Wednesday, 9 February 2022

 I did say I was going to post more frequently but you know, things happen. 💩

Went for an eye test a few months ago and got new glasses.  Problem is there's a cataract forming in my left eye so things are a bit dim.  😑    

I may have to have laser eye surgery in a year or so according to the Optometrist.  That's not scary at all...😓

So, having edited my new Skyrim post a number of times, even with spell checker, there might still be some bloopers.  It's not that I can't  I just type fast and miss letters sometimes and just don't notice, especially when spell checker thinks it's right and actually a word.  😄


Tuesday, 8 February 2022


 A few screenshots from my most recent playthrough(s) of Skyrim SE,  I'm still playing on "SE" because I refuse the so called update and if it ever gets forced on me, although I have everything necessary backed up and can easily revert, I'll just uninstall and move on. 

 I did however install the updated Redist files because some SKSE mods now require it. 

I spent ages getting my mod list selected and working perfectly not long before the update and I don't feel like messing around with it again.  Didn't actually it know it was coming until it was almost on us because not everyone lives on forums and keeps up with games they're not currently playing.  I hadn't play the game since 2018 until recently but luckily had the important stuff backed up

Personal opinion incoming:  Waste of time posting it anywhere else with Bethesda fan boys/girls jumping all over you for having an opinion and using said forums for the purpose they were created..  Heaven forbid forums were used for that purpose.

IMO Bethesda did another scummy thing in the name of trying to dig into players pockets.  The update was free, but compulsory.  So, not really free, just hugely inconvenient with extras I don't want and will never use.    

If they had released an AE version the way they did with SE I might have bought it, but not this way.   I got SE free because I had the LE game, but I probably, maybe, would have paid for another separate "same" game.   

Definitely not interested in fishing and I just about spat my coffee when I saw a video of an NPC throwing a rod and line into a lake.  The fishing rod has sword animations, even as far as sheathing it.  It looks stupid.  😬

Then there's the myriad of Creations which unsurprisingly ALL require user made patches and fixes.   Can't even get that right.  It's not like they fixed critical quest and other bugs that have been there forever either because that's money going out, not into the coffers.

Anyway, I'm just hoping they don't screw with Fallout 4, but I wouldn't be surprised if that's next on the list.  💀

Current Load Order If anyone's interested.  However, I have several profiles and they use slightly different mods, but mainly armours and follower changes or other mods I'm trying out.  There are several large world space mods that rotate in and out as well so the ones in here are what I'm using atm.

PLUS a LOT of SKSE and DAR animation mods.   Especially impressed with spears and rapiers.

