Build a dream home in Skyrim

New expansion pack for hit video game lets you build your own homestead

The latest expansion add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim -- Hearthfire -- lets players 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."

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Home ownership was already an aspect of the game - you could purchase several homes within the larger cities in the game, but this appears to allow you to build a house in the Skyrim wilderness, alongside that nice river or high up in the mountains. It's like "Little House on the Prairie", but with dragons.

If your character got married in the game, you can move your spouse into the new home, and a new aspect lets you adopt children (what, you can't procreate?).

I like the idea of this, but I think I would quickly get suckered into building a virtual home that's more decorated and lavish than my existing home - the reality is that in both worlds, I can't really afford the home I want.

The add-on is available for Xbox Live members on Sept. 4, and will cost 400 Microsoft points ($5).

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