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  1. Ebay is where I found both of them. Amazon has them too, but Ebay tends to be cheaper, from what I've seen in the past. If you're getting Redguard you're going to want a copy with the original manual/guidebook thing - it's not just a manual, but it's a lorebook too. It contains a comic (which is available on the ES website for free now), and also a version of the Pocket Guide to the Empire with some rarer lore (i.e. the only known official art of a Sload).

  2. Is ESO really that bad as I am hearing?

    A bit of a late response here, but no. I personally love it, and it's got a great community who's really into it too (otherwise they wouldn't be paying to play, heh).



    Anyway, I've recently purchased Battlespire and Redguard, the rare-ish two side games. I haven't tried Redguard - it doesn't work with DOSBox so I'm going to need to try it on a virtual machine or something - but I've played a bit of Battlespire. It's weird and the controls take a lot of getting used to. The character creation's kinda cool though, it's based on a point system (so, if you say, remove the ability to use blunt weapons, you'd get points back that you can use on regenerating health or something like that.)


    I also just built a gaming PC and absolutely love how the ES games look on it - even Oblivion, which my laptop ran quite well, looks better. And Skyrim and ESO.... well, I thought they were "good" on my laptop, but now I realize what I was missing before; it's a night-and-day difference.

  3. I guess there's advantages to each way. With ones with whole sentences, it's easier to keep in my head what I'm typing and I go a little faster because of that, rather than trying to process a random jumble of words. On the first one, on the other hand, you don't have to worry about punctuation, and there's almost no capital letters, just words and spaces. It's the punctuation and stuff that trips me up slightly when I do full-sentence ones.

  4. So, I'm looking to build my first gaming PC. I haven't done this before, so I'm looking for tips on building, suggestions on brands, specific models you recommend, sample builds, etc.


    I'd like to spend around $2000. To give an idea of the use, I do not plan on overclocking (I wouldn't know what I'm doing and wouldn't want to risk wrecking something), I plan to stream/record video while I am playing, and I take lots and lots of screenshots (I have around 40GB for Elder Scrolls Online alone so far).


    I'm thinking an Intel CPU, because from what I've been reading, those sound better for the higher-end stuff. (Specifically, I've kinda been looking at the Intel Core i5-4690K mostly, and dunno about how different the Intel Core i7-4790K is.) I'm thinking maybe 16GB RAM. As far as the case, people have recommended to me to get a full size one.


    So, here are my questions -

    - I know motherboard should match the CPU, but there's quite a few different compatible ones. What should I look for in deciding what one I want? Any specific brands you like, and why?

    - SSD or hard drive, or both? Is it worth the expensive cost to get SSD, and if so, how big?

    - I have absolutely no idea what sort of graphics card to go for. This is probably the biggest thing I'm concerned about, because I know that it's one of the things that has the biggest effect on the performance of a game, and there's just SO much out there.

    - How much higher should the wattage of a power supply be than the estimated amount the machine will use? For example, I was playing around on PCPartsPicker and it estimated it at 725W. What wattage power supply should I get?

    - Tips on fans/cooling? How many, where should they go in the case?

    - Is there anything you wish you would have done differently when you built yours?

  5. Cyrodiil solo in ESO can be rough. Highlights from last night/today:

    - Got into a skirmish with some enemy players at a lumbermill, some got me from behind.

    - An enemy NPC at said skirmish decided to target me and basically hunted me down until I was dead, even when I decided to flee.

    - Killed by a giant at the top of White Fall Mountain.

    - Cornered by two Imperial Legionnaires in Cheydinhal.

    - Set on fire several times in a row by a goblin chief on a settlement near Cheydinhal.

    - Killed by some dremora when trying to defend Bruma.

    - Entered Vahtacen; got ganged up on by 2 wraiths and 2 skeletons.

    - Tried to swim to Bravil. The slaughterfish got me, even though I was halfway onto the bank.

