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Skyrim Roleplay Enhancement Mod Guide.
Patches and files needed for the guide will be available here on the Nexus. The guide itself is on the Step Wiki (use link below).

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SkyRem Guide

What is SkyRem? Yes - SkyRem is an acronym (if you have delved into any of my mods, this is probably very apparent) for Skyrim Roleplay Enhancment Modding. Alone, Skyrim is a great game. With the involvement of the modding community, it has become a phenomenal game. This guide, along with the few mods I have authored, is my attempt to give back to that community (or at least contribute in some way).

SkyRem Concept: Add to the Skyrim experience by incorporating elements of strategic roleplay that focus on character creation, growth, and development that works seamlessly with the base (vanilla) game. While this began with the desire to tweak character creation, it has since grown into two (currently) series of mods and now a guide as I work to put it all together.

There are great guides available already, with different focuses, different objectives, and varying degrees of difficulty (both difficulty of game and difficulty of guide). After countless hours of using other guides, adding, subtracting, altering, combing through category by category every mod on the Nexus, and reading and researching... this guide is my "finished product" based on the concept above, with the following priorities in mind:

(1) Stability
(2) Mechanics
(3) Content
(4) Aesthetics

This is not a difficulty or beautification mod guide by design. One could argue that difficulty is incorporated simply by the nature of the roleplay focus and modifications, but the intent of the guide goes far beyond just making Skyrim more difficult. As for beautification - there are plenty of mods specifically for this included in the guide, but is not the primary focus. I have also incorporated these into the guide in a way that will make it easy for you to add / subtract / substitute... whatever you prefer (or whatever your system allows).

SkyRem is also relatively new and under continual development, and may be better suited to those with some degree of modding experience (beginners beware). Having said that, as SkyRem continues to grow based on suggestions/questions/requests, more detailed info will be included. While not intended to "hold your hand", the goal is to ultimately allow any level of modder to be able to complete the guide successfully.

A word of caution: It is best to peruse the guide and determine what kind of install you wish to do before starting (core or extended). Then complete that install prior to customizing your mod load (adding, subtracting, changing... any deviation from the guide). Following the guide exactly will help prevent issues down the road. The vast majority of issues is due to skipping a step, missing a tag, not following each step precisely, etc. The guide contains a lot of information and it is easy to miss something.

While updates will be made as frequently as necessary to fix issues and/or provide needed clarification, there will be times of guide inactivity. The intent is to create a modded Skyrim, and play. It is easy to get caught in a perpetual cycle of updating, adding, and removing mods. The same goes for maintaining a guide. Do not forget to enjoy the game!

The guide is organized into several sections by priority:
  • Home Page: Introduction, general information, preparing your setup, some basic "how to's" for modding, and troubleshooting.
  • Priority I: Stability - Making a fresh install, setting up tools and INIs, cleaning masters, installing SKSE plugins, and getting your base game ready.
  • Priority II: Mechanics - Interface changes, fixes and tweaks, audio mods, gameplay enhancements, environment overhauls, and large retexture mods.
  • Priority III: Content - Quest additions, location overhauls, immersion mods, character mods, creature mods, and equipment mods.
  • Priority IV: Aesthetics - Visual mods not covered in previous Priorities. Completely optional mods that can be added/removed based on preference.
  • Final Steps: Patching and in-game setup, such as recommended MCM settings.

This guide provides:
  • A stable and Performance Friendly setup.
  • Installation directions and instructions for using various modding tools and techniques.
  • Patches to make mods included work together (via Nexus): Custom settings, NPC Patch, and a consistency/conflict resolution patch (SkyRem Patch).
  • Support via Discord and regular updates.

This guide does not:
  • Include ENB or Reshade: I do not use them nor do I care for them. The trade-off for performance is (IMO) not worth it.
  • Include Dead Mods: Mods that need updating or mods with excessive (or unanswered) bug reports/comments) without simple solutions.
  • Include CBBE: What little I do in this regard is UNP.
  • Include 4k+: Whenever possible, I use 2k at the most. There are a few exceptions in which 2k is not available however.

Patches will be provided as the guide develops.
I cannot guarantee compatibility with mods outside of the guide.

SkyRem Character Series - GRACE
Grace: SkyRem Series AIO.
Gabi: Genders Are Boringly Indistinct.
Rae: Race Abilities Enhanced
Ava: Attribute Value Application
Cori: Class Overhaul Re-Imagined
Elsa: Early Life Skill Adjustment

SkyRem Immersion Series - E M I L .
Eve: Evolving Value Economy
Mia: More Immersive Activations
Inez: Improved NPC Encounter Zones
Lora: Loot Overhaul - Rarity & Abundance