Ok, I spent most of the day playing XCom. I was making some mistakes in the "macro" part of that game, but then I assaulted the alien base, got a couple more satellites up, and things started going much smoother. I love snipers in that game.
I gotta say though, they should TELL you if satellites are THAT important early game.
The funny thing about Skyrim is that I'm almost nowhere in the main questline, I just finally saw the Greybeards. The side stuff has been distracting me so much I don't know if I care to finish the "real" quest.