I thought I would start off with a brief Blaugust update since while we are still roughly 15 days away from the official kickoff… we already have a bunch of activity. For those interested please take a moment and fill out the form that I am using for tracking this event. Also we have a discord that is starting to become active that we have a good number of the participants in so far. On day what… negative 16… we had a bunch of people sign up and I fully expect before we will get the event rolling we will have even more sign up. However I did want to take a quick moment to recognize all of the “first!” crew who signed up almost immediately.
Mentors (so far)
Blaugustans (aka participants so far)
Super huge thanks to all of these fine folks for signing their name on the dotted line… or in our case a google form. I did want to say a few more things about Blaugust. This is a festival of blogging, but that could take a bunch of meanings. If your thing is not writing a bunch of words about gaming then that is absolutely cool… just do whatever works for you. If you would prefer to do a travelogue sort of blog where you explore, take a bunch of pictures and then write a little bit about each of them… then that is a really cool blog. If you want to do some sort of creative en-devour and show off the things you created in the process… and talk a bit about what you were thinking or any challenges you had while creating it… then that also is a really cool blog.
Say you want to instead challenge yourself to do a daily vlog or a daily twitch stream… that you then paste links to in a blog form… then that absolutely is also within the spirit of this festival. Blaugust is about creating content and preferably getting yourself in the habit of doing it in a regular manner. The idea is to turn the once a month blogger into a couple of times a week blogger giving us more content to consume and broadening our community. A lot of the traditional blogging activity has moved from the dedicated blogs into the social media space… which is an area we are finding we have no control over. I feel like maybe it is time to start clawing those posts back to places you control and staking out a place for yourself on the internet. There is still plenty of time to decide if you want to participant in this years running of Blaugust however.
On to gaming talk… last night I accomplished something that has been my goal up until this point in Elder Scrolls Online. I finished Cadwell’s Gold or as I have often referred to it.. New Game++. For the uninitiated Elder Scrolls Online launched with three separate factions and an interesting mechanic that allows you to keep the gaming going by venturing forth into the other two factions after you finish the one you started in. So as a Daggerfall Covenant player, my first “New Game” mode was to venture forth into the Aldmerri Dominion. I stalled out in that area for a really long time… given that the game released four years ago. Once beating that main story quest… I achieved Cadwell’s Silver and moved forth into Ebonheart Pact, where I have been spending my time lately and wrapped up last night.
For my troubles I got a necklace that I will likely deconstruct… and a cosmetic helm that is Cadwell’s infamous “helmet”. I am effectively “finished” with all of the content that was available at the release of Elder Scrolls Online… effectively 150 levels worth of story. By the time I beat it I was sitting at 285 champion points… which becomes the post game progression system. I was really weird about the content in ESO because I wanted to beat the effective New Game++ before starting any of the DLC or expansion content. Now I have accidentally done one of the Thieves Guild quests because I simply thought it was “just another quest” in Windhelm, however I have not properly dug into any of it… that is until last night.
I officially started Orsinium… with my trusty helm equipped. Firstly I have to say… if this is the scale of their DLC content… I am damned impressed and find myself wondering what in the hell their Expansions look like since they make the clear distinction between the two concepts. Wrothgar is huge and so far the questing has been excellent since I have been looking forward to doing the deep dive into Orsimer culture. The fact that Orcs in the Elder Scrolls setting… are “Elves Gone Wrong”… has always appealed to me greatly given my general distaste for elves in most games. That said I do love the Bosmer… and quite a bit of Dunmer culture as well… so maybe it is just the Altmer aka High Elves that I ultimately have problem with. The Thalmor in Skyrim are one of those things that I will go completely out of my way just to kill one walking down the road.
If you have not gotten the impression yet… I am freaking having a blast in this game and I am super glad E3 made me want to dig back into it. Effectively prior to E3 I had been stalled out in Stonefalls… which is not a good zone. It doesn’t help that it is one of those zones we beat the shit out of in alpha and beta with focused testing… so it just bores me to tears at this point. However as soon as I managed to push my way through it… the rest of Ebonheart Pact was charming and interesting and the gaming equivalent of a “page turner”. Now I am almost giddy thinking about experiencing all of this expanded content that I have heard so much about.