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Official Discussion thread for "Every Hero Has a Story. Tell Us Yours."

ZOS_JessicaFolsom
ZOS_JessicaFolsom
Community Manager
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This is the official discussion thread for the Every Hero Has a Story. Tell Us Yours. blog article.

Since the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online over 3 years ago, more than 10 million unique players have explored Tamriel, enjoyed countless adventures, and forged lasting bonds. Celebrate this milestone with us by sharing your most memorable ESO stories!
Jessica Folsom
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  • idk
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    I will need to our my entire story together but the basic of the story is I travel all of Nirn, not just Tamriel, in search of evil to be vanquished.

    This evil is a danger to @ZOS_GinaBruno and @ZOS_JessicaFolsom and their band of merry men and women. Must keep them safe.
  • rhapsodious
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    ...or even one of the special relationships you've made along the way.

    @paulsimonps I demand more sappy stories of you and your waifu

    Looking forward to other people's stories! I sure know I have a few.
  • dpencil1
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    There's going to be waaaay too much salt for my popcorn in here...

    I also fondly remember my first flawless clear of vMA. My biggest celebration was about a year ago, though, when my first vMA destro fire staff dropped. I did a little dance. :joy:
  • SantieClaws
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    Khajiit would tell stories but all of them they are short. Starting with just a sip of ale and ending up uncomfortable, stepped on and with a headache on the pavement outside of The Rosy Lion.

    Yours with paws
    Santie Claws

    Shunrr's Skooma Oasis - The Movie. A housing video like no other ...
    Find it here - https://youtube.com/user/wenxue2222

    Clan Claws - now recruiting khajiit and like minded others for parties, fishing and other khajiit stuff. Contact this one for an invite.

    PAWS (Positively Against Wrip-off Stuff) - Say No to Crown Crates!

    https://www.imperialtradingcompany.eu/
  • ArchMikem
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    That feeling when playing for over two years now and not a single memorable experience comes to mind...

    I have woohoo moments like defeating Vet Vaults of Madness for the very first time or my first legit 1v1 win in Cyrodiil. Then again there was that one time in Vaults of Madness, against Grothdarr. You have to understand, back then my group and I weren't very experienced with endgame content, so the battle was hard fought. I was the Healer, my stick wielding Khajiit Templar. Near the end the whole group wiped, save for me, but the Boss was in execute range and I knew I couldn't risk it again trying to revive everyone. So with all my gamer might I thrust my palm at the Atronach and Jesus Beamed him so hard it might as well have been a Kamehameha. And down did the beast fall, the Healer clinching the Victory from the jaws of a wipe.
    CP1,500+ Master Explorer - AvA August Palatine - Console Peasant
  • Mojmir
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    With a small loan of a million gold and a room full of employees I conquered.
  • FluffyReachWitch
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    Once upon a time, when my main was young and learning the ways of war, they somehow got separated from their buddies and ran right into a sizable group from an enemy faction. So they cast a restoration staff ward and used Retreating Maneuver to skedaddle. The enemy gave chase. But, several terrifying moments later, their own faction came riding around the bend and saved their butt.

    And that is how I accidentally pulled an entire group into an ambush while I was still a newb.
  • Miswar
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    I bought the game longtime ago. Remember the day I went Cyrodiil with many happy campers and ZoS developers cheerfully telling how they will improve, fix and develop PvP.

    It was an glorious moment and we all cheered. Months and months passed.. even years.. and we all remember that day.

    Sadly somethings are just fairy tales and many promises that we were given as child were not true. This has been like sailing in Titanic on it's maiden voyage... the ship will never get to it's destination.

    All that is left are infinite Cyrodiil loading screens, lags and crashes..........

    That is my ESO story that I believe many of us can relate.
  • SirAxen
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    Right on. I will make a video for this, detailing some of my fond memories. Thanks for sharing.
  • tinythinker
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    Hmm, been here since late beta... but... no story other "I leveled some characters." Still, many will have them and they should be good :smiley:
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    Who are you in Tamriel (whether it's just your character's attitude & style or a full backstory)? - Share your Character's Story! ◔ ⌣ ◔
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  • Kimba_Do
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    This one holds to a simple creed. If it moves, nuke it. If it doesn't move, nuke it anyway, it might start moving.
    Never meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and good with catsup.
    You're all just a bunch of pixels. Turn off the power and you cease to exist.
    White Lions. Bringing the jungle fame for over 50 years.
  • greathero117
    So basically the game has a population of 10 million right now, or does it means that the sum over the years total 10 million?How come you guys don't release information on population data?
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    This is the official discussion thread for the Every Hero Has a Story. Tell Us Yours. blog article.

