dudeitzchronic Mar 10 @ 8:14pm
How do YOU like to play Skyrim?
I'm looking to get info on how people like to play this wonderous game. Many people like to RP heavily, others just do silly gimicks. I'd like to know more about both, so I can get some new ideas for my next few characters. You can add any classes or certain ways you like to play. I'll kick it off, give an example or two of each, and if anyone wants to add please do so. If there are any mods required, please give their names.

I'll also add a paragrapg or so for a backstory for the classes I play, skip over it if you are only interested in the theme or have no interest in RP'ing. Also, it's an excuse for me to geek out.

Class: Alchemist

Backstory: Arlin is an Imperial from a noble family, however he's always been a bit more "enthusiatic" about things compared to his sophistacted family. At a somewhat young age, he decided to travel away from Cyrodil to go explore in the name of science. However, unlike actual scientists, instead of trying to find cures and move civilization forward, he's always done "science" to see what would happen. He is a kleptomaniac by nature, and often takes ingredients, despite whoever they might belong to, to see how he can improve or alterate his concoctions. When caught, he usually mananages to talk his way out of the situation with his high charisma.

Play Style: I play this character a lot like the Alchemist from pathfinder. He throws a lot of potions at enemies (and occasionally allies that he oversees). He also uses potions to buff himself up, along with alteration magic, so he can be effective in melee combat. I find that a 2h warhammer fits this character well, as after he gets drugged up he goes into a frenzy and just smashes everything in sight.

Required mods: Throwable Weapons
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/36147/?

Class: Engineer

Backstory: Kep is a lad who is facinated by history, more specifically the technology of the dwemer. He doesn't care much for his hometown, which he hardly remembers. He enjoys tinkering with gadjets found, and exploring dwemer ruins, although he resents people calling them ruins as most are still fully functioning and are amazing relics of history.

Play Style: For his weapons, I use guns that look like they were dwemer made. I also took engineering, which allows him to create dwemer constructs to fight along with him. It's a pretty basic concept, although I found it quite fun.

Required Mods: Dwemer Rifle/Buster
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/8649/?
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/9118/?

Engineering
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/10537/?

Game Style: DnD

So this is a way to play the game in general. It works with any class, but I found it to work best with support classes, like a paladin. Works the least with a stealth based class.

How the premise goes is you set the difficulty to master from the get-go, and get the deadly dragons mod and set that to max. Master difficulty with skyRe is a lot harder than normal master difficulty. From there, you get the Ultimate Follower Overhaul mod so you can have more followers than one and get more options with them. From there, you play it like any other party-based RPG. You go around, gather followers into the party, and go on quests. The core Skyrim game is based around being an ultimate war machine, for the most part, and this takes a huge turn from that. Here, it's more about letting the other party members shine. The paladin I play has a lot of spells that help the group out, by either protecting them or healing them, or tanking the big guys while everyone else does damage as I have heavy armor and a shield.

I also use the Amazing Follower Tweaks to give me more customizability. You can make each individual character only do one thing, as it's annoying to have the archer in the party take out his iron sword and rush into combat against an ancient elder dragon, or w/e, so you can have him only use bows, or the mage only use magic, or the tank to use shield and sword, etc...

On top of that, I like the convinient horses mod to let my followers ride horses. It makes it much more genuine that way. Convinient horses allows up to 15 followers to ride horses, although you can have as many as 32 followers with UFO, so keep that in mind. Despite that, I usually only have 5 or 6 followers as I feel that's the sweet spot. Less is too low for a party, more makes the game too easy and makes it seem like you're commanding a legion, which isn't the point.

Mods required: UFO
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/14037/?

Optional (but heavily recommended)
Amazing Follower Tweaks
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/15524/?
Convinient Horses
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/14950/?

So that's it. If you'd like to add on, please try and format it nicely. It doesn't have to be like mine, espcially since I could've done a much better job, but something readable. I'll read and comment on everything, so give it a whirl!
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Revakun Mar 10 @ 8:38pm 
I love doing the kinds of things you do. I think that's the true way to play Skyrim. The gimmiky playstyle is so...unrewarding I feel. Skyrim is too good of an RP experience to not play as true RPG.
Hellbishop Mar 10 @ 8:52pm 
For all my characters I do things like eat every three to five hours, sleep for at least six hours, after combat drink some wine etc, wear full body covering clothing during heavy snow storms and while exploring snow covered areas.

