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Minimal Immersive Morrowloot Explorer's Guide v0.5.0 (WIP)
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About MIME:Guide

This guide is modular, but care has to be taken with patches when used that way
This is a work in progress, some patches may have been missed, there might be some compatibility issues

This is my personal STEP setup, designed (hopefully) to run well on an outdated system, while adding content, improving gameplay and increasing immersion.

It's a combination of:

  • Selected STEP:Guide mods
  • Pack:Explorers Guide (new and improved lands, locations, quests and NPCs)
  • Pack:Modular Morrowloot Overhaul (deleveled, immersion, new equipment, overhauled and rebalanced skills, powers and magic)
  • Additional mods to improve gameplay, increase immersion, and add content
  • Steps 2-4 can be substituted for the original guides; Steps 3-5 can be skipped entirely
    • Note that the guide's instructions may no longer be accurate if you substitute or skip Steps

Main Features

  • Minimal STEP setup
  • Few HD/HQ mods
  • Lore-friendly
  • Deleveled Skyrim
  • Immersion
  • Expanded towns, cities and more, including TES: Arena Skyrim locations
  • New lands: Falskaar, Wyrmstooth, forests of Elsweyr, parts of Cyrodiil and High Rock
  • More and Improved gameplay and content
  • Pure Waters/Weather

System Used for MIME:Guide

With this system I get about 60FPS most of the time.
Note that everything has been set to the lowest possible setting (including Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering), except:

  • Detail:
    • Texture Quality: Medium
    • Water - Reflect Sky enabled
  • View Distance:
    • Object Fade: 9
    • Actor Fade: 10
    • Grass Fade: 1
    • Specularity Fade: 1
    • Light Fade: 26
    • Item Fade: 7


Hardware
Windows OS Windows 7 x64
CPU Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.4GHz
System RAM 4GB DDR2, 400Mhz
GPU nVidia GeForce 8800GT
Monitor Resolution 1680x1050

Miscellaneous Info

Overhaul - so far:

  • Current Plugin count:
  • Mod size: 14.6 GB

v0.4.2:

  • Current Plugin count:
    • Active: 240
    • Total: 243
    • Reduced by 10 thanks to Merging User Reports (included in instructions).
    • Does not include WIP (not playable) mods - colour-coded red.
  • Mod size: 15.9 GB

Mod Tables Legend

Mod Name Instructions
Mod Name Notes and Instructions
Core Mod Core mods are indicated by the presence of a green-ish vertical bar in the row at the immediate left-hand column of the table.
Aesthetic Mod Mods that are purely aesthetic. Only to be installed if your system can handle some extra strain.
Do not install These are mods that are not recommended for install because they are unfinished, non-functional, incompatible, or for some other reason. Included for reference.
Mod Name Shortened version (where applicable) of Nexus mod name presented as a link to Nexus for download.
Notes Instructions for mod installation.

For STEP: Brief notes that apply to the mod or installation. In some cases, mods with many alternative options will include a suggested option. These suggestions will take the form of: "STEP recommends 'Option A'." In other cases, there may only be one appropriate alternative option that fits the STEP Mandate. These instructions will take the form of: "Use 'Option A'."


STEP 1

Pre-Installation Setup

NOTE: This guide assumes all DLCs are installed!

1.A. Tips

  • Mod Organizer:
    • When merging or reinstalling mods, check that the plugins are properly enabled.
    • Do not fix "Potential Mod order problems" in MO.
  • TES5Edit:
    • Do not clean plugins twice with TES5Edit, unless specifically instructed to do so by LOOT warnings or instructions from this guide.
    • Some plugins should not be cleaned, always check LOOT report messages before cleaning plugins without LOOT warnings or instructions from this guide.
  • Skyrim:
    • Regularly make backup saves, place them in separate folders for each character
      • Clean out the Saves folder if you're sure there's nothing important in there
    • Clean your save when uninstalling mods.
    • Use [*] to show FPS, [f4] to clear VRAM (if using ENBoost).

1.B. Install Steam & Skyrim

Detailed Information --> Skyrim Installation Guide

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Related Videos:

STEP recommends installing Skyrim to an SSD, if available, and preferably on a separate drive/partition than the Operating System is installed on (i.e. instead of installing to the C: drive, install it to D:, E:, etc). If a separate drive/partition is unavailable, avoid installing Steam and Skyrim in "C:\Program Files" or "C:\Program Files (x86)" folders since Windows User Account Control [UAC] will cause issues with a modded Skyrim.

Skyrim is installed through Steam, and this can be done on one of two ways:

  1. Purchase the physical Skyrim DVD from a retailer - Run "Setup.exe," and follow the on-screen instructions to install Steam and Skyrim (see second video link above).
  2. Install Steam and purchase the digital media from the Steam store - Navigate to the Steam website, download the installer, and launch "SteamSetup.exe" (see first video link above). Once Steam is installed, use the Steam search bar to search for "Skyrim" to purchase and install the game (see second video link above).
Info-Logo.png      Notice:If Steam/Skyrim are installed according to these instructions and Mod Organizer (MO) is used according to recommendations in the STEP Guide, then backup procedures and security changes are optional and not necessary. Nevertheless, these procedures are mentioned in the video guides above.

1.B.1. Security Settings

Since User Account Control can prevent some tools from working correctly, it is recommended to edit the security settings of your skyrim directory to give Users full control. To do this:

  1. Find your skyrim directory (normally located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\).
  2. Right-click the skyrim folder and select Properties.
  3. Go to the Security tab and click Edit...
  4. Highlight Users (<username>\Users) in the top panel.
  5. In the bottom panel, under the Allow column for Full Control, check the checkbox and click Apply.
  6. Click OK and OK and you're done.

1.C. Skyrim Launcher Options

Detailed Information --> Skyrim Launcher Guide

As a quick-start to installing STEP, simply launch Skyrim from Steam to initialize the auto-detection process, and accept the preset. Launch the game to the main menu and quit before continuing to 1.C. Make certain that the preset Antialiasing is no greater than 4x (4 samples); otherwise, keep the preset. This is a conservative preset that will facilitate a smooth game once STEP is configured initially according to this guide (i.e., what does not tax performance now may be burdensome later). More extensive INI tweaking can be done after STEP is set up and verified as running smoothly.

1.D. Install Utilities

Applications and utilities that aid in Skyrim mod management.

This guide uses Mod Organizer.

Mod Name Instructions
Mod Organizer Detailed instructions available
LOOT Detailed instructions available
TES5Edit Detailed instructions available
Merge Plugins TES5Edit Script Copy the contents of the included "Edit Scripts" folder into TES5Edit's "Edit Scripts" folder. This folder is located in the directory where TES5Edit.exe is.

Not in STEP.

Wrye Bash Detailed instructions available

1.E. INI Tweaks

Follow instructions in the latest STEP:Guide --> INI Tweaks

Additional tweaks not included in the STEP:Guide

1.E.1. Skyrim INI


[General]
Disable skyrim borders
This is required for some mods included in this guide.

bBorderRegionsEnabled=0


[Display]
Only use these on 16:9 monitors - leave to default for 16:10 monitors

fDefaultWorldFOV=81.0
fDefault1stPersonFOV=81.0
fDefaultFOV=81.0

1.E.2. SkyrimPrefs INI


[AudioMenu]
Increase Master Volume
Could just be me, but Skyrim seems particularly quiet compared to other software like browser and media players

fAudioMasterVolume=1.5000

1.F. Display & Video Card Settings

Follow instructions in the latest STEP:Guide --> Display & Video Card Settings

Final Pre-Installation Notes

A Final Consideration
  • "Aesthetic" mods can be omitted if your system can't handle it
  • On the same note, any STEP mod can be added without problems.
  • If you add or omit any other mods, there may be compatibility issues. Always remember to install the proper patches.

STEP 2

Selected STEP Mod Installation
from STEP:2.2.9.1



Info-Logo.png Notice: Consider the following while installing mods:
  • Mods should be installed in the order that they are listed to ensure that mods further down the list overwrite those occurring before them. This is necessary to ensure the desired in-game effect. Mods are otherwise listed in alphabetical order within each section, and any deviations from this are purposeful to achieve the desired outcome.
  • To achieve the best results, “Loose files” (non-BSA) versions of mods should be used when available. If a "loose files" version is not available, simply use the BSA version. DO NOT extract BSAs unless specifically instructed to do so in the installation instructions!
  • Always install plugins (ESPs/ESMs) unless otherwise noted. If there are not any notes associated with a particular mod, then all options fit the STEP mandate. The notes only provide instructions where necessary; otherwise, STEP encourages user customization.
  • Unless otherwise stated, follow LOOT's advice with regards to mod cleaning.

2.A. LOOT Sorting & Patches

At any time during the mod installation process LOOT should be used to sort plugin load order before stopping to benchmark and test Skyrim. This is necessary to ensure proper plugin priority order (load order), which can have a dramatic impact on the game (or at worst cause a CTD).

  1. Launch LOOT via Mod Organizer by clicking on the "Sort" button or directly from the executables drop-down menu.
  2. Examine the LOOT output carefully and look for any alerts or warnings and address each. The Plugins tab in MO (on the right side of the MO window) is where plugins can be activated/deactivated and sorted (either drag and drop or use Ctrl + Up/Down arrow keys to sort).
Info-Logo.png      Notice:LOOT must be run prior to launching the game every time a mod is installed which adds one or more plugins.

