So this article is in response to many requests I see on forums, chatroom, blogs and much more. This article will help guide you through Skyrims latest addition known as Hearthfire. Lets face it the DLC instructions are not informative at all, you start the game and wait. Wow thats Earth-shattering Information. *SARCASM*
First things first you are going to need to buy one of the three plots of land that are available, once you purchase the land you will be issued a title deed. Here are the locations
- Helijarchen Hall— which you can purchase in Dawnstar from the Jarl’s Steward. The land is located West of Blizzard Rest and south of Fort Dunstand, and will cost you 5,000 gold. Then you will have to use the drafting table to create your blueprints for the small house, don’t worry It gets much bigger! Once you have acquired the materials and went through all of your crafting options at the carpenters workbench you will see the next set of available options.
- Lakeview Manor— which you can purchase from the Jarls steward in Falkreath. The land is located North of Pinewatch. Like Helijarchen Hall this location will also cost 5,000 gold. It is unique to the other 2 building sites because it has the apiary(beehouse)
- Windstad Manor— which you can purchase from the Jarls steward in Morthal, and this building site is located South of High Gate Ruins. Now this site is unique from the other 2 building site because it features the fish Hatchery, and this site will also cost you 5,000 gold.
So after reading all of this information your probably asking “dK Which spit of land should I purchase?” Have no fear readers you can Buy all 3 building sites, thats right you can have all the benefits of each piece of land. So Now you have the locations of where to buy and where to find, onto the next stage…BUILDING.
- Set the foundation using the drafting table, and selecting the small house blueprints.
- Move to the Carpenter’s Workbench make sure you have the required Quarried Stone and Sawn Logs, aside from your starting materials stone and clay can be mined from nearby sources around your plot of land, but logs can only be purchased from a Saw Mill.
- Once you have completed the Small House more options will appear such as adding the Main Hall which consists of a cellar, dining hall, a back room, and 2 bedrooms upstairs.
- Now we move onto Wing construction, and no not wings you can fly with, not yet anyways.
- West Wing — Now the west wing contains either Enchanters Tower, More bedrooms, or the Greenhouse.
North Wing– The available options are Trophy Room, Storage Room, or Alchemy Laboratory
East Wing — Here your choices are Library, Armory, or a Kitchen
- Now after the main hall has been constructed you can choose to remodel your small house into the Entry Hall
Now I’m sure your probably wondering do I have to do all of this myself? The answer is simple, Yes! But if you act now and read further we will throw in your very own Steward!! Thats right readers they allow you to appoint a Steward to buy raw materials, and equip it with furnishings.
Followers can be appointed your House Steward. Housecarls can be appointed Steward and doesnt take away a valuable follower(I chose this option) now your probably asking yourself What else can the Shiny new Steward do? Well, your shiny new Steward can be used to purchase Bards, Carriage drivers, Cows, Chickens, and Horses. And help fend off any assaults or Raids on your home.
So im sure by now you are completely pumped up about the adoption sytem, and let me tell you.. I didnt find it that awesome, but others just may. Once your house is finished, the option to move in with your spouse or adopt a child is available. With the children after you adopt them you can give gifts, play games, or instruct them to do chores. There is also an option for the kids to keep pets.
The Children that can be adopted are:
- Lucia – Child found in begging near the Gildergreen in Whiterun.
- Blaise – Child found working as a stable boy at Katla’s Farm.
- Sofie – Child found selling flowers in Windhelm.
- Aleson – Child found working for the miners in Dawnstar.
- Samuel – Child from Honorhall Orphanage in Riften.
REMEMBER Occasionally the home will be infested by skeevers, Giants have been known to attack, and unsavory characters have been known to lurk around that must be dispatched.
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With this official add-on to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can buy land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.
So, Hearthfire was released on Xbox 360 today, and I am a huge Skyrim Fan, so this purchase was necessary. So does Skyrim: Hearthfire Build the house of your dreams, or does it make you want to scream?
This is setting the foundation for your new home.
Once you set the foundation the real fun begins, you have to use the drafting table and carpenters bench to construct everything. Then you will need to mine, or buy the raw materials for building the rest of your house. To some this could come off as menial and somewhat irritating, but to others this will do exactly as it is meant to, Immerse you into the game further. I myself at times found myself frustrated, and entertained all at the same time.
Your house now has 4 walls and a doorway
As you continue to track down materials and run back and forth from the shops, lumber mill, clay and stone deposits, and the crafting bench your home starts to take form. I think the concept in this Expansion is worth the money alone, but add in the ability to appoint a steward to your home, and this job becomes easier. Not to mention the bandit raids, and skeever infestations.
