Looking Back: Moments from My First Skyrim Let’s Play

Posted in Action Adventure, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on February 17th, 2015 by thelonegamer

One year and 1000 subscribers later…

When I started my first Skyrim Let’s Play (or Roleplay, as it turned out), my Youtube channel (which I had been pretty much neglecting all this time) had about 150 or so subscribers who were sadly starved for content. Well, since starting the Adventures of Vryll Lytharn AKA A Coming of Mage Story, it has grown to almost 1000 Subscribers. I plan to post several videos as a Thank You to my wonderful audience- and this is the first.

Lookback: A Coming of Mage Story is a collection/montage of some memorable moments from the LP, hopefully to get a laugh or a smile, and perhaps encourage a few more peeps to subscribe. Heheh. Anyways, with PerMa (Perkus Maximus), the new revision of SkyRe now installed, I plan to keep playing (and LP-ing) Skyrim for a long time to come…

Skyrim Let’s Play: SorcererDave Plays Dragonborn

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on October 5th, 2014 by thelonegamer

SorcererDave’s I, Claudius Skyrim LP continues!

I have been doing my Skyrim Let’s Play ‘thing’ for several months now, and I have to say it’s a blast to be able to tell stories while playing a darn game that I enjoy, and be it a passing fancy or eventually a longtime endeavor that I pursue, I credit a couple of people for getting me into it- the two Skyrim LP-ers who have had the most influence on me. One is Gopher- yep, the almighty wonderful Gophernator, whose own longtime LP ended recently (though he may return to Tamriel from time to time). The other is SorcererDave formerly Jingles1218.

Of all the LPers I have the pleasure of watching and following on Youtube, Dave is perhaps among the most well-known, and his series- I, Claudius- which follows the saga of a decidedly unlikable hero in the form of his titular Imperial Legion Soldier, is now on its Fifth Season/Chapter. Previously, Dave had gone on somewhat of an indefinite leave from playing Skyrim, with little information on when he would continue. Well, thankfully he has finally come back to the game, and it seems that he is enjoying himself, as well as playing a specific DLC of the game (Dragonborn) which he actually hasn’t played yet at all. Which should lead to loads of fun for both him and viewer.

What makes Dave’s LP exceptional for me is the way he tells his story- aside from his goddamn awesome voice (Englishmen have it so damn good, dammit), the craft of how he edits and frames his videos and his adventures onscreen are just second to none. I especially love the way he handles the music, and this chapter in particular- the way he starts off his episode- the narration, the writing, and DAMN the music with the titles… it is art. The way he commentates is a cross between roleplay and real world commentary, which is something I guess I can never really do, so its always something for me to learn from. Anyway, I do think that even after four solid chapters, Claudius has a LOT more adventuring to do in Skyrim, and I am hoping this series continues onward in the many months to come.

For now, I got me a new Claudius episode to enjoy so I’m clam-happy. Heheh.

Another Skyrim Let’s Play! Tale of Jo’Kir: Khajiit Illusionist

Posted in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play on July 31st, 2014 by thelonegamer

Coming soon to the Youtube Channel!

Following the wonderful reception I’ve been getting to my first Skyrim Roleplaying LP, A Coming of Mage Story (which is into its Second Volume/Season!), I’ve decided to spread myself thinner, like butter spread across too much bread, with ANOTHER LP series.

The reason being that Vryll’s series is well enough on its way- and it will continue indefinitely. However, I wish to do things and play Skyrim (continuously) through other avenues and directions that our admittedly Goody Two-Shoes Altmer Archmage and Animunculist won’t or can’t go. Where Vryll won’t head, our new protagonist Jo’Kir will.
The gameplay style will be markedly different- although they are both mages, Jo’Kir will be using primarily the Illusion School of Magic (SkyRe), Conjuration and Restoration. Alteration will be secondary (mainly just for utility and Mage Armor), and Destruction not at all- Jo’Kir’s ranged offense will be totally different. His melee talents will be new as well, with him being a trained Monk of the mysterious Monastery of the Mists- he will only fight using his bare hands/claws- which are in themselves formidable weapons.

Is Jo’Kir evil? Perhaps that’s too strong a word, but I need to give him a very different voice, tone and mood from Vryll- but hopefully, still make him a likable character to follow, if not interesting. His adventures will take him to the darker corners, nooks and crannies of Skyrim, such as the Thieves’ Guild, perhaps the Dark Brotherhood and perhaps even… Castle Volkihar? We’ll see.

I don’t plan this series to be as long, or as updated as often as my other LP, but we’ll see. For now, please look forward to more Skyrim RP-ing from the Lone Gamer soon!

The Lone Gamer’s Skyrim Let’s Play Gets a Trailer!

Posted in Action Adventure, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on June 6th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Now Showing at my Youtube Channel!

I was just fooling around last night with all the hours and hours of Elder Scrolls V Skyrim PC gameplay footage I’ve already prerecorded for my LP, and well- I hammered out a rough trailer. It’s mainly to have a teaser video on the Youtube channel for non-subscribers, but I think it’s also a bit of a thank you to all the watchers who make doing the series so satisfying.

