Bethesda Posts FAQs, Videos, Tips for Using Skyrim Creation Kit

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Creation Kit is now live, bringing all kinds of mod tools to PC players who want to remake Skyrim in their own images. But if your new to the mod scene or just want a quick crash course on how to use the Creation Kit, Bethesda has you covered with a bunch of videos and tips for getting started.

There’s a ton of information posted on the Bethblog right now concerning the Creation Kit, but as you might expect, it’s getting slammed with traffic. For new users, we’ve snagged Bethesda’s recommended tips for getting started with modding:

  • Back up your saves. Your saves are located in your My Documents/My Games/Skyrim/Saves. Just make a copy of that directory as a backup.
  • Do not overwrite existing saves. Only make new saves while playing mods so that your original saves still exist if you decide you want to go back to playing without mods.
  • When you play Skyrim with a mod, in most cases, the new data for the mod will be written into any new saved games you create. For example, if you play Skyrim with Mod X and create a save, the next time you load that save, the game will expect Mod X to also be loaded. If you no longer want to play Skyrim with Mod X, it is best to unload Mod X (by unchecking the plugin under Data Files in your Skyrim launcher) and loading a save that does not require Mod X, usually an older save or a backed up save.
  • When trying mods with updated graphics settings, make sure your computer meets or exceeds Skyrim’s recommended specs. We strongly recommended running with Windows Vista/7 with at least 4 GB of RAM and a video card with at least 1 GB of Video RAM.
  • Visit our mod forums. There are sticky threads and a decades old community of modding veterans – a treasure trove of information about creating and playing mods.

It’s also worth visiting Bethesda’s Creation Kit YouTube Playlist for all kinds of walkthrough goodness — the developer seems to be adding more and more videos to the playlist that can teach users just how the whole Creation Kit works. Eventually, the Skyrim tutorial will be 10 parts; the first three are already available. We’ve embedded the first video below.

And make sure you check out the Creation Kit Wiki for even MORE information.

Get modding!

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