User:TechAngel85/SSE Guide/v2

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Tech's Skyrim Special Edition Guidev2
Tech's own twist on modding Skyrim Special Edition.

Created and maintained by TechAngel85
Last Update: 23 July 2019

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I, Tech, am no longer maintaining this Guide. It is being deconstructed to be reconstructed on the new Step website.
The new 3.0 version will be much more well-rounded as I'm building it towards my vision of an "extended vanilla" Skyrim. Users can expect to see a fuller, more lively 'Old Kingdom' that stays true to its rough and cold nature. It's release will coincide with the release of the new Step website.


Contents

Introduction

Forum Thread: Feedback and more

What's new with version two (v2)?

For those of you finding this guide for the first time, please read the intro to the first version of the guide to understand the direction this guide will focus on, what it will and will not include, etc. Instead of repeating myself, I'd like to talk about what changes have been made to warrant the entire guide going to v2.

New mod manager

The guide has been moved away from Wrye Bash (WB) and switched to Mod Organizer 2 (MO2/MO). There are several reasons for this switch. The first being that recent releases of MO2 are very stable now. I had originally been waiting on Vortex to make a decision but, with no news of its release in sight, I decided to simply go with MO2 for the time being. MO2's recent gain in stability was the largest factor in the decision.

The second largest factor for the switch is the annoyance of mod authors not providing proper support for installing mods with WB. BAIN is a rather easy structure to learn and maintain, yet there are too many authors not doing it. I have taken a lot of my time to write Wizards for these author with a BAIN structured archive. It was my hopes these authors would, in the very least, take the opportunity to learn the BAIN structure. However, in reality, I can't get some authors to update their mods with the new archives I wrote for them. The ones that do provide the new archives with Wizards, end up negate all my work as soon as they update their mod because they didn't care to learn the new structure. I don't have ime to keep providing authors with updated archives that include Wizards, so it's time to abandon ship to a better platform!

An added bonus will be a potential reduction on storage space required for the guide. This is due to keeping the downloaded archives is now optional, rather than a requirement like it was with WB. I, personally, have saved nearly ~20Gbs be simply not keeping the downloaded archives. I have a good ISP so I can simply re-download anything I need in the future. This is a plus for me, because I also use the same SSD to author from so I have four MO installs total now.

Guide Documents

Changelog

Users who have already installed the guide should periodically view the changelog to keep their setup up-to-date.

View the Changelog

Development Notes

Here is where I will keep my personal log of notes for the guide. I will track things such as mod suggestions, reported bugs, etc. Check here before reporting any issues.

View the Dev Notes


Manager Installation

For users needing a visual reference, please see Dirty Weasel Media

Mod Categories

Below are the mod categories for downloading and installing individual mods. Users should be familiar with the installation process. I will not be explaining everything in detail so reference the Mod Organizer Guide as needed. Mods should also be installed and placed under the newly created markers, in the order which they are listed below. I will go into detail on how to install specific mods which are out of the normal realm for installation with MO.

Foundational Mods

The "foundational mods" are mods that provide a foundation which to build upon. These mods are most commonly large overhauls and will have a large number of overwrites to their files. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Static Mesh Improvement Mod mod makes massive improvements to 3D models; making them less blocky and more natural looking. The main focus for SMIM are smaller objects (food, chains, ropes, clutter, etc), however, the mod does cover larger architecture as well (buildings, pillars, rocks, etc).

