Five For Friday (On A Saturday): More Of The Elder Scrolls Online!

It is time for another gaming-related post, as this month marks the 2-year anniversary of a major expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online. The land of the Orcs, Wrothgar, was opened for exploration on 2 November, 2015. The anniversary event is currently ongoing in-game, offering bonus experience points, rare weapons and armour sets, and much more!

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with this game, here is a bit of information about it:

“From Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Online Studios comes the next chapter in The Elder Scrolls Saga; The Quest to save Tamriel begins spring 2014” ―The Elder Scrolls Online Gameplay Trailer

The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and commonly abbreviated as ESO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was announced in May 2012 and was released for PC and Mac on April 4th, 2014.[1] It is the eighth game in The Elder Scrolls series. On June 9th, 2015, the game was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developed by the team at ZeniMax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online merges the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

The Elder Scrolls Online features a Buy-to-Play model similar to previous Elder Scrolls titles, where one purchases the game for a flat fee and can play it for free afterwards, but there is also an optional membership program, ESO Plus, which grants bonuses such as increased XP gain and free access to all DLC Packs. The game has an in-game cash shop, the Crown Store, where things such as vanity items and cosmetic mounts are sold for a premium currency called Crowns, but nothing that gives players a significant advantage over another will be sold.

Buying the Imperial Edition gives players the option to play as an Imperial, craft Imperial gear, convert existing gear into the Imperial style, gives an Imperial horse with standard stats, a mudcrab vanity pet and the Pledge of Mara, which allows players to marry.

With no further preamble, I offer up my five favourite expansions / DLCs which have been added to the game since the original launching!

Wrothgar / Orsinium: As I mentioned above, this expansion launched on 2 November 2015 and allowed players to explore a large portion of the homeland of the Orcs. Two large dungeons provide challenges for the solo or grouped explorer, and the Maelstrom Arena is the only solo delve which gives one the opportunity to earn a unique, in-game costume and title. I have yet to complete the Arena, and plan on live-streaming my next attempt at it! “Flawless Conquerer” is a worthy title to bear, no?

Thieves Guild: Launched on 7 March 2016, this expansion opens up a peninsula south of the great desert and allows a player to assist in a storyline involving – well, thievery! A new skill line was also introduced, as well as new motifs for crafting new styles of armour and weapons. There is an unofficial side quest which, if you complete it, grants you a unique usable memento and a nifty in-game costume. Show your friends (and foes) that you are a master thief, and that they should watch their pockets closely when you are around…not that it will help, LOL!

Dark Brotherhood: This expansion went live on 31 May 2016, and allowed players to experience one of the best storylines from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The assassinations and escapes were always a lot of fun during the single-player experience; now, you can experience the pleasures, pitfalls, and general dark intrigue of a tight-knit sanctuary which is being targeted by unknown forces. Who is assassinating the assassins? A limited-edition manor can also be found here – it might be offered up again on the anniversary of this expansion.

Morrowind / Vvardenfell: This expansion brings back the homeland of the Dark Elves, first explored by many in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It was launched on 22 May of this year, providing another full land to explore and many fun things to earn and acquire. The addition of player housing to ESO also offered up three abodes; two of standard availability, and one limited-edition “wizard’s tower,” which are in styles and designs unique to the land. The main storyline here has you assisting one of the legendary “living gods” and saving him – and the land – from certain annihilation.

Clockwork City: This is the newest expansion, and one that is a lot of fun! Released on 17 September of this year, this Steampunk-styled land adds more places to explore, storylines to complete, and motifs for crafting which make one look like a cybernetic automatron. The house offered here is quite the bragging-piece, and the collectibles you can earn mark your character as quite the clever and intrepid explorer!

New screen-shots will be posted soon; for now, enjoy these three gaming trailers which show the game in detail. The following footage accurately depicts the in-game action, as they aren’t just the cinematic trailers! Enjoy…

Some Funny Friday Memes!

I have a number of in-game screen-shots to sort through for my “Five on Friday” post, so here’s a bit of comedy and some music to tide you over until it gets published. Keep in mind that said post might be delayed until Saturday!

Music is oftentimes in the background when I’m in a creative mood, so why not share the joy and the laughter?

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Working On a Post…

I’ll have it up in an hour or so! The inspiration for it hit me as I was crawling into bed last night, so I jotted it down for my brain to mull and muse on it while I slept.

Those of us who have our own, personal “brain-training” down pat, aren’t in need of the pseudo-science being sold by old, addle-pated scatterbrains!

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Don’t Just Thank A Veteran Today…

Show up and show that you care by doing something for them. Empty words only go so far.

They supported their country, honourably, by their actions. We should do no less for them.

My dad and my brother are living veterans. I have an uncle who I will never meet, as he gave his life in Vietnam well before I was born.

They will always have my thanks and my support.

