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The Michael Swayne Story V: King of his Castle

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Rating: 3 votes, 5.00 average.
Last night I had the urge to play Skyrim. However, I didn't have the current version installed, so I had to install the updates. In the time it took for them to finish, I grew to sleepy to play. I was dozing off when I heard the booming voices at the start screen. At first I thought it was someone talking outside, that's how close to sleep I was. In the end, I turned it off and decided that I would play the next day.

When I woke a few hours later, I began my journey around Skyrim. And then I began again because the game glitched on me and wouldn't save my progress or let me change the settings. And then I began again because I decided that I didn't want to be a Nord. And then again because I the torture chamber's assistant died and I hadn't saved the game yet. But then I finally played through the tutorial area. And then went and reloaded save files because I tripped a trap, and because I didn't chose the correct speech choices.

But I did finally join the Dark Brotherhood. It only took about 5 or 6 hours of playing to do it. My character is a Breton with specialty in Destruction Magic (I do love Black Magic). I am currently Level 6, and just successfully killed Alain and that one Shatter-Shield woman for what's-her-face over in Markarth. In all of my attempts at this game, this is only the first time I have actually spent considerable time in Markarth. I mean, I went there unexpectedly when I was in that drinking contest and woke up there; but I reloaded a save file because I didn't want to do that mission. This was the first time I saw that one woman get killed by the Forsworn person, the first time I entered that Abandoned House to find that Malacath (or is it Molag Bal) had his weapon inside.

Anyway, I really like the storyline of the Dark Brotherhood in this game. It is so different than that of Oblivion. And while I was playing assassin, I was also helping my Mom as she ventured into cyberspace and began her online life.

This morning, Mom asked me to help her apply for jobs using online applications. I also set her up with an e-mail address and a Facebook profile. She doesn't care for Facebook much; she says it's boring. My sister would have a cow if she heard Mom say that. I think Mom was expecting it to be like sending text messages, and that she would get replies to her messages to friends within minutes. I told her that she can use the laptop and have it on Facebook so it would be more like that, but she just grew tired of it. Oh well.

Well, that's all for now. I think I might play a little more before going to sleep. I do need to report back in to Astrid now that the contract is complete. After that, I will try and sleep some. So with that, I hope to see you around the forums, and until then...



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  1. Kurt Zisa's Avatar
    I've been looking into getting Skyrim, but it looks like all of the updated versions sold out over xmas and that's the one i'd like to go for.

    Seeing you've played both would you recommend getting Oblivion in the meantime?
  2. Michael Swayne's Avatar
    Of course you should get Oblivion. If you can, get the Game of the Year Edition. It includes the Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles expansions. I have completed both of the expansions, and really enjoyed them. And there is so much to do in the main game that I still haven't saved Cyrodiil from the dark forces. I am thinking of selling my copy of Skyrim so I can get the Legendary version. It looks like doing that would be cheaper than getting all of the DLC through PSN.
  3. loaf's Avatar
    All of the Elder Scrolls games are amazing. Takes awhile to understand it sometimes, especially in 4 but it's all around amazing. After playing 4 going into 5, it's really good. I loved the Shivering Isles, my favorite part of Elder Scrolls was that Expansion. Knights of the Nine quest quest Add on was pretty good too.