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When vampires attack … and how to fix it

Finally getting on my feet after some fairly major surgery (sporting injuries: don’t do them), I’m playing Skyrim for the 3rd time. Which is great, and the replayability of the game (with LifeAnotherLife) amazes me, but I ran into a problem I haven’t had before thanks to a vampire attack in Whiterun, namely the deaths of Belethor, Ulfberth, and Adrienne. Now that’s a problem for a new character!

Luckily the solution is pretty simple. For each character, go into the console and type:

  • prid <reference ID>
  • resurrect
  • moveto 14

Job done! (RefIDs can be easily obtained from UESP)

Adrienne resurrected without issue, however Belethor and Ulfberth then wouldn’t sell to me. This is solved by going into the console again, clicking on the NPC, and typing:

  • addtofaction 51596 1

The ability to use console commands is, yet again, invaluable!

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Fixing the Skyrim Markarth bug

2014-05-03_00001I’m on my second play-through of Skyrim and, while it’s great that I’m seeing lots of things I didn’t see the first time around, it’s not so great that I have bugs I didn’t have first time around too. The biggest – and, until recently the most annoying – was the Markarth bug that meant that Markarth guards kept attacking me. Over and over and over again.

One solution would obviously be to avoid Markarth – I did try going away, seeing if not visiting for a couple of weeks would solve the problem. Needless to say, it didn’t. Some googling brought up suggested solutions, such as visiting the Shrine of Talos and speaking to the guards there, but I didn’t even have any guards in the Shrine of Talos!

However, I fixed it eventually, and here’s how.

  1. Go up to a guard in Markarth. I picked one at random
  2. Enter the console
  3. Click on the head of the guard, right in the middle
  4. Type paycrimegold into the console and hit enter
  5. Close the console

This worked for me and I was able to finish up quests I’d been putting off because of the bug.

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My 8 essential Skyrim mods

2013-09-21_00001Bethesda’s Skyrim is an out-of-character game for me (I’m more of a simulation/strategy gamer) but somehow I’ve racked up 400 hours of playing time over two characters and it’s still as engrossing and fun to play as it was the first time.

That said, I think a lot of its enduring appeal to me has been in the mods created by the community and Nexus has been one of my favourite bookmarks for a while. I have a lot of mods but there are some I consider essential now to the way I play the game, some that are the first I’ve gone for when I’ve installed on a new PC.

These are my favourite mods. Your mileage may vary.

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