The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Random Alternate Start
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Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:11am
Oct 22, 2012 @ 12:27pm
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Be anyone you want to be. Choose from 21 different loadouts then get randomly thrown somewhere in the vast land of Skyrim. Will you end up in the royal court of Solitude's magnificent Blue Palace or will you end up at the bottom of a dark, dank, necromancer-infested mine shaft and have to fight your way up to the surface? With 463 starting locations (and more being added) you will never enter Skyrim the same way twice! What will your story be?

Random Alternate Start is even better when used with the Character Creation Overhaul mod:

As seen on Start 2 Continue:

- Choose from 21 class starting kits each with it's own semi-random loadout
- Start in one of 463+ locations in Skyrim after character creation
- The Main Quest thread can be picked up by investigating rumors of dragons near Helgen
- Very light footprint ensures clean integration with the main quest and maximum compatibility with other mods
- Best used alongside Character Creation Overhaul

Random Alternate Start is compatible with virtually all other mods, except for other alternate start/quickstart mods.

Subscribe through Steam Workshop, download using Nexus Mod Manager, or download manually and copy all files in the 'Data' folder to Skyrim's 'Data' folder then enable the 'Random Alternate Start.esp' file. Random Alternate Start should be at or near the top of your load order to avoid any mod conflicts.

To uninstall this mod, simply disable the 'Random Alternate Start.esp' file and delete all the related files from Skyrim's 'Data' folder.

- If you run into Hadvar or Ralof they may bring up references to the dragon attack at Helgen as if you had been there. This will be corrected in the next release.
- If you experience crashing, hanged loading screens, continuous loading, or broken dialog for the Whiterun Gate Guard or Jarl Balgruuf you need to move the "Random Alternate Start.esp" to the bottom of your load order.
- Memory intensive hair mods can also cause crashes at character generation.

Version 1.0.7 - Released October 22st, 2012
- Added new starting locations
- Added optional esp for old Riverwood CharGen location
- Changed CharGen location for faster loading and less memory usage
- Fixed Battle-Born Farm location (Thanks wolfslair)
- Removed Forelhost location (Thanks backtrace)
- Removed College of Winterhold location
Version 1.0.6 - Released October 19st, 2012
- Fixed Main Quest thread not starting in last version
Version 1.0.5 - Released October 19th, 2012
- Fixed crashes for users with memory issues caused by precaching character generation
- Fixed player not being able to move for a short period after spawning
- Added food to starting kits for users playing with hunger mods
Version 1.0.4 - Released October 13th, 2012
- Moved chargen location for people using Towns and Villages Enhanced (Thanks Yetibum and Meadowlark)
Version 1.0.3 - Released October 13th, 2012
- Fixed some mod conflicts (Thanks diamok)
Version 1.0.2 - Released October 13th, 2012
- Removed Hoarsfrost location Grotto (Thanks VaMouse)
Version 1.0.1 - Released October 12th, 2012
- Bugfix
Version 1.0.0 - Released October 12th, 2012
- Initial Release

- The source code for this mod is included for personal use. Please do not publically modify or redistribute this mod without my permission.
- Thank you Bethesda for making my all time favorite games and providing us with the tools to mod them.
- Thank you Arthmoor, Alexander J. Velicky, JustinOther, Scaredwolf, and all the other great people on the Bethesda and Nexus forums.

"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—-of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life." - 1 Timothy 1:15-16
Popular Discussions View All (9)
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Rumours of dragons not in quest log?
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Fallout 3 version?
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Master of Puppets Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:11am 
Oustanding mod! Combining this mod with your racial/attribute overhaul mod has created an exciting and fresh experience for me in Skyrim! This mod does exactly what is says it will do, and let me tell you, ya better be prepared, cause you never know where the hell you are going to spawn!
Nobodyreallyimportant Jan 9, 2014 @ 9:15pm 
So, is there no workaround for the memory intensive hair crashes?
Durtydawgs Jan 9, 2014 @ 4:45pm 
I deleted everything. no trace of this mod...
Hypermicrobe Jan 9, 2014 @ 9:19am 
Syclonix  [author] Jan 9, 2014 @ 12:17am 
@Durtydawgs: Couple of things--first make sure you've actually disabled and deleted the "Random Alternate Start.esp" file, unsubscribing on Steam doesn't always do the trick. Second make sure you are not loading an existing save that had Random Alternate Start enabled. Make sure you are starting a completely new game.

Finally, if you're still having issues try verifying the integrity of your game cache, you may have corrupt files.
Durtydawgs Jan 8, 2014 @ 7:54pm 
ugh it wont get off my game no matter what I do. Its completely broken the beginning start of my game. D: never should have installed this
Durtydawgs Jan 8, 2014 @ 7:30pm 
Im trying to unistall this thing because im starting a new rp char that needs the regular start. and well I deleted all of it but now has glitched my game it starts as if we are in wagons but me and the other prisoners are outside the wagon as if we are getting loaded up in it in the middle of nowhere but it is not doing anything....ummm wuh?? help??? pls asap this is really frusterating
Greenfire007 Jan 8, 2014 @ 11:17am 
that first video was glorious. +1 subscriber!
Emperor Heraclius t.bestboi Jan 8, 2014 @ 1:41am 
Great mod works perfectly even with my 50 or so other mods but is their a way that when you choose a loadout you get a bonus of sorts in the perk trees that the class would probabaly have such as knight with heavy armor or barbarian with two handed weapons or mabye magic kits each coming with a spell tome that fits. I remember oblivion where at the start you chose a stone power and class witch i think gave a bonus to its skills.I could use the mod Classic classes but i hate always haveing to start at helgen.
Syclonix  [author] Jan 7, 2014 @ 11:43am 
@Princess: I'm sorry you're having trouble--Please try moving Random Alternate Start.esp to the BOTTOM of your load order. That should fix any issues you're having.

@Berserker Bob: I apologize for that Bob, I overlooked that when placing it as a starting location.