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Last Update 04. Dec. 2022

 

Overview

Part 1 - Modlist

Part 2 - DynDOLOD

Part 3 - Files

Part 4 - Screenshots

Part 5 - Tips and Tricks

 

 

Introduction

This is the reworked version of my 'Skyrim SE for Beginners' for the newest version of Skyrim AE. It will also work with an updated version of Skyrim SE from STEAM (aka Skyrim AE Light). 

 

My goal was to freshen Tamriel up a bit. Most cities, towns and villages have gotten a new design, the roads got new lanterns, and even a few new dungeons can now be found. Some spots get rebuild over time as new occupants move in. Another thing are relicts of the past. Shrines of Snowelves can be found, same as the remains of the anchors of Molag Baal (when he tried to invade Tamriel) and all daedric princes have new shrines hidden away. 

I also tried to get a beautiful game which is fun and, although it is a FRPG, as realistic as possible without punishing you for playing it. So you'll find neither skimpy outfits (aka Bikinis in a snowstorm) nor overly gothified fantasy weapons and armor which are totally useless in reality (i replaced those as much as possible).

 

What i did crank up is the difficulty via MorrowLoot. Higher tier weapons and armor are much harder to get and the enemies are no walk in the park anymore. Assassinating the leader of the Silverhand is no easy feat (i did it at lvl. 15 while he was lvl 28, but it took me some sweet time and he got me at least a dozen times).

 

Happy to disappoint in this regard:

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Congratulations! You just found a Daedric armor!

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Pic made by Taurelin

 

But the beauty of it is that you can still adapt the list to what you like. I'm just trying to give you a solid base where you can add the things you like (or remove the ones you don't). Nothing here is carved in stone.

 

 

A big 'Thank you' to all the modders out there! The game wouldn't be as good as it is now without you guys and gals!

 

 

Don't forget to either endorse the mods you use or give the authors a 'thumbs up' here at LL. And, if you like my work, you can support me on Patreon. Most of the time i will be here (so don't expect updates), so it is only for those of you that want to support all the work on my guides (better said providing me with a steady supply of much needed coffee and cookies).

 

 

Recommended additional threads

There are a two threads i can only strongly recommend:

If you're new to modding take a look at Mod Organizer 2 & Other tools - From zero to "Hey Sexlab is working!". @Just Don't Does an excellent job there. 👍

When it comes to conversions and/or updates then SE Compatibility Tracking (he supports AE too) is incredible useful. Thanks to @tasairis for keeping this updated. 👍

 

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Modlist

Here you'll find every mod i either tested or use in my personal build of the game. I havn't had any crashes for a very long time. But there are some things you got to watch out for (see posts #3 and #6).

 

 

Mod Manager

I strongly recommend using MO2 for this. Troubleshooting and adding/removing mods is so much easier with this tool. You forgot something? Just install it and drag'n'drop it into the right position. Loadorder messed up? Just use drag'n'drop again.

 

It got a slight learning curve (thats where the tutorial video come in). But once you got used to it, this tool is very very helpful.

 

Also any errors showing up in the bottom window of MO2 can be ignored. Those have always been false positives. Try installing something via FOMOD and every option you don't use falsely shows up as an error.

 

 

Regarding updates to the list

Page #1 is always the most current official release.

 

 

Notes (ESM/ESP/ESL and LOOT)

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ESM/ESP/ESL

There are a lot of confusion about esl and mod limits, so here is a brief summary.


There are a total of 256 slots in the game. Of those 256 slots, one is reserved for the ess file and five for the official masters. This leaves 250 slots for esm/esp files, but that is not the mod limit. Some mods do not even take up any slots.

It has often been stated that esl and esl flagged esp files do not take up a slot. That is incorrect. Using one or more esl or esl flagged esp file will reduce the 250 esm/esp slot limit to 249.

 

LOOT

You do not need LOOT at all, except maybe to check for possible problems (and have fun with the false positives)! I'm used to NMM where the correct loadorder was extremely important, so this list is built in a way that it workss. The only thing you have to do is to maybe move a patch or two further down and move the ESM up. Thats all in that regard.

 

Using LOOT to 'optimize' the LO will NOT be supported! With that number of used mods it simply can not work!

 

 

Required mods and updates

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Latest Visual C++ Redistributable

.NET 6.0 Desktop Runtime (v6.0.10)

.NET 6.0 Runtime (v6.0.10)

DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer

strongly recommend to reinstall it. This will prevent issues with older games (like Skyrim)

 

Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE)

TES Skyrim SE

I recommend to use it in combination with PI-CHO ENB.

