Speaking of which, can anyone recommend the best mod that does this? There seem to be several out there.
I always thought it should be a standard feature of Elder Scrolls games, since it would give a purpose to all that food lying around. Like the Hardcore mode in Fallout: New Vegas.
(Speaking of New Vegas, if you own that game and really want a challenge, then this is the mod for you.)
I like to use Frostfall and Realistic Needs and Diseases. I prefer Frostfall over Hypothermia because it has static bonuses (or detriments) to your skills and your health, magicka and stamina. Hypothermia only has harmful effects, it seems. As well, Frostfall also comes with the means to set up campsites which I really like. Hypothermia is compatible with a few camping mods, however, but you still need to download extra mods for that. The thing I do like about Hypothermia, though, is that you actually warm up when you run or sprint.
So basically, I find Frostfall better because it's more of a survival mod rather than just a hypothermia mod. It's more of an all-in-one package.
While I don't own Oblivion for PC, my friend does and I've played it at his house occasionally. He used the Graphics Extender, Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul, the unofficial patch, Better Cities, and Natural Environments. That's a good start. Browse around in the Oblivion Nexus and find other mods you may like.
With this official add-on to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, youcan purchase land and build your own home from the ground up - from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children. • Choose Your Land - Choose from property in the salt marshes of Hjaalmarch, the forests of Falkreath, or the vast tundra of The Pale. For the more ambitious landowner, purchase multiple plots and start building a real estate empire. • Customize Your Home –Expand your home with a variety of room combinations including an armory, alchemy tower, kitchen, trophy room and more. Grow plants in your new greenhouse, cultivate slaughterfish in the fish hatchery, house your Arcane Enchanter in the enchanting tower, or display your latest conquest in the trophy room. Add additional features like stables, mills, smelters, gardens and more. • New Objectives and Interactions – Guard your home from unwanted visitors like marauding kidnappers, armed bandits, and skeever infestations. Turn almost any follower into your personal steward to improve and protect your home. Or if you require more help, hire a personal bard or carriage driver to ease the burdens of home ownership. • Adoption – Transform your house into a home with Hearthfire’s all-new adoption system. Adopt children and discover new ways to interact with your family. Play games with the kids, allow them to have pets and gain new bonuses from having a family.
It's cost is 400 MS Points, or $5 for PC and PS3 users.
Personally, I'm pretty happy with this. Just the other day I was thinking how cool it would be to own a home in the middle of nowhere instead of in a city. Unfortunately, who knows how long it'll take to get to PS3. Dawnguard still hasn't come to us .
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