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install it using the FOMOD.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
FOMOD Instructions
Main Install Choice
Main Install Choice
Skyrim Game Version and Install Choices
Skyrim Game Version and Install Choices

DotMO.png Skyrim 2016 Special Edition: Custom

Next
Skyrim Special Edition Custom Install
Skyrim Special Edition Custom Install
Barrels
Barrels

DotMO.png Modified Vanilla Barrels

Bowl Ingredients
Bowl Ingredients

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Bowl Ingredients

Bridges
Bridges

DotMO.png Bridges

Candelabras
Candelabras

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Candelabras

Carriage Seats and Fixes
Carriage Seats and Fixes

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Carriages

Chains 3D - Misc
Chains 3D - Misc

CheckmarkMO.png Chains 3D - Misc

Chains 3D - Pull Levers
Chains 3D - Pull Levers

DotMO.png Chains 3D - Pull Levers Small Rings (Recommended)

Chains 3D - Signs
Chains 3D - Signs

CheckmarkMO.png Chains 3D - Signs

Chains 3D - Whiterun
Chains 3D - Whiterun

CheckmarkMO.png Chains 3D - Whiterun

Chandeliers
Chandeliers

DotMO.png Improved Chandeliers (Recommended)

Clothing Fixes
Clothing Fixes

CheckmarkMO.png Clothing Fixes

Dawnguard Soulcairn Bone Piles
Dawnguard Soulcairn Bone Piles

DotMO.png Bone Piles Yellow Bones (Recommended)

Draugr Corpses
Draugr Corpses

CheckmarkMO.png Draugr Corpses

Dungeons Cliffs Snow Skirts
Dungeons Cliffs Snow Skirts

DotMO.png Snow Blending ESP (Recommended)

Dwemer Animated Lifts
Dwemer Animated Lifts

CheckmarkMO.png Dwemer Animated Lifts

Dwemer Clutter
Dwemer Clutter

CheckmarkMO.png Dwemer Clutter

Farmhouse Woven Fence
Farmhouse Woven Fence

DotMO.png Woven Fence Dense Grey (NOTE: If heavy flickering occurs with the fences, either disable or a different option.)

Food
Food

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Food

Food - Tomato Style
Food - Tomato Style

DotMO.png Default Heirloom

Furniture Chests
Furniture Chests

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Furniture Chests

Furniture Common
Furniture Common

DotMO.png Improved Furniture SMIM Textures (Recommended)

Furniture Noble
Furniture Noble

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Furniture Noble

Hanging Rings
Hanging Rings

CheckmarkMO.png Hanging Rings

Hawk
Hawk

DotMO.png Hawk Improvements

Hearthfires Stuff
Hearthfires Stuff

CheckmarkMO.png Hearthfires Stuff

Human Skull Fixes
Human Skull Fixes

CheckmarkMO.png Human Skull Fixes

Imperial Jail
Imperial Jail

DotMO.png Improved Imperial Jail (Recommended)

Jewelry Rings
Jewelry Rings

DotMO.png Jewelry Rings Vanilla

Lanterns
Lanterns

CheckmarkMO.png Lanterns

Nordic Tables and Benches
Nordic Tables and Benches

CheckmarkMO.png Nordic Tables and Benches

Orc Longhouse
Orc Longhouse

CheckmarkMO.png Orc Longhouse

Poor Coffin
Poor Coffin

CheckmarkMO.png Poor Coffin

Rabbit
Rabbit

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Rabbit

Rocks - Blackreach
Rocks - Blackreach

CheckmarkMO.png Rocks - Blackreach

Rocks - Generic
Rocks - Generic

CheckmarkMO.png Rocks - Generic

Rocks - Mountains
Rocks - Mountains

CheckmarkMO.png Rocks - Mountains

Ropes 3D - Dungeons
Ropes 3D - Dungeons

CheckmarkMO.png Dungeons 3D Ropes and Glorious Scaffolding

Ropes 3D - Farmhouse
Ropes 3D - Farmhouse

DotMO.png Farmhouse 3D Ropes No Fade (Recommended)

Ropes 3D - Riften
Ropes 3D - Riften

DotMO.png Riften 3D Ropes Default Ropes Style (Recommended)

