When I first joined this site I had a lofty goal of burning through my Steam backlog while drinking and writing about it. I thought it would be a nice little exercise in finishing off some games while getting to experience a variety of alcoholic beverages. Then I made the mistake of choosing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as my first game.
Skyrim is a massively single player role playing game. There is a great deal of freedom in this game; there are no character classes or fixed paths. How you play the game is up to you – skills are broadly categorized into fighter, mage or thief skills and you are free to mix and match skills however you want. If you want to sneak around pick-pocketing everyone until you use chain lightning on them you can do that. If you want to be a blacksmith that makes poisons and a bow that works too.