Of course, Skyrim being so damn cinematic a game- anyone can just take a bunch of clips, set it to the game’s freakin’ godly music and it will probably look amazing. What more if I could actually mod or fool around with the Creation Kit? Sigh.

Anyways, the series is at 30 episodes and still going, with no end in sight. It’s a hobby. Heheh.

The Lone Gamer’s Skyrim Let’s Play Episode 23.5, 24

Posted in Dragonborn, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on May 19th, 2014 by thelonegamer

I haven’t been able to update the blog as of late, thanks to a couple of reasons. One, is that my local DSL service has gone down and has been offline for the past couple of weeks (and counting). I am hoping they fix it soon, but so far I a subsisting on my personal MiFi. The other reason is that I am devoting a LOT of time to my Skyrim Let’s Play project.

I think it’s going quite well, with quite a few awesome watchers having subscribed and watching the series, including a couple of my idols in the Skyrim LP-ing biz (Damo2986 and Pemulisian!). Knowing these two guys are watching episodes of Vryll’s adventures just makes me want to make every video as great as I can make it.

Well, to date we’ve got 24 episodes up and we’re still going. I really don’t expect to stop anytime soon- I am not going to run out of video footage of my mage playthrough for a long time; even more so since I am STILL playing and having fun with the character.
Thanks to SkyRe, that uber-awesome gameplay overhaul mod for Skyrim, a mage is so much more viable than ever before (IMO). It’s not like vanilla where at high levels you’re basically spamming projectiles over and over and causing diddly damage, or resorting to the Fortify Magical School trick to make Magicka costs zero (which I realized a long time ago just made the game boring). In SkyRe, you can really work at upgrading your actual damage output. So at very high levels, you can really deal out damage that is comparable to warriors or archers with Legendary weapons and high skill. This is balanced by the fact that in SkyRe, full mages are still glass cannons so if you’re not careful you can still get killed very easily. Also, levels are uncapped, so I can keep playing Vryll beyond Level 80.

Once my home internet gets fixed, I’m hoping to at least start posting a video or two every other day, or at the fastest, one a day. We’ll see. Anyway, I’m still having tons of fun doing this, and quite a few people having fun watching. So that’s reason enough for me to keep doing it. Stay tuned!

Skyrim Let’s Play Spotlight: Pemulisian

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play on May 2nd, 2014 by thelonegamer

Farewell, Friend. For now!

In my Skyrim Let’s Play addiction, I’ve watched/am watching/will watch a TON of vids from various channels on Youtube. One of the best ones is by Pemulisian.

Pem’s Skyrim LP tells the story of Annaig, a young court mage from the Breton lands of High Rock. When her adoptive parents, the king and queen of her province, are murdered one night and herself abducted, Annaig finds herself lost in an alien land- Skyrim- and must somehow find a way to survive, grow powerful and perhaps someday- seek vengeance.

Pem is, by the way, a guy telling a female heroine’s story- something he takes into account and it doesn’t really ever have a negative effect on his storytelling. Listening to his mellow voice is pretty easy on the ears and lends to a relaxing watch and listen.

Like many LPs, Pem’s Skyrim Let’s Play is modded, and has a definite story to tell which he has written out and executes with some custom-made or placed in-game events or content- such as unique characters or messages that further Annaig’s story and search for the conspiracy that destroyed her life in High Rock. It’s very interesting to see how he does it, and something that I think I can take notes from for my own series. Very cool.

His storytelling isn’t overtly comedic, it’s even quite heavy on the gravitas and poignancy at some points. But it’s always a pleasure to watch.

Currently, Annaig’s Story has ended at two seasons totaling 301 episodes (with the last one being a self-commentary/evaluation hour). That’s HOURS an hours of awesome Skyrim LPing that anyone interested in this brand of videogame storytelling/entertainment would do well to check out. I certainly will be re-watching this series again very soon.

Will we see Pem in Skyrim again? Supposedly so, though not in the near future- in his approximation he’ll let 6 to 9 months to a year before he comes back to the series.
Well, all I can say is I’ll be waiting and watching. Thanks as well for his wonderful words of encouragement to me, and for including us in his final video. I am flattered beyond words and it all just makes me want to improve my own stuff all the more.

Thanks, Pem and Annaig! Till we meet again!

Skyrim Modding: Unique Shops and Inns

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs on April 28th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Brodual’s latest video takes on The Real Warmaiden’s, Overflowing Magic.

If there’s one thing about the land of Skyrim that is pretty blah, it’s the fact that mostly every Inn and Shop in the province look the same. You’ve got many establishments in the various Holds with some very colorful names, but they don’t look the part. Wouldn’t it be cool to step into an Inn or Shop and have a memorable trip there everytime?

The latest vid by Brodual showcases one very nice overhaul of Whiterun’s weapons shop/blacksmith, Warmaiden’s. Another nice mod that accomplishes this kind of change was presented some time ago, called the Bosmer Drunken Huntsman.

