As we head into a new year I’ve become a part of a new world – on the planet of Nirn in the continent of Tamriel the providence of Skyrim resides, and now I reside in it as well.
I suppose “returned to a new world” would technically be the correct phrase in this case. I started The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before but in each game I could never get past the overwhelming feeling of being overwhelmed; not being able to game for extended amounts of time I would jump in and out when I could with other games also pressing in for my time – you know the feeling.
But I’m heading back! Why you ask? Two main reasons:
- The world and game are worth it; since I last put down Skyrim about two years ago I still think of the game and want to be a part of it
- I want to follow through on an idea I had previously – to journal my adventures and therefore be able to jump back in when I could without losing the feeling of being a part of the world
True you have the quest text to help you out and give you a snapshot of where you’re at, but for me it’s always been a little sparse. Those words don’t capture my experience in Skyrim, only my goals.
So with along with armor, smelting skills and iron arrows I’ll also pack my trusty quill and leather-bound journal to get down my thoughts on what makes the nine holds so facinating to explore.
You are welcome to come along for the ride! If so here are a few starting points to let you know what you can expect:
- I’m playing on the Xbox One using mods
- Several cheats are enabled so I can explore the world without the bother of things like “loss of life” or “did I make the right choice?” This is the only play-through of the game that I’ll be doing for the forseeable future and I want to go through it my way
- There will not be a regular posting schedule – the whole point of keeping a journal of my travels through Skyrim is connected with the fact that I know I won’t be able to explore the world regularly
Last note – a HUGE thank you to The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages (UESP). I love to just browse through and see all the connections and articles the world has to offer, and they do fantastic work. Thank you!