Dharma B

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Skyrim Mods

16 Mar 2014

This post covers how to set up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with my preferred mods. These mods rebalance Skyrim’s combat to be much more interesting. The player, NPCs, monsters and dragons are all far more lethal. Success will require careful planning, smart choices and adaptation to the environment. The changes are comparable to Metro 2033’s Ranger difficulty settings. The game is not necessarily harder, but more realistic and fun.

Game Setup

Purchase The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition. Alternatively, if you are upgrading from a previous version of Skyrim purchase the Dragonborn and Dawnguard DLCs. Also download the free High Resolution Texture Pack DLC. The Hearthfire DLC is optional.

Run Skyrim without mods and play for a few hours to make sure you don’t have any issues with Skyrim in general.

Mod Management Utilities

Download and install the following tools:

Mod Installation

Use the Download (NMM) button on each page to install the mod using NMM.

Install and enable the mods in NMM. Run BOSS once to automatically sort the mods and prevent overwrite issues. Finally, run Skyrim through NMM with the “Launch SKSE” button.


Once in game, configure the mods through the new SkyUI Mod Configuration Menu in the Esc menu. I recommend the following settings:

Explore the other options and customize the game to be fun for you.

This guide was originally posted on my private gaming server at the request of several friends.