This thread is dedicated to Bethesda's long lasting series related to a bunch of old papers.
Why should you play The Elder Scrolls? The titles of this series are usually big ass sandboxes with tons of content that will last a really long time, big ass modding community and good enough lore, apart from Schick.
The essential mods listed in (almost) every section are intended to be a base to prepare the game for modding or to play vanilla without issues. No one of these mods should vary gameplay from what the developer originally intended.
The first in the series, started out as an arena game, but at the last moment they decided to make an RPG instead, forming the series we all know and love.
Adam and Eve, The Big Booty Mod.
Featuring dynamically generated dungeons and a big ass map, Daggerfall is probably the best "don't pass the night outside" simulator. Nude mods included in vanilla, regular booty only.
DaggerXL is a rewrite of the original Daggerfall that adds features such as distant land and proper support outside MS-DOS.
Daggerfall Tools for Unity is an ongoing project that aims to port native Daggerfall data to Unity, no, not the Ubisoft one.
Probably the best title in the entire series. Obsolete combat, game breaking skills but good old fashioned fun. Also, good main quest and good dungeon delving experience. Also, CHIM. Extensive mod support, but not many big booty mods. No diagonal walking animation.
OpenMW, like DaggerXL, is a rewrite of the original engine that aims to add new features without drowning the game with injectors. Also, spears.
Tribunal - The city of Mournhold, where that old hag Almalexia lives, is being attacked by robots.
Bloodmoon - Hircine, aroused from a Twilight fanfiction, unleashes the werewolves against the population of Solstheim.
Morrowind Code Patch + Beta - It fixes a lot of stuff, and it's completely modular.
Morrowind Patch Project - Are you dreaming of a bugless Bethesda game? Close enough. Bug Musk Telvanni hasn't been removed though.
MGE XE + beta - Why is this essential? It enhances even vanilla Morrowind with proper panoramic resolution and custom UI scaling.
Sponsored by Latvia and Hasbro, Oblivion is the ultimate Mr. Potato Head simulator, where you can carve your favourite tuber against either chips or fries, mainly coming out from the big frying gates leading to the realm of Oblivion. Anemic main quest, but excellent side quests. The landscapes and dungeons are pretty but repetitive. Big ass modding community, with a bunch of excellent overhauls and big booty mods. No diagonal walking animation.
Various DLCs - Small quests and horse armor. Especially horse armor.
Knights of the Nine - Go forth with the Divines blessing and crush the itty bitty elven menace with Pelinal Whitesupremacist!
Shivering Isles - Sheogorath is looking for a champion, because reasons. Ninininininininininininini
Unofficial Oblivion Patch, Unofficial DLC Patches, Unofficial SI Patch - They complete the job Bethesda never started.
Oblivion XP + Update - Changes the leveling up to a more traditional way with experience points, like Fallout without guns. OBSE required.
OR (yeah, that's right, not both)
Realistic Leveling - Want to retain the original leveling without retarded scaling? This mod is for you. OBSE required.
Latest Bethesda's TES title, Skyrim involves the Wyvernkiin slaying a bunch of Wyverns and Stormcloaks with Wyvern Shouts. Short and mediocre main quest, infinite(!!!) (shit) quests and human looking people. Splendid landscapes. Even bigger modding community than Oblivion, including big booty mods. Diagonal animations included.
Dawnguard - Lord Harkon, an ancient vampire, was the guardian of his wife and Serana prior to Molag Bal. He was the cause of vampires everywhere being burnt (himself included), when he placed his daughter Serana with an Elder Scroll into a tomb. Also, crossbows.
Hearthfire - TES meets the Sims. You can adopt children, build your dream house that will end up looking the same as other houses and witness moving mannequins.
Dragonborn - A challenger appears! Hey, you're not the Dragonborn, you're a big fat phony!
Unofficial Skyrim Patch, Unofficial Hearthfire Patch, Unofficial Dawnguard Patch, Unofficial Dragonborn Patch - Removes a lot of bugs, except spiders.
Skyrim Script Extender - Why is it essential? Skyrim shares Tim Preston's inflation fetish and applies it to RAM, so SKSE implemented the memory patch to counter this issue.
Aaron0000's curated list of Skyrim Mods
On the 28th of October 2016, Bethesda released Skyrim Special Edition on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the full power of mods to the PC and Xbox One. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more – with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience.
With the PS4 and Xbox One release, Bethesda brought official mod support to consoles.
Useful links and guides:
Nexus Mods - The biggest mod site for the TES series, includes almost everything, including various crimes against humanity. Don't use the Nexus Mod Manager, use Mod Organizer instead.
Tesgeneral - Official embassy of /tesg/, it includes a good modding guide, kawaii or shit waifus and it's frequently updated.
Something for Nobody - Pretty outdated, but the Morrowind and Oblivion modding guides are a good start.
S.T.E.P. - An extensive guide dedicated to improve Skyrim with mods, step by step to step it up.
Skyrim G.E.M.S. - A categorized reference list for (mostly) quality mods, good if you don't want to burn your eyes with the Nexus atrocities.
Morrowind Modding History - A site of archeological interest, where you can find a lot of mods that went down with the old Planet Elder Scrolls portal.
LoversLab - Home of the best TES mods.
The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages - What, were you using the wikia? Filthy casual scum.
The Imperial Library - Best place for TES lore aficionados, where your weirdest dreams become canon.
Relevant Youtube channels:
Gopher - Excellent guides and mod reviews. Also, soothing voice.
Brodual - Synthetic and informative mod reviews. Also, FNIS fetishist.
Hodilton - Great channel, good if you're trying to see what ENB matches your drapes.
Novajam - Reviewer of shit Nexus mods, not much to add.
Various Facepunch User Mods (only Skyrim because FPers are casuals):
Saint Jimmy - JSO series
The golden - Cosy Valley Home
ROFLBURGER - Arexon the Argonian Follower
XVIII - The Elder Scrolls Megathread XVIII: The Wait For TES VI
XVII - The Elder Scrolls Megathread XVII: Paid Mods? Not in My Community.
XVI - The Elder Scrolls Megathread XVI: Loremaster Extraordinaire
XV - The Elder Scrolls Megathread XV: A Song of Ice and Draugr
XIV - The Elder Scrolls Megathread VII: I Killed a Chicken and all I got was this Tshirt!
XIII - The Elder Scrolls Megathread VI: I don't know what the fuck I'm doing
XII - The Elder Scrolls Megathread V. why the fuck hasn't anyone else made this?
XI - The Elder Scrolls Megathread v11: Don't talk about CHIM
X - The Elder Scrolls Megathread v10: We Have A Man With A Chair For A Head, Does Metro?
IX - The Elder Scrolls Megathread V9: Tell Me Lies Edition
VIII - The Elder Scrolls Megathread (V8)
VII - Oblivion 2: Skyrim V7: Singing contest ends in disaster as Dovahkiin enters with his #1 single, "Fus Ro Dah"
VI - Oblivion 2: Skyrim V6: Old People's Naked Bodies Fishing Secrets With Their Manly Beards
V - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim V5: But there is one they fear - Dragon porn!
IV - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim V4: Now with 100% more diagonal animations!
III - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim V3 "Dragon shout till medium rare."
II - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim "And your beard's beard has beards too"
I - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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