So, thanks to a weekend Steam sale, I finally picked up some (steeply discounted) copies of some of 2011’s Elder Scroll V: Skyrim downloadable add-on content: Dragonborn and Hearthfires. I’ve had this game installed on my same computer since release day, so that may account for some of the mild agitation I encountered while trying to install it. Thirty minutes… just trying to get the two dollar add-on to recognize and install.
That doesn’t seem worth it.
As a result, I figured I’d write a little note to future bumbling middle aged gamers like me who (a) encounter the same issue and (b) can’t be bothered to watch the cryptic and awkward youtube tutorials created by countless teenagers who don’t quite get tech support and (c) just want to spend their hour of free gaming time ACTUALLY playing, not fixing issues.
To get it to work I needed to:
1) “Verify Integrity of Game Cache” which is a little button located in Steam > Library > Games > Properties (Right Click) > Local Files
2) This ran for about five minutes, found some kind of error (who cares?) then downloaded an update/patch/fix of some kind.
3) I then hit Play, loaded up the game and on the little windowed launch screen, checked Dragonborn.esm & Hearthfires.esm > Click OK
4) Relaunch the game and everything seemed to work.
Now, hopefully I’ll have some time in the next couple weeks to actually try it out. *sigh*