I’ll be continually adding to this; I have a lot of YouTubers to check out from all of your wonderful suggestions on my post on Reddit!
Wonderfully informative, immensely entertaining, and quite succinct; GamerPoets not only has tutorials (with info for both MO2 and Vortex), but reviews and even a website about modding. Here are some great videos about modding tools and best practices:
Very detailed, if older, tutorials; Gopher not only has a voice that I could and do listen to for hours, but chances are if you have a question on something it is mentioned somewhere in one of his videos. He also does Let’s Plays for those interested. (Not going to lie, I put on the playlists below as I work on my modlist, almost as background “music” at this point)
Skyrim Scripting – this is not really a YouTube channel for casual modders, but for those looking to get into creating mods or more in-depth mod tweaking, there are so many helpful videos here (these are just a few of the playlists available):
I recently had Dirty Weasel Media suggested to me, so it is a resource that I have not explored much yet, but they seem to have a lot of videos on a wide range of topics. I’ll check these out and will update with more specifics as I have time.
I will be starting with this playlist – Skyrim Special Edition Modding
Fairly up-to-date and descriptive; I have found the AI Cave videos helpful when looking for additional information about the modding process in general (the titles are a bit “click-bait-y”; the actual information is very useful, but often seemed unrelated)
Check out Silent Night videos such as Finalizing Your Load Order (Skyrim, Fallout, etc.)
Tapioks has a Skyrim ENB Effect Demonstrations playlist that shows comparison clips of various visual effects turned on and off. Also, the music is super relaxing.
For information on installing and using the Creation Kit, DarkFox127 is the one that I have seen mentioned time and time again. I still have a lot to learn and I look forward to watching more of these videos!
Phaedrathallassa has a great series on mod installation with a variety of mod managers.
The SirJesto Podcast is a channel I didn’t realize existed until my Reddit post asking for suggested YouTube channels. If you don’t recognize the name, SirJesto has been involved with the Legacy of the Dragonborn mod (they uploaded the official patches, among other things). This podcast, which I have barely started to listen/watch these, but I look forward to doing so:
Brodual was recently suggested to me, so haven’t watched many videos yet: Mod reviews (split out by category and the more recent seem to be Immersion themed)
Some Recent Videos:
Febrith Darkstar has been steadily releasing videos reviewing various Player Home mods for Skyrim (as well as Fallout). Seriously, right now, as I’m typing this, there are 617 (!) videos on their Skyrim Special Edition House Mods Playlist. This might be our new Real Estate Agent for Skyrim! If you are looking for a home in the Northern reaches of Tamriel, check some of these videos out to help you decide: (latest videos as of April 2022)
Here are some of the themed playlists she has:
Zero Period Productions is a channel where George does playthroughs of specific mods, among other things. There are a couple of ways that I imagine these videos would be helpful to watchers. Some people, like me, may just like to have Skyrim-related videos playing in the background while they work (although I should specify that I don’t watch any for mods I plan on playing at some point for fear of spoilers, but there are a lot of mods I have played through before or don’t really have any desire to play). Some people may not care about spoilers and want to know what they are getting into before downloading a mod. Others may have played already and want to watch for some nostalgia. And still others may be stuck at some point in a quest mod and are looking for guidance for moving on. Whichever reason (or maybe there are others I didn’t mention!), these are fun and entertaining and thorough playthroughs. I often find myself riveted in a fight sequence or laughing out loud at the commentary that George adds. Here are some of the playthroughs I have watched part or all of:
Odysseus Gaming puts out some really great mod showcase videos, with no talking, but some great music, letting the mods truly speak for themselves. I like to put them on while I work on my modlists; both for the relaxing music, and also for some inspiration!
Here are some of their latest videos (as of April 2022):
Heavy Burns is a YouTuber that is pretty well-known, but flew under my radar for quite awhile. Visually mesmerizing and with very nice audio, these videos often focus on completely transforming your Skyrim game. Here are some of the latest videos (as of June 2022):
Mern is a YouTuber that has a lot of energy and some really fun videos. Not one I usually have in the background, like some others on this list, but one that I watch when I’m more focused and not looking for a relaxing mod showcase. Warning: hijinks and memes abound! Some playlists and recent videos include (as of June 2022):
Syn Gaming does mod showcases that usually focus on improved graphics or combat. These videos are incredibly well done and fun to watch. Here are some of the more recent ones (as of June 2022):
While I don’t really use other people’s builds in Skyrim, I thoroughly enjoy the extensive backstories that FudgeMuppet gives to the characters in their build videos. I am fairly new to the Elder Scrolls universe, but I enjoy learning all about the various provinces and the vast history and lore of Tamriel. You can tell they spent a lot of time creating the backstory, not to mention how well they are tied into the actual build themselves. They are still releasing videos (mostly focusing on lore in the Elder Scrolls world and definitely worth checking out), but their Skyrim Build series is quite old, and yet I think still a good watch. Here are just some from this playlist of builds:
Shirley Curry, the Skyrim Grandma herself, is one of the most wholesome things to ever come out of the Skyrim community. Not only are her videos and playthroughs fun to watch, but there is even now a follower mod where she can join your Dragonborn on their journey! Shirley has had some health issues recently, but we wish her all the best and hope she can continue to have some wonderful adventures in Skyrim.
Here are some of the characters she has created and done some videos with:
Bards College Graduate creates some seriously beautiful videos that are very underrated. I only recently found this channel (thank you to those that suggested it on Reddit!), but I have enjoyed every video I have watched so far. Here are some recent videos (as of June 2022):
The Murloc King is another great YouTuber with a few different themed series, including a 5 Underrated Skyrim Mods in 5 Minutes series and some Beginner’s Guides, and other individual mod showcases. Recent videos include (as of June 2022):
DroppedIceCream is one that was suggested to me on my Reddit post, and while I haven’t had much of a chance to watch their videos, they seem to have some great ones about modding in general, and some Wabbajack list reviews:
Another suggestion from the community, Pixel and Pearls creates mod comparison videos. As many of us have undoubtedly discovered, it can be hard to decide between mods that do the same or similar things. Here are some recent videos (as of June 2022) that may help you decide after seeing them compared side by side:
While JuiceHead has many videos focusing on Fallout and other games, there are a few playlists that focus on Skyrim modding. Here are some of the ones that I have on my to-watch list:
A relatively new and still mostly undiscovered YouTuber, Doctor Nostalgia may not have a lot of videos, but they are well done:
MxR has two channels, MxR Mods has Mod reviews and MxR Plays has Let’s Plays (one of the longest running mod reviewers; can get quite humorously raunchy)
Also, potasticpanda (AKA the creator/voice of Recorder) is his girlfriend and is often featured on his videos
Some Recent Videos:
Since I started this website, I discovered (late to the party as ever) Twitch and the streamers and their glorious communities there. While the majority of my time on Twitch is spent watching ESO streamers, there are some great streamers from the Skyrim community, from those doing playthroughs to those creating YouTube video tutorials to those creating mods themselves. Here are some of the streamers I enjoy watching (please suggest more on the Discord!):
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