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Zalen’s Skyrim Journal – Entry #1: An Ode to Venassa

This is the first in a series of journal entries written from the point of view of my Skyrim character, Zalen.

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Zalen the Dunmer looking badass

I’ve taken gobs of screenshots in Skyrim, but so far I think this one might be my favorite: my character Zalen looking like a total badass, with an uneasy merchant looking on. Click the picture to see the full-size version.

Pojut’s simple chicken chili for Skyrim

2.5 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast
14 oz of chicken broth
1 can of Campbells cream of mushroom soup
1 can of water
1 can of whole kernel yellow corn
Sliced green, red, and yellow peppers
Sliced green chilis
Sliced jalapenos
Half a packet of McCormick’s “hot” chili seasoning mix
A few shakes of worcheshire sauce
A few sprinkles of thyme
A few sprinkles of oregano
A few sprinkles of cumin
A couple sprinkles of nutmeg
A tiny pinch of cinnamon
Add whole grain brown rice and macaroni elbows about six hours in
Add pepper, a dash of honey, and sriracha to taste

4 quart crock pot, on low heat. Not sure how long it will take, but likely in the 7-10 hour range.

Skyrim is now unlocked on Steam!

After years of waiting, Skyrim has now been officially released. Happy 11/11/11, everyone! See you in a few days :)

Skyrim is only three hours away!

This is it, folks! We’re in the final stretch now…Skyrim unlocks on Steam in three hours!


Skyrim now available to pre-load on Steam

With less than 40 hours to go, Skyrim is now available for pre-loading on Steam. Download it now, so you can be ready to unlock the files and start playing as soon as Friday rolls around!

8-Bit Commando

Are you craving an old-school sidescroller that’s unapologetically difficult and has a great soundtrack? 8-Bit Commando has you covered.

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Preparing for Skyrim

When a game is as big of a deal as Skyrim, it’s imperative that you make sure you’re fully stocked and ready for the adventure. Join us as we outline what we’re doing here at Living With a Nerd in preparation for Skyrim’s impending release.

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Potential ambient alternatives to Skyrim’s soundtrack

One of my hobbies is matching up different albums and songs with different games. This mix and match effort has often been a resounding success, with certain combinations being granted  a very prominent place in my memory. Skyrim, like the previous Elder Scrolls games before it, is poised to have an incredible soundtrack that will make crypts seem darker, mountains seem taller, and the winds seem colder. Even though I plan on playing through the majority of the game while listening to the music included with Skyrim, I thought it would be fun to find some external music that works well with the game.

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Why we won’t be reviewing Skyrim

Skyrim reviews are going to be a dime a dozen once the game launches, so rather than do the same thing as everyone else, we here at Living With a Nerd are going to take a different approach: we’re going to be keeping extensive notes while playing, and will be putting together short stories based on our experiences in-game. The stories will be written from the perspective of our character, and will range from epic battles to hiking through mountains at dusk.

Since Elder Scrolls games tend to affect people on a deep level that a normal review can’t describe, we feel this would be a great way to show what Skyrim is capable of doing, and what it’s like to actually play it. In an effort to keep spoilers to an absolute minimum, we will be restricting these stories to things that we do on our own; we will omit any and all reference to the main plot, and we’ll also do our best to avoid describing any of the major sidequests.

Because Living With a Nerd is just a blog run by a couple of married nerds, we don’t have any early access to games. We buy them just like you do, and don’t get to play them until you do. We’ll do our best to get the first of the stories cranked out and put up on the site within a day or two of Skyrim’s release, but it may be up to a few days until after release before you see anything on here. After all, we’ll have to try to pry ourselves away from it long enough to actually write!

11/11/11 is almost upon us, fellow gamers. Get any outstanding work completed, finish off any other games you may be playing, and prepare to kiss your free time goodbye.