[spoiler]  0  0     Skyrim.esm
  1  1     Update.esm
  2  2     Dawnguard.esm
  3  3     HearthFires.esm
  4  4     Dragonborn.esm
  5  5     RSkyrimChildren.esm
  6  6     Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch.esp
  7  7     3DNPC.esp
254 FE   0 RealisticWaterTwo - Resources.esm
  8  8     AKSkyrimUnderground.esm
  9  9     Vuldur.esm
254 FE   1 MorrowindCreatures.esl
254 FE   2 1wraiths.esl
 10  a     Apachii_DivineEleganceStore.esm
 11  b     Vominheim.esm
254 FE   3 Expressive Facegen Morphs.esl
254 FE   4 Knight of The Village Set.esl
254 FE   5 1FalconerArmor.esl
254 FE   6 SkyUI_SE.esp
 12  c     Immersive Sounds - Compendium.esp
254 FE   7 20 More Perk Points.esp
254 FE   8 3DNPC0.esp
 13  d     EnhancedLightsandFX.esp
 14  e     ELFX - Exteriors.esp
 15  f     Weapons Armor Clothing & Clutter Fixes.esp
 16 10     ESOimports.esp
 17 11     Snazzy Furniture and Clutter Overhaul.esp
 18 12     Relationship Dialogue Overhaul.esp
 19 13     Book Covers Skyrim.esp
 20 14     JKs Skyrim.esp
 21 15     Summermyst - Enchantments of Skyrim.esp
254 FE   9 YOT - Your Own Thoughts.esp
254 FE   a BetterQuestObjectives-DBForevertoMisc.esp
254 FE   b CC'sEnhancedOreVeinsSSE-HearthfirePatch.esp
254 FE   c CommunityOverlays3.esp
 22 16     DiverseDragonsCollectionSE.esp
 23 17     FNIS.esp
 24 18     KS Hairdo's.esp
254 FE   d MCMHelper.esp
254 FE   e No NPC Greetings.esp
254 FE   f RaceMenu.esp
254 FE  10 RaceMenuPlugin.esp
254 FE  11 RealisticHuskySoundsSSE.esp
254 FE  12 RichMerchantsSkyrim_x5.esp
 25 19     SGEyebrows.esp
254 FE  13 Shout.esp
 26 1a     ShowRaceMenuAlternative.esp
 27 1b     SummonShadowMERCHANT.esp
 28 1c     Vivid WeathersSE.esp
254 FE  14 Vivid Weathers SE - Summer Season.esp
254 FE  15 WadeInWater.esp
 29 1d     XPMSE.esp
254 FE  16 YOT - Interesting NPCs.esp
 30 1e     iHUD.esp
254 FE  17 icepenguinworldmapclassic.esp
 31 1f     Vidani's Bag of Holding.esp
254 FE  18 RSC 3DNPC Patch.esp
 32 20     SmoothCam.esp
 33 21     FollowerWander2.esp
 34 22     GIST soul trap.esp
 35 23     LadyKdCirclets.esp
 36 24     UIExtensions.esp
 37 25     AddItemMenuSE.esp
 38 26     ImmersiveInteractions.esp
 39 27     TheEyesOfBeauty.esp
 40 28     The Eyes Of Beauty - Elves Edition.esp
 41 29     Immersive Weapons.esp
 42 2a     Smilodon - Combat of Skyrim.esp
254 FE  19 YOT - Smilodon.esp
 43 2b     AI Overhaul.esp
 44 2c     Skyrim Immersive Creatures Special Edition.esp
254 FE  1a ELFX Fixes.esp
 45 2d     JK's - ELFX Patch.esp
 46 2e     Immersive Encounters.esp
 47 2f     Odin - Skyrim Magic Overhaul.esp
254 FE  1b Vyn Exports - Ice Claws 2.esp
 48 30     mrbs-uniqueloot-se.esp
 49 31     FarmCo.esp
 50 32     skyBirds_SSE.esp
 51 33     Realm of Lorkhan - Custom Alternate Start - Choose your own adventure.esp
254 FE  1c BetterQuestObjectives.esp
254 FE  1d BetterQuestObjectives - BCS Patch.esp
 52 34     NewArmoury.esp
 53 35     I5K Treasure Hunt.esp
 54 36     Guards_Armor_Replacer.esp
 55 37     TheChoiceIsYours.esp
 56 38     Animallica.esp
 57 39     Summermyst - WACCF Patch.esp
