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I just got Morrowind. Any tips?

  • April 26, 2016 12:25 PM EDT
    So I just got Morrowind for PC, and I've been used to Oblivion and Skyrim. I've heard that this game is unforgiving, so anybody have tips for me?
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    April 26, 2016 1:30 PM EDT

    I'm actually also interested to hear the replies on this. I'm in the same boat, and considering picking up Morrowind for the summer. So I'll just give this post an unnecessary bump.

  • April 26, 2016 1:33 PM EDT
    So far from what I've seen and played, it's a great game. I'm just so confused on what to do, what type of character, things like that. I do have a character right now though, but he's more of a testing 1-2-3 character.
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    April 26, 2016 2:58 PM EDT

    I'm very glad to see someone else getting into Morrowind; It's really a great game, despite it's age.

    First off, UESP Has an Article on the differences between Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim that you may want to take a look at. It's got some good info, and helped me out when I first started playing it.

    Some of the first things you'll notice when playing is that unlike with the later games, Morrowind doesn't have map markers that point to quest objectives. Instead, NPCs usually give a lot more details on where to find things, so you'll need to pay close attention to what they say. It may also be good to ask as many questions as possible before leaving, to get more helpful information.

    Morrowid also doesn't have a fast travel system, aside from Boats and Silt Striders at some of the bigger towns, so for the most part you'll have to walk everywhere. This is probably a major turn-off for some, but when you really start exploring, you'll find that Morrowind actually has a much smaller game world than it's successors (And predecessors), but rest assured that it's still packed with hundreds of quests, ruins, NPCs, and, um, Cliff Racers. LOTS of Cliff Racers.

    Which brings me to the next bit: Combat is another thing that can be frustrating, especially early on. You'll probably have heard of it's infamous "hit and miss" combat system, where for every swing of a weapon you'll most likely just hit air. Yeah, not that fun...

    I have also posted a Mod List over in the Classics group that you may want to take a look at. Most of the Mods on it involve making the game more enjoyable, such as improved graphics and combat.

    Above all else, don't give up straight away. Morrowind might be a bit difficult at first (Especially if you're playing it after Oblivion and Skyrim), but it's still very rewarding and incredibly fun.

  • April 26, 2016 3:42 PM EDT
    Thanks. That helped alot actually.
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    April 27, 2016 1:55 AM EDT

    Mages Guild also gives you a form of fast travel.





    Sadrith Mora

    SAVE OFTEN... Morrowind doesn't have a great auto save feature SO SAVE YOUR GAME OFTEN!!!

    Really, make sure you save often else you will come foul of this.

    Three more things...

    1. Internal areas do not respawn NPC's. Once you clear out a cave of NPC's then it is cleared.

    2. Containers do not reset nor do areas. If you leave any item somewhere then that is where it will stay untill you decide to move it.

    3. Don't sell or just dump the package which you are given at the start of the game. You will have a hard job remembering what you did with it. REMEMBER where you put it...

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    April 27, 2016 2:08 AM EDT

    In the begining, in the office, once you can, grab, and drop all valuable items, you won't be fined, and can sell these to the merchant dude in Seyda Nene for some easy gold

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    April 27, 2016 4:50 AM EDT

    My game's journal lets you view entries by quest, but I'm not sure if that was an official update or part of a mod overhaul. It's a crucial feature though.

    Alchemy is the most OP skill in the game without using glitches. There's no level caps or limit to the number of potions you can drink. So you can drink 100 fortify intelligence potions, then start making godly potions. Or you can show restraint and only make good potions that don't break the game

    I never liked magic since it doesn't regenerate (there's a mod for that) and its hard to find/craft restore potions. I think enchanting is much better in vanilla. The charge recovers over time, casting never fails, and if you buff intelligence enough, creating enchantments rarely fails.

    I second the Mage guild teleporters. Even if you're a pure warrior type, do enough quests to access them. Mark/Recall spells are handy too.

    I usually find a house near some travel service and kill the owner (be careful you dont need them for a quest), then take their house to store stuff in. It's how the real estate business was always meant to be.

  • April 27, 2016 5:02 AM EDT

    Ok guys Morrowind, its a great game so above all enjoy yourselves.

      During the early levels, on levelling up put points into Agility, why? because its your Agility that makes your weapon or magic hit its target, tour the Guilds, join up, but be careful, some of your actions will have negative benefits for other guilds.

    There is no fast travel apart from mages guild mages, and silt striders, there are spells called Mark and Recall, learn them and use them, they will save a lot of grief both early on and during later quests.

    Lastly SAVE,  SAVE,  SAVE. if you don't you'll wish you had.

