Posts Tagged ‘oblivion 4 the elder scrolls’
Waiting for the coffee to percolate up into my brain. I would swear my chalkboard says “Edwin McCain will Spin Silk for HGTV”. Unless I have fallen into an alternate universe that cannot be right. Just a sec.
Ah, okay. It actually says ‘Edwin McCain review’ (he has a new release) and ‘Check SHR (Suburban Home Records) for HGWT (Have Gun Will Travel) preorder. Perhaps I could use a little more coffee.
Okay, still no HGWT preorder available. Until it is (or you catch the band in concert) pop over to ninebullets.net and download a free track off their new album. While there, check out last night’s ninebullets radio show.
It was kind of like a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Where you walk through a tiny little entry foyer with a low ceiling and narrow walls, then you step into the wide open spaces of the house itself. Hmmm. The analogy probably only makes sense if you are claustrophobic. Basically, the first minutes of the radio show are incredibly sad and depressing, then the rest of the show pretty much rocks with awesome.
I set my coffee down and now I can’t find it. Just a minute. Bleah, I found my cup but the coffee was cold.
New Gypsy and the Wolf demo. A little rough but pretty good. Have a listen for yourselves.
I have a new article over on GamingHUD. The Golden Perch Inn is the second installment in my four-part Elder Scrolls Oblivion Player House Mods series. I know, I know. Earlier I said three parts but it ended up being four. While you are over there, check out the articles and reviews of Deus Ex and Deus Ex:Human Revolution.
Today is my mom’s birthday. (Happy Birthday Mom!!!!) This year I think I’ll go with Phineas and Ferb for the birthday song.
Okay. Today is very busy. The ‘Bit heads back to school next week and we are working to get all her stuff organized.
Off the Beaten Path, my review of Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion camp mods is up over on GamingHUD. It is part one of a three part series on player homes. Parts two and three will be out in September.
Mutters. My Vid of the Day is NOT. Couldn’t get permission to put it up. Upon further watching of my second choice, I realized that not everyone wants to watch Dean and the Impala…being Dean and the Impala for several minutes. In more basic terms, my awesome is sometimes only awesome to me. The only thing I have left rolling around is an Ozzy vid I snagged the other night. For the kidlets out there, Ozzy is the blond in the “Ozzy” shirt and Randy is the blond with the guitar.
Randy Rhoads, much like Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Hughie Thomasson, Mr John Lee Hooker and every female guitarist in the history of EVER, will never ever be ranked high enough in the “greatest guitarist” lists that cycle around every so often and are utter crap. Yes, I am bitter.
Kit’s “not the awesome vid intended but still it’s Rhoads on guitar and so is awesome by default” Vid of the Week
*cue evil laughter*
At the time of this post he has been playing around six hours. You all can pop over and watch him or chat with other gamers about Skyrim. Or other stuff.
Back to normal postings tomorrow. Have a book review and a couple of album reviews. Assuming I can snag some liner note-type info from one of the bands.
Kahuna is making Pad Thai for dinner and not only does it smell wonderful but it is also ready to eat. Later.
Kahuna was kind enough to share his cold with me and Scooter. I am drinking hot tea since coffee tastes funny. The true misery of a cold – no coffee. At least I can breathe today. The less said about the can’t breathe/coughfest of yesterday the better.
For those who know we live in North Carolina we are fine. While our city took a lot of damage with buildings destroyed, power lines down, cars stacked two and three high and pieces of roof stuck in trees, all we had on our side of town was rain and a little wind. We saw the tornado from our sunroom, but it was so big and lumpy we thought it was just a very low cloud.
I was going to rant about the terrible, awful and highly sexist review of Game of Thrones by Ginia Bellafante but I just don’t have the energy for it today. However, I will say while ‘ethics’ may be old-fashioned term, if you as a reviewer cannot comprehend or simply hate a style or genre of media you have a responsibility NOT to review it.
Enough grumbling. I found this over on SF Signal. The Fine Brothers explain Doctor Who – all five decades of it.
Mod or modification is a term generally applied to PC games, especially first-person shooters, RPGs and real-time strategy games. Mods are made by the general public or a developer, and can be entirely new games in themselves, but mods are not standalone software and require the user to have the original release in order to run. They can include new items, weapons, characters, enemies, models, textures, levels, story lines, music, and game modes. They also usually take place in unique locations. They can be single-player or multiplayer. Mods that add new content to the underlying game are often called partial conversions, while mods that create an entirely new game are called total conversions and mods that fix bugs are called unofficial patches.
Lately I have been modding my Oblivion game quite a bit. Or rather, I have been downloading predesigned mods and adding them to my game. I have added new villages and expanded old ones. I am not concerned with total immersion but I did want the game world to feel more inhabited and a bit more realistic. While there are many large (and speed draining) modifications I stuck with lots of smaller ones that didn’t slow my game down. I play Oblivion on my laptop so there is a limit to how much I can do before the game moves too slowly to play. So far I am very happy with the result and enjoying the new content in my game.
So I decided to share a few of my favorites.
