The Elder Scrolls

Recently just finished the vanilla game on PC, and reached CP 160.

TheElderScrolls11 - Recently just finished the vanilla game on PC, and reached CP 160.

I created an Orc Dragonknight in the Daggerfall Covenant. I modelled the character off one of my Skyrim characters, which was in turn modelled off my Blackarrow from Lord of the Rings Online. So my character ended up being a stamina-based DPS class, wearing heavy armour and primarily wielding a bow (with dual-wield axes as my alternate weapon set). None of the classes fit exactly what my Skyrim Orc was like, but Dragonknight seemed to come the closest (at least closer than the others).

Anyway, I started off in Morrowind, and once I completed the tutorial I ported myself to Glenumbra to begin the game properly at the very start so I could play through it chronologically. I fully cleared every zone in the Daggerfall Covenant arc: Stros M'Kai, Betnikh, Glenumbra, Stormhaven, Rivenspire, Alik'r Desert, Bangkorai and the Main Quest's Coldharbour). I completed all the main quests and side quests in each area, including the Mages Guild and Fighters Guild questlines (I read all the dialogue, and most of the notes/books related to the quests); I collected all the Sky Shards and Lorebooks (I did not read all the lorebooks); I completed all the Dungeons, Public Dungeons, Delves, and World Bosses; I discovered all locations; and I also maxed all my crafting abilities to 50 (excluding enchanting, which I am still levelling). For the most part I enjoyed all of this, but it took forever (245 hours over maybe 2 or 3 months) and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't tedious at times.

All in all it was an enjoyable experience, I'd say it was worth the $10 I spent to buy the game (haven't paid a cent extra on ESO since, and I don't know if I will yet). I'd very much like to do the other Faction story arcs, as well as some of the DLC stuff (including Morrowind and Summerset) – so I may yet spend some money on some of those. I'm quite happy to do a lot of the DLC on my Orc character (as it would fit the progression and story), but I don't really want to do the other Faction arcs (Cadwell Silver/Gold) on him as it doesn't make much sense for the internal logic of my character's story.

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In fact, I'd prefer to do new toons for the Aldmeri Dominion and Ebonheart Pact faction arcs, and maybe even new toons for Morrowind and Summerset. However–and this is my first grievance with the game–because it seems that Sky Shards and Lorebooks are not account-wide, i.e. they have to be recollected on every character, I'm really put-off from making alts because I don't want to have to do a lot of that again (because it's so tedious and dull). Likewise with upgrading the Horse skill, which I've still not even fully finished on my main character. At least CP are account-wide, and I only need one crafter so I won't have to do that all over again (except for Alchemy), but I digress. I really hope at some point they'll make Sky Shards and Lorebooks account-wide, and if they do I might make some alts but for now I don't think I'll bother.

Another minor, but for me very frustrating, issue I ran into is that there is no solo mode for the story Dungeons (the ones you do through the Dungeon Finder). I really wish such a mode existed, even if it didn't give any loot at all. The reason being is that it was my first time doing the content and I wanted to take my time with it, e.g. spend time reading the quest dialogue, the books and the notes in the Dungeon. However, often the group I was in would rush through it all (as they've either done it before or don't really care about that sort of thing), and consequently in a few dungeons I'd miss out on a lot of dialogue because one person completing the conversation progresses it for everyone (so I'd still be reading through some dialogue when it'd get cut off and the dungeon would progress). This resulted in me having to repeatedly abandon many of those dungeon quests until I could retake the quest and repeat the dungeon enough times to actually read all the dialogue by this piece-meal method (or find a group that'd take it slow and let me read stuff, which was difficult). So yes, a solo mode would be great in my opinion.

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Also, as a side note, queuing for a specific dungeon (e.g. if you queue JUST for Vaults of Madness or Wayrest Sewers, or even a few of these) takes ~30-45min as a DPS class to find a group. Is that normal? I feel like queuing for random normal dungeons as DPS is faster than that, so why would queuing for specific dungeons take so long?

TL;DR – Had a decent time, worth the $10 I spent. Took me ages though, Sky Shards and Lorebooks very tedious – should be account-wide because I'm put-off making alts because I don't want to do that shit again. I want a solo mode for dungeons so I can take my time with the quest dialogue.

EDIT: Immediately downvoted, you do you ESO sub-reddit.

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