DynDOLOD

Wrye Bash

xEdit

xLODGen

 

Creation Club

Spoiler

I can only recommend to put each DLC into its own mod folder. This way you can decide for yourself if you want to use it or not

 

SKSE

 

Foundation

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Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

Skyrim Landscape and Water Fixes

SSE Terrain Tamriel Extend                                                          

DISABLE this mod once you've run DynDOLOD

DynDOLOD Resources                                                                

DISABLE this mod once you've run DynDOLOD

DynDOLOD DLL                                                                          

DISABLE this mod once you've run DynDOLOD

Better Dyndolod Red Mountain Plume                                      

DISABLE this mod once you've run DynDOLOD

Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM

Noble Skyrim Mod

NSM - SMIM Patch

SMIM Furniture Improvement

(Optional) SMIM Whiterun Bench

High Poly Project

Origins Of Forest

Origins Of Forest - Too Much Grass Patch

Origins Of Forest - 3D Forest Grass Reduced

Creep Cluster - Ultimate Planter Solution

Deathbell

Dragons tongue

Gleamblossoms

Jazbay

Juniper

Lavender

Mountain Flowers

Mountain Flowers - Hearthfire Patch

Mushrooms Remastered

Mushrooms Remastered - Rock Texture Integration

Glowing Mushrooms

Nightshade

Nirnroot

Pine Grass

Snow Berries

Solstheim Plants

Soul Husks

Thistle

Tundra berries

Tundra Cotton

Seasonal Landscapes

Can be flagged as ESL

I recommend to use the performance textures

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1.1       ENB complex grass
1.2       None!
1.3       Nature of the Wild Lands
            Seasonal Aspen Trees
1.4       Noble Skyrim
1.5       None
2.1       Cathedral
2.2       Mari
2.3       Mari
2.4       Mari
2.5       Mari
2.6       Cathedral - Vanilla
2.7       Cathedral
2.8       Mari
2.9       Cathedral
2.10     Mari
2.11     Cathedral
2.12     Cathedral

Nature of the Wild Lands

You have to move the patch ‚Seasonal Landscapes - Nature of the Wild Lands Patch.esp‘ here.

Seasonal Aspen Trees

You have to move the patch ‚Seasonal Landscapes - Seasonal Aspen Trees Patch.esp‘ here.

Seasonal Landscapes - High Poly Project Patch

Seasons of Skyrim - Less Snowy Shacks

Seasons of Skyrim - Remove Unwanted Grass

Seasons of Skyrim - SMIM Patch

Unique Flowers and Plants

Seasonal Unique Flowers and Plants

Retexture Project - Architecture

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1.1     NO!

1.2     Assorted Mesh Fixes

          Lux

2.1     Your choice

Retexture Project - Clutter

Retexture Project - Dungeons

Retexture Project - Landscape

I leave it up to you which resolution to pick for the 'Retexture Project'.

The file for parallax will be installed later!

Retexture Project - Patches

Merge the second patch with the first one

Just Ice

I recommend to use the 'hybrid' version.

Enhanced Ore Veins

Enhanced Ore Veins - Texture Fix

Simplicity of Snow

The parallax patch is REQUIRED!

Landscape Fixes For Grass Mods

Basic Dining Set Replacer

Book Covers Skyrim - Lost Library

Common Cages

Clutter Collection

Cooking

Deadly Spell Impacts

Can be flagged as ESL

Detailing the Eldrich - Higher-Res Apocrypha - Temple of Miraak - Black Books

Dibella statue

Can be flagged as ESL

Docks and Boardwalks

(Optional) Docks and BoardWalks - Weathered Riften Textures

Dummies

Enhanced Blood Textures

Falmer Architectur

Hagraven Clutter and Bones

Hay

High Hrothgar Steps

Icefloes

Improved Dust Particles

Ingredients

Dragonborn Ingredients

Vampire Dust

Furniture

Furniture - SMIM Patch

Vanilla Table Replacers

Noble Furniture - SMIM Patch

Noble Furniture - SMIM Patch Wash Basin

Better Chests

Better Chests - SMIM Patch (See 'Files')

Medieval Spirits

Sigils of Shalidor

Beautiful Sigils of Shalidor

(Optional) Remove Small Rocks

This helps a bit with the FPS. Skip it if you have a good video card.

Solstheim Shrines

Solstheim Objects SMIM Patch

Stalhrim Source

(Optional) Stalhrim Source - No Transparency

Stone Quarry and Clay Deposit

Stones of Solitude - Better Blended Rock Piles

Water in Wells

Water Overhaul and Bug Fixes

Can be flagged as ESL

Simplicity of Sea

Shiny Wet Rocks Fix

Webs

Enhanced Spidersac

Windmills

Windmills - DynDOLOD patch

DISABLE this mod once you've run DynDOLOD

Snowy Surfaces Sound Collision and Aesthetics

Paraphernalia - Snow Colour Fixes

 

UI

 

World Expansion

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Better Dwemer Exteriors

Daedric Shrines - Azura

Daedric Shrines - Boethiah

Daedric Shrines - Clavicus Vile

Daedric Shrines - Hircine

Daedric Shrines - Hermaeus Mora

Daedric Shrines - Mephala

Daedric Shrines - Molag Bal

Daedric Shrines - Namira

Daedric Shrines - Nocturnal

Daedric Shrines - Peryite

Daedric Shrines - Sanguine

Daedric Shrines - Sheogorath

Daedric Shrines - Vaermina

Sadly LUX doesn't support the AIO of the shrines. So were stuck with the single ones atm.

