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Modlist for my current Skyrim Streams

I am using the following mods:

Compatibility patches have been omitted from the above list.

I removed these mods:

  • TrueStart: I like this in principle, but especially crafting is a chore unless the required levels are adjusted too. It may also be causing balance problems.
  • Removed 2016-11-11: Rivers for WATER – I experienced some odd green planes in waterfalls. Doubt it is caused by this, but wanted to simplify my Mod list.
  • Removed 2016-11-11: HQ Towns and Villages – Not sure I like it
  • Removed 2016-11-11: Detailed 2K Terrain – Detailed 2K Terrain – Not sure I like it
  • Removed 2016-11-11: Gecko’s 4k Mountain Texture – Trying out different texture
  • Removed 2016-11-11: WATER – Trying out different mods
  • Removed 2016-11-12: Falskaar – CTD issue I had was resolved in v2.0, but I won’t play this anytime soon. Hence I disabled it.
  • Removed 2016-11-12: The Forgotten City – I won’t play this anytime soon. Hence I disabled it.
  • Removed 2016-11-13: Ordinator Thieves Skill Rebalance – I want to see how gameplay changes
  • Removed 2016-11-15: Enhanced Candlelight
  • Removed 2016-11-15: TLE Recommended (Torchlight Extended)
  • Removed 2016-11-15: Real Mountains texture


Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 2

Riven: Notes and Whiteboard Screen Captures

Just a few horus ago, we finished our recording of Riven. It’s all “in the can”, as old-timers like me used to say. (“it’s all on the stick”, nowadays?) All that’s left is a lot of editing.

One thing you guys have repeatedly requested is a look at our notes. We have used web based whiteboards in the series (a great idea Fireweaver came up with), and I have also made handwritten notes on paper.

The whiteboards are:

Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 2
Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 2
Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 3
Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 3
Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 4
Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 4
Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 5
Riven: Whiteboard Recording Session 5

And here is a gallery of my paper notes:




Let’s Play Skyrim: Mods Used

Here’s a list of all mods I am using for my Let’s Play Skyrim series, plus any extra comments on installation I might have – this is not a replacement for reading each mod’s documentation!

Note that while I own the game on Steam, I don’t use the Workshop at all – I download everything off of Nexus Mods using the Mod Organizer.

I own all Skyrim DLC and have the free High Resolution DLC installed as well.

I don’t use any ENB except for the speedboost ENB. And, just in case: The list below is not my load order, obviously…


Unofficial Skyrim Patches.

These are basically required for anybody who plays Skyrim on a PC. Download and install the ones you need based on the DLC you own:


The SKSE is required by SkyUI and many other mods and is, for all intents and purposes, mandatory.

I do like OneTweak because I am a big fan of fullscreen window mode for games.

User Interface


In addition, I am using these “survival” mods:

See also “Real Shelter”, under Beautification.





  • Follower Trap Safety –This is a mod I actually don’t “like” to use; however, it’s hard to impossible to micro-manage followers and so I decided to include this mod.

Monsters and NPCs




I didn’t want to overload my game, but a few nice-looking weapons and armor never hurt anybody (except, hopefully, my enemies). Plus, cloaks should help with the harsh climate.

I did also install these two book mods:

Additional Content


 And that’s it…

…but I guess the list of mods will change as I play…

Let’s Play Skyrim

Skyrim was originally published three years ago, and I bought it – mostly on a whim – on release day. I love the game, but I have never beaten it.

At the same time, I’ve been looking for a new MMORPG to play ever since I stopped playing Guild Wars 2.  I can’t find any that is compelling – and a few days ago I realized that I could just substitute Skyrim!

After that realization I thought about it some more. I had also considered buying The Long Dark – a winter survival indie game – and it seems to me that I can get such an experience in Skyrim, too!

The Plan

So, a plan hatches: I will do a “Skyrim Survival” video series.

This means that I have to set up the most immersive Syrim experience I can get, and that means it’s Modding time.

I’ve spent the last few days looking at Mods I will be using. I’ll post a complete list once it has settled down, but some basics are:

  • Frostfall and iNeed and other mods that support them
  • Wet and Cold
  • Pure Weather and W.A.T.E.R.
  • Real Shelter
  • Mods that improve wildlife, hunting and scavenging
  • Various graphical enhancements – Vanilla Skyrim is beautiful but it has its rough edges
  • Some “quality of life” things such as a Resurrection spell, Open Locks spells and so on.

There are a few others, but this gives you a very rough idea where I am heading. If you do have any suggestions, please let me know!