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Old 17-10-2012, 10:33
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Ok so I finaly got this yesterday. I am playing as an Imperial. I am enjoying the scenery its breathtaking, however I kinda feel a bit overwhelmed with all the reading plus all the people talking to me , and having to ask them things etc. So far I have done 2 main missions but no sidequests. Does anyone have any advice for me to make things a bit easier?
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Old 17-10-2012, 10:51
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Skip the reading and talking. You can hammer through it and just quickly skim read what they are saying. 9/10 its just fleshing out the world a bit more.

Don't worry it doesn't really play into quests or affect the story in any way, it's just for people who are really interested in it. If you're in it for questing, having fun then you can always just breeze through dialogue.

Also join the Thieves guild for the most fun you can have in the game!
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Old 17-10-2012, 11:07
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Just wander about and do stuff. You will pick it up gradually as you go along. You can always start over once you know how everything works to make a more optimal character.

Also join the Thieves guild for the most fun you can have in the game!
Well for me the dark brotherhood is the most fun in the game but each to their own! It is well worth getting over to Riften and joining the thieves guild early on though and doing enough quests to get the skeleton key. Unless that is you are good with those extra brittle pieces of weakened metal that pass for skyrim lockpicks that is.
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Old 17-10-2012, 14:23
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Is there a character which would be the best to pick when you are starting off? Im also wondering whether it is best to focus on magic, bows or and to hand as a beginner?
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Old 17-10-2012, 14:50
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Is there a character which would be the best to pick when you are starting off? Im also wondering whether it is best to focus on magic, bows or and to hand as a beginner?
I don't think it matters all that much. You can always drop the difficulty level to almost nothing if you struggle. The close combat is kinda rubbish in the game though IMO. I have much more fun using the ranged magic or going sneaky and using bows/daggers for stealth kills with the damage multipliers you can get.
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Old 17-10-2012, 14:58
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Is there a character which would be the best to pick when you are starting off? Im also wondering whether it is best to focus on magic, bows or and to hand as a beginner?
Not really, character variations do come with unique skills, but the differences are negligible, and I personally did not use any of them.

I agree with Toytown, ranged is far better in the game, archery is addictive, but I'd also bolster up my one armed fighting style for when you go into dungeons later in the game.

I think you'll need to give Skyrim some time, it is a long meaty game that has so many options. Once you have the fundamentals down, and figured out how you want to play it or approach the story, you'll have a great time.
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Old 17-10-2012, 15:31
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Just play and enjoy.
With your first go through, might be best to just bimble a bit, and when you know how it all works, start again with a style of your choice (sneak archer, destructo mage, sword and board. berserker, summoner etc)

Sneak Archer with Conjuration has been the easiest of the many styles I have played, and I have played though 5 or so times clocking up a couple of hundred game hours.
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Old 17-10-2012, 15:39
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I love archery in Skyrim, most of my combat is archery. a daedric bow, improved to legendary, with max fire/shock or frost damage enchanment...deadly .
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Old 17-10-2012, 16:52
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Ok so I finaly got this yesterday. I am playing as an Imperial. I am enjoying the scenery its breathtaking, however I kinda feel a bit overwhelmed with all the reading plus all the people talking to me , and having to ask them things etc. So far I have done 2 main missions but no sidequests. Does anyone have any advice for me to make things a bit easier?
Sooner or later some character / monster is going to give you savage beating and you'll wonder how can you can kill them next time round.

Look at your skills page and focus on building up a couple of offensive skills. I dont like the sword combat in this game so I prefer to use ranged attacks or mage destruction spells. Try and get a companion to tag along or use mage summoning spells to create a companion that will fight along side you. And make as much money as possible by doing side quests or looting caves etc and selling the artifacts.
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Old 17-10-2012, 16:58
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Is there a character which would be the best to pick when you are starting off? Im also wondering whether it is best to focus on magic, bows or and to hand as a beginner?
I chose a Dark Elf for my first play. Big mistake. More often than not magical enemies use Frost based magic and that hammered me. So, next time, I chose a Nord. With Frost immunity at my back I was unstoppable.

Don't go hand to hand. For offense/defence - A few perks in Archery, One-handed/Two-handed and Light/Heavy Armour as a newbie should be your focus. If you fancy adding a bit of magic to that, that's a personal choice.

Some perks in Pickpocket can get you to an extra 100 pts in Carry Weight.
Some perks in Alchemy can't hurt either.

Do the main quest until you go to High Hrothgar and meet the Greybeards and get powered up. Then, leave it for a while and go exploring, there's lots to see and do.




As for not wanting to read the dialogue etc. Skyrim Isn't CoD. It's not a game to blow through in a weekend. It's a game to savour. I'm over 250 hours of gameplay and on my 3rd character. On none of them have I completed the main quest.
Talking to NPCs can lead to other quests.
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Old 17-10-2012, 16:59
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Archery is the best, easiest way to fight. Get the zoom and slowing down time perks, and a good sneak, and you can take out most things before they've even seen you.
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Old 18-10-2012, 09:55
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One piece of long term advise I would give is to play through several times with differant characters each doing a few of the bigger plot lines. At some time between level 30 and 50, you will just find it too easy, and if you carry on doing plots they will loose a LOT of their fun.
The main plots are:
Mages Guild
Dark Brotherhood
Thieves Guild
Companions

So thats about 4 play throughs. You might find that you can do two of them in a single play through IF it suits the character AND you dont go off doing too many side plots.