Dark Anchors Ruins and Dolmens

Immersive Dawnguard Dayspring Pass

(Optional) Skyrim Wayshrines - Immersive Fast Travel

Standing Stones

The Blackest Reaches

Paint it Black

Blackreach Mushrooms

Blackreach Mushrooms - Textures

Falmer Cave Ceiling

Blackreach Spores

Castle Volkihar Rebuilt

The Great City Of Dawnstar

Anise's Cabin

The Greenwood Shack

Immersive Fort Dawnguard

The Great Town of Ivarstead

The Great Town of Karthwasten

Markarth - No Parallax

Markarth - Tower Meshes Fix

Markarth - Meshes Fix

Arnleif and Sons Trading Company

Silver-Blood Inn

The Hag's Cure

Markarth - Outskirts

Markarth - Trees

Karthspire

Morthal Overhaul

Landscape Fixes For Grass Mods - Morthal

Crabber's Shanty and Titanclaw Lair

Robber's Gorge

Haelga's Bunkhouse

Elgrim's Elixirs

The Bee and Barb

The Pawned Prawn

The Ragged Flagon

The Temple of Mara

Alchemist's Shack

Merryfair Farm

Sarethi Farm

Snow Shod Farm

Riverwood

Riverwood Trader

Sleeping Giant Inn

The Great City of Rorikstead

Stendarr's Beacon Enhanced

Stendarr Rising - The Hall of the Vigilant Rebuild

Quaint Raven Rock

Quaint Raven Rock - USSEP Patch

Quaint Raven Rock - NAVM Optimized Patch

Quaint Raven Rock - Nordic Jewelry Patch

ONLY if you use the CC ‚Nordic Jewellery‘

Quaint Raven Rock - Ghosts of the Tribunal Patch

ONLY if you use the CC Tribunal DLC

Solstheim - Skaal Fishing Camp

Solstheim - Skaal Village Overhaul

Solstheim - Skaal Village Overhaul Patch Collection

Enhanced Solitude

Enhanced Solitude with Vanilla Textures

ES USSEP

ES Terrain Patch

Enhanced Solitude Docks

ESD Terrain Patch

ESD SMIM Patch

ES ESD Patch

Realistic Nord Ships

Realistic Nord Ship - Texture Replacers

Angeline's Aromatics

Bits and Pieces

Radiant Raiment

Temple of the Divines

The Bards College

If you want to use Legacy of the Dragonborn then this is the place for it.

I'd then also install Legacy of the Dragonborn - Improved Dig Sites.

Better Tel Mithryn

Whiterun CIty Limits

Whiterun City Limits - Tundra Homestead Patch

ONLY if you use the CC Tundra Homestead

Whiterun Interior
Arcadia's Cauldron

Belethor's General Goods.

Jorrvaskr

(Optional) Pride of the Companions - Shields of Jorrvaskr

Temple of Kynareth

The Drunken Huntsman

Warmaiden's

Bleak Falls Barrow

Bleak Falls Tower

Bleakwind Basin

Bleakwind Basin - USSEP

Whiterun City Limits - Bleakwind Basin Patch

Halted Stream Camp

Whiterun City Limits - Halted Stream Camp Patch

Loreius Farm

Lund's Hut

Secunda's Kiss

Tundra Farmhouse

Valtheim Towers

Whiterun Watchtower

Whiterun Trellis

(Optional) Whiterun Trellis - Wood Textures

Underforge

Capital Windhelm Expansion

Capital Windhelm Expansion - USSEP

Windhelm Expansion - Grey Quarter

Windhelm Expansion - Grey Quarter Hotfix

Candlehearth Hall

Hollyfrost and Hlaalu Farms

New Gnisis Cornerclub

Sadri's Used Wares

White Phial

College of Winterhold

Saarthal

Septimus Signus's Outpost

 

Housing

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Breezehome

(Optional) Eli's Breezehome - Aquariums Addon (FishingCC)

Crypt of the Old Guard

Fits nicely into the lore.

(Optional) Forgotten Grotto

(Optional) Hjertesten Hall

Overgrown Cottage

Perfect little starter home to drop off some loot.

(Optional) Skaal house

(Optional) Skaal house - CBBE Patch

(Optional) Tel Jerdein - Telvanni Sorcerer Tower

The Tale of Tsatampra Xiros

 

PC

Spoiler

Caliente's Beautiful Bodies Enhancer - CBBE

I strongly recommend to install the 'curvy' version.

