So I've yet to play this game. However since I've recently put together a new gaming rig, the time is now.
I'm both excited and overwhelmed when I see what the modding community has accomplished with this game. And thought I'd come and see if some of you helpful folk could lend me a hand and perhaps ease my nerves.
For starters, I'll say I've yet to mod a game I bought via steam. Somewhat worried about the whole VAC banning thing. I've heard people say it's strictly a multiplayer thing, and single player games are excluded. But I've also seen forum posts from people claiming they've been banned by gfx mods on games like Dark Souls 2. While I understand DS2 has mp in it, the idea that a gfx mod got them in trouble is worrisome as I'd rather not risk my account over something I could have done without.
That aside. If I do jump into a modded up skyrim with no concerns. What should I focus on? There is just so much out there to pick from. Is it better I grab a mod for every individual terrain type out there (rocks, trees, water, sky, etc.), and merge them all? Do I run the risk of one of those mods overstepping the other? Or should I grab a massive 'it does everything' terrain super mod? Should I grab town enhancement mods one town at a time? Or have they been merged into one larger 'all towns' pack that I've yet to find.
Also, is there any sort of program that auto downloads/installs the mods accordingly through a site like nexus (never used nexus yet)? Or are all the installs manual and straight forward?