Great Skyrim Mods
There's already a thriving modding community for Skyrim, which should come as no surprise. Plenty of mods already exist. Some of them are better than others, of course. The best place to go for mods? Skyrim Nexus. It's a community of modders and a site full of mods you can download and install.
Remember: before installing a mod, back up the files it modifies. Until such time as a mod manager is released, there's no easy way to tell if two mods will conflict. Install only one mod at a time, especially graphical mods, and make sure they work as intended before attempting to add another mod. Got all that? Then here we go: several great Skyrim mods to enhance your gameplay experience. For each mod, a link is provided to the download, which usually includes instructions for installation. Support modders! Endorse the mods you like.
Less Blocky Faces: This mod smooths out the facial maps of various races, giving faces a smoother, more natural look. Very little else is altered, to avoid changing the intended look of the various wrinkles and scars -- everything is just smoother and less polygonal.
Enhanced Skyrim Night: Ever look up at the sky at night and wish the infinite depths of space were visible to you? Do you lament the cloudy, low-resolution nebulas on your high res monitor? This mod replaces the night sky textures with higher resolution versions. You can choose the color of the nebulas and the star density from among a few options.
Realistic Water Textures: This mod sharpens and enhances the look of various water textures, with divisions between rivers, puddles, and the ocean. Water is always one of the hardest things to get looking right, and this mod makes Skyim a much more realistic looking place.
FXAA Post Process Injector: The name is ominous-sounding, but don't let that stop you from giving this mod a look. The FXAA Injector mod is a robust tool for graphical enhancements, tweaks, and changes. You can change a number of options, but be careful. This mod isn't for newbies in the modding scene.
Weapon Retexture Project: This mod is still in it's early stages, but it will have a big impact on the game when it's done. This mod is slowly replacing the textures for the weapons, making them higher resolution and much prettier. As of now only a few weapons are completed, but keep an eye on it as it progresses.
Various nude mods: I'm not going to link them here, but there are a number of nude mods available for Skyrim already. For some, they give an added layer of realism to looting everything off a corpse. For others, they're ridiculous, out of world experiences aimed at making the game erotic instead of fantastic. Choose wisely, if that's the style of mod you want.
Are there any other up and coming mods you'd like to see featured? Are you making a mod you want the world to know about? Tell us in the comments, and we can share your favorite mods with our audience.