Long load screens at login, I suppose this means everyone's playing.
Tonight, my level 5 Warden who is doing quests from Vivec.
Going to the closest npc/quest location, I am offered a boat ride to a place I've never heard of, and the map marker for it is way across the land mass. I'd rather wait till I have the quests nearby before I go off somewhere new.
Next closest is a simple one, find a stone, take some rubbings, help find the location of a lost library.
The cool thing is, this gives me a piece of a map in an Indiana Jones like display. I get to find all the pieces. Then what happens?
It's night time and very very dark...
Next the charming family saga quest Like Blood From Stone. I'm to investigate a brother who may be doing something shady in a mine. Nobody ever does anything good in a mine, particularly in this game.
You can't get into the mine unless you lockpick the bad brother's front door and steal the key in his house, or find the mine foreman in Balmora and pick his pocket.
I can pick locks in the Elder Scrolls games, but not here. I snap all the lockpicks or get a couple and freak at the timer going kablooie. I wasn't meant to be a thief, truly.
I had to look up how to pick a pocket in the game. It worked fine but I felt like a real scum. Again, not joining the thieves guild any time soon. With a 75% chance of success, I plucked the key.
Another Night, Another Game, Another Mine
Then I'm asked to murder someone.
This is all just going against my grain. Hello. Good guy. Heroine! See me be a low, scummy killer thief instead. I tried telling myself this was no different than any set of fetch, then kill the named npc quests in any other game. There shouldn't be this desire to back away and not do what is so wrong. It shouldn't even seem wrong. Nice writing, if it can have that effect on me.
I should should buy a million lockpicks and pick pick pick till I am not freaked.
H calls your horse. I found this out with quite a bit of searching. Not intuitive. No, not even thinking "H" for Horse.
Haven't been able to summon my Warden Bear. I finally find it looks like I have to slot him on my toolbar. My toolbar with what, five slots to start with? Other games might give you a few too many skills and toolbar slots, but this is bad, just the few given, and to use one to summon the bear, that's pretty low.