Sunday, November 6, 2016

Skyrim SE: The Demure Dragonborn Level 01

I was sorely tempted to call this Skyrim SE: More Brains than Brawn but though I'm certainly not playing a "brawny" Skyrim character it still remains to be seen how "brainy" I turn out to be.

Here's the backstory.

I've once again found myself waking up in that cart, bumping down the road in Skyrim that's heading towards my execution.  I've been here once before, back in 2011 when The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim first came out, and the whole experience was a bit of a hot mess.

Apparently though I spend a considerable amount of time in Second Life, a true gamer I'm not.  I'm clumsy, hate killing things, and would rather spend my days crafting than hunting down vampires.  I loved being immersed in the world of Skyrim but was rather overwhelmed by it all.  According to my statistics, I played 170 hours, reached level 37 and unlocked 24/75 achievements before I threw in the towel.

When the Skyrim Special Edition came out in October I saw an opportunity to start again, using my hard-earned knowledge to create an experience more conducive to a "demure" Dragonborn.  I thought I'd blog a bit about this endeavour in the hope that it might encourage others of my ilk, if only by illustrating what not.

System Requirements:


  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
  • Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
  • 8GB RAM
  • 12 GB free HDD space
  • Nvidia GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB


  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
  • Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320
  • 8GB RAM
  • 12 GB free HDD space
  • Nvidia GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB
Back in 2011 my PC barely made the minimum.  Fortunately, I've upgraded since then and though not quite at Recommended with my graphics card, I'm well above the minimum.  It makes a huge difference.  No more getting blown out of my boots by an incoming dragon before I even had the chance to turn around to see it!

Xbox One Wireless Controller

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I treated myself to an Xbox One Wireless Controller.  If you are going this route you will also need an Microsoft Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows for your PC.  Installation was surprisingly effortless and my game play is so much better.  Remember me mentioning how clumsy I am in-game, well I still walk into the occasional tree but overall my movement is improving at an amazing rate.

These default Controls will help you get started though the game does a pretty good job of telling you what control to use.  I may look into a Mod to provide more functionality (more than 2 hotkeys, print screen etc.) but for now I'm happy just learning the ropes with the default.


My favourite online reference has to be The Unofficial Elder Scroll Pages   I also Google for quick references.  Having said that, I did invest in the official strategy guide since, among other things, one of my worst nightmares is being lost in some dungeon with no clue how to get out.  The guide does an excellent job of talking you out of those dark places as well as including nicely detailed maps.

I enjoy using it to plot my next quest and I've picked up quite a few good tips along the way.


Speaking of plotting, I love the open world of Skyrim and all the vastness of its possibilities.  Unfortunately, given that I'm "a bit of this - a bit of that" kind of person, in my first go-around I found myself spread too thin with regards to my character build.  It became a tad confusing.  This time I've narrowed down my focus a bit to those things I really love and though I'll probably never follow one of the character archetypes I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

More on strategy in my next installment The Demure Dragonborn Level 01 Strategy.
Skyrim SE: The Demure Dragonborn Level 01 by  on 2016-11-06 Thoughts on being more brainy than brawny in Skyrim SE

Image: Tatiana Dokuchic (click to enlarge)

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