Have you ever started to read a modding tool guide, or a Reddit post, or a mod description, and saw a word or an acronym that was essentially gibberish to you? Then you’ve come to the right place! A lot of these will be obvious to many, but hopefully someone will find this useful. (Please let me know if you think something should be added or, Talos forbid, if I am mistaken on any of these!)

Credits: a variety of Reddit and Nexus Forum posts, most especially this forum post and the specific articles referenced below.

General Reference
Body Types and Related Terms/Anagrams

Warning: I haven’t really gotten into this type of modding, so this is just based off my very amateur research. Please correct me if you see anything that is incorrect!

BBP - Breast and Body Physics

BHUNP - UNP body updated by Bakafactory and Haeun (usernames)

CBBE – Caliente’s Beautiful Body Enhancement

CBBE 3BA (3BBB) - CBBE with 3 Breast Bone Body Physics

CBPC - CB Physics with Collision

COCO (3BBB) - alternative CBBE and UNP bodies with physics

HDT-PE - HydrogensaysHDT (username) Physics Extension

HDT-SMP - HDT Skinned Mesh Physics

HIMBO - Highly Improved Male Body Overhaul

SAM - Shape Atlas for Men

TBD – Touched by Dibella

UNP – Unpretend(ed)

UNPB – UNP Blessed

TBBP - Tender Breast and Body Physics

XP32 or XPMSE - Maximum Skeleton Extended (for Legendary Edition)

XPMSSE - Maximum Skeleton SpecialExtended (for Special Edition)

3BBB - 3 Breast and Butt Bones

7B - Sevenbase

Check out the Body Type Mod Category page for more information (not much more, but I will hopefully add more at some point - needs to be updated as of June 2022)

Helpful links:

Bakafactory’s Skyrim - WHAT IS HDT-PE / HDT-SMP / BBP / TBBP / 3BBB?

HIMBO Articles - while these are specific to HIMBO, they can definitely be helpful if trying to figure out how to use Bodyslide/Outfit Studio

Visual Misc

I don’t know much about all of this, as I am still learning myself, but this video playlist helped me a lot in trying to determine exactly what various settings in ENBs and other INI files where actually doing: Skyrim ENB Effect Demonstrations - tapioks. It shows comparison clips of various effects turned on and off. Also, the music is super relaxing.

Ambient Occlusion - an effect that calculates how exposed each point in a scene is to ambient light, i.e. not from a direct source; essentially adds shadows where they might not otherwise have been (helpful video by Greg Salazar)

Anistropic Filtering - an effect that improves how small details appear; this eliminates Anti-Aliasing effects, but reduces blur and preserves detail even at extreme angles

Anti-Aliasing - an effect that smoothes jagged edges, essentially by strategic blurring (helpful video by Greg Salazar)

Depth of Field - an effect that simulates the ability to focus on one thing at a time

Mods That Are Often Abbreviated

Updated June 2022

And finally, all of the SOS mods I could find (the majority of these are by wSkeever, who seems to be on a personal mission to make as many SOS mods as possible lol):