CHANGELOG

Release 2.9

Main Features

Release date: 22.06.2019

  • Updated the guide for Skyrim SE 1.5.80 and SKSE64 2.0.16.
  • EnaiSiaion’s new vanilla-plus perk overhaul Vokrii has been added as a required core mod to the guide’s Gameplay module. Special shoutout to Umgak who created all patches for the Vokrii integration!
  • All Finalisation pages were overhauled and split up. All instructions from separate pages (DynDOLOD, Merges) are now back in the main guide on their own pages after Finalisation.
  • Removed ESL-ifying instructions from all mods. This is now done all at once in Finalisation which should speed up the guide installation considerably.
  • Swapped out Obsidian Weathers for Cathedral Weathers and replaced Enhanced Lights and FX with Luminosity + Relighting Skyrim. A Cathedralist’s ENB is now our default preset.
  • Regular tree LOD with DynDOLOD is now standard with the guide. Instructions for 3D tree LOD are however linked to and still available.
  • Reshuffled Gameplay, the steps for World Map and Crafting have been removed and the mods they contained were moved to Interface and Overhauls respectively.
  • There is now a NEW GAME page which includes final preparations, instructions for starting a new playthrough and mod configuration tips.
  • Step 1.2: updated note on supported Skyrim version to the latest version of Skyrim SE (1.5.80)
  • Step 3.3.4: removed instructions to disable Depth of Field
    • By leaving this enabled and turning the DOF slider all the way down ingame you can remove the effect without losing the underwater blur which is the perfect solution. Thanks to Mavric for the suggestion!
  • Step 6: cleaned up the entire section, condensed into two major parts
  • Step 6.1.1: specified which version of SKSE is needed for the guide and where to download it when a new one was released
  • Step 6.1.1: updated instructions for SKSE64 2.0.16.
  • Step 8.2.3: added Additional Manual Cleaning section to remove on potentially disruptive edit from Dawnguard.esm
  • Step 9.1.3: added instructions to also check Disable Mods in the zMerge settings
  • Step 10: updated SSE Engine Fixes download instructions
  • Step 10: added ConsoleUtils
  • Step 10: updated Papyrus Extender download instructions
  • Step 10: updated More Informative Console download instructions
  • Step 10: added Autorun Console Commands
  • Step 11: moved Missing Encounter Zones Fixes here (from Gameplay, Step 8)
  • Step 11: added Quiet Foxes
  • Step 11: added Dwemer Gates Don’t Reset
  • Step 12: completely overhauled and split up Finalisations
  • Step 12: moved Check for old form version (formerly 12.1) to the New Game page
  • Step 12: removed the Mod Order section (formerly 12.3) as it’s not really needed
  • Step 13: moved the Fixes Merge instructions here (formerly 12.5)
  • Step 13: added Quiet Foxes to the Fixes Merge
  • Step 14: rewrote most of the page
  • Step 14.1.1: added SSEEdit Cache instructions
  • Step 14.1.3: added Overwrite Cleanup instructions
  • Step 14.2: added What’s Now? step with link to new feedback Google Form
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: added small edit for Dwemer Gates Don’t Reset
  • Separators: moved the PATCHER OUTPUT separator here
  • Step 2: removed Obsidian Weathers and Seasons
  • Step 2: removed Obsidian Weathers – MCM Patch
  • Step 2: removed Aequinctium Weathers Addon Patch for Obsidian Weathers
  • Step 2: added Cathedral Weathers and Seasons
  • Step 2: added Cathedral Weathers – MCM
  • Step 2: removed Yee – A New Snowflake Mod
    • already included with Cathedral Weathers
  • Step 2: added Obsidian Mountain Fogs
  • Step 3: removed Enhanced Lights and FX
  • Step 3: removed Unofficial ELFX SMIM Performance Patch
  • Step 3: removed ELFX Fixes
  • Step 3: removed Enhanced Lights and FX Fix – ELFX Unused Objects Disabled
  • Step 3: added Luminosity Lighting Overhaul
  • Step 3: added Relighting Skyrim
  • Step 3: added Relighting Skyrim – No Player Homes
  • Step 4: added FOMOD instructions for Mature Skin
  • Step 4: Axe’s RS Children is no longer optional, added instructions to remove one critical error in the plugin
  • Step 5.2: removed Dawnguard Landscape Overhaul HD
  • Step 5.2: removed Solstheim Landscape Overhaul HD
  • Step 5.2: removed instructions to download the Majestic Mountains LOD pack (all its textures are already included in HD-LODs Textures)
  • Step 5.2: moved Fences of Skyrim to Step 5.3
  • Step 5.2: moved Skyrim Landscape Overhaul – Stone Walls to Step 5.3
  • Step 5.2: moved Astral Aspects – Standing Stones to Step 5.3
  • Step 5.2: moved Stunning Statues of Skyrim to Step 5.3
  • Step 5.2: moved Skyrim 3D High Hrothgar Steps to Step 5.3
  • Step 5.2: added Cathedral – Plants
  • Step 5.4: added Rudy HQ – Nordic Ruins
  • Step 5.4: added note to Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Bthardamz that it requires ENBSeries
  • Step 5.4: added note to ENB Particle Lights – Dwemer Lanterns that it requires ENBSeries
  • Step 5.5: added Medieval Candlehorns and Sconces
  • Step 5.6: added note to Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Soul Gems that it requires ENBSeries
  • Step 5.6: added mod order instructions to Ruins Clutter Improved – Fixes
  • Step 5.7: removed Mammoth Cheese Retexture (a better one is included with Cathedral – Plants)
  • Step 5.7: moved Realistic HD Mushrooms Remastered to Step 5.2
  • Step 5.7: added note to Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Deathbells and Nirnroots that it requires ENBSeries
  • Step 5.7: added note to Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Chaurus Eggs and Sacs that it requires ENBSeries
  • Step 5.7: added note to Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Moths that it requires ENBSeries
  • Step 8: re-added instructions to place Enhanced Landscapes under EARLY LOADER
  • Step 8: updated Enhanced Landscapes FOMOD instructions yet again
    • The plant textures collide with Cathedral – Plants and the Solstheim trees require 3D tree LOD (the guide now uses only regular tree LOD).
  • Step 8: Enhanced Landscapes is now optional (added note with warning / explanation)
  • Step 8: moved Majestic Mountains to Step 5.2
  • Step 8: moved Glorious Glaciers to Step 5.2
  • Step 8: removed LH’s DirtCliff Remaster
  • Step 8: removed LH’s DirtCliff Remaster – Majestic Mountains Complementary Texture
  • Step 8: added instructions to move Better Dynamic Majestic Mountains to PATCHES
  • Step 8: removed instructions to download the ELFX patch for Immersive Dawnguard Dayspring Pass
  • Step 10: general improvements, rephrased some parts, changed Obsidian Weathers for Cathedral Weathers
  • Step 10.3: rewrote the entire section for A Cathedralist’s ENB to replace the instructions for Ruvaak Dahmaan
  • Step 11: this is now Finalisation which was overhauled and split up
  • Step 11: Check for old form version (formerly 12.1) was moved to the New Game page
  • Step 11: Mod Order check for EARLY LOADERS (formerly 12.3) was moved to Step 14
  • Step 11: all ESL-ifying instructions were moved here to be done in one go, some plugins are now to be ESL-ified that were not previously
  • Step 12: this now contains merging instructions for the Landscape Fixes Patches (which previously had a separate page)
  • Step 12: removed Lighting Mods merge as most of the plugins it included are no longer in the guide
  • Step 13: this now contains ENB Light Patcher instructions which were previously on a separate page
  • Step 13.1: improved and simplified ENB Light Patcher installation instructions
  • Step 14: moved Distant Terrain (formerly Step 11) here
  • Step 14.2: removed Skyrim High Definition LODs (Cathedral Landscapes covers terrain LOD)
  • Step 14.4: DynDOLOD instructions are now for regular tree LOD only
  • Step 14.4.2: slightly changed instructions for DynDOLOD (place output below PATCHER OUTPUT separator instead of DISTANT TERRAIN)
  • Step 15: moved First Launch instructions here
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: cleaned out all edits related to ELFX
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: resolved conflicts between Luminosity and other mods
  • Separators: removed DISTANT TERRAIN separator (DynDOLOD Output is now moved to PATCHER OUTPUT)
  • Separators: moved the PATCHER OUTPUT separator to the Core Pack
  • Step 2: moved A Quality World Map here
  • Step 2: added A Quality World Map – Luminosity Patch
  • Step 2: linked to updated version of Enhanced No Poison Dialogue
  • Step 2: moved Dynamic Map Snow here
  • Step 2: moved Dawnguard Map Markers here
  • Step 3: this is now Overhauls, moved all mods from World Map to Step 2
  • Step 3: added Vokrii – Minimalistic Perks of Skyrim
  • Step 3: updated FOMOD instructions for Nether’s Follower Framework
  • Step 4: removed all instructions related to the Adopt Aventus Aretino – USSEP + RS Children patch
  • Step 4: added Adopt Aventus Aretino – USSEP + RS Children + Axe’s RS Children Patch
  • Step 6: moved Encounter Zones Unlocked here
  • Step 6: added Hybrid Encounter Zones
  • Step 8: removed Additional Instructions for Skyrim Skill Uncapper
    • There is reason to believe that loading the Uncapper through meh’s plugin loader does not work properly as no INI file is generated. We’ll go back to loading it through SKSE for now (unless any issues are found).
  • Step 8: removed Additional Instructions for the MLU – Uncapper Preset
  • Step 8: moved Missing Encounter Zones Fixed to Core, Step 11
  • Step 8: removed Encounter Zones Redone
    • This mod was replaced with Hybrid Encounter Zones which is now in Step 6.
  • Step 8: moved Encounter Zones Unlocked to Gameplay, Step 6
  • Step 8: removed instructions to download ChocolateNoodle’s Little Balance Mods – Better Reanimate and Illusion Spells
  • Step 8: updated download instructions for Spell Perk Restrictions (download Vokrii version)
  • Step 8: removed now redundant FOMOD instructions from Spell Perk Restrictions
  • Step 8: added (optional) Additional Instructions for Spell Perk Requirements
  • Step 9: this is now Sound (formerly Step 10), moved all CCOR-related mods to Step 3 and removed Smithing Perk Overhaul entirely
  • Step 9: removed instructions to download the Obsidian Weathers patch for Audio Overhaul Skyrim
  • Step 9: added Cathedral Weathers – Audio Overhaul Skyrim Patch
  • Step 9: added Immersive Horse Step Sounds
  • Step 9: added Ominous Dragon Soul Absorb Music
  • Step 9: added Lower Sounding Thieves Guild Door
  • Step 10: added Dragon Animation Replace
  • Step 11: added instructions for Simply Knock to delete its outdated DLLs
  • Step 11: updated Name Those Ash Piles download instructions
  • Step 11: linked to updated version of No Lockpick Activate
  • Step 12: this is now Finalisation
  • Step 12: moved Check for old form version (formerly 14.1) to the New Game page
  • Step 13: moved merges (Combat Tweaks and Harvest Overhaul Redone) here
  • Step 13.2.2: added note to disregard the missing master warning in MO2 after merging
  • Step 14: moved patcher instructions for ENB Light, Know Your Enemy and FNIS here
  • Step 14.2.1: simplified installation instructions for the KYE Patcher
  • Step 15: moved First Launch instructions here
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: stripped out all edits related to ELFX
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: resolved conflicts with Luminosity
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: removed left-over edits from the Exterior module of Missing Encounter Zones Fixed
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: resolved conflicts between Vokrii and Audio Overhaul for Skyrim, Harvest Overhaul Redone, Trade & Barter, WACCF and CCOR (massive thanks to Umgak who created all those patches)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: now comes packaged with a copy of  MineOreScript.pex (including source file) to merge CCOR and Vokrii changes (thanks again to Umgak who edited script)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: fixed some oversights in Spell Perk Requirements – Vokrii
  • Separators: removed CRAFTING and WORLD MAP separators
  • ESL Flag: slightly rephrased the Notes section
  • Mod Order: updated for The Phoenix Flavour 2.9
  • Updating Skyrim SE & SKSE64: created new page with version-independant updating instructions
    • Includes a list of mods that need to be updated as well, with links and sorted by module.
  • Console Commands: added new page to list all relevant commands in one place

