The vampire quests are quite good and you get some decent rare loot out of them too; a rare achievement is always a plus as well. I can't see myself staying as a vampire for long however. Vampire Lord has its perks but it's too much of a piss take during the daytime. Fun at first though. Plus, Selana is an awesome companion, in fact since she was made available as one I haven't grabbed any others (saying that I went at sh*t alone before her).
Good man. I haven't done the vampire quests although they sound interesting. I think I've put about 50 hours in. During those 50hrs, I've just done most of the Thieves Guild and some of The Companions missions but stopped as I'm not turning in to a Werewolf. Not yet at least. I became a Nightingale. Actually I'm pretty boring because I'm sure I did that back in 2011. I reckon I'm getting up to a point now where most things will be new to me.
As I'm playing as one-handed Nord warrior, I'm not too fond of magic. I haven't played in a few days. I'm going to possibly just go exploring next time and see what happens.
Yeah with the Stormcloaks and The Imperials, I've debated this in my head on and off since I first got Skyrim. Stormcloaks definitely seems like more fun. Joining The Imperials is like kind of like playing Pro Evo Master League Mode and starting off with an established team like Madrid or Barca. Whereas joining the Stormcloaks is like joining the underdog team of unknown's and trying to take them to glory. Although Bethesda make the choice seemingly as ambiguous as possible, I think it's not that unclear at all. I think they make it quite desirable to join The Stormcloaks.I mean with the introduction and them nearly killing you is almost enough not to join them.
I've done the Guild ones too. Well, I'm at the point where I'm now the leader and I've stopped fiddling around with their quests for now at least. I noticed an achievement, of which the description is "returned the Thieves Guild to its former glory" so I'll probably faff around and see what that's all about. I'm assuming it'll be just doing those side-quests/jobs for Vex and whatnot.
As for the Companions, I did a few quests but stopped for the time being. I've got a misc quest for them: "talk to the Companion leaders for work" but I'm not really arsed yet. Same as you, I don't want to be a werewolf, at least for the time being.
I'm a Nord too and like you I favour the one-handed weapons (mainly use the Ebony Battleaxe at present). I'll occasionally switch to the crossbow or Auriel's Bow when taking on a dragon but that's about it. Don't think I've used any magic aside from when you have to. Of course I use Shouts sometimes.
I agree with how Bethesda has practically made it abundantly clear that the Stormcloaks are the better choice, for an honorable character at least.
I reckon you should dive into the vampire quests. You get a cool perk after visiting the Soul Cairn.
@bigraj I get what you mean mate. I don't know whether it's worth investing in with all the great upcoming games, especially knowing 2017 is going to kick off to be a busy year for me personally. It doesn't sound like as much of an essential game as Skyrim though.
As for the "new toy" feeling, I have no doubt that Skyrim will be tossed aside after a while but at present, with 55 hours invested since I got the game, I'm still loving it. However, I suspect once I dive back into Gears 4's Horde mode (just one example of another awesome game) I will let Skyrim rest for at least a few months. I don't know what the hell will happen when Red Dead 2 comes out, because God knows I'll bash the sh*t out of that.