Ropes 3D - Solitude Docks
Ropes 3D - Solitude Docks

CheckmarkMO.png Solitude Docks 3D Ropes

Ropes 3D - Stockade
Ropes 3D - Stockade

CheckmarkMO.png Stockade 3D Ropes

Ruins Sarcophagus
Ruins Sarcophagus

CheckmarkMO.png Ruins Sarcophagus

Shack Roofs
Shack Roofs

DotMO.png Improved Shack Roofs with Dragonborn

Skeletal Remains 3D
Skeletal Remains 3D

CheckmarkMO.png Skeletal Remains 3D

Smelters
Smelters

CheckmarkMO.png Smelters

Solitude Gate Doors
Solitude Gate Doors

CheckmarkMO.png Solitude Gate Doors

Tankards
Tankards

DotMO.png Dark Brushed Metal Tankards

Tree - Juniper Tree
Tree - Juniper Tree

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Juniper Tree

Tree - Tundra Tree
Tree - Tundra Tree

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Tundra Tree

Whiterun Castle Wood Carvings
Whiterun Castle Wood Carvings

DotMO.png Wood Carvings Improved Vanilla

Whiterun Doors
Whiterun Doors

CheckmarkMO.png Whiterun Doors

Windmills
Windmills

DotMO.png DynDOLOD/SkyMills Compatibility

Xtra Options - Half-Size Textures Addon
Xtra Options - Half-Size Textures Addon

DotMO.png None (NOTE: Low VRAM graphic card users can use the half-size textures.)

Xtra Options - Ultra-Sized Textures Addon
Xtra Options - Ultra-Sized Textures Addon
Select Nothing
Next
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install

CheckmarkMO.png Special Edition Merged Plugin Will Be Installed

Install

Foundational Mods Install Order

After this category is complete, the mod order in the left pane up to this time should be:

  • ...
  • DLC: Dragonborn
  • Dragonborn.esm - Cleaned
  • Foundational Mods
  • Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch
  • Static Mesh Improvement Mod
  • Skyrim Realistic Overhaul SE
  • RUSTIC CLOTHING - Special Edition


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Audiovisual - Models & Textures

This category will be the largest section. It contains all the mods which are mainly mesh and texture replacers. The are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

aMidianBorn Book of Silence

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod needs no introduction. It retextures a vast array of armors and weapons.
Installation
Download the aMidianBorn book of silence_ARMORS, aMidianBorn book of silence_DRAGONBORN DLC, aMidianBorn book of silence_UNIQUE ITEMS, and the aMidianBorn book of silence_WEAPONS main files.
Download all miscellaneous files.
Armors Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    Users can choose whichever version of the armors they prefer. The selections below are simply my preferences.
    Fur is skipped because Rustic Clothing covers this which is already installed.
FOMOD Instructions
aMidianBorn Book of Silence ARMORS
Options
Options
Options
Options

DotMO.png Custom

Next
Options
Options
Iron and Banded
Iron and Banded

DotMO.png Iron - Vanilla Cut

Steel
Steel

DotMO.png Steel

Steel Plate
Steel Plate

DotMO.png Steel Plate

Leather
Leather

DotMO.png Leather

Hide and Studded
Hide and Studded

DotMO.png Hide

Fur
Fur
Select Nothing
Elven
Elven

DotMO.png Elven - Dark (default)

Dwarven
Dwarven

DotMO.png Dwarven

Ancient Nord
Ancient Nord

DotMO.png Ancient Nord

Orcish
Orcish

DotMO.png Orcish

Scaled
Scaled

DotMO.png Scaled

Wolf
Wolf

DotMO.png Wolf - Grey Fur

Glass
Glass

DotMO.png Glass - Golden

Ebony
Ebony

DotMO.png Ebony - Black

Blades
Blades

DotMO.png Blades

Falmer
Falmer

DotMO.png Falmer

Install
Dragonborn DLC Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    Users can choose whichever version of the armors they prefer. The selections below are simply my preferences.
FOMOD Instructions
aMidianBorn Book of Silence Dragonborn DLC
Options
Options
Options
Options

