What’s up, gang! Andrew, AKA Ixtyr here – and this is the first ever episode of The Elder Scrolls: Unplugged, the official community-run podcast of The Elder Scrolls Online Subreddit Community! I’m absolutely stoked to get this show launched, it’s been a long time coming and I’m incredibly excited to get back to hosting an Elder Scrolls Online podcast! I’m blowing everything up and starting over from scratch – a new website, new branding, new podcast, new format, new everything – and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
I’ve missed a lot of things in the past nine months – One Tamriel, Homestead, all of the crazy controversy revolving around the upcoming Morrowind chapter, just to name a few – but that’s okay, because it means I’ll have a ton of content to roll out to you all in the coming weeks. But before I do that, I want to quickly mention a few administrative things, right off the bat. Here goes:
As I mentioned above, TES: Unplugged is the official podcast of /r/elderscrollsonline – AKA, the ESO subreddit! For those of you who may not be aware, I’m a moderator over on the subreddit, and our team has been planning a lot of awesome ways that we can incorporate this show into the community, to give back to each and every one of the incredible people who have made /r/elderscrollsonline such a wonderful place over the years. This show is part of that goal – so not only will you see us posting the show over to the subreddit, we’ll also be doing some subreddit-exclusive giveaways, bringing on guests from the community, taking your questions and helping you the people help shape a lot of the content of the show.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Collector’s Edition Giveaways
And we’re starting that today! To celebrate the launch of TES: Unplugged, we’re giving away three copies of The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind to a few lucky viewers.
Digital Collector’s Editions
First, we’re giving away two Digital Collector’s Editions, courtesy of /r/elderscrollsonline and Zenimax Online Studios! Here’s how it works:
- Make sure you’re subscribed to /r/elderscrollsonline!
- Fill out this fancy-shmancy form: https://goo.gl/M0T4mk
That’s it! Super simple, it’ll take you less than 30 seconds – I promise! I’ll be drawing both of the winners and announcing them on a future episode of the show on May 21, 2017 – so don’t miss your chance!
Physical Collector’s Edition
In addition to the two Digital Collector’s Editions, I’m also personally giving away an additional Physical Collector’s Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind. Here’s how you enter:
- Subscribe to the Ixtyr’s Gaming YouTube Channel.
- “Like” the video for this episode.
- Leave a Comment on the video in YouTube.
It’s really that simple! What’s more – to make it a little more interesting, I’m offering you one entry per episode – so as long as you’re subscribed, you can “Like” and “Comment” on each episode that airs between now and Sunday, May 21, 2017 – and you’ll get an extra submission for each episode!
Like the Digital Collector’s Editions, I’ll be drawing and announcing the winner of the Physical Collector’s Edition in a future episode airing on Sunday, May 21 – so be sure to get your entries in before then!
Morrowind Early Access Launches May 22
Now then – let’s get into the meat of the show, shall we? Update 14, the first of the new “Chapter” releases for The Elder Scrolls Online, launches its Early Access period for PC players who have pre-ordered Morrowind on May 22, with the full launch happening on June 6. This Public Test Server/Closed Beta testing period leading up to the update hasn’t been without its lion’s share of controversy and outrage amongst the vocal members of the playerbase, so as someone who’s been online and testing on the PTS, playing the Closed Beta, I wanted to sit down and discuss my own thoughts and offer my opinion on the update – minus many of the good juicy bits, mind you, because of that god-awful Non-Disclosure Agreement that I’ll be discussing in Episode 02.
On today’s show, I’ll be discussing the quantity and breathtaking quality of the new content, along with a broad sense of my initial impressions of the island of Vvardenfell. I also discuss my thoughts on the new Warden class – which is both fun and undeniably not “Pay-to-Win” – and how after having played as one and alongside them, I’ve felt many of my own fears of “overpowered imbalance” subside. And finally, I offer some of my thoughts on the major balance changes coming with Patch 3.0 (here’s a hint: your class is not dead – trust me).
I hope you all enjoy the show – let me know your thoughts in the comments, have a wonderful day, and I look forward to seeing you in Vvardenfell!