GND-Tech Presents: Essential Skyrim Mods!Okay. With this guide we'll be showing you what mods to get in order to make Skyrim a much more beautiful and enjoyable experience! We'll go over mods that will make Skyrim look better than real life....mods that will enhance the gameplay...and mods that aren't really needed, but just fun or cool to have.
Installing mods is easy! Most of them are just dragged and dropped into your Skyrim\Data folder, but always read the README file included with the mod. It has that name for a reason.
Skyrim mods typically include ESM, ESP, and/or BSA files. They will often include a meshes, textures, and/or scripts folder as well. You don't need a fomod folder when manually installing mods. All of these things are to be dragged and dropped into your Skyrim\Data folder. If a mod only comes with a Data folder, that goes into your main Skyrim folder, merging with the Data folder already in there.
Manual installation is always the safest route. Ignore other guides that list hundreds of incompatible mods and tell you to use Nexus Mod Manager, as this is what leads to problems. Manual installation is just drag and drop, anyone can do it. BOSS autosort is worth a try, but usually doesn't get it right. For load order help, read the readme file with included mods. But essentially, ESM files should be at the top of the load order (when clicking on Data Files in the Skyrim launcher, or in Skyrim Mod manager), and all ESP files below it. At the bottom of the load order you should have Realistic Water Two and related compatibility patches, with RCRN right above it.
For some gameplay videos using these mods, look here.
BE SURE TO READ THE DESCRIPTIONS FOR EVERY MOD, AND READ EVERY PAGE OF THIS ARTICLE IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE ERRORS AND MAXIMIZE AWESOMENESS!