Plus of course the additional bits of fun that you can add to any of them:
The Main Plot
Becoming a Vampire
Playing as a Werewolf
Civil War
Blades (Dragon/Shout hunting)
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Old 18-10-2012, 15:36
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Skip the reading and talking. You can hammer through it and just quickly skim read what they are saying. 9/10 its just fleshing out the world a bit more.
This is probably the worst advice you could be given. The plot/storyline in Skyrim may not be the best, but any game is better if you are invested in the story and know what and why you are doing.
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Old 18-10-2012, 22:13
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You have nothing but time in this game. Skyrim is not for charging through from A to Z but for wandering wherever your fancy takes you and doing what ever you feel like doing with your own choice of abilities and equipment . How you play it is entirely up to you.
You can create more than one character so if you decide the one you started with isn't quite what you wanted, then start again.
I have well over 200 hours in it so far and still not completed the main quest. Been far too busy exploring and doing side quests.
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Old 19-10-2012, 08:34
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I'd suggest doing the main quest until you return the horn of Jurgen Windcaller to the greybeards at which point you should receive the full strength unrelenting force shout which is very useful at crowd control if you find yourself getting swamped by enemies and even more useful if said enemies happen to be near a big drop of some kind

I'd also suggest doing some of the dawnguard plot assuming you have the expansion and aren't playing on a PS3 especially if you like having a companion as Serana is one of the best followers in the game in terms of usefulness (as she cannot die) and interms of character development. Although if you play as a vampire lord it may not be an idea to have her tagging along as for some reason her presence severely weakens vampire lord

Other than that combat wise as others have suggested stealth archery is the way to go. There is something satisfying about getting a one shot stealth attack on a bandit and then doing the same to their friends when they come to see what happened. And just explore. If you see a black location on the compass it means somewhere you haven't been so just head to it and see what's there

Finally have fun. And try and remember to dip back to real life every now and then
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Old 19-10-2012, 10:19
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I'd suggest doing the main quest until you return the horn of Jurgen Windcaller to the greybeards at which point you should receive the full strength unrelenting force shout which is very useful at crowd control if you find yourself getting swamped by enemies and even more useful if said enemies happen to be near a big drop of some kind

I'd also suggest doing some of the dawnguard plot assuming you have the expansion and aren't playing on a PS3 especially if you like having a companion as Serana is one of the best followers in the game in terms of usefulness (as she cannot die) and interms of character development. Although if you play as a vampire lord it may not be an idea to have her tagging along as for some reason her presence severely weakens vampire lord

Other than that combat wise as others have suggested stealth archery is the way to go. There is something satisfying about getting a one shot stealth attack on a bandit and then doing the same to their friends when they come to see what happened. And just explore. If you see a black location on the compass it means somewhere you haven't been so just head to it and see what's there

Finally have fun. And try and remember to dip back to real life every now and then
Thanks for the replies . When I last played it I was doing a sidequest (I think). Where I had to pick up something to help heal a tree. If thats any use .
Also are sidequests in the journal under miscellaneous?
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Old 19-10-2012, 10:26
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I have played all the games apart from Redguard.

The beauty of them is you can do whatever you like. You can spend hours simply wandering about picking up flowers and mushrooms and making potions.

In Skyrim you can go walking with the giants as they herd their mammoths which is tranquil and pretty.
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Old 19-10-2012, 15:23
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Thanks for the replies . When I last played it I was doing a sidequest (I think). Where I had to pick up something to help heal a tree. If thats any use .
Also are sidequests in the journal under miscellaneous?
Anything under miscellaenous in the journal tends to just be a radiant quest usually along the lines of fetching or delivering stuff

Proper side quests (or main quests for that matter) will normally have a specific name for the quest along with a number of objectives
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Old 19-10-2012, 16:34
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In Skyrim you can go walking with the giants as they herd their mammoths which is tranquil and pretty.
How close can you actually get to giants before they smack you upside the head? I've been too chicken to get really close as mostly I hide up rocks and fill them with arrows (then I tend to feel guilty about it because they seem like gentle- if club endowed- creatures)
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Old 19-10-2012, 17:23
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You can get pretty close. If they stop and start shouting and waving their club, it's time to put a bit of distance between you.

Giants and mammoths don't respawn. If you clear out their camps and kill the randoms they're extinct. Don't know if this is true, it's just what I've heard.
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Old 19-10-2012, 17:28
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You can get pretty close. If they stop and start shouting and waving their club, it's time to put a bit of distance between you.

Giants and mammoths don't respawn. If you clear out their camps and kill the randoms they're extinct. Don't know if this is true, it's just what I've heard.
Giants and mammoths respawn.
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Old 19-10-2012, 18:02
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Giants and mammoths respawn.
Yes sometimes in double or triple strength.
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Old 19-10-2012, 18:03
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You can get pretty close. If they stop and start shouting and waving their club, it's time to put a bit of distance between you.

Giants and mammoths don't respawn. If you clear out their camps and kill the randoms they're extinct. Don't know if this is true, it's just what I've heard.
Ooooh, they respawn alright I used one of their cleared camps as a jumping off point once to do a bit of mountain climbing and jumped right into a pair of them.
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Old 19-10-2012, 18:21
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edit.....



Ahh, just found it.... near the bottom in the TRIVIA section.

http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/The_Cursed_Tribe

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Old 22-10-2012, 15:47
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Can anyone give me advice for the Thalmor Embassy mission. After I pick up my gear theres 2 guards and no matter what I do I keep getting clobbered.
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