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Greetings everyone! This page contains my various Bethesda blogs. At the time of this update, it contains my troubleshooting playthrough series, my Skyrim modding diary, my mod cleanup case study series, and my Shout Like a Virgin beta test blog. You can access all the entries from the sidebar on the right side of your screen.



I've recently exceeded the 1000 mod threshold, and it's time to start periodically doing brief playthroughs to ferret out hidden conflicts and other bugs. In this series, we'll do shorter, more focused adventures where we try to tell an interesting story and also talk about what problems we ran into them and how we addressed them.


  • Charley's Story: Charlotte Ellison survived a nuclear war by spending more than two hundred years in stasis. Now she has to survive in a very new world, facing very new threats. A Fallout 4 playthrough.
  • The Spider's Web: Kirstia's search for answers has taken her to the island of Solstheim. Now she must uncover the secret of The Teacher - also known as Mephala - and continue the journey to master her powerful magical heritage. But can she survive as her enemies, new and old, close in? 
  • The Curious Case of Forrien Hlaalu: A year after she returned to Northpoint, Kirstia is back in Skyrim and looking for answers. The strange events that occured during her search for Sybil Fjotra continue to trouble her, as does the ongoing influence of the strange gods of the Forsworn. After a chance encounter over drinks, a wizard from the College of Winterhold sets her on the trail of a scholar who may have the answers she needs...
  • The Search for the Sybil: Exiled from Skyrim to the remote land of Northpoint, Kirstia Bjissen has fallen on hard times. Just as she hits rock bottom, a voice speaks to her and charges her with a sacred quest that will take her back to her native land - and likely into danger. Can Kirstia find the new Sybil of Dibella before her past catches up with her?
  • Shout Like a Virgin: Miraculously saved from death, Monilee of High Rock finds herself in Skyrim, a land riven by civil war and harboring dark secrets. While she tries to build a new life in this foreign land, she's haunted by half-remembered dreams, and in chasing them she discovers her role in the turning of the ages. However, Monilee has not gone unnoticed by powers outside the mortal realm. Used as a pawn in the struggle between Nocturnal and Dibella, it will take all her wits, endurance, bravery, and stubbornness to reclaim sovereignty over her body and her soul.


Modding Diary

This series tracks my modding projects in-between playthroughs and case studies. The main focus will be on the technical processes of cleaning, editing, and integrating mods into a large load order configuration, including managing emergent multi-mod interactions. 


Modding Case Studies

This blog reviews the tools and techniques that authors and end users can apply to make their mods as stable and compatible as possible, as well as how end users can integrate complicated mods into a large load order setup. In addition to coverage of well known techniques such as automatic mod cleaning, this blog delves into more complicated issues such as navmesh repair. 


Entries in this blog

Trek Lore Special Edition: NCC-1800 and Federation Survey Evolution

So, as you might recall from our last modding diary, we briefly reached 1800 mods! That dropped to 1799 when we uninstalled SBC, but its still an important accomplishment. Before our numbers changed, I was thinking about the lore write-up for NCC-1800 and it became clear that really discussing this ship in an intelligible way requires discussion about the United Federation of Planets' survey ship evolution.   One small note - some of the early lore on this topic comes from Space Flight

Trek Lore Special Edition: Klingon Fleet Evolution

Hi folks, I've been struggling to get motivated to do modding for the last few days (might have something to do with how hot it's been... I should have put a heat pump in my office when I did my HVAC refit a few years ago! However, my brain has kept flitting back to the different takes on the Klingon Deep Space Fleet from the Star Trek expanded universe, and I figured I'd exercise my fingers a little by writing on the subject. We'll be back soon with some navmesh repair and a lot of catchup on t

Trek Lore Special Edition: History of the Klingon Empire

Hi folks, hope you all had a good weekend! I don't have time to do a full diary entry today, because of the scope of our Trek Lore segment, so today we'll just talk about Klingons and get back to modding stuff tomorrow!   Sourcing Klingon History   In The Beginning   The Depths of Prehistory   The Coming of the Hur'q   The Brink of Collapse   Slow Recovery   The Old Kings Arrive     A New Kahless F

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