Am trying not to eat during combat since it feels like cheating and non-immersive. Improving my alchemy should help with this even for a warrior character along with expensive health potions.

I dont use any tricks or console cheats to exploit the game world. So no going in and out of walls or opening a master lock with a console code.

I dont use mods since am quite happy with SKYRIM on its own and anything a mod can do I can roleplay in my mind instead of having the game run scripts to do it. I love mods and have used them passionately since 2002 in the Elder Scrolls and since the 1990s with other games but these days I enjoy playing them without mods. Its pretty interesting to be going back to playing MORROWIND after all those years of using mods with it and seeing what a different and just as enjoyable game it is in 2014 without mods. I have over a hundred cds of mods stored away just in case the urge pops up though.
HaloEliteLegend Mar 10 @ 8:54pm 
I'm a completionist, and Skyrim is a time-sucker for completionists. There's so much to do, that prospect is near to impossible without spending hundreds upon hundreds of hours in the game.

I like to do as many quests as I can, read as many books as I can, explore everywhere, see everything, try everything, and test everything. I play as an all-around character, wanting to try every single ability possible, and I sort of spread myself out.

I also try out a lot of mods. If I like a mod, I'll keep it. I don't really use many graphics-enhancing mods, but I do use a water enhancer.
di eshor ribly Mar 10 @ 9:00pm 
One of the most amusing characters I made and played was Grogar The Flatulent. The name was just for laughs, but the big draw to his game is the mod "Nord! Its Whats For Dinner!". A rather amusing cannibal mod. For everything that cant be eaten normally, he turns into a werewolf to chow down on. Sometimes dragons eat you, sometimes you eat the dragons.
Hellbishop Mar 10 @ 9:02pm 
Originally posted by HaloEliteLegend:
I'm a completionist, and Skyrim is a time-sucker for completionists. There's so much to do, that prospect is near to impossible without spending hundreds upon hundreds of hours in the game.

I like to do as many quests as I can, read as many books as I can, explore everywhere, see everything, try everything, and test everything. I play as an all-around character, wanting to try every single ability possible, and I sort of spread myself out.

I also try out a lot of mods. If I like a mod, I'll keep it. I don't really use many graphics-enhancing mods, but I do use a water enhancer.

I usually stick to a warrior type and when I do dabble in the magical arts its usually with the mind set of a battlemage.

Yes those books alone can take almost a game session to read :D Thats why I limit myself to one book per game session. Same thing happens when talking to npcs and before I know it an hour has passed just chatting in Whiterun.

Only graphics mod am using at the moment is the one by Bethesda. They did a spectacular job of greatly enhancing the fantastic work that they had already created.
Snorlax Mar 10 @ 9:05pm 
>Be a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ to everyone (steal from them, beat up people in fist fights)
>Pickpocket clothing
>Do all daedra quests
>Do evil things when I get the chance

Hoi ho hoi ho
dudeitzchronic Mar 10 @ 9:16pm 
Originally posted by HaloEliteLegend:
I'm a completionist, and Skyrim is a time-sucker for completionists. There's so much to do, that prospect is near to impossible without spending hundreds upon hundreds of hours in the game.

I like to do as many quests as I can, read as many books as I can, explore everywhere, see everything, try everything, and test everything. I play as an all-around character, wanting to try every single ability possible, and I sort of spread myself out.

I also try out a lot of mods. If I like a mod, I'll keep it. I don't really use many graphics-enhancing mods, but I do use a water enhancer.

I feel you, a lot of different quests are interesting and I like doing almost all of them, no matter how many times over. However, I don't do everything on one character, so none of my characters have all the daedric weapons and are the leader of every guild. It's more like my nercomancer is in the mages guild, my barbarian in the companions, fencer in the thieves, and assassin in the dark brothehood, none suprisingly. It's cool that you do that though, really gives off being a total badass, but I like to have each character themed to something else.
Pink Mar 10 @ 9:29pm 
It's similar for me, I just keep doing all the quests for the sake of it.
KKEH Mar 10 @ 11:06pm 
go to skyrim workshop collections then auto subscribe to all hd textures and other mod packs! then do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7n5kRRHDpw
HaloEliteLegend Mar 11 @ 12:46am 
Originally posted by Hellbishop:
Originally posted by HaloEliteLegend:
I'm a completionist, and Skyrim is a time-sucker for completionists. There's so much to do, that prospect is near to impossible without spending hundreds upon hundreds of hours in the game.