Release 2.8.1

Main Features

Release date: 04.06.2019

  • Fixed a bunch of errors with the 2.8 release, corrected typos, updated instructions.
  • There is no blog post for this minor update.
  • No patches were updated.
  • Temporarily removed instructions for xLODGen from the guide.
    • The pre-generated LOD that ships with Cathedral Landscapes does fine for the moment. xLODGen will return with updated instructions.
  • Coming with The Phoenix Flavour 2.9:
    • Vokrii, EnaiSiaion’s new vanilla-plus perk overhaul
    • Cathedral Landscapes 3.0 with improved xLODGen instructions
    • switching out Obsidian Weathers for Cathedral Weathers
    • an overhaul for the Finalisation steps
  • Trello Board link names changed:
  • You can find a backup of the previous version of the guide here.
  • Step 10: updated download instructions for SSE Engine Fixes
  • Step 10: updated download instructions for Papyrus Extender
  • Step 3.3: updated pictures for BethINI (3.2) configuration
  • Step 3.3.4: added new tweak – Shadow Bias to 0.47
    • Helps hide ugly pyramid-shapes in snowy areas (source).
  • Step 5.4: added instructions to hide two textures from Ruins Clutter Improved
  • Step 6: updated download instructions for Frozen Electrocuted Combustion
  • Step 8: added instructions to download the Terrain LOD Textures for Landscapes – Cathedral Concept
  • Step 8: added instructions to also download and install the new RW2 ENB Textures
  • Step 8: removed Improved Water Performance
    • This and the RW2 ENB Textures are mutually exclusive. I might re-add it to a performance / no-ENB section in the future.
  • Step 8: removed Smooth Water Textures (not ENB compatible)
  • Step 11.1: temporarily removed instructions for xLODGen
  • Step 12.7: temporarily removed instructions to run xLODGen at this point
  • Step 6: removed Timing Is Everything – Afllicted Fix (no longer needed)
  • Step 14.3: removed warning about CR Patch missing a master (no longer applies)
  • Step 14.8: removed this step, it is not necessary to regenerate LOD at this point