 58 3a     ColovianNobleClothes.esp
254 FE  1e Immersive Encounters - RS Children Patch.esp
 59 3b     OneWithNature.esp
254 FE  1f RSChildren.esp
254 FE  20 RealisticRSChildren.esp
254 FE  21 Skyrim Unlimited Rings And Amulets SSE.esp
254 FE  22 YOT - Odin.esp
254 FE  23 YOT - Immersive Sounds.esp
254 FE  24 SIC - Immersive Sound Integration.esp
254 FE  25 FasterMiningPlusSE.esp
 60 3c     At Your Own Pace - Thieves Guild.esp
 61 3d     SkyrimsUniqueTreasures.esp
 62 3e     BirdsAndFlocks_SSE.esp
 63 3f     WayshrinesIFT.esp
254 FE  26 YOT - SWIFT.esp
 64 40     CFTO.esp
 65 41     Cloaks.esp
 66 42     OBIS SE.esp
 67 43     RiversideLodge.esp
 68 44     Inigo.esp
 69 45     multifollowerlite.esp
 70 46     Oakwood.esp
 71 47     fallentreebridgesSSE.esp
254 FE  27 JKs Skyrim - AI Overhaul Patch.esp
254 FE  28 mihailnixad.esp
 72 48     ACatsLife.esp
254 FE  29 Immersive Weapons_WACCF_Patch.esp
 73 49     PrvtI_HeavyArmory.esp
254 FE  2a Usable lantern.esp
254 FE  2b Usable Lantern - Lighting -  ELFX.esp
 74 4a     Immersive Patrols II.esp
 75 4b     Andromeda - Unique Standing Stones of Skyrim.esp
254 FE  2c RDO - USSEP Patch.esp
254 FE  2d YOT - Andromeda.esp
 76 4c     DogBackpack.esp
254 FE  2e sandboxcylinderheight.esp
 77 4d     UnreadBooksGlow.esp
 78 4e     Crimson Ranger Armor.esp
 79 4f     Real Bows SE.esp
254 FE  2f Snazzy_Inigo_Items.esp
254 FE  30 EVGConditionalIdles.esp
 80 50     Oblivion Horses.esp
254 FE  31 SimplestHorses.esp
254 FE  32 doticu_hide_your_quests.esp
254 FE  33 NibeneanArmorsAndOutfit.esp
 81 51     DynamicDungeonLoot.esp
254 FE  34 DDLUniqueLootPatch.esp
254 FE  35 NoHeadTrack.esp
254 FE  36 TCIY BCS Patch.esp
254 FE  37 Snazzy_3DNPC_Items.esp
254 FE  38 ESOImports Wayshrine Patch.esp
 82 52     waterplants.esp
254 FE  39 Waymark.esp
 83 53     EmbersHD.esp
 84 54     Dunpar Wall.esp
 85 55     1Ogres.esp
 86 56     Fossilsyum.esp
254 FE  3a mihailgoblins.esp
 87 57     Reich Corigate.esp
254 FE  3b mihailcrow.esp
 88 58     Skyrim Flora Overhaul.esp
254 FE  3c ESOImports - JKs Skyrim Patch.esp
254 FE  3d CFTO-JK-Patch.esp
254 FE  3e Apachii_DivineEleganceStore_Patch.esp
 89 59     mihailindrik.esp
 90 5a     Phenderix Magic Evolved.esp
254 FE  3f s6o6t Lore - Dark Anchors Ruins and Dolmens.esp
 91 5b     mihailsheepflocks.esp
254 FE  40 Reich Corigate - Hammet Dungeon Patch By Kierep.esp
 92 5c     Knightofthorn.esp
 93 5d     bobsarmory.esp
254 FE  41 bob_halloween.esp
 94 5e     JS Armored Circlets SE.esp
254 FE  42 BeastHHBB.esp
254 FE  43 IBeasts - 3dNpcs.esp
 95 5f     3dnpc - Overhual.esp
 96 60     TakeNotes.esp
254 FE  44 Wolfpaint_Face.esp
254 FE  45 DX Dark Knight Armor - My Final Version by Xtudo.esp
 97 61     Ars Metallica.esp
 98 62     Cloaks - Dawnguard.esp
254 FE  46 SFCO - ELFX Patch.esp
254 FE  47 SFCO - 3DNPC Patch.esp
 99 63     TreasureHunterGarb.esp
254 FE  48 Bowgasm.esp
254 FE  49 mihaildraugrcavalry.esp
254 FE  4a PaarthurnaxQuestExpansion.esp
100 64     BPUFXelzazFollower.esp
254 FE  4b 3DNPC - AI Overhaul Patch.esp
254 FE  4c mihailmountedfalmer.esp