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    April 27, 2016 5:10 AM EDT

    It's a very different game to Oblivion and Skyrim, but the other commenters have already posted some great tips!

    Your choices at character creation are far more important than in later TES games. I've played several types of characters so if you've got a particular preference I could provide some tips. My personal favourite is up close and personal melee combat, and I've actually created a video guide that'll run you through the best possible start for a melee fighter if you want to max out your hit chance.

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    April 27, 2016 11:19 AM EDT

    Also, using a glitch, you can basically make any number of NPCs follow you around, and you can interact with them, such as shopkeeps, with a Command NPC/Animal spell

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    April 27, 2016 11:44 AM EDT

    Yes, there's that Orc house in Balmora. She lives on the far side of the canal on the end opposite the silt strider.

    She is part of a quest but its to kill her so you will actually save time eliminating her and claiming the house for yourself.

    TIP: The key to the locked chest by her bed is on a ledge halfway up the stairs. Lots of storage inside and outside.

    Buy two potions. 'Mark' and Recall' Drink the mark one just outside this house by the three crates. Where ever you are, drink the recall and you will teleport back here. Later, invest in the spells.

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    April 27, 2016 12:07 PM EDT

    The thing about Morrowind is that you need to play with an entirely different mindset to Skyrim.

    If you charge from quest to quest you'll miss most of the stuff. Spend lots of time going around talking to people. Because they have (largely) text dialogue, the important NPCs will all have much to say that will be relevant (as well as interesting). Take time and learn the politics, the culture and the various family and Great House rivalries.

    There is much more depth in MW - with many more guilds and factions, some of which you can 'play off' against the others. So take your time with everything and you'll get more out of the experience

    I wish I could 'unlearn' everything I know about MW and start over. The sense of discovering things is incredible, and although it's still a good game to play (especially with mods), its not quite the same when you literally know where every NPC stands and every quest object is placed.

    Good luck - you'll have a blast.

    Also - if you haven't done so yet - join the Elder Scrolls Classics group, read up everything and post questions when you get stuck (as you inevitably will)

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    April 27, 2016 2:42 PM EDT
    One key, focus on minor skills. You want to build those minor skills up a bunch each level before you build your major skills and level up. Each skill is governed by an attribute. When you level up, the number of skill levels you gained counts towards an increase in the governing attribute. You want the +5 modifier on 3 attributes (unless you wanna waste one on luck) every time you level up. It's a bit annoying in the beginning when you don't have a ton of gold to throw at trainers, you'll find yourself swimming laps and jumping up and down flights of stairs. All worth it in the long run
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    April 27, 2016 6:26 PM EDT

    Congrats you have Morrowind. A game that is over a decade old and is still a better game than anything on the market. Here are some tips. Say goodbye to family and friends you will never see them again. But seriously now.

    Be very careful about who you kill. There is no such thing as an essential NPC they are all fair game and if you kill the wrong person it may very well bite you in the ass later on. Enjoy the conversation with the Dwemer he is literally the only one you will ever meet. Unlike Skyrim or Oblivion you'll find that this game will really award someone with a bit of imagination.

    Save constantly, have multiple save. Get an external just for morrowind. 1TB should do.

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    April 27, 2016 6:43 PM EDT

    Try to install this Morrowind Overhaul - Sounds And Graphics and play the game like a game of this generation, it is a bit tedious to install but is easy because you only need to follow the instructions, just its needed a little of time, then you will game an incredible game, even normal Morrowind is really cool, but with that Overhaul Mod its incredible. Oh and If you like to read will like this game, for me is the best roleplaying game about stats, skills and game mechanics, you have a lot of options to choose and to be better in your class you need to improve a few, better than Oblivion and Skyrim in terms of that, If you enjoy Elder Scrolls lore you will like this game and the environment is really incredible

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    May 3, 2016 1:56 PM EDT
    Thank you for this link, I'm actually playing this game again because it looks so good
  • May 3, 2016 1:57 PM EDT
    How will I mod Morrowind if I installed it from Steam?
  • Tim
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    May 3, 2016 3:20 PM EDT

    I don't think there are any manual installers for MW (although maybe the nexus mod manager) but most mods will have instructions in the Readme when you install it. Generally it's just moving files from the mod to your Data file.

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    May 3, 2016 5:01 PM EDT
    I followed this

    It was actually really easy provided you unzip the files in the right place
  • May 4, 2016 9:35 PM EDT

    Hey, is there anywhere else I can get this mod, besides from nexus? I dont have enough money for a Nexus account, so is there some site I can get it from for free?

  • May 4, 2016 10:14 PM EDT

    Ummm the Nexus is free for a normal account, there's a premium one but if you sign up for a normal account it's 100% free.