They said it couldn’t be done
Yet here we are. Even @tommy2118 is going to want to give up school, career, and family to join back up after he reads this post. You’ve never been more on team ESO than you are right now. Belieb it!
- Our primary faction is Aldmeri Dominion (for the Queen)
- Home Cyrodill campaign is Azura’s Star (30-day Non-Champion)
However, you can join dungeon runs as any faction and apparently it won’t matter for the battlegrounds coming in Morrowind.
Reasons to jump the hell back in
- The Morrowind expansion is being released soon
- Enlightenment system makes being a filthy casual more manageable
- @Wayward has never stopped playing ESO and he needs you
- The Orc Messiah compels you
- Cyrodiil and dungeons are still ridiculously fun with friends
- At some point we will convince @Auth to play
How to join
Every member of the guild has invite privileges. This is a reminder to those already in the guild as much as it is for those that need invites.
Voice comms of freedom
In case you’re new or you haven’t noticed, we’re using Discord over Mumble these days. If you’re playing ESO and there’s no voice channel, simply type
!create somewhere and one will be made for you.
Even if you can’t speak, it’s better to be in there while raiding or pvping. Shit gets hairy and you’re most likely standing in fire. I saw you.
Also you’ll need to res @Zharick when you get a chance.
Other stuff you need to know
This stuff may or may not be stuff you need to worry about. You might like to know it, though.
- You don’t need to subscribe to play, but it helps. You’ll get an always-on 10% XP boost plus a monthly supply of crowns (the free2play currency thingy).
- If you’re a returning vet, you may want to push yourself to just start rather than overthink it (like I did). You will thank yourself for it. Below are some tips for that.
Get a build, any build
This is not where I tell you what builds to run for max leveling productivity (if you want that, @aicxe can help you) . It does not matter. If you overthink this right now, you’ll put the game down (again).
Remember that you can respec anytime—you will make enough gold for respeccing easily. Plan on doing a respec at level 50 and champion rank 160.
I did some light research and then just started throwing in points. Don’t worry about crafting right now unless that’s really your focus.
If you’re a returning vet you should have more than enough skill points to be productive with questing. This will also give you an opportunity to learn the skills again and which play style you like.
Get some gear, any gear
Again, do not overthink this. You should have some random gear on already. It may be terrible or even completely broken. It doesn’t matter.
Once you start your path with getting back to quests, you will put more pieces on. Don’t get hung up with trying to get a gear set before you start your first quest. This will become a non-starter, in my experience.
Plan on starting to think about the “right” gear for your build around champion rank 160.
Once you reach the Champion progression end game (at max level), you earn enlightenment. When you are enlightened, you earn XP 4x as fast. Thus a 400,000XP Champion Point climb is actually 100,000XP.
You earn 1 Champion Point worth of enlightenment every 24 hours and it accrues to a maximum of 12 days. That means if you had a max level character that you left, you likely have 12 days full of enlightenment waiting for you!
This also means the game allows you to participate in a more casual playstyle and still progress.
Final thoughts with @Vocino
If you’re like me, you’ve been away from ESO for a good while. Prior to my latest return, I had attempted to get back into the game before with no luck. I would sign in, excited and ready to roll, only to be left with the paralysis of choice.
Why is it so hard?
One aspect is having everything reset but having no idea what to do. As a returning veteran, your skills, attributes, and champion points have all likely been reset due to a patch long since gone by. This seems like a great opportunity but it left me with no ability to jump right back into questing and finding my stride.
Focusing on throwing in skills and just starting on the first quests I saw allowed me to jump that initial startup hurdle and now I’m off and running.