Caliente's Beautiful Bodies Enhancer - AE Patch

Fair Skin Complexion

Expressive Facegen Morphs - Racemenu plugin

Expressive Facial Animation - Female Edition

Expressive Facial Animation - Male Edition

High Poly Vanilla Hair

High Poly Head

The ESM can be flagged as ESL

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1.1 BSA only  
1.2 Special Edition  
1.3  Expressive Facegen Morphs  
1.4.1 Expressive Facial Animation (male)  
1.4.2 Expressive Facial Animation (female)  
1.5 High Poly Vanilla Hair  
1.6 Vampire Head Fix This will be installed later, so don‘t pick it at first.

Feminine Argonian Textures

(Optional) (Optional) Bugfix: Blue/Purple Argonian Tails

Use this only if you encounter this bug

Feminine Khajiit Textures

The Eyes Of Beauty

The Eyes Of Beauty - Elves Edition

The Eyes of Beauty - Ai Remastered

Pick one of the replacer plus 'The Untouched'

The Eyes of Beauty - Vampire Eyes Remastered

Pick what you like

KS Hairdos

KS Hairdos - HDT SMP (Physics)

Vanilla Hair Remake SMP

Can be flagged as ESL

Beards

Realistic Hair Colors

Can be flagged as ESL

Schlongs of Skyrim AE - No DLL Version

Highly Improved Male Body Overhaul (HIMBO)

Masculine Argonian Textures (SOS-FULL)

Masculine Khajiit Textures (SOS-FULL)

Colors and Makeup for all Races and Genders

Tattoos and warpaints should be added here.

Color-Matching Pubic Hair

SOS Female Pubic Hairs for NPCs

Pubic hair for HIMBO

Character Presets (See 'Files')

I uploaded my own character presets, but you can of course use other ones.

 

Physics and Animation

Spoiler

The choices for AE are still limited. I'll expand this section once DAR is working again.

 

XP32 Maximum Skeleton Special Extended - XPMSSE

'SOSRaceMenu.esp' can be flagged as ESL

Conditional Expressions - Subtle Face Animations

Conditional Expressions for NPCs

Feral - Rip and Tear

FSMP - Faster HDT-SMP

Falling Leaves and Needles

Realistic Dandelion Seeds

Snow Drop

(Optional) First Person Magic Animation

Skip it if you don't want to use first person view.

CBPC - Physics with Collisions

CBPC Equipment physics

(Optional) SINful CBP

Useful if you want to finetune physics.

 

Armor and Weapons

Spoiler

The files with [Bodyslide] should be skipped. I list them only to have a complete list. The 'Predone Bodyslides' (see 'Files') already cover them.

 

[Bodyslide] CBBE Creation Club Outfits Bodyslides

Weapons Armor Clothing and Clutter Fixes

(Optional) Simple Leather Backpack

Skip this mod if you want to use the backpack from the CC.

(Optional) Simple Leather Backpack - Textures

Rustic Clothing

Skaal clothes

Dawnguard Armor and Weapons

Dawnguard Armor and Weapons - CBBE Patch

Shrouded Armor

Vanilla Armor Replacers

Vanilla Armor Expansion - Textures

[Bodyslide] Vanilla Armor Replacer - CBBE

[Bodyslide] Vanilla Armor Replacer - HIMBO

Realistic Armor

Realistic Armor - Textures

[Bodyslide] Realistic Armor - 3BA

Guards Armor Replacer

(Optional) Housecarls - Guards Armor Replacer (SPID)

