This is almost embarrassing to admit: inspired by the RPS review and other bits and pieces picked up from the Web, I made a decision early on in my exploration of Skyrim not to activate the Dragonborn quest line (beyond the first one that allows me to buy a house). I had heard that dragon battles ended up being somewhat over-implemented, spoiling an otherwise pleasant gallop through the countryside.
I'm now almost 200 hours into the game (I still haven't covered at least fifty per cent of the map though) but realise that it's now getting a bit ridiculous. That poor girl's been waiting for me by the western watchtower at Whiterun for weeks - she must be freezing her arse off. Every time I ride past, I pretend to be looking at something in the distance to hide my shame.
My question is this: am I worrying needlessly about the dragons? Are the battles fun? I quite like the idea of shouting people to death (and, ahem, in the game) so is it time for me go a-dragonslaying?