Just in case anyone is interested at all, this is a list of the current mods I have running. A lot of these are simple immersion mods, added to enhance effects and make the world more realistic.
DLC I have Installed
Dragonborn - Don’t really care for this one so far. Just hasn’t peaked my interest yet.
Dawnguard - I’m REALLY enjoying this one, although as you’ll see it’s necessitated that I add some mods to help keep it from breaking my game.
Hearthfires - I enjoyed this one too. Very relaxing and fun to hunt the world for resources to build your own homes, marry, and adopt children.
Birds - Adds extra birds flying around the world.
Enhanced Wetness and Puddles - This is a work in progress mod that makes puddles appear in towns when it’s raining. They’ll grow to a specific size then shrink to nothing when the rain stops. Just giving the world a little bit more realism. Unfortunately it’s only for Whiterun and part of Solitude thus far.
Run For Your Lives + When Vampires Attack - These two mods make the NPC’s a bit smarter and makes them run inside when there’s an attack. As I mentioned in my review of Dawnguard, one of the biggest problems I was facing was the constant vampire attacks killing off NPC’s every time I entered a town. And because I fast travel so much, dragons spawn a lot too. As a result, I get a lot of dead town’s folks lying around. This mod helps keep them inside and safe while I take care of business.
Rainbows - Adds rainbows under rare circumstances.
Get Snowy + Wet and Cold - These are two mods that add enhanced snow and water effects to you and NPC’s. Little things like dripping water when you get out of a river, steam rising from your armor in hot places, being able to see your breath in very cold places, and snow accumulation on your body if caught in a blizzard. There are even options to turn on temporary blurriness as if snow or rain drops hit your eyes. That’s an amazing level of detail and is much appreciated!
Splash of Rain - Adds raindrop effects to water when it rains.
It Rained On - Suppose to make foliage jitter as if raindrops were affecting them, though I haven’t seen it work yet.
Footprints - Adds footprints to snowy and sandy areas. Very handy when tracking down deer and rabbits in the mountains.
Windfull Skyrim - Suppose to make the foliage jitter as if wind was affecting them, but again, haven’t seen it work.
Point the Way - Adds more signposts to the roads so you know where you’re going.
Immersive Beds - Adds a simple sleep animation to beds.
Realistic Room Rental - This is actually quite a big overall of many of the major taverns across Skyrim. As you might know, all of the taverns look alike and they all charge 10 coins for a night, making sleeping at them pretty pointless. This mod helps change that by adding variety to the taverns and changing how much money rooms cost per town. Some towns charge more, others charge less. You can also rent rooms for longer, or even indefinitely, and use them as temp storage rooms. Some of the taverns have traders which offer more supplies than the barkeeper. Overall, it’s a VERY handy addition and makes the world much more varied and realistic.
Helgen Reborn - An impressive quest mod that goes about rebuilding Helgen (the city that gets destroyed in the beginning of the game). Given that so many landmarks remain “ruined” after major events, it’s really cool to see a quest help rebuild them back to their former glory. Haven’t gotten too far into it yet, but it’s well acted and scripted so far.
Cutting Room Floor - This was the first quest mod I added, and as a result it’s made me question weather or not I’m stumbling upon things in the retail game, or the extra content that was cut out. I can’t tell. If I’ve come across any of the cutting room floor stuff, it’s been beautifully reintegrated cuz I honestly can’t tell.
Falskaar - I downloaded this after hearing that the guy responsible for it got hired by Bungie. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get it to work. There’s a couple game breaking glitches early into the campaign and I was forced to reload a previous save from before I entered Falskaar. Such a shame since I’ve heard such great things about it. Apparently the guy used it as a demo reel of sorts to help get into the gaming industry (looks like it worked too! Kudos to him!)
The Paarthurnax Dilema - This is just a simple mod to save Paarthurnax. I haven’t gotten to the point in the main quest yet, but from what I understand the Blades want you to kill Paarthurnax. Refusing makes them spite you and the lack of option to convince them that Paarthurnax is awesome is disappointing. So this mod fixes this by allowing you to save him AND stay with the Blades. Or so I assume...
Mods I want to try but am nervous to...
The name says it all I think... There are a LOT of Skyrim mods out there and I am very selective of the ones I want to use. They have to enhance the experience without making it too unrealistic. And, as you can see, I like stuff that very minutely enhances things, and generally not big overhauls. That said, these are few of the mods (that I know of) that I am interested in...
Enhanced rivers and streams - I LOVE the water in Skyrim and I love looking at lakes and streams. But they aren’t perfect. There’s a lot of little things wrong with them, and for me it’s the little things that make all the difference. There are a number of Mods that claim to completely overhaul the water in Skyrim, and I’m nervous about installing those. Mostly because I already have to play on “low” settings to get it to run right, and even then it crashes quite a bit. Most of the Mods I see are for higher end computers and ones that can do HD textures and junk... stuff my computer just can’t handle right now.
Hypothermia - This is a mod that makes being in the cold dangerous, forcing you to prepare yourself, stay healthy and warm, and not be able to just run willy-nilly through the mountains. I LOVE the idea... but I am not sure if I would enjoy the execution. I’m afraid it will taint the way I play the game and make traveling from place to place to finish quests more of a hassle than an immersive experience.
Realistic Needs - Like the Hypothermia mod, this is one that adds more diseases and needs like hunger. Immersive idea, but I don’t know about the execution. Again, I’m just afraid that while traveling through a labyrinth or dungeon, getting sick or hungry will hamper my experience rather than enrich it.
Mods that creep me the F**K out
Pretty much any of them which “enhance” the female characters to be booby and assy high-heeled freak-shows. Or turn them into cel-shaded Anime dolls. Or change the clothing to be absurd.
Mods I am not interested in
Mostly quest mods. While I have a vague interest in visiting new lands, quests can be hit or miss. Good voice acting, bad voice acting, bad scripting, bad programing... it’s very difficult to “predict” how that will turn out. And, like my Falskaar experience, sometimes they just break on me. Besides, I have enough quests in the main storyline AND in Dawnguard combined to keep me going for a LONG time. I don’t really want new quests.
Anyone got any recommendations for mods to check out or look into?
Listening to: The Dragonborn Comes
Reading: The Lusty Argonian Maid: Vol 2
Watching: The rain.
Playing: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Eating: Sweet Rolls