The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire

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Skyrim Hearthfire diary: The Beginner's Guide to Homesteading and Mass Murder

Christopher Livingston at

The air fills with the screams of the dying and the streets run crimson with the blood of the dead. As arrows whistle past me, I brutally hack through the neck of a Stormcloak soldier, and his head tumbles away like a dropped melon. My wife and companion, her sword coated with gore, sprints off to plunge her blade into the belly of a distant archer. High above, my summoned dragon wheels about in the sky, lands beside me with a crash, and spits a tremendous gout of fire onto several more city guards, setting a wooden walkway ablaze in the process. Amid the carnage, as I decapitate my next victim, a single thought rises in my head:

It didn't have to be this way. I just wanted to build a house.

Skyrim's Hearthfire expansion out now, property magnates rejoice

Marsh Davies at

Adventuring ain't for everyone. Why bother smashing dragons to bits with a mace possessed by a malevolent Daedric Prince when you can farm turnips from a frigid field? Now the Skyrim Hearthfire DLC has launched on Steam, the domestically-inclined Dovahkiin can do that and more with a massively expanded range of home-making mechanics.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Hearthfire screenshots show grand designs

Tom Senior at

There's no place like home, especially when said home contains the corpse of a giant spider you've slain, stuffed and mounted over the fireplace. Hearthfire is out today on consoles and Bethesda have taken some pictures and put them on the internet to celebrate. Some of them show the great wooden skeleton of a grand hall in progress, but just how customisable will the house layouts be? Ponder that while enjoying a still image of a Snowberry Crostata, which comes with a tasty 4% resist fire buff, just how 'ma used to make 'em.