avoid quick saves in Bethesda games since as far as I have played them they always end up corrupted or giving another trouble eventually.

          Naithin · November 11, 2020 at 1:13 pm

          Oh good to know, never had that issue fortunately. Although yeah, a balance of quicksave and manual saves sounds like the way to go then. :) Quicksave is definitely my ‘poking my head into a new portion of a dungeon’ button though!

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