Release 2.8

Main Features

Release date: 27.05.2019

  • Visuals reworked, yet again:
    • Nuked options. This module is now based on Obsidian Weathers and Cathedral Landscapes to improve landscape blending and performance. While Northern Grasses is undoubtedly prettier than Cathedral Landscapes grasses, it is also a lot more performance-hungry regardless of hardware.
    • Completely rebuilt Step 6 – Appearance – from scratch. Yes, WICO is gone now. Yes, I added CBBE. Apart from Vanilla NPCs SSE Ruhmastered there is now no single mod touching facegen. I will add an overhaul to Expansions later on to include WICO, EEO, Bjin and so on.
    • Shuffled around most steps for a better mod order.
    • FOMOD instructions for Enhanced Landscapes and Enhanced Vanilla Trees were simplified. We are now using my preferred tree setup, Custom Small with Vurts Foliage Retexture v4. A setup with green aspen trees is no longer possible but will return as an Expansion later on.
    • Locations (Step 9) was stripped and now only covers JKs Cities Lite, Arthmoor’s Towns and Distinct Interiors. This was done to keep the section in line with my general Vanilla-Plus approach. You can easily add any town / city overhauls on top yourself and there will be a section under Expansions where Quaint Raven Rock and other mods to cover towns and cities will be listed.
    • Completely rewrote the ENBSeries section. It is now based on ENB Man (a preset management tool), using Ruvaak Dahmaan as example for installation instructions.
  • Other changes:
    • I am slowly removing the Optional note from ESL-ifying instructions.
    • Added and removed many mods to / from all modules.
    • The Core module was updated and slightly expanded. I also moved two mods from Core to Gameplay (The Choice Is Yours and Genuinely Intelligent Soul Traps) that I felt should not be considered essential.
    • Removed most of rougeshot’s skeleton replacers from Gameplay, Step 12. They will be re-added as optional mods in Additions.
  • Step 3.3.4: added note that you should disable Skyrim SE’s godrays in favour of ENB godrays
  • Step 4.2.1: rewrote this step for the new Nexus API and MO2 2.2.0
  • Step 10: added note to PrivateProfileRedirector that it may cause issues with current versions of ENBSeries
  • Step 10: re-added Scaleform Translation Plus Plus (no longer messes up moreHUD)
  • Step 10: added Yes I’m Sure
  • Step 11: moved The Choice Is Yours to Gameplay, Step 6
  • Step 11: moved GIST to Gameplay, Step 4
  • Step 11: added ENB Brow Fix
  • Step 11: added ENB AO Clipping Fix
  • Step 11: added Double Sided Vertex Human Mouth Fix
  • Step 11: removed To Your Face
    • There have been multiple crashes that are very likely to have been caused by it. To be on the safe side, I’m replacing it with No NPC Greetings, a plugin-based and less elegant solution, but it definitely won’t crash.
  • Step 11: added No NPC Greetings
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: stripped out everything related to The Choice Is Yours (which is no longer part of the Core module)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: more consistency edits and two crash fixes for WACCF (thanks to mnikjom!)
  • Separators: updated for The Phoenix Flavour 2.8
  • Step 2: removed the main page, now only using the Obsidian Weathers setup
  • Step 2: removed Aequinoctium Weathers
  • Step 2: removed Obsidian Mountain Fogs
  • Step 3: added ELFX Fixes
  • Step 3: added Enhanced Lights and FX Fixed – ELFX Unused Objects Disabled
  • Step 3: updated ENB Light download and FOMOD instructions
  • Step 4: moved APPEARANCE here (formerly Step 6)
  • Step 4: removed WICO and WICO Cleanup Instructions
  • Step 4: removed Ethereal Elven Overhaul
  • Step 4: removed Ethereal Elven Overhaul – SSE Patches
  • Step 4: removed Cosmetic Vampire Overhaul
  • Step 4: removed Ruby Red Vampire Eyes
  • Step 4: added Caliente’s Beautiful Bodies Enhancer
  • Step 4: added CBBE WACCF Patch
  • Step 4: added Maevan2’s Mature Skin Texture for CBBE
  • Step 4: added SkySight Skins
  • Step 4: added Vanilla Makeup HD
  • Step 4: added Vanilla NPCs SSE Ruhmastered
  • Step 4: added Skyrim’s Ultimate Eye Meshes Ruhmastered (only optional vampire eyes red glow mesh)
  • Step 4: added Bed Head – A Vanilla Hair Replacement
  • Step 4: added Fangs and Eyes – A Vampire Appearance Mod
  • Step 4: added mod order and additional instructions for RS Children – CRF Patch
  •  Step 5.2: temporarily (?) removed MystiriousDawn’s Landscape Textures
    • This was done in an effort to lower the amount of different packs and get better matching textures.
  • Step 5.2: removed Real Snow HD 2k
  • Step 5.2: removed Just Ice
  • Step 5.2: moved Skyrim Landscape Overhaul – Stone Walls here
  • Step 5.4: updated download instructions for Underground (added new Whiterun Tower Fix)
  • Step 5.4: added CC’s Enhanced Ore Veins – Fixed Iron Ore Cubemap
  • Step 5.4: moved Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Bthardamz here
  • Step 5.4: moved ENB Particle Lights – Dwemer Lanterns here
  • Step 5.6: moved note from Book Covers Skyrim on TCIY patch to Gameplay, Step 6 (where TCIY has been moved)
  • Step 5.6: updated RUSTIC SOULGEMS FOMOD instructions
  • Step 5.6: moved Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Soulgems here
  • Step 5.6: moved ElSopa HD – Remade Better Dust Piles here
  • Step 5.6: moved JS Lockpicking UI here
  • Step 5.7: moved Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Deathbells and Nirnroots here
  • Step 5.7: moved Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Chaurus Eggs and Sacs here
  • Step 5.7: moved Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Moths here
  • Step 5.8: added instructions to download CBBE Meshes for Frankly HD Miraak
  • Step 5.8: added instructions to download CBBE Meshes for Frankly HD Nightingale
  • Step 5.8: added instructions to download CBBE Meshes for Frankly HD Dawnguard Armor
  • Step 5.9: removed Supreme Alduin (Bellyache’s Pack contains a retexture that is closer to vanilla)
  • Step 5.9: removed RUSTIC DRAGON CORPSE
  • Step 5.9: added Frankly HD Dragon Bones
  • Step 6: renamed to VISUAL FX (moved from Step 5.10 to Step 6)
  • Step 6: switched the the SE version of Voltage
  • Step 6: added Frozen Electrocuted Combustion
  • Step 6: added Frozen Electrocuted Combustion – Extra Crispy Retexture
  • Step 6: added Refracting Ice Form Debris
  • Step 6: moved Volcanic Heat Wave Effect here
  • Step 6: added Subtle Wind FX
  • Step 7: updated FOMOD instructions for EVT and EVT Billboards
  • Step 7: updated Rudy HQ – Falling Leaves and Needles to link to the new Nexus page
  • Step 8 (old): removed Grass Overhaul, Step 8 is now Landscape Overhaul
  • Step 8 (old): removed Northern Grass
  • Step 8 (old): removed Verdant
  • Step 8: removed Blended Roads (included in Landscapes – Cathedral Concept)
  • Step 8: updated Enhanced Landscapes FOMOD instructions (green aspen trees no longer an option)
  • Step 8: removed Rudy HQ – Falling Leaves and Needles – Green Texture
  • Step 8: updated download instructions for Majestic Mountains, removed note on Landscape Pack (it’s no longer optional)
  • Step 8: added Landscapes – Cathedral Concept
  • Step 8: added Glorious Glaciers
  • Step 8: updated FOMOD instructions for Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods – Arthmoor’s Town Patches
  • Step 8: moved Realistic Water Two here
  • Step 8: added Improved Water Performance
  • Step 8: moved Smooth Water Textures here, added note that it makes distant water seams in Solitude more visible
  • Step 8: Ashbound is now optional, added cleaning instructions
  • Step 8: updated Better Dynamic Majestic Mountains download instructions (mesh fix no longer available here – now on MM mod page)
  • Step 9: removed Better City Entrances
  • Step 9: removed Timber
  • Step 9: removed JK’s Skyhaven Forge
  • Step 9: removed Quaint Raven Rock
  • Step 9: removed Quaint Raven Rock – Ashbound Patch
  • Step 9: removed Opulent Thieves Guild
  • Step 10 (old): removed Skyland Watercolour (easier and better to use the RW2 Watercolour module)
  • Step 10 (old): removed Water HD (makes distant water seams look much more pronounced)
  • Step 10 (old): removed White Water HD (not necessarily an improvement)
  • Step 10 (old): moved all other mods from Step 10 to Step 8 and removed Step 10 – Water Overhaul
  • Step 10: this is now ENBSeries
  • Step 10: completely re-wrote this step from scratch, now based on ENB Man and Ruvaak Dahmaan
  • Step 11: this is now Distant Terrain
  • Step 11.1.1: fixed wrong output argument for SSELODGen (should be -o:”Filepath” and not -o “Filepath”)
  • Step 11.1.2: changed instructions so that you should no longer activate the SSE-Terrain-Tamriel ESM at this point
    • You do it when following the SSELODGen instructions on the Resources page later on to keep everything related contained on that page.
  • Step 12: this is now Finalisation
  • Step 12.5: added new merge (Lighting Mods)
  • Step 12.6: added note that you need to skip this step if you don’t run ENB Light
  • Step 12.7: linked to both DynDOLOD options, added note on difference between Regular and 3D LOD
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: consistency edits for WACCF, RS Children and Frankly HD Imperial Armor and Weapons (thanks to mnikjom)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: stripped out everything related to recently removed mods (WICO, EEO, The Choice Is Yours)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: other miscellaneous additions
  • Separators: updated for The Phoenix Flavour 2.8
  • Step 2: added instructions to Extended UI to hide file conflicting with More Informative Console
  • Step 4: added Guard Dialogue Overhaul Redux
  • Step 4: moved Genuinely Intelligent Soul Traps here (from Core, Step 11), added (optional) tag
  • Step 4: added Genuinely Intelligent Soul Traps – RUSTIC SOUL GEMS Patch
  • Step 6: replaced Timing Is Everything with the SSE Port (changed link, removed porting instructions, updated download instructions)
  • Step 6: moved The Choice Is Yours here (from Core, Step 11) as well as the note on the TCIY patch from Book Covers Skyrim
  • Step 6: updated Even Better Quest Objectives FOMOD instructions
  • Step 9: now using the No Artifacts main file for MLU, added explanation for that, added note that the Uncapper.ini is optional
  • Step 9: switched to using the Vanilla Fixes only file for Missing Encounter Zones Fixed, added note with explanation
  • Step 11: updated instructions for Audio Overhaul Skyrim (Aequinoctium Patch is no longer needed)
  • Step 11: added Audio Overhaul for Skyrim – ENB Light Patch
  • Step 11: fixed Realistic Husky Sounds ESL-ifying instructions mistakingly linking to re-saving instructions
  • Step 12: removed Heartland Horses
  • Step 12: removed Marvelous Mudcrabs
  • Step 12: removed Savage Bears
  • Step 12: removed Immersive Smilodons
  • Step 12: removed Nightmare Chaurus
  • Step 12: removed Supreme Chaurus Hunters
  • Step 12: removed Grave Gargoyles
  • Step 12: removed Heinous Ash Hoppers
  • Step 12: removed Bristleback Boars
  • Step 12: removed Riekling Reavers
  • Step 12: removed Riekling Roughriders
  • Step 12: removed Looming Lurkers
  • Step 12: added Werewolf Claws Affect Spider Webs
  • Step 13: added Quick Light
  • Step 13: added (SJG) Quick Light Patch
  • Step 13: added ENB Light – Quick Light Patch
  • Step 13: added Whose Quest Is It Anyway
  • Step 13: added Name Those Ash Piles
  • Step 13: added No Lockpick Activate
  • Step 14.5: added note that you need to skip this step if you don’t run ENB Light
  • Step 14.8: added instruction to delete all previous LOD [Output] folders, linked to both DynDOLOD pages
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: resolved conflicts for The Choice Is Yours and various mods (since TCIY was now moved to Gameplay)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: adjusted leveled lists and added WACCF consistency edits thanks to mnikjom & Umgak
  • Separators: updated for The Phoenix Flavour 2.8