[Bodyslide] Guards Armor Replacer - 3BA

[Bodyslide] Guards Armor Replacer - HIMBO

Minor Factions Armor

Minor Factions Armor - USSEP

[Bodyslide] Minor Factions Armor - HIMBO Bodyslide

New Legion

New Legion - Textures

[Bodyslide] New Legion - CBBE Bodyslide

[Bodyslide] New Legion - HIMBO Bodyslide

Race Armor Expansion

Race Armor Expansion - Textures

[Bodyslide] Race Armor Expansion - CBBE Bodyslide

Unplayable Faction Armor

Unplayable Faction Armor - WACCF Patch

[Bodyslide] Unplayable Faction Armor - CBBE Bodyslide

[Bodyslide] Unplayable Faction Armor - HIMBO Bodyslide

Circlet Replacer

Armored Circlets

Gigaduex's Armor Sets

Gigaduex's Armor Sets - Amulet Patch

[Bodyslide] Gigaduex's Armor Sets - CBBE Patch

Masque of Clavicus Vile

Sons of Skyrim

Sons of Skyrim - Textures

[Bodyslide] Sons of Skyrim - HIMBO Bodyslide

(Optional) Topless Forsworn Armor

(Optional) Topless Forsworn Armor - Amulet Patch

Can be flagged as ESL

Daedric Weapons

Dawnbreaker 

Dragonbone Weapons

Dragonbone Weapons - Alternate Sword

Ebony Weapons

Ebony Weapons - Mace Patch

(Optional) Elegant Ebony Longsword

Glass Sword and Greatsword Replacers

Pick your choice

Nordic Draugr and Hero Weapons

Orcish Weapons

Silver Weapons

(Optional) Silver Weapons - Scabbard

Steel Weapons

(Optional) Steel Weapons - Holster

(Optional) Steel Weapons - Scabbard

Real Bows

Feel free to use the optional wood textures

Real Bound Bow

Can be flagged as ESL

(Optional) Mirkwood Bow

(Optional) Rivendell Bow

Tauriels Bow and Arrows

Tauriels Bow and Arrows - Replacer

(Optional) Steel quiver

Auto-Equip Best Arrows

Can be flagged as ESL

Arrow Nocks

 

Gameplay

 

NPC

 

Companions

 

Creatures

 

Sound

 

Weather and Lighting

 

Sex Mods

Spoiler

There are two ways to go about this. First we got 'SexLab' then there is 'Open Sex'. For me 'Open Sex' is working better and the animations start faster (no scriptlag), but it offers less than 'SexLab'. So it is up to you which one you want to use.

 

Open Sex

 

Sexlab (Unsupported)

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SexLab Framework AE

SexLab LipSync Fix

SexLab Aroused Redux Baka Edition

SexLab Eager NPC Rev 2

(Optional) You Don't Need A Break (Fix an Eager NPCs annoyance)

(Optional) Slave Tats

SLAL

I strongly recommend to deactivate all animations in 'Sexlabs Framework' before configuring this mod.

Creature Framework

Link is correct. Check the downloads!

More Nasty Critters

SexLab Aroused Creatures

Animated Beast's Cocks (ABC) (File)

(Optional) MNC Husky

Dripping when Aroused

Any Sexlab animations you want go here.

SexLab Light me up

Monster Facial Animation (MFA)

TWO - Total Werewolf Overhaul

TWO - Schlongs of Skyrim

Yamete Kudasai OR Sexlab Defeat Baka Edition

As you configure your mods in the MCM, make sure defeat, should xou use it, is the last mod you open and configure.

(Optional) Fertility Mode (Tip) 

Don't forget to move the ESM up.

Don't activate any of the patches. FM+ (aka the next mod) takes care of that 

(Optional) Fertility Mode v3 fixes and Tweaks

(Optional) Creampie Voice Pack OR Creampie and Pregnant Voice Pack

Estrus For Skyrim

REMOVE/HIDE the ESP! It is NOT needed!

Estrus Chaurus

Estrus Trapped Eggs

Drunk Redux 

 

Don't forget to add FNIS, plus, if needed, the creature addon, just above Nemesis. But you have to use the following steps to get them working together.

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1. Install Nemesis just below FNIS (but DON'T activate the mod yet!)

2. Run FNIS normally

3. Create your 'FNIS Output' from overwrite and activate it

4. Now deactivate the main mod for FNIS and activate Nemesis

5. Run the update.

6. Let Nemesis run through

7. Create your 'Nemesis Output' from overwrite, activate it and let it overwrite 'FNIS Output'

8. Flagg 'FNIS.esp' as ESL.

9. Done

 

World

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Ancient Dwemer Metal

We need to install a version of 'Ancient Dwemer Automatons' and 'Ancient Dwemer Metal'.

Ancient Dwemer Metal - Converted meshes

Ancient Dwemer Metal - Enhanced Ore Veins

Ancient Dwemer Metal - Missing Forgemaster Fix

Dwemer Pipework Reworked

Dwemer Pipework Reworked - ENB Lights

Ancient Dwemer Metal - SMIM Patch

Ancient Dwemer Metal - FINAL VERSION

If you bought the full version of AE use 'Ancient Dwemer Metal - ANNIVERSARY EDITIONinstead.

Ancient Dwemer Metal - FINAL VERSION Update

Skip this if you use 'Ancient Dwemer Metal - ANNIVERSARY EDITION'.

Dwemer Tech Glowmapped

Carriages

Farmhouses

Farmhouse Fences

Lakeview. Manor - As It Should Be

Follow the instructions on the modpage when you build the house. Otherwise its scripts won't work.

Lakeview Manor - CC Fishing Compatiblity Patch

Palaces and Castles Enhanced

Palaces and Castles Enhanced - Compatibility Patches

Palaces and Castles Enhanced - Bears of The North

Skyrim Extended Cut - Saints and Seducers

Skurkbro's Retexture Project - Parallax Patch

(Optional) Less Vanilla Trees

Use this if you have a weaker video card. It will increase your FPS but will create floating objects (like beehives) as the tree they were attached to is now gone.

