voltcheck Mar 17 @ 6:50am
Thinking of coming back to Skyrim
I left a year ago because things got hectic. Now im thinking of redownloading it and coming back to play it, but I dont want to get obsessed again and fall into that spiral of absorbtion that the game puts you in.

The main reason im wanting to come back though is because I bought this 300$ Nvidia card and I want to test it out thoroughly on something that can get graphic intensive when modded.

Any thought's on this matter?

PS- No comments like "you should come back because skyrim is awsome. Skyrim4lifu." or anything that isnt relevant to the rest of the community. Only helpful and contributive comment's.
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Skyrimnut Mar 17 @ 6:56am 
Well, when you played last time, what was your gaming style?
Gorith Mar 17 @ 7:01am 
Some of the mods are fairly good for pushing hardware. That being said I honestly would suggest if your doing it mainly to see how hard you can push your GPU that you go with a different game something thats more graphicaly intensive out of the box. Some examples like Star Citizen, the new Elite game, Mechwarrior online, Hawken, Crysis (yes it's old but if you start turning things up it can still put the hurt on a modern gaming PC), Arma3, Metro lastlight.
voltcheck Mar 17 @ 7:09am 
Originally posted by Skyrimnut:
Well, when you played last time, what was your gaming style?
About a year ago.

My style was mainly mod adventures. Since there are so many out there, I hard a hard time getting anything actually done. I havent even beat the main questline yet. >.<



Originally posted by Gorith:
Some of the mods are fairly good for pushing hardware. That being said I honestly would suggest if your doing it mainly to see how hard you can push your GPU that you go with a different game something thats more graphicaly intensive out of the box. Some examples like Star Citizen, the new Elite game, Mechwarrior online, Hawken, Crysis (yes it's old but if you start turning things up it can still put the hurt on a modern gaming PC), Arma3, Metro lastlight.
I would do that but I dont have the money since I bought Mass Effect last week. Skyrim is the only real graphic intensive game I have aside from Fallout New Vegas but I would rather like to play on grounds im more familiar with.

I plan on getting a ENB, some mod's I used to enjoy playing with back when I used to play this game and im going to turn up all the graphical and rendering options to the max.
Envy Mar 17 @ 8:14am 
If you are planing on getting enb then here is my suggestion: get the ENB binaries(preferably wrapper foldier) + ENB Helper then start skyrim, make a character then type tfc 1(so you wont have to move every time you make changes) then press Shift+Enter and from there start customizing the ENB.

I used this method and i must say i made a really great ENB just by doing this :O.

Also if you are gonna mod Skyrim i recommend Mod Organizer insteand of NMM
Theoran Mar 17 @ 8:18am 
Originally posted by voltcheck:
Originally posted by Skyrimnut:
Well, when you played last time, what was your gaming style?
About a year ago.

My style was mainly mod adventures. Since there are so many out there, I hard a hard time getting anything actually done. I havent even beat the main questline yet. >.<

I think he meant, what's your play style.

Play styles I can think of.
+ The gamer the sprints from quest to quest
+ The gamer that explores every nook and cranny
+ The gamer that clears out sections of the map at a time
+ The gamer that takes it slow and self roll plays the game
+ The gamer that loots, picks, kills everything around him/her
+ The gamer that wants the most powerful everything....NOW

Trying to understand is all. Were you burnt out or did you get too obsessed?
voltcheck Mar 17 @ 8:20am 
@Darkarhon
I think I will just stick with NMM. Im not going to super mod it.

The only real thing Ill probably be playing with is graphic, texture, body mods and so on. I also plan on getting a few of the old adventure mod's I liked to play with but I think im not going to pass at least 50 mods.

I understand that these mods can pile up because sometimes they require secondary mods to work but im going to try and keep a handle on it as much as possible.

As for the ENB thing, ill just get a already defined one of the NMM or something. Im not looking to heavily invest in in-depth modding.
voltcheck Mar 17 @ 8:23am 
Originally posted by Theoran:
Originally posted by voltcheck:
About a year ago.

