Skyrim One and Done

Tonight, I made it to level 78 in Skyrim Special Edition and my first attempt to trigger an encounter with a legendary dragon was successful, allowing me to slay the beast and obtain the 75th and final Steam achievement for the game. This makes my third perfect game overall on Steam (the other two being Tropico 4 and original Skyrim). What makes this effort unique (at least for me) is that I did not make any skill Legendary to fast level my way to 78. This forced me to work in other areas outside of my comfort zone which in turn opened the game in a way I had not experienced before.

The video covers my reaching level 78 and then the encounter at Arcwind Point. After that there is some general discussion about the game and some of the decisions I made throughout the playthrough.

Skyrim is a great game made even better by community mods, but for me I will be setting it aside to focus on other titles.


This is just a quick post to let everyone who visits this blog know that I am alive and well. I have been playing a lot of Skyrim SE and have 74 out of the 75 achievements on Steam. The last one will take quite a bit of grinding since on this build I am not making any of the skills legendary, so I sit at level 71 with 7 levels to go to spawn the necessary dragon to kill for the final achievement at level 78. Once all that is said and done with I plan on setting Skyrim aside and focusing on other games.

Highway to the Reich Eindhoven Historical Campaign Day Two

The following post is Day Two of the Historical Campaign for Eindhoven, a nine day nine hour scenario in Highway to the Reich by Panther Games. Breaking the blog post up into structured segments for each day should allow for better tactical analysis and reassessment of the battle plan based on the situation on the ground (as well as a more organized approach to writing an after-action report for a scenario as long as this).

Highway to the Reich Eindhoven Historical Campaign Day One

The Eindhoven campaign is one of three historical campaigns (Arnhem, Eindhoven, and Nijmegen) that are part of the scenario list for the original Highway to the Reich by Panther Games. The scenarios also include some coup de main campaigns and a number of smaller and what-if scenarios. Arnhem and Eindhoven clock in at nine days and nine hours where Nijmegen is approximately half that at four days and ten hours of total scenario time.

Skyrim SE Thoughts

Recently I have been playing a lot of the Skyrim Special Edition that was released last October. While I am grateful to the developer for providing this full game free of charge to owners of the original game and all DLC, I must wonder why they didn’t take some development opportunity to fix some major bugs in the game which were successfully addressed over the years by the Unofficial Skyrim Patch (USSEP). Seriously, what were they thinking?

F1 2014 Graphics Card Test

I ran a quick five lap race to test my new PC’s graphics card (GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5) and the video below is of a last lap pass for the win. I won the pole but lost the lead on the first lap when I made a mistake. It took me the remaining laps just to close the gap on Hamilton to set him up for an overtake using DRS (Drag Reduction System) which is enabled when within one second of the car in front of you.

For Honor Review

After much consternation and miscommunication, I finally received my activation code for the game. While I would have preferred this run through Steam, I had to install Uplay to download it and play from that service (so I have no screen shots at the moment). This short review is not a commentary on the Uplay service as it seems to be love or hate in the gaming community, however I will say that I did not encounter a single issue with the service during my hour in that game.

Steam Slitherine Weekend Deal

There is a really good sale going on at Steam this weekend featuring a number of Slitherine products at a substantial discount. I picked up Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear for $9.89 (67% off the retail price of $29.99). Interestingly enough this appears to be a Steam only sale as the full price for that game is listed on the storefronts of both Matrix Games and Slitherine Games. The discounts range from 35% to as much as 75%, with significant savings on some great games such as Flashpoint Campaigns: RedStorm, Vietnam ’65, as well as the Decisive Campaigns series of games. The sale runs through Monday 3/13/17.

Bill Paxton 1955-2017

Actor Bill Paxton passed away on February 25, 2017 due to complications from surgery. Paxton starred in a number of military themed or flavored movies including: Stripes, Commando, Aliens, Navy SEALs, Predator 2, U-571, and Resistance. Paxton had been recently starring in the new CBS crime-thriller Training Day. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Breach & Clear Operation Meadow Lark

Mission Description: “Securing the staging area has brought you and your team to the outskirts of the main base, through their main supply depot. Take out enemies around the depot and prevent supplies from being used by the main base.” I managed to obtain a four star rating on this mission on the first attempt, and even though several members of the squad were injured during the action the critical component is time. I finished the scenario with a best time of 29.71 seconds.