I went into my Elder Scrolls Online experience a doubter. I'd never played MMOs before and loved my single player Elder Scrolls games, how would this work out for me? I wasn't sure if I was getting the game or not, going back and forth on it as news came out. I played the game a bit at E3, it was fun, but playtesting a character for a couple hours that's already built is like playing someone else's role and not the same as what I'm used to in Elder Scrolls games.
Then, last week, Zenimax invited press to playtest the game. I wrote up my experience here, but with last night's conclusion of the PvP events (more on that coming soon - Update: You can now read that here), the testing officially ended. At midnight eastern time, which is nine o'clock for me, I was disconnected mid-quest. It was like the skooma bottle had been smacked out of my hand mid-sip.
It's been about fourteen hours since the incident and I can't take it.
I tried Skyrim, but after almost 2000 hours in the game, I've built up a tolerance and it just doesn't do it for me. I need to leap from the great tree of Grahtwood, climb the slopes of Red Mountain, walk the sands of Stros M'Kai. Listen to the purr of the mudcrabs, the wisdom of M'aiq, the manipulations of Daedric princes. To storm dungeons with friends and castles with my Alliance. I need the good stuff.
This is how they do it, just a taste of Skooma for free, then you're hooked. But to wait two more months before letting you get your hands on it is just cruel.
I've found a support group of others afflicted with the same addiction, but mostly we've begun talking about holing up in a nearby cave and attacking travelers for skooma. So, I'm not sure the group is working out well. I'll be chronicling my slow descent into madness in a series of leather-bound books that appear to be hundreds of pages long but only contain a few paragraphs of text, then scattering them around the cave.
It's a long time until April 4th, hopefully we make it. Unless... maybe... just one more taste Zenimax. Just one more.