Smoke and Fire - It always seemed strange (and much too cold) to be walking around Bruma and other northern areas, boots crunching on frozen ground and snow falling everywhere and not see any smoke from the chimneys. Was everyone using a heat pump? So I put in Cliff’s Smokey Chimneys by Cliffworms. This mod adds visible smoke coming out of exterior chimneys if the interior fireplace for that chimney has a lit fire.
Sweaters – There are hundreds of clothing, hair and body modifications available. Unfortunately, most are variations of lingerie or party dresses. While many people use them I am looking for clothing that is a tad more realistic to the game and storyline. I absolutely love Female Sweater Mod by Darkrider. It is just a simple sweater retexture of a game shirt in blue, green, purple and teal. Perfect for late nights camping or hanging around Cloud Ruler Temple. (If the Bethesda designers had ever lived in my old home they would have known one fireplace – no matter how huge – could not heat that entire gathering room, much less the temple complex) This is probably my favorite mod and I choose other mods in that area (Weye) based on whether the sweater mod will work with them or not.
Light up the Night – There are plenty of light sources inside the buildings of Oblivion but when you are walking around the streets and roads none of that light is visible through the windows. I use Texian’s Window Lighting System by Texian. This particular ‘lighting’ mod doesn’t slow my game down as some of the others do. The mod gives all the windows a nice warm glow. The stained glass windows of the cathedrals are especially beautiful. There is also a small fix you can download after installing the main mod that will correct any pink windows in Skingrad. You can download that file HERE.
Captain Picard and Lieutenant Sharpe – In the Oblivion Game, actors Patrick Stewart and Sean Bean provide the voices for Emperor Uriel Septim and his son Martin. This mod changes the physical appearence of those two in-game characters to more closely resemble the actors portraying them. Look for Sean Bean and Patrick Stewart as Martin and Uriel Septim by Lord Domino. This mod is completely unneccessary and yet, I have it installed anyway. Because it is AWESOME.
A couple of points - I run a mostly Vanilla (or out of the box) game. I am not using Better Cities because it slows my game down, nor do I have any body mods or major game play changes loaded. While none of the above mods has caused me trouble, any mod has the potential to cause problems with your game. Even a mod used by hundreds of other gamers could break something on your game. Mods can also conflict with other mods so be sure to read the description and readme for any file you want to use. The description will also tell you what other mods or programs are required to run any given mod. The mods I have listed above all required OBSE or the Oblivion Script Extender to be running before loading them.
I have been playing Oblivion 4 and although there are tons of help files and guides for people who are actually good at playing video/computer games, there are very few for those of us that suck are not proficient at gaming. Since I am working on a series of articles on the locations of potion ingredients for the novice player I decided a beginner’s guide would fit along side nicely.
1) Once you get through the scripted intro set your difficulty bar to the lowest setting. You will find it under ‘options’ ‘gameplay’. Under ‘options’ ‘video’ you will find a brightness bar. Set it about three quarters of the way on. Most of the tutorial is underground and it can be hard to see objects in the darkness.
2) Pick up EVERYTHING. You can always dump equipment later if you become encumbered. I dump equipment I will not be using first and hang on to things like arrows, potion ingredients, jewelry and potions. It may seen like the big weapons and heavy armor would yield more gold, but at beginning and lower levels the lighter stuff always brings in more money. Do keep any weapons and armor you want to use later and DO remember to take the goblin shaman staff.
3) Hang on to your lockpicks. There is a good tutorial on lockpicking at OblivioWiki. If you really hate lockpicking you can use spells once you are out of the tutorial but there are a few locks in the game that can only be opened by lockpicks so keeping a supply is a good idea.
4) Sneak is your very best friend. Seriously, if you can shoot the critters before they even see you or tiptoe around them unseen it is a huge advantage.
5) You have to pick a class with Baurus but don’t panic. You will have another chance to set all your skills before leaving the sewers.
6) After the Emperor’s death you set off on your own. Try to use your bow to pick off the goblins and rats from a distance. And pick up your arrows as you go. If you are still feeling a little overwhelmed just take each room slowly and save often.
7) When you reach the sewer gate you can change all your information. Race, appearance, class and birthsign can all be switched around to your liking. There are three ways to approach your class. You can pick a preformed class from the list, you can chose the skills that make sense for the characater you want to play or you can pick skills that don’t autolevel and that you don’t use often to slow the advancement of your character. This is called efficient leveling and it makes for a more powerful character in the long run but it also slows your leveling down to a crawl. For new players I recommend choosing a pre-determined class. They are fairly well balanced and you level at a decent pace.
Before you exit the sewers save your game. Do not save over this file! If you want to restart or try out a different character you can start from this point, rather than going through the tutorial again.
Extra points of interest.
Alteration gives you spells like ease burden and water breathing, as well as the pick lock spells. Restoration has healing and spells like fortify strength and absorb health. I would recommend choosing at least one of these as a primary skill. Starting out with one of these at apprentice level gives a newbie player a big advantage.
Remember, we are not going for strict role play realism here…we just want to stay alive long enough to get some experience playing the game.
For an explanation of each school of magic and info on the various spells check out the Spells page and links on OblivioWiki.
Encumbered is just a fancy way of saying your character is carrying too much stuff to move.
crossposted from my gaming journal, Adventures in Sleep Deprivation