101 65     mihailpixies.esp
102 66     CFTO-Lanterns.esp
103 67     OBIS SE Patrols Addon.esp
254 FE  4d fallenbridgesSSE-Patch.esp
104 68     My Home Is Your Home.esp
105 69     Pinehelm.esp
106 6a     CFTO-CoveredCarriages.esp
107 6b     ForgottenMagic_Redone.esp
254 FE  4e ForgottenMagic_DisenchantableRings.esp
254 FE  4f 1WraithsSummonByXtudo.esp
108 6c     MeekoReborn.esp
           Ghorza's Armor.esp
109 6d     3DNPC_Dragonborn.esp
254 FE  50 AI Overhaul - Relationship Dialogue Overhaul Patch.esp
110 6e     Rapier and Dagger.esp
254 FE  51 BeastHHBB - Immersive Patrols II Replacer.esp
254 FE  52 BeastHHBB - Immersive Encounters Replacer.esp
111 6f     Animated Armoury - Summermyst Enchanted WACCF version.esp
254 FE  53 Smilodon-Immersive Weapons Patch.esp
254 FE  54 BeastHHBB - Relationship Dialogue Overhaul Replacer.esp
112 70     SkyrimSpearMechanic.esp
254 FE  55 USSEP-Immersive Weapons Patch.esp
254 FE  56 AnimatedArmoury-USSEP_patch.esp
254 FE  57 Rapier&DaggerNAESL.esp
           Sidekicks of Tamriel.esp
254 FE  58 Skyrim Spear Mechanic Balance tweaks_WACCF or CCOR.esp
254 FE  59 IW_AIOverhaul_Patch.esp
113 71     Heavy Armory - Summermyst Enchanted WACCF version.esp
254 FE  5a Skyrim Spear Mechanic - Summermyst Enchanted WACCF version.esp
254 FE  5b OBIS SE - Immersive Weapons Patch.esp
254 FE  5c Cloaks_WACCF_Patch.esp
254 FE  5d PrvtI_HeavyArmory_WACCF_Patch.esp
254 FE  5e SIC WACCF Patch.esp
254 FE  5f OBIS WACCF Patch.esp
114 72     FabLookEyesSSE.esp
115 73     Skyshards.esp
116 74     Armor of Intrigue.esp
117 75     BlanketScarf.esp
254 FE  60 NoBSAIProjectileDodge.esp
254 FE  61 Vominheim - Crows.esp
118 76     Vominheim - Grasses.esp
254 FE  62 Vominheim - Cats.esp
254 FE  63 Vominheim - DK's Realistic and Lore-Friendly Nord Ships patch.esp
119 77     Vominheim - Unique Weapons.esp
120 78     GirlHeavyArmor.esp
           Nebarra CTFO Patch.esp
254 FE  64 Lamenthia's Marks of Beauty.esp
254 FE  65 Kai_3DNPC-WACCF_Patch.esp
254 FE  66 Knight of The Village Set - My version by Xtudo.esp
121 79     KS Jewelry.esp
254 FE  67 At Your Own Pace - Dark Brotherhood.esp
254 FE  68 At Your Own Pace - College of Winterhold.esp
254 FE  69 At Your Own Pace - Misc.esp
254 FE  6a At Your Own Pace - Main Quest.esp
122 7a     Complete Alchemy & Cooking Overhaul.esp
254 FE  6b CACO_BookCoversSkyrim_Patch.esp
254 FE  6c Inigo_CACO_Patch.esp
254 FE  6d CACO_True Fortify Effects for Magic Skills.esp
254 FE  6e CACO_USSEP_Patch.esp
123 7b     Predator Vision.esp
254 FE  6f Predator Vision_CACO_Patch.esp
254 FE  70 CACO_SkyrimImmersiveCreaturesSE_Patch.esp
124 7c     Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim.esp
254 FE  71 YOT - Ordinator.esp
125 7d     Forgotten Magic - Ordinator Compatibility Patch.esp
126 7e     Odin - Ordinator Compatibility Patch.esp
254 FE  72 CACO_Ordinator_Patch.esp
254 FE  73 Ordinator-Perk Descriptions.esp
254 FE  74 Ordinator_WACCF_Patch.esp
127 7f     RealisticWaterTwo.esp
128 80     WACCF_BashedPatchLvlListFix.esp
254 FE  75 Bashed PatchDorri, 0.esp

