« on: Today at 08:05:11 am »
OK, so after spending a couple of weeks making sure my computer isn't going to shit itself and die on me, I'm fairly confident to start recording again.
Order of business:
1) Dishonored. Save games were lost when the computer was repaired, but I can get back to where I was with no problem. This will also give me a chance to pick up the runes I missed and pick abilities I've since found to be more useful.
2) Skyrim. Azirok has still not released the patches, after 3 weeks of waiting. I was going to ditch Civil War Overhaul anyway - while my impression is that it is more stable now, it is still not stable enough and in particular I've found the Siege of Windhelm to be buggy under certain conditions, through several playthroughs. iNeed will be replacing Realistic Needs and Diseases, and because the Immersive Weapons Patch seems to be dropping daedric tier weapons where there shouldn't be any, I'm going to try Lore Weapon Expansion instead, which should not need patching.
If things get too easy at level 30+, I will install OBIS, assuming it has been patched for by that point. If it's still too easy, I will consider Revenge of the Enemies, which has been patched for. That said, for my particular character, things should be plenty hard enough for at least the first 20 levels. Silver weapons have been nerfed somewhat, bandits are harder, crossbows require perks to take advantage of armour-piercing properties.
As a consequence of offensive Illusion getting something of a nerf (basically, bandits and other mid-tier enemies now have larger magicka pools, making them more resistant to such spells), what I am considering is starting off using Illusion as well, as it's a useful skill for a thief, and then after Trinity Restored occurs, branching into Conjuration magic. Conjuration is fairly powerful (not as powerful as Destruction, but is anything?), furthermore I think it makes sense that the champion of a Daedric Prince would be interested in using the forces of the Oblivion Realms to give them an edge in battle. No necromancy though, necromancers are sick fucks (see Arondil for more on that). Just daedric summons and bound weapons. Between Illusion and Conjuration, I should be able to lock down any truly dangerous foes while staying out of the firing range myself. It's also more interesting than shooting a fireball out of the shadows and watching everything die, or just sneaking by every high level encounter.