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Old 12-26-2011, 07:20 PM   #101
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I just got Skyrim the other day and I'm hooked. I was somewhat disappointed in myself though. After being hooked on FFXI for 5 years I had told myself, "never another rpg." At least Skyrim isn't online so I feel a bit better about that.

I'm up to level 12 and still dying all the time. I have pretty simple combat techniques. Dark magic in 1 hand. Healing magic in the other hand. Works OK but I think I gotta change my strategy. Dying way too much. See a giant...oops I'm dead. See an Ice Wolf...oops I'm dead. Go in a dark cave...oops I'm dead. You get the picture.

I've been willy nilly with my perks. Most of them I've put in destruction. I've put a few in smithing and lockpicking. I regret the lockpicking already.
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:49 PM   #102
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I haven't seen that you need any lockpicking perks. I don't have any, and can pick "master" locks after no more than 5 or 6 tries. Just buy plenty of lock picks. When I was a lower level the only way I could successfully kill giants was to get on a rock where they couldn't reach me, then shoot them till dead. You could probably do the same with your destruction magic though.

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:26 AM   #103
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I'm up to level 12 and still dying all the time. I have pretty simple combat techniques. Dark magic in 1 hand. Healing magic in the other hand. Works OK but I think I gotta change my strategy. Dying way too much. See a giant...oops I'm dead. See an Ice Wolf...oops I'm dead. Go in a dark cave...oops I'm dead. You get the picture.

I've been willy nilly with my perks. Most of them I've put in destruction. I've put a few in smithing and lockpicking. I regret the lockpicking already.
Have you tried using both hands to cast the destruction spell (especially if you have the perk) or using a ward spell in the second hand to cut down on damage taken?

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:03 AM   #104
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I have the dual casting perk. I use it when I can if I feel like I won't need the healing.

I've tried the ward but it seems to eat through mp (magika) pretty fast. I've been trying 2 new techniques. I've been toying with conjuring. Conjur the dog and run away to a safe distance....re-summon, rinse, repeat. Kinda slow but it works.

2nd method is dual cast til low on mp then run away til it recharges. Works ok.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:02 PM   #105
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Just started playing yesterday. Love the game!

I've been running a battle-mage, there isn't much that can take a gout of fire(our other appropriate element) for softening up, followed with a gentle thwack from a superior mace. The heavy armor helps too.

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:01 PM   #106
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Just started playing yesterday. Love the game!

I've been running a battle-mage, there isn't much that can take a gout of fire(our other appropriate element) for softening up, followed with a gentle thwack from a superior mace. The heavy armor helps too.
If you're in a bar and you get challenged to a drinking match do it. It's relevant to HBT.

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:58 PM   #107
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If you're in a bar and you get challenged to a drinking match do it. It's relevant to HBT.
*potential spoiler*

Why just because you wander around the countryside wasted?

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:04 PM   #108
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If you're in a bar and you get challenged to a drinking match do it. It's relevant to HBT.
I'm too cheap at this point in the game to spend money on booze when I can just raid a dungeon for it!

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #109
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I'm too cheap at this point in the game to spend money on booze when I can just raid a dungeon for it!
It wont cost you any money

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:15 PM   #110
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It wont cost you any money
that was another thing that got me about bethesda.

I was playing oblivion the other night, and walked into the back of a tavern and there was all the equipment for brewing the beer they served there.

I was like "Woah, a conical fermenter!"

and probably about 99% of people playing the game have no idea what the thing is or why it's there. Thought it was cool.

 
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