The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
is the most recent installment in Bethesda Softworks' line of open world fantasy role playing games. Published in 2011 on Windows PC, XBox 360, and PS3, it received numerous awards including the lion's share of "game of the year" awards. The events of Skyrim
take place 200 years after the events of the preceding game, TES IV: Oblivion
, and concern an on-going civil war taking place in the provinces of Skyrim which is interrupted by the return of the ancient and long dead dragons who once ruled over the world at the dawn of history. The player takes on the role of a man or woman who is unwittingly caught up in the events of the civil war when he or she is arrested crossing the Skyrim border and sentenced to death (spoiler alert: you don't actually get executed). In the course of the main story line the player character is revealed to be heir to a great power nearly as old as the dragons themselves, which they must master to defeat the dragon uprising and prevent the end of the world.
But this is an Elder Scrolls game so the typical player can expect to burn hundreds of hours exploring the world without ever actually completing the main story line. You may not even pursue the main story line at all. Skyrim is a rich wide open world and it's very easy to get lost in it, forge your own destiny, make your own stories, and generally play as you wish.
The modding community
for Skyrim is vast, diverse, and goes all the way down through the rabbit hole and comes out the other side only moderately traumatized by tentacles. New players may wish to begin their Skyrim experience with minimal modding for a "vanilla" experience, or they may wish to start off with a number of popular and thoroughly playtested mods. I have included a link to the previous thread OP which contains a useful list of mods, but that list is neither exhaustive nor universally agreed upon. One of the main functions of this thread is to discuss mods and matters relating to mods, which most definitely includes helping new players get their Skyrim modded up so please ask, we are delighted to assist.
Additionally this thread is for the discussion of previous entries in the Elder Scrolls line of games, people still play them and comparisons between them and Skyrim are relevant.
After giving this some thought I have decided not to include screenshots in this OP due to the fact that the sheer depth and breadth
of graphical modding makes it extremely difficult to choose screenshots which present Skyrim
in a way which it will ultimately look for you when you play it. If you want to see pretties, use your google-fu.Link to the previous OP which includes a list of mods to get you started
One download that nearly every Skyrim player who wishes to mod their game will need to do is SKSE, which is short for Skyrim Script Extender.
SKSE is a papyrus script extender, which allows modders to write mods containing more code than the game would otherwise allow. Most mods that use scripts require SKSE in order to work at all.
It is always important to pay attention to the requirements section of any mod you wish to use, as well as read and understand the installation instructions. Even a properly installed mod will misfire if you are missing requirements.
If a mod lists a dependency, and it's a dependency that you don't understand, ask.