… in terms of eating up your time, condescendingly laughing at your attempts to have a life and the number of catchy songs that you feel compelled to sing in the shower.
This here is your official “Kay plays ESO!” post which I’m starting to write now mainly because the NA megaserver is down for maintenance and will be for a couple of hours yet. (I play on the NA server because I’ve got friends there, and also because the timezones differ enough that by the time the rush hour starts, I really should be going to bed already.)
I didn’t purchase ESO via Steam and haven’t checked in-game, so I’m not sure about how much time I’ve spent in Tamriel this time around. I’d guestimate it’s about 100+ hours, what with three level 15-21 characters each in a different alliance. I’m in no way an expert – only enthusiastic! I also don’t engage in PvP, in case you were looking for tips on that.
All in all, if you’re familiar with the basics of ESO and/or other MMORPGs and have played yourself, scroll down to the nifty details or skip this post altogether in favour of planning your next group delve.
If you’re considering buying the game or just started playing, stick around! I’ll give a quick overview of the story and go through the basics of some important features before listing notes for beginners that I wish I’d known when I started, a summary of the payment system and talk about graphics. I’ll also link to some sites that have useful, quick guides to several aspects of gameplay, and recommend a live streamer or two in case you prefer to first observe for a while instead of jumping right in.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (initially launched as The Elder Scrolls Online) combines the settings and rich lore of the previous TES games with the mechanics of MMORPGs, namely PvE/PvP play and the guild system, without compromising the sandbox element or the familiarity of the world.
And if I sound like the sales pitch for the game, well, it’s either that or keysmashing and high-pitched noises with kitten memes for emphasis.
You’ll know it from the beginning, so it’s not a spoiler to reveal that the big bad in ESO is one of the Daedric princes, Molag Bal, who is trying to merge the realms of Oblivion and Nirn into one large hellscape of much misery and moaning. At the same time, the Ruby Throne has no Emperor sitting on it and the races of Tamriel have formed three different Alliances in a bid to take over, resulting in a continent-wide war between the Aldmeri Dominion (AD), the Daggerfall Covenant (DC) and the Ebonheart Pact (EP).
Naturally, like the previous TES games, you start it in strange surroundings and in the middle of action, which teaches you the basic controls and provides the start of your story.