Review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Redux)

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The air is crisp and cold. The wind rattles the crunchy leaves beneith your feet. In the distance you can hear the sound of rushing water, you can hear the moaning of the tree branches as they sway. You knew this place wasn’t very close to any major towns, but as you exit the train tunnel it becomes clear something is very wrong.

You’ve seen a lot in your career, but never before has a case tugged at you like this. That itch under your skin grows as you notice one of the powerlines is falling, the wires snapped. The train tracks you’ve been following since you left that town three miles over are so badly rusted it’s evident no train has passed through here in a long time. Yet, you’re sure this was the way as told to you by the lady in the information booth at the train station. The one who raised her eyebrows so high when you mentioned the address…

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Mona Alta: The Path of Faith

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Mona Alta

Mona Alta is a new home for Skyrim located in the mountains right next to Lake Ilinalta that has a very eclectic style. It’s heavily influenced by the culture of the Redguards as well as the Akaviri and Imperials. I’d even say it was influenced by many cultures in Tamriel, but those seem most dominate in the architecture and furnishings.

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Building Characters (Their Inner Workings)

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I will use Skyrim as a base game in this tutorial as it’s currently the game I’m playing and actively working on, but I use these techniques for all open world RPG games. It should be helpful, or mostly helpful considering any game restrictions, for all similar gaming.

This part of character creation is a very tricky subject. There are many ways in which people like to build their own original characters. Skyrim, in many aspects, is helpful because it gives them a preset world that they are crafting their character to. Other freeform RPGs are mostly the same, from old school games like Dungeons & Dragons to computer simulated games like Guild Wars. You may want to make a fallen god as your character who must right the wrongs of his past before he can help defend the world from a fierce, world-consuming dragon or make a lowly prostitute who battles her way through challenges and climbs up the ranks to be a Thane and, ultimately, the Dragonborn. It doesn’t matter what kind of character it is so long as it’s the one you want to play in the game. This guide will give you the sources I use as well as possible examples of sources for those who create characters other than the way I do.

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