DotMO.png Custom

Next
Custom
Custom
Nordic Carved Armor
Nordic Carved Armor

DotMO.png Black Fur (default)

Bonemold Armor
Bonemold Armor

CheckmarkMO.png Bonemold Armor

Acolyte Masks
Acolyte Masks

CheckmarkMO.png Acolyte Masks

Ash Spawn
Ash Spawn

CheckmarkMO.png Ash Spawn

Ash Guardians
Ash Guardians

CheckmarkMO.png Ash Guardians

Install
  1. Install the Boldmold Hofix.
    1. Rename the file the same name as this Dragonborn DLC option is named and choose Merge as the install option.
Unique Items Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    Users can choose whichever version of the armors they prefer. The selections below are simply my preferences.
FOMOD Instructions
aMidianBorn Book of Silence Unique Items
Options
Options
Options
Options

DotMO.png Custom

Next
Custom
Custom
Targe of the Blooded
Targe of the Blooded

CheckmarkMO.png Targe of the Blooded

Wuuthrad
Wuuthrad

CheckmarkMO.png Wuuthrad

Savior's Hide
Savior's Hide

DotMO.png Savior's Hide

Helm of Yngol
Helm of Yngol

CheckmarkMO.png Helm of Yngol

Mace of Molag Bal
Mace of Molag Bal

CheckmarkMO.png Mace of Molag Bal

Mehrune's Razor
Mehrune's Razor

CheckmarkMO.png Mehrune's Razor

Volendrung
Volendrung

CheckmarkMO.png Volendrung

Tsun's Armor
Tsun's Armor

CheckmarkMO.png Tsun's Armor

Ebony Mail - Black
Ebony Mail - Black

CheckmarkMO.png Ebony Mail - Black

Staff of Magnus
Staff of Magnus

CheckmarkMO.png Staff of Magnus

Install
  1. Install the Staff of Magnus Hofix.
    1. Rename the file the same name as this Unique Items option is named and choose Merge as the install option.
Weapons Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select to [Install Everything] from the FOMOD installer.
  3. Install the Skyforge Hofix.
    1. Rename the file the same name as this Weapons option is named and choose Merge as the install option.


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Running BethINI

The last step in this process to to run BethINI and choose the settings best for the individual system. I have provided recommendations below, but the settings are ultimately up to the user.

  1. Ensure the game has been ran and closed at least once so the INI files are created.
  2. Close MO2!
  3. Navigate to the BethINI folder installed earlier in the guide in the utilities section.
    Mine is located at: D:\Modding\Programs\BethINI\
  4. Run the BethINI.exe and choose Skyrim Special Edition for the game selection.


Setup Tab
I recommend ticking the Always Select Game and Make INIs Read-Only boxes. Make sure all the paths are correct and you have the correct profile selected.
Basic Tab
I recommend the following:
  • Windowed Mode
  • Borderless
  • Vsync
  • Recommended Tweaks
Additionally, I use the Ultra Preset.
General Tab
I recommend the following:
  • Intro Music
  • Disable Tutorials
Gameplay Tab
I recommend the following:
  • Always Run by Default
  • Over-Encumbered Reminder: 60
  • NPC User Ammo
Interface Tab
I recommend the following:
  • Fix Map Menu Navigation
Detail Tab
I recommend the following:
  • Particles: 6000
  • Disable LensFlare
View Distance Tab
I recommend the following:
  • Grass Fade: 18000
Visuals Tab
I recommend the following:
  • Grass Density: 60 to 75 (required for Veydosebrom)
  • Grass Diversity: 15 (required for Veydosebrom)

When finished customizing the selections for BethINI, return to the Basic tab and select [Save & Close].

Final Thoughts

This concludes the guide. Congratulations on its completion! Feel free to provide feedback on the forum thread. Any suggestions, questions and support are all handled on the forum thread as well.

Credits

Dreadflopp
Helping flesh out the original conflict resolution patch.