eldaeriel posted this on March 3rd, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls lore, elder scrolls online, games, lorebites, MMO, morrowind, oblivion, rpg, skyrim.
Full link: http://starandshadow.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/es-lorebites-the-moons/
Nirn has two moons which dominate the sky. The larger red moon is known as Masser and the smaller silver moon is known as Secunda. The moons are not celestial bodies as we would understand them, but rather they are the remains of Lorkhan and we perceive the results of his death. (I think I have that straight…)
any excuse for night sky screenshots: Read the rest of this entry »
eldaeriel posted this on February 26th, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, games, lord of the rings online, lotro, MMO, rpg, skyrim, vanguard: saga of heroes, weekly screenshot.
Full link: http://starandshadow.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/panoramic-screenshots/
I’ve been messing around with Hugin and trying to create some panoramic screenshots. I think I still need to finetune the process but it’s fun. As ever, click for full size images
eldaeriel posted this on February 24th, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls lore, elder scrolls online, games, lorebites, MMO, Nirnroot, oblivion, rpg, skyrim.
Full link: http://starandshadow.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/es-lorebites-nirnroot/
eldaeriel posted this on February 21st, 2014.
Categorized as daggerfall, elder scrolls, elder scrolls lore, games, lorebites, MMO, oblivion.
Full link: http://starandshadow.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/es-lorebites-what-are-the-elder-scrolls/
Simply put they are ‘Tamriel’s mystical tomes of knowledge that told of its past, present, and future’. For a full definition, I’m just going to quote from the UESP :
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[they] are scrolls of unknown origin and number which simultaneously archive both past and future events. The number of the Scrolls is unknown not because of their immense quantity, but because the number itself is unknowable, as the Scrolls “do not exist in countable form”. They are fragments of creation from outside time itself, and their use in divining prophecies is but a small part of their power. They simultaneously do not exist, yet always have existed.
Pasduil posted this on February 20th, 2014.
Categorized as Community, lotro, MMO, music, psychology, Roundups.
Full link: http://thinkingplay.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/web-roundup/
A roundup of some game related things I’ve been reading, listening to, and watching recently…
Turbine Layoffs and the Future of LOTRO
Contains Moderate Peril and LOTRO Players both had excellent podcasts discussing the recent Turbine layoffs and what it might mean for the future of the game.
There were also a number of interesting new blog posts on the subject: Read the rest of this entry »
eldaeriel posted this on February 20th, 2014.
Categorized as daggerfall, elder scrolls, elder scrolls lore, elder scrolls online, games, lorebites, MMO, oblivion, rpg, skyrim.
Full link: http://starandshadow.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/elder-scrolls-lore-bites/
I’ve decided to start writing some short posts about the lore of the Elder Scrolls (with links for further information) as I’ve realised that in all this time, a lot of the lore hasn’t actually sunk in Seriously, I’ve been playing a Bosmer (wood elf) since 1996 and I only found out a few weeks ago they are carnivorous and cannibals… So I’ll be attempting to answer such questions as: What exactly is an Elder Scroll? Why does M’aiq the Liar keep popping up? Why did I grin when I found a Nirnroot in ESO? I’m keeping the entries short as there is already a wealth of information out there (particularly the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages), so hopefully these short introductory bites of lore will be interesting reading and helpful to you as well
(see also ESO: Lore Tidbits for New Players by Gaming Couples) Read the rest of this entry »
eldaeriel posted this on February 19th, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls online, ESO beta, games, MMO, rpg.
Full link: http://starandshadow.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/yet-another-eso-beta-impressions-post-p/
When I had initially heard that there was going to be an Elder Scrolls MMO, my initial reaction was ugh no! I always play a sneaky thief type and I love being on my own in these games, to the extent that I never used the companion in Skyrim and didn’t even want a co-op version to play with Dimzad (I would say ‘sorry Dimzad’ but he doesn’t read this anyway :P) I’ve always found the games very immersive so the thought of other people sharing my experience was absolutely terrible. However, the slow drip drip of information and the screenshots started to get me thinking about whether it would be fun to play with my friends and whether I could get over my reluctance to share the game world with others. I decided that I should at least give it a go and was lucky enough to get invited to the latest stress test. The highest level I managed was 8, and I’ve heard that the game opens up considerably once past level 15.
I highly recommend reading Isarii’s Comprehensive Review (Tamriel Foundry). It is a very thorough review and well worth reading, especially if you haven’t had a chance to get into beta OR haven’t got past the initial chain of starting areas (like me). Honestly, after reading that review I’m not sure what I can add… so I’ve just added some brief points about various aspects which really caught my attention. Read the rest of this entry »
Pasduil posted this on February 13th, 2014.
Categorized as business, Community, featured, games, lotro, MMO, tolkien.
Full link: http://thinkingplay.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/lotro-the-shadow-of-the-future/
With the announcement of significant layoffs at Turbine, I’m feeling sad at what has befallen the staff and concerned about the future of the game.
Our first thoughts must be for the people who’ve lost their jobs, and are doubtless worried about what comes next. At the minimum they face a period of uncertainty and upheaval in their lives before they find their feet in new employment, maybe in new cities. I would like to think their skills will be in demand, and for sure they have great work to show on their resumes. Best of luck to all of them. Read the rest of this entry »
eldaeriel posted this on February 7th, 2014.
Categorized as games, MMO, telon sunset, vanguard: saga of heroes.
Full link: http://starandshadow.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/caial-breal-and-surrounding-areas/
Whitefawn Retreat was the first place I saw in Vanguard, and I felt at home immediately. I loved the architecture, which grew more intricate as you travelled from Whitefawn Retreat, through to Shimmerlake Garrison and finally to Ca’ial Breal. Ca’ial Breal always reminded me of a rustic Lothlórien, multi-levelled with flets and the architecture blending seamlessly with forest outside. I still get lost there though. I got a further surprise when I continued through the crafting questline and found Tawar Galan, as it is the most beautiful wood-elf town by the sea. The elven areas look especially beautiful at night as their light sources glow softly and magically.
Zam Vanguard wiki has this to say about Ca’ial Breal Read the rest of this entry »