The Elder Scrolls Online
beta head start (Edit: This day has been a trying one) began today. Graev and I both picked up the Imperial Edition (got it 20% off on Green Man Gaming) and decided to roll characters in the Ebonheart Pact. We began playing this morning around 8am, got to level 7, then around noon decided to reroll something different. Graev wasn’t really ‘feeling’ the Sorcerer class, and I wasn’t sure the Templar matched my Argonian nature. What followed was one of the worst experiences ever.
One of the great things about ESO is that you can really do whatever you want with race, class, and weapon combinations. If you want to be a traditional tank you can make a Dragonknight and use a 1h/shield. But you can also be a Dragonknight and use a destruction staff, or be restoration staff, and suddenly you’re not really what you’d think a DK would be at all. A Nightblade, your typical rogue-like class, can be a DPS caster, a healer, a tank, an archer, a dual-wielding backstabing stealther, etc.
When we started to factor in all of these decisions we quickly realized the trappings of min-maxing. Each race has bonuses fitting a playstyle, and each class has abilities that synergize well with something else. Before we knew it, hours and hours were gone while we sat at the skill calculator trying to figure out what we wanted to play.
I love options — I really do. I also hate options, and I hate when just enough freedom is there to trick you into thinking you can do whatever you want but really keep you within boundaries. Most of that isn’t ESO’s fault. I think you can do more out-of-the-box builds and playstyles in ESO than you can in most MMOs, but I wish they would have just made it all skill-based instead.
In the end, we settled on Argonians because we like how they look, and we both like how their common tongue names are ridiculous. Graev is a rather plump, short, and fun-loving Dragonknight named “Eats-His-Feelings,” and I went with a dark-scaled serious looking Nightblade named “Squats-In-Bushes.” If you’re not familiar with the common tongue naming conventions of the Argonians, they tend to name themselves in a way that describes them It’s pretty fun to look around and see how creative people are with the Argonians — a bit of roleplay is definitely involved.
Anyway, I plan to be a healer that utilizes my bow to support with DPS. Graev will be a beefy tank-type with some DPS to follow through. We plan to roam Cyrodiil and be a hard to kill duo. Should hopefully yield some fun evenings. We’ll keep you updated on our progress!