STEP includes patches for both STEP Core installations and STEP Core + Extended installations to save plugin slots. For users that may not want to install all of the mods included in STEP, check the page of required mods for the STEP Patches below. Users that decided they will not use the STEP Patches will need to install all relevant patches listed on that page. Take note of those plugins since they are not listed throughout the guide. Regardless, anyone can use the STEP Combined Plugin as long as DLC and SMIM are installed to save about ten plugins.

STEP Patches Requirements - For anyone that is not using the STEP Patches, it is recommended to keep this page open for reference.

2.B. Clean the Update ESM

To remove errors in the Bethesda master files, STEP recommends that they be cleaned with TES5Edit. This ensures maximum stability and compatibility within the Skyrim modding experience. At this time, Update.esm will be cleaned in the following manner (the DLC should be cleaned later according to instructions on their corresponding "mod" pages):

  1. Make a backup of Update.esm from <Skyrim>/data directory by copying it to the desktop (or somewhere else handy).
  2. Run TES5Edit through Mod Organizer.
  3. Right-click the list of plugins and choose [Select None].
  4. Double-click Update.esm.
  5. Wait for the Background Loader: finished in the right panel, and then right-click [Update.esm] and select [Apply Filter For Cleaning].
  6. Wait for the [Filtering done] Processed Records: message in the right panel, and then right-click [Update.esm] and select [Remove "Identical to Master" records]. If the Warning! prompt pops up, click [Yes, I'm absolutely sure].
  7. Wait for the [Removing "Identical to Master" records done] Processed Records: message, and then right-click [Update.esm] and select [Undelete and Disable References].
  8. Wait for the [Undeleting and Disabling References done] Processed Records: message, and then click the [X] at upper right of the program window to exit the program.
  9. At the prompt, checkmark Update.esm and Backup Plugins and click [OK].

At this point there are two possible outcomes, dependent upon how fast your disc drive is:

  • In the first case (typically slower drives such as HDDs), the Update.esm is now no longer in the data directory.
  • In the second case (typically faster drives such as SSDs), a cleaned Update.esm is now in the data directory (compare the filesize to your backup of Update.esm to verify that it has been cleaned--it should be smaller).

In the first case, you should now do the following:

  1. Restore the backed up Update.esm from step 1 to the data directory.
  2. In Mod Organizer, at the bottom of the left pane modlist is the Overwrite mod, now labeled red because files have been written to it. Double-click to open it.
  3. In Overwrite you will find two items: a TES5Edit Backups folder and Update.esm. Since you already restored your own backed up Update.esm to the data directory, right-click and delete the TES5Edit Backups folder and click Close.
  4. Right-click Overwrite and select Create Mod..., name it Cleaned Update ESM, and click OK.
  5. Drag and drop the new Cleaned Update ESM mod to the top of the left pane modlist.


In the second case, you are done! You can safely delete the backup as you shall not need it (if you wish to restore the original uncleaned Update.esm later, you can simply verify Steam cache and redownload it).

2.C. Extenders

Third-party programs (or extensions thereof) that enhance Skyrim functionality or display.
YES, ENBoost is needed by EVERYONE, including those that do not use ENB!
Mod Name Instructions
ENBoost Detailed instructions available.
Skyrim Script Extender Detailed instructions available
PapyrusUtil-Modders Scripting Utility Functions
Stable uGridsToLoad
JContainers - data storage framework Only needed for Familiar Faces.

Not in STEP.

Safety Load Fixes infinite loading screen and freezing during play.

Not in STEP.

2.D. Fixes

Essential mods that fix bugs and tweak deficient aspects of Skyrim.
Mod Name Instructions
Distant Decal Fix Mod now only includes the meshes that do not conflict with USKP.
Unofficial Skyrim Patch
Dawnguard Detailed instructions available
Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
Hearthfire Detailed instructions available
Unofficial Hearthfire Patch
Dragonborn Detailed instructions available
Unofficial Dragonborn Patch
High Resolution Texture Pack Detailed instructions available
Unofficial High Resolution Patch Detailed instructions available
STEP Optimized Vanilla Textures Standard

Simply install using MO and be sure to check the archive in the Archives tab. STEP supports MO only in order to simplify our support load, but non-MO users can register the BSA, make a plugin to load or extract to loose files (not recommended).

Appropriately Attired Jarls
Bowlegged Jump Fix
Brawl Bugs Patch Detailed instructions available
Clothing and Clutter Fixes
Consistent Older People Install the "Consistent Older People All NPCs" main file.
Cutting Room Floor
Dead Body Collision
Double Cursor Fix
Enchantment Reload Fix
Enhanced Lighting for ENB-LITE Interior Lighting

Detailed instructions available
Special instructions: LOOT Rules: ELE_Legendary_Lite.esp change priority to 990100 (not 970000)

Fuz Ro D-oh Detailed instructions available
Guard Dialogue Overhaul Do NOT clean with TES5Edit. ITMs/UDRs are intended by the author for the mod to work correctly.
Improved Closefaced Helmets Detailed instructions available
Invisibility Glitch Eyes Fix
Ragdoll Paralysis Only install the Paralyze Miscellaneous file.
Relighting Skyrim No JIT

Detailed instructions available

SKSE-Elys-AltF4
Skyrim Project Optimization Full Version

Use the "Full Version" variant of the main file, tick or choose only 'Data' during installation.

Smart Souls Detailed instructions available
Trade and Barter Hearthfire

STEP Recommends: Download and install the Hearthfire version of the mod and activate the .esp, but do not click "start mod" in the MCM options. MCM is explained by Gopher in the beginning of this video: https://www.youtube.com/v/aqh5anwuptk?version=3&start=0&end=139&autoplay=1&hl=en_US&rel=0

Weapons and Armor Fixes Detailed instructions available.

Merge Weapons & Armor_TrueOrcish&DaedricWeapons.esp and Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Follow instructions on the Merge Script page (under Tutorial > with Mod Organizer)
    1. Name the new file Weapons & Armor Fixes Merged
    2. Don't create new mod!
  3. Move the new plugin from the Overwrite folder to the original Weapons & Armor Fixes Remade mod (other files in the Overwrite folder can be deleted)
  4. Move the original plugins to Optional ESPs
  5. Make sure the new merged plugin is enabled and sort with LOOT again
Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade Detailed instructions available.
Realistic Ragdolls and Force Realistic

STEP Extended Patch users can remove the plugin from this mod. All other files are required.

XP32 Maximum Skeleton Detailed instructions available

2.E. Interface

Mods that modify Skyrim's menus and user interface.
Mod Name Instructions
Better Dialogue Controls
Better MessageBox Controls
Disease Descriptions STEP Extended Patch users DO NOT need to install this mod. For Version, select only Vanilla (unless you use Realistic Needs and Diseases), and for Official DLCs, select both Dawnguard and Dragonborn.

Merge Disease Descriptions.esp, DD_Dawnguard Additions.esp and DD_Dragonborn Additions.esp with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Follow instructions on the Merge Script page (under Tutorial > with Mod Organizer)
    1. Name the new file Disease Descriptions Merged
    2. Don't create new mod!
  3. Move the new plugin from the Overwrite folder to the original Disease Descriptions for the Immersive Adventurer mod
  4. Move the original plugins to Optional ESPs
  5. Make sure the new merged plugin is enabled and sort with LOOT again
EASIER LOCKPICKING
High Quality 3D Map Hi-res meshes, 1k normals

STEP recommends the HQ3DMap - Meshes Hi-Res and HQ3DMap - Normals Original main files. Do not install any of the files with "Textures" in the file name.

Immersive HUD
Lore-Based Loading Screens
Main Font Replacement Fertigo Pro

DO NOT USE this mod if Skyrim language is not set to English!

RaceMenu Detailed instructions available
Skyrim Skill Interface Re-Texture Detailed instructions available
SkyUI
Smaller Cursor STEP recommends the main file.
Viewable Faction Ranks Dawnguard and Dragonborn

2.F. Conflicting Graphics

Graphics mods that cannot be listed within their respective categories because they must be overwritten to achieve the desired result.
Mod Name Instructions
Ruins Clutter Improved STEP recommends the Ruins_Clutter_Improved_v2-8 NMM Installation main file and during the FOMOD select Custom. Install everything but the Dragonclaws option. The dragonclaws have mesh changes which are not compatible with STEP.
Realistic Smoke and Embers Medium
SkyFalls and SkyMills Detailed instructions available
Static Mesh Improvement Mod Detailed instructions available
STEP Texture Compilation Download and install the "STEP Texture Compilation" main file.
A Quality World Map Detailed instructions available

2.G. Landscape & Environment

Mods that modify landscape, buildings, and environments of Skyrim.
Mod Name Instructions
Farmhouse Chimneys Detailed instructions available

Installer Options:

  • Expanded Towns and Cities
  • Falskaar
  • Wyrmstooth
  • Cutting Room Floor
Footprints Install the Footprints v1_00 - Legendary main file. Clean save required if updating from 0.99
HiRes Legible Road Signs STEP recommends only installing the HiRes Road Signs Version 3 Worn Text optional file.
Point the Way
The Ruffled Feather Detailed instructions available

2.H. Characters & Creatures

Mods that improve the appearance of characters and creatures.
Mod Name Instructions
83Willows 101BugsHD Lower resolution
Better Beast Races Lite
Birds and Flocks Hearthfire Edition Cleaned

Detailed instructions available

Female Vampires Have Fangs
More Realistic Hair
New Children
PondFish and Salmon Replacer
Superior Lore-Friendly Hair Rough Hair 1K

Use the "SLF Hair - Rough Hair - Lite 1K" main file.