My style was mainly mod adventures. Since there are so many out there, I hard a hard time getting anything actually done. I havent even beat the main questline yet. >.<

I think he meant, what's your play style.

Play styles I can think of.
+ The gamer the sprints from quest to quest
+ The gamer that explores every nook and cranny
+ The gamer that clears out sections of the map at a time
+ The gamer that takes it slow and self roll plays the game
+ The gamer that loots, picks, kills everything around him/her
+ The gamer that wants the most powerful everything....NOW

Trying to understand is all. Were you burnt out or did you get too obsessed?
The first four, yes. The last two, no.

I think it was both. I was super obsessed with the game to the point that I was writing Fan Fiction. I decided to stop after my game stopped working for some reason. It wouldnt let me talk to the NPC's and such.
Theoran Mar 17 @ 8:30am 
I see nothing wrong with writing Fan Fiction. It's your creative expression. I personally write a little diary of my character's adventures. If, in real life, you went so far as to dress as the Dovahkiin and randomly adopt children in your town, then I'd say you should stay away from the game.
voltcheck Mar 17 @ 8:38am 
Originally posted by Theoran:
I see nothing wrong with writing Fan Fiction. It's your creative expression. I personally write a little diary of my character's adventures. If, in real life, you went so far as to dress as the Dovahkiin and randomly adopt children in your town, then I'd say you should stay away from the game.
Nah, nothing that extreme. xD

It was just time consuming though. One minute your happily walking through Skyrim, humming to yourself gleefuly. Two hours later... you're hunting down dragons and speniding hours clearing dwarven ruins. It was detremental to my social life in a sense, granted that I didnt have one, but it made things just as bad if not worse.

Ive probably already convinced myself, so im just going to re-install it and try to complete it all in one go without making a new character or something.

An interesting thing I liked to do is design my character based off my main character I played with the most from the previous game, except they look slightly diffrent every time. I think it's cool to give your characters a generational concept.
Theoran Mar 17 @ 8:47am 
Set a timer mate and have a few goals in mind for your Skyrim session.

"I will play for 90 minutes and my goal is to clear out this ruin and the cave/mine/fort next to it." I know it can be hard when your goal is to travel from Whiterun to Riften and NOT clear out every location, mine every ore, pick every flower, and kill every beast along the way.

If you are at a good saving point before 90 minutes are up, save, and call it a night. I myself play from 10:30pm-12:30am and then go to bed.
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Mister E Mar 17 @ 8:54am 
FWIW, I played Skyrim for a while about a year ago and then kind of lost interest. I picked it up a little while ago and created a new character since something about the old one apparently got boring. I started to feel like I was wasting time in-game again, so set a goal of finishing the main quest. I've had the opportunity to put a lot of time into the game, but it's been one of the most satisfying playthroughs for me. It's easy to get lost in being a completionist, clearing every dungeon and taking on every side quest that pops up, but I felt like it was too easy to get burnt out doing that. I still have a probably 1/3 finished main quest line in Oblivion that nags at me for the same reason.

Edit: almost forgot -- I would highly recommend just installing SkyUI since you're on a PC now (and SKSE if it's required for it), and the patches, and start out with that. A lot of mods suggest not installing on an existing character, but I haven't had troubles doing that so far. This way, you can change the game to how it suits you. It's easy to install a bunch of mods but then get lost on what was installed or how each is supposed to work or be initialized.
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voltcheck Mar 17 @ 8:55am 
Originally posted by Theoran:
Set a timer mate and have a few goals in mind for your Skyrim session.

"I will play for 90 minutes and my goal is to clear out this ruin and the cave/mine/fort next to it." I know it can be hard when your goal is to travel from Whiterun to Riften and NOT clear out every location, mine every ore, pick every flower, and kill every beast along the way.

