Lucky Lark – pt 2: The Art of deception

I wrote about my inspiration for a traveling merchant character within Fallout 4 in my character article Lucky Lark – pt 1: The helpless & the raiders. In today’s article I’ll be discussing the development of my character Lark, and the process I went through in defining his playstyle. Perks Attack Dog – While Lark can seem like the selfish type,…

Lucky Lark – pt 1: The helpless & the raiders

I have been playing Fallout 4 ever since its release and have become obsessed with creating unique characters, as I tend to do with Bethesda games. Similar to my character builds in Skyrim: Pom Pom the Illusionist, Puck the Prospector,  Sandora the Shieldmaiden, Nicole the Traveling Merchant, & Bael the Thief, my Fallout 4 character builds will be exploring…

What it means to be Lucky in Fallout 4

What it means to be Lucky in Fallout 4 Of all the things one could consider themselves in the Fallout universe, intelligent, strong, agile, enduring, perceptive, and charismatic, the hardest thing to imagine one to be is lucky.  With the destruction of the war and the centuries of nuclear fallout wreaking havoc on the world and its…

Roleplaying: shaped by the game or the player?

My friends and I were talking about my character builds the other day, and they said they found it intriguing that I was working on the different characters’ motivations. They asked me if how I build and play my characters was shaped by the game or a reflection of myself?  That question got me thinking, before I…

Scribe Michael – pt 1: Brotherhood without the steel

I have been playing Fallout 4 ever since its release and have become obsessed with creating unique characters, as I tend to do with Bethesda games. Similar to my character builds in Skyrim; Pom Pom the Illusionist, Puck the Prospector,  Sandora the Shieldmaiden, Nicole the Traveling Merchant, & Bael the Thief,  my Fallout 4 character builds will be…

Nicole the Traveling Merchant – part 2: Practice

I wrote about my inspiration for a traveling merchant character within Skyrim in my character article Nicole the Traveling Merchant – part 1: Inspiration. In today’s article I’m talking about the development of my character Nicole, and the process I went through in defining her playstyle. The dangers of picking flowers As I ventured out into the wilderness with…

All or nothing affinity: Why NPC interactions are broken

In roleplaying games conversation trees, and dialogue options open up a world of character expression and interaction with the non player characters.  Whether it is as simple as talking to a bartender to tap into the rumors floating about town, or diving deep into the history of a companion to learn their motivations for joining you…

Consumed by the Commonwealth: Resistance is futile

Resisting the fallout During my first full playthrough of Fallout 4, which you can read more about in my article The world that he wants: the aftermath of siding with Shaun, I focused on being a morally good character, but there is a disconnect that comes from trying to maintain a goody two shoes outlook…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Roleplaying Narratives

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

Nicole the Traveling Merchant – part 1: inspiration

This is the fourth of many character articles I will be producing about my own personal character builds in Skyrim; today I’m introducing Nicole the Traveling Merchant. Picking flowers, staying out of trouble (Nicole, gathering alchemy ingredients along her travels) As I was playing through Skyrim I asked my girlfriend what she would be doing in the midst of all…

Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 2: Practice

I wrote about my inspiration for a character based off of being Uthgerd’s follower in my character article Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 1: Inspiration.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Sandora, and the process I went through in defining her playstyle. Sword and board? I had originally planned on committing to Sandora…

Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 1: Inspiration

This is the third of many character articles I will be producing about my own personal character builds in Skyrim; today I’m introducing Sandora the Shieldmaiden. Uthgerd’s best friend I have played through the beginning levels of Skyrim countless times, I acquire followers in a fairly regular pattern starting with Faendal or Sven in Riverwood and then switching to…