Aloha, CF. I'm currently putting together an experiment on Skyrim that I hope to run in a few weeks (pending IRB approval). My participant groups will be asked to play one of four versions of the game: vanilla, "tweaked" mods (more companions and more interesting NPCs), "modded" Skyrim (i.e. Alternate Start), and "total conversion" Skyrim (Enderal). My goal is to see what, if any, difference each version might reveal about perceptions of control in a game like Skyrim.
For anyone who has played recently, what would be a good starting point for two of those mods? Obviously, with Alternate Start and Enderal, the participants will have to play from the beginning. However, what about the other two versions? My gut says right after Helgen, but what do you think?