    Since the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online over 3 years ago, more than 10 million unique players have explored Tamriel, enjoyed countless adventures, and forged lasting bonds. Celebrate this milestone with us by sharing your most memorable ESO stories!
    So basically the game has a population of 10 million right now, or does it means that the sum over the years total 10 million?How come you guys don't release information on population data?

    If eso had 10 Mill players currently, then i wouldnt stuck 2h in a dungeon queue^^
    Groupfinder:
    The worst part is when it finally puts you in a group, your healer turns into a werewolf, your tank has 14k HP and the dps is heavy armor, using a restro staff and a two handed sword on the backbar. Then comes the 15 minute penalty before the cycle starts anew.

    Rulz of Morrowind:
    • The first rule of Morrowind is: You do not talk about Morrowind.
    • The second rule of Morrowind is: You do not talk about Morrowind.
    • Third rule of Morrowind: Someone yells NDA stuff, uploads images, streams, the game is over.
    • Fourth rule: only invited players can test.
    • Fifth rule: one invite at a time, fellas.
    • Sixth rule: crying or bashing on pts.
    • Seventh rule: NDA will go on as long as they have to.
    • And the eighth and final rule: If this is your first invite at Morrowind, you have to play.
  • dpencil1
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    @greathero117
    See my earlier comment up the thread.
  • resdayn00
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    I have many fond memories about the game.

    One of them, which I'd say is pretty memorable happened during the Midyear Mayhem. Before that event I really kept a distance between myself and PvP - I only had bad experiences with PvP in other MMOs, so naturally it was not my playstyle. But I'm a completionist, so I obviously wanted the achievements and the collectibles from the event. I geared up, crafted myself a basic PvP gear and got to learn the basics of Cyrodiil. Since then I really love PvP in this game. I made new friends, got to explore a new aspect of the game and also I got to understand my class better. Oh, and yes I managed to get every single Midyear Mayhem achievement within like 2-3 days.
    PC EU - Ebonheart Pact
    Resdayn Indoril, Dunmer Magicka Nightblade - Main

    Pactum Dunmeri | Ard Feainn | Aetherius Art | Kley Guild

    Achievement points: 26k+
  • kylewwefan
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    So many memories where to start

    In hopes this was the next “Skyrim” game I bought ESO for PC. This was the first real game I tried to play on computer.

    Most memorable experience on PC was first encounter with a dolmen and loads of players there taking it on. It was the most epic thing I had seen in the game since the trailer videos.

    The display was gorgeous, but I couldn’t figure out how to make a console controller work with it and there was no support for it at the time.
    The keyboard cramped my hand and was so uncomfortable to play on PC I barely played. I was so happy when ESO finally came to console. I spent about the next year questing and leveling to VR16. I’m close to 2 years in at this point.

    I got into a social guild while questing and many players there had far been grinded to max level. They all wanted to do harder content I wasn’t prepared to do so I got left out. A lot.

    Getting into a good guild is a game changer. I learned about crafting gear, food, potions, rotations etc. I meet some great people playing, and some not so great. I strongly recommend try to be someone people want to be around and surround yourself with people you want to be around.

    Recently, my game has changed. Events are now setup outside of game. They go much smoother and are far more organized than playing with all random players.

    The guild breakup is rough. Playing with the same people for a year and now is just over. Well, it has to be like this.

    It’s a different feeling going into hard content and wandering what are you gonna get compared to “ can we do this?”

    It has taken a lot of time, work/effort to get to this point. Being the guy that was left out, to one setting up a raid.

    I still pug a lot.

    See ya around Tamriel
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    Tl;dr really weigh the fun you have in game vs the business practices you are supporting.
  • Druachan
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    Probably a bit late. Anyway I started playing ESO after I was done with Skyrim. Never done an mmo before and wasnt sure what to expect. Its good fun. I enjoy the exploring and seeing pretty different areas and feeling part of something larger. Can’t say there’s been epic moments. Getting my main character levelled up was one time. I’m not a completer finisher so that was a big deal for me. I love all the different places you can go to in Tamriel. I could say I’m too busy living my story to write it down .
    Say please, before you AAAAAaaaarrrgghhh at me.
  • Rohamad_Ali
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    You're probably not going to believe this but this one was murdered in cold blood , awoke in coldharbor and met a Profit that lead us on a journey to save Tamriel !?
  • tinythinker
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    yodased wrote: »
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    That story is waaaaaaaay too long. Share something pithier.
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    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Who are you in Tamriel (whether it's just your character's attitude & style or a full backstory)? - Share your Character's Story! ◔ ⌣ ◔
    (And let us know 🔷What Kind of Roleplayer You Are🔷 - even if that only extends to choosing your race)