Friday, 6 August 2021

 I'm sitting here eating chilli noodles and decided to once again try to log into my Google account since I seemed to have been locked out because I didn't have a way to verify using a phone.  I gave up for a long time and thought I'd never get back into my Blog.

So, after quite a long time I'm back again and considering my last post about depression and pets etc I'm managing somewhat.  I said I wouldn't have pets again, but I managed to adopt two sweet cats.  Now I just have to hope I out survive them as weird as this may sound to some, but I don't want them to be orphans again.

One of my cats is a tortie and definitely has "Tortitude."   She can be bad tempered and naughty, but also loving and 🐱 cute.  The other, her actual sister is a ginger girl who is like a sticky burr, very vocal and follows me around like a shadow.

Anyway, just a quick message to say I'm still alive, not currently locked down, and being pleased I can access my account again.

EDIT:  Just looking around here I see how much I need to rearrange.   Job for another


Sunday, 23 December 2018

Long time since I posted, but I have thought about it, albeit with far different subject matter.  This post is not a happy one.

[Just to add...I had a Facebook page, mainly for game related stuff, but I closed it a few weeks ago.   Social media is really not my thing and at times I even find it a bit creepy the lengths people go to to detail every little part of their lives for strangers.    Also, among other things I got fed up with friend requests from people I don't know, will never know and don't care to know.    Anyone who cares can find me here, my email if they already have it, or can send me a PM at the Nexus, the game modding site where I am still active, at least to lurk these days and to download mods.  My Nexus user name is in my mods section of this Blog.]

My best and only real friend and companion died today - 23th Dec 2018 - after being diagnosed with cancer, moderate associated anaemia and severe age related arthritis.  She was being managed on opiate pain meds and palliative measures.  I cared for her at home which was somewhat difficult at times due to my own ill health, but I was glad to do it.

Anyway, not going into details except to say the end came suddenly and even though she was very sick, unexpectedly.  It was  a very difficult experience and one I wouldn't want to repeat due to my own mobility problems, but I dug a grave and buried her under my orange tree.    

She wasn't human.  She was a dog, 11 years old this month, but gave me more love, companionship and loyalty than my own family who more often than not only were only available when they wanted something.  This is the last time I'll have a pet.  Been through this too many times over the years and it gets harder the older one gets.

Besides very distant family who are spread around the world and who I have zero connection to, I have two brothers and two nieces.   One brother is/was an alcoholic who does stupid stuff when he's drunk and when it's not received well, takes no responsibility for his actions.  He declared he would never speak to me again after one of these experiences.  The other brother is in a top level management job and is the worst snob who treats people like lower class, no matter who they are.  He has mental health issues as well, but he has absolutely no empathy for others.  Money and prestige before family.

I have no idea about my nieces.  What they are doing or where they are.  I have reached out a couple of times to my brothers over the past years, but nothing has come of it.   I can't honestly say I'm terribly sorry.  As the saying goes, you can't choose your family and I have less and less tolerance for drama and bullshit.

Writing this has been slightly cathartic in a way even though I'm not going into much detail as I could and might have, especially since I can tend to go on at length.  No point really as this post has a sense of finality about it.  Suffice to say I prefer the company of animals, and especially dogs, and cats, to humans any day.  They aren't deliberately cruel for sport or pleasure, or disloyal.  They love you for who you are, without expectations, in return for food and shelter and good care. 


Goodbye Bella.  You will be badly missed.  You kept me going through some very dark times so don't be surprised if I soon follow you to wherever you have alighted.  I just feel hollow right now.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Image Hosting

Hello!    It's been a long time since I posted, several years in fact.   I'm back here for a few reasons, and one of those is because I'm going to be hosting images and screenshots from the games I play here.  

