SEARCHING FOR MODS & MOD INFORMATION

 
Updated April 19, 2009

Introduction
First, if you are new here, welcome to this community of mod makers and mod users. Everyone starts out as a novice. If you are newly joining this community, it is fair that you know there are some expectations that apply to novice and experienced members alike. If you are an 'old hand' perhaps this will usefully remind you of some techniques, or point you toward some you had not considered.

BEFORE you post - "where can I get this . . .?" or "problem with installation!" or "what do these messages mean?" - please look very carefully at the lists, threads, tools and techniques contained in this thread and its links, starting with this one:

Welcome to the Mod forums - Read this first! - just what it said, FIRST. It contains some links to download sites and other places and sound basic directions to get you started.

Search Tools
There are a lot of good mod lists and other resources available, made by people who know what they are talking about. Many of them are included in the directory of lists and links at the bottom of this page. But no list can cover every mod that someone might be interested in. Inevitably, you will end up looking for a specific mod or type of mod, no matter how comprehensive the various modlists.

Here are the basic tools to help you find what you are looking for:
  • Search - this function can be found somewhere on every other forum and download site. At the ES Forums, it is at the top right and bottom left of every page though I have found extreme top right works best for me.

  • ES Search - allows users to search a database of about 12,000 Morrowind mods indexed from Planet Elder Scrolls, TES Nexus, ElricM, Elder Scrolls Files, and many smaller sites. Search by title, author or description.

  • Google - an under-used search tool; the advanced search options allow you to progressively refine and narrow your search parameters.

  • The various Mod Forums, FAQs and Walkthroughs listed toward the bottom of Ronin49's Mod Lists and Links at Mythic Mods can provide you with many answers beyond mere mod location.
    Most serious mod makers maintain a website with a contact or belong to a forum of several like-minded modders where they make themselves available to answer questions. Often you can find your detailed and expert answers there.
Before you post, asking for help in locating a mod or information about one, please do the following:
  • Make an effort to find it yourself. Do not ask someone to search for something you could look up yourself. Folk are generally pretty courteous to novices and generous with their time. That tends to be quickly eroded by an obvious lack of effort to look for yourself and by a series of similar 'help/where is?' posts that spam up the Forum. Folk who have been around the forums for awhile should know how to use these basic tools and get on with it.

  • Scroll through the recent posts, over the first page or so. Quite often folk post asking for a link that has already been provided only minutes or hours before. It is perhaps understandable that they do not get quite the enthusiatic reponse they were hoping for.

  • Use a clear title that tells people specifically what you are looking for. It will attract the expert opinion you need to answer your question much more quickly than some vague or cute title that says nothing about what you need.
Rationale
Why go to all this trouble yourself?
Well, there are lots of very talented, knowledgeable and helpful folk in the modding community who will assist a great deal but it is only fair that we all help ourselves out too.

'Enlightened self-interest' is at work here as well, as mod makers will then have more time to get on with more great creations and to help answer the more difficult questions that are harder to solve than simply finding the [Search forum] button.

The other factor is that if you go searching for yourself, you are even more likely to find more of the some 5,000 plus mods that appeal to your own personal taste and style of play. And that is something that no one else can determine for you. You will also learn much more about mods than you will by being spoon fed titles and links.

Finally, most everybody seems to get a 'freebie' or two, a good thing because mods can be a little daunting at first. But after a few days on the various fora - if it becomes obvious that you are asking other people to read, search and make your decisions for you - you will find that the number of helpful responses you get to your posts drops quickly toward zero.

Some Lists
There are many lists and sites both general and specialized that can help you in your search. One place to start is Morrowind Mythic Mods.

If you are new to mods or new to Morrowind for PC, you should have a good look first at Starting Out With Mods.

Another compact but excellent directory to things Morrowind that is especially useful for finding mod makers" sites and forums is Mystara's Morrowind Links.

Enjoy!

Please forward suggestions to Ronin49 by PM on the Elder Scrolls Forums.