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?


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!


Full Frontal Thursday: Roy Moore, Meet the Pences, Tangier Island, & The Future of Comedy

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Ms. Bee talks about how utterly disgusting Roy Moore really is, and how utterly creepy Mike Pence the VP and his wife are.

Also, Allana Harkin goes to Tangier Island, some inbred community in B.F.E., and shows us all how frustrating and futile it is to attempt explaining basic facts to people who aren’t interested in them.

Finally, Sam goes on a semi-rant about the future of comedy. She has a bee in her bonnet about something, there!

A Trio of Tunes for Tuesday!

The weather has gotten nasty here over the past couple of days! High winds, accompanied by copious amounts of rain, make it clear that the seasonal change is in full swing. I’m happy that the work on the roof was done in time, and a small leak near the vent in the laundry room was finally tended to.

Time to do a bit of gaming! I have the music cranked up, a hot cup of coffee at hand, and a pleasant haze of smoke is hanging in the air. Allow me to share a bit of music, if you will – sit back and relax for a while!


Last Week Tonight: Little Donny’s First Year

In this installment of “Last Week Tonight,” which will be the last one of 2017, John Oliver looks back at the Drumpf’s first year in office. Has it only been a year since people completely threw intelligence and common sense out of the window? It certainly feels much, much longer!

I’d have to say that I’m a bit disappointed to have lost acquaintances due to politics, but not surprised. The people who claimed to desire open, civil dialogue are the same people who are using and normalizing the Drumpf’s tactics. It is what it is. Fortunately, this, too, shall pass! I remain hopeful, and will keep on keeping on.


Songs On Sunday: Zerging Music! (Re-blogged)

Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Still gaming. Trials, raids, dolmens and delves. Here is another selection of songs that I enjoy listening to whilst keeping the laughter in slaughter!


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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.


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!


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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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 Frontal Thursday: Another Shooting, Russian Bots & Trolls, and Eric Schneider-man

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam talks about the latest mass shooting here in the U.S. Way to go, Texas! Keep it “bigger and better” down that way, y’all!

Sam also talks about how easy it was for the Russian-generated bots and paid trolls to infiltrate most social media, and how cheap a price they had to pay to do so. Her “vote Jill Stein” jab at the end was duly noted, as the Russian trolls were promoting Jill Stein considerably during the 2016 election – and, Sam herself threw her mindless support behind Gary Johnston before jumping on the Hillary train! ‘member that?

Incidentally, I have mentioned bots and trolls on my blog in the past. I know full well that they are also prevalent in the online gaming community, because that is also a form of social media. People out in the blog-o-sphere just brushed off my statements and ignored the facts I presented. People are incredibly selective about who they choose to believe, and let their personal biases determine same – even though those very same people claim to want “honest, open dialogue” with others. The mental gymnastics of the hypocrite would garner perfect 10s in the Olympics, I wager…

I digress: In the final clip, Sam sits down for an interview with Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General for the State of New York, who offers up some much-needed sense and sensibility.

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