Heimskr’s High Horse – We Have Lift Off

The week or two after any major news drop is always bitter – you expect more but you never get it. However, we were proved wrong with a whole mess of information from the official Combat AUA #2, the Tamriel Foundry AUA, and of course beta launch! Join me this week as Heimskr’s High Horse gets back to preaching the good word of Talos (Yeah, I know its Easter Sunday, want to fight about it?)

Development – What you need to know!

Ask Us Anything: Combat #2

Zenimax Online released their official Ask Us Anything: Combat #2 this week which touched on some really big topics such as arrow consumption, the role of healers, and the dichotomy between damage and utility abilities. The most interesting question, according the community, was that you will have unlimited arrows. Zenimax Online stated that as of now, there is no ammo. You will have unlimited projectiles.

Daggerfall Cinematic

The forums have been pretty upset about this because, well, if anything breaks immersion for this community, you may as well bend over and prepare your butt hole. Look, I’m not saying that I wouldn’t rather have an in-depth and intuitive arrow crafting system, however this is one of those things that I’ve experienced in the past and would rather do without. Imagine your dungeon group is near the final Deadra boss of ultimate badassery and you group just pulled the boss. Your archer friend shouts in party chat far too late, “Guis! I have to Wayshrine back to town; I’m out of arrows LOL #swag.” Now this example can apply to just about everything including group questing, Cyrodiil PvP, and so on.

Ignoring my personal feelings on the matter, Zenimax Online specifically said in response to the question “As of now.” While I don’t believe they would add that feature into the game this far into development, we’ve already been proven wrong before (see: First person combat).

Beta has Launched

The Docks at Dro'dara PlantationLadies and gentlemen, it is official – beta has started! Early last week, we were alerted via Zenimax Onlines social media pages as well as their official website that invites were emailed to the lucky few who were selected. While not much else can be said on this topic because of a strict NDA, we were given some information — thanks to the moderators over at the official Bethesda forums – that people in beta can say they are in beta but that is all. Zenimax Online themselves said they would prefer people to not say they are in beta, but if they do, they wouldn’t be banned for it. That being said, I can neither confirm nor deny my role in the beta (For you conspiracy nuts out there).

PAX East 2013 Official Recap

This week, the folks over at Zenimax Online put together a giant post of all the news and gaming sites editorials and article contributions. Included in that list are 5 articles from your very own Tamriel Foundry such as our PAX recaps, our popular AUA thread, and my very own ‘Konkle in a Box’ play through impression. This post really has an astronomical f—k ton of information which is great to sate the appetite of you information gluttons.

Conflict in Cyrodiil, Part 1

On Friday, we were given a great piece by Zenimax titled Conflict in Cyrodiil, Part 1. This article is one of the first major PvP centered information release we’ve been given in a very long time. The article goes through some of the basics of Cyrodiil including exploration, crafting, PvP enabled dungeons, campaigns, and of course rewards. Here is a short list of information that is either new or been slightly changed since we last heard about it:

  • Daily quests (are in)
  • Certain crafting materials can only be found in Cyrodiil
  • Campaigns can last for months
  • You can “visit” friends in other campaigns or move to a different campaign permanently for a currency cost
  • PvP gives you armor, weapons, and other rewards that can be used anywhere in Tamriel.
  • Participating in PvP gives you perks that can only be used in Cyrodiil

I may be a more PvE centric player, but I’m really excited for Cyrodiil campaigns. It seems that there is much more to Cyrodiil then simply sword to shield. Hopefully in part 2 we’ll get more information that we can dissect!

Battle Scene

Community Round up – It’s alive!


I will not be listing individual podcasts this week because the official Zenimax Online PAX 2013 recap includes all the content that came out regarding PAX. I would highly recommend going to listen to the Elder Scrolls Off the Record, Troll Scroll, and ESO Cast productions this week – they were all great for round table discussions on the information released from PAX 2013.

Shout Out

Morrowind ordinatorAt PAX, I was able to meet so many great people not only from Zenimax Online, but also from the community. I wanted to give a quick shout out to those that I met including folks from Elder Scrolls Off The Record, the Imperial Library, and the leader of Guild Umbra. After meeting these gentlemen, I was given more reasons to believe that the Elder Scrolls Online community is one of the best pre-launch MMO communities I’ve had the privilege of being a part of in years. Not often do you come across people who sincerely care about making the place they live in better. I hope that I can say, years from now, that I left the Elder Scrolls Online community a better place than when I joined.

The Cogwheels of Tamriel Foundry – After Hours

Ask Us Anything – ESO @ PAX

Early this week, Atropos sent me a message over Skype and was like “Hey Byron, I need you to help me answer questions in this AUA. You got time?” Now I was at work, but I said sure, why not? 350+ replies and 36 pages later, I regretted my selfless decision to help Atropos when I found a mountain of work still waiting for me to finish.

Anyways, if you haven’t had time, please go read the TF AUA where Atropos, Fizzle, and I took part in earlier this week. It is honestly a great place to read our own candid answers to the hundreds of questions the community had. It’s a long read, but perhaps one of the questions you had might have been answered!

After Hours Club

The After Hours Club is a special section in Heimskr’s High Horse to look over the most popular, the most controversial, and the most insightful community topics of the week. This week we have three threads that are sure to satisfy your curiosity or feed the fires of internet barbarism.

