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Adding Hearthstone Deck Tracker to OBS

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I looked this up recently and found that there wasn’t a lot of information about it, so I thought I’d share.

First, Hearthstone Deck Tracker is a tool to show pertinent information about Hearthstone while you play. Many people use it on stream to show the viewers what is in their deck and what cards have been played. Some people think it’s cheating and refuse to use it, while others don’t use it simply  because they don’t want to rely on it and would rather use their own memory. (Certainly you wouldn’t be able to use it in tournaments, though I’ve heard professional players take notes on paper as they play.)

Either way, if you want to add it to your stream, you have two options:

One is to use monitor capture on OBS. This is fairly straightforward, so I won’t be covering it here.

The other option is to capture the deck window as described below.

  1. Go to options -> Overlay -> Deck Windows in the Hearthstone Deck Tracker.
  2. Mark the “Player” check-mark. This will cause a window to pop up that shows your currently selected deck.
  3. Click on the “Background” drop-down and select “Custom”.
  4. In the “Custom hex” text box enter “#00ff00” (without quotes). This will set the background to pure green.
  5. Now, open OBS, right click in “Sources” within whatever Scene you want to add this to and select “Window Capture”. Name it something along the lines of “Hearthstone Deck Tracker”.
  6. Select the window called “Player”, Select “Inner Window”, Select “Sub-Region”, Click the “Select Region” button, drag down the top of the window so that you cut off the top of the window and press enter. (My settings are Position 0 29 and Size 230 560). Your settings may differ. If you didn’t cut off enough of the window, just come back here and adjust it down further.
  7. Select “Use Color Key”. Double click on the color box. Select the third green down from the top. If you want exact settings, I have Hue 80 Sat 240 Lum 120 Red 0 Green 255 Blue 0. Click Ok. This ensures that all of the green background that we selected previously is hidden, similar to a green screen. Click Ok.
  8. Now, just position the deck where you want it. I generally line it up where the deck naturally sits in the normal overlay.
  9. NOTE: You must not minimize the window. Just leave it up normally in the background.

You can do the same with other deck windows that are listen in the Hearthstone Deck Tracker options menu.

Have fun.

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February 5th, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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My Fallout New Vegas Mods Guide

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Here’s a list/guide on the Fallout New Vegas mods that I am using and how to install them.

Similar to my oblivion mod guide, my goal is mostly to make the game look better while keeping the gameplay as close to vanilla as possible (with few exceptions).

 

You MUST follow everything exactly as it is written or you will cause massive headaches for yourself.

Make sure to go to options on the launcher and set your graphics to High or Ultra, depending on what your system can handle. Also, MAKE SURE to set Mode (in the bottom left corner of the options menu) to “Windowed”. (We’ll use this later for borderless full screen, which will allow us to alt tab out of the game without it crashing.) If you don’t care about borderless full screen, don’t use windowed mode.

Pre-Setup:

First thing’s first. We need to make it so the game can use multi threading.

Start the game once by launching the game, clicking play, and then exiting the game when you can. This will create the ini file that we will be editing below.

Open “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas\Fallout_default.ini” and do the following:

Change “bUseThreadedAI=0” to “bUseThreadedAI=1”.

Right below that line add, “iNumHWThreads=2” (without the quotes).

We also have to change the ini so that some mods will work correctly:

Change “bInvalidateOlderFiles=0” to “bInvalidateOlderFiles=1” if it isn’t already set to 1.

Another nice thing that I do is disable the intro images for faster game startup. Change the following:

SMainMenuMovieIntro=0
SIntroSequence=0

Now let’s fix the insanely fast mouse. Search the ini for “bBackground Keyboard” (without quotes) and after that line paste the following:

fForegroundMouseAccelBase=0
fForegroundMouseAccelTop=0
fForegroundMouseBase=0
fForegroundMouseMult=0

One last fix for the character overhaul mod. Set the following:

bLoadFaceGenHeadEGTFiles=1

Next, be sure that the steam overlay is enabled. (Go to steam settings, go to “In-Game”, check “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game”, click “Ok”, go to Fallout 3 in steam and right click it, select “Properties”, check “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game”.)