  6. Yeah, Miraak doesn't appear till you read the Black Book and meet him. You might get cultists attacking you before you meet him, though. I think you can travel to Solstheim without being Dragonborn yet too, there's just not as much to do there.


    I've been thoroughly enjoying ESO. It's awesome to see all these places we've only heard about before.

  7. Movie theater popcorn is my favorite. And I just had it yesterday when I went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 again in the theater (my local theater chain has $5 movies and $2 popcorn/soda on Tuesdays).

  8. I was driving one night in the winter, and the roads were clear, though white with salt. I was going around a curve when there was a sudden drift of several-inches deep snow, and the instant I hit that, I lost control.


    I remember realizing that I might be dead in seconds - it's a truly terrifying experience and you really do unconsciously think you're invincible until you reach a near-death experience. I ended up going off the road, getting spun around the way I came, flipped onto the roof of the car (dunno if I had spun before or after that), and hit a tree, which buried itself halfway through the trunk of the car. This car was old enough that there were no airbags, too.

    It turned out that I had landed perfectly placed in a gap between two bunches of trees - if I had been to either side I would have hit more trees and probably died, if I had missed the tree I hit, I would have continued sliding and hit the small house close to the road, and if I had spun any differently, I could very well have been killed by that one tree. I ended up being completely uninjured except for some minor scratches on my hands from climbing through the shattered back window, and some whiplash and dizzy spells that went away after my mom found, in her hospital's library, an easy at-home treatment for it that I followed for a bit.

  9. I posted this on another forum asking pretty much the same question:


    I am first attracted by someone's personality, really, and whether I find them physically attractive seems to be at least in part influenced by this: I tend to find them more physically attractive if I like their personality.


    So, as far as personality, I tend to enjoy being around outgoing people, as it balances out my own introversion/quietness. I also find intelligence quite attractive. I'd want someone who shares my own nerdy interests, of course - but it would be nice too if, as a video I saw the other day described it, they're also different enough to keep things interesting. I'd certainly prefer them to have the same religious and political views as me (Catholic and conservative, for the record), but even if they don't, as long as they genuinely respect how much my beliefs mean to me, it's not a deal-breaker. They have to have the same general sort of sense of humor too; it's really annoying when someone's humor is very misaligned with mine (i.e. What they find funny, I find irritating or just plain dumb/unfunny). Overall, I'm basically looking for a decent person that can put up with any quirks of mine and who I'm really comfortable with.


    As far as turn-offs, I don't like when people insist on getting physical too fast, and I can't stand drugs/smoking. Alcohol's ok, I enjoy a good drink myself, but drugs and smoking, no thanks.

  10. There was a cosplay thread made a few days ago but marked as a duplicate with a link to this one, so I'm bumping it up.


    I tried cosplaying for the first time this past fall as Tauriel from the second Hobbit movie, which was due to come out a month later. I'll need to fix up my bow before I do it again - it needs to be repainted darker (the only prerelease pictures I had made it look gold but it's actually a darker muted gold-ish black) and I accidentally had cracked it, which is why the string isn't tight.

    Full costume

    Closer-up - you can see the ears well here, and the hair a bit better

    Hair - best image I could get of it. I had it done at a salon; I tried doing it myself but there was NO way I could manage that


    I'm next thinking of cosplaying as Holo from Spice and Wolf. I already have ears and a tail that would work - bought them at the con this year - and of course already have capri jeans. All I'd need is to find a pink shirt, and some kind of dark pink or red scarf, really. Maybe carry a basket of fake apples, too.

  11. I've just moved out of my parents' house, about two weeks ago, so it's a good time for this thread! It's my first time moving at all.


    For jewelry, I highly recommend a bead case like this; you can find them at craft stores or presumably in craft sections of stores. That one is the one that I got and it has tiny little plastic cases that are meant for storing loose beads for jewelrymaking, but I've just put a necklace or some earrings in each one. Then it can't get tangled with other necklaces, and they're relatively nicely sorted.


    What was your experience moving out?