Release 2.7.1

Main Features

Release date: 02.05.2019

  • Website rework
    • I have split up the website into ‘main site’ and guide section. This allows me to slot in more projects outside the guide (such as variations of it). In the future I might move the guide part of the website onto its own subdomain which will allow me to update it without having to update the main site. In addition to that I have touched up the guide pages a little as well as given it its own navigation menu.
  • Guide updates
    • As you can see from looking at the version number, this was a minor update. There were quite a few updates for mods where new versions were released and many fixes / improvements to other instructions. This should clear up most of the issues that people had over the last couple of weeks. I have also added and removed a small number of mods.
  • Step 3.4: this step (BethINI apply & close) is no longer separate – moved to 3.3.7
  • Step 4.2.2: moved to Step 5
  • Step 5: renamed to Customization
  • Step 5: added video and MO2 UI changes (from 4.2.2)
  • Step 9.2: re-added instructions to download BSArch for the Cathedral Assets Optimizer (it’s no longer included)
  • Step 9.3: Bethesda Archive Extractor is now optional, also added note with explanation
  • Step 9.9: Skyrim Performance Monitor is now optional until I have re-integrated instructions for it
  • Step 12: swapped around Check for Form Version (12.4 > 12.1) and Final Patch (12.1 > 12.4)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: updated (minor addition)
  • Step 2: completely rebuilt the Weather Overhaul main page and moved both options to separate pages (again)
  • Step 2: added Yee – A New Snowflake Mod
  • Step 3: removed Additional Instructions for STAC (no longer required)
  • Step 3: added instructions for ENB Lights to up the particle count in your INIs to prevent flickering
  • Step 4.3.1: fixed instruction wrongly indicating you needed an ENB for Aequinoctium Weathers specifically
  • Step 5.6: added instructions to hide meshes from Forgotten Retex Project that would overwrite Skyrim 3D Cooking
  • Step 5.8: removed aMidianBorn Blade of Woe (RAW already includes a retexture for the Blade of Woe)
  • Step 5.8: removed Dragonbone Mastery
  • Step 5.8: added Frankly HD Dragonbone – Armor and Weapons
  • Step 5.9: updated download and FOMOD instructions for True Wolves of Skyrim
  • Step 7: updated instructions for Bent Pines
  • Step 8: completely rebuilt the Grass Overhaul main page and moved both options to separate pages
  • Step 8: added Verdant as second option
  • Step 8: replaced Veydosebrom with Northern Grass
    • Vey is now hidden on both SSE and Classic Nexus. Northern Grass is brand-new and looks quite similar.
  • Step 9: updated instructions for Better Dynamic Majestic Mountains
  • Step 12.1.1: re-added instructions for the -o argument in SSEEdit
  • Step 12.1.2: simplified installation instructions for the SSE-Terrain-Tamriel ESM
  • Step 13: swapped around Check for Form Version (13.4 > 13.1) and Final Patch (13.1 > 13.4)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: not updated
  • Step 3: added note on why the Vivid and Paper variants of A Quality World Map are not currently supported
  • Step 7: simplified and fixed instructions for Disarming Traps is Dangerous
    • The method I originally wanted to use here was renaming the ESL to ESP which is faster than adding the ESL flag in xEdit and gives the same result (an ESP-FE) but I figured it would confuse people too much to deviate from the standard procedure.
  • Step 7: marked VioLens as optional (and added note on why I recommend it)
  • Step 9: fixed download instructions for Morrowloot Ultimate
  • Step 11: added instructions to remove the outdated SKSE plugin included with AOS
  • Step 11: marked Realistic Husky Sounds as (optional), no idea why it wasn’t already
  • Step 13: removed Make Helmets Optional
    • Enai’s upcoming perk overhaul Vokrii contains a much better, perk-based solution.
  • Step 14: swapped around Check for Form Version (14.3 > 14.1) and Final Patch (14.1 > 14.3)
  • Conflict Resolution Patch: updated (minor additions)

Release 2.7

Main Features

Release date: 19/04/2019

  • Patches: I have re-added many separate (third-party) patches to the guide. That means you have to download more files and ESL-ify a bunch more plugins which until now were merged into the Final Patch for each module. I thought having them pre-merged in the Final Patch would be more convenient for everyone, however people consistenly refuse to read and/or use their brain and keep asking me if they have to download this or that patch even though the guide doesn’t tell you to. Well, now you do have to download some of those patches again.
    • On a related note, I have also went back and renamed all of my patches to “Conflict Resolution Patch – {Module}.esp”. I promise I’ll stick to this naming scheme now and stop changing it…
  • Meshes: With the latest updates to both the Skyrim Particle Patch and other mods that conflict, we can now safely put it near the top of the mod order and overwrite it. This also means that the MESHES separator is pretty much redundant and we can move all mods below it back to their original separators where they will still overwrite the Particle Patch.
  • VSYNC: In recent versions of the guide, I covered this topic only vaguely which resulted in multiple cases of people reaching out to me for help with issues related to an unlocked frame rate. After investigating Havok Fix a little, I have found it to be sufficient for everyone in terms of capping framerate, forcing VSYNC and keeping the engine sane. Instructions on how to configure Havok Fix are now simplified significantly and relevant for everyone. Thanks to Slendy for testing this for me on a 144Hz monitor!
  • Merges: Instructions for all merges can now be found on separator Resources pages. This was done to reduced clutter on the Finalisation pages for each module.
  • Separators: With the re-introduction of separate patches, I have split up the patches area at the bottom of the load order. There are now three separators: PATCHES (for general third-party patches), CONFLICT RESOLUTION (for my guide-specific patches) and PATCHER OUTPUT (for the various output files generated by some mods).
  • Step 2.1: updated and improved Creation Kit installation instructions
  • Step 5.2: updated the separators order instructions
  • Step 9.1: updated zEdit instructions
  • Step 9.2: (temporarily?) removed MO2 Plugins
    • Disable Merged Plugins can be done with zMerge and Sync Mod Order does not seem to work with Mod Organizer 2.2.0.
  • Step 9.3: (now 9.2) updated instructions for Cathedral Assets Optimizer
  • Step 10: updated and improved instructions for Havok Fix
  • Step 10: moved More Informative Console here (from Gameplay, Step 2)
  • Step 10: removed Mod Order instructions for SSE Particle Patch
  • Step 10: moved Reduced FX Glow to Visuals, Step 3
  • Step 10: fixed filepath error in Enhanced Textures Detail instructions
  • Step 11: re-added To Your Face (the updated re-release)
  • Step 12.1: updated instructions for the renamed patch and new CONFLICT RESOLUTION separator
  • Step 12.3: removed Mod Order check for MESHES
  • Step 12.5: replaced merging instructions with link to separate page
  • Step 1.4: updated separators order
  • Step 3: moved Reduced FX Glow here (from Core, Step 10)
  • Step 3: updated Smoking Torches and Candles instructions, added FOMOD instructions
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Interior Floating Fog Remover
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Smoking Torches and Candles
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Embers HD
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for ENB Light
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Soul Gems, moved it to Visuals, Step 5.10
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Deathbells and Nirnroots, moved it to Visuals, Step 5.10
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Chaurus Eggs and Sacs, moved it to Visuals, Step 5.10
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Moths, moved it to Visuals, Step 5.10
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Bthardamz, moved it to Visuals, Step 5.10
  • Step 3: removed Mod Order instructions for ENB Particle Lights – Dwemer Lights, moved it to Visuals, Step 5.10
  • Step 3: added instructions to ENB Lights to increase particle count
  • Step 5.1: moved Ruins Clutter Improved to Step 5.4
  • Step 5.1: moved Ruins Clutter Improved – Fixes to Step 5.4
  • Step 5.6: added note on TCIY patch for BCS
  • Step 5.6: removed Mod Order instructions for Medieval Silverworks – STAC Patch
  • Step 6: added RS Children Patch Compendium – Cutting Room Floor Patch
  • Step 7: removed Mod Order instructions for Rudy SSE – Tweaked Falling Needles and Leaves Effect
  • Step 8: added instructions to download all required files for Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods
    • These plugins were previously included in the Final Patch.
  • Step 9: updated instructions for Majestic Mountains, updated FOMOD instructions (page 1+2)
  • Step 9: removed Additional Instructions from Majestic Mountains (no longer includes a noise.dds with the latest update)
  • Step 10: added instructions for the IDDP – ELFX Patch
  • Step 10: added Ashbound – Quaint Raven Rock Patch including mod order instructions
  • Step 11: added missing FOMOD instructions for Smooth Water Texture
  • Step 13.1: updated instructions for the renamed patch and new CONFLICT RESOLUTION separator
  • Step 13.3: removed Mod Order overview for MESHES separator (deprecated)
  • Step 13.5: added instructions to merge the patches for Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods
  • Step 13.6: updated ENB Lights Patcher instructions (now using the new separator)
  • Step 1.2: moved the WORLD SPACE separator below DISTANT TERRAIN
    • This was done in order to allow A Quality World Map to overwrite SSELODGen.
  • Step 1.2: added the new separators to the list as well as the numbers
  • Step 2: moved More Informative Console to Core, Step 10
  • Step 2: removed Additional Instructions from Clean Menu (no longer required)
  • Step 3: added instructions to unpack the BSA for A Quality World Map
  • Step 4: added instructions for the RDO – USSEP + CRF Patch
  • Step 4: added instructions for the CFTO – Arthmoor’s Dawnstar Patch
  • Step 5: removed BUVARP
    • At long last I have decided to remove this mod from the GAMEPLAY module, both because of the hassle it causes and the fact that it doesn’t really fit in. I intend to add the mod to the CONTENT module after cleaning out its facegen edits and merging it with all patches. It is published under the Cathedral license thankfully.
  • Step 5: added instructions for the Adopt Aventus Aretino – USSEP + RS Children Patch
    • With this change, Adopt Aventus Aretino is no longer a required mod.
  • Step 6: re-added Timing Is Everything – Afflicted Fix (was previously included in the Final Patch)
  • Step 6: added note to Even Better Quest Objectives that selecting any patches in the FOMOD is not necessary
  • Step 6: added note to Misc Quests to Misc Quests that downloading any patches from the mod page is not necessary.
  • Step 6: added note to Dawnguard – Tweaks & Enhancements that downloading the MQM patch is not necessary
  • Step 7: fixed confusing instructions for Disarming Traps Is Dangerous
  • Step 9: added note that it is not necessary to download the WICO and Unique Uniques patches for MLU
  • Step 9: added OMEGA – MLU Fixes (this was previously included in the Final Patch)
  • Step 9: updated Economy Overhaul instructions, added FOMOD instructions, added notes on patches
  • Step 11: added instructions to install the AOS patch for your weather overhaul and a note that you do not need the EBT patch
  • Step 11: added (optional) tag for Soultrap Sound Edit
  • Step 14.1: updated instructions for the new CONFLICT RESOLUTION separator
  • Step 14.5: updated instructions for the new separator
  • Step 14.6: updated instructions for the new separator
  • Step 14.7: updated instructions for the new separator
  • new naming scheme for the final patches: Conflict Resolution Patch – <Module>.esp
  • stripped out previously included patches from the VISUALS and GAMEPLAY final patches
  • fixed some more conflicts and updated the VISUALS and GAMEPLAY final patches
  • CORE – Separator Pack: removed PATCHES and MESHES, added CONFLICT RESOLUTION
  • VISUALS – Separator Pack: added PATCHES and PATCHER OUTPUT
  • updated numbers for some separators
  • updated loadorder.txt

