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REALISM, OBJECTS & LOCATIONS

 

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Immersion:

* Artful Thievery
* Clocks of Cyrodiil
* Darker Dungeons and Nights Mod Pack
* Drop Lit Torches in Combat
* Dungeon Actors Have Torches
* MD Saddlebags
* Tamriel Travellers

Buildings, Dungeons & Locations:

* All In One Basement
* Better Cities
* Frostcrag Reborn

Items & Objects:

* Elven Map Redux
* Frostcrag Teleport
* More Gems
* Return to Frostcrag
* Reznod Mannequins
* Reznod Mannequins HD

Clothing & Jewellery

* Kafeis Armoured Circlets
* Kafeis Better Amulet Replacer
* Kafeis Better Ring Replacer
* Luchaire's Neck Seam Concealer
* TFF Work Safe Linen Underwear
* UFF Boots
* UFF Undies Replace
* Unhide Amulets

 

 

3. REALISM, OBJECTS & LOCATIONS

Immersion:

* Artful Thievery

OB Clocks of Cyrodiil

Ever wonder what the in-game time is? Fed up of opening your journal to check it?! This mod is for you!!

This mod adds various clocks to the cities of Cryodiil as well as many interiors.

Positives:

The best thing about this mod is that the clocks display the correct in-game time, even if you have altered the "time speed" at which you play.

There is a lot of variety in the clocks, different designs, shapes and textures. Some have clock towers which you can even go inside and explore, adding to the game play.

Negatives:

None really. If you are using other mods which affect the city areas you may need to check for compatability. Mods like Better Cities are now compatible.

Conclusions:

An excellent addition to the game, adding to the immersion as there is much less cause to pop your journal open.

My rating: 5 stars

Download it here.

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Darker Dungeons and Nights Mod Pack

This mod does exactly what it says! This mod makes carrying torches around actually useful, particularly in dungeons. That, or you'll suddenly want to be able to cast light/night eye spells.

The mod comes with several ESPs and is fairly customisable. You can install the dungeons/nights independantly of each other also.

My rating: 4.5/5

Download it here: Click Me!




Drop Lit Torches in Combat

With this mod active, when you draw your sword the character will drop the torch they are carrying to the ground. Not only does this allow you to use your shield, but you can also see what you are doing! You can pick up the torch again subsequently.

The problem I have personally experienced with this mod is that sometimes when the torch is dropped it doesn't act as a light source, and burns unhelpfully on the ground with a pretty flame effect. Annoying as in the middle of a battle you are fumbling around in the dark.

If you can cope with the irregularity then it's worth having.

My rating: 3/5

Note: There are now several variations available, including an OBSE version, a brighter version, and a message fix version.

Download it here: Click Me!





Dungeon Actors Have Torches

This mod adds a chance that human enemies (marauders, bandits, conjourers etc) will have a torch, and it is there decision to use it or not. This adds to immersion greatly, with th enemies no longer standing around in the dark being emo! They are no longer such easy targets for thief/assassin characters!

I've had a lo of fun playing with this mod. When they attack you they will usually drop their torch so there is no drop in their combat abilities. Unfortunaly, the dropped torches don't always act as a light source (as in Drop Lit Torches), but that isn't really a main function of this mod.

You may also be interested in Exterior Actors Have Torches, though I haven't tested this myself yet.

Dungeon Actors Have Torches

My rating: 4.5/5

Download it here: Click Me!




* MD Saddlebags


OB Tamriel Travelleres

This mod adds travelling traders and merchants (some with guards and pets) to Cyrodiil. They are often found in and around towns, villages and farms. Some have skills that can be utilised, and others offer services. They are a neutral faction, but will report crimes commited against them.

Positives:

They add an element of realism to the game, as more people are now seen to be travelling between the various cities and villages of cryodiil. If, like me, you like to walk/ride around most of the time rather than fast travel it great to see other people on the road. They are often useful too, which means the positives are more than aesthetic.

