Random Screen-Shots! (Re-blogged)

I have many new screen-shots to sort through and decided to re-blog this August offering of same. I have quite a few new posts pending, so please bear with me!

I hope that your respective weekends are going well.

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

It’s been a while since I posted some screen-shots, so here are a few recent ones of some of my in-game achievements. I neglected to take any screenies during the recent Mid-Year Mayhem event, as I was live-streaming my gameplay and the fighting was fast and furious! Taking screen-shots when engaged in battle can cost precious seconds, and mean the difference between surviving a swarm or dying an ignoble death at the hands of uncoordinated, no-talent noobtards!

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A new pet – he’s a noisy little critter!

A macabre tableau.

What happened here? Only the skeletal remains know, and they aren’t talking.

Find the final ancestral tomb…

…and locate the lost library.

Return with evidence of forgotten lore…

Collect your reward from the grateful, hardworking lore-master!

New furnishing placed in the manor courtyard.

The majestic guild-hall of Sepultura’s Sanctuary!

Mid-Year Mayhem crowning: the newly-minted “Star-Made Knight!”

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5 Songs For Sunday: Scorpions!

The song “Loving you Sunday morning” was running through my head when I woke up, so I was inspired to offer up these five songs by the Scorpions! Enjoy. Yes, I’m still gaming!

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Another Shameless Gaming Promotion!

*** Disclaimer: I receive no compensation, monetary or otherwise, from these personal gaming promotions. I enjoy The Elder Scrolls Online and will talk about it on my blog from time to time. I have done so since I began playing it in 2014; I’ve been blogging and writing much longer than that!

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Guess what – it’s time for another shameless gaming promotion! The latest seasonal in-game event, the Witches’ Festival, begins this coming Friday and runs until 1 November. This festival was the very first seasonal event, which I acknowledged in a post that can be found here. There will be a chance to earn special gear, recipes, and costumes which might have been missed out on the first time, and there will be new costumes and a special polymorph to wear for those massive zerg-raids!

A limited-edition abode of sorts will also be available for purchase during the event – if you earn the right to own it, that is. If you’ve ever wanted your own private, haunted hovel shrouded in mist at the edge of the moors, now’s the time to get it! I have a few creepy pets which would feel right at home…

Last but not least, the latest addition to the in-game world drops on Monday, 23 October. This chapter re-introduces a very popular part of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and is loads of fun for the Steampunker which resides in many of us die-hard geeks, freaks, and nerds! If you’ve wanted to explore the lands on your very own clockwork mount, with a fabricated replica dragonfly hovering behind you, then this downloadable content (DLC) can be yours for free if you subscribe to the game. If you don’t subscribe, you can get the DLC for in-game crowns, which is a good option – the package gives you a special mount, non-combat pet, and a few extra trinkets to get your character off to a quick start.

I will be broadcasting my gaming sessions this weekend in order to share the fun and festivities, just click the link here to go directly to my Twitch channel. Enjoy the show!

Sepultura’s Screen-Shots: Sundas, 17th Hearthfire

It’s been some time since I posted screen-shots of my in-game action, and there is quite a bit to catch up on! Enjoy the scenery, won’t you?

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A rapturous explosion of sun-worship

Wabbajack…

Wabbajack…

WABBAJACK!!!

Trajectory of a trebuchet: hit the wall which has the health bar!

Ballistae and a battering ram at the door of a keep – ’tis all about the penetration.

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The Doctor has taken up the scroll…

…run, you clever boy!

The TARDIS has been crowned Empress!

Time for some much-needed, well-earned rest and relaxation.

Admiring a newly acquired statue…

Sepultur’a greets her consort.

Wine and music in the private courtyard…

Titanborn sings and plays a soft serenade for his lady love.

The empress, resplendent in her regalia!

Behind the Scenes: Safeco Field

Here are a few more pictures from the tour of Safeco Field which we took on Saturday, 6 May. See if you can catch the funniest one in this group, LOL! This will test a couple of things… *evil cackle*
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Visitors’ dugout

View from home plate

Poster in the owners’ suite

The umpires’ room!

Dale Chihuly sculpture – baseball bats rendered in glass

Just A “Quickie,” LOL!

I just got back from a small trip to visit family and attend a couple of events, so I’ll catch up on my followed blogs over the next couple of days. I have a buttload of pictures to sort through and will get caught up on my posts soon; I thought that some music would suffice for the time being. Enjoy these three songs which might seem unrelated on the surface, but are actually connected. The connection is only obscure if you overthink it and don’t bother asking the obvious question, LMAO!

I shall return…

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Scenic Sunday Screen-Shots…

I’m having a nice, relaxing weekend and decided to post some recent screen-shots taken in-game. My next excerpt has to be broken up into two parts, and the screen-shots help illustrate the “lay of the land,” so to speak – so, I was sorting through a batch and decided to post them.

The screen-shots are the way that I keep the locations fresh in my mind as my characters travel about during their adventures. It’s not a cardboard cut-out or other tangible, physical rendition of a locale as other authors create, but it works for me!

I think that I’ll do a bit of live-broadcasting today, as well – most likely after noon PDT. It’s been a while, and I need to do a bit of ye olde AvA now that the campaigns have restarted. Gotta stay sharp against the no-sleeping, diaper-wearing, basement-dwelling “no-lifers!” Other genuine gamers know what I’m talking about, ROFLMAO!

