I am looking for a somewhat comprehensive site to explain the game mechanics to me. I have not (nor do I want to) play any other Elder Scrolls game and picked this one up on a whim. Unfortunately the in game tutorial only explains how to move (For those who find this hard to figure out its the WASD keys.. yes this is sarcasm :)).

This game seems even more unexplained than Dragon Age was but there is quite a bit of information out there now about those games so its not so much of a bother.. For this game however, my google searches are coming up with minimal bits of information that leave me with more questions than answers.

Is there a site? Should I just go snag a game guide to get the mechanics explained a bit?

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    You could always just ask all the questions you want answers to here? Also I've never played an Elder Scrolls game before, and I picked it up pretty quick just asking questions on here when something confused me. It's a pretty easy game to learn if you learn while playing.
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 19, 2011 at 0:34
  • Haha, I do not think I have the time or patience to put up 20ish questions especially with the 'this is speculative' responses I see to questions that are similar to what I would ask.
    – James
    Nov 19, 2011 at 0:37
  • Ah, you edited your comment, hehe.. I have started 3 times now, once was not my choice (stupid game forze) and I have been a dual wielder, a person with a sword and a shield and a person with a spell and a sword and seen almost no difference in game play/progression so its leaving me somewhat confused as to how the game works, thus wanting a more broad view of the game mechanics.. Maybe that is a better question than is there a site that contains the answer...
    – James
    Nov 19, 2011 at 0:39
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    My advice is to play the game and when you come across something you don't understand, play for about half an hour more, if you still don't get it, ask a question.
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 19, 2011 at 0:39
  • There is an in-game help menu that appears to serve the purpose that the game manual did for earlier, boxed Elder Scrolls titles. Nov 19, 2011 at 1:24

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You can access the manual in steam. To do so go to your library of games and single click on "TheElder Scrolls V: Skyrim" in the left hand list. That should bring up a page for Skyrim. You can then click on the [Manual] link on the right side of the page (under [LINKS]). This isn't very obvious so post if you have any trouble finding it.

You can also find good information on general game play by reading the Elder scrolls wiki, Skyrim on Wikia, IGN guide, here on stack exchange and by googling for "skyrim beginners guide" or something similar.

The steam manual is available via a simple link, but I have not included it here as I don't want to support use of non-purchased copies (by people who might find this while searching for the manual). I believe all valid copies of the game should have access to it through their steam client (it uses Steam on PC) or physical copy for consoles/in store purchase.

  • Thanks for the information, not directly a self explaining website but it has helped!
    – James
    Nov 23, 2011 at 16:30

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