    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Support Mudcrab Mode for ESO (\/)!_!(\/) - part joke, part serious, all glorious! You butter be ready for this
  • OrdinatorInMourning
    Hello! I want to ask you few questions about 10 Million Stories:
    1. I want to share a story of my character. Should I send you this in doc file or no?
    2. Can I share some photos?
    3. If I change my ID in game should I register for the contest again?
    Thanks for answers:)
    PC/EU.
  • tinythinker
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    Another tinythinker wall of text inbound! :p:D:p

    Hmm, I guess I do have a story or two but I don't think they are good, so I will bury them here in this thread. My story is made up of smaller stories, and they aren't all "How great!" stories. But that doesn't mean they aren't part of an ESO experience or that I am looking for empathy or condolment. Every story can offer insight, every story ends, and each ending is the start of a new story.

    Before MMORPGs/Starting ESO

    I've been playing video games for a very long time. I often didn't have a (decent) PC or a console, so I used what friends had. My earliest online experience involved MUDs, which were extremely primitive and limited text-based forerunners of MMORPGs. I even got into the alpha or beta for an early GMUD (graphical MUD) called Illusia: Quest for the Eternals. I only remember the name because I copied the title music MIDI as I really liked it and can still remember how it goes. Lost the MIDI though. I also got pointed towards a player-driven social MMO, Furcadia, when that game first startedm which is still going (*hat tip to those who know Dr. Cat, Emerald Flame, etc*).

    Through such connections I was made aware of the earliest MMORPGs, but also the issues that would define and stereotype the genre (costly with sub, elitism, steep initial learning curve, very real chance for addiction, etc.), and at that point I had decided "Why not keep being a student for another who knows how many years?", so I banned myself from all such games. I had got hooked on TES:Arena on a friend's PC when it was released, so I had that single-players series. I also got hooked on the original Warcraft and its two single-player sequels, and so on. I kept hearing things that reinforced why a ban was a good idea, and kind of became anti-MMORPG. I was very disappointed when the next Warcraft game was announced as an MMORPG. Several years later, I was excited about rumors of a new Elder Scrolls game until it turned out it was going to be an MMORPG. A chance to join early testing? bah!

    Then at the end of summer 2013 at a physical exam my heart was making a weird sound. I was delayed in getting it checked out, and it turned out to be a life-threatening issue. So in early December I had a 6+ hour surgery and even after I was released from the hospital I couldn't do much. Someone else had to lift my laptop. I decided to sign up for the ESO beta so I could at least say I've played all of the series. But I didn't get in while I was recovering at home, so I played to mid-20s on F2P games like the original Everquest, RIFT, and Neverwinter. I got into the late Beta stress tests in late February or early March in 2014. I never played Argonians in other games, but they looked soooo cool. Plus, there was a class where you could breathe fire. A godzilla-like fire-breathing lizard? Yeaaaah... Hence Glides-Under-Starlight was born. Because the game was new, it was simple. It was made to be easy for single-player players to get into. No confusing cash shops or items in your inventory you didn't know who to give or secondary advancement systems. I pre-ordered for PC and re-created Glides from screenshots in the first hours of early access.


    Early Years

    Given my background, it isn't surprising I was hesitant to join guilds or even just listen in voice chats. I did spend a good deal of time here on the forums offering and responding to ideas about and suggestions for the game, so much so that I put some of them in a single comment that I would update from time to time.

    Other players with more MMORPG experience figured things out fast and posted great guides after launch, so early on a I posted a few guides for people like me who were at a lower level of competence and confidence. Most are obsolete now, but some like the ones for starting group dungeons or starting Cyrodiil still occasionally get some interest. I also tried starting fun threads like "Favorite NPC one-liners", "Dogs of ESO", "Favorite 'Oops' Moment", "I can't believe I survived", "Saddest moments in PvE", and so on to make the forums more friendly and interesting among all of the complaint threads and arguing.

    In game, I tried different characters, but I tended to be limited by gold, gear, skill, and so on. But I liked the experience --the music, the art, the fully-voiced quests-- so I would just take alts through the same very basic content over and over. I tended to have poor luck finding the right people who were on at the right time to play with, partly because of my schedule but also because I had a mindset where I didn't want to let people down/get kicked for not being good enough at my role. So, take note: Be bold and keep searching until you find the right people (moral #1). You can be shy, a loner, etc, and still connect in your own way.