The Elder Scrolls V Rewritten-Arvak HD

Detailed instructions available

Wiseman303s Critter Fixes Detailed instructions available

2.I. Clothing & Equipment

Mods that add or modify armor, weapons, clothing, adornments, and other equipment.
Mod Name Instructions
Dawnguard Crossbow Bolts Visualized Also install the optional "Explosive Bolts Visualized HD Textures" file.
Closer Quivers and Longer Arrows Detailed instruction available
Elemental Staffs 1024

Install the main file.

Skyrim Weapon De-LARP-ification Project Also install the optional Dawnguard and Dragonborn files.
Greatsword Sheaths and Scabbards Redux Detailed instruction available
New Thinner Torch Use "Ultimate HD Torch by rheadude compatible" version ONLY.
Not Really HD-Mask of Clavicus Vile STEP recommends "Wrecked".
Ultimate HD Torch 1024

Also install the Ultimate HD Torch -less glowing cloth- optional file.

2.J. Animations & Effects

Mods that add animations and/or effects.
Mod Name Instructions
Animated Clutter Install all options except for Ship Idles.
Animated Weapon Enchants STEP recommends the Animated Weapon Enchants - Vanilla Sounds optional file.
Better Turn Animation Detailed instructions available
Burn Freeze Shock Effects This mod has been known to cause to issues, so it is highly recommended to use the memory patch included in SKSE. Also install the optional Dragonborn Dawnguard file.
D13 Faster GET UP STAND UP animation
Deadly Spell Impacts Medium

Detailed instructions available

Dual Wield Blocking Animations
Enchantment Effect Replacer STEP recommends "2XRes".
Enhanced Blood Textures 1024

Detailed instructions available
Merge dD-Dragonborn-Dawnguard-EBT Patch.esp and dD - Enhanced Blood Main.esp with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Follow instructions on the Merge Script page (under Tutorial > with Mod Organizer)
    1. Name the new file dD - Enhanced Blood Merged
    2. Don't create new mod!
  3. Move the new plugin from the Overwrite folder to the original Weapons & Armor Fixes Remade mod (other files in the Overwrite folder can be deleted)
  4. Move the original plugins to Optional ESPs
  5. Make sure the new merged plugin is enabled and sort with LOOT again
No Spinning Death Animation Detailed instructions available
NoMaaM Breathing Idles non-BBB
Running With Bows
Skyrim Enhanced Camera
Skyrim Performance Plus Detailed instructions available
Smaller Ice Spikes and Spear STEP recommends the Smaller Ice Spike 50 optional file.

2.K. Clutter & Miscellaneous

Mods that modify general items such as furniture, barrels, bottles, food, etc.
Mod Name Instructions
The 418th Step STEP recommends "Snow Version".
Better Shadowmarks
Dark Brotherhood Tenets Restored Standard (medium)
Pilgrim's Delight STEP recommends "Legacy" version.
Radiant and Unique Potions and Poisons HD Use "Booze v2 Non-Glow".
Soul Gems Differ Detailed instructions available

2.L. Sound

Mods that modify audio including music, sound effects, environment, and voice.
Mod Name Instructions
Better Animal Footsteps
Better Horse Pain Sounds
Better Weapon Swing Sounds Detailed instructions available
Audio Overhaul for Skyrim Main File

Detailed instructions available
Follow the "Non-STEP Patch Users" instructions, but don't install the Improved Weapon Impact EFFECTS compatibility patch.
If you merged the Enhanced Blood Textures and/or Weapons and Armor Fixes Remade plugins, you will need to change the master for AOS2_EBT Patch.esp/AOS2_WAF Patch.esp:

  1. Launch Wrye Bash
  2. Select AOS2_EBT Patch.esp/AOS2_WAF Patch.esp in the Mods list
  3. Right-click on empty space in the Masters list and tick Allow edit
  4. Right-click dD - Enhanced Blood Main.esp/Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp, click Change to... and select dD - Enhanced Blood Merged.esp/Weapons & Armor Fixes Merged.esp from the Data folder
  5. Click Save and close Wrye Bash. Delete the bashed patch from the Overwrite folder.
Heart of the Beast High Agression
IHSS-Improved Horse Steps
Immersive Thunder
Improved Combat Sounds Also install EnhancedBlood-ImprovedCombatSounds.

If you merged the Enhanced Blood Textures plugins, you will need to change the master for EnhancedBlood-ImprovedCombatSounds.esp:

  1. Launch Wrye Bash
  2. Select EnhancedBlood-ImprovedCombatSounds.esp in the Mods list
  3. Right-click on empty space in the Masters list and tick Allow edit
  4. Right-click dD - Enhanced Blood Main.esp, click Change to... and select dD - Enhanced Blood Merged.esp from the Data folder
  5. Click Save and close Wrye Bash. Delete the bashed patch from the Overwrite folder.
Smooth Blade Draw and Sheathe Detailed instructions available
Ultra Realistic Bow Shoot Sounds
Ultra Realistic Crossbow Shoot Sounds

2.M. Gameplay

Mods that improve game-play without significantly changing the game mechanics.
Mod Name Instructions
Auto Unequip Ammo Detailed instructions available [MCM Settings]
Better Stealth AI for Followers Install the "Better Stealth AI for Followers" main file that requires Dawnguard, not the Vanilla Only file.
Bring Out Your Dead
Clams Drop Pearls
Come together N Out of the way
Convenient Horses
Dual Wield Parrying Detailed instructions available [MCM Settings]
Follower Trap Safety
Gildergreen Regrown
Lock Overhaul Detailed instructions available [MCM Settings]
Non-Essential Children Use the Hearthfire version.
Oblivion Gates Download and install the Oblivion Gates v3 Skyrim and Dawnguard DLC main file. Only use one ESP; the "without markers" ESP is recommended by STEP. Move the other ESP to Optional ESPs in MO.
Run For Your Lives
Skyrim Coin Replacer Redux Download and install the SCRR - Legendary Edition main file and the SCRR - Coin Weight optional file.
Skyrim-Community-Uncapper STEP recommends the defaul INI values. To customize Uncapper see this Guide: Skyrim Uncapper guide.
The Choice is Yours Detailed instructions available. Also install Dragonborn file.
The Paarthurnax Dilemma Note: The Nexus page for this mod has a spoiler for those that have not played the main quest yet.
Thieves Guild Requirements
Traps Make Noise Install both main files and the Traps Make Noise - Follower Safety Patch optional file if Follower Trap Safety was installed earlier in this section.
Wet and Cold 1024

Detailed instructions available
Merge AOS2_WAF Patch.esp and AOS2_WetandCold Patch.esp with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Follow instructions on the Merge Script page (under Tutorial > with Mod Organizer)
    1. I recommend disabling Copy general assets and Batch copy assets for this merge, or it will take a very long time. Remember to enable them again on next merge, if needed.
    2. Name the new file AOS2_WAF_WetandCold_Merged
    3. Don't create new mod!
  3. Move the new plugin from the Overwrite folder to the original Audio Overhaul for Skyrim mod (other files in the Overwrite folder can be deleted)
  4. Move the original plugins to Optional ESPs
  5. Make sure the new merged plugin is enabled and sort with LOOT again
When Vampires Attack
Wiseman303s Trap Fixes Detailed instructions available. Also install Traps Are Dangerous Compatibility if you installed it with Traps Make Noise.
Even Better Quest Objectives Install version 1.5.5!

Detailed instructions available. Also install the Alternate Start - Live Another Life Compatibility patch.

2.N. Patches

Mods that patch the STEP mod lineup.
Mod Name Instructions
STEP Merged Plugins Merge Dead Body Collision.esp, PilgrimsDelight.esp, Point The Way.esp and Chesko_Step418_SN.esp with TES5Edit:
  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Follow instructions on the Merge Script page (under Tutorial > with Mod Organizer)
    1. Name the new file and mod STEP Merged Plugins
  3. Disable the original mods
  4. Make sure the new merged plugin is enabled and sort with LOOT again
STEP Patches Install STEP Combined Plugins 2291 v2. Delete or disable STEP Combined Plugin.esp (keep HF).

Special instructions: LOOT Rule: STEP Combined PluginHF.esp chance priority to 990200

Bashed Patch Detailed instructions available
Dual Sheath Redux Detailed instructions available

Do not select aMidianBorn Book of Silence (not included in this guide).

Better Shaped Weapons Detailed instructions available
Fores New Idles in Skyrim Detailed instructions available.
Dynamic Distant Objects LOD Detailed instructions available.
Info-Logo.png      Notice:Rebuild the Bashed Patch again each time the plugin load list/order changes. However, you will not need to do so after Dual Sheath Redux, Better Shaped Weapons, Fores New Idles in Skyrim, or Dynamic Distant Objects LOD
Warning-Logo.png      Warning:Each time you change your load order, you should rerun the Dual Sheath Redux Patch to remake the patch. Failure to do so may lead to a CTD upon startup.
Warning-Logo.png      Warning:Bashed Patch, Dual Sheath Redux, Better Shaped Weapons, Fores New Idles and DyDOLOD and their output mods should stay at the end of your mod list!

