Saturday, April 21, 2012

Skyrim Mods

The same day Skyrim was released, players started releasing mods for it. Right now I have about 40 mods installed. I have improvement for textures, star fields, snow, ice, sounds, rocks, water, waterfalls, clothing, static meshes and more. It's amazing how much people have improved the game. Someone even thought the ever present dust in caves and dungeons was too coarse and the ash piles left over from reanimated corpses weren't high res enough (I have both installed). Every now and then I'll come across some really stupid shit though like cocks for trolls (see below).


Even before the game was released PC gamers were irate about the user interface. Bethesda developed a lot of the game for consoles first, PC's second and the menus were no exception. They just weren't designed for a mouse. Too much scrolling, no sorting, no filtering, and too much wasted space. SkyUI has been downloaded more than a million times.

Skyrim HD
This a mind blowing mod of epic proportions. More than 2GB in size, they've redone from scratch over 600 textures and normal maps. The 4k resolutions are more than 8 times that of the original game and still surpass Bethesda's official hi-res DLC pack. They've redone stars, galaxies, towns, dungeons, houses, ground, trees, barrels, dwemer ruins, and on and on.

Skyrim Flora Overhaul
Like the previous mod, but focused on overhauling all things foliage. Consists of high res photographs of real leaves and grass. This is made by the same guy who made a bunch of flora overhauls for Morrowind.

XCE - Xenius Character Enhancement
This is a compilation of Xenius' other character enhancements: detailed faces, detailed bodies, detailed lips, no more blocky faces, high quality eyes, high resolution scars, weathered warpaint and improved dirt. I don't know how it is on Xbox, but the PC game had these blocky seams on noses, chins, and necks which are fixed by this mod.

Enhanced Blood Textures
Replaces all the blood textures with custom ones 4 times the original resolution. Lengthens the duration blood stays on weapons and adds new wound textures. Check out the decapitation wound.


Killable Children
It's all in the title. There a bug in this mod that lets you create a character as a child.

Derrax Male Frost Troll
Derrax has also made cocks for werewolves. If you browse through the comments page for this mod you can find people asking for bigger cocks. You know, because a frost troll with a small cock is just silly.

My Little Pony Weapons and Armor
Here to make you happy.

Calientes Female Body Mod Big Bottom Edition
Like the Eye Candy mod for Oblivion, but with adjustable T&A. You can select areola color and the style of pubic hair. Absurd.

Cussing Bears
This mod substitutes the sounds a bear makes with the Tourette Guy. BOB SAGET!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Backpacking Trip

The time has come to decide when/where/how long we're going on our trip. Unfortunately, it would seem Andy will be unable to come as he has decided to use his vacation to go to Florida with Taryn.

Before we make any decisions, I have a few questions to bring to the table:
1. How much $$ are we willing to spend?
2. How much vacation time are we willing to use?
3. How far away are we willing to go?

Personally, I don't really care how expensive the equipment is because I'd love to reuse it multiple times. I'll take up to an entire week off and drive us all the way there in my car if that's a selling point for you guys.