 

Patches

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RERUN 'High Poly Head' (PC)

The ‚HPH Vampire Fix‘ can be flagged as ESL

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1.1 BSA only  
1.2 Special Edition  
1.3 Expressive Facegen Morphs  
1.4.1 Expressive Facial Animation (male)  
1.4.2 Expressive Facial Animation (female)  
1.5 High Poly Vanilla Hair  
1.6 Vampire Head Fix We need this patch down here

Landscape Fixes For Grass Mods - Towns

We only need the patches for Rorikstead & Ivarstead. Don't forget to tick 'Reminder' too. 

JK's Guild HQ Interiors Patch Collection

JK's Interiors Patch Collection

RERUN 'LUX' (Weather and Lighting)

RERUN 'LUX Via' (Weather and Lighting)

RERUN 'LUX Orbis' (Weather and Lighting)

Race-Based Textures (RBT)

The textures are very good and 2K already looks much better than other skins with 4K. 

Race-Based Textures (RBT) - SOS Patch

Female Skin RBT

(Optional) Female Skin RBT - Less Makeup

(Optional) Female Skin RBT - Tintmasks

Male Skin RBT

College of Winterhold RBT Patch - Full

Dawnguard Revisited - RBT Patch

The Companions Revisited - RBT Patch

Dark Brotherhood NPC Overhaul Revisited- RBT Patch

Dark Brotherhood NPC Overhaul Revisited- USSEP

Whiterun Hold NPC Overhaul - RBT Patch

 

Final

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3BA

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1.1 None  
1.2 None  
1.3 None  
1.4 None  
2.1 None  
2.2 Performance (Improved)  
3.1 Your choice  
4.1 Realistic  
4.2 Your choice For something like ‚Greek Goddess‘ i recommend option ‚C‘
4.3 Your choice For something like ‚Greek Goddess‘ i recommend option ‚C‘
4.4 Your choice For something like ‚Greek Goddess‘ i recommend option ‚Medium‘
4.5 Don‘t add Gravity  
4.6 Add more Gravity effect  
4.7 Add Auto Push-Up  
5.1 Your choice  
5.2 Your choice  
5.3 Your choice  
6.1 Option 2  
6.2 Your choice  
7.1 CBPC Regular SoS  
7.2 Don‘t change  
7.3 Don‘t add anal collision  
8.1 Your choice  
8.2 SSS Black  
9.1 None  
9.2 Autoselected  
Additional step Don‘t forget to generate a body for physics to work or use my predone bodyslides.

3BA - Reinstall Physics Config

3BA - Reinstall Vagina Textures

OSmp - Automatic SMP physics toggle for OStim

(Optional) Greek Goddess - Bodyslide and Racemenu Preset

(Optional) Greek Goddess - Collision

(Optional) Lust of the Gods - 3BA Bodyslide

3BA presets and Autobody configs

Predone Bodyslides (see 'Files')

Nemesis Unlimited Behavior Engine

Nemesis Output

You have to create the files with NEMESIS and make a mod out of it.

Bashed Patch

You have to create the file with Wrye Bash and make a mod out of it.

This is for full AE ONLY

DynDOLOD Terrain Output

You have to create the files with xLODGen and make a mod out of it.

DynDOLOD Texture Output

You have to create the files with TexGen and make a mod out of it.

DynDOLOD LOD Output

You have to create the files with DynDOLOD and make a mod out of it.

 

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DynDOLOD

DynDOLOD can look really scary at first, so i'll try to give you an easy step-by-step guide to make it easier. But first the most important thing, make sure that you have the most recent version and the following mods (all are in the group 'Foundation') activated:

xLODGen Resource - SSE Terrain Tamriel

DynDOLOD Resources SE

DynDOLOD DLL SE - Scripts

DynDOLOD DLL SE

Better Dyndolod Red Mountain Plume

R's Windmill - DynDOLOD patch

Those are only used for the generation of the LOD files and should be deactivated for normal gameplay. So check their activation before running any part of the LOD creation. You don't want to know how often i forgot this and had to rerun the whole process... So make sure they are active!

 

The next thing is to make sure everything gets started via MO2 (and add '-sse' to each mod). Otherwise the generated LOD will look very different from what we added with all the changes to the world.

Also move the created files into the corresponding folder in MO2 after each step. They build upon each other.

 

 

Step 1 - Terrain LOD

This step will sort of 'merge' all the used terrain textures and should prevent harsh borders where different textures meet. As we use 'Seasons' we have to run it twice. It makes no sense to have a season in Blackreach or Apocrypha.

 

First run with seasons

Please use the following settings:

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 After this is finished we come to the second part.

 

Second run without seasons

Please use the following settings (dom't forget to check the setting at the bottom):

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Once this has run through we're finished with part 1 and can proceed to the next step.

 

 

Step 2 - Creation of billboards

A lot has changed with DynDOLOD 3. Now the programm will generate the required billboards itself (which was a real problem before when authors didn't include them in their mods). As the format of the required textures has changed you will see some errors regarding this. But as this has to be fixed by the mod author so we can't do much about it. Thankfully everything still works.