STEP 3

Selected A Real Explorer's Guide to Skyrim Mod Installation
from Pack:Explorers Guide 4.0.6


Info-Logo.png Notice: Last notes before you begin:
  • Read every sentence, even if you think it doesn't apply to you.
  • Ensure that your current setup is running stable. Whether it is STEP, SRLE or your own custom modlist.
  • Install the REGS mods after the last mod in your mod manager program.
  • Ignore all the LOOT warnings about any deleted navmeshes in mods covered by REGS, the replacer esps fix those.
  • Remember: REGS is modular. You can choose to install whichever mods you like. However if using STEP or SRLE it is strongly recommended that you install all mods. The gameplay-affecting section is always optional.

3.A. World Improvements

3.A.1. Cities

Mod Name Instructions
JK's Skyrim JK's Skyrim major Cities only
Understone Keep Fountains and Rubble

3.A.2. Outskirts

Mod Name Instructions
Better City Entrances Better City Entrances - JK's Whiterun (Outskirts) Compatible Version.
Better Docks REGS Compatible Version
Nernies City and Village Expansion REGS Version (Download HERE)
Windhelm Lighthouse Windhelm Lighthouse.esp contains deleted navmeshes. To fix it, use TES5Edit:
  • Load Windhelm Lighthouse.esp
  • Under [01] Windhelm Lighthouse.esp, navigate to Worldspace > Block 1, 0 > Sub-Block 5,1
    • Navigate to 0000B3CC > Temporary, right-click 000FF1E1 and click Remove. Confirm at prompts.
    • Navigate to 0000B3ED > Temporary, right-click 000FF1DE and click Remove. Confirm at prompts.
  • Close TES5Edit.

3.A.3. Settlements

Mod Name Instructions
Winterhold - Expanded Ruins
Expanded Towns and Cities Optionals: ETaC - Complete - Patches

Installer Options: (Main File)

  • Complete or Modular
  • No Inns
  • Dragon Bridge South
  • Orc Strongholds
  • Solstheim
  • Whiterun Exterior Market
  • Textures: User's choice

Installer Options: (Patches)

  • Better Fast Travel
  • Cutting Room Floor (Complete + Whiterun)
  • Enhanced Winterhold Ruins - w/Hearthfires
  • No Snow under the Roof - w/New Textures (all three)

Special Instructions: LOOT Rule: ETaC - Complete.esp AFTER 3DNPC.esp

3.A.4. Locations

Mod Name Instructions
Blackreach Overhaul TES5Edit Cleaning Required: (Cleaning Guide)
  • BlackreachOverhaul.esp (17 ITMs, 0 UDRs)
High Hrothgar Overhaul
Immersive College of Winterhold Installer Options:
  • CWI Core Files
  • Dawnguard-Dragonborn Patch
  • Skyrim Distance Overhaul Patch
  • CWI Improved NPCs
More Immersive Dawnguard Entrance Special Instructions: LOOT Rule: BetterDGEntrance.esp AFTER Oblivion Gates v3 without Markers - Skyrim + Dawnguard DLC.esp
Nightingale Hall Restored Special Instructions: Do not install the following file(s) and/or folder(s):
  • Readmes folder
Realistic Room Rental Enhanced RealisticRoomRental-Enhanced

Installer Options:

  • 02 RRR_3DNPC-Patch
Sky Haven Temple Merchants and More Optional File only (Sky Haven Temple Merchants and More Blacksmith Only)
Unique Border Gates Downloads:
  • UniqueBorderGates-All
  • UniqueBorderGates-All-MoreImmersiveDawnguardEntrance

Special Instructions: also install the UniqueBorderGates-All-PointTheWay patch.

If you merged Point The Way.esp into the STEP Merged Plugins, you will need to change the master for UniqueBorderGates-All-PointTheWay.esp:

  1. Launch Wrye Bash
  2. Select UniqueBorderGates-All-PointTheWay.esp in the Mods list
  3. Right-click on empty space in the Masters list and tick Allow edit
  4. Right-click Point The Way.esp, click Change to... and select STEP Merged Plugins.esp from the Data folder
  5. Click Save and close Wrye Bash. Delete the bashed patch from the Overwrite folder.

3.A.5. Enhancements

Mod Name Instructions
Better Fast Travel - Carriages and Ships - Overhauled Loose Vanilla or Hearthfire

Special Instructions: Do not use with Touring Carriages.
Be sure to enable the ETaC - Complete BFT Patch.esp patch.

No Snow under the Roof Installer Options:
  • BSA - Static Mesh Improvement Mod
  • Vanilla + Dawnguard + Dragonborn
  • Falskaar - Dawnstar Dock

Be sure to enable the ETaC - Complete NoSnow Patch.esp patch. TES5Edit Cleaning Required: (Cleaning Guide)

  • Prometheus_No_snow_Under_the_roof.esp (1 ITMs, 0 UDRs)
Realistic Boat Bobbing Installer Options:
  • Merged
  • REGS
  • Hearthfire Hotfix
  • SMIM

3.B. World Additions

3.B.1. New Lands

Mod Name Instructions
Falskaar
Wyrmstooth

3.B.2. New Locations & Settlements

Mod Name Instructions
Provincial Courier Service

3.B.3. New NPCs

Mod Name Instructions
Inconsequential NPCs Optionals: Inconsequential NPCs - Cutting Room Floor Compatibility Patch
Interesting NPCs Optionals: Dawnguard Meshes for Vampire NPCs

3.B.4. New Quests and Adventures

Mod Name Instructions
Helgen Reborn
The Lost Wonders of Mzark TES5Edit Cleaning Required: (Cleaning Guide)
  • MzarkWonders.esp (23 ITMs, 0 UDRs)

3.C. Patches

Mod Name Instructions
REGS - Patches Installer options:
  • Interesting NPCs Patch
  • JK's Skyrim + Interesting NPCs
  • Realistic Room Rental + No Snow Under the Roof
  • STEP Extended Patch

STEP 4

Selected Modular Morrowloot Overhaul Mod Installation
from Pack:Modular Morrowloot Overhaul


4.A. Dovahkiin Reborn

Mods that rebalance and expand the skills and magic system, character creation, races and standing stones and add new spells and shouts.
from Pack:Dovahkiin_Reborn

4.A.1. Skills

Overhauling the skills.
Mod Name Instructions
Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim Optionals: Install the optional Dragon perks respec

Special instructions:

  • If you use this with Ultimate Combat, turn off timed blocking in Ultimate Combats MCM menu. Do not use it with any of the optional perk mods.
  • LOOT Rule: Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim.esp AFTER Disparity.esp
  • LOOT Rule: Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim.esp AFTER TradeBarter.esp
Wiseman303's Flora Fixes Optionals: WM Flora Fixes SMIM Patch

Special instructions: This mod is needed by Complete Alchemy and Cooking Overhaul. Choose Normal Juniper in the SMIM patch installer. After installation, delete the plugin WM Flora Fixes.esp

Complete Alchemy and Cooking Overhaul Also download the CACO Update from v1.1 to v1.11

Optionals: CACO patches.
Special Instructions:

  • Install all relevant patches as their own mod named CACO patches. Campfire and CCOR patches are no longer needed:
    • CACO_AlternateNames.esp
    • CACO_CoinReplacer_Patch.esp
    • CACO_CoinReplacer_Patch.esp
    • CACO_UniqueBooze_Patch.esp
    • CACO_USKP_Patch.esp
    • CACO_Wyrmstooth_Patch.esp
  • Deactivate the following STEP mods:
    • 83Willows 101BugsHD Butterfly Dragonfly Luna-Moth Torchbug
    • Radiant and Unique Potions and Poisons HD
    • Clams drop pearls
  • LOOT Rules:
    • Complete Alchemy & Cooking Overhaul.esp AFTER Disparity.esp
    • Complete Alchemy & Cooking Overhaul.esp AFTER Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim.esp
CACO-Ordinatored Optionals: CACO-Ordinatored - Merged.

Special Instructions: Only install the optional.
Merge this mod and all other CACO patches with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Follow instructions on the Merge Script page (under Tutorial > with Mod Organizer)
    1. Name the new file and mod CACO patches merged
  3. Disable the original mods
  4. Make sure the new merged plugin is enabled and sort with LOOT again
  • LOOT Rule: CACO patches merged.esp AFTER Ordinator - Dragon Perks Respec.esp

4.A.2. Shouts, Powers, Races and Magic

Talents of the dovahkiin.
Mod Name Instructions
Disparity
Imperious - Races of Skyrim Optionals: Imperious - Disparity Compatibility Patch.

Special Instructions:: LOOT Rule: Imperious - Races of Skyrim.esp AFTER RaceMenu.esp

Dragon Soul Relinquishment
Thunderchild Optionals: Do not install the Wyrmstooth Compatibility Patch
Apocalypse Spell Package Optionals: Ordinator Compatibility Patch
Forgotten Magic Redone
Moonlight Tales - Werewolf and Werebear Essentials
Better Vampires Installer options: Only select BV - Dawnguard.