Full Moon Friday…Memes & Music! (Re-blogged)

The 1st Friday of November brings a beautiful Full Moon with it. Please enjoy this re-blog of memes and musical offerings as I sort through screen-shots of my in-game holiday event, and get them ready for future posts…along with new excerpts, and some modern-day flash fiction.

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I’m suffering from a touch of full moon fever, as you can tell from these funny memes I found! Happy Friday, everyone – time to turn up the music and get this weekend started off right!

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1st Friday Fun: Screen-shots! (Re-blogged)

Another busy weekend of gaming looms! My “5 On Friday” posts will resume next week; new screen-shots and fan fiction excerpts are also forthcoming. In the meantime, please enjoy this reblog of mine from 1 September!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Wow – September is here already! I’ve been so busy that time is flying past rather quickly…but that’s a good thing. I’m getting a lot of things accomplished of late, now that tedious distractions have been removed! Time for rest, relaxation, and a bit of recreation, so enjoy these recent screen-shots and a bit of music to start this Labor Day weekend off right.

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Nereids at the shoreline

Quiet study in the forest

Fire-breathing winged frog…feisty little critter!

Some serene jungle scenery

Lumber-mill capture – resources are important in the war effort!

Fortress siege – capturing the inner circle!

Repairing the outer gate

Running of the scroll

Returning the scroll to its proper place…

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Happy Friday: 15 January 2016 (Re-blogged)

Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy these three select songs from January of 2016 while I begin my weekend gaming session.

Amazing how all of the followers that I used to have disappeared after Baby-Hands McDrumpf took office! It appears that they were his supporters, and took offense to my distaste. It is what it is! C’est la vie. Now that I’m on Facebook, I’ll have more ESO gamers reading and following me. So much for the ‘supportive’ and ‘inclusive’ WordPress ‘community.’
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Nothing really to say today, so here are three songs about “she.” Guess what? “She” – is me!
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Five On Friday: My Blogging Rules For Myself

Have you ever noticed this specific blogging phenomenon known as the “my blog is better than your blog” attitude? I see it often, and it always reminds me of high school interactions or shitty co-workers. These bloggers know everything about everything, and feel the need to troll or spam other bloggers with their arrogant, know-it-all personal attacks.

Some petty little asshat recently got all butthurt over me asking it to respect the boundaries of my blog. Sorry sunshine, you have your own blog. You do your shit your way, and I’ll keep on keeping on doing my shit my way. Because, you know, this is MY blog. I’ve never told you what to write, have I? That answer would be no. So, don’t tell me what to write, m’kay? It’s pretty fucking simple, but even simplicity is far above the heads of some.

With that, here are the five rules that I have for myself when blogging, and have stuck to them from day one…for the most part!

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1. Don’t react to other people’s inane bullshit. What they say isn’t about you – and if it is, it is most likely baseless bullshit. If they don’t know you personally, then what they say is moot.

2. Respect the rules of another’s blog. If you aren’t sure what those rules are, then ask – don’t assume.

3. Don’t jump in the middle of a conversation in the comment sections of other people’s blogs, especially if you really don’t care about the topic being discussed. Saying something just to get attention is weak, and egging others on is pathetic. Let them duke it out verbally. Just grab the popcorn and watch the fun!

4. If you comment, be sure that the comment is about the topic. It makes no sense to mention murder victims on, say, a post about photography or planning a wedding – and yes, I have seen those very comments. It is also a good thing to keep in mind if responding to a person’s comment on a blog which isn’t yours or theirs. Derailing conversations is pathetic.

5. Last, but certainly not least: just have fun! Write, write, and write some more – there are no limits for the truly creative! Some people need prompts or other tips to get ideas, and that’s fine – not everyone is dependent on grade-school level topics. I find that adults tend to appreciate adult things, and ‘Adult’ doesn’t always mean sex-heavy or gratuitous pornography. For me, it means that I will use adult language from time to time!

Those are my personal blogging rules for myself, which spill over into gaming and any other online interaction I might engage in. They’re straightforward, and they work for me. With that, enjoy these three songs to get the weekend started early!

Funny Friday Memes: 13 January 2017! (Re-blogged)

This Friday the 13th post was so good the first time around, it deserves a re-blog while I work on my current “Five on Friday” post!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Hey, will you look at what day it is…it’s “Friday the 13th!” This is the first of only two months that have a 13 Friday during this year; October is the other month, this time around. Time for some snarky silliness and madcap memes about this supposedly unlucky day, I’d wager. I was inspired by the beautiful sight of the full moon last night; nothing wrong with some mild lunacy, no?

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5 On Friday: Songs of the Past

Most of us who love music, if not all, have a “personal soundtrack” of sorts. Songs which remind us of life-changing events, whether they’re good or bad. Songs which represent certain periods of our lives; songs which became mantras of determination and looking forward. For this installment of “Five on Friday,” I offer up these five songs which represent some of the struggles of my past.

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