Now we are adding the roof for our house
Now the small house is completed with garden and animal patch
This isn’t the final house but its the start of the main entrance once you get more advanced into the home building process. Now we will move onto the family aspect of this magnificent addition. So do you think your ready to become a parent in Skyrim? Do we really want more responsibilities of taking care of a full-fledged family? Would you trade in your alchemy lab for a kid’s bedroom set? Trust me you will find all this out once you make your choice to adopt a child.
and this is the Child system
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With Skyrim’s latest game add-on, players can build their own home from the ground up. Beginning with a small, one room cabin in The Pale, Falkreath, or Hjaalmarch, players can eventually build a fully functioning home with more features than you could expect. In many ways, this house-building process is analogous to the evolution of Hearthfire’s development.
Wisnewski, an environmental artist for Skyrim, was inspired to expand upon the game’s housing options in large part because of his enthusiasm for Skyrim’s crafting systems. “It started as a small idea to expand on the crafting element of the game because alchemy, smithing and enchanting were things I was interested in when we were playtesting the game,” said Wisnewski.
Meanwhile Nesmith, a fan of the popular game Minecraft, wanted players to have more ways to create content in the game. “Being a fan of [Minecraft], I asked, ‘Why can’t I build things in our game?” I know by hearing this our readers are smiling and saying yeahhh! I know we have asked this question since the creation kit came out for PC. So seeing the fact that Bethesda is thinking like their fans is a huge breath of fresh air, and this will help Bethesda become even greater than what they are now.
In the new year, Kuhlmann and Wisnewski continued to flesh out ways players could trick out the houses they were building: a greenhouse for growing new alchemy ingredients, mannequin displays to show off weapons and armor, and even the ability to add multiple porches to the home. This will add the maximum amount of immersion to the already vast World of Skyrim. Also keep in mind that Home building should be exciting to have our own homes in the Game. It is kind of like mixing Minecraft, The Sims, and Skyrim all in one Game.
“We even were able to add a wine cellar!” Wisnewski stated with excitement. “Anything you can think of that you’d want to have in a Skyrim house is here.”
Like Wisnewski, Kuhlmann enthusiastically speaks about some of the content’s features. “I love the room with all the trophies that Robert made. He went a little nuts on that. The greenhouse is also cool, since you can grow plants inside your house, and little critters start to appear,” continued Kuhlmann, “You can also get a bard. You can hire him and have him sing songs in your house. That is, until you get tired of him and then you can fire him.”
With the introduction to the adoption system, this could carry over into the next chapter of Elder Scrolls, Could the Next Hero be the child of the Dovakihn? Speaking only for myself in this statement, I just realized how essential having an in-game spouse is, imagine having a steward and a home full of kids to take care of things while you go out and hunt and dragons, which is made way easier if you choose to side with the blades.
“The idea of adoption came to me after the Dark Brotherhood questline was presented,” Cornett recalled. “After first seeing the [Innocence Lost] questline, I asked, ‘what happens to the kids? What happens to the orphanage after the quest is completed?'” Hearthfire provides the opportunity to answer these questions, as the concept of adoption seemed a natural fit with the idea of creating a household. “Build your own house lets you make a house and adoption lets you make it a home,” explained Cornett.
The evolution of both house building and adoption through time has made Hearthfire a project the team is proud of. “The scope of Hearthfire blows me away. It’s one thing to say you’re going to add these things, and it’s another to see a small team build something that’s so complex and rigorous and have all those pieces, ” concluded Nesmith.
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From the bethesda Forums:
Earlier in the month, we provided an update on Dawnguard’s status for PS3.
It’s been a few weeks, and we wanted to make sure everyone knows where we’re at with Dawnguard. Skyrim is a massive and dynamic game that requires a lot of resources, and things get much more complex when you’re talking about sizable content like Dawnguard. We have tried a number of things, but none of them solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. The PS3 is a powerful system, and we’re working hard to deliver the content you guys want. Dawnguard is obviously not the only DLC we’ve been working on either, so the issues of adding content get even more complicated. This is not a problem we’re positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content.
We wish we had a more definitive answer right now. We understand the frustration when the same content is not available on all platforms. When we have an update, we will certainly let you know. We deeply appreciate all the time and support you have given us, and we’ll keep doing our best to return that.
i feel for all you PS3 users, But at least they havnt gone dark about the DLC issue like other companies have done in the past. They are releasing updates every chance they get, and most fans will hang in there and continue to play their PC’s. However I would think that they would release both DLC packs together for the inconvenience.
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