4.A.3. Alternate Start

A new beginning.
Mod Name Instructions
Alternate Start - Live Another Life Merge BetterQuestObjectives-AlternateStartPatch.esp, BetterQuestObjectives-DBForevertomisc.esp, BetterQuestObjectives-NECPatch.esp and BetterQuestObjectives-PaarDilemmaPatch.esp with TES5Edit:
  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Follow instructions on the Merge Script page (under Tutorial > with Mod Organizer)
    1. Name the new file BetterQuestObjectives-MergedPatch
    2. Don't create new mod!
  3. Move the new plugin from the Overwrite folder to the original Even Better Quest Objectives mod (other files in the Overwrite folder can be deleted)
  4. Move the original plugins to Optional ESPs
  5. Make sure the new merged plugin is enabled and sort with LOOT again

4.B. Survival

Mods that make exploration of the environment of Skyrim more challenging both outside and in.
from Pack:Survival

4.B.1. Clothing and Equipment

Mod Name Instructions
Cloaks of Skyrim Optionals: Dawnguard
Winter is Coming Installer Options:
  • Main Modules: Main Plugin
  • Cloaks of Skyrim Patch: Main Cloaks Patch
Bandolier - Bags and Pouches Special instructions: Delete Dr_Bandolier.esp
Bandolier - Dawnguard Special instructions: Delete Dr_BandolierDG.esp
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4.A. Deleveled Scarcer Loot

Mods that make loot scarcer and deleveled.
Mod Name Instructions
Morrowloot 4E Edition Install main file and Lore Weapon Expansion Patch.

Download the mesh fix from the original morrowloot. Install into Morrowloot 4E Edition, untick Morrowloot.esp.

Bash Tagging Required: Morrowloot.esp (Delev, Relev)
LOOT Rules (patches installed later): Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp after Morrowloot.esp, Morrowloot.esp after Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp

Scarcity - Less Loot Mod Only install:
  • Scarcity - Less loot mod.esp
  • Scarcity - 8x Loot Rarity.esp
  • Scarcity - 6x Merchant Item Rarity.esp.
Professions Install only kuP merged with MCM 0p801 optional file. Replace the ini file in the original with this.

Turn everything off in the MCM menu except the "actions take time" stuff. This will remove all functionality of this mod except for making actions take time.

You Hunger Install You Hunger Realism Complete Edition.

Bash Tagging Required: You Hunger.esp (Delev)

Perseids Inns and Taverns - Realistic Room Rental Enhanced Install RealisticRoomRental-Enhanced. Do not install any patches.

Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean Scarcity - Less Loot Mod.esp (1 ITM)


Bash Tagging:

  • Morrowloot.esp (Delev, Relev)
  • You Hunger.esp (Delev)

4.B. Deleveled Skyrim

Mods that make Skyrim deleveled.
Mod Name Instructions
E.R.S.O. – Erkeil’s Real Skyrim Overhaul ADVANCED To be able to install with MO: "In MO/settings/plugins/fomod, set prefer to ‘false’ instead of true. It will run the external installer and so It works." Set this back after installing.

Choose the following in the main installer:

  • 8 - RUS-00 Main plus Dawnguard Dragonboard
  • 08.1 - ERSO MIRAAK
  • 08.2 - ERSO HARKON
  • 09 - Vendor Trainer Quest-giver protected USKP
E.R.S.O. Enhanced Mighty Dragons Choose the following in the main installer:
  • 03 - Slightly Mighty Dragons Unleveled (FOR DAWNGUARD DLC......)
  • 03.5 New Dragon Loots (SUGGESTED)
  • 04 - Mighty Odahviing
  • 04.2 Mighty Durnehviir
  • 05 - Dovah Holy Book
  • 07 - Mighty Dragon Priests (SUGGESTED)
E.R.S.O. Merged Plugin Merge these plugins with TES5Edit:
  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Select all > Apply Script > Merge Plugins
  3. Use default settings but uncheck Renumber FormIDs
  4. Create new file and name it ERSO MERGED Plugin
  5. Create new mod from Overwrite folder (move the backups first)
  6. Disable Enhanced Mighty Dragons, but leave ERSO Advanced enabled for now

4.C. Immersion

Mods that make Skyrim more immersive.
Mod Name Instructions
E.R.S.O. Encounters Extract "ERSO 09.2 - Radiance" and package it as a new archive using 7-zip. Install this new archive as a mod using Mod organizer. ERSO's mod can be hard to install using MO and this particular module has a BSA that doesn't get unpacked by MO if it isn't done this way (and you do unpack BSA's).

Using the main installer, choose: 18 - LAWE Hardcore (SUGGESTED), 29 - DPMO Bash Tagging Required: ERSO 18 - LAWE Hardcore.esp (Name, Stats), ERSO 29 - DPMO.esp (Name, Stats)

Skyrim Immersive Creatures Options: Both Mod Files.
iNeed - Food Water and Sleep
Better Fast Travel - Carriages and Ships - Overhauled Install Better Fast Travel v3.76 - BSA - Hearthfires.
Realistic Humanoid Movement Speed Install only Realistic Humanoid Movement Speed 1_03 With Horse speed modifiers optional file.
Smarter Combat Music

Bash Tagging:

  • ERSO 18 - LAWE Hardcore.esp (Name, Stats)
  • ERSO 29 - DPMO.esp (Name, Stats)

4.D. Equipment

Mods that add equipment to Skyrim.
Mod Name Instructions
Bandolier - Bags and pouches Replace the main plugin with the replacement under OPTIONAL FILES\Lower Weight 10,25,35,50.
Bandolier - Dawnguard
Winter is Coming Options:
  • Main Plugin
  • Main Cloaks Patch

Delete all plugins. Plugins are installed with CCOR later instead.

Cloaks of Skyrim Also install/merge Cloaks of Skyrim 1-2 Dawnguard. Delete cloaks.esp. That plugin is installed with CCOR later instead.
Immersive Weapons Delete Immersive weapons.esp
Lore Weapon Expansion Install all main files and the optional Standard Resolution Textures. Delete Lore Weapon Expansion.esp
Immersive Weapons - Morrowloot Support Patch Install: Immersive Weapon - Morrowloot Support
Immersive Armors Delete Hothtrooper44_Armor_Ecksstra.esp. Turn off all item distribution in the in-game MCM menu
JaySuS Swords - Sharlikrans Compatibility Patches Install JaySuS_Swords_V14. Delete all plugins. Turn off item distribution for Jaysus swords in Complete crafting overhaul remades MCM menu
Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade Detailed instructions available.

Also install patches for:

  • WAF True Weapons
  • Skyrim Immersive Creatures

Also install into the respective mods 1nivWICCloaks.esp from Winter Is Coming - CCO Supported Version and Cloaks.esp from Cloaks of Skyrim - CCO Supported Version.
Bash Tagging Required: Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp (Names, Stats) [make sure Relev, Delev is unselected]

Cloaks of Skyrim Merged Patch

Merge Cloaks.esp and Cloaks - Dawnguard.esp with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Select all > Apply Script > Merge Plugins
  3. Use default settings
  4. Create new file and name it Cloaks+DG Merged
  5. Move Cloaks+DG Merged.esp from Overwrite folder to the original Cloaks of Skyrim mod (also move the backups)
  6. Move Cloaks - Dawnguard.esp to Optional ESPs, but leave Cloaks.esp enabled for now

LOOT Rules:

  • Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp after Morrowloot.esp


Bash Tagging:

  • Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp (Names, Stats) [make sure Relev, Delev is unselected]

4.E. Skills, Powers and Magic

Mods that buff/debuff perks and balance the skill system.
Mod Name Instructions
TheThirdRace Skill Overhaul Select:
  • DLC: Dawnguard+Dragonborn+Heartfires
  • Skills: select all
Smithing Perks Overhaul Remade Select:
  • DLC: Dawnguard+Dragonborn
  • Perk Tree: Improved Vanilla Perk Tree
Stealth Skills Rebalanced Stealth Skills Rebalanced_COMPLETE_BASIC
Apocalypse - Magic of Skyrim Install the No Scripts version.

4.F. Rebalancing

Mods that overhaul combat and rebalance enemies.
Mod Name Instructions
Yield 2dot0
Duel - Combat Realism Use latest stable version (Avoid using the ALPHA version till the author gets a handle on his new archery module going).

[Duel v5/Deadly combat are both compatible alternatives but might break combat balance.] TES5Edit Cleaning Required: Duel - Combat Realism.esp

Revenge of the Enemies
ASIS - Automatic Spells, Increased Spawns Replace the included .ini files with these ones. These are ini files from modified version of the ASIS improved ini files that has been edited by Garfink. In the MCM menu, choose: Reduced indoor spawns.

Do not run SkyProccer yet.

