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Although it’s been a few weeks since I made a reasonable post on this site, there are a few things that I should mention in regards to updates on the Nightwish’s expedition and other projects I’m working on.

The SPVFA Nightwish is continuing its journey around the galactic core. As of today, we are entering Expedition Day #85. We’ve made quite a few amazing discoveries including more rocky ice worlds with astonishing mountain ranges similar to David and Goliath which was discovered earlier this year. Imagine my surprise and excitement when that discovery was featured by Down to Earth Astronomy! Because of the way that I share screenshots from Elite Dangerous and the brief nature of daily updates, you can follow the ship’s journey on my official Twitter account @CMDRExorcist.

In other news, I’ve made some small changes to the main gallery page. The images are still hosted in Google Photos, but the main gallery page has been changed to focus solely on the image galleries for the various games I photograph.

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The recent Elsweyr update to Elder Scrolls Online has kept me away from Tamriel’s other regions, but I’m slowly getting back to these areas to continue photographing key areas. I’m happy to announce that there are quite a few additions to my ESO Gallery.

Among these new images is a stunning panorama of Shimmerene (pictured above) from Summerset and several new panoramas of Elsweyr delves, dungeons, and other points of interest. I’m preparing to head back into the Daggerfall Covenant to capture some of the classical architecture in those regions as well as ESO’s desert oasis.

The Daedric realm of Coldharbour also makes its first appearance in my ESO work with captures of The Black Forge and numerous delves and mechanical constructs that litter the dark Coldharbour landscape. I hope you all enjoy these new images. They’re available in high definition now in the ESO Gallery.

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Update 25 June 2019 @ 0830: Images from Far Cry 4 and Far Cry New Dawn are available in the gallery.

More and more games have ways to hide the user interface, weapons, or have full-fledged photo modes. Ubisoft’s Far Cry series joined these games with an update last year that added a photo mode. It has some great photography features, but I’m happy just finally having a way to hide the weapon and UI in a Far Cry game!


Far Cry 5: Fall’s End (Credit: CMDR DasExorcist)

I’m happy to announce that my new Far Cry Gallery is now open. It has a few panoramas loaded and will gain more content in the coming weeks. All of these images are taken using an Xbox One X


Far Cry 5: Hebane River Bridge (Credit: CMDR DasExorcist)

Far Cry 5 and Far Cry New Dawn both have photo modes, so they’re first on my list to tackle. I also have plans to capture shots from Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 although those games are going to be more challenging than their successors. Regular gallery updates from Far Cry 5 and Far Cry New Dawn will not be posted here on the blog, but I will make a post when I’ve published my first work from Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4.

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The entire Elder Scrolls Online community was in a frenzy yesterday because the newest chapter, Elsweyr was finally released for all platforms. It’s been out for PC players for a few weeks, but us console peasants™ had to wait patiently for our port to arrive. Well, arrive it did, bringing an entirely new area of Tamriel to explore along with several quality of life improvements.


Ashen Scar in central Elsweyr. (Credit: CMDR DasExorcist)

The hype around this release has been intense, especially since Elsweyr is the legendary home of the Khajiit, Tamriel’s beloved cat people and the subject of countless “Khajiit coin” memes. Additionally, this chapter introduces dragons to ESO, which are something that we’ve not seen since Skyrim. I’ll admit without shame that I got chills down my back when I was playing the game last night and a dragon yelled FUS RO DAH while blowing a wave of fire my way.


The dark side of Tamriel. (Credit: CMDR DasExorcist)

Additionally, Elsweyr introduces a necromancer class to the game, which allows players to resurrect the dead and use them as combatants. It’s an interesting dynamic, especially since necromancy is illegal in Tamriel. Therefore, anyone using the necromancy class and features could potentially face legal consequences when visiting cities and settlements around the continent.

Personally, I enjoy running with my knightblade sorceress, so I have no plans to create a necromancer class at this time. Maybe in the future. For now, I’ll sit back and watch others build and experiment before diving in.


R’havyn gets a makeover. (Credit: CMDR DasExorcist)

Unlike past chapters, Zenimax has no plans to release a physical collector’s edition of Elsweyr, which is a shame given that they’re missing a prime opportunity to sell us a Khajiit collector’s figure. Instead, the digital collector’s edition comes with some in-game perks like a special pre-order mount, new outfit, and a free crown crate with a guaranteed high value item. For me, that high value item was a new camel mount (pictured above). It’s gold and R’havyn pulls out some kind of magical orb whenever she’s riding. This, to me, was a really cool way to start the chapter.

The verdict so far? Elsweyr seems a bit smaller in physical size than Morrowind and Summerset, but that doesn’t seem to detract from the region’s beauty and mystery. It’s not as accessible as other zones and there are times when players will have to plot their routes to reach certain destinations. Zenimax has also modified the contents of random bags, barrels, trunks, etc. acround the world, so there is a greater chance of picking up more useful items like motifs or crafting praxis. The story has me hooked and there are some interesting twists that I think shows how the ESO team has grown in the past few years with their creative writing skill.


Heeeeere, kitty kitty kitty… (Credit: CMDR DasExorcist)

In my opinion, there’s no better time for new or returning players to jump into ESO. It’s obvious that Zenimax/Bethesda has committed the appropriate resources and the right team to develop and maintain the game. I believe that most editions of Elsweyr available right now include the Morrowind and Summerset chapters, so it’s certainly the best deal for new players looking to get started!

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The newest chapter of Elder Scrolls Online is called Elsweyr and it was released on PC earlier this month. I play ESO on Xbox One, so I’m still waiting on Zenimax to release the chapter for console players. In the meantime, I have continued to quest and build my main character, R’havyn, over the past few weeks in preparation for the new content. I’m also taking opportunities to photograph key locations in the region of the game that belongs to the Aldmeri Dominion. I am pleased to showcase a few new additions to the gallery. You can view these images in high definition along with over fifty other similar creations in the Elder Scrolls Online Gallery.

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