The Elder Scrolls Online

I would like to try a better zone. Is there a good newer zone for a level 13?

Your level doesn’t matter, you can go anywhere. I’d head to Morrowind if you have access, lots of nostalgia for the old game and it really feels different.

So the ESO store is confusing. Morrowind as a standalone product no longer seems to be for sale. It looks like I’d have to purchase the standard digital Greymoor for $50, which would then include all the expansions. Or I can purchase a Greymoor digital upgrade for $30 which only gives me Greymoor.

Likewise, I could purchase the upcoming Blackwood for $40 and get Blackwood and nothing else, or the Blackwood Collection for $60 and get Blackwood when it releases plus all the other expansions.

If I was all in I’d get the Blackwood Collection for $60 instead of the standard digital Greymoor for $50, but I am not all in. It looks like if I decide to keep playing ESO plus makes the most sense. That or continue with the base game and hope my interest is rekindled.

I agree, and ESO plus is definitely worth paying for if you actually play the game. The crafting bag is huge.

Another hint, join a big guild and get an addon that lets you teleport close to anyone else in your guild. That’s a huge improvement on travel.

Sounds like a good time to dip your feet into other MMOs first before spending money. FFXIV has a free trial that lasts for tons and tons of hours, and LOTRO has enough content that’s free that you’ll have a good idea if you want to invest there. You may get lucky and see a deal on the ESO complete edition in the meantime (I picked it up for $20 on sale I think - obviously it won’t have the newest stuff if it does go on sale, it would only be up to Greymoor. Pretty sure we’re a good ways away from a good sale on the latest expansion).

As stusser says, if you do stick with ESO then subscribing is probably worth it. Money making is heavily tied to crafting, and crafting is heavily tied to the crafting bag. It just isn’t worth the time investment to try and work around it.

I never got into crafting, but I hated having to mess around with my inventory all the dang time.

Actually it is. This week there is an event that’s happening for people who have Morrowind or Clockwork City DLC. So, these two DLCs are also on sale in the Crown Store for 50% off. I suspect you probably already have Morrowind. Look for a region called Vvardenfell with Vivec City. That’s Morrowind. The NPCs are mainly dark elves as it is a story about dark elves. If you are on PC-NA, add me as friend (@belfong) and I can help you around.

Right, it isn’t for sale directly for money, only for “crowns”, because it’s a DLC now.

Why would I have Morrowind? I bought the original game way back when and haven’t purchased anything since. I buy games. I don’t really play them!

I can still get the starters pack for $10. Maybe that has enough crowns to buy Morrowind. I’ll take a look. If I need more maybe I’ll sub for a month and check it out.

When you subscribe each month you get a bunch of “crowns” too. It isn’t the cheapest way to buy crowns but it’s probably the best.

A lot of people got in with a bundle that included Morrowind and the four earliest zone DLCs. If you bought in with the original release, that’s not you.

You get 1650 crowns when you subscribe for one month.
That’s probably the same price as buying just the crown by itself.

So, ideally, you should sub, if you are thinking of just getting the crowns.

To my surprise, Blackwood is part of Green Man Gaming’s current voucher sale. 20% off, so I got the upgrade version for $31. The code is ‘SPR21’.

Champion system gets a complete overhaul and some minor skills updates with Update 29. You’re gonna have to re-do all your points next time you log in.

I don’t know how I feel about the new Champion Point systems. In my first cursory try out, my Dragonknight Tank magicka recovery seemed to be affected by a huge margin. She did not have enough magicka to cast. Maybe I have allocated the wrong points or slotted the wrong CP skill. I will have to re-do my points allocation and kept on experimenting. That sounds like a lot of work, lol. Fortunately, in the next two weeks, all respec are free.

Definitely worried about my build. They talked about needing to specialize more and reining in balance and stuff and I’m like “that’s great and everything, but I kinda like being able to just facetank everything in solo content and most public dungeon fights”. With my archer/dual blade sorceror in medium armor. you know. classic tank archetype.

Yeah, for casual player, not min-maxing type, this change is quite complex to grasps!

I don’t know if Magcro got a buff or what, but I haven’t even bothered allocating my CP yet and I’m just mowing fools down at a much better rate than I did. I’m pretty pleased with U29 so far!

Wow, that was fantastic.

Wow. I know a lot of people here are not hard core PvP Cyrodiil players like me, but what the combat team (Brian Wheeler) just did to PvP is so outrageously bad, I cannot believe they actually did it. I haven’t played since October since I usually take a break and then start back up if the Feb DLC is any good.

I do still follow the forums and noticed they were doing a NO PROC test. OK no prob. It will be interesting to see the results. The test indicated clearly that the no proc environment did not have a significant effect upon lag. The server pop was good though, so lag was actually marginally worse.

Then they arbitrarily decided that they would extend the no proc set condition until this fall. 6 months. Because people were having so much fun. How this was determined I am still trying to figure out. Was it bird entrails? Certainly it doesn’t sound very scientific.

It’s a terrible decision. There are perhaps now a dozen sets you can use. Why not just make one campaign a no proc set campaign?

On the one hand, I hope they revisit this decision before the Fall DLC. On gripping hand, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t need to indulge one of my dirty habits for six months.

FWIW I play a magblade (worst PvP class right now) with Caluurian and Mechanical Acuity. I deconned my bright throats boast and other stat armors ages ago. I don’t think I could gank anybody right now. Not even going to try.

Edit: LOL BTB is a proc set. I meant Shacklebreaker.