Better Stealth AI for Followers

Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean Duel - Combat Realism.esp (7 ITM)

4.G. Patches

Mods that patch the MMO mod lineup.
Mod Name Instructions
Modular Morrowloot Overhaul Replacement plugins Contains replacement plugins. Delete aMidianBorn_ContentAddon.esp. In Optional ESPs tab, enable Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp (move to bottom list).
Modular Morrowloot Overhaul patches

Delete:

  • 01 Morrowloot - USKP patch.esp
  • "03", "4"
  • all "06" except 06 ERSO 09 protected USKP - USKP - CCOR - BOYD - Consistent older people Patch.esp
  • "07", both "11"
  • 12 ERSO 18 - CRF patch.esp
  • all "15" except 15 TTR_Skill_Overhaul_Smithing - Improved Closefaced Helmet - WAF Patch.esp
  • "17", "19"-"21", all "25"-"28"
  • all "30" except 30 Revenge of the enemies - USKP - CCF - CRF patch.esp
  • 34 Cloaks of Skyrim - CCF patch.esp
  • "35", "38", "48"-"49", "59"-"60"
  • 61 Immersive Weapons - USKP patch.esp
  • "62"-"64", all "70"-"77"

Merge the remaining plugins with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Select all > Apply Script > Merge Plugins
  3. Use default settings but uncheck Renumber FormIDs
  4. Create new file and name it Modular Morrowloot Overhaul MERGED patches
  5. Disable/delete original patches mod and create new mod from Overwrite folder (move backups first)

Rename merged patch masters with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Modular Morrowloot Overhaul MERGED patches.esp > File Header
  3. Under Master Files, rename:
    • ERSO 08.1 - ERSO MIRAAK.esp to ERSO MERGED Plugin.esp
    • Cloaks.esp to Cloaks+DG Merged.esp
  4. Disable mods:
    • ERSO Advanced
    • Cloaks of Skyrim: move Cloaks.esp to Optional ESPs

LOOT Rules:

  • Morrowloot.esp after Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp
  • Morrowloot.esp after Weapons & Armor_TrueOrcish&DaedricWeapons.esp
  • Weapons & Armor_TrueOrcish&DaedricWeapons.esp after Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp
  • Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp after Guard Dialogue Overhaul.esp


Bash Tagging:

  • Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp [remove Relev tag]

4.H. Overview

LOOT rules, TES5Edit cleaning, and Bash tagging.

LOOT Rules:

  • Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp after Morrowloot.esp
  • Morrowloot.esp after Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp
  • Morrowloot.esp after Weapons & Armor_TrueOrcish&DaedricWeapons.esp
  • Weapons & Armor_TrueOrcish&DaedricWeapons.esp after Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp
  • Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp after Guard Dialogue Overhaul.esp


Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean Scarcity - Less Loot Mod.esp (1 ITM)
  • Clean Duel - Combat Realism.esp (7 ITM)


Bash Tagging:

  • Morrowloot.esp (Delev, Relev)
  • You Hunger.esp (Delev)
  • ERSO 18 - LAWE Hardcore.esp (Name, Stats)
  • ERSO 29 - DPMO.esp (Name, Stats)
  • Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp (Names, Stats) [make sure Relev, Delev is unselected]
  • Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp [remove Relev tag]

STEP 5

Additional Mod Installation


5.A. Fixes

Mods that fix bugs and tweak deficient aspects of Skyrim.
Mod Name Description Instructions
Typo Patch - Falskaar v0.6 (guide: 1/9/14; mod: 22/4/2014)
Falskaar World Map Clouds
Better Falskaar and Wyrmstooth Map With Roads Install main file only.
SkyFalls and SkyMills - Falskaar and Wyrmstooth Install SkyFalls and SkyMills Falskaar and SkyFalls and SkyMills Wyrmstooth optional files.
Fires Hurt
Mining Makes Noise Install Mining Makes Noise_CCO Version optional file.
No More Blocky Faces

5.B. Landscape & Environment

Mods that modify landscape, buildings, and environments of Skyrim.
Mod Name Instructions
Pure Waters Install 0_Pure Waters 4-7 Legendary.
Falskaar - Pure Waters Patch Install Falskaar - Pure Waters Patch.

Merge Purewaters.esp and Purewaters-Falskaar.esp with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Check both plugins for errors
  3. Select all > Apply Script > Merge Plugins
  4. Use default settings
  5. Create new file and name it PurewatersFalskaarMerged
  6. In MO, move PurewatersFalskaarMerged.esp from Overwrite folder to the Pure Waters mod (also move the backups)
  7. Move Purewaters.esp to Optional ESPs and disable/delete the original Falskaar - Pure Waters Patch
Pure Weather Install 1_Pure Weather Legendary- Realism.
True Torches Install True Torches.
Red Mountain Erupts

5.C. World Additions

Mods that add new lands, locations, NPCs and quests.

Projects to watch:

5.C.1. New Lands

Provinces
Mod Name Description Instructions

Cyrodiil:
Nyhus and the Border of Cyrodiil

Talos Safe Haven

Beyond Skyrim -- A Quest
North-east Cyrodiil.

v6.8 (guide: 3/9/14; mod: 3/9/14)

v1.3 (guide: 3/9/14; mod: 3/8/14)

v1.8.1 (guide: 10/9/14; mod: 28/11/13)

Disable borders in Skyrim.ini:
[General]
bBorderRegionsEnabled=0

Nyhus & Talos: Developed in tandem with Haafstad and the Border of High Rock


Elsweyr:
Moonpath to Elsweyr

Typo Patch - Moonpath to Elsweyr

Moonpath to Elsweyr - Realistic Room Rental Enhanced Patch
New quest which takes place in the forests of Elsweyr.

v9.5 (guide: 28/8/14; mod: 25/11/12)

v1.1 (guide: 28/8/14; mod: 15/4/14)

v1.0 (guide: 1/9/14; mod: 1/9/14)

Install both main files.

Hammerfell:
Unofficial Redguard DLC Island of Stros M'Kai.

v1.0 (guide: 3/9/14; mod: 10/3/14)

WIP (not playable) - "this mod need a lot of work" (tcain99)

There are problems with activation of the quest, haven't been able to actually test it yet, but it looks like there's an upcoming update.

Shadows of Dragonstar North Hammerfell region.

v1.3 (guide: 2/9/14; mod: 10/8/13)

WIP (not playable)

"Wait for the update it is coming shortly." (eviljesus6667, 9/8/14)


High Rock:
Haafstad and the Border of High Rock North-east High Rock.

v4.2 (guide: 3/9/14; mod: 27/7/14)

Disable borders in Skyrim.ini:
[General]
bBorderRegionsEnabled=0

Developed in tandem with Nyhus and the Border of Cyrodiil and Talos Safe Haven

HighRock High Rock province being built around Orsimer.

v0.15 (guide: 28/8/14; mod: 8/8/14)

WIP (not playable) - "around ten percent done with the whole project which is only land wise" (14manj01)

Morrowind:
Shadow of Morrowind Morrowind mainland.

v0.6b (guide: 28/8/14; mod: 9/5/14)

WIP (not playable) - "in a very early state" (SoMteam)
WIP Blacklight Still BETA Blacklight, city in north-west Morrowind.

v1 BETA (guide: 5/9/14; mod: 31/7/14)

WIP (not playable) - "This is still work in progress, and im adding new cells and new stuff each day" (Overkill55)

"Its not [being developed] anymore" (Overkill55, 13/5/14)" - However, mod has been updated since then.


Summerset Isle:
Assault on Summerset Isle Untested.

WIP - "this is sort of a rough sketch, a skeleton, a work in progress. Not finished." (Surjamte)


Black Marsh, Valenwood - no mod

LOOT Rules:

  • ETaC - Complete.esp after moonpath_questdata.esp
  • TreaclemanMoonpathPatch.esp after moonpath_questdata.esp

Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean moonpath.esm (1 ITM)
  • Clean moonpath_questdata.esp (1 ITM)


Continents
Mod Name Instructions

Akavir:
Lost Colony of Akavir Untested.

WIP - "BE WARNED: This is a BETA, be patient." (friedrice24)

Akavir - BETA Untested.

WIP - "it´s still not finnished ... This mod is stopped" (scot)
"I've taken up continuing this mod" (LukosCreyden)


Atmora:
Atmora The land of truth Untested.

Aldmeris, Cathnoquey, Esroniet, Pyandonea, Roscrea, Thras, Yneslea, Yokuda - no mod

5.C.2. New Locations & Settlements

Mod Name Instructions
Tes Arena - Skyrim Frontier Fortress Cities from TES I: Arena.
Solstheim - The Lost Levels Untested.

5.D. Sound

Mods that add or modify audio including music, sound effects, environment, and voice.
Mod Name Instructions
Oblivion and Morrowind Soundtrack Note: you need to have the original Morrowind and Oblivion sound files yourself (see description).

5.E. Gameplay

Mods that improve game-play.
Mod Name Instructions
AutoSave Manager
Belua Sanguinare Revisited - Dynamic Vampires
Tales of Lycanthropy - Werewolf Overhaul Install 01 Tales of Lycanthropy Modular - Core v1_5.
College of Winterhold Entry Requirements
Enhanced Skyrim Factions - The Companions Guild Install FULL VERSION.
Crime Bounty Decay
Dynamic Torches Install Dynamic Torches 2.
Extensible Follower Framework Install Extensible Follower Framework v3-5-6.
CS Tag and Track NPCs
Multiple Custom Markers with Notes Compatibility issues - Conflict with No GPS causes Notes not to work.
Familiar Faces Make sure JContainers is installed.
Horse Branding Delete HB BasicRidingAI.esp.
moreHUD

5.F. Combat

Mods that improve combat.
Mod Name Instructions
The Dance of Death - A Killmove Mod Install Ultimate Edition.
SM Drop Lit Torches
Kill Every NPC - Including Children Default installation. Replaces STEP's Non-Essential Children.
Locational Damage
Loot and Degradation
Merciless Beginning - No Handouts
NPCs Use Ammo - All Bows
Ancient Spells 2 - Morrowind and Oblivion Spells
Swift Potion Reborn

Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean The Dance of Death - Ultimate Edition.esp (1 ITM)
  • Clean Ancient Spells 2.esp (9 ITM)

5.G. Immersion

Mods that improve immersion.
Mod Name Instructions
Character Creation Overhaul Install Character Creation Overhaul 1_3_2, then merge with Character Creation Overhaul 1_4_0 BETA.

