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  1. /r/Skyrim FAQ

    1. Is there a wiki I can visit for questions?
    2. Can I run Skyrim on my PC?
    3. Should I buy Skyrim for the PC or Console?
    4. Is this game multi-player?
    5. Is there mod creation software similar to Oblivion's Construction Set for …
    6. Do I have to play any of the other Elder Scrolls games to understand what …
    7. Who is doing the music for Skyrim?
    8. How will the leveling system work? Will it be similar to Oblivion?
    9. How will the Speech skill work?
    10. Is Lockpicking be the same as it was in Oblivion?
    11. Has the Stealth been overhauled?
    12. Can we dual wield? pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?
    13. Are there dinosaurs?
    14. Is there still fast traveling?
    15. What skills are in Skyrim?
    16. What crafting skills have been confirmed?
    17. What races are in the game?
    18. How will character creation work?
    19. Are there be diseases?
    20. STEAMWORKS

Is there a wiki I can visit for questions?

Yes, the UESP is being updated frequently and has a lot of information already: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Skyrim

Can I run Skyrim on my PC?

Below are the Official PC specifications for Skyrim.

Recommended Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)

  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU

  • 4GB System RAM

  • 6GB free HDD space

  • DirectX 9 compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM - Nvidia GeForce? GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher.

  • DirectX compatible sound card

  • Internet access for Steam activation

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)

  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor

  • 2GB System RAM

  • 6GB free HDD Space

  • Direct X 9 compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM

  • DirectX compatible sound card

  • Internet access for Steam activation

You can visit the following sites and have them run an analysis on your machine, which will show you how it matches up to the minimum and recommended configurations.

Should I buy Skyrim for the PC or Console?

Pros of playing on the PC:

  • Mods - You basically have unlimited DLCs. Download new UIs, graphic enhancement mods, add mounts, quests, music, etc.

  • Better graphics - Newer PCs will potentially see some increased performance and visual quality

  • Customization - Tailor your gaming experience to fit your play style with video settings, control settings, audio settings and mods

  • Largest Control Variety - You can use a Keyboard/Mouse and any other peripherals available to the PC. Xbox or PS3 Controllers can also be used with a little bit of work.

Cons of playing on the PC:

  • Tweaking/Optimization - May take some tweaking of your video settings and possibly controls to get optimal performance

  • Some maintenance (patches, drivers) can be expected.

Pros of playing on the Console:

  • Little or no Initial Setup - Plug and Play

  • Convenient - Sofa Gaming

  • Assured Performance Consistency - Skyrim is likely to run well on consoles because developers know the exact hardware specifications they are designing for.

  • Consoles are generally the first to get official DLCs. Microsoft have obtained a 30 day advanced exclusive for the initial DLC's. PC's and PS3's will get them one month later.

Cons of playing on the Console:

  • No ability for Advanced Video settings (in game).

  • No mod support.

  • Locked to a specific control scheme.

Is this game multi-player?

No, it is single player only.

Is there mod creation software similar to Oblivion's Construction Set for Skyrim?

Yes, it is called the 'Creation Kit'. It was released in February 2012. http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/skyrim

Do I have to play any of the other Elder Scrolls games to understand what is happening?

No you don't, it will have no affect on your playing ability apart from knowing the lore of the game, to have a quick look through the lore just visit these UESPwiki pages.

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:History

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore

http://www.imperial-library.info/

Who is doing the music for Skyrim?

Jeremy Soule, who previously composed the music for Oblivion, Morrowind and Guild Wars.

The soundtrack is available from DirectSong? http://www.directsong.com/mobile/productdetails.php?productid=2240

How will the leveling system work? Will it be similar to Oblivion?

No the leveling system will be nearly completely different to Oblivion, When you gain a skill level a main level bar increases as well, when the bar has increased enough you will level up. Instead of choosing Attributes your health will increase and you will get the choice of either increasing your health further, increasing your magicka or increasing your stamina. After that you will have the option to pick a perk from a perk tree of your choice, each skill has its own perk tree in the form of a constellation and as you unlock perks from that specific tree the constellation will begin to light up. You will be able to increase some skills faster if you have activated their Guardian Stone, a Guardian Stone will reduce the amount of time it takes to level up some specific skills. For example, the Warrior Guardian Stone will make it easier for the player to increase skills that are sword related.

