5 on Friday: Character Class Themes

When I had an in-game guild site up I’d done a little musical tribute to the four character classes in The Elder Scrolls Online: Templars, Nightblades, Sorcerers, and Dragonknights. With the addition of the Warden class, introduced with the Morrowind / Vvardenfell chapter, I decided to update this post for my scheduled “Five on Friday.”

Another new class might be introduced soon, as many have been screaming for it and discussing it in forums. I think a necromancer class is fitting and goes along with the Elder Scrolls storyline and the accompanying lore. Unfortunately, the devs seem more inclined to listen to their favourites and their followers and those people aren’t really playing the game. It has been obvious of late, with all of the glitches and scheduling issues ZoS has been wrestling with since the beginning of the year. “Never mix business with pleasure.” That is a rule which many forget or deliberately break, and it shows.

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First, the Templars: they are the healers, radiating the light of life on their comrades – but don’t mistake them for gentle, pious souls! They will bring down the power of the heavens upon their enemies, crushing them with the gravity of the sun. Another skill they possess is referred to by all in the game as the “Jebus Beam,” and it is potent against many! The Beatles’ song “Here Comes the Sun” was the best tribute I could think of.

Next, the Nightblades: the assassins, cloaked in the shadows. They stealthily creep up on opponents unawares, thrusting knives or swords that weaken the enemy’s stamina and armour. Some sap the very life-force from foes, taking it for themselves or sharing it with group members before sidling off to scout the battlefield by themselves. I felt that “Midnight Blue” by Louise Tucker was most fitting.

Now, the Sorcerers: the mages are versatile, wielding blades, bows, or staves. Their powers are formidable when they utilize the destructive power of flame, frost, or storm, given the appropriate staff, then summon a familiar from dark depths to fight at their side. Beware of the storm-callers! They dish out quite a bit of damage when equipped with proper mage-robes, too. I figured that “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth was the perfect tribute to the versatile might of the sorcerer.

The Wardens: they are the Druidic class and have control over aspects of nature, including animals, plants, and the element of ice. They can summon screeching raptors from the sky or send ravaging beetles tunneling underground to target enemies. Insect swarms can be sent to harry and sting, and a spiritual bear is often seen at the Warden’s side. Plants are used to heal and protect your allies, while ice can be used in all three ways: damage, healing, and protection. My Warden is an ice-mistress, so the song “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner came to mind as a dedication to the druids.

Last, but certainly not least, the Dragonknights: my favourite class in-game! Fearless warriors with the heart of a dragon, they charge first into battle wreathed in flame, using the very stones of the earth to smash foes down – or protect comrades with a shield of spinning rocks. They flex their wings, holding enemies fast with mighty talons, or lashing them into submission with a whip of flame. Dragonknights dominate with whips and chains, so the song “Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)” is ideal!

Monday Funnies

I decided to re-package my favourite memes and music for my fellow gamers in preparation for the upcoming Midyear Mayhem event.

There are many similarities between my fellow gamers and my fellow bloggers. It must be an internet thing.

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PAX West 2016

Holy shit on toast, Batman…I survived my first convention! Damn, was it crowded – but it was hellaciously fun. Meeting the Bethesda ESO team was a kick in the pants! I got some free game codes to hand out to my niece and nephews; there were some awesome costumes and displays to take pictures of, and I got a few nice T-shirts. One was free and two were not, but the free stuff wasn’t bad at all!

All four days went by very quickly, which means that I had a great time. Time flies when you’re having fun, after all! The crowds bothered me far less than I thought that they would, and I was happy to see hand sanitizer stations everywhere: outside of the restrooms, near the elevators and escalators, and right outside of the “Arena” – the place in the convention center where consoles and PCs were set up for anyone and everyone to jump on and play whichever game they wanted to.

There were four consoles and four PCs set up in the Bethesda room, all loaded up with the ESO North American (NA) client and the Public Test Server (PTS). The newest update at that time (12), which introduced One Tamriel and the dueling system, was a ton of fun to test out while they streamed LIVE ON TWITCH for all four days! I got completely rekt by one of the gaming designers on the live-stream, and my smiling face can also be seen by those who know and love me. It was all too awesome!

Time for me to test out a few new in-game settings and recording settings! My new webcam also arrived and I plan on hooking it up to see how it performs, but only after I get the pictures downloaded from my phone for future posts. I took quite a few so I hope that they turn out!

It’s Friday and I’m in a fantastic mood, so enjoy this bit of random silliness to get your weekend started off right.

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Sunday Summerset Scenery

Sunday Screen-Shots: Summerset Scenery

Here are a few screen-shots from the first week of early-access play. Summerset is a lot of fun, so far!

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Tuesday Tunes: Summer-set

“The summer sun sets on Summerset.” – song title on a purloined item in TESO

To celebrate the early access gameplay of Summerset, the newest chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online which launched yesterday, I offer up these three songs about summer.

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Midweek Screen-Shots

Five days from today opens the latest chapter in my computer game of choice, The Elder Scrolls Online. New skill lines, a new crafting ability, and changes to some existing in-game features will also occur.

Here are a few of my most recent screen-shots from gaming fun over the past couple of months. Plenty more will be shared after the next chapter launches!

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Sunday Screen-Shots

I rescued this post from the trash-can and updated it. Summerset Isle is coming soon! I can’t want to have a grand, new location for my Sanctuary guild-hall.

It will be epic.

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Repairing a door after a successful capture.

Siege engines up – retake the crucial home keep!

The Doctor has taken the crown – an excellent display of teamwork!

Time away from the battlefield; visiting a lonely grave.

A feathered friend squawks approval.

Standing on the balcony of her grand, new manor…

…Sepultur’a surveys the courtyard, admiring the fruits of her labours and trials.

A reflecting pool, graced by the goddess of dawn and dusk.

Greeting a welcome guest…

…the knighted Titan-born in his finery.

Taking in the lovely scenery…

Sitting upon the hard-won throne. It is surprisingly comfortable!

Flanked by loyal, faithful, and trustworthy companions.

Having a drink near the statuary and shrubberies.

Time for an intimate meal…dessert to follow.

Beta Testing

Beta testing for TESO’s newest chapter begins soon, and I can’t wait to check out the new stuff. I’ve participated in a few beta tests, some before the game officially launched, and a couple since then.

The sneak preview on Friday’s Twitch-cast has me drooling. New lands to explore. New skills to learn. New homes to acquire.

Last, but not least, the new chapter fits seamlessly with my ongoing fan faction and fills out the back-story of my main characters.

This multiverse keeps providing much entertainment.

There’s far more to it than the amateur role-playing that many seem to engage in.

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Wordless Wednesday: Scenic Screen-Shots

I will be periodically live-streaming my gaming sessions Friday and over the weekend as the ESO anniversary event draws to a close. Sorting of screen-shots and adding to my fan fiction is ongoing.

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