    I rarely did take the above advice myself most of the time, missing out on quite a lot and never making fond memories of the early days of the game, but when I did abide by it I ended up with stories like my original clear of Shada's Tear. That post doesn't say much, and I can't find the one that does, but basically it was four strangers who spent close to three hours determined to win, with me walking them through the parts I had seen before and everyone offering encouragement. And in Cyrodiil, even though I will always be terrible at "one v one", I was still able to have good moments as a solo and pug player and eventually zerg surfer, such as escaping certain death. Often in absurd circumstances that were frequently humorous. Note that you can choose to cheer or laugh at things that otherwise might make you rage (moral #2).

    Recent and Current Period

    My old approach to the game doesn't work as well now, and hasn't for a while. Changes to mechanics, abilities, developer and community focus, and so on combined with how I try to play the game can leave me out of some parts of newer content. But that's OK, as not all content is going to be right for all players. This isn't a matter a fault or blame. I have my style and methods, and I don't apologize for them. The developers have their goals and approaches, and they shouldn't apologize for them. Another moral found in my story then (#3), you can not be in synch with where an MMORPG is going and accept that fact without antagonizing other players or the developers, and also without deserving abuse from other players because you see things differently.

    I am happy that ESO is doing so well and that so many people are enjoying it. I haven't abandoned the game, and as many players know, it's OK to take a break from time to time, especially if you have been with a game for a long time. You can gain some perspective, let the game and community develop, and evaluate your approach to the game and whether you believe it would be worth it to adjust to shifts in content, plot, lore, mechanics, class overhauls, social opportunities, etc. You don't have to play X hours every so many weeks or months to be a member of the community or share your voice (moral #4). You are part of the community if your choose to be.

    I have enjoyed many things in the game the past year and a half or so, but nothing I suppose that rises to a great "public relations gold" example of one of the #10millionstories. But that's all right. My story... your story... they don't have to involve something everyone will cheer for or fall in love with or give you sympathy over. It can be ordinary. It can include things that frustrated you or made you rage quit the client. It can be simple. It can be silly. It can sound painfully ordinary. It doesn't even need to use words. A screenshot or a short video capture or a piece of artwork is OK, too. I do kind of regret not having those great nostalgic stories from the early days, but I also know I wasn't ready yet to jump into some content or certain kinds of guilds and especially not voice comms. I'm fine with that. My story will have another chapter. So will yours. Our stories may not always sound amazing, but they are ours. We get to decide where our story will go next. See you out there...


    Experienced, new, returner? Help keep ESO's community strong ᕙ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ᕗ -- share what you love about the game, offer constructive feedback, and make friends.ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Who are you in Tamriel (whether it's just your character's attitude & style or a full backstory)? - Share your Character's Story! ◔ ⌣ ◔
    (And let us know 🔷What Kind of Roleplayer You Are🔷 - even if that only extends to choosing your race)


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    Support Mudcrab Mode for ESO (\/)!_!(\/) - part joke, part serious, all glorious! You butter be ready for this
  • menedhyn
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    Another tinythinker wall of text inbound!
    Puts on reading glasses, pulls up a chair and makes himself comfortable...

    In all seriousness, that was a wonderful, heartfelt, honest and absorbing collection of stories - arguably one of the best things I have read on these forums in a long time. I absolutely agree with your sentiment that each and every story, whether spectacular or simple, is part of our shared experience.

    Thank you, @tinythinker. Much respect.

    'Pure rains make sweet rivers'
  • tinythinker
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    menedhyn wrote: »
    Another tinythinker wall of text inbound!
    Puts on reading glasses, pulls up a chair and makes himself comfortable...

    In all seriousness, that was a wonderful, heartfelt, honest and absorbing collection of stories - arguably one of the best things I have read on these forums in a long time. I absolutely agree with your sentiment that each and every story, whether spectacular or simple, is part of our shared experience.

    Thank you, @tinythinker. Much respect.

    Not sure it's all of that, but thanks for reading :smile:
    Experienced, new, returner? Help keep ESO's community strong ᕙ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ᕗ -- share what you love about the game, offer constructive feedback, and make friends.ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Who are you in Tamriel (whether it's just your character's attitude & style or a full backstory)? - Share your Character's Story! ◔ ⌣ ◔
    (And let us know 🔷What Kind of Roleplayer You Are🔷 - even if that only extends to choosing your race)


    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Support Mudcrab Mode for ESO (\/)!_!(\/) - part joke, part serious, all glorious! You butter be ready for this
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