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My wife Dara found out about Skyrim Together Reborn, a mod that allows you to play Skyrim in a group with your friends, and as soon as she and I knew about this we knew it was a thing we wanted to try. So did Dara’s friend Mel, who has better Internet than we do, and who was therefore able to host a server.
Last night, we tried a playthrough session together and it turned out to be pretty frigging hilarious. 😀
The big news item with this session of Faanshi’s is that Nintendo dropped a surprise release of the Anniversary Edition to the Switch! And I did of course buy it, so now Faanshi’s playthrough actually has access to the AE content, woo!
Meanwhile, she went to check out Kolbjorn Barrow, and then Miraak’s temple.
I’d already called out in my pages for the Anna Play Skyrim site that I’d been planning to upgrade my primary laptop and get an M1 version of the MacBook Pro. Dara’s also recently upgraded her laptop, but I wanted one with the fancier M1 Pro Max chip, because I knew for sure that I wanted to game on it. And I also wanted 32GB of RAM.
The surprising part that comes in here is this: Apple dropping a bunch of security updates and Catalina, the version of the operating system my prior machine has, not receiving any. Apple never actually announces these things to the public, but that round of security updates strongly suggested to Dara and me that Catalina had fallen off their official support matrix.
Which meant that that machine, Aroree, is probably now unpatchable. Which is not acceptable for any machine actively talking to the Internet.
So I’d been setting aside some funds already intending to save up for the new machine. The security update situation, though, accelerated my and Dara’s timetable for when we were willing to get me a machine, too. I went ahead and ordered one a couple of weeks ago.
And now Apple actually shipped it to me this week, a whole week earlier than expected. 😀
I’ve gotten it set up now, including with a Windows 11 VM. Which means that this new machine–dubbed Lydia–is now in play as a thing I can game on.
I’d hoped to try to run Elder Scrolls Online on this machine, but that’s proving problematic. (More on this in my next post.)
So for now my primary gaming intentions on this machine are going to be Skyrim-focused. Primarily, that’s going to be Skyrim Together Reborn. I have STR functional on the Deck now, but doing it on the laptop will actually be better, because I’ll have a bigger screen and a full keyboard at the same time. And can plug in headphones for voice chat purposes.
That said, it’s also pretty much guaranteed that I will experiment with mods on this machine as well! It may be even better for modded playthroughs than the Deck, I dunno yet. It’ll be fun to find out!
I’ll be updating relevant Anna Plays Skyrim site pages to include this new addition to my gaming-capable electronics! And I’ll have plenty to say about the machine in general over on the main annathepiper.org blog soon.
Nintendo surprised the hell out of everybody by finally officially releasing Skyrim’s Anniversary Edition to the Switch! I kind of knew this was already coming, given the leak that went around about this back in May, but now the AE on the Switch is finally here. 😀
Here’s what I know about it so far, for those of you who, like me, might want to consider playing Skyrim on your Switch.
One: this is not a free upgrade for previous Skyrim owners, you do have to pay an additional twenty bucks if you want the new content. (Whether that additional twenty bucks is worth it to you, your call! If you’ve already bought enough versions of Skyrim and don’t feel like buying more of it, totes fair. Me, I’m still new enough to Skyrim that ponying up for the AE on the Switch too is worth it to me.)
Two: I have no way of knowing for sure, but I’m fairly sure this release won’t necessarily deliver any bug fixes to the Switch. The Anniversary Edition is essentially a package deal for all of the Creation Club content previously available on PC and console. So any previously known existing bugs on the Switch are probably going to still be there.
(I’ll be confirming this, at least, when I get Faanshi back to the Throat of the World to learn Dragonrend, and I’ll see whether the cutscene is still broken for her.)
Three: This is going to have interesting ramifications in general for Faanshi’s playthrough, since she was up to level 62 and had just reached Solstheim. So she’s pretty far along in my usual playthrough cycle, and I’m not sure yet whether I want to go to the trouble of playing all of the new AE content with her.
At the very least, though, since she did just get to Solstheim, this now puts me in a very good position to run Ghosts of the Tribunal with her. 😀
And I also feel like that as the Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, she’s pretty much obliged to go get Shadowfoot Sanctum, as well as the Bow of Shadows. Not quite so sure about the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal, just because Faanshi is a Khajiit, and that thing does not have ear holes!
I don’t want to bother to go and get every single house available in the AE, though it’ll be amusing to see how many of the couriers start showing up to hand me notes. I’m pretty sure I should get the ones for the quests for Hendraheim and Bloodchill Manor?
And since I enjoyed the hell out of Saints and Seducers as well as The Cause, it might be interesting to go ahead and run those with Faanshi as well. Doing Saints and Seducers as a higher level character should mean it’ll go a lot easier for Faanshi than it did for Shenner!
So, a lot to think about here! And I’ve got to now be amused at the thought that my Switch is all jealous that I’ve got the Deck now, and it’s going pay attention to meeeeeee!
Four: I can at least report that I’ve had a Faanshi session since installing the AE content on the device, and it seemed to work just fine, no problems at all. I’ve seen one of the new spellbooks already, showing up as cultist loot while running Miraak’s temple.
More on this in Faanshi’s next official playthrough post!
Another double session post, since the first half of this was too short to really count for a post on its own. Basically this was final post-Miraak action on Solstheim before Shenner officially returned to the Skyrim mainland.
Very busy session, in which I did all of the general “establish myself in Raven Rock” plots, which gave me access to Severin Manor. So, running the plot for the mine, taking out Falx Carius at Fort Frostmoth, and foiling the plot to assassinate Councilor Morvayn!
Last night’s session in Shenner’s playthrough was basically trying to get through Highpoint Tower so I could take out Ildari Sarothril! Finally did it, though it took several tries!
Yep, even though right now my Steam Deck is the cool new kid on my block, still haven’t forgotten I have a Khajiit in play on the Switch! So let’s go back and see what Faanshi’s up to, shall we?
Ah yes: marrying her housecarl from Solitude, Jordis the Sword-Maiden, finally! <3 <3 And oh yes: adopted a sister for Sofie, Runa Fair-Shield! With this session, as well, I officially sent Faanshi to Solstheim to get the Dragonborn plotline underway for her. Chosen follower for this expedition: Serana!
This is technically a double session post, but since I only briefly touched Shenner’s run on the 14th, I’m calling this a single session played on two different days!
Main highlights: another loot selling and dropping off run on the Skyrim mainland, before returning to Neloth on Solstheim and getting the quest to go after Ildari Sarothril.
After taking out Miraak, anything else I do on Solstheim is entirely clearing up loose ends. But that’s okay! It made for a somewhat more relaxed play session, as I journeyed around the island doing assorted side quests.