Ok, here is my base suggested list for a master DVD/Torrent. This isn't intended as a list of everything available - we want it to fit on one DVD. Telesphoro's list is fantastic - but it is a bit unwieldy when deciding what basic mods to install when getting started. Instead, I picked out a selection, a list of those that 1) I think are the best, 2) are of high quality, and 3) aren't particularly troublesome (conflicts, etc). I have only listed mods I have tried myself. These are the mods that I install myself when I want to play Morrowind again, before going searching to see what is new. Also note that none of these mods help you create 'super characters' or give you piles of mega-treasure.
For those that link to Morrowind Summit, just click on 'Search' and find the name of the mod in the 'Title' dropdown that appears.
Note that I have assumed that the player has both expansions. The Gold version isn't that much, and sorting these by required expansions would be a full day's work - and likely pointless anyway.
My suggested format is to have the DVD's root contain a readme and a number of folders, each folder holding the mods of a particular type.
If there are any mods that you feel are absolutely vital to the game, post and I will add them. Please try to only add plugins that are of high quality and do not have a lot of conflicts.
Folder 1: Visual & Audible Improvements
These do not change the gameplay; they do not rebalance the game. They do not add new features or change Morrowind's style. They simply make Morrowind look and sound better while maintaining the original look and feel.
* NPC Replacer 3.5 - This plugin replaces all of the heads and faces in the game with much, much better looking versions. There are several different plugins that do this, but I have found the NPC Replacer to be the most comprehensive and trouble-free. It includes ~70 heads, including the famed Rhedd's Heads.
* Better Bodies - replaces the bodies with less segmented versions.
* Smoother Bodies - does things that Better Bodies does not.
* Bodies of Morrowind Advanced - This allows Better Bodies and Smoother Bodies to be used together. Be sure to read the readme!
* Landscape Remix - replaces many of the textures in Morrowind with better quality versions. (Note - the original author's site is down (provided link works, though). If anyone has a link to an updated version or to the Tribunal and Bloodmoon versions, let me know so I can post them.)
* Morrowind Visual Pack, and the Visual Pack Update. - these continue what the Landscape Remix started. Install them after the Landscape Remix.
* Visual Pack XT - Install AFTER the Landscape Remix and Visual Packs. This has some incredibly high quality textures, including many that the Landscape Remix didn't affect (if you have a slower system, the Visual Pack XT may affect your framerates). Again, the install order: 1. Landscape Remix, 2. Morrowind Visual Pack, 3. Visual Pack Update, 4. Visual Pack XT.
* Trees Replacement - replaces the trees on Vardenfell with higher quality, animated (breeze, leaves falling) trees.
* Classical Monster Replacer - this mod replaces the textures on one dozen of the original Morrowind creatures with much higher quality versions.
* Windows Glow - Makes light shine through windows - inside during the day, and outside at night.
* Real Signposts, Weather Signs 1.1 OR Weathered Signs Neutral - These replace the blurry, unreadable signs with attractive, readable ones.
* Sharpened Models: Weapon Replacer Patch - replaces the blurry textures on the original Morrowind weapons with better quality versions.
* Ice's Female Robe Replacer - the original Morrowind had all robe wearing females wearing male robes. This fixes that.
* Atmostpheric Sound Effects 1-4 - a huge upgrade in audio quality and quantity. Beware low-end users - this can cause users with slow computers to have a slower frame rate.
* VGreetings - turns on a huge number of greetings that were included with Morrowind but not activated by default.
Folder 2: Game Rebalancers and Patches
These are fixes, improvements, and rebalances of the basic Morrowind gameplay. They may fix bugs, make levelling a bit more challenging, tweak spell damage, or any of a number of similar things.
* Wakim's Game Improvements 9 Modular - a comprehensive set of changes, tweaks, and rebalances that makes Morrowind more of a challenge and removes a number of exploits. The modular version lets you decide which things you want tweaked. (Thanks to godhugh for hosting it.)
* Super Adventurers 3.02 - This is an alternative to Wakims (above), as it changes some of the same things in different ways. They are best not used together. This plugin also includes updated versions of all of the official Bethesda plugins, and should not be used in conjunction with them. It also adds a variety of new NPCs and equipment to the game (nothing unbalancing).
* New Icons. These replace all of the spell icons with high quality versions that are actually identifiable.
* Potion/Scroll Icons and Potion Sort This replaces all of the scroll and potion icons with high quality, visually identifiable ones, and automatically sorts them by type.
* Book Rotate 5.2 - This allows you to control how books are set down. It doesn't sound like much, but there are hundreds of books that might make their way into your home, and Morrowind only lets you stack them flat. This lets you set them upright on bookshelves, open on tables, and so on.