SKIP THE INCOMPLETE "OPTIONAL TRAITS MENU" in game.

Enhanced Camera
Hardcore Compass Mod Install Version 3
Map Markers Complete
  • Page 1: Atlas Legendary
  • Page 2 LE: Choose None, tick nothing
No GPS
  • Options: Select SkyUI + Vanilla map
  • Add or edit these lines in your Skyrim.ini:
[MapMenu]
fMapWorldYawRange=0.5000
fMapWorldMaxPitch=20.0000

LOOT Rule: No GPS.esp after STEP Combined PluginHF.esp

Think To Yourself Messages
Dynamic Things
Fishing In Skyrim
Harvesting animation
Harvest Overhaul Options:
  • Harvest Overhaul: Dragonborn and Dawnguard
  • Harvest Overhaul Creatures: Dawnguard and Dragonborn.

Merge HarvestOverhaul.esp and HarvestOverhaulCreatures.esp with TES5Edit:

  1. Sort plugins with LOOT
  2. Select all > Apply Script > Merge Plugins
  3. Use default settings
  4. Create new file and name it HarvestOverhaulMerged
  5. Move HarvestOverhaulMerged.esp from Overwrite folder to the original Harvest Overhaul mod (also move the backups)
  6. Move the merged plugins to Optional ESPs
Hunterborn Compatibility Patches: Enable only Dawnguard
Hypothermia Replaces MMO's Frostfall.
Dynamic Fires
Pets of Skyrim Install Pets of Skyrim 031 main file.

Delete folder: sound\fx\npc\001hscat\foot (conflict with Better Animal Footsteps).

Immersive Patrols Install only Immersive Patrols Aggressive.
Bury The Dead
Dovahkiin Relaxes Too
Sleep AnyWhere Main file only.
Take Notes - Journal of the Dragonborn

LOOT Rules:

  • No GPS.esp after STEP Combined PluginHF.esp


Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean CCO - Permanent Birthsigns.esp (24 UDR)
  • Clean Map Markers Complete.esp (136 ITM)
  • Clean FishingInSkyrim.esp (4 ITM)

5.H. Performance

Mods that improve performance.
Mod Name Instructions
Bethesda Performance Textures - Animals and Creatures Install BPT_AC_ALL_1_2, BPT_Argonian and BPT_Khajiit.
Bethesda Performance Textures - Armor - Clothes - Weapons Install BPT_ALL_3_0, BPT - Steel Boot Fix and BPT_2K_ALL.

5.I. Alternate Start Mods

Mods that change how a new game begins. Activate only one, patching is needed when switching!
Mod Name Instructions
Dimes Quickstart Skip the intro sequence.
Live Another Life Choose a different life (no Dragonborn quests).
Random Alternate Start Random start location (with Dragonborn quests).
Alternate Starting Factions Untested.
Hall of Beginnings Compatibility issues - choices after death don't work, just reloads as normal.

5.J. Overview

LOOT rules, TES5Edit cleaning, and Bash tagging.

LOOT Rules:

  • ETaC - Complete.esp after moonpath_questdata.esp
  • TreaclemanMoonpathPatch.esp after moonpath_questdata.esp
  • No GPS.esp after STEP Combined PluginHF.esp


Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean moonpath.esm (1 ITM)
  • Clean moonpath_questdata.esp (1 ITM)
  • Clean The Dance of Death - Ultimate Edition.esp (1 ITM)
  • Clean Ancient Spells 2.esp (9 ITM)
  • Clean CCO - Permanent Birthsigns.esp (24 UDR)
  • Clean Map Markers Complete.esp (136 ITM)
  • Clean FishingInSkyrim.esp (4 ITM)

STEP 6

Patch & Launch

6.A. Full Overview

LOOT rules, TES5Edit cleaning, and Bash tagging.

LOOT Rules:

  • STEP Combined PluginHF.esp change priority to 987000
  • BetterDGEntrance.esp after STEP Merged Plugins.esp
  • Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp after Morrowloot.esp
  • Morrowloot.esp after Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp
  • Morrowloot.esp after Weapons & Armor_TrueOrcish&DaedricWeapons.esp
  • Weapons & Armor_TrueOrcish&DaedricWeapons.esp after Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp
  • Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp after Guard Dialogue Overhaul.esp
  • ETaC - Complete.esp after moonpath_questdata.esp
  • TreaclemanMoonpathPatch.esp after moonpath_questdata.esp
  • No GPS.esp after STEP Combined PluginHF.esp


Clean with TES5Edit:

  • Clean BirdsHFclean.esp (48 ITM)
  • Clean Scarcity - Less Loot Mod.esp (1 ITM)
  • Clean Duel - Combat Realism.esp (7 ITM)
  • Clean NerniesCityandVillageExpansion.esp (205 ITM; 174 ITM reported by LOOT)
  • Clean Immersive Orc Strongholds.esp (8 ITM; not reported by LOOT)
  • Clean Aethernautics.esp (9 ITM, 2 UDR; not reported by LOOT)
  • Clean moonpath.esm (1 ITM)
  • Clean moonpath_questdata.esp (1 ITM)
  • Clean The Dance of Death - Ultimate Edition.esp (1 ITM)
  • Clean Ancient Spells 2.esp (9 ITM)
  • Clean CCO - Permanent Birthsigns.esp (24 UDR)
  • Clean Map Markers Complete.esp (136 ITM)
  • Clean FishingInSkyrim.esp (4 ITM)


Bash Tagging:

  • STEP Combined PluginHF.esp (Stats, Names, Delev) [do not use Relev]
  • Morrowloot.esp (Delev, Relev)
  • You Hunger.esp (Delev)
  • ERSO 18 - LAWE Hardcore.esp (Name, Stats)
  • ERSO 29 - DPMO.esp (Name, Stats)
  • Complete Crafting Overhaul_Remade.esp (Names, Stats) [make sure Relev, Delev is unselected]
  • Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp [remove Relev tag]

6.B. Patching

Create Bashed and SkyProc Patches, update FNIS.

Before continuing, first run LOOT and Sort Plugins. Make sure to apply all the LOOT Rules.

6.B.1. Bashed Patch

To create the Bashed Patch:

  1. Launch Wrye Bash via Mod Organizer.
  2. Bash Tagging: make sure to apply all Bash Tags.
  3. Within the Mods Tab, right click on bashed patch, 0.esp, and select Rebuild Patch.
  4. Tick the boxes next to Merge Patches, Import Names, Import Stats, Tweak Settings, and Leveled Lists.
  5. Highlight Tweak Settings, and tick the box next to Crime: Alarm Distance and Timescale.
  6. Right-click on Crime: Alarm Distance and select '1000' and set Timescale to '5'.
  7. Next click [Build Patch] at the bottom of the window to construct the patch based on the current plugin list/order
Info-Logo.png      Notice:Rebuild the Bashed Patch again each time the plugin load list/order changes.

After closing Wrye Bash and returning to MO, the bashed patch, 0.esp will be located in the Overwrite folder. (If there is no patch in Overwrite, it is probably due to past use of Wrye Bash outside Mod Organizer, which would have placed the bashed patch in the real Skyrim data folder instead of in Overwrite [1]). A different Bashed Patch can be created for every MO profile, so it is advised to move the Bashed Patch and its data to a separate mod folder. Simply right click the Overwrite folder and select 'Create Mod', then name it. Example is Bashed Patch. You will then need to check it to enable it. Each subsequent time you rebuild the patch, you must open Overwrite and drag the new files back to this mod.

6.B.2. SkyProc Patchers

Run the patchers:

  1. Run the Dual Sheath Redux Patcher
    • Ignore the warnings about BOSS (run without BOSS, click cancel when browsing for .exe)
  2. Run the ASIS Patcher
    • Tick Automatic Spells, Automatic Perks, NPC Potions and NPC Enchant Fix
    • Set NPC Potions Number to 2, Chance to 5
  3. After closing the ASIS Patcher, there will be files in Overwrite (essentially a fake mod located at the bottom of the left pane if sorted by priority ascending) created by ASIS and DSR. Right-click Overwrite and select Create Mod, name it SkyProc Output and click OK. This will create a new mod listing in the left pane for the SkyProc patches generated files. You will then need to check it to enable them. Each subsequent time you rebuild the patches, you must open Overwrite and drag the new files back to this mod.
  4. The masters of these new plugins will be sorted in the wrong order. Open the two plugins in TES5Edit, right click each one of them and choose sort masters.
Info-Logo.png      Notice:Rebuild the SkyProc Patches again each time the plugin load list/order changes.

6.B.3. Update FNIS

  1. Launch GenerateFNISforUsers via Mod Organizer (or from the mod's folder in windows explorer if not using MO).
  2. In the Available Patches at the bottom of the window, check the box adjacent to "SKELETON Arm Fix".
  3. Click the [Update FNIS Behavior] button and wait for a message to appear in the window stating "X animations for Y mods successfully included.".
  4. Click [Exit].
Info-Logo.png      Notice:Update FNIS again each time a FNIS-based mod is (un)installed.

