My Grandmother came home to die in the first week of July. She’d been home less than two days and the inevitable happened. Her home was/is my home, so her passing has deeply affected me.
The funeral was last week. Writing the eulogy I’d speak at the service, I realised that I needed to do something familiar, because I was feeling so miserable. Before booting up Skyrim again, I checked out Steam Workshop and subscribed to a bunch of mods…
– An alchemy compendium (adds a book with all effects for each alchemy ingredient listed)
– Some random clothing crafting mod that makes all non-special clothes craftable at any tanning rack
– A Lord of the Rings weapons creation mod, adds a forge on the way to the Greybeards where you can forge them
– An invulnerable horses mod, because I’m fed-up with my horses dying so easily
– A mod that added a “hunter’s cabin” for you to own just outside Riverwood
– A mod that ups drops from animals and increases value of animal parts
– Tea brewing mod that let’s you brew teas over cooking fires with alchemy ingredients – gives amazing positive effects
– An expansion to cooking with another mod that added more recipes
Sorry for the lack of links, but I’m writing on my phone. But, I ended up not using Steam Workshop for most of these…
I made the discovery that Frostfall, the survival mod, is no longer on Steam Workshop for two reasons: the mod has exceeded the 100mb limit for mods on the service and its creator was being abused through it.
I still have Frostfall, but it’s an old version from before September last year. It’s available elsewhere online, but I’m a bit scared about upgrading the mod and bricking my save files. If you have any advice to share on this, please let me know in the comments.
Steam Workshop and Skyrim mods are in general not playing well together at the moment. As I suggested earlier I had to go elsewhere (Nexus mods) to get functional versions of them, this was because the subscription service for many of them seems to be partially broken and not auto downloading files into the Data folder of Skyrim.
I have under the 50 subscriptions that some Google searches were telling me was the limit on Steam Workshop. And I found that I wasn’t the only one having problems. It seems it’s an issue that’s been going on for several years that Valve haven’t fixed in Workshop, which is disappointing.
Nexus wasn’t a fantastic solution, considering they’ve had malicious attacks made on them over the past few months and stuff doesn’t auto update like Workshop enables. I do wonder with the mess I uncovered in Workshop (other game mods outside Skyrim are being affected) whether Steam is still taking the modding community seriously.
Back to crafting.
The list of mods I’ve added should hopefully indicate to you that I am heavily into crafting this time round. I’m building Lakeside Manor nail by nail, sconce by sconce. All armour and weapons I use have been crafted by me. Most of my potions are brewed by me. And I am cooking lots of things.
Having a crafting focused character, I’ve joined no factions (other than 10 minutes where I tried being in the Companions and then went back to a previous save), has so far meant that my adventuring has been determined by the need to find materials to make and build things. I’ve done a few quests, a tiny bit of the main so that I can get at shouts more, but that’s it.
This is comfort gaming for me.