Saying that, the mod is very aesthetically pleasing. A lot of hard work has gone into the creation of the characters you see travelling about, from the facial details to their prefered style of dress. There is nothing you can fault in the design and execution. Even small benches/tree stumps, some with awnings, have been added so that these NPC's can sit down at various locations.

The ReadMe is very comprehensive. Great for working out problems and possible incompatibilities before hand.

Negatives:

This is quite a complicated mod, so due care and attention should be taken when installing. You may want to back up your game and settings before testing.

Make sure you only activate the right ESPs. Some are and/or (check the ReadMe!), and if you include several of the "or" ones you will get strange things happening in your game.

Conclusions:

A great mod if you which to add another dimension of realism. Just refine your mod load order list and check carefully before installing.

My rating: 5 stars

Download it here.

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Buildings, Dungeons & Locations:

OB All In One Basement

This mod adds a vast, sprawling basement to any (vanilla) house you own. The basement is the same no matter what house you enter from making it an excellent location to store all your gear and loot. Obviously, the more houses you own the more access points there are and the more useful it becomes.

The basement will be useful for both practical and aesthetic players. On the practical side there is an alchemy cave which includes and alchemy sorter which can add or remove all ingrediants into storage, as well as being able to deposit/take things manually.

Two other practical features than you can toggle on and off are:

1. The ability to fast travel through the basement
2. The abiliy to exit into any house you own, regardless of which house you entered from.

When it comes to the aesthetic player, the basement is packed full of boxes, chests, tables and bookcases. And if that wasn't enough to store your possessions, there is also a dedicated display room, filled with tables and display cabinets. This is an excellent place to display outfits, clothing and armour on Reznod's Mannequins.

Positives:

- Well designed
- Convienient
- Well implimented
- Excellent place to store loot

Negatives:

- Does not work with DLC houses
- Maker notes a few bugs in the ReadMe, but I haven't experienced any personally

Alchemy Room Display Room

My rating: 4.5/5


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* Better Cities
* Frostcrag Reborn

Items & Objects:

* Elven Map Redux
* Frostcrag Teleport
* More Gems
* Return to Frostcrag

OB Reznod Mannequins

This is a neat little mod that allows you to buy and place mannequins. It's handy for storing spare sets of armour you might have lying around. It's very quirky, and numourous spin-off mods make this quite customisable. I recommend getting a mod that adds either a specific face, or one that allows you to buy wigs, otherwise they can look a little creepy!

My rating: 5 stars

Download it here.

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* Reznod Mannequins HD

Clothing & Jewellery

OB Kafeis Armoured Circlets

An excellent mod if you don't want to wear a helmet and cover up the face and hair you spent hours making. The circlets come in various designs and colours, and the cost for the styles is fair, and not cheap enough for you to buy your favourite straight enough.

The default circlets are armoured, to the same degree as an actual helmet. However, the mod-maker realised this may seem unrealistic, so "cloth circlets" is also included and then the circlets act as a piece of clothing.

There are three version of each circlet, the default, one for beast races using the amulet slot (prefixed with [a]), and a large persion (prefixed with [L] for characters with large foreheads.

Great aesthetically, simple to install and no problems. Here are just a few examples:

Armoured Circlets 1 Armoured Circlets 2

My rating: 5 stars

Download it here: Click Me!




 

Kafeis Better Amulet Replacer

A simple replacer mod. Simple to install, no problems. Better looking jewellery in a flash!

Amulet Replacer

My rating: 5 stars

Download it here: Click Me!




Kafeis Better Ring Replacer

A simple replacer mod. Simple to install, no problems. Better looking jewellery in a flash!

Ring Replacer

My rating: 5 stars

Download it here: Click Me!





* Luchaire's Neck Seam Concealer
* TFF Work Safe Linen Underwear
* UFF Boots
* UFF Undies Replace




OB Unhide Amulets

A very simple mod that lets you see the amulet you are wearing over clothes and armour. Generally works very well. Some clipping issues with a few armours.

Does not work with custom armours.

My rating: 4.5 stars

Download it here.

 

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