Shameless Gaming Promotion! ***UPDATED*** (Re-blogged)

Another free-play weekend is in full swing, so my regular readers know what I’m going to be doing! Feel free to check out my Twitch channel to watch the action and merry mayhem.

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

All righty, fellow freaks and geeks, nerds and ‘Blerds,’ Dudes and Dudettes, Cosplayers and ERPers…are ya doing anything this weekend? Stuck inside because of the weather or some seasonal bug going around the office or school? Are you bored shitless with your current game (or waiting to buy a new one?), movie, or other guilty pleasure and just looking for something different, and perhaps fun? Well, check this out: The good people at Zenimax Online® Studios (ZOS), in their infinite wisdom, are opening up the virtual world of The Elder Scrolls® Online to all – whether you’re a complete and total newb, or a long-timer who just let your account lapse, come join in on the fun and see what’s what!

As a disclaimer, I get no monetary compensation for this shameless advertising and promotion of this game…I’m simply hoping to add to my roster of friends and guild…

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Release the Kraken!

The Razer Kraken(TM) Pro V2 gaming headset that I ordered on Black Friday has arrived – just in time for the latest free-play gaming weekend being offered by The Elder Scrolls Online!

Here are some of the details from the official site:

Tamriel awaits, adventurer. Continuing our #10MillionStories celebration, we’re thrilled to announce a Free Play event for both PlayStation®4 and PC/Mac players. If you’re a PlayStation®Plus member, or want to try the game on PC/Mac, here’s everything you need to know to play ESO for free this weekend!

The PlayStation®4 and PC/Mac Free Play event will begin on November 30 and run until December 6.

If on PlayStation®4, you’ll need a PlayStation®Plus membership in order to download and play the game. If playing on PC/Mac, you can download and play for free via The Elder Scrolls Online official site or Steam.

All new ESO accounts are gifted 500 free crowns for use in the in-game Crown Store, allowing you to pick up some useful items such as potions, XP Scrolls, food, or an adorable pet! If you’ve played ESO during previous free-play events for your platform, you’ll find that any previous characters and progression will remain, allowing you to continue your adventures in Tamriel as if you never left. If you decide to buy ESO after the free play event, your characters will be waiting for you.

The ESO game client will be approximately 80GB in size, so ensure you have enough space on your machine’s hard drive for the download.”

I love it when a free-play weekend is announced! I always look forward to meeting and helping new players, and if they join any guild that I belong to then it is a personal bonus. I hope that I’ve inspired at least one of my readers to join in on the fun; the best part of this is, there are no commitments required!

Disclaimer: I earn no compensation, monetary or otherwise, from these promotional posts. No company is paying me to review any product of any kind. The opinions expressed in this and similar posts are solely of the author.

Three Songs on a Saturday!

The gaming continues in earnest, as there are a few events going on through the end of the month. These include an epic contest with awesome in-game and real-life prizes, the chance to earn three free crown crates whether you subscribe or not, a free mount for those who have the “full package,” and a free pet for everyone!

Enjoy the music, and be sure to check out my Twitch channel for the live-stream of in-game action. The caveat, as always, is the potential for crashes and other fun malfunctions when there is a higher-than normal in-game population stressing the gaming servers!

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Sepultura’s Screen-Shots: Sundas, 17th Hearthfire (Re-blogged)

My shopping is done so it is time for some gaming. Enjoy this re-blog of some screen-shots, and check out my Twitch channel to watch some of the in-game action – if the higher-than-normal weekend population doesn’t cause major crashes, that is!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

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!

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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…

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.

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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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Sepultura’s Saturday Screen-Shots: Steampunk City!

Here’s a small selection of some of my most recent in-game screen-shots, as promised! In these images I’m exploring the new, steampunk-styled land of The Elder Scrolls Online, the awesome game that I enjoy playing. I’ll be live-streaming some gameplay later on this evening, so tune in to my Twitch channel if you’re awake, grab a drink and a snack, and watch the fun!

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Sampling a freshly-made batch of the old crone’s brew.

Flame-inspired meditation in the forest…very relaxing.

A new tree has sprung up in the garden of the grand manor…

It is certainly an interesting addition!

The entrance to the city of cogs and gears.

What the…? I’m shrinking!

Facing off against an army of automatons…

There – that should take care of them!

The new scenery is fascinating, and quite pleasing to the eye.

New quests and adventures await the intrepid explorer!

Paying due homage to the Mad God, with offerings of meat pies and cheese. Will he heed my humble request?

A friendly crow delivers a personal, welcome message…

Yes – success! Sheer perfection.

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…

Success!

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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!

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