Release 2.6.1

Main Features

Release date: 24/03/2019

  • Fixes and small updates.
  • Step 7: removed instructions to add SSEEdit64.exe to MO2 (we no longer need it for the WICO cleanup script)
  • Step 10: added instructions to delete the plugin for Skyrim Particle Patch
    • Thanks to mnikjom for making me aware that it is no longer required with ENB Helper!
  • Step 1.4: updated separator order (GRASS OVERHAUL was missing)
  • Step 6: updated WICO Cleanup script instructions (no longer need to launch the x64 version)
  • Step 13.3: updated mod order (Rudy HQ – Bthardamz was missing)
  • Step 1.2: updated separator order (GRASS OVERHAUL and MESHES were missing)
  • Step 2: switched download instructions for moreHUD and moreHUD Inventory Edition (I had mixed them up)
  • Step 8: fixed installation instructions for the MLU Uncapper preset (thanks nihues!)
  • Core – Final Patch: updated to 1.5.1
  • Visuals – Final Patch: updated to 2.2.2
  • update for the Gameplay patch coming soon (TM)
  • SSE Asset Optimizer: updated instructions and screenshot for latest release
  • Unpack BSAs: fixed a small but crucial error: the Archives tab is in the right pane of MO2, not the left one
  • Mod Order: Rudy HQ – Bthardamz was missing