  1. The popular thread of the week goes unanimously to @Azarhal and his PAX East Content Compilation thread. Even if the majority of his links can be found in the official ESO recap, @Azarhal deserves recognition for collecting all the information that was coming out of PAX in one place. Thank you very much, sir!
  2. This week’s insightful post of the week goes to @Xmarksthegank and his post titled Sneak and its impact on PVE/Bosses. This is a really good theorycrafting thread on the topic of how stealth and critical damage will work in ESO. Go check it out!
  3. The infamous controversial post of the week goes to @Sparhawk and his thread on Animation Priority. Animation priority, for those that don’t know, is where the game forces you to finish an attack before moving onto a next one without the ability to cancel said attack. Sparhawk gave some pretty good insight onto this topic, so go give it a read.


I hope you enjoyed Heimskr’s High Horse. Next week already has some great information waiting to be posted, so come back, stay awhile, and listen.

53 responses to “Heimskr’s High Horse – We Have Lift Off”

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    Breton Nightblade

    Great read, thank you for putting it together.

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    I always enjoy reading your HHH! Thanks Byron.

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    Breton Dragonknight

    Im new here and its my first read, but thats really good stuff, its also nice to see the cyrodil war post explained.

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    I got excited for a moment when I saw the second image.  Staves look like pole-arms when you just wake up.  I’m looking forward to see what articles TF has planned for the near future.

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    Didn’t get the chance to thank you guys for the AUA as the thread was locked, but it was much appreciated.  Thank you!

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    to tell the truth kinda figured that would happen with arrows, and kinda bummes me out a lil( ok am over it).One thing gotta say though ur archer friend in dungen needs help, if not being prepared haha.

    As always lotta info and never get tired of hearing more, hate the idea of dailies, but guess it’s the age we live in.Keep up the good work guys (and gals) I am looking here every day for more info.

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    A great article. I really like that are going to be crafting materials that can only be found in the PvP zone of Cyrodiil. I think that will add an interesting twist to forming certain recipes. I am however confused on one topic. it talks about visiting other campaigns or actually fully joining a different one. Does that mean, for example, I could level up a Dark Elf and then pay to get him into the Daggerfall Covenant? If that is the case, I think id like that, because some of my friends(chumps) don’t agree that Daggerfall is the superior group of races and want to make other races. Then we could all join the same Campaign. But, on the other hand, I sort of think keeping the races separate would make more sense to the setting of the war. If anyone knows more about switching factions please let me know, I’m quite interested.

    ”Never take prisoners… mercy is for the weak”

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    Altmer Templar

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    I had to look up Dichotomy =[

    Although I am not totally sure the world 100% applies here, I still give you complete credit for using it! Good read as always.

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    Imperial Sorcerer

    Entropy Rising

    Good stuff Byronyk, thanks for the roundup!

    Founder, creator, and developer of Tamriel Foundry.


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    Blade said on March 31, 2013 :

    I always enjoy reading your HHH! Thanks Byron.

     Really Blade, really??? ;)


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    Nord Dragonknight

    The Incursion

    Thanks for the info!

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    Erlex said on March 31, 2013 :

    I had to look up Dichotomy =[

    Although I am not totally sure the world 100% applies here, I still give you complete credit for using it! Good read as always.

    “And that is why you fail.” -Yoda

    You will learn… No king rules forever. Only death is eternal.


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    Nord Dragonknight

    Thank you. Great stuff!! I really enjoy your words. May Talos guide you.


    Our greatest strength is the adversity we have overcome.


    Our resolve is glacial, our might is forged in fire, and our courage, cultivated by the beasts of the jungle.


    We are Ebonheart.

    We are as one.


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    Bosmer Nightblade

    Thanks for the update…I really appreciate it.


    As for some of the ESOL development decisions……I’ve seen two decisions I would not have made:

    #1  I would not have spent any development time on first person

    #2 I would have arrow crafting in the game…while ESOL devs think you can do with magically appearing arrows  are just fine.



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    Byronyk said on :

    Daily quests (are in)

    Are you referring to this part?

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    You’ll be able to complete repeatable quests for all the towns in Cyrodiil.

    Cuz I can’t find anytinhg saying there are quest on a daily basis.

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    Very nice job and look forward to much more.

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    Sadly alot of the fans only care about immersion but I would guess a majority of them don’t understand online principles and systems that make MMO’s work.  I am on the side of gameplay (and quality of life issues) over immersion.

    Men are but flesh and blood. They know their doom, but not the hour.

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    Cynal said on March 31, 2013 :

    Byronyk said on :

    Daily quests (are in)

    Are you referring to this part?

    ZOS said on :

    You’ll be able to complete repeatable quests for all the towns in Cyrodiil.

    Cuz I can’t find anytinhg saying there are quest on a daily basis.

    Good point, I never really thought about that.  It could mean repeatable per campaign which they stated could last months.  I really hope ZeniMax doesn’t do repeatable quests like WoW whether they are daily or anything else.  It shouldn’t feel like you have to do the quests and then they feel like more of a job than having fun.

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    Altmer Dragonknight

    Mostly Harmless

    Is it sad that I got excited about being mentioned in the HHH  ;-).  Yet another great article man, keep it up!

    ”Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” -Vince Lombardi


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    Bosmer Nightblade

    While I’m disappointed about the limitless amount of arrows, Its not like I ever went out to shoot some bandits without 999+ steel arrows that I had collected over the hours. So I suppose in the end, immersion aside, game-play isn’t to affected.


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