Okay, okay. I’d planned on being a good girl and writing some lovely reviews of a couple of awesome books that I just finished (well, last week) but I just couldn’t because…I was playing Skyrim.
Yes, I’ve joined the Geek-ery and picked up the game last week after hearing its virtues extolled ad nauseum (ooh, some highfalutin words there, huh?) on Twitter. I blame Ann Aguirre, mostly. She’s the one who piqued my curiosity, and it’s all been downhill from there. (She did warn me it was total game crack. Yes, yes it is. Damnit.)
For those of you who aren’t up on your Game Nerd Speak, Skyrim is a role-playing game set in a Norse world filled with magic, warriors, gods, and–best of all–dragons. There’s awesome mythology (and I’m going to have to re-read my Norse myths because I’m curious as to how much is actual stuff and how much is made up.), complete with ancient feuds, curses, and legends. You can be whatever you want to be and do pretty much anything you want to do (and, depending on what you do, don’t be surprised if you get sent to jail. I’ve done some time…yeah, I’m a bad ass.).
Me, I’m a Breton who loves to pick locks; I joined the Companions (a group of relatively honorable warrior/mercenaries); and I’m working on my smithing skills. I make a wicked steel sword. Maybe in my next reincarnation, I’ll be more magic focused but, right now, I like hacking the hell out of things with my Skyforged Steel Greatsword (especially cool when they slow-mo the death scene and splatter blood everywhere).
It’s gorgeous. I’ve spent hours just wandering around the land, checking stuff out, chatting with the natives, picking up little quests here and there, and killing a dragon or two (hey, they come at you out of nowhere and try to kill you with fire and ice and crap. What’s a warrior chick to do?). There’s a main story/quest where you’re supposed to defeat the guy who’s prophesied to destroy the world but…he can wait. Explore. Get lost (just like you should do anytime you travel!).
I’m only at level 12 (having had to restart twice because I got trapped in two different dungeons that I could not get out of because I have neither the gaming skillz or level to defeat the big boss at the end. Oops.) but, wow. Even at this low level, I’m kicking butt and taking names.
So, if my posts are a bit scattered over the next little while (who knows how long this obsession will last…at least it’s a great stress reducer. Students driving me nuts? Awesome. Let’s go kill us a dragon!), please forgive me. I’m lost in the land of Skyrim.
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