 

I use the following settings:

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Let it run through and then we have everything for the last step.

 

 

Step 3 - Creation of the LOD

Now we've come to the last part, the generation of the final LOD. To start we have to select 'Advanced' on the first selection.

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Now we get the screen where we can select the options we want to use. But first click on 'high' to load the rules for better visuals. Secondly tweak the settings for the trees (at the bottom of the list) as this will have an impact on your FPS.

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As this is highly dependent on your GPU i can't tell you what to use. In general 'Billboards' are easier on your GPU, 'Level' looks better but taxes your system more. In the end you have to find out yourself what works best for you.

 

On the main i recommend to use the following settings (and activate everything in the top left):

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Files

 

Better Chests - SMIM Patch

Moving a few textures fixes the problem with SMIM.

 

Character Presets

Now the hair got physics too.

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Predone Bodyslides WIP

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Install the armors in the same order they are listed here.

 

Female

Body will be added later

Zeroed CC Armor.7z

Zeroed Clothing.7z

Zeroed Armor.7z

Zeroed New Legion.7z

 

Optional

Zeroed Female Cicero.7z

Zeroed Gigadeux.7z

Zeroed Topless Forsworn.7z

 

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Tips and Tricks

 

Resolution of Textures

 

Generally it is a good idea to have a better resolution for things you constantly see or get close to. Armors, weapons and skin are constantly visible so a higher resolution is advisable. On the other hand it makes no sense to use 4K for coins. Negligable effect for something of this size.

 

My recommendation would be:

Mountains/Rocks         : 2K (Mountaineers 4K)

Landscape                    : 2K

Armor/Weapons          : 4K

Skin                              : 2K+

Architecture                 : 2K+

Small objects               : 1K- (depends on size)

 

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Thanks for coming back to Skyrim and putting in the effort to do this again. If I can offer one bit of feedback it would be to put notes adjacent to the mods, especially ones that are supposed to be disabled after a certain point, after a - behind them instead of underneath them. It may be a bit confusing to new people on whether the note is meant for the mod above or below it.

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@atawyhrow

I was never gone, i simply had no access to the account. :(

 

Anyway, i was already thinking about that. I'll add something later to prevent the issue. For now i only want to get all mods in, then i can start to add more text and explanations. 

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Thank you so much for the super helpful guide. I'm a noob and I hope I'm not troubling you too much with some questions I have for the guide as I go along.

 

For Skurkbro's Nextgen Retexture Project, should I install the Parallax option?

 

Also, there's a note "Merge the second patch into the first one" but I only see one patch (named Missing texture quick fix) on the modlist. Could you please help? Thank you so much.

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2 hours ago, sweetrollskiwi said:

For Skurkbro's Nextgen Retexture Project, should I install the Parallax option?

 

Also, there's a note "Merge the second patch into the first one" but I only see one patch (named Missing texture quick fix) on the modlist. Could you please help? Thank you so much.

1. Yes. But those will be installed later.

2. Found it. Clicking on 'the second patch' might help... ;)

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Modlist is finished.

 

Got to add a few config recommendations and more text. But not today... I've been on it for hours now and need a break.😵

 

P.S.

As usual i added a few easter eggs. Have fun chasing them down... 😁

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  • Aylis changed the title to Skyrim AE for Beginners - V 0.9.4 (3BA / HDT-SMP / HPH / Seasons)

The entry for DynDOLOD is finished. Unless you think i have to expand on it.

 

Added more screenshots.

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Cosidering a few tweaks and convenience mods for the guide.

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Simple Dual Sheath

Modern Brawl Bug Fix

All Geared Up Derivative - AllGUD                                                                         Nope, physics issues

✔️CBPC Equipment physics                                                                                        Looks very nice

Amorous Adventures for Ostim

Amorous Adventures for OStim - OpenSex Patch and Fixes

Caught Red Handed - Quest Expansion

Caught Red Handed - Quest Expansion - OStim Patch

Harvestable Mammoth Skulls

Grindable Mammoth Tusks

Dint999 HDT Hair                                                                                                       Video

Ebony Armor

✔️Crown of the Ancient Falmer                                                                                   Better textures are always good, right?

Playable Ancient Falmer Crown

✔️Simple Wearable Lanterns                                                                                       Usable and no issues

Detailed NPCs - Simple Wearable Lanterns for NPCs (SPID)                                   Too many lanterns

Detailed NPCs - Simple Wearable Lanterns for NPCs - Guards and Miners (SPID)

✔️Simple Wearable Lanterns - Toggle Hotkey                                                             Works fine

Papyrus Tweaks NG

 

Finally got rid of a few open tabs... ;)

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HOTFIX

I just noticed that i missed two patches. Those will be added plus a few small additions.

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World Expansion

Landscape Fixes For Grass Mods - ASLAL

We only need the patch for ASLAL. Don't forget to tick 'Reminder' too. 

