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Remember to like and favorite. I don't know to update if it looks like hardly anyone is using it.

update 5/22/13

I rarely use workshop anymore. I find there to be a better selection on the Nexus. So any possible future updates will ikely also be nexus heavy. New links at bottom.

Removed DragonBone Weapons because the ones in the expansion are better, imo.

Added link to Helgen Reborn and the Sexy Towns author.

update 7/13/12

Sounds of Skyrim added a Civilization pack recently. If you enjoy the other instalments try it out too. Very immersive.

Added Moonpath quest mod. Best one I have found so far. Voice acting is good and they are still building it, so check for updates.

UPDATE 5/6/12

Replaced Midas Magic with Apocolypse Spells - Better spell package IMO. Uses the buy books system which fits into Skyrim more seemlessly. Spells are more varied.

Added SkyUI - I no longer use this because I now play with a 360 controller, but if you are using mouse and keyboard this is THE mod to get. Pay attention to the install requirements or it will not work properly (in otherwords, READ)

UPDATE 4/28
Added links to UFO and Weightless Items. Added Paarth Fix

UPDATE 4/30
Reduced distance npc greetings
Better Quest Objectives - adds detail to tooltips
More Dragon Loot
Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers
Better Pickpocket - makes min 5% an increases max to 98%
added link to levelers tower

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This is a collection of personally tested mods that improve your gameplay. If you are new to using mods, this is the collection to start with. If anyone feels like this list is missing something then feel free to message me and I will test the mod and include them based on how they test.

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Ultimate Follower Overhaul (UFO) - Adds tons of functionality to followers. Can have up to 15. Can remove their default gear and replace with what you want. You can tell the to "relax" which will have them treat the current area as their home until you come get them. They can ride horses. Read his page because there is much more added, the amount of new functionality for followers is amazing.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=14037

Weightless Items - makes most ingredients, books, food, potions, scrolls, and misc items weightless.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=1622

Paarth Fix - Cant tell you what this does without including a spoiler. Adds a dialogue option to the main quest that removes what I considered to be the most annoying decision forced on the player.

***These do exactly what the title of the mod says ***
Auto Unequip Arrows
Faster Vanilla Horses
Legible Road Signs
Unread Books Glow
Spend Dragon Souls For Perks
Reduced distance npc greetings
Better Quest Objectives - adds detail to tooltips
More Dragon Loot
Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers

***Add Weapons to Dragonsmithing***
Dragon Bone Weapons Complete - lower dmg than Deidric, but higher crit and faster.

***Mods to improve the look of female characters in the game***
Link to collection.

***Adds many new sounds and increases immersion***
Sounds of Skyrim series

***Cheats***
Lock Pick Cheats - add if you hate minigames in your RPGs

Better Pickpocket - makes min 5% an increases max to 98%

Levelers Tower - A cheat filled player house between helgen and riverwood. Has buttons that increase skills. An arena to spawn mobs. A vendor with 30k gold. Much much more. Very well designed. Keep in mind it is under cheats for a reason.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=14152

***Magic Mods***
Apocolypse Spells - Adds new spell books to Winterhold vendor. Wide variety of spells, some very powerful. Nice autocast system added to some spells.

***User Interface***
SkyUI - changes the menus to ones much more friendly to mouse and keyboard.

****Quests***
Helgen Reborn - Fully voiced quest chain. About 4 hours of gameplay. Rebuilds Helgan into a city again.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/35841//?

***City Overhaul***
Sexy Cities - Don't let the word 'sexy' fool you. No npc changes here. The city textures, specifically the ugly, drab colors are replaced with colors much more appealing. There is a separate mod for each city so instead of linking all of them I will link the author instead.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/users/3417809/?tb=mods&pUp=1
Items (15)
Auto Unequip Arrows
Created by Alek
This version is for vanilla Skyrim and does not support crossbows. If you have Dawnguard get this version instead: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=87898389

This mod comes with a script that will automatically unequip arrows when y...
Faster Vanilla Horses
Created by Jov
Like many, I found Skyrim's horses to be unrealistically and unreasonably slow. Travel by horse was hardly faster than by foot, making it unrewarding.

Horse speed and gallop-time has been given a significant -yet balanced- boost, for a more realistic (...
Lock Pick Cheat
Created by Mardoxx
Forces lock pick sweet spot debug bar visible. Other debug info is too intrusive, so I removed it.

