The latest (and fairly inexpensive at 400 MS Points) expansion for Skyrim came out on September 4th. It features the ability to build your own house-verging-on-mansion with customizable wings and floors. It has no new missions, like Dawnguard, but it provides some new dialogue for Jarls to talk down to you when they offer you a far off plot of land to settle. I’ve learned one thing playing it thus far: you can never have enough iron ingots.
Offered with this new home-making experience in Tamriel is the ability to adopt orphans, hire a house steward, and transport your spouse to their new giant (or small, if that’s what you like) manor. You can even add an apiary and smelter outside, plus a small garden. I’ve taken advantage of the armory wing and greenhouse, and now have a collection for the ingredients I never use and the armor I collect but never wear.
I have not yet hired a steward or married a pretty Skyrim NPC, or adopted some childlings, so I’m fairly new to the DLC still. I have spent too much gold upgrading the house to be as big as it can be and now I want it for myself. I have had to fight off some wolves and a giant, which is why you need a steward. I’m not sure what happens when you don’t have one and you get attacked, but I imagine I’ll find out later.