Release 2.6

Main Features

Release date: 23/03/2019

  • I went through myself and completely reinstalled the guide. This resulted in tons of little fixes, I updated quite a few FOMODs (and added instructions where they were missing) as well as some shuffling around of mods for a better and more intuitive mod order.
  • At the same time, I updated the guide for the latest release of Skyrim Special Edition (1.5.73) and SKSE64 (2.0.15).
  • Removed some mods that would be redundant later on. The guide remains modular but to get a full overhaul, you obviously do need all modules.
  • The Visuals module saw some changes for its structure. I moved all Retexture steps to one page and added Grass Overhaul back into the guide, resulting in a total of 13 steps.
  • fixed links so that they are opened in a new tab (I’ll gradually update all links for this, it’s quite tedious)
  • added a new separator to group all mesh replacers including ENB Light mods together
  • Step 1.2: updated instructions and screenshot for Skyrim SE 1.5.73
  • Step 2.1: added instructions to replace CreationKit.exe with the one from the previous version
    • This ensures compatibility with the latest version of CK Fixes. These instructions will be removed once CK Fixes is updated.
  • Step 4.4: improved and updated the instructions
  • Step 5.1: added new MESHES separator
  • Step 10: linked to Mod Installation Tips article
  • Step 10: added notes to Performance Optimized Textures and Unofficial High Definition Audio Project to download files manually
    • MO2 sometimes messes up large mods and corrupts them, forcing you to re-download – better do it manually in the first place
  • Step 10: moved ENB Helper here (from Visuals, Step 4)
  • Step 10: temporarily removed NET Framework (hopefully it will be updated for SSE 1.5.73)
  • Step 10: updated Enhanced Textures Detail FOMOD instructions (Pages 2 + 3)
  • Step 10: improved potentially confusing Additional Instructions for Enhanced Textures Detail
  • Step 11: removed Follower Trap Safety (not needed with Nether’s Follower Framework)
  • Step 11: temporarily removed To Your Face from the guide (it hasn’t been updated for the latest version of SSE yet)
  • Step 11: temporarily removed Uninterrupted Invisibility from the guide (requires NET Framework which hasn’t been updated yet)
  • Step 11: temporarily removed Uninterrupted Ethereal Form from the guide (requires NET Framework which hasn’t been updated yet)
  • Step 11: removed SSE Character Specular Fix (pretty much everyone has an ENB installed anyway)
  • Step 12.3: updated Mod Order for the new MESHES separator
  • Step 12.4: added instructions to run the Check for old form version script
  • Step 2: added Wonders of Weathers FOMOD instructions
  • Step 2: removed Moon Glow
    • While I’m a fan of the concept, it doesn’t work too well with certain ENBs.
  • Step 2: added SkyGazer Moons
  • Step 2: added Rudy SSE – Sun Glare and Sun Lens Flare Disabler
  • Step 3: went back to Smoking Torches and Candles (the main file for both modules)
  • Step 3: moved Smoking Torches and Candles below Skyrim Particle Patch instead of hiding files
  • Step 3: added instructions to ESL-ify STAC.esp
  • Step 3: moved Embers HD here (from Step 14, Retextures, Miscellaneous)
  • Step 3: slightly changed the Additional Instructions
  • Step 3: moved ENB Light below Skyrim Particle Patch instead of hiding files
  • Step 3: updated ENB Light FOMOD instructions (we are using the Full version now)
  • Step 3: added instructions to ESL-ify ENB Light.esp
  • Step 3: moved all Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB mods here (from Step 14, Retextures: Miscellaneous)
  • Step 3: moved all Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB mods below Skyrim Particle Patch instead of hiding files
  • Step 3: moved ENB Particle Lights – Dwemer Lanterns here (from Step 14, Retextures: Miscellaneous)
  • Step 4: removed warning about SSE Character Specular Fix (mod is no longer in the guide)
  • Step 4: moved ENB Helper to Core, Step 10
  • Step 5: figured out a clean way to put all Retextures categories on one page which brings down the amount of Steps in Visuals to 13 from 21
  • Step 5.1: added notes to NobleSkyrimMod and SMIM to download files manually
  • Step 5.1: added missing FOMOD instructions for Ruins Clutter Improved
  • Step 5.2: updated the Download Instructions for Astral Aspects
  • Step 5.3: fixed RUSTIC MONUMENTS AND TOMBSTONES FOMOD instructions
  • Step 5.4: added note to Underground that it might be best to download the main file manually
  • Step 5.6: added Medieval Silverworks
  • Step 5.6: removed instructions to download Silverware for RUSTIC SILVERWARE from Rudy HQ – Miscellaneous
    • RUSTIC SILVERWARE (which is included in RUSTIC CLUTTER COLLECTION) now gets overwritten by Medieval Silverworks
  • Step 5.7: removed Realistic HD Beverages
  • Step 5.7: added Medieval Spirits
  • Step 5.8: updated Practical Female Armor FOMOD Page 1 (didn’t include steel plate armor option)
  • Step 5.8: fixed Gemling Queen Jewelry FOMOD instructions (now using 1k ring textures instead of 2k)
  • Step 6: updated the WICO FOMOD instructions (Page 2 – using the Less Flush Face Textures option now)
  • Step 6: now using the recently released SSE version of Brows, we are also keeping and ESL-ifying the plugin now
  • Step 6: updated the Improved Eyes Skyrim FOMOD (now using the Full version with additional, new eye colours)
  • Step 6: changed Download Instructions for A Smile HD (now downloading the 512×512 version instead of 1k)
  • Step 6: updated instructions for Beards, added instructions to ESL-ify the plugin
  • Step 7: updated the Mod Order instructions for Rudy SSE – Tweaked Falling Needles and Leaves Effect for the new MESHES separator
  • Step 8: re-added the Grass Overhaul section
  • Step 8: updated Veydosebrom FOMOD instructions (page 2 + 3)
    • You are no longer encouraged to choose between the Vanilla and Spring editions, the Vanilla one is now standard. This is because the Spring edition also includes tree, landscape and LOD textures, going beyond the scope of the mod and conflicting with other mods.
  • Step 8: added missing instructions to re-save the Veydosebrom plugin
  • Step 9: added Additional Instructions to Majestic Mountains to hide its noise.dds to use the one from Skyrim High Definition LODs
  • Step 9: removed Additional Instructions from LHs DirtCliffs Remastered (they were already moved to Enhanced Textures Detail)
  • Step 9: removed Additional Instructions for Volcanic Tundra (the conflicting mesh is no longer included with the Particle Patch)
  • Step 9: removed Mod Order instructions from Immersive Dawnguard Dayspring Pass (no longer necessary)
  • Step 10: changed download instructions for Distinct Interiors, downloading the main file now
  • Step 10: removed Additional instructions for Distinct Interiors (no longer necessary with Distinct Interiors – Fixes)
  • Step 10: added Distinct Interiors – Fixes
    • Mnikjom kindly uploaded a version without changes to the Thieves Guild HQ for compatibility with Opulent Thieves Guild at my request.
  • Step 13: improved SSELODGen instructions
  • Step 13.3: updated EARLY LOADER order and replaced LATE LOADER order with MESHES order
  • Step 13.5: added instructions for the ENB Light zEdit Patcher
  • Step 13.6: merged SSELODGen and DynDOLOD instructions into one step
  • Step 2: changed download instructions for moreHUD – Inventory Edition (now using the Loose Files version)
  • Step 3: removed Additional Instructions for Nether’s Follower Framework (they refer to a mod that is no longer in the guide)
  • Step 6: (temporarily?) removed Whose Quest Is It Anyway which requires Scaleform Translation Plus Plus which in turn breaks moreHUD
  • Step 6: removed instructions to ESL-ify More Radiant Quests for the Companions (I already did that with the original ESPs)
  • Step 7: temporarily removed Armor Rating Redux (the author confirmed they will be updating it for 1.5.73 eventually)
  • Step 7: edited Download Instructions for Improved Traps (you can now download either main file)
  • Step 9: added instructions to download the MLU uncapper profile (until the guide gets a custom one)
  • Step 9: updated instructions for the latest version of Enchanting Adjustments
  • Step 10: improved instructions for CCOR – Fixed Scripts
  • Step 10: temporarily removed Crafting Skill Leveling Overhaul until NET Framework (on which the mod depends) is updated
  • Step 11: fixed Realistic Husky Sounds instructions (missing link)
  • Step 12: fixed XMPSE FOMOD Instructions (Page 7), removed Additional Instructions (no longer necessary)
  • Step 13: added warning to SkyTweak
  • Step 13: fixed Installation Instructions for Dragon Remains, removed Additional Instructions (no longer required)
  • Step 13: removed Additional Instructions for Simply Knock (no longer necessary)
  • Step 13: added Simply Knock SKSE64 DLL
  • Step 14: added ENB Light zEdit Patcher instructions
  • Universal Load Order TXT: updated to 1.3
  • Core – Separators: updated to 1.4
  • Visuals – Separators: updated to 1.3
  • Gameplay – Separators: updated to 1.2
  • Gameplay – Final Patch: updated to 2.3.1
  • Mod Installation Tips: added this new page
  • SSELODGen: improved instructions and added screenshot to clarify which part you need to check in Lexy’s guide
  • Mod Order: re-added full mod order page for reference

