my way to Skyrim SE


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Guide Version: 0.2 (5/6/21)

links corresponding videos
links to corresponding downloads
links to my personal MCM config & SKSE .ini images

This is my load order. Many are like it but this one is mine: Philosophy on Modding

Current Guide Version: 0.2

Roadmap

v0.2: Going through every mod on Nexus. Adding every mod that initially looks promising to a google doc so that I can spend time going over them. (Also doing steps for v0.3, .4 and .5 as I go).

v0.3: Going through the doc entirely. Reading descriptions. Going through POSTS sections. Adding mods to the game and trying them out. Adding them to this site along with my installation steps (already being done as I go).

v0.4: Announce the guide on Discord and YouTube via the COMMUNITY section. Start adding mods from other sites to check out based on author/community suggestion.

0.5 Finish adding (and eliminating) mods from the google doc. Instructions here are great on a per-mod basis. However, My Way to Morrowind should not yet be considered a cohesive guide in it’s entirety. There’s still plenty of mods to go through and properly test.

1.0 The google doc is emptied. Track down conflicts, create patches, eliminate and update mods, add more by community suggestions. Find some help testing the load order to look for issues that can be reproduced. Eliminate individual textures files from mods to make everything as visually cohesive as possible. New instructions. Modding Monday videos.

1.5 Check individual meshes and textures for errors. Fix what I can. Remove what I can’t. New instructions where needed. Tutorial Tuesday videos.

2.0 Guide is fully functional and follow-able for general users. Create some consolidation patches. Touch ups. My Way to Skyrim SE videos.

Revisions

v0.1: My Way to Skyrim has begun. Basic installation steps added.


“I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow to the knee.” – Guard




Fresh Start

1.0 Fresh Start


My Way supports Skyrim Special Edition on Steam



You started this war, plug-in Skyrim into chaos, and now My Way is going to restore the peace


– Open Windows Explorer

– Navigate to Steam/SteamApps/Common
– Delete the Skyrim Special Edition folder.

– Navigate to Users/<User Account>/Documents/My Games
– Delete the Skyrim Special Edition folder.

– Navigate to <OS Drive>:/Users/<User Account>/AppData/Local
– Delete the Skyrim Special Edition folder.

– Open your Steam LIBRARY. Right click Skyrim Special Edition. Manage. Uninstall.

When installing a tested load order I make sure that past modding sessions are banished to oblivion. Left over files, that you may be unaware of, have the potential to summon annoying Dremora.




Installation

1.1 Installation



Download Skyrim SE


– INSTALL Skyrim SE from your LIBRARY. ( NOT in the Program Files directories )
– Click PLAY from Steam. Let the additional components install. Agree to the pop-ups then close the Game Startup Menu.


“Kill well…and often” – Astrid



2.0 Tools




“He has tools!” – Cicero


This guide was born under the sign of the Modder. With these tools you will be shown how to defeat the World-Eater. Venture forth without them at your own peril. Outsider’s watch your tongue. You are talking to the true High King.

Mod Organizer 2 is the most flexible and inclusive manager for Elder Scrolls & Fallout games.
If you’d like to debate this go here.


Requirements

Requirements



– Download Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019 vc_redist.x64.exe .
– Launch vc_redist.x64.exe . Install. If a Modify Setup window opens select Repair.


Installation

Installation



Main File Download | Mod Organizer 2 (Installer)
– Launch Mod Organizer 2.exe . Accept/Agree.

– At the Location window select Browse ( create a new folder if desired ). Choose any destination you like
( NOT the Program Files directories or the Skyrim SE game directory ). OK.

– At the Components window select Next >.
– The Start Menu options are preference. Next > .
– At the Additional Tasks window activate the checkbox for Create a desktop shortcut. Next >.

Install. Check the box for Launch Mod Organizer. Finish.


Setup

Setup



After launch MO2 will have opened a Choose Instance window. If the app itself opened:
– Select File. Change Game.

– Create a New instance.
– Select SkyrimSE from the drop-down menu. OK. MO2 will open for Skyrim SE.

Setup ( Preference )
– Open Settings

– Open the Paths tab.
– Select the ellipses […] next to Base Directory. …

Setup ( Mandatory ) … to be continued (it’s all in the video)

The Creation Kit is Bethesda’s official modding tool for Skyrim SE.