None of this is my own work, the original lockpickmenu.swf had this functionality but you had to enable it by calling ToggleDebugMode from the game, a fu...
Sounds of Skyrim - The Dungeons
Created by Cliffworms
The Dungeons includes 115+ sound effects to add life to the dungeons. The enemy type that inhabits a dungeon will make itself heard. At dungeons’ entrances, you also hear the exterior weather. If there’s a thunderstorm raging outside, you’ll hear th...
Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds
Created by Cliffworms
The Wilds focuses on adding sound effects in Skyrim's wilderness. With the 115 new sound effects, the purpose of The Wilds is to audibly enlarge Skyrim's fauna with the addition of various animals, birds and insects that play according to weather, time of...
Spend Dragon Souls For Perks
Created by DarkSeraphim85
*** Now compatible with SkyRE, and other perk-altering mods! ***
* Does NOT require any script extenders. *

(Show some love! Favorite & Thumbs up!)

New, Version 3.0 is out! Read the revision log for more info!
Checkout the 3.0 Update video.
http:...
Unread Books Glow
Created by duggelz
Unread Books Glow by duggelz

Books which you have not read yet will have a visible glow. When you
read a book for the first time, its glow will disappear. All copies
of the same title are considered the same book, so once you've read
one "Cats of ...
More Dragon Loot
Created by Vony256
This little mod makes dragons drop more loot. You should allways get something enchanted to make it worth while dragon hunting.

This mod should also now be compatible with the Deadly Dragons Mod....
Slightly Reduced Distance NPC Greetings
Created by Cipscis
This mod slightly reduces the distance required for NPC greetings.

Also available on Skyrim Nexus: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=746

Also see:
No NPC Greetings - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=7431
Reduce...
Better Quest Objectives
Created by whickus
Sorry for the lack of updates! Been away from Skyrim for a while. I've stopped supporting this mod but ultfreecomputing has picked up where I left off and made several improvements. Check out his mod Even Better Quest Objectives here:

http://steamcommu...
Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers
Created by Turn_on_a_Dime
This simple mod adds quest markers to all 24 of the Stones of Barenziah (Unusual Gems) that you need to find/collect for the "No Stone Unturned" quest.
The markers are only added after you take an "Unusual Gem" to Vex, and she gives you the objective to ...
Apocalypse (4.00 - old version)
Created by Enai Siaion
+++ OUTDATED VERSION +++

This is the 4.00 version of the Apocalypse spell package. This is an older version and is no longer maintained.

Due to occasional issues with automatic mod updates that modify running scripts, as well as conservatism among t...
SkyUI
Created by snakster
!!! ATTENTION !!!

This mod requires the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) version 1.6.16 or newer.
Get it from http://skse.silverlock.org.

If you have questions about SKSE, I recommend watching [url=www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTGn...
Moonpath to Elsweyr
Created by muppetpuppet
Announcing my new project Oberon's Court
View the teaser trailer here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpRPEvaBZus&feature=youtu.be
support it by visiting my greenlight concept here
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=109049174


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Sounds of Skyrim - Civilization
Created by Cliffworms
Civilization focuses on adding 223 new sound effects to cities, villages, farms and remote locations where civilization is present. In cities, you can hear the sound of a hammer being used by a villager repairing something, children playing, dogs barking ...
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Commando Jesus May 25 @ 4:43pm 
great pack dude make sure to keep updating!
raist819  [author] May 22, 2013 @ 5:18pm 
OK. Luckily I recently started playing again to play all the DLC. I will update both my collections within the hour. Won't be a ton of changes, though.
Aiko May 22, 2013 @ 5:00pm 
I really like this pack,it may be a little late,but i think it would be awesome for you to update.
Rodrigo Ahroun Sep 25, 2012 @ 9:27pm 
Nice pack, loved it.
Splendorman Sep 2, 2012 @ 5:56pm 
nice list! :D
raist819  [author] Jul 13, 2012 @ 12:58am 
Not a lot to update with, but I'll put a couple up and more as I find them. ty for the feedback.
VoidSpark | BearInThere Jul 2, 2012 @ 10:27pm 
you should update it even if u don't think its worth it. Some people use it