If you are at a good saving point before 90 minutes are up, save, and call it a night. I myself play from 10:30pm-12:30am and then go to bed.
Thats partially my problem from last time. I always liked to walk around with a group a NPC followers, really old school duegon party's, and as a result, half of my time was spent on deciding what party members I woult take with me, what is the current status of their gear? Can I upgrade their gear? Could I afford to upgrade thier gear. I literally spent more time organizing the inventory of my party, equipping them, giving them the potions they need to heal themselves if they are warriors or archers, etc. So much gold used to outfit them. I was bankrupt for the most part unless I brought in a good duegon loot hual, and that wasnt very often and usually in the harder and larger duegons.

Thats the main reason why I stopped playing. Too time consuming. I fear I may fall into the same pattern again though because I diud like the challenging aspect of micro-managing your entire groups provisions and such.
Mister E Mar 17 @ 9:05am 
Originally posted by voltcheck:
Thats partially my problem from last time. I always liked to walk around with a group a NPC followers, really old school duegon party's, and as a result, half of my time was spent on deciding what party members I woult take with me, what is the current status of their gear? Can ...

Thats the main reason why I stopped playing. Too time consuming. I fear I may fall into the same pattern again though because I diud like the challenging aspect of micro-managing your entire groups provisions and such.

If you don't already, I would recommend either UFO or AFT (follower tweak mods) -- I use AFT, personally. They'll make it easy to control followers, and if you want, you can teach them spells, set automatic behaviors, or even set them as essential. In my last playthrough, I had at least 3 followers, and definitely know what you mean about it getting tedious. For my current playthrough, I've stuck with just one follower (Lydia), and just kind of dump extra inventory on her and let her decide what equipment to use. I might even start leaving her behind and solo-ing dungeons and etc more now.
I guess my basic suggestion is to just mod things that are annoying to you or try to change your playstyle to liven things up, if necessary.
Theoran Mar 17 @ 9:08am 
I challenge you to go it alone this time. I play a sneaky character and have found it difficult to have followers at all. In my current play through, money is not an issue as I have well over 120k. I never buy anything and I only sell. I have no followers and if I do take on a follower, I have Inigo waiting for me in Riften's jail.

A few mods to make dungeon crawling less head achy.



+ Get a bag of holding mod (unlimited storage. I put things I want to keep here)


+ Get Convenient Horses: Link[www.nexusmods.com] (unlimitied storage on horse. I put things I will sell here)


+ Get Trade and Barter Hearthfire: Link[www.nexusmods.com] (Increases merchant gold and what they buy and sell at based on city, racial traits, demeanor, and many other things.)


+ Get Harvest Overhaul: Link[www.nexusmods.com] (increases amount harvested, also allows you to increase the gold in pouches as well as percentage chance to contain gems)


+ Get Bandolier - Bags and Pouches: Link[www.nexusmods.com] (craft poaches to increase carrying capacity.)


+ Get INIGO: Link[www.nexusmods.com] (the only companion you'll ever want and he comes with an ebony bow.)

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voltcheck Mar 17 @ 9:17am 
@Mister E
I did use those mod's.

At any rate, I set most of my followers to unesential. The few that were essential were my particularly favorite followers. At any rate, it just made it fun when it was possible for your followers to die, so that way it became even more tactical. I always needed to protect my healers and mages because they would get picked off easily. Archers and warriors werent much of a concern but they sometimes could get swarmed and picked off easily by a large group of enemy's.

I think that I literally started looking for mod followers after all the vanilla one's were killed off through duegon raiding incidents. Another thing is AOE friendly fire. Sometimes my NPCs would fight and kill each other because they got hit by friendly fire, so that was another incident of them dying.

I usually kept my groups small when the duegons were small, while I took larger groups when I wandered outside and into larger duegons. Mod duegons typically required me to bring seven or eight followers. I remmember there was this really old mod duegon I went through one time and I took about 30 followers with me. I walked out of there with only four because there were so many mobs and they always managed to pick off two or three followers per swarm.

Really though, I spent more time having to redo a certian part of the duegon after I had cleared it and saw the body count of my allies which were pretty high most of the time.

Regardless, lost of duegon mods and battlefield mods I think are what distracted me.
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