    Positive, overall. I love my parents, but it was really getting to the point where I needed some space, so I'm enjoying the solitude. I looked at a lot of apartments online first - some in town, some not - then did a Google search for apartments in my new town to find ones that didn't have websites, and tried calling pretty much all of them. When I ruled out the ones that I'm not eligible for - whether they were actually retirement homes, or low-income - that left only a few apartments. In the end I visited two and chose one. For the move itself, I went and cleaned the place really really thoroughly before I moved anything (vacuuming, dusting every surface, cleaning out the cupboards, every inch of the bathroom, etc), and then just took a carload each day when I went to work (my parents live an hour away from my work.) I would drop them off and/or unpack them in the evening, then go home and pack some more, and repeat the next day. I got everything fairly cheap: my parents told me to take my bedroom set, I bought a kitchen table/chairs and futon and tv stand from a college friend who was moving out the same week I was moving in, and I got a ton of stuff from garage sales. Also, my great-grandma recently died, so I was given some of her things. I know she'd be happy to know that I'm getting good use out of them.


    What suggestions do you have for others who are moving out?

    Pretty much what catstaff said about packing: use towels and other soft things to protect glass, and use every inch of space that you can. Label every box; that was really useful.


    What funny thing happened when you moved out?

    Hmm, well, when we first brought the table from my friend's, we'd unattached the top from the base, which was basically a big thick wooden pole with four legs at the bottom. I kept tripping over the darned base of it. On the first night I'd stayed over, I was Skyping with some internet friends, and every little bit they'd hear me squawk about tripping over it.


    What gross thing happened when you moved out?

    I discovered very quickly that my apartment has ants. Big ones, like over half-an-inch long. Had to set out traps and, once I discovered where they were getting in, spray poison. Have hardly seen any since.


    What creepy thing happened when you moved out?

    I learned from another tenant that apparently one of the elderly tenants had followed a new tenant, a woman, and was real nosy and getting really agitated 'cause he didn't recognize her, and she just about had to pepper spray him. That's kinda scary. I haven't seen anything like that though, and a few days later an older guy asked me "Are you in apartment x?" "No..." "Oh, 'cause the other day there was this car I didn't recognized so I followed the woman and she took offense and I wanted to apologize."


    Where is the best place to live?

    Depends on the person. For me, I love the country, but I've been enjoying living in a small city. 5 minutes from work, nice small-town feel and very little crime. I also love being about 8 blocks from the library instead of 1/2 hour away. I like this particular apartment, too. It was built in 1965 and you can tell - the place definitely has character. It's right along the river, and I've seen gorgeous sunsets in the evening. My apartment in particular is on the south side, nice and sunny, with a lovely view of a tree-filled lot. I can't imagine being in an apartment complex and only seeing identical buildings. I definitely wouldn't want to live somewhere "boring" like that.


    Is a big house better, or a small one? Why?

    Depends on the person and who's living with them.


    Stay in the country or move out of it?

    Not sure if you mean "country" as in "countryside" or as in "big chunk of land in the world". Either way, depends on the person.


    What complications have you had when you moved out?

    Car repairs. I hit a deer with my car (part of the reason I didn't want to continue driving so far each day!) and had finally just gotten it repaired when my dad's truck - which we used to haul the big stuff - had to get the power steering fixed. Add to that the fact that my dad's been working 6 days a week, and it was hard to find time to get stuff moved over here.


    What frustrating thing happened when you moved out?

    I misplaced my camera and a couple other things, which was irritating. Still didn't find the camera even once I'd unpacked all the boxes. Turns out that it was in the car.

  12. In Guild Wars 2 I got killed by the Fire Elemental world boss about 3 times during my last battle. They've really beefed that thing up, it used to be killed pretty quickly, but now it can wipe a good percentage of the people fighting it and take a decent amount of time to finish (after all, I can wait around for people to revive me for a bit, and then decide to respawn at a waypoint and run all the way back there, and still have time to fight for a while.... 3 times in one fight.)