 

Tools:

New Vegas Script Extender (NVSE) – You need to install this to get certain mods to work. On the website, find the section labeled “stable version” and select the link to download the latest stable version. Copy everything but the “src” folder and txt files to your fallout nv folder. (“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas”)

4GB Fallout New Vegas Updated – This will add an exe file that will launch the game with 4gb of ram available. This will allow you to use mods that are graphically intensive. Copy the exe and dll file to your fallout nv directory. Make a copy of the fnv4gb.exe file. Make a copy of the FalloutNVLauncher.exe file. RENAME the fnv4gb.exe file to FalloutNVLauncher.exe. This will allow you to launch the game from steam normally.

After following the instructions above you should have the following files:

FalloutNV.exe (original exe)
FalloutLauncher – Copy.exe (backed up original version)
FalloutLauncher.exe (renamed fnv4gb.exe)
nvse_loader.exe (original exe)

Now you don’t have to touch this crap anymore.

 

LOOT – Automatic mod sorter. This needs to be installed so that NMM’s mod sorting feature will work.

Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) – This is the official nexus mod site’s tool for installing mods. It will allow you to click a single button on the site to download mods and add them to the program. When it first starts up, it will scan your hard drive for supported games. Click the green check mark on each of the games that it finds and click Ok (If you get tired of waiting for it to search for games you know you don’t have, just click the red X on each of those games). When it asks to revise folder settings, just accept where it defaults to by clicking Ok. When it asks you if you want to make the Fallout.ini file not read only, say Yes. You’ll be asked if you want categories; I chose Yes. When you try to install your first mod from the site, NMM will ask you for your login credentials. (If you haven’t already, sign up for an account on nexusmods.com)

 

HOW TO USE NMM

Unless otherwise noted, go to the files tab on the webpage for the mod in question, click the “DOWNLOAD WITH MANAGER” button for the file you want to download. I will specify which file you should be getting if there are more than one (or multiple versions). Once you click the button, you will probably get a windows popup asking you to allow the mod manager to accept the link; Click yes. Now the mod will start downloading. You can see the progress down in the bottom left.

Go to the “Mods” tab in NMM and find the mod you downloaded. (Note: you can hide unused categories to lower the amount of clutter by going to the icon on the left with four lines, clicking the drop down button on the right edge of the icon, and selecting “Categories: Toggle Hidden Categories”. Alternatively, you can click the last icon on the left to disable categories, then sort by download date. I do the latter.) Once you’ve found your mod, double click on it to install.

Now go to the “Plugins” tab and make sure that all of the items on it are checked.

Another thing you’ll want to do after you’ve installed a bunch of (or all) mods is to have NMM auto sort them in the optimal order. To do this find the wrench and screw driver icon and click the down arrow on the right of the icon. Select “Automatic Plugin Sorting” and wait for it to finish sorting your plugins for you. This will help to avoid conflicts between mods. Another thing we’ll do later is to uncheck Archive Validation and recheck Archive Validation. If you are installing a small number of mods at a time and then launching the game, this will help resolve issues (especially graphical ones).

 

Mods:

OneTweak for FNV – If you enabled windowed mode for the game as described at the beginning of this guide, this mod will put the game in borderless full screen mode, allowing you to alt tab instantly (and also prevent the game from crashing when you return to it).

Yukichigai Unofficial Patch – YUP – fixes a bunch of bugs that weren’t in official patches. Be sure to get the “YUP – Base Game and All DLC” file and none of the others (unless you want another language).

NVAC – New Vegas Anti Crash – Prevents crashes.

New Vegas Stutter Remover – Makes the game more stable. Be sure to get the latest version. (“NVSR_4-1-36” at the time writing this guide)

NMCs_Texture_Pack_For_New_Vegas – Adds better looking textures for roads, landscape, trees, rocks, vehicles, buildings, and a whole host of other things. Drastically improves the look of the game. Be aware that this is the largest mod we will install and it will take A VERY LONG TIME to download so be patient. Select the following files: “NMCs Textures NV LARGE Pack Part 1 of 3 FOR NMM“, “NMCs Textures NV LARGE Pack Part 2 of 3 FOR NMM“, “NMCs Textures NV LARGE Pack Part 3 of 3 FOR NMM“, and “NMC_Large_Texture_Pack_NV_Patches“. Install each part in order, but don’t install the patch file yet. If you get a pop up asking you to upgrade, select “No”. Now install the patch file. Select “Yes to all” when asked to overwrite.

Weapon Retexture Project – WRP – High res textures for normal guns. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite changes from YUP.

UIO – User Interface Organizer – Required for the character overhaul mod.

Fallout Character Overhaul – High res textures for all of the characters in the game. Also expands character creation options. