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Arwen's Skyrim Mod List
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Thank-You: to all the talented people who have made these modification (MODs), and are generous in, not only sharing their efforts, but for all their support within modding community.


Latest News - September 10, 2012: I've been really busy with the other parts of my life lately, so I haven't had much gaming time for the past few weeks.  But all the mods on this list should not be up to date (as in, what is listed here are the most current versions).  I'm still working on the "final" mod install before starting a new modded game.  The biggest issue is that several mods that I've been testing as still in (what I consider to be) their beta stage, where a new version is being released like once a week.  Plus I am still not happy with any of the available Needs mods (eats/sleep/drink), and I'm still waiting on one that has been in development for a while.  I now have 78 esms and esps installed, plus a number of texture replacing mods. Now that my Skyrim Mod List is mostly complete, I plan on added my mod load order page in the near future.

[Note that I am trying to divide my time between Skyrim and the two Fallout games (and I'm currently also updating both of my Fallout Realism Tweaks).  Plus it is summer . . . which is when I spend as much of my free time as possible outdoors, kayaking all over the place and hiking in the nearby mountains. I'm going to try to keep this journal updated fairly regularly (now that I'm actually playing Skyrim again), but there will be times when the updates will likely be delayed.]


ABOUT ARWEN'S Skyrim JOURNAL: This journal now consists of three main parts:

My Skyrim Mod Section: my recommended mod list (see below), along with my Mod Load Order section.
My Skyrim Tips Section: contains tips and hints, plus a mod users tutorial.
The Trials of a Reluctant Dragonborn: my Skyrim fantasy story, but it's also a bit more than that.

A large part of my Skyrim Journal will always be my recommended mod list. So at the end of each chapter of my Trials of a Reluctant Dragonborn is my Gaming Comments and Tips section - where I explain how specific mods have added to my gaming experience for the gameplay that was covered in that chapter. I also explain some of my role-playing techniques that have made the game more immersive for me. My primary goal in writing this journal is to help other players make Skyrim into a better gaming experience.


About Arwen's Mod List: These are my recommended mods for Bethesda's Skyrim role-playing game. These are the mods I have selected in my own personal quest to make Skyrim a better game . . . and "a better game" in this case, refers to a "better role-playing game."

List updated: November 01, 2012

- Latest Skyrim Update - Version 1.8: Released on Steam Nov. 1, 2012


Mods that have been added this month:

- Realistic Lighting With Customization (10/22/12) - Weather and lighting overhaul, with the focus on realism AND with no loss of FPS.
- TES5Edit (10/22/12) - an advanced graphical module viewer/editor and conflict detector
   

Mods that have been updated this month:

- Alternate Start - Live Another Life (10/12/12) - provides an alternative means to start the game, with a wide variety of choices.
- Ars Metallica - Smithing Enhancement (10/10/12) - expands and enhances the crafting system, especially if your character is a thief or an archer
- Duke Patricks - Archery And Heavy Weapons Combat (10/25/12) - This mod and all it's features is a port of his Oblivion mod.
- Nexus Mod Manager (10/26/12) - This utility program makes it much easier to manage mods.
- Radiance (10/09/12) - increases immersive by adding new world encounters and events that reflect the world and your impact on it.
- Unofficial Skyrim Patch (11/01/12) - This mod is an effort to fix the vast amount of bugs currently existing in Skyrim.
   

Mods that were added (or updated) last month:

- Better Quest Objectives (added 09/26/12) - allows you to progress the quest by actually navigating your map and not blindly following the quest marker.
- Birds of Skyrim (added 09/26/12) - adds a variety of birds to the world of Skyrim, which are placed appropriately (as in seagulls near the shore)
- Character Creation Overhaul (09/09/12) - brings back classes, specializations, favored attributes, major/minor skills, and birthsigns
- Closer Quivers and Longer Arrows (09/01/12) - moves quivers closer to your body and adds longer arrows; plus arrow recovery fix
- Dynamic TimeScale - Standalone (09/15/12) - adjusts the game's Timescale based on the player's circumstances.
- Geonox Male Face -Blackbugfix (added 09/07/12) - optimized replacement textures for Geonox's "High Res Face Maps for Men"
- Pets of Skyrim (added 09/26/12) - adds a variety of cats and dogs to the world of Skyrim, including ones that can be used as followers.
- Pure Waters (09/23/12) - Water overhaul, which results in pure, clean, and natural water, as it should be in the cold mountains of Skyrim
- SM Drop Lit Torches - allows you to drop lit torches to the ground when you can't spare a hand to hold it.
- The Eyes Of Beauty (09/05/12) - new high resolution eye textures for player and NPCs, and includes an optional female skin texture replacer
- Wearable Lanterns (09/08/12) - Adds a craftable, wearable, Travel Lantern that can be hooked onto your belt, or carried in your hand.
   


Installing and Using Mods:

If you're experienced with installing and using mods, you can skip ahead to my MOD Index . . . if not, I would strongly suggest that you read the next section first.


Are you unsure about how to install MODs?

Are you not exactly sure what a MOD is?
It so, you should first read my MODs 101 - The Basics section (which I originally wrote for Oblivion, but the basic principles are mostly the same, so I rewrote it for Skyrim). You may also want to take a look at my Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) Tips. Both are part of my Skyrim Tips section of this journal.

Warnings About Using These MODs (and disclaimer):

My Skyrim Journal MOD pages are my way to share the mods I am using. I've tested out every one of these mods in my own game, and haven't noticed any major conflicts, but I can't guarantee that they won't cause problems for others (and incorrect load order will cause conflicts).

Please don't try to install any of these MODs without:

- first backing up your saved games folder
- knowing how to install the MOD
- knowing how to uninstall the MOD
- understanding exactly what each MOD does.

I also highly recommend that you use the Nexus Mod Manager to install MODs

Before you start installing MODs . . . I suggest that you do the following:

1.) Update your Skyrim game with the latest patch.
2.) Make a backup copy of your entire Skyrim folder (if you have the free space).  If you don't have the free space to entire Skyrim folder - You should at least back up the Meshes and Textures folders (as these folders tend to get messed up the most when installing and removing mods)
3.) Install the Nexus Mod Manager and use it to install your mods (and take a look at my Nexus Mod Manager Tips, if you are not sure how to safely install mods with it, or use it with the SKSE).

Arwen Note: To be totally safe (if you are still not confident about installing mods), you can back up your Skyrim folder before installing any mods, and if your game somehow gets messed up you can easily restore it to default.


Utilities | Interface | Rebalance | Patches | Cosmetic | Environment | Realism | Expansion | Sound | Archive
Arwen's MOD List Index

This section is where I list all my recommended mods for Skyrim. These are the mods that I am actually using in my current game - unless otherwise noted (I have a few alternate mods listed).

I've arranged my recommended mods by my own categories as a way to organize them. Many of these mods could fit in more than one category, so placement has been very subjective on my part.


Mod Category Index

Part One: | Utilities | Interface | Rebalancing & Leveling | Quest Fixing & Patches

Part Two - Graphic Enhancements: | Character | Animation | Clothing | Weapons | Other Textures

Part Three - Environmental Enhancements: | Weather/Lighting/Effects | Landscape | Wildlife

Part Four - Realism Mods | Combat | Overhauls | Economics | Survival | Misc.

Part Five - Add-ons: | Expansions | Quests | Sound & Music

Archived Mods (I'm not using any of these mods in this section)

Mod Load Order: Load order guideline for Skyrim (my own load order with all my currently installed mods).
 

Utilities | Interface | Rebalance | Patches | Cosmetic | Environment | Realism | Expansion | Sound | Archive
Arwen's MOD List - Part One
Updated: Mods that have been recently updated (in last month or so) have the maroon updated text
Older mods that were added to this list recently have the green updated text

Utilities (tools for installing, creating, and editing mods):

10/26/12 Nexus Mod Manager - This utility program makes it much easier to manage mods.
08/04/12 Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) - Any mod that has [requires SKSE] needs to have this installed
10/22/12 TES5Edit - an advanced graphical module viewer/editor and conflict detector
08/31/12 HiAlgoBoost FPS Performance Accelerator - Bumps up framerate by up to 400% when character is in motion.

Interface (enhancing the graphical interface):

03/02/12 SkyUI - improves navigation of the UI with mouse and keyboard, with less wasteful of available screen space and is nicer to look at.
01/03/12 Keyboard Remap FIX - permits you  to reassign your Game Play Keys (ike POV) without breaking the Menu Keys.

Rebalancing & Leveling (major changes that affect the entire game):

09/09/12 Character Creation Overhaul - brings back classes, specializations, favored attributes, major/minor skills, and birthsigns to Skyrim
07/27/12 Difficulty Tweaks - Adjusts the game's difficulty damage ratios to make them less extreme.
02/07/12 More Powerful Dragons - makes the default dragons MUCH more deadly, and MUCH harder to kill (just like a dragon should be).

Quest Fixing & Patches (bug fixes and removal of hand-holding elements):

11/01/12 Latest Skyrim Update - Version 1.8
11/01/12 Unofficial Skyrim Patch - This mod is an effort to fix the vast amount of bugs currently existing in Skyrim.
   

Utilities | Interface | Rebalance | Patches | Cosmetic | Environment | Realism | Expansion | Sound | Archive
Arwen's MOD List - Part Two - Graphic Enhancements
Updated: Mods that have been recently updated (in last month or so) have the maroon updated text
Older mods that I have recently added to the list have the green updated text

Character Appearance:

09/05/12 The Eyes Of Beauty - new high resolution eye textures for player and NPCs, and includes an optional female skin texture replacer
12/10/11 HD Body & Face Textures for Females - High resolution female face, with stand-alone dirt-free hi res female body textures.
06/17/12 Apachii Sky Hair - Adds 47 new hairstyles for females, 23 hairstyles for males (including 7 hairstyles for the Khajiit)
12/25/11 High Res Face Maps for Men - adds new high resolution face maps for men ... so far the face map comes in just a stubble version
05/22/12 Geonox Male Face -Blackbugfix - optimized replacement textures for Geonox's "High Res Face Maps for Men"

Animation:

05/06/12 Feminine Running and New Dash Animation - Use this mod if you have a female character and don't want her to run like a guy.

Clothing & Armor (changes in appearance only):

07/29/12 Winter Is Coming - Cloaks - Provides new Cloaks, Hoods, Capes, Scarves and Wraps in Skyrim.

Weapons & Other Personal Items (changes in appearance only):

09/01/12 Closer Quivers and Longer Arrows - moves quivers closer to your body and adds longer arrows; plus arrow recovery fix

other textures

03/02/12 Bethesda Hi-Res DLC Optimized - Somewhat reduced Hi-Res DLC textures, for systems which have trouble handling the default HighRes Texture Packs (DLC)
 

Utilities | Interface | Rebalance | Patches | Cosmetic | Environment | Realism | Expansion | Sound | Archive
Arwen's MOD List - Part Three - Environmental Enhancements
Updated: Mods that have been recently updated (in last month or so) have the maroon updated text
Older mods that I have recently added to the list have the green updated text

Weather, Lighting, & Visual Effects:

10/26/12 Realistic Lighting With Customization - Weather and lighting overhaul, with the focus on realism AND with no loss of FPS.
06/28/12 Lanterns of Skyrim - adds lanterns on bridges, in most settlements, and on most main roads to help light your way.
09/08/12 Wearable Lanterns - Adds a craftable, wearable, Travel Lantern that can be hooked onto your belt, or carried in your hand.
05/11/12 Torches for Skyrim - Adds torches to chests and to NPCs, who use them at night

Landscape Enhancements:

04/10/12 Better Dynamic Snow - greatly improves the visual appearance of dynamic snow

water Enhancements:

09/23/12 Pure Waters - Water overhaul, which results in pure, clean, and natural water, as it should be in the cold mountains of Skyrim.

wildlife Enhancements:

08/18/12 Birds of Skyrim - adds a variety of birds to the world of Skyrim, which are placed appropriately (as in seagulls near the shore)
07/30/12 Pets of Skyrim - adds a variety of cats and dogs to the world of Skyrim, including ones that can be used as followers.
06/19/12 Real Wildlife - Skyrim - greatly expands the variety of wildlife in the Skyrim game world.
 

Utilities | Interface | Rebalance | Patches | Cosmetic | Environment | Realism | Expansion | Sound | Archive
Arwen's MOD List - Part Four - Realism
Updated: Mods that have been recently updated (in last month or so) have the maroon updated text
Older mods that I have recently added to the list have the green updated text

Combat

10/25/12 Duke Patricks - Archery And Heavy Weapons Combat - This mod and all it's features is a port of his Oblivion mod.
08/25/12 Fatigue Effects - creates a more realistic fatigue system, where every action spends stamina or magicka, resulting in physical or mental fatigue.

Overhauls

07/06/12 ACE - Combat Skills - a collection of mods which can be run independently of each other; brings more depth and balance Skyrim

Economics

08/30/12 Economics of Skyrim - Overhauls Skyrim's merchants, so you have to shop around, to find what you need.  Plus MUCH more!

Survival

04/29/12 Frostfall - Hypothermia - adds Hypothermia, Cold Water Survival, and Camping Equipment to your game.
08/02/12 Fishing In Skyrim - Adds working fishing poles, nets, Dwarven boomfishing, working fishing gear, and many other fishing-themed items

Misc. Realism mods - for a more realistic game, which can enhance your role-playing experience

10/12/12 Alternate Start - Live Another Life - provides an alternative means to start the game, with a wide variety of choices.
10/10/12 Ars Metallica - Smithing Enhancement - expands and enhances the crafting system, especially if your character is a thief or an archer
03/30/12 Better Quest Objectives - allows you to progress the quest by actually navigating your map and not blindly following the quest marker.
09/15/12 Dynamic TimeScale - Standalone - adjusts the game's Timescale based on the player's circumstances.
02/13/12 Equipable Skyrim Map - Installs a craftable map that can be equipped like a shield, block to bring the map up to look at it.
10/09/12 Radiance - increases immersive by adding new world encounters and events that reflect the world and your impact on it.
09/08/12 SM Drop Lit Torches - allows you to drop lit torches to the ground when you can't spare a hand to hold it
   

Utilities | Interface | Rebalance | Patches | Cosmetic | Environment | Realism | Expansion | Sound | Archive
Arwen's MOD List - Part Five
 
Updated: Mods that have been recently updated (in last month or so) have the maroon updated text
Older mods that I have recently added to the list have the green updated text

EXPANSION (additional lands/items):

Official Skyrim Expansions (DLC)
   
Buildings and Structures:
   
Consumer Items:
   

Quests (additional quests):
   

sound Effects & Music (additions and enhancement of game audio):

   

Utilities | Interface | Rebalance | Patches | Cosmetic | Environment | Realism | Expansion | Sound | Archive
Arwen's MOD List - Archived Mods

Arwen Note: I am not currently using any of the mods in this section.

Archived Mods

Archived:
08/04/12 Classic Classes and Birthsigns - restores the TES character creation process of selecting a class and choosing a birthsign
08/09/12 Project Reality - Climates Of Tamriel - Complete weather and lighting overhaul.
08/09/12 Realistic Colors and Real Nights - Improves default environmental lighting, HDR, and makes nights realistically dark
09/26/12 SkyEdit - an alternate editor for The Elder Scrolls:Skyrim, similar to the official "Creation Kit".
09/26/12 Skyrim Script Dragon - Any mod that has [requires Script Dragon] needs to have this installed.
08/04/12 Third Era Attributes for Skyrim - adds Strength, Endurance, Intelligence, Willpower, Agility, Speed, Personality and Luck
   

 
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