Freeky, your modlist.
OK, you need your mod client. You have two choices, but whatever you choose, you need the Nexus Mod Manager
. I prefer to also use the Skyrim Mod Organiser
, which is a more complex piece of software, but has additional benefits than NMM does not. A guide to how to use it can be found here
Firstly, you need to install SKSE
. This is what allows most mods to work in the first place.
Secondly, you need SkyUI
. Note SkyUI and Mod Organiser do not always play nice....when launching the game via MO, you need to go to the Archives tab and deselect the option "Have MO manage archives".
After that, you need the Unofficial Skyrim and DLC patches, available here
(scroll down for the DLC links).
After that, you want A Quality World Map With Roads
That's what I would consider a basic mod install. Everything should work properly, you now have a nice interface, and the map is now much more awesome and useful.
After those, I would also haveClothing and Clutter FixesWeapon and Armour Fixes
. I recommend the Complete Plus version, which has changes to Orcish and Daedric weapons, Dragon Masks and arrow and bolt speed, in addition to the bugfixes.Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade
. Please note a patch is required to make this work with WAF, but is included under the download list.
This will make a number of changes to the crafting system, as well as restoring Orcish weapons to a more proper category (better than Elven or Dwemer, worse than Ebony). If you like playing mages, this will allow you to wear circlets with hoods, which also works with the Nightingale and Shrouded Armours.Run for Your Lives
and When Vampires Attack
should prevent NPCs dying due to dragon or vampire raids.Dragon Combat Overhaul
. Unlike the Civil War Overhaul, this baby is stable as hell. And while it does utilise scripts, my laptop handles them without issue. It also instantly makes dragon fights 50 times more epic. DCO makes dragons act more unpredictably in combat, making them a lot harder to kill. No changes to damage or health are made, so this mod can be freely combined with Deadly Dragons
, which does make dragons tougher, but does not change their behaviour. For that one, keep Assault Mode switched off or mark cities as exempt, as dragons spawned via that assault mode will not make citizens run inside even with Run For Your Lives installed.
Also DCO has the single best mod description on the entire of Nexus. I do recommend tweaking the settings to drastically reduce the chance of reinforcements however. Having five dragons show up to every single fight can sometimes cause script lag...and more importantly, it's annoying as fuck. Except that that one time, when they did it during my very first fight at the Whiterun Tower and slaughtered all the guard, making that battle at least 500 times more epic than was ever intended. Dunmer supremacy was asserted that day, let me assure you.Cutting Room Floor
restores content that never made the final cut into Skyrim. Exception: Boethiah's Bidding, which would have had the Dragonborn assassinate Jarl Elisif for the Daedric Prince has not been included due to the complexity of restoring Civil War related plotlines, though I believe Apollodown is interested in restoring it at some point for his own Civil War Overhaul mod.Extended Encounters
. Just for fun. I often run into Companions in the Reach or Rift, and Jenassa does a surprising amount of mercenary work.Immersive Armors
and Immersive Weaponry
. Personally, I uncheck some of the armours (all the mage armours except Ebony, because they look goofy, and Glacial Crystal).VioLense
. Because more epic kill moves, more often, are never a bad thing.
And a follower overhaul mod never hurts. UFO
is probably the best known, but AFT
can also be useful.
And if you want even more potential followers and quests, I strongly suggest Interesting NPCs
If you want a serious combat challenge, I also suggest:Duel
. Use the hardcore version.Stealth Skills Rebalanced
. Alongside Duel, this improves enemy detection to an impressive level. Also, you aint picking that master level lock, or that pocket for that matter, without some serious perk investment now.Revenge of the Enemies
(if you're feeling very sure of yourself. Includes numerous "boss" fights which makes previously levelled enemies much, much harder.).High Level Enemies
. Makes sure certain enemies, notably bandits and Forsworn, do not have an absurdly low level cap.WTF - Random Encounter Zones
. Changes the minimum levels in certain zones, meaning say, for example, nothing in Embershard Mine will be below level 40. Which sucks, if you go there at level 2 expecting an easy fight.