ESO Disguises

posted this on April 13th, 2014.
Categorized as disguises, elder scrolls, elder scrolls online, games, MMO, outfits, rpg.

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ESO uses a disguise system which allows you to infiltrate an enemy camp and gain information.  Whilst on the quest you cannot sneak as that would seem suspicious.  After the quest has been completed however, you can use the disguises as a form of outfit (and you can sneak once again).  I’ve found the following so far:

Frostedge Bandit disguise - Bleakrock quest Servant's Robes - Betnikh quest Bloodthorn Disguise - Glenumbra quest Vulkhel Guard Marine Disguise - Auridon quest Phaar Mercenary Disguise - Auridon quest (minor variations on the Vulkhel Guard disguise) Quendeluun Veiled Heritance Disguise - Auridon quest

LOTRO Reporter Episode 227 – Get Off My Lawn

posted this on April 2nd, 2014.
Categorized as "April Fools", General, Get off my lawn, lord of the rings online, lotro, LOTRO Reporter Podcast, massive multiplayer online reporter, MMO, Old Hobbits, point of screwage.

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We have a very special episode with three very special guests. You will remember them from previous episodes. Why is that bush shaking? Get Off My Lawn!!!!

Audio Version:

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Landmark (is fun!)

posted this on March 28th, 2014.
Categorized as games, landmark, MMO, rpg.

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Well I caved and got myself into EQ Landmark beta and I am really, really glad I did.  The introduction was fabulous, I truly hope other game studios are looking at the openness, enthusiasm and level of interaction from SOE, it is truly refreshing (and the enthusiasm is contagious!)  The graphics are very nice (a little cartoony but nice all the same), the client is running ok on my computer although I am getting some terrible lag in places.  I’m not sure if it’s a RAM or NVIDIA card problem at the moment.   The client has not been optimised as yet and the card problem is known, so I’m sure gameplay will improve as time goes on (and it is still playable)

Eldae

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ES Lorebites ~ further reading

posted this on March 27th, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls lore, elder scrolls online, games, lorebites, MMO, rpg.

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Well, this is the last in the ES Lorebites series before early access begins.  I would like to continue the series once the excitement of launch has calmed down some.  So, are there any aspects of the Elder Scrolls lore / world you would like me to cover?  Let me know in comments :)

Further reading:

The most important source of lore is, of course, found within the books in the game.  If you don’t have time to read the books you find whilst playing, there are now various ways of reading them outside the game.  (The UESP and The Imperial Library also contain the text of the in-game books as website pages of course).

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ES Lorebites ~ Birthsigns and Stones

posted this on March 21st, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls lore, elder scrolls online, games, lorebites, MMO, morrowind, oblivion, rpg, skyrim.

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In Morrowind and Oblivion you choose one of 13 birthsigns (each corresponding to a constellation) for your character which give bonuses to either attributes or magicka or give a unique ability.  These are a permanent unchangeable effect.

For Skyrim, the birthsign system was changed to Standing Stones which represent one of the 13 constellations (which gave a variety of effects) and you are able to change the governing effect by using a new Standing Stone.

In the Elder Scrolls Online, there are Mundus Stones which give a variety of different buffs, again corresponding with the original birthsigns / constellations.  Again, you are able to change the buff by choosing a new Mundus Stone.

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ESO more screenshots and panoramas

posted this on March 18th, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls online, games, MMO, rpg, weekly screenshot.

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Panorama I took of Isle of Contemplation, Auridon
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Panorama I took of the view from Errinorne Isle
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Cyrodiil: This has to be Vilverin (Ayleid Ruin). Sadly you can’t go in there.
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Cyrodiil: View of the Imperial City (tried to get closer but… slaughterfish…)

(I had posted the panoramas earlier on twitter)

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Panoramic screenshots – using Hugin

posted this on March 13th, 2014.
Categorized as games, Hugin, lord of the rings online, lotro, MMO, Panorama, screenshots, useful info.

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Hugin is a free panoramic photo stitcher.  I’ve had a lot of trial and error trying to get game screenshots to work and to be honest, I think I could get better results.  So I thought I’d share the settings I use in case anyone else finds it useful and also in case anyone has any tips for me.

Taking screenshots:
You need to have overlap between each shot.   Ideally something detailed.  (In the pictures below, there is a small green tree in the left and centre pictures and the larger tree with vines for the centre and right pictures)

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ES Lorebites ~ M’aiq the Liar

posted this on March 10th, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls online, elderscrolls, elderscrolls lore, games, lorebites, MMO, morrowind, oblivion, rpg, skyrim.

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Introduced in Morrowind as an Easter Egg who comments on aspects of the games, particularly on features which did not make it in and they are often quite funny.  He also appears in Oblivion and Skyrim and is set to make an appearance in the Elder Scrolls Online.  (Click the links for full dialogue and locations).

Oblivion: M'aiq the Liar doesn't want co-op play - he may be onto something... ;)
Oblivion: M’aiq the Liar doesn’t want co-op play – he has a point maybe… ;)

eso panoramic shots

posted this on March 7th, 2014.
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still messing about with panoramas :P

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ES Lorebites ~ the moons

posted this on March 3rd, 2014.
Categorized as elder scrolls, elder scrolls lore, elder scrolls online, games, lorebites, MMO, morrowind, oblivion, rpg, skyrim.

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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:

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