Since Photobucket decided to charge an exorbitant amount for 3rd party hosting, for which I decline to pay, I'll be using my Blog to do it.   The only place I would likely to link an image now would be my own forum which is more or less defunct so it's not too big a deal..  I just don't want to leave my images on Photobucket if I can't link to them.

Funny thing is I've been with them for something like 10 years and have only used 25% of the allotted storage space so I'm not costing them that much.  I thought it would have made more sense to charge for storage, but what do I know.

Anyway, currently I'm playing The Elder Scrolls Online, so here's a couple of pics to liven up this    It's going to take while to do the rest, or at least the images I care enough about to add here.

I'll rearrange the visual style to more suitable for images as well as soon as I can and go through past posts that aren't relevant or whatever as well. 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Scholar of the First Sin: Hackers and Invaders - FAIL

I wonder.  Is FromSoft ever going to do anything about hackers who have infinite health and stamina, or worse break all your gear or kill your NPC's or teleport you to other areas and break your game?  Just check the Steam forums in particular.  Cheating is not exclusive to the PC from what I've read, but it certainly is more rampant and seemingly much worse of late.

Now, I can't say I've come across a hacking invader in all the 100's of hours I've played Scholar.  Know why?   I hate invasions so I burn an Effigy at every bonfire I'll need to visit often, even when the immunity is over after defeating a boss.  For example I burn an Effigy at McDuff or other vendors, or if I'm doing co-op monotonously grinding 50 Loyce souls and helping others do the same without interruption.   I won't give them the pleasure.  They can waste all the Cracked Red Eye orbs they have and I don't care.  I have lots of them in my Item Box I bet they would love to have.

People who like to harass others for fun will have a different opinion of course, but since the Agape ring arrived "twinks" have come out of the closet in droves to make things miserable for players inexperienced in PvP, or who just want to play the damn game without being invaded by overpowered scumbags who spam Toxic Mist and Acid Mist or Dark Fog.

The Agape ring was not a cure for soul memory matchmaking problems.   It just made things ten times worse.

I defeated an invader in Huntsman's Copse last night, but he or she wasn't very good.  The Blue Smelter sword was their downfall.  Easy to dodge.  I was only invaded because I forgot to burn an Effigy. I have a lot of them being in NG+.

It's not enough that we now have more NPC invaders with OP weapons and spells, which is OK in theory...Armourer Dennis for example, and the universally hated Maldron the Assassin in Eleum Loyce. A Seed works against him in Fume Tower though, which is very, very satisfying. 

I can manage Dennis but why do most of them have lances or spears, read every input like magic, have seemingly infinite stamina and are able to interrupt their animations mid roll. It's one thing to give the player a challenge, but sometimes it's a real chore to come against superhuman AI invaders with huge health pools, among other things.  But, it's not as bad as being ganked by human invaders who want to get their thrills hunting newbies and low level players because in real life they are probably timid little mice too scared to say boo to someone who could retaliate violently and bloody their fragile egos.

I rarely summon other players now because they either take off and aggro every enemy, do their own thing and ignore what I want to do, or now that we can have more players at once, make boss fights trivial or a big mess by thoroughly confusing the boss and getting in everyone's way.  I can solo most bosses and if not I use the new NPC's. I still co-op to help others out though because it's like returning the favour.  I had a lot of help when I first started playing Dark Souls 2 original.

Another thing I would like to see is an option at game startup to choose whether to play online or not as some of games do, instead of having to take other measures.  Sometimes one just wants peace and quiet to do their own thing.

I know being invaded is part of the game mechanic, but it's a faulty mechanic at best and a trollish mechanic at worst.  It will never work properly. For every time you get a genuinely good fight you get a twink, or a lagger who backstabs you across a room.  I will never ALT-4 or jump off a cliff, but I will do anything else that prevents invaders getting their jollies in my game.

Some people claim to love invasions.  So let those people choose to do that and give the others the option to opt out without stopping them from being able to co-op and help others.  I would bet a lot that if there was an option in the Menu to opt out of PvP and invasions the majority would take it. 

