I love Skyrim. I just need to clear that up so I can proceed and everyone will understand that I love Skyrim. I loved Oblivion and I’ll probably love whatever comes next so, just sayin’. But I realized something while I was playing today…
I’m that guy.
Let me explain. I don’t think of myself as a power-gamer. When I say power-gamer that way, what I mean is someone who combines min-maxer with I-can-do-it-all-better-than-you syndrome. I’ve played with a few too many of these players and since they don’t really fit my play style I do try to avoid them. Not be rude or anything — I just know what I like.
But then I had this exchange with my girlfriend when she was playing…
Me: You should have bought those two silver ores from that merchant.
Me: Since you have that Transmute spell you could turn them into gold, make gold rings and sell them back to him for a huge profit…
Her: Yeah, I could have.
Now, don’t get me wrong — that’s just one little thing, right? But the fact that it was so easy for me to slip into thinking that way surprised me. As I thought about it more, I realized that when I’m playing Skyrim, I love the fact that I can do everything myself. I can smith and improve my own weapons and armor. I can enchant those same weapons and armor. I can heal myself with magic or use alchemy to make my own potions. If I don’t want to use magic at all, I can cook and use food to recover health and never need spells or potions. I can swim, use any type of armor, any type of weapon, and if I really want, I can even have a companion but I don’t really need one. I love the fact that I’m completely independent because my character can do everything.
Understand that I’m joking myself a little here. I understand the difference between my playing at an RPG table and a computer game. And as much as I like Skyrim (and I love Skyrim) I don’t want the same experience at the game table. I don’t need to be good at everything and I don’t want to be “better” than the other PCs. That’s not a victory for me. In the end, I know what I like in each experience and I’m happy with the two experiences remaining separate.
Thanks for reading.