I wonder if modders out there would do the same for many of the other establishments throughout Skyrim.

For example, Falkreath’s Dead Man’s Drink would do well to have a bit of a visual aesthetic a bit influenced by the town’s huge graveyard, even if only to humorous effect. Maybe it could extend not only to the furnishings or ambience, but to the staff clothing- how ’bout servers dressed up as Necromancers?
Solitude’s The Winking Skeever- well, how bout the proprietor’s stuffed pet being put on display on a beloved pedestal near the entrance?

The Inns could also reflect the general character of the city- Riften’s Bee and Barb could be done up to look more shadowy to fit the thieves’ guild presence, with private booths lining the sides to accomodate shady dealings. Markarth’s Silver Blood Inn could have portraits of that infamous clan displayed on the walls, or have an inordinate amount of silverware and flashy bling on display- just begging for an enterprising thief to make off with them.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for more such overhauls for Skyrim’s places; every little bit just keeps this game fresh and new, even three years on. Darn awesome.

Skywind Development Video Feature

Posted in DLC, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, Open World Games, PC Gaming, Retro-gaming, RPGs on April 22nd, 2014 by thelonegamer

One of the most godly mods ever is coming.

What can I say? The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is one of my favorite games ever, and I’m still damn playing it about three years after release. Mods, man. Mods are the culprit. They’ve changed the game graphically so that it looks like a next-gen (or at least now-gen) game, made the gameplay infinitely more playable and immersive than it ever was out of the box, and adds content continually day by day it seems that makes it all feel new. I honestly see myself playing it throughout this year and beyond.

And then there’s THIS mod. Skywind. It’s basically bringing Morrowind, or the Elder Scrolls III, into the Skyrim engine, and it’s looking freakin’ fantastic. It’s a huge undertaking that Bethesda should truly feel great about; is there any other game franchise that has inspired this amount or level of fan-made content?

There’s still no release date of this monumental mod, but once it arrives- man, I really hope this turns out as great as it looks. Will I do a Let’s Play with it? Almost certainly (not Vryll though- perhaps a distant relative? Hahaha). We’ll cross that bridge when we get there though. For now, enjoy the feature video above and dream of the adventures to come.

The Lone Gamer’s Skyrim Let’s Play: Episodes 9 and 10

Posted in Action Adventure, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on April 15th, 2014 by thelonegamer

The War on Terror in Whiterun rages on!

WOWZERS! Will miracles never cease? Over last weekend I was able to upload not ONE, but TWO… TWO episodes of my Elder Scrolls V Skryim Roleplaying Let’s Play series. I guess I had a bit more time and the internet connection exceptionally stable at the time. Anyway, it was also fortunate so we can finally get this particular phase of our hero, Vryll Lytharn’s career- his rather prolonged bout of bandit-killing- behind him. Well, I have to say that killing bandit scum never really gets old, but it can get a bit tiresome after a while, if unchecked.

From here, Vryll will be able to do a bit of soul searching and get the opportunity to focus on more important things- like, getting his magical skills upgraded so he can finally be on his way to becoming the badass master wizard we know he can be. And in Skyrim, there’s only one place where one can do that…

Vryll’s War on Whiterun Crime ends with an assault on White River Watch.

Anyway, for now though, enjoy the vids! I am quite overjoyed at how quite a few more watchers are seeing the LP, which goes a long way in motivating me to making and posting more vids. As usual, I’ll try my best to post more episodes more often per week. As we go into the Holiday break this week, I’ll try to post a LOT more vids, so stay tuned. Later then!

The Lone Gamer’s Skyrim Let’s Play, Part 8: Halted Stream

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Dragonborn, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on April 8th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Be vewy, vewy quiet… we’re hunting bandits!

First off, I’d like to say that I am really, really happy that more than a few people are finally watching our Elder Scrolls V Skryim LP; it’s enough to keep me motivated and wanting to release a new video as soon as I can. I do plan on going for at least two or three vids a week, at least- it’s all a matter of getting past the current busy period at the day job.

In any case, the Adventures of our Altmer Adventurer, Vryll Lytharn, continues with the newly-installed Thane of Whiterun embarking on a crusade to rid the hold of its rampant bandit problem- though it may be kind of obvious that Vryll’s reasons for wanting to slaughter more bandits is more personal than an issue of public service. It’s sure to be quite an action-filled next few episodes as Thane Vryll and his faithful crusaders (AKA Hjoromir the Daydreamer and Lydia the Housecarl) go after bandit camp after bandit camp, working their way to the Godfather of Whiterun crime- The Iron Hand himself.

Vryll Lytharn is a down-on-his-luck High Elf from Cyrodiil who has come to Skyrim seeking a new start. Through spell and sword and luck and wit, he’ll make the long climb to fame and fortune and perhaps, along the way, save the world. If he doesn’t drink himself to death first.

The Skyrim LP is a heavily-modded playthrough on PC, played on Expert Settings and using, primarily, the SkyRe gameplay overhaul mod. Episodes will be posted on the Youtube channel at least once or several times a week. Stay tuned for the next part!