Installation

Installation



– Download Download for Free .
– Launch BethesdaNetLauncher_Setup.exe . Install.
Bethesda.net will open. Sign in. Open the >> [ All Games ] menu at the top left. Choose Creation Kit: Skyrim. INSTALL.
Location to Install : <Game folder> (default). Install. PLAY. At the Script Source Extraction window choose Yes. The CK will eventually open.


Setup

Setup



– Close the Creation Kit

– Navigate to Steam/SteamApps/Common/Skyrim Special Edition. Open the CreationKit.ini .
– In the [General] section copy and paste this setting: bAllowMultipleMasterLoads=1 . Close & Save.

The above setting allows the Creation Kit to load more than one plugin as a Master.


(place holder)

Add the Creation Kit to MO2



– Launch MO2
– Open Modify Exectuables
Add [ ] from file… Navigate to the game folder. Double-click CreationKit.exe . Apply. OK.


(place holder)

SSE CreationKit Fixes



Main File Download | CK64Fixes Release 2.7
– Open the CK64Fixes Release 2.7 archive. Drag and drop everything into the Skyrim Special Edition game folder.

“I am sworn to carry your burdens.” – Lydia


3.0 Foundation


Foundation consists of mods that other mods use as framework to build on.


Skyrim Script Extender

Mod Description: Framework that allows mods to be created (and used) with additional functionality.
Notes: SKSE plugins (mods) do not count towards the load order number limit and have no Load Order to worry about. Once installed you will ALWAYS and ONLY launch the game from SKSE via the MO2 dropdown menu.

– Download the Current SE build via the 7z archive link.
– Open the archive that is downloaded. Open the skse64 folder.
– Extract the contents to the Skyrim Special Edition game folder.

– Open MO2 (close MO2 then re-open it if it was already open). Select the dropdown menu next to RUN. SKSE will have been auto-detected and accessible from here.


Address Library for SKSE Plugins

Mod Description: Allows SKSE plugins to be version independent.
Notes: Game updates won’t break mods created by authors that utilize this. Users need to install this so those mods work.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


SkyUI

Mod Description: Elegant, PC-friendly interface with advanced features.
Notes: If you have installation issues check out the video.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the FOMOD folder.


SkyUILib

Mod Description: Framework to create and use new menus or extend functionality of existing UI.
Notes: Works for both Skyrim LE and SE.

– Download the file. Drag and drop it into MO2’s Downloads tab.
– Install and activate.


4.0 Fixes and Restoration



4.1 Fixes & Stability



Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

Mod Description: Attempt to fix all of Skyrim’s bugs at the game level.
Notes: A number of mods use this as a foundation/requirement.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the Docs folder.


4.2 Annoyances


4.3 Restoration



Haunting and Mourning – SSE

Mod Description: When a unique NPC dies there is a random chance that it will return as a ghost to watch over it’s family. Mourning family members.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the Optional folder.


5.0 User Interface



5.1 Heads Up Display



People are Strangers

Mod Description: You will not magically know people’s names until you speak with them.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

– Download the optional file.
– Install to MO2. Merge.


People are Strangers – Lively’s Tweaks

Mod Description: Allows you to loot and pickpocket strangers and search dead bodies with People Are Strangers.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


SkyUI – Better Favorite Menu

Mod Description: Increases the size and capacity of SkyUI’s favorite menu.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


5.2 Main Menus



Clean Menu

Mod Description: Removes the Bethesda Logo, smoke, video intro, Creation Club News and button and other unnecessary buttons from the main menu.

– From the MAIN FILES download Clean Menu — All in One (30 FPS).
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the Interface folder.


Recleaned Menu

Mod Description: Does the same as Clean Menu but it also removes the “empty slots” beneath main menu the buttons when using the arrows keys. What it does not do is remove the loading screen smoke. Work perfectly fine together.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


Immersive Loading Icon

Mod Description: Removes the Bethesda Logo, smoke, video intro, Creation Club News and button and other unnecessary buttons from the main menu.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


5.3 In-Game Menus



No Pesky Planter Message Boxes

Mod Description: Removes the message box that appears every time you plant an item.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


Remove QuickSave Button from SkyUI System Menu

Mod Description: Removes the Quick Save button from System Menu. Exit your game without scrolling.

