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kaythomas
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I am starting Oblivion today.   I know that most of you have already played it.  For me it will be new and a challenge.  I played Morrowind with no understanding of how to choose and build a character.  And I got to the end.   I hope this time to understand more what I am doing as I start out.

I am starting this thread so I have some place to come to ask for help or just talk about what I am doing. 

Kay

Imagine life with no hypothetical situations. 

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Hey kay, I'm (re)starting Oblivion too. My custom-but-mostly-battlemage is lvl 1. 

I played last year to ~ lvl 12 but abandoned her to a hardware upgrade with reinstalled windows. Now I'm going in again with a crap-load of mods so my game will not match yours precisely. Gave up trying to install mods identical  in every tiny detail  at two houses. The slightest difference can corrupt saves moved between two computers and I finally concluded the heart&headaches were not worth playing on weekends.

I'm starting tonight in earnest but you can't ask me much cuz I don't know anything beyond tabbing open the menu. In front of me is a scrap of to-do list: somehow learn to hotkey spells (other than default rt-mouse), modded lockpick,* and dropped torch*.

*mods: dropped torches remain lit & lockpicking overhaul

p.s. Scout, if you're lurking - as I never reached either expansion, in my spare time I'm going to majorly mod up Morrowind in prep for post Oblivion. Found a great site by a guy who did the same circa Dec. 2008 (recently!). Suggested mods & tweaks that are current - plus he has download links to everything!

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I too will endeavor to play Oblivion so I can be part of this thread. I hate being left out, and I often wonder what it was I missed about that game that made so many others so happy.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Hey, 'pike, maybe I could find you a gun mod. You know, so you'd feel more at home in the land of swords & orc'n'elves. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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I'm a total Morrowind/Oblivion noob. Mayhaps I'll join this party as well. I think I'll play the 360 version as I'm too lazy to install a new video card on my rig.[Image Can Not Be Found]

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This time through, I think I'll follow the advice of the game system - you know, be the class it guesses I am based on that ridiculously long and boring tutorial. Of course, every other time I played the game, it always had me pegged as an acrobat, for reasons completely unclear.

Praise be to Akatosh!

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Oh, this should be loads of fun. Two newbs, jaded Steerpike and me with 85 mods so my game plays nothing like *either* PC or 360 Oblivion.

On with the game!  [Image Can Not Be Found]

PS edit: a mod removes my tutorial and I start just inside the sewer gate. :)

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Holy, moly rocky.  It's just like old times back on FFC.  What fun.    [Image Can Not Be Found]   Kay

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kaythomas said:

Holy, moly rocky.  It's just like old times back on FFC.  What fun.    [Image Can Not Be Found]   Kay


Yes, we had some great times on Bullocks. Good to see it getting a new life. I heard that you finished Fallout 3 and are looking for new lands to conquer. You will like Oblivion, I believe. The Dark Brotherhood quests are dark and interesting. Shivering Isles is good too–a bit darker, which I liked.

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Shivering Isles was really good once I patched it. Maybe my favorite expansion of all. Some of the locations were jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

I think one of the reasons I liked Oblivion was the timing. I was sort of stressed at the time and I used to love to go into an Oblviion gate and just smash the demons with a big old sword or hammer. Brutish for sure but somehow so satisfying to bash my way through those towers. I burned up all my little charging jewels in there I think. I forget now what they were called. Var-something.

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Scout always seems to end his posts with   Some Oscar Wilde quote.

Comeon Scout,  you can do better than that.  What quote?

Kay

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Well, I've ordered Oblivion and I should have it in my hot little hands by Thursday, at the latest. Yes, I could have walked the four blocks to Best Buy while at work tomorrow, but that involves sales tax. shhhh

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Okay, I installed Oblivion and promptly got annoyed and quit because I couldn't remember how to drop things, and it was surprisingly unintuitive. And I hadn't been drinking or anything.

Probably for the best as I am going to try and install the Windows 7 RC tonight, so I'll just have to reinstall Oblivion again. Pray for me!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Agree that Oblivion has the biggest pile of annoying features of any game I've played with the intention of sticking it out. Many I modded out, over or otherwise - some I have yet to discover. At lvl 12 I wasn't high enough to attempt soul trapping, spell making or enchanting.

Highlight item in inventory, shift & rt. mouse click (or is that left?) to drop.

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Thanks, Yap.

Scout: you speak of VARLA Stones. One of my favorite objects in Oblivion, I had collected a little mound of them and would just sit and admire the things. Then one day I left them in what I thought was my personal footlocker at the Mages Guild and upon my return they were gone.

Along with a little piece of my soul.

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kaythomas said:

Scout always seems to end his posts with   Some Oscar Wilde quote.

Comeon Scout,  you can do better than that.  What quote?

Kay


kay, I just can't make up my mind. Oscar came up with so many quotable quips. I think he anticipated the Internet phenomena of the sig decades before anyone else.

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Steerpike said:

Thanks, Yap.

Scout: you speak of VARLA Stones. One of my favorite objects in Oblivion, I had collected a little mound of them and would just sit and admire the things. Then one day I left them in what I thought was my personal footlocker at the Mages Guild and upon my return they were gone.

Along with a little piece of my soul.


If ever there was a reason to use a cheat, that was one. I would not have hesitated.

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Those charged items were aggravating. I levelled up through the mages guild and had access to all the spell making and item enchanting machinery the world had to offer and never felt I could make anything useful. Once you exceed the amount of juice you can get into a grand soul gem, you were forced to go the black soul gem route which swiftly wore out its welcome.

My Dark Souls single player sensibilities are protected by a +10 GfWL Firewall of Ineptitude

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Glad you mentioned containers that respawn contents - I'd forgotten about "safe" vs. "unsafe" storage. The following links provide too much info but may prevent catastrophe. 

Containers

Other safe containers

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Jiminy Christmas. I took a look at a faq for building characters and heard my brain implode. Now I have to worry about safe vs unsafe containers? This is too much like real life! [Image Can Not Be Found]

My copy arrives tomorrow. I'm sure you'll hear lots of whining and restarting.

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