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Gifts from the Speaker after a dark assignment

Who’s this bloke, then?

Hmmm…an interesting bit of information!

Standing at a transitus shrine

Relaxing in the courtyard

A bit of primping and preening

Should I wear this? It looks nice…

…the robe is more appropriate, though – it might rain!

A tender moment…

…followed by a soft serenade.

A toast by the well – cheers!

The Elder Scrolls Online: 3 Years!

I can hardly believe that it has now been three years since I began playing the MMO known as The Elder Scrolls Online. It officially launched on 4 April 2014, and has evolved and changed exponentially from that date! Some of we obsessive…uh, DEDICATED! Yeah, that’s it, dedicated gamers – we did something called “pre-ordering” which allowed for an extra week of play before the unwashed masses hurled themselves into the world of Tamriel. Pre-ordering gave exclusive collector’s items (in-game and out), special pets, and a unique mount as a reward at the end of the first year. Of course, extra gaming time was had by those of us who applied for the chance to do some “beta-testing” – that’s where you play the game on a special test server and report any bugs, as the game developers are using that to work out major issues before the game is launched. I was involved in two beta tests; one in January of 2014, and one at the end of February of the same year.

When TESO was first launched, it was free-to-play (F2P)…well, the game cost money, obviously, but no subscription was required initially. That hasn’t changed much, in that one can still buy and play it. “Subbing” to the game, though, offers extra bonuses and benefits so I don’t mind paying a bit for those benefits. The subscription option started after the first year, and a “crown store” was also added. This “store” is basically a way to purchase in-game things with RL money, and of course, the “crowns” also cost RL money. So yes, the game is a business and they are always looking for ways to maintain a healthy subscriber base, while keeping the interest of the casual gamers who don’t want to subscribe for any given reason. I understand the pros and cons of “subbing” vs. “F2P,” and prefer to pay – it’s nice to have the choice, at least, and subbing gets you extra crowns every month. Save them up for those limited-time offers from the crown store, and buy extra when the crown packs go on sale if you want to splurge on something silly. Options are always good, in my not-so-humble opinion!

There has been so much added in the past three years that I’ll just focus on the three additions that I enjoy the most. This post will be long enough without trying to talk about every single thing! There have been so many changes already, and many more are on the way over the next few months. There is a lot to look forward to, even though I haven’t come close to completing a lot of the quests that are available. It just means that I will be entertained by this game for many years to come!

First off, the addition of “personalities” has been hilarious, and makes for a lot of fun during guild events or role-play. One can equip a personality which enables you to reel and stumble about like a drunken slob, stand with arrogant military demeanor, strut about cheerfully, or stand with shoulders slumped in melancholy – and those are just a few of the many that have been offered! The newest one, coming out tomorrow, allows one to don the thoughtful personality of a scholar. Can’t wait to see how that one turns out! I pretty much like the crown store in general, and it definitely forces me to hang on to my crowns and only spend them on something that really appeals to me. I never go overboard with shopping IRL anyway, so I’m thrifty and selective in-game as well!

Secondly, the addition of “crafting bags” have been a blessing for those of us who like to make our own armour and weapons. There was never enough bag space or bank space for holding all of the materials necessary to craft any given item – so, those of us who subscribe get the benefit of the crafting bag. It is, essentially, an extra storage spot which holds nothing but crafting materials; any materials collected are automatically stored in the crafting bag, which is shared with all of the characters you have on your account. No need to switch things in and out of banks anymore, and no need to be selective in which materials you pick up. Of course, this now means that you have to race other people to mine a node of ore, hack at a hunk of wood, or scoop up some water from a stream for your alchemical needs!

Last, but not least, the player housing. I’m really happy that it was finally added! Even though you can’t use your house as an extra storage area the way that you could in Ultima Online, it still offers a nice, private place for guild events or more “adult” role-playing. They are quite expensive, so it makes being in a good trading guild a must! At least owning every single house offered isn’t necessary for titles or achievements, and only three appeal to me, so I have plenty of time to save up the gold or crowns needed for the ones that I want. I have one already; only two more to go!

Well, I’ll just close this off with some “Then & Now” screen-shots which show some of the changes, amusing bugs, troublesome bots, and characters with hilarious avatars or memorable names – and, of course, the original trailers for the game. I will be broadcasting some game-play later on as well, so bookmark the link and tune in for the fun!

Close-up of a “bot-train”

Bots stacking up

So many lizards!

Run away, silly bot!

Um – a healing…what?

I found Smaug! He’s smaller than I thought he’d be…

OMG – it’s Manbearpig!

Sagittarius the Archer

That’s one big baby!

Rude goings-on in the bank

Before armour-dyeing capabilities…

…and after. Armour dyeing began in August of 2014.

Hmmm…something’s missing, here!

All Fool’s Day 2017: Jester’s Festival Mischief & Merriment!

It’s April Fool’s Day / All Fools’ Day! What better way to celebrate it than with some silly screen-shots from my online game? The merry-making of the Jester’s Festival is in full swing, counting down to the 3rd anniversary of the introduction of The Elder Scrolls Online. I will be broadcasting some of the Festival pranks in an hour or so – I hope that you tune in for the fun, and enjoy the show!

Midweek Music – Celebration, Continued!

Here’s some mid-week music as the fun and celebrations continue…I’m keeping the laughter in slaughter, LOL!

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