Release 2.5

Main Features

Release date: 16/03/2019

  • The Gameplay module is back!
    • Better balancing – Advanced Adversary Encounters was replaced with High Level Enemies for better early- and late-game combat.
    • Swapped out several mods for better alternatives – such as Convenient Horses for Immersive Horses.
    • Now includes the fantastic Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade by kryptopyr!
    • With the inclusion of FNIS and XPMSE you can now easily add any animation mods you like.
  • Other improvements:
    • Fixed mod order, improved instructions and added another mod for a Green Aspen Trees setup.
    • Added some recently released mods to the Visuals module.
    • Removed the last remnants of my attempts to create little mod packs: the Fix Pack and my Tweaks collection.
    • Fixed tons of links, inconsistencies and oversights.
  • some layout improvements, additional notes
  • Step 1.1: added link to instructions for second Steam library on one partition (thanks Auri!)
  • Step 6.1: edited instructions to download the correct version of SKSE for the guide’s currently supported version of Skyrim (1.5.62)
  • Step 8.3: removed instructions to manually clean Dawnguard.esm
  • Step 9.3: removed instructions to download NifScan for SSE Asset Optimizer (the latest version includes it)
  • Step 10: added instructions to hide Dirtcliffs folder from Enhanced Textures Detail (moved here from Visuals, Step 17)
  • Step 11: removed my fix pack and put up all the mods separately again to avoid some confusion
  • Step 11: removed Enchanting Bug Fix (formerly in the Fix Pack) which will now be installed in Gameplay, Step 10
  • Step 11: added Multiple Floors Sandboxing (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Move It Dammit (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added No More Standing Too Close SSE (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added No Animals Report Crimes (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Raven Rock – Fix Exit on Horseback (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added No Spinning Death Animation (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Dawnguard Don’t Hunt Cured Vampires (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Don’t Talk With Your Mouth Full (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Charge Dialogue Fix (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Improved Disabled Race Scaling (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Roadside Thief Simple Armor (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Dawnguard Vampire Attacks Fix (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: added Random Encounter Tweaks (formerly in the Fix Pack)
  • Step 11: moved Mannequins Stay Put here (from Gameplay, Step 13, Miscellaneous)
  • Step 11: removed my Fix Merge BSA and put up all the mod separately
  • Step 11: added Wood Elf – Male Hair Fix (formerly in the Fix Merge BSA)
  • Step 11: added 3rd Person Dual Wield Animation Fix (formerly in the Fix Merge BSA)
  • Step 11: added Quiet Dog (formerly in the Fix Merge BSA)
  • Step 11: added Dragon Stalking Fix (formerly in the Fix Merge BSA)
  • Step 11: removed 1st Person Candlelight Fix (formerly in the Fix Merge BSA), it gets overwritten by ENB Light
  • Step 11: removed Bard Instrumentals Only – Sing Upon Request
  • Step 11: added Bard Instrumentals Mostly – Sing Rarely
  • Step 12.4: edited the instructions for the latest changes in Step 11
  • fixed some instructions
  • Step 1.4: updated separator order, it was outdated
  • Step 7: added HQ Solitude
  • Step 7: added Real 3D Walls
  • Step 7: moved ElSopa – Realistic Dark Elf Urns to Step 8, Caves & Dungeons
  • Step 8: added Ancient Pottery
  • Step 13: moved Immersive Dragons to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Heartland Horses to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Savage Bears to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Immersive Smilodons to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Nightmare Chaurus to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Supreme Chaurus Hunters to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Supreme Vampire Lord to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Grave Gargoyles to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Heinous Ash Hoppers to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Bristleback Boars to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Riekling Reavers to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Riekling Roughriders to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 13: moved Looming Lurkers to Gameplay, Step 12
  • Step 14: added Holy Wards
  • Step 14: added ENB Particle Lights – Dwemer Lanterns
  • Step 15: added missing FOMOD instructions for Improved Eyes Skyrim
  • Step 16: added note on green aspen trees to the EVT FOMOD instructions
  • Step 16: added Rudy SSE – Tweaked Falling Needles and Leaves Effect
  • Step 17: removed instructions to move Enhanced Landscapes to EARLY LOADER (so that it overwrites EVT in the mod order)
  • Step 17: removed instructions to move Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods to EARLY LOADER (mod order is irrelevant for this one anyway)
  • Step 17: added Rudy SSE – Falling Leaves – Green Texture
  • Step 17: Blended Road now comes before Majestic Mountains in mod and load order
  • Step 17: updated instructions for Majestic Mountains
  • Step 17: moved instructions to delete DirtCliffs folder from Enhanced Textures Detail to Core, Step 10
  • Step 19: removed HD Water by MystiriousDawn (for simplicity’s sake)
  • Step 20.2: removed -o argument from DynDOLOD’s executables
  • added instructions to ESL-ify some of the plugins
  • a few more mods had their (optional) flag removed
  • Step 2: added RaceMenu
  • Step 2: edited the customization instructions for SkyHUD
  • Step 3: separated world map changes from the User Interface section and moved them to their own Step
  • Step 3: moved Dawnguard Map Markers here (from Step 13, Miscellaneous)
  • Step 3: added Dynamic Map Snow
  • Step 4: added Immersive Horses
  • Step 4: added Andromeda – Standing Stones of Skyrim
  • Step 4: removed Convenient Horses
  • Step 4: removed Ars Metallica
  • Step 5: added instructions to hide conflicting facegen files from BUVARP
  • Step 5: Immersive Patrols is now optional
  • Step 5: added Immersive Patrols – Plugin Replacer
  • Step 5: added My Home Is Your Home 2Plus
  • Step 5: removed My Home Is Your Home
  • Step 6: removed my Timing Is Everything preset
  • Step 6: removed Timing Is Everything – Afflicted Fix (this is now included in the Final Patch)
  • Step 6: added Hide Those Futile Quests
  • Step 6: added Whose Quest Is It Anyway
  • Step 6: More Radiant Quests For The Companions is now its own mod and no longer available on the guide mod page
  • Step 7: removed Advanced Adversary Encounters
  • Step 7: removed Advanced Adversary Encounters – Optional Balancing Patch
  • Step 7: removed Advanced Adversary Encounters – Patch Pack
  • Step 7: added High Level Enemies
  • Step 7: removed instruction to rename Mortal Enemies plugin (the AAE patch that depends on different name is no longer in the guide)
  • Step 7: added instructions to change the plugin from Disabling Traps Is Dangerous from ESL to ESP-FE
  • Step 7: removed instructions to install Follower Trap Safety Patch for Improved Traps
  • Step 8: split off the creature-related mods from Step 7, Combat, to their own section
  • Step 9: removed The Phoenix Flavour – GAMEPLAY – Tweaks (and added the included mods separately)
  • Step 9: added Skyrim Alchemy Fixed
  • Step 9: added Enchanting Adjustments
  • Step 9: only one choice for encounter zones (Encounter Zones Redone)
  • Step 9: added Missing Encounter Zones Fixed
  • Step 9: removed Simple Magic Rebalance
  • Step 9: now using the SSE port of Trade & Barter
  • Step 9: Harvest Overhaul Redone is no longer optional
  • Step 9: added HOR Flora Respawn Fix Patch (this will be merged into one big HOR plugin)
  • Step 9: ChocolateNoodle’s Little Balancing Mods is no longer optional
  • Step 9: moved Crafting Skill Leveling Overhaul to Step 10, Crafting
  • Step 9: moved Smithing Perks Overhaul to Step 10, Crafting
  • Step 9: added Night Eye Overhaul – Plugin Replacer
  • Step 9: removed The Phoenix Flavour – GAMEPLAY – Night Eye Overhaul Replacer Plugin
  • Step 10: added Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade
  • Step 10: added CCOR – Script Fix
  • Step 10: added Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade – SSE Patch
  • Step 10: moved Smithing Perk Overhaul here (from Step 9, Balancing)
  • Step 10: moved Crafting Skill Leveling Overhaul here (from Step 9, Balancing)
  • Step 11: added Heart of the Beast – Werewolf Sound and Texture Overhaul
  • Step 11: added Lower Sounding Thieves Guild Door
  • Step 12: added this section, Skeleton & Animation
  • Step 12: added Fores New Idles in Skyrim
  • Step 12: added XP32 Maximum Skeleton Special Extended
  • Step 12: moved Immersive Dragons here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Heartland Horses here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Savage Bears here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Immersive Smilodons here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Nightmare Chaurus here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Supreme Chaurus Hunters here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Supreme Vampire Lord here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: changed instructions for Supreme Vampire Lord to download the XP32 main file
  • Step 12: moved Grave Gargoyles here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Heinous Ash Hoppers here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Bristleback Boars here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Riekling Reavers here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Riekling Roughriders here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 12: moved Looming Lurkers here (from Visuals, Step 13)
  • Step 13: added SkyTweak
  • Step 13: removed Simply Balanced
  • Step 13: removed Dynamic Equipment Manager (too buggy)
  • Step 13: removed Belt-Fastened Quivers (now included in XPMSSE)
  • Step 13: moved Dawnguard Map Markers to Step 3, World Map
  • Step 13: moved Mannequins Stay Put to Core, Step 11, Fixes
  • Step 14: now includes all steps required to finish up, including FNIS and the KYE zEdit patcher

You can find detailed changelogs for the guide-specific files here.

  • Universal Load Order TXT: updated to 1.2
  • Core – Fix Pack: removed, mods are included separately now
  • Core – Fix Merge BSA: removed, mods are included separately now
  • Visuals – Final Patch: updated to 2.2.1
  • Gameplay – Separators: updated to 1.1
  • Gameplay – Tweaks Pack: removed, mods are included separately now
  • Gameplay – Final Patch: updated to 2.3
  • SSE Asset Optimizer: updated instructions and screenshot for latest version
  • DynDOLOD: fixed output instructions
  • re-implemented search function down by the footer (it’s somewhat rudimentary at the moment)
  • improved Getting Started page