See this topic at the Official forum.
It describes my feelings exactly. The people against it that is.  Their reasons are legitimate not just whining. 

If there were no way to avoid invasions, eg burning an Effigy, I would play offline forever or not at all.  This game has ruined all other games for me.  I'm addicted to it, and have played it more than any other game ever in 20 odd years, and this is the only real complaint I have.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Scholar of the First Sin - Weapon Durability Patch...Again.

Well, isn't this a co-incidence?   I said in my previous post about this issue that nothing would be done about it unless console players raised their voices.   Guess what?  It's being partially fixed in an upcoming official patch and so very soon after release of Scholar of the First Sin.   Co-incidence?  I don't think so.

PC players have been complaining about this since the original game was released, but were summarily ignored, and what makes it almost as bad are the apologists who say this is a feature of the game.   It's NOT that weapon durabilty as a function or feature is bad, I think it's a good thing, but there are so many more enemies in many places in this version of the game, and then in the DLC's where enemies are so much stronger and require more most cases.  

However, don't get too excited as this isn't an actual fix for the 60fps problem.  The patch notes actually say that the fix will be for when a weapon is severely degraded by hitting dead bodies and presumably environment like walls etc. 

I don't understand why FromSoft can't or won't address this properly when there is already a mod fix for it.  If someone outside development can do it why can't the actual creators of the game.  Problem with this is any mod can potentially get you banned and I don't want to risk it so I haven't tried the mod, although I wanted to.   Supposedly, only save games are scanned for irregularities, eg soul memory etc, but I saw a couple of posts yesterday where the poster said that almost immediately after applying this fix they seem to be soft banned.   Whether this is true or not I don't know, but I am not taking the risk of having my online ability removed.

As an added example to my already mentioned previous post, my Great Club, which has 70 durabilty, almost broke when playing the lead up to the Sir Alonne fight.  I had repair powders and the repair spell, but that's not the point.  I should not have to repair my weapon partway into an important boss fight, especially this one where the timing is very precise and he barely lets you heal, let alone repair a weapon.

I switched weapons to the Black Knight Great Sword for the actual boss fight as a faster weapon is better for me against this boss.  It almost broke 2/3 of the way through the fight, which is pretty dismal since I also had NPC phantoms with me and I wasn't even doing all the damage.  I cannot have more than one weapon equipped, especially heavy ones for a strength character, and I'm not putting unnecessary points into Vitality to cope with that.

Interesting point...I was co-oping Sir Alonne last night, and several times the host had to use repair powder.  I saw and heard it.  It was lucky for them that I was able to take aggro so they could.

My character is not build around using INT spells, but it became a necessity since repair powers are a rare commodity until reaching Drangleic Castle.

The stupid thing about that, and I've said this before as well, is why can't McDuff, an actual blacksmith for goodness sake, sell it instead infinitely, after a certain point if necessary, instead of the castle butler.

This is extremely limiting where weapon choice is involved.  Who in their right mind would use weapons with such low durabilty as The Washing Pole (30) and other Dex weapons without multiple replacements.  Even Sir Alonne's sword, which is beautiful by the way, has such low durability build in that it's virtually useless in PvE without the 60fps problem.   No Man's Wharf is a prime example of weapon breakage potential since it has no bonfire before the boss.

I don't enjoy PvP and it might come as a surprise to some, but many other people don't either, so this is a problem that's getting a bandaid at best.  But, I suppose it's better than nothing all this time after original release.

And that's not the only thing that's being addressed....finally.    The timings for combination button presses when trying to guard break or jump attack are included.  Many have no issue with this, but I do know a lot of people using XBOX 360 gamepads do, including myself.  It's so unreliable that I don't even try in combat and only get it to work about 5 times out of 10 if just practicing in a safe area.   That will be a game changer for me, especially guard breaking turtle enemies.

Here's a brief translation of the early patch notes which aslo mentions other fixes for the XBOX One version.

There's no known date as to when this patch will be released.