I like to do as many quests as I can, read as many books as I can, explore everywhere, see everything, try everything, and test everything. I play as an all-around character, wanting to try every single ability possible, and I sort of spread myself out.

I also try out a lot of mods. If I like a mod, I'll keep it. I don't really use many graphics-enhancing mods, but I do use a water enhancer.

I usually stick to a warrior type and when I do dabble in the magical arts its usually with the mind set of a battlemage.

Yes those books alone can take almost a game session to read :D Thats why I limit myself to one book per game session. Same thing happens when talking to npcs and before I know it an hour has passed just chatting in Whiterun.

Only graphics mod am using at the moment is the one by Bethesda. They did a spectacular job of greatly enhancing the fantastic work that they had already created.

There was this one book which told the story of a Dark Elf who was the runaway queen of Mournhold and joined the Thieves' Guild... It took me half an hour to read. Then another half hour passed by in Dragonsreach... I think I took like 4-5 hours just exploring Whiterun, although with all the books, and some quests, it probably took longer than that.

And Bethesda released their own graphics mod? I feel like I should've heard about that, but I haven't. Oh well, gonna go Google it.
dudeitzchronic Mar 11 @ 2:35am 
Originally posted by HaloEliteLegend:
Originally posted by Hellbishop:

I usually stick to a warrior type and when I do dabble in the magical arts its usually with the mind set of a battlemage.

Yes those books alone can take almost a game session to read :D Thats why I limit myself to one book per game session. Same thing happens when talking to npcs and before I know it an hour has passed just chatting in Whiterun.

Only graphics mod am using at the moment is the one by Bethesda. They did a spectacular job of greatly enhancing the fantastic work that they had already created.

There was this one book which told the story of a Dark Elf who was the runaway queen of Mournhold and joined the Thieves' Guild... It took me half an hour to read. Then another half hour passed by in Dragonsreach... I think I took like 4-5 hours just exploring Whiterun, although with all the books, and some quests, it probably took longer than that.

And Bethesda released their own graphics mod? I feel like I should've heard about that, but I haven't. Oh well, gonna go Google it.

He's just talking about the texture pack.
la_nague Mar 11 @ 2:48am 
first i like to make my skyrim harder.

Deadly combat, highlevel enemies etc. I need this else it would feel fake.



Then i make up a story on how i came to skyrim. My argonian was called there by the Hist, just like they were called home during oblivion crisis.

Then i just go from there and see what happens with the argonian. I avoid fast travel unless its something annoying like the 2nd trip to the greybeards.
dudeitzchronic Mar 11 @ 4:23am 
Originally posted by la_nague:
first i like to make my skyrim harder.

Deadly combat, highlevel enemies etc. I need this else it would feel fake.



Then i make up a story on how i came to skyrim. My argonian was called there by the Hist, just like they were called home during oblivion crisis.

Then i just go from there and see what happens with the argonian. I avoid fast travel unless its something annoying like the 2nd trip to the greybeards.

Ditto on the fast travel, I have it turned off. There's a lot more exciting ways to get around Skyrim, carridge tour, horse, or dragon. Anything beats fast travel.
Hellbishop Mar 11 @ 7:47am 
Originally posted by HaloEliteLegend:

There was this one book which told the story of a Dark Elf who was the runaway queen of Mournhold and joined the Thieves' Guild... It took me half an hour to read. Then another half hour passed by in Dragonsreach... I think I took like 4-5 hours just exploring Whiterun, although with all the books, and some quests, it probably took longer than that.

And Bethesda released their own graphics mod? I feel like I should've heard about that, but I haven't. Oh well, gonna go Google it.

All that book reading brings back memories of TES 2 DAGGERFALL where it latched on to me for eternity :D

Yes the texture pack by Bethesda is a free DLC. Definitely Google it to make sure its to your liking and that you can run it especially since it becomes part of your STEAM account and gets downloaded every time you reinstall SKYRIM. There are also some texture mods out there that cover a few things Bethesda left out which you can use alongside their DLC.
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White Knight Mar 11 @ 8:56am 
Sorry but I stopped reading when I hit the first use of "backstory".

The word is "history" or "background", the word "backstory" is about as uncomfortable for me to read as the word "irregardless". I know this won't be a popular opinion in here but it had to be said.

I prefer stealth archers and have had some fun with a mage who was focused on being a businessman and a naked Nord who punched stuff with his fists and refused to pick up items from the dead.
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