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Are Nexus Mods dodgy or just as safe as the Workshop mods?
Basically I really want to make the Dark Brotherhood have Blue armor and it seems the only way to do it is with this mod from the nexus website

I've already used some Workshop mods because I trust Steam lol but I just wanna know if there's any potential damage I might do to my game by using mods from a third party website? And do I need to download anything special to use those mods?
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Fox Nov 30, 2013 @ 2:07pm 
Just as safe.

I use Nexus all the time.
Norpham Nov 30, 2013 @ 2:09pm 
I use the Nexus only for my mods never had issues. You can download the mods manually and install or use the Nexus' 3-rd party program Nexus Mod Manager or NMM for short to do it all for you. While you're at it google and download BOSS (better oblivion sorting software)(though it works for skyrim as well) as it moves your mods around for you to give the best compatability between mods. The main reason I use Nexus is that the Steam Workshop has a 100mb limit on mod size while the Nexus is basically limitless on the size of mods you can host/download.
tinywars Nov 30, 2013 @ 2:18pm 
I use Nexus for all my mods... Why do you think Nexus is dodgy?
Zloth Nov 30, 2013 @ 2:19pm 
Some of them are dodgey and yes, they are just as safe as Steam Workshop mods.
I would scan em for viruses; there have been a couple instances of ppl uploading malware onto the Nexus; it is rare, but it has happened.

This is why I always download the mods manually, and then add them to the NMM
Soloeus Nov 30, 2013 @ 2:29pm 
1. Mods are not plug and play, Steam Workshop does a great job of fooling you into thinking it is, Nexus is a reminder that it isn't.

2. Nexus mods are often unable to be uploaded here due to file size or content type. This doesn't mean they are better or worse. That said, many mods which are uploaded in both places have a catch. One version might be more updated/supported than another, or use higher/lower graphics textures or other things.

3. Nexus has some really neat mods, and I strongly suggest learning to use them. Wrye Bash lets you make a Bash Patch to overcome certain mod compatibility issues with leveled lists, and BOSS helps you sort your load order.

4. No matter where you get your mods from, you have a little -WORK- to do, to ensure a smooth load order.

My best advice, is make an UNMODDED new game. Take this character all the way to the end of the Helgen dungeon. Save your game. Twice. Make backups of BOTH saves. These are now your "Clean Saves". Start by loading 5-6 mods into the game. Then, load your clean save. Make sure it works fine. Save your modded game. Load 5 more.

The benefit in "Grouping" is that when you finally hit "issues" you can guess which "group" is responsible and that can help you zero in on the mod causing the issue.

Good luck!
Potential Legend Nov 30, 2013 @ 3:51pm 
Okay so I'm installing it now but a little confused. Do I simply copy and paste the .dds files straight into the Skyrim/Data folder? Or do I put them in a seperate folder inside the Data folder?
Ahmrael Nov 30, 2013 @ 4:56pm 
My advice if you need help on installation is to visit Gopher's Youtube channel. He has a ton of great videos on installing mods.
Last edited by Ahmrael; Nov 30, 2013 @ 4:56pm
Originally posted by Alcoholic Stoner:
Okay so I'm installing it now but a little confused. Do I simply copy and paste the .dds files straight into the Skyrim/Data folder? Or do I put them in a seperate folder inside the Data folder?
Use a mod manager [Nexus Mod Manager, or Mod Organizer; both on the Nexus; Wrye Bash is for more advanced modders].; manually installing mods may be feasible for a handful; but once you get past 10 or so mods, it can be very confusing.

Potential Legend Nov 30, 2013 @ 5:33pm 
I managed to work it out but I'll be sure to check those out thanks for the help everyone!
la_nague Nov 30, 2013 @ 5:44pm 
nexus is the best!

load with nexus mod manager, install with nexus mod manager.
run BOSS, let it sort the plugins and add bash tags.
run wryebash and create a bashed patch.
run all the ASIS plugins you have and activate them.

there, all mods now work together.
Last edited by la_nague; Nov 30, 2013 @ 5:45pm
Cloudburst Nov 30, 2013 @ 5:50pm 
Nexus is widely used and safe.
No worries.
Zefram Cochrane Nov 30, 2013 @ 5:57pm 
Check the reviews of the mod for any problems, the comments thread that goes with it.

One thing I don't like about Steam is that if theres an update available it'll force the update on you whether you like it or not, and if theres a problem or a bug, you're stuck with it.
Last edited by Zefram Cochrane; Nov 30, 2013 @ 5:57pm
FaZe jógnny Nov 30, 2013 @ 10:31pm 
nexus has a wide variety of excellent mods. i use mods from the nexus like its sharpshooter enb i use it and it makes the game look beautiful.
Cluwne Jul 21, 2014 @ 9:36pm 
Dont use it. I scanned it with alot of virus scanners, it has Trojan.Win32/Generic.
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