Release 2.4

Main Features

Release date: 10/03/2019

  • New website!
    • Now using the Jupiter X theme for better customisability.
    • Less bright color scheme.
    • Mega menu for the guide! Yes it’s quite simple right now, but I’ve wanted one for ages.
    • New host allowing me to create more subdomains.
    • Updates will now be more substantial since I can work on them over a longer time using a copy of the website on a subdomain.
  • Guide updates:
    • New, improved layout.
    • Integrated the recently released SSE Asset Optimizer for converting meshes and compressing textures.
    • Most of the instructions were changed in some way. Added many pictures as well.
    • New sidebar menu for each module to easily keep an track of your progress.
    • The process of sorting your mod and load order is now much simpler and faster.
    • Utilizing new separate Resources pages to improve the flow of the guide.
    • A multitude of mods were added and some removed.
    • The very first step when beginning to install the guide is now the Getting Started page.
    • I’m shifting focus to the aspects modularity and seamlessness. If you are looking for a guide with many options, I suggest Nordic Skyrim.
  • There are now twelve (12) steps in total.
  • Step 2.3: added first launch instructions for the CK to cover extraction of scripts archive
  • Step 3.3: updated the instructions for BethINI 3.0
  • Step 3.3: added instructions to disable the Bethesda Modding Platform through new INI tweak
  • Step 3.7: removed the water opacity tweak, it will be added to Troubleshooting as a fix for when it’s needed
  • Step 5.2: added optional instructions to install my MO2 Custom Categories
  • Step 7.2: added instructions to install mator’s mteFunctions.pas
  • Step 7.3: added optional instructions to install the Ref Count script
  • Step 8: replaced the ESM Cleaning section with the new, simplified method for xEdit 4.0+ (thanks to DarkSkyViking)
  • Step 8: this step is no longer optional
  • Step 9: removed Merge Plugins Standalone (we are using zEdit’s merging functionality now)
  • Step 9: removed SSE NIF Optimizer (replaced with SSE Asset Optimizer)
  • Step 9: removed Windows Texture Viewer (replaced with the more reliable Honeyview)
  • Step 9: removed ENB Man (was moved to Visuals)
  • Step 9: removed LOOT (should not have been here to begin with)
  • Step 9: added Mod Organizer 2 Plugins
  • Step 9: added SSE Assets Optimizer (recently released tool, includes SSE NIF Optimizer)
  • Step 10: slightly changed the mod order
  • Step 10: added link to my own VSYNC settings with Inspector to Havok Fix customization
  • Step 10: updated the Enhanced Textures Detail FOMOD instructions (we’re using the full package now)
  • Step 10: added Wide MCM Menu for SkyUI
  • Step 10: removed Scaleform Translation Plus Plus (not a hard requirement for Quick Loot and breaks moreHUD)
  • Step 10: removed Lucidity Sound FX (inconsistent in terms of quality, will most replaced by Audio Overhaul Skyrim)
  • Step 10: removed SkyUI Away (too much of a niche mod)
  • Step 10: removed No More Creation Club News (no longer needed since BethINI 3.0+ includes an INI edit that does basically the same)
  • Step 11: added instructions to unpack the Modern Brawl Bug Fix archive and delete the BSA + ESP
  • Step 11: removed Water Seam Fix (doesn’t seem to help much and conflicts heavily with Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods)
  • There are now twenty-one (21) steps in total.
  • Added instructions to ESL-ify many of the smaller plugins.
  • Cut down on the variety of options to streamline the guide further.
  • The checkpoints are missing right now. In order to push this update sooner, I put them on my list of things to add later.
  • Step 1: moved INI tweaks to Core (3.3) so that you only need to run and configure BethINI once
  • Step 1.4: added instructions to install custom separators
  • Step 2: nuked most options, choose between Obsidian and Aequinoctium weathers
  • Step 2: removed Natural and Atmospheric Tamriel
  • Step 2: removed Mythical Ages
  • Step 2: added Skyrim Textures Redone – Enhanced Night Sky
  • Step 2: added Night Skies – Stars and Galaxies
  • Step 3: no more options for lighting, ELFX is the standard now
  • Step 3: removed Relighting Skyrim
  • Step 3: removed Luminosity
  • Step 3: moved Smoking Torches here from Retextures (and removed the Candles module)
  • Step 3: added ENB Light
  • Step 4: removed instructions to change ENB hotkeys, this will be covered in Resources at some point
  • Step 4.2: added ENB Helper
  • Step 5: added High Poly Project
  • Step 5: added Revamped Assets Skyrim
  • Step 6: added MystiriousDawn’s HD Skyirm
  • Step 6: added HD Lava for Dawnguard
  • Step 6: added Real Snow HD (the main file)
  • Step 6: added Just Ice
  • Step 6: added High Poly Pebbles
  • Step 6: added Skyrim 3D Icefloes
  • Step 6: added Sea of Ghosts 3D Icefloes
  • Step 6: added Skyrim 3D High Hrothgar Steps
  • Step 6: removed Landscape Overhaul HD
  • Step 6: removed Better Pebbles
  • Step 7: added Windhelm Enhanced – HD 4k Metalwork
  • Step 7: added RUSTIC MONUMENTS AND TOMBSTONES
  • Step 7: added Pfuscher’s Manhole Texture
  • Step 7: added Chantry College of Winterhold
  • Step 7: added Sovngarde HD 2k
  • Step 7: added Skyrim 3D Signs
  • Step 7: added SkyFix – HD Blacksmith Signs
  • Step 7: added RUSTIC EAST EMPIRE COMPANY SIGNAGE
  • Step 7: added Training Dummies Retexture
  • Step 8: added Gecko’s Dwarven Ruins Textures
  • Step 8: removed CC’s HQ Caves
  • Step 8: removed CC’s HQ Mines Redone
  • Step 9: added Skyrim 3D Cooking
  • Step 9: added RUSTIC ENCHANTING AND ALCHEMY TABLE
  • Step 10: added Aetherial Crown by Saerileth – Plugin Replacer
  • Step 10: added MAPS
  • Step 10: added Business Ledger HD Retexture
  • Step 10: added BLOODSTONE CHALICE REBORN
  • Step 10: added JS Dragon Claws – Patches
  • Step 12: added Unique Uniques – Replacer Plugin
  • Step 12: added aMidianBorn Blade of Woe
  • Step 12: added Frankly HD Miraak
  • Step 12: added Masks of the Dovah Sonaak
  • Step 12: added CC’s HQ Guard Shields
  • Step 12: added Falmer Weapons for aMidianBorn Book of Silence
  • Step 12: added Remiros’ Ancient Falmer Armor HD
  • Step 12: added aMidianBorn Stormcloak Officer Armour
  • Step 12: added CL’s Lord Harkon’s Vampire Blade
  • Step 12: added Outlandish Chitin Armour
  • Step 12: added JS Barenziah
  • Step 12: removed 4k Dragon Priest Masks (replaced with Masks of the Dovah Sonaak)
  • Step 12: removed Ennead – Shields (replaced with CC’s HQ Shields)
  • Step 12: removed Aetherial Crown (included in Forgotten Retex Project)
  • Step 13: added Bellyache’s HD Dragon Replacer Pack
  • Step 13: added Supreme Alduin
  • Step 13: added Immersive Dragons
  • Step 13: added The Elder Scrolls V Rewritten – Arvak
  • Step 13: added Heartland Horses
  • Step 13: added Marvelous Mudcrabs
  • Step 13: added Savage Bears
  • Step 13: added Immersive Smilodons
  • Step 13: added Nightmare Chaurus
  • Step 13: added Supreme Chaurus Hunters
  • Step 13: added HD Horker
  • Step 13: added Supreme Vampire Lord
  • Step 13: added Grave Gargoyles
  • Step 13: added Unique Barbas
  • Step 13: added Heinous Ash Hoppers
  • Step 13: added Bristleback Boars
  • Step 13: added Riekling Reavers
  • Step 13: added Riekling Roughriders
  • Step 13: added Looming Lurkers
  • Step 13: removed Realistic Horse Breeds (will later on be included in Immersive Horses – GAMEPLAY module)
  • Step 14: changed instructions for Ultimate HD Fire Effects, using the Classic Skyrim version now
  • Step 14: added Voltage
  • Step 14: added Deadly Spell Impacts
  • Step 14: added Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Soul Gems
  • Step 14: added Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Deathbell and Nirnroot
  • Step 14: added Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Chaurus Eggs and Sacs
  • Step 14: added Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Moths
  • Step 14: added Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Bthardamz
  • Step 14: added ElSopa HD – Remade Better Dustpiles
  • Step 14: removed Dust Effects by HHaley
  • Step 14: removed Fire and Flame Decals
  • Step 14: removed Ash Pile Retexture
  • Step 15: fixed WICO cleanup instructions (now using SSEEdit64.exe to prevent the script from running into an error)
  • Step 15: added Forgotten Argonian Roots – FOMOD
  • Step 15: added Argonian Improvements SSE – Horns
  • Step 16: nuked SFO, now Enhanced Vanilla Trees is standard
  • Step 16: switched to Bent Pines SSE version
  • Step 16: added Skyrim 3D Gildergreen
  • Step 17: moved grass overhaul here, Veydosebrom (Classic Skyrim version) is now standard
  • Step 18: combined Cities – Villages with Other Locations and Interiors since the latter category was so small
  • Step 18: added Timber
  • Step 18: Quaint Raven Rock is temporarily not optional
  • Step 18: removed Old Hroldan Inn (will return in an ‘expansion’ or ‘additional mods’ category)
  • Step 18: removed Whitewatch Tower Reborn (will return in an ‘expansion’ or ‘additional mods’ category)
  • Step 18: Opulent Thieves Guild is temporarily not optional
  • Step 19: once again, removed the choice and Realistic Water Two is now standard
  • Step 19: removed HD Water – The Cathedral Concept
  • Step 19: added Skyland Watercolor
  • Step 19: added HD Water Textures by MystiriousDawn
  • Step 19: added Smooth Water Texture
  • Step 20: we are now using both xLODGen (for terrain LOD) and DynDOLOD (for object and tree LOD)
  • Step 21: new Finalisation page and instructions

You can find detailed changelogs for the guide-specific files here.

  • Creation Kit Custom INI: removed, we are now using a different one already uploaded on the Nexus
  • SKSE INI: removed, we are now using a different one already uploaded on the Nexus
  • Custom Categories for MO2: new
  • Core – Separators: updated to 1.3
  • Core – Fix Pack: updated to 1.2
  • Core – Final Patch: updated to 1.5
  • Visuals – Separators: updated to 1.2
  • Visuals – Final Patch: updated to 2.2
  • Visuals – Plugin Replacer Pack: removed, I have uploaded some of the replacers separately to the Nexus