Letters From Tamriel

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Zells’ Dungeon Quest series has launched on YouTube!

@Zells - sepia stone - smallHi, everyone!

I don’t know that I’ll be able to come back to this blog anytime soon, but for those of you who are still subscribed, I have an announcement. It took a couple of years, but I have finally been able to start my YouTube channel, and the first couple of videos are posted. The channel is Zellspeak, and the page is at:

The videos that are up are quest & lore walkthroughs of Banished Cells I and II. My intention is to go through each group dungeon on a quest-hunt – talk to the npcs, read the books, discuss relevant backstory. If you’re a solo player who doesn’t enjoy group play, or a veteran dungeon-runner who has always wondered what’s going on in the dungeon, this series is for you!

Quotes from Tamriel

“I fear Sheogorath may have gotten the best of us.”

Really, Shally?  Really?

I don’t know how to break this to you, O Wise One, but I don’t think it’s merely arrogance that keeps driving you to make bets with the Daedric Prince of Crazy.

I think you’re nuts, is what I’m saying.  I think you’re his.  You like bets?  I’ll bet you this shiny staff that you’ve got a cheese shrine in your bedroom.  C’mon, you can tell me.

And for the record, there is no “us” here, my friend.  I saw this coming from the very beginning.  He only got the better of you.  Again.

Quotes from Tamriel

“I’m far too valuable to be lost if this insane and dangerous manipulation of reality doesn’t work… you should try it!”
-90% of Mage Guild quest-givers, paraphrased

Oh, Mage’s Guild, you are as constant as the sunrise.  Emperors will rise and fall, allies will come and go, but I can always count on you to be willing to sacrifice a stranger to test out a crazy-ass experiment that might end us all.  Never change, Mage’s Guild, you keep doin’ you.  (And we’ll keep cleaning up your messes.)

Happy Birthday, ESO!

@Zells - sepia stone - smallI wasn’t going to use the experience point boost from the Jubilee Cake Memento (although yes, I did pick it up, I’m a completeist like that) because both my mains are having a problem with out-pacing the quests in their zones, so more experience point accumulation is actually a bad thing, currently.  With the 10% exp boost from subscribing, quests are starting to go grey before I get to them, even the main war quests.  I’m going to have to start skipping the miscellaneous and side quests, which is sad because a) that “completeist” thing and b)  I really do like the flavor and depth from the world that you get by interacting with all the locals.

But then I realized I have a bunch of crafting alts who need skill points, and a +100% exp boost was a great opportunity to bank points for later as their skills improve.  So last night I took my woodworker out (Zell-zahara, you haven’t met her yet), used the cake, and racked up 8 skill points in about 3 hours of play, which isn’t bad at all.  Probably this weekend I’ll be accumulating points for Issa and Vashta as well, which will save me a lot of time later.  It does still feel a bit like cheating, but I don’t feel like I’m skipping over content because I’ve done it previously with mains.  Some people do this mad rush to endgame, even at first play-through, and I’ve never understood that – endgame is not more real or valid than any other part… if you like the game, why leap-frog past huge sections of it?

At any rate: Happy Birthday, ESO.  I’m sorry I couldn’t be there when you were born, sweetie, but we’re together now. 🙂

Chef and Jubilee Cake - ESO 2nd yr birthday

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