After closing FNIS, there will be files in Overwrite (essentially a fake mod located at the bottom of the left pane if sorted by priority ascending) created by FNIS. Right-click Overwrite and select Create Mod, name it FNIS Output and click OK. This will create a new mod listing in the left pane for the FNIS generated files. You will then need to check it to enable it. Each subsequent time you update FNIS behavior, you must open Overwrite and drag the new files back to this mod.

6.C. Future Plugin Load List/Order Changes

NOTE: If using Familiar Faces, don't delete the vMYC folder in the Overwrite mod! (move it to your "Familiar Faces Output" mod)

Whenever you install or uninstall plugins or change the load order, follow these steps:

  1. Run LOOT and Sort Plugins. Make sure to apply all the LOOT Rules.
  2. Clean any ITM and UDR records indicated by LOOT.
  3. Repeat from (1) until no more LOOT warnings are reported
  4. Rebuild Bashed Patch. Make sure to apply all the Bash Tags.
  5. Run Dual Sheath Redux Patcher (ignore BOSS warnings).
  6. Run ASIS patcher (only tick Automatic Spells, Automatic Perks, NPC Potions [Number: 2, Chance: 5] and NPC Enchant Fix).
  7. Sort SkyProc Patches masters with TES5Edit (if new ones were generated).
  8. If you installed or uninstalled a FNIS based mod, run FNIS (I do it every time because it only takes a few seconds anyway).

6.D. Launching MIME:Skyrim

Once all mods have been installed, run LOOT one final time to ensure the correct plugin order. When ready to play for the first time after a MIME install, be certain to either:

  • Start a brand new character, or
  • load the save game generated just after character creation if it exists, or
  • load an existing character after clean saving the relevant save game.
    • Quick procedure:
      1. Load your saved game. Find out the current cellname by typing help <current location> 0.
      2. Teleport to the testing hall by typing coc qasmoke. Do not pick up or use anything.
      3. Type pcb and wait for 24 hours.
      4. Save the game by typing save <name> and exit by typing qqq.
      5. Load your save and type pcb again.
      6. Teleport back by typing coc <cellname>, and save the game.

It takes significantly longer to launch Skyrim from within MO than it does by using other means. Allow up to 3 minutes for Skyrim to launch before panicking ... launch time will be faster after the first launch in a given MO session (unless lots of mod-list changes are made).
The Character Creation Overhaul could bug out (menus reappearing) due to all the mods being loaded. It still works fine despite the bugs though.

NOTES:
Avoid doing anything (except creating/naming your character) until all mods have been loaded. This includes choosing birthsign, class, etc.!
Remember to SKIP THE INCOMPLETE "OPTIONAL TRAITS MENU" in game!

STEP 7

Mod Configuration Menu

Mod Name Settings
ASIS Reduced indoor spawns
Auto Unequip Ammo Follower Addon: Ticked
Autosave Manager
  • Save Events:
    • Set AutoSave Events (leave Rest, Wait and Travel disabled, those can be set in the Gameplay Settings)
    • Disable Manual Save Behaviour
  • Save Conditions: configure as desired
  • General Settings: Set No Activity Timer, Save Delay and Script Delay to maximum (60, 10, 5)
Better Fast Travel Enable No Weight Limit and disable Sit to Travel on Ships
Complete Crafting Mods: Optional Integrated Mods: Enable JaySus Swords
Convenient Horses
  • Main: Bound Key Settings: Enable Consolidate Talk/Loot/Harvest, set keys
  • Horses: Inventory Access Mode: LOCAL
  • Auto Loot: Auto Lood Mode: DISABLED
Crime Decay Enable Avoid Entire Holds?
CS Tag & Track General Settings: Enable Dead NPC Notifications
Dovahkiin Relaxes Too Enable Tough Face, Disable Use Config Power
Dynamic Things Landscape Overhaul:
  • Disable Play Cutscene When Felling a Tree
  • Set Felling Tree Elapses to 30 MINUTES
Harvest Overhaul Enable HO: Creatures items
Harvest Overhaul Creatures
  • Animal options:
    • NEW MEATS AND RECIPES
    • NEW ANIMAL LOOT
  • Humanoid options:
    • LURKERS AND SEEKERS HAVE HEARTS
    • VAMPIRES HAVE BLOODS POTIONS
  • Expanded recipes:
    • NEW COOKING RECIPES
    • SCROLLCRAFTING RECIPES ENABLED
Hunterborn First START HUNTERBORN (under Features).
  • Tweaks:
    • Default actions: Set all to PROMPT
    • Presets: Knives at merchants: COMMON
    • Realism:
      • Enable Re-weight vanilla meat
      • Disable Prevent use in combat
      • Enable Require hunting knife
      • Enable Claws work as hunting knife
      • Tick Enable hunter's caches
  • Monster Hunter: Tick Enable Monster Hunter and Corporeal dragons
  • Compatibility: Tick everything except the last two.
Immersive Armors If using an alternate start mod: Extra Options: Enable Alternate Start.
Immersive Creatures
  • General: Purist
  • Difficulty Adjustments:
    • Assign Global Difficulty: Expert
    • Creature Spawn Difficulty: Hard
    • All other tick boxes: Unticked
Immersive HUD
  • Activation: untick Wielding ranged weapon and Wielding spell
  • Options: untick Stealth indicator enabled and set Refresh Rate to 0.60S (if using a 60Hz monitor)
iNeed
  • General:
    • Enable Eat/Drink Animations
    • Tick Cannibalism and Dangerous Diseases
    • Tick Follower Needs and Horse Needs
  • Food:
    • Tick Food Spoilage and set to WORDS
    • Eat Hotkey: "NP0"
    • Drink Hotkey: "NP."
    • Tick Death
  • Notifications:
    • Perspective: FIRST-PERSON
    • Tick Current Needs
    • Style: ALPLHA/COLOR-BASED
Inns & Taverns Tick Enhanced Mode and Follower Bed Ownership
Lock Overhaul You must active the options in the MCM for Lock Overhaul or the mod will basically do nothing. If the mod is not active, activate it. In activating it, you'll have to exit the menus back to the game before you're able to see the available options.
  • General: tick all General Settings and set Increase Value to 75%.
  • Smash Locks:
    • Activate Smash Locks: Ticked
    • Allowed Weapons: Two + One Handed
  • Unlock with Magic: Enable Unlock Spell: Ticked
Loot and Degradation General:
  • Loot: Tick Less Leveled Loot
  • Degradation:
    • Text Notifications: UNTEMPERED
    • Follower Degradation Rate: 4
moreHUD
  • General:
    • Activation Mode: HOTKEY ONLY
    • Activation HotKey: "X"
    • Disable HotKey Toggles
    • Enable Show Book Skill
Nausicaa's Tweaker Come Together: Out of the way: More Quick & Wide
Professions
  • Turn everything off except userUseTimeSinks and userShowMessages
  • Set userHarvestedIngredientsMultiplier and userMinedOreMultiplier to default (1)

This will remove all functionality of this mod except for making actions take time.

SKY UI
  • Group/Ungroup: "G"
  • Group I: "1", Group II: "2", etc.
Swift Potion
  • Tick Combat Only
  • Set Potion Hotkeys:
    • Health Potion: "NP1"
    • Magicka Potion: "NP2"
    • Stamina Potion: "NP3"
Take Notes! Controls: Open Journal: set to "K" (iHud compass hotkey is also "X").
The Dance Of Death General:
  • Killmove & Decapitation Chance: 15%
  • Untick Last Enemy Restriction
  • Forced Perspective: NO FORCED
Trade and Barter Do not click "start mod"

Credits

Source Guides & Credits

Source Guides

MIME Extra Credits

I (bur) would sincerely like to thank:

  • The authors of the STEP:Guide
  • The authors of the A Real Explorer's Guide to Skyrim Pack
  • The authors of the Modular Morrowloot Overhaul Pack
  • The authors of the mods used in this guide
  • The STEP Wiki developers
  • Everyone mentioned below

Feel free to copy, modify and distribute this guide as you wish, no need to credit me.

STEP Special Credits

The STEP administrators would sincerely like to thank (from the bottoms of our fuzzy little hearts):

  • The authors of mods recommended in STEP
  • The core STEP Community for feedback, suggestions and input
  • The STEP beta testers ... for their good humor and rigorous analyses
  • The Nexus community
  • Bethesda Softworks for Skyrim (and TES in general)
  • Tannin for continued development and support of Mod Organizer
  • A very special thanks to STEP aficionados, EssArrBee, DoubleYou and TechAngel85 for their assistance with this release. EssArrBee is also our STEP Patch maintainer, so a big thanks to him for that. DoubleYou is also the lead maintainer of the MO Guide. TechAngel is a Release Coordinator and FOMOD extraordinaire.
The core STEP team is:
  • stoppingby4now - Main site developer, Semantic Mediawiki developer & extraordinaire, site founder
  • TheCompiler - STEP creator, mod-list extraordinaire
  • z929669 - Wiki & forums content editor, main site administrator, hosting maintenance, site founder
  • Active STEP volunteer staff: Aiyen, EssArrBee, deathneko11, DoubleYou, GSDfan, Kelmych, kryptopyr, phazer11, phryxolydian, rootsrat, TechAngel85, torminater, WilliamImm
  • Farlo - Mediawiki developer & extraordinaire, Mod-list co-compiler, forums admin, site founder (out of commission since November, 2013)
  • MontyMM - Solutions developer (Semi-Automatic STEP), site founder (out of commission since December, 2013)


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