A few quick Steam Workshop mods to get you started in Skyrim

I'm assuming some of you are playing Skyrim for the first time now, since it was half-off for the Steam Summer Sale. (How over budget are you all, by the way?)

While TES Nexus is still the best place to get mods, Steam Workshop makes it so easy to automatically download them and install them.

If you're in the market for a new house, there are plenty to choose from. My personal favorite is a Dwemer Airship called the Asteria. This player house is beautifully done, very detailed, and has plenty of storage space. My only qualm is the lack of usable bookshelves, but everything else makes up for it.

If you're interested in sprucing up the place, the Towns and Villages Enhanced series will bring new life into towns across Skyrim. Riften is in especially dire need of a makeover, so I'll provide that link here, but search for Towns and Villages Enhanced to find them all.

One big problem PC players have is with the default menu. With SkyUI, that is changed. The menu feels far more like Oblivion, if you're familiar with that. Lots of options for sorting as well. This one requires a little extra hacking to get going, but nothing terribly complicated.

There are tons more. Probably in the thousands. This certainly isn't meant to be comprehensive. There are many best-of lists for mods around, if you're interested in reading more. If there's anything you are interested in, just search for it and check the reviews. The Steam comment system is built in, so you can see what other people think about the mods before making your decision.

Happy dragon hunting!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/16/2012 at 05:04am

Awesome, gonna start my game soon! Do you recommend a texture pack?

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/16/2012 at 04:51pm

As an almost purely console gamer, the thought of mods is completely foreign to me. Are they allowable changes to the game? I love Skyrim, but have been kinda jealous of all the mods I've seen for the PC version.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/16/2012 at 04:59pm

Basically whatever people can think of they do. My only desire is they dot ruin any main or side story quests and are purely additive. So far, they seem to be in that realm or at least the ones I've seen.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/16/2012 at 05:49pm

But that doesn't "void your warranty" or anything like that?

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2012 at 06:30pm

Not at all. Bethesda provides the tools people use to make mods. It's encouraged.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2012 at 06:30pm

Think of it like free DLC, created by the players.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/16/2012 at 07:12pm

Dude, that's rad. Someday I might need to buy a decent computer.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2012 at 08:35pm

One other thing to note, at least with Bethesda games, using mods and/or console commands does not disable achievements.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/16/2012 at 08:43pm

Oh good. I mean the game is a pretty large sandbox if they put too many rails on it it wouldn't be as cool. Good it's as opened up as it is. Can't wait to fusrodah a Rabbit!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2012 at 10:24pm

Just be careful when attacking chickens. Seriously.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/16/2012 at 10:32pm

We all learned that lesson in Link's Awakening ;-)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/16/2012 at 10:40pm

Thanks for the tip. They swarm I take it?

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/16/2012 at 10:48pm

No, that was just a joke. Go ahead and attack!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2012 at 11:51pm

Chickens don't swarm, but it's like they're marked as townsfolk or something, because everyone gets pissed and comes after you.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/17/2012 at 12:25am

Oh, ok thanks! I don't typically play a game the first time breaking laws and stuff. I played Fallout 3 and got the best Karma.

Kind of want to do it again and blow up Megaton though.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 07/17/2012 at 05:22pm

I'm definitely getting this when I can afford a better PC. Maybe my Christmas list this year will just be a bunch of computer parts. :)

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/17/2012 at 10:10pm

What's the record so far for post with the most comments? Cause this one has a bunch :)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/17/2012 at 11:59pm

Wow, I don't know, Ill run a query and see.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/18/2012 at 12:06am

This is now the post with the most comments seconded by this:

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/18/2012 at 03:14am

Jon, just FYI, there's no real Karma system in Skyrim. You have a record of your highest bounties in all the different holds, but no fame/infamy like in Oblivion. People will remember your deeds though.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/18/2012 at 06:06am

Good to know. Wonder how I'm going to play it? Though I did hear you can't pick a good or bad side because there really isn't one?

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/18/2012 at 07:42am

Exactly. You'll see (:

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/19/2012 at 03:42am

You can be clearly evil or clearly good, but there's a conflict that you pick a side on that isn't 100% clear. I won't spoil it, but I will tell you that I've gotten into days-long arguments on reddit about which one is the "right" one. :)

How do we rank now? Most comments yet? :)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/19/2012 at 04:33am

The day I checked it was the number one conversation. So yeah, now its the number onedest deluxe!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/20/2012 at 06:20am

Ok yeah wow apparently killing a chicken is a massive crime. I had to go to Whiterun, talk to a guard, pay a fine and then the villagers stopped hating me.

Killing a hunter? Fine? A chicken? YOU FIEND!

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