Whiterun City Limits - Bleakwind Basin Patch

Whiterun City Limits - Halted Stream Camp Patch

 

Physics and Animation

CBPC Equipment physics

 

Weather and Lighting

Storm Lightning (Minty Lightning)

(Optional) Thunder Sounds

Simple Wearable Lanterns

Simple Wearable Lanterns - Guards and Miners (SPID)

Simple Wearable Lanterns - Toggle Hotkey  

 

Patches

Landscape Fixes For Grass Mods - Towns

We only need the patches for Rorikstead & Ivarstead. Don't forget to tick 'Reminder' too. 

 

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There are Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods patches available for The Great City/Town Rorikstead & Ivarstead too.

Currently wondering what I messed up from 0.9.3b to 0.9.4 that makes dyndolod throw a fit. 800+ open console windows on texgen generating a broken output. 🤷‍♂️

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3 hours ago, alaunus01 said:

There are Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods patches available for The Great City/Town Rorikstead & Ivarstead too.

Currently wondering what I messed up from 0.9.3b to 0.9.4 that makes dyndolod throw a fit. 800+ open console windows on texgen generating a broken output. 🤷‍♂️

Can't find them (otherwise i would have included them). 🥴

 

That shouldn't happen. Did you add '-sse' to the executable?

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Hi Aylis, thank you for the detailed guide!

I'm at the end of the mod installation process where I need to run nemesis, but it doesnt show any mods I added, only the default mods (gun mod, blocking combat behavior improvement etc). Not sure what I'm doing wrong..

I'm also not 100% sure how to build my body and clothes. Maybe you could point me in the right direction?! I've installed cbbe with the slim body, so I select the 3bbb group and my slim preset and batch build? and after that batch build the armors/clothes with my slim preset?

 

 

Edit: Okay I think I solved my nemesis problem, my installed mods dont have to show up inside nemesis (checkboxes) for it to work the animations

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27 minutes ago, Aeon187 said:

I'm at the end of the mod installation process where I need to run nemesis, but it doesnt show any mods I added, only the default mods (gun mod, blocking combat behavior improvement etc). Not sure what I'm doing wrong..

First make sure you updated Nemesis.

Second take a look at the list in Nemesis. Maybe you have to tick a box or two.

Third make sure the mods support Nemesis (or do they need FNIS?). 

 

27 minutes ago, Aeon187 said:

I'm also not 100% sure how to build my body and clothes. Maybe you could point me in the right direction?! I've installed cbbe with the slim body, so I select the 3bbb group and my slim preset and batch build? and after that batch build the armors/clothes with my slim preset?

AutoBody handles the shape of the body. Males do work fine with a zeroed body, for the females i'm still trying to add more presets into it. For now i'd recommend to install the 'curvy' body in CBBE. Otherwise they can get extremely thin... 

Armor and clothes are already done (check 'Files'). We need a zeroed preset so the meshes will always look the same anyway.

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thanks for the reply!

 

well XPMSSE has listed FNIS as its requirements, but I thought we use nemesis instead, since I did not find FNIS in your modlist. But yeah as I said none of the mods I installed showed up in nemesis, and I had nothing ticked, but it ran anyway and processed quite a few animations.

 

For Armor / Clothing I'm using Spice Gear & Minidresses Collection replacers so I need to build them myself I think. I know the basics of batch building but am no expert and did get a bit confused by 3ba and the physic mods, maybe you could share/describe your workflow or point me in the right direction. For the males I think they were already included in the download? I never used Autobody before but will have a look into it!I usually go for the slim option bc I'm no fan of  xxl breasts ;)

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49 minutes ago, Aeon187 said:

well XPMSSE has listed FNIS as its requirements, but I thought we use nemesis instead

Thats correct. FNIS is only needed for 'Sexlab'.

 

49 minutes ago, Aeon187 said:

I know the basics of batch building but am no expert and did get a bit confused by 3ba and the physic mods, maybe you could share/describe your workflow or point me in the right direction.

For general workflow you have to check the SSEB thread. I posted spreadsheets there for every change i did in preparation for AE (which ended up with 0.9.4 here).

 

The settings for physics are already listed under '3BA'. And for armors they are already included in the predone bodyslides.

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2 hours ago, Aylis said:

Can't find them (otherwise i would have included them). 🥴

 

That shouldn't happen. Did you add '-sse' to the executable?

 

They are included on the main mod page of Landscape Fixes for Grass Mods.

- patches for arthmoor's town add-ons includes one for LAL
- patches for the great cities and towns includes the two for rorikstead & ivarstead

and I am waaaaaay past 'did I forget -sse' - yesterday was reinstall all dyndolod dependencies but no dice. today was reinstall all mods because I probably made a stupid mistake in the options (and make sure all plugins are cleaned) just about to see if that was the reason 🤪

 

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