* The unofficial Morrowind Patch - Fixes a bunch of bugs that Bethesda missed.
* Ring Texture Fix - Morrowind shows rings as black, untextured models. This fixes that.
* Fashionable Merchants - Prevents merchants from putting on whatever armor you sell them.
* TimeMod - Allows you to change the speed that time passes (when starting a new game). You can either double the duration of days and nights (the default days and nights change very quickly) or set up a real-time day/night cycle speed.
* Bloodmoon Ammo Fix - Fixes the way Bloodmoon gives you only one arrow, bolt, etc. at a time.
* Bloodmoon Wolf Greaves Fix - Fixes a model problem with Bloodmoon.
* Morrowind Text Patch - Fixes various textual errors in the game.
Folder 3: Player Homes
These are empty houses, huts, shacks, castles, towers, palaces, manors, hovels, or whatever for the player to set up shop in. Some have optional teleporters, but I have avoided listing any that give you Fat Lute.
* A Good Place To Stay v 1.8 - One of the best. A large, underground house in Balmora with plenty of storage, a magic/alchemy room, and so on. A to/from teleporter is available, but entirely optional.
* Wizard's High - an elegant house outside of Pelagiad built in the Mournhold style. Lots of room, storage, armor mannequins, alchemy room, and a set of secret doors to every major town.
* Abu Manor - A beautifully designed house with tons of storage and display areas just outside of Ald Rhun.
* Abu's Retreat - A fantastic house outside of Pelagiad. Just like Abu Manor, the Retreat is a beautifully designed house. Plenty of storage space, even a greenhouse.
* Stonewood Hall v1.2 - A large, comfortable home in Solstheim (Bloodmoon). Great if you don't want to keep travelling back to the main island to store your booty.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous Plugins
These mods are those that add new things to the game. New weapons, new armor, new NPCs, new creatures, new Ninja Monkeys, new areas, new skills, and so on. The focus is on adding variety to the game.
* Morrowind Comes Alive - This adds an assortment of new NPCs to Morrowind. Both town and wilderness versions are provided. These aren't quest related - they are simply merchants, crusaders, pilgrims, rogues, travellers, and so on going about their business. They travel, so which NPCs are in a given are can vary from day to day.
* Cait's Critters Unleashed - This adds regular domestic animals to the world in carefully planned locations. Expect, for intance, to see chickens running around farms. It adds a lot of flavor to the game.
* Vivec Expansion 2.0 - This adds life to Vivec. Adds huts, walkways, shacks, docks, and ships surrounding the various Vivec cantons. This makes it easier to get around, and also makes Vivec feel like a busy city.
* G I A N T S - Adds some 200 new creatures to the game. Make no mistake - the whole purpose of G I A N T S is to add more fighting to Morrowind.
* Curry's Coloured Glass and Daedric and Curry's Coloured Ebony & Dwemer Adds a hidden door in Balmora that lets you enter an underground Dwemer ruin with machines that allow you to change the color of these four types of weapons and armor. Imagine white Daedric armor...
* Silt Striders Are In Vvardenfell - Silt Striders will spawn and walk about.
* The Marksman Mod - Makes bows and crossbows into worthwhile weapons. Adds new bows, crossbows, and projectiles.
* Daggerfall Book Collection - Adds some 60 books from Daggerfall into Morrowind.
Folder 5: Adventure Plugins
These mods add new quests, dungeons, lands, and so on. The focus is on adding new adventures to the game. I have tried to avoid those that provide uber equipment and massive
* The Unused Well of Pelagiad - Adds a dungeon to Pelagiad. Ask about it in town.
Folder 6: Other Plugins
These are mods that don't fit anywhere else. They are likely things that seriously affect gameplay - read carefully before you decide which to install.
* Morrowind Splash Screens Pack 1 - Adds a ton of additional splash screens to the game. Very high quality.
Folder 7: Utilities
These are recommended to make the whole thing work together better.
* Morrowind FPS Optimizer - runs in the background and dynamically changes view distance while you play, extending it up to up to 200% of what is possible otherwise. It also allows you to enable TruForm if your video card supports it, which greatly improves visuals. Allows for seperate indoor/outdoor shadow settings. Allow you to toggle the crosshair. Adds play/pause/skip/volume controls to the music. It is a must-have.
* TESTool - this tool runs through all of your installed plugins, removes conflicts, and combines certain things that can cause conflicts. Run it after everything else is installed, and read the readme!
* Morrowind Interactive Map - a zoomable, searchable map of all of Morrowind. Absolutely indespensible when you are having trouble finding Alamarusarinabaturiabaluritanaturabi.