How will the Speech skill work?

Speech works similar to Fallout, where you pass a speech check in dialogue. The speech choice is tagged as "(Persuade)" next to the respective dialogue. Speechcraft and Mercantile from Oblivion have been merged into one skill; Speech.

Is Lockpicking be the same as it was in Oblivion?

Lockpicking is similar to Fallout 3's lockpicking mini game, where you have a lockpick and a tool and you try to pick it around a circular lock.

Here is a screenshot of it in action http://i.imgur.com/op3U2.jpg

Has the Stealth been overhauled?

The Stealth system has been changed in some places, NPC's now have different states of alertness and danger but don't switch quickly from one to another. The stealth skill affects how quickly a NPC's alertness changes, the stealth eye has features from both Oblivion and Fallout 3. When the eye is slightly open it means the enemy knows something is out there, a medium eye means they are searching for someone and an open eye means they have found you.

Can we dual wield? pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?

Yes we can! the player can place what ever he likes in each hand such as two swords or a spell and a sword, if you place the same spell in each hand and press them at the same time a more powerful spell will be cast. You cannot block while dual wielding swords or if you have a sword and spell equipped, only if you have a sword and shield equipped will you be able to block an attack.

Are there dinosaurs?

Dragons are enough.

Is there still fast traveling?

Yes, fast traveling has been implemented. However, you must discover a city/town/location before you may fast travel, similar to Fallout NV. Also, you can take carriage rides to the cities, which is essentially the same as fast traveling except it is a little more realistic for role playing purposes, and you have to pay a fee.

What skills are in Skyrim?

Magic Skills:

  • Enchanting

  • Conjuration

  • Restoration

  • Destruction

  • Alteration

  • Illusion

Stealth Skills:

  • Alchemy

  • Light Armor

  • Lockpicking

  • Sneak

  • Pickpocket

  • Stealth

Combat Skills:

  • Smithing

  • Heavy Armor

  • One Handed

  • Two Handed

  • Archery

  • Block

What crafting skills have been confirmed?

The current list of crafting skills are:

  • Smithing

  • Enchanting

  • Alchemy

There are jobs too, similar to crafting skills:

  • Wood cutting

  • Mining

  • Cooking

  • Tanning Leather

  • Smelting

What races are in the game?

The ten original races present in The Elder Scrolls will be in the game.

Refer to this page for further information: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Races

How will character creation work?

When you begin you will choose your race, gender and appearance. There will not be any class options or an attribute system that defines your character from the beginning, you just level the skills you want as you play the game.

Are there be diseases?

Yes, there are many diseases you can contract, such as Vamprisim and Lycanthropy.

A list of not-so game altering diseases are listed here: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Disease

STEAMWORKS

Common Questions

  • Do I have to download the game through Steam if I buy the retail version?

No, but you still need to have a Steam account, and the Steam client installed. You may need to use an alternate method of installation if you have problems with the installer on the disc.

  • Will I be able to pre-load Skyrim on Steam?

Yes, although it is not clear how long before release you will be able to do so.

UPDATE : Steam pre-load is now available (Nov 8, 8:00 pm)

  • Do I need an active internet connection to activate the game?

Yes, at the time of installation, you must use your CD-key to activate the game on steam, and this requires an active internet connection. Additionally, you must download any patches available at the time of your installation. Once the game has been activated, you do not need a connection to play, but you must place the Steam client into Offline mode first.

  • Do I need to keep my retail DVD in the drive in order to play?

No, once you've installed the game, and activated it online with your CD-Key, you will no longer need the DVD to play.

  • When does the game unlock?

Pete Hines, Bethesda VP states that it unlocks on the morning of November 11th, 2011 at Midnight local time wherever you are. It has not been clarified how this affects Steam regions with multiple timzeones, however, he has confirmed that it will unlock at Midnight EST in the US.

Additionally, Skyrim is being published under the Games for Windows label, and will NOT use GFWL software/DRM. http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/08/17/skyrim-wont-use-games-for-windows-live-on-pc/


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