Hey guys, hope you're all doing well. Decided to join presently because I need to know how to play as a mage who doesn't use weapons or potions. It's tough! On a grander scale I hope to be a part of a thriving elder scrolls community. I first got into Elder Scrolls back when Morrowind came out on Xbox. I was a Halo junkie and my cousins had the only xbox. Every time they would come over we'd play Halo till one day they brought Morrowind. I was like "Why can't we play Halo?! I don't like this game." till I watched them play more of it and, well, when it was my turn, I played that game for over an hour and was hooked. Since then I've played them all, though Morrowind still has that unmatched ambiance that the newer games don't seem to have. However, each Elder Scrolls has something I really like that the others don't. For Morrowind, the ambience, mystery, and water (still the best water I've seen in a game ever). For Oblivion, the dungeons, Dark Brotherhood Quest, Vampire stuff (they did it right, creepy and powerful), and the Shivering Isles was astounding. Skyrim has the better graphics and combat systems, and feels more complete, but they sacrificed a few of the things that made ES great imo. Hoping the next one has all the good with none of the bad but we'll see. Anyhow there it is. A bit about me: 31 years old. Self-employed, don't work for many hours so I spend my time (and money) on video games for the most part. I love video games, movies, traveling, reading (I have a library in my room just like I do in ES games, books strewn about and in large piles) Anything else just ask, and please someone let me know how I can be an effective mage. I want to use the frenzy type spells to get bandits to kill each other and conjuration for my zombie support, destruction for anything that gets too close, but as I said I've noticed I still need to resort to the melee weapons and potions, which takes me out of the experience. Oh, forgot to mention, I have a character story-arch I've been using ever since Morrowind. Sarge Maximus and Sarge Maximus II. Both Dark Elves. One the grandfather, the other the grandson. I have a large story arch and even wrote a fanfiction back in the early 2000's but now I just have it in my head. It's what I love about the elder games. But this mage is a new character. I want to have some new experiences and not just be the Vampire/assassin/archer anymore. Thanks for reading, see you around!