I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Can We Just Talk About Skyrim?

The title of this blog is Baladria on Myst, and in case you didn't realize, it's meant to be a play on that phrase "This is your brain on drugs."  When Obduction was announced, I added Obduction to the header, which therefore made this blog Cyan-specific.  Another game I spend a lot time playing is the excellent city-building game Pharaoh, which is superior to any other by miles, but I've avoided discussing it here because it wouldn't fit, you know?  I also used to play Rome:Total War but haven't in a very long time.  

Around the holidays in 2016, a friend gave me an extra key for Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.  I'd never played any Elder Scrolls game before, and, after starting it up, have never played a game where I have to fight anyone.  I mean in Pharaoh and Rome you have to send off armies and such, but in first-person fighting I had no experience.  

Another friend told me to be careful with Skyrim because it will take up a lot of your life.  I did not believe this, but then I hadn't yet begun playing it. Oh dear.  

At first I had no idea what was going on.  I followed some random guy who told me to follow him as he decimated enemies, we snuck past a bear, I touched some "warrior stone," and he killed a wolf on the way to a place called Riverwood where he left me. Uh, what?  I wandered around this town, lurking around taking vegetables from barrels.  My only the thought was what is this all about?

I wandered off again and discovered a place called Whiterun.  Eventually I received the directive to go kill a dragon, so off I went and let other people do the killing.  Then, I absorbed a dragon soul. 

I was still clueless as to the main point to the whole thing, but as received more and more missions I came to understand how this game consumes your life!  Staying up until 2am to finish the mission, trying to level up to enjoy a new perk so you can kill more dragons, etc.  my current goal is to smith dragon armor from the enormous pile of scales I have sitting in the chest in my house.  I bought a house, like, really?

My main problem, however, is the zombies.  I have a strong fear of zombies, that is as one encounters them in movies.  I am someone who was terrified by Shaun of the Drad, so...yeah...

Those Draugr.  I had nightmares about them. 

I joined a military group so I could level up smithing.  This is my life goal, people.  

I still have zero idea what the point of the whole thing is, but I have become obsessed anyway hahaha!  And I take having my follower, Lydia, very seriously.  A couple times she died, so I loaded an earlier save to save her ha!

It somewhat reminds me of that creeptastic "game(?)" Second Life, minus the creep factor.  It's certainly an adventure!

But now I want to get Queen and The Witness and Children of the Nile.  Looks like this blog will have an expanded repertoire!  Fun!!!!!  I'm excited, and I hope you are, too!