– From the OPTIONAL FILES download Remove QuickSave and Help Buttons.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


Skyrim Souls RE – Updated

Mod Description: Unpauses game menus. Configurable.
SKSE .ini settings (4 images)

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.
(note to self: will need to check the ini as I’m deeper into the guide.)


SkyUI Item Card Fixes

Mod Description: Fixes the non-uniformed alignment, size, positioning and general inconsistency’s of a lot the information on the item card interface.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2. At the FOMOD Installer select Default ItemCard Fixes. Install. Activate the mod.
(note to self: Will need to choose differently at fomod if a font replacer or Frostfall is used)


Stay At The System Page – Updated

Mod Description: Ensures the journal menu always opens at the system page tab.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


Super Fast Input Wait Menu

Mod Description: Adds a second wait menu that allows you to input hours, days and weeks. Configurable.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.
(note to self: come back later and do mcm)


Wider MCM Menu for SkyUI

Mod Description: Makes the MCM wider.

– From the MAIN FILES download Opt. 2 – Even Wider Rescaled MCM Menu for SkyUI.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


Yes I’m Sure

Mod Description: Disables annoying message prompts that ask you if you’d like to craft/improve/exit menus

– From the MAIN FILES download Opt. 2 – Even Wider Rescaled MCM Menu for SkyUI.
– Install to MO2 and activate.
(note to self: inspect the .ini further when deeper into the guide)


6.0 Graphical Foundation



7.0 Landscape & Environment


7.1 Individual Buildings – Existing


7.2 Individual Buildings – New


7.3 Towns & City Expansions – Existing


7.4 Towns & City Expansions – New


7.5 Lands – Existing


7.6 Lands – New


7.7 Nature


7.8 Roadside



8.0 Characters & Creatures


8.1 Birds & Bugs


8.2 Creatures – Friendly


8.3 Creatures – Unfriendly


8.4 Followers


8.5 Humanoids – Appearance



Consistent Older People

Mod Description: Make some NPCs with older faces have bodies that match.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the .txt file.


Vampires Cast No Shadow 2

Mod Description: Vampires don’t cast shadows when out in the sun.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


8.6 Humanoids – Existing


8.7 Humanoids – New



9.0 Clutter & Misc



9.1 Clutter – General



JS Purses and Septims SE

Mod Description: Mesh and Texture replacer for Septims, coin purses and piles.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2. At the FOMOD Installer select Textures 4k, all Dirty – 4k options and Vanilla Overwrite.
Install. Activate the mod.
(note to self: may need to come back and choose Path Relocation if other mods have coin conflicts)


JS Shrines of the Divines SE

Mod Description: Mesh and Texture replacer for shrines.

– From the MAIN FILES download JS Shrines of the Divines SE – 4K.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


9.2 Items – Alchemy


9.3 Items – Food & Drink


9.4 Items – Magic



9.5 Items – Quest Related



JS Barenziah SE

Mod Description: Mesh and Texture replacer for the Stones and Crown of Barenziah.

– From the MAIN FILES download JS Barenziah SE – 4K Textures.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


JS Dragon Claws SE

Mod Description: Mesh and Texture replacer for Dragon Claws.

– From the MAIN FILES download 4k Textures.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


9.6 Items – Smithing



10.0 Apparel


10.1 Accessories


10.2 Armor – Replacers


10.3 Armor – Collections



JS Armored Circlets SE

Mod Description: Set of 9 brand new circlets with the same attributes as their helmet counterparts.

– From the MAIN FILES download 4k Textures – JS Armored Circlets SE.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


10.4 Clothing



11.0 Arsenal


11.1 Replacers


11.2 Collections



12.0 Homes & Interiors


12.1 Homes – Player


12.2 Interiors – Friendly


12.3 Interiors – Unfriendly



13.0 Weather & Lighting


13.1 Lighting


13.2 Weather



AURORA S.E.

Mod Description: Mesh and Texture replacer for the aurora.

– From the MAIN FILES download AURORA v5 x2048.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


14.0 Animations & Effects


14.1 Animations – Player



14.2 Animations – NPCs



No Spinning Death Animation

Mod Description: Replaces the spinning around death animation with a basic ragdoll.

– From the MAIN FILES download No Spinning Death Animation MERGED.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the .txt file.


14.3 Animations – Other


14.4 Decals


14.5 Effects



DANDELION by Ramccoid

Mod Description: Texture replacer for dandelion seeds that are seen floating around the landscape.

– From the MAIN FILES download DANDELION SEEDS v5 x2048.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


DOOR by Ramccoid

Mod Description: Retextures the puzzle door dust effect seen in dungeons.

– From the MAIN FILES download DOOR v2 x2048.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


DROPS by Ramccoid

Mod Description: Retextures the dripping, splash and ripple effect.

– From the MAIN FILES download DROPS v1 x2048.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


DUST by Ramccoid

Mod Description: Texture replacer for ambient dust particles and the falling dust effect.

– From the MAIN FILES download DUST v6 x2048.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


MIST by Ramccoid

Mod Description: Texture replacer for ambient mist.

– From the MAIN FILES download MIST v2 x2048.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


Oil by Ramccoid

Mod Description: Texture replacer for oil puddles.

– From the MAIN FILES download OIL v2 x2048.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


– From the OPTIONAL FILES download OIL v2 x2048 Oily Water.
– Install to MO2. Merge.


Splashes Of Skyrim

Mod Description: Adds projectile based water splashes and ripples, and underwater explosions.
SKSE .ini (coming soon-ish)

– From the MAIN FILES download Splashes Of Skyrim – (current version#).
– Install to MO2 and activate.


15.0 Gameplay & Quests



15.1 Gameplay – General



Alternate Start – Live Another life

Mod Description: Alternative (and various) means to start a new game.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the .txt files.


15.2 Gameplay – NPCs



Better Stealth AI for Followers

Mod Description: Followers don’t rush into combat before the enemy has fully detected you. Followers unequip torches while sneaking.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the Docs folder.


Follower Trap Safety

Mod Description: Followers and summoned creatures won’t trigger bear traps, pressure plates or trip wires.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


Slayable Offspring SKSE

Mod Description: Make kids killable without the need for patches.

– From the MAIN FILES download Slayable Offspring SKSE.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


15.3 Gameplay – Player



Consume Loose Items

Mod Description: Hotkey to to consume potions, food and ingredients from the world, rather than storing them in your inventory.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


15.4 Quests – Existing


15.5 Quests – New



15.6 Immersion



Bring Out Your Dead

Mod Description: Adds proper burial sites for various unique NPCs.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

Clean Up: Open the mod. Delete the .txt file.


Configurable Real Names for SSE

Mod Description: Automatically assigns lore-friendly names to anonymous NPCs
Notes: The additional download fixes PlayerAlias issues, which can cause CTD.

– Download the main file.
– Install to MO2 and activate.

– Download Real Names for SSE – Fixed Scripts.7z. Drag and drop it into MO2’s Downloads tab.
– Install and activate.


To Your Face Redux

Mod Description: Stops NPC comments unless they’re directly facing the player.
SKSE .ini settings

– From the MAIN FILES download To Your Face Redux – SSE.
– Install to MO2 and activate.


16.0 Audio


16.1 Audio – Major


16.2 Audio – Minor



17.0 Consolidation



18.0 .ini Tweaks


Add these settings to your SkyrimCustom.ini


[General]
bModManagerMenuEnabled=0

Tweak Description: Removes the MODS button from System menu.

Everything here is either planned to be, or inconsideration to be, added to the main guide.

Apps & Framework Additions
SSEEdit including the QuickAutoClean entry. Create mod for the cache files in overwrite.

.ini Adjustments

Mod Clean Up

Mods
Immersive Citizens – AI Overhaul
Download the Main file. Install & Activate. (if ELE or ELFX is used will need to install patch during FOMOD). suppose to be a better option than this?

Potential Additional Steps

Potential New Sections
– A general PC section after game install (reveal file extensions, install 7zip or other archive app)
-do a short video on skse .ini files

vabatta – Configurable Real Names player alias fix