We started yesterday playing Elder Scrolls Online as a potential new trio group game. I’d recently popped back into the game because there has been quite a lot of buzz around this MMO and the announcement of the Morrowind expansion. It was one of the potential games for us, as a trio of friends, to try as we wait for more content to launch in World of Warcraft.
After some travails to all get downloaded/patched and in-game we chose Aldmeri Dominion as a faction and a trio of races as characters: my Altmer Templar, a Bosmer Nightblade and a Khajiit Sorcerer. Last year I’d played the Ebonheart Pact starter zone already on my Argonian Dragonknight so something different was good for a change of scenery from the ashy volcanic slopes of Stonefalls.The tutorial was mercifully short and mostly not instanced so we were able to group early on. There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting down to play a game with friends, only to then have to all play a lengthy tutorial solo. We wandered about playing through the starter island story for a good evenings session and have arrived at the town of Mistral.
The game seems to have straightened out the phasing issues that plagued our beta experience – we played through quests as a group without phasing mishap or bug. I realised that the bank account is shared across faction so now have the potential to get crafting potions on my Dragonknight and to have this new character craft armour or something else useful to both a Templar and Dragonknight (provisioning?). This easy transfer mechanism certainly has helped to tidy up two characters inventories, already full of standard starter area materials like ore, cooking materials and herbs.
More impressions to come when we’ve progressed beyond the starter island!