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…

Cheater pt 3: Exploits

The act of cheating in games stems from the desire to get away with doing what one knows is against the rules.  While not always malicious, it is always for the player’s advantage through a deception or trick.  In my three part series Cheater (part 1, part 2), I am exploring the ways gaming culture has…

Escaping prison: system analysis and strategic planning

As I discussed in my articles Bael the Thief – part 2: prisoner practice, and Heroic Thief: the process of making a villain a hero, part of taking my thief character build and story, and ascending them past being a petty criminal is the process of allowing him to fall and then redeem himself. As such, and important component…

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…

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 3: becoming a tank

In my character articles Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 1: Inspiration, and Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 2: Practice, I experimented with the shield and the effectiveness of the block skill in combat.   In today’s article I will be talking about how her playstyle has changed and what it looks like now. (Sandora (left) and Uthgerd (right)) Taking…

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…

Puck the Prospector – part 3: a fool for gold

I began my character series with the development of my prospector character in Skyrim, in my character articles Puck the Prospector – part 1: Inspiration, and Puck the Prospector – part 2: Practice.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Puck, and the process I went through in defining his playstyle after having put my theories to test against gameplay. (As…

Puck the Prospector – part 2: practice

I wrote about my inspiration for a character based off of the pickaxe in my character article Puck the Prospector -part 1: Inspiration.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Puck, and the process I went through in defining his playstyle. I began with Puck’s playthrough, feeling liberated after playing with my pacifist character Pom…

Puck the Prospector – part 1: inspiration

As I was wandering through the caves of Skyrim I came across a pickaxe, a common tool used for mining ore.  It can be equipped as a weapon in the game, however, it isn’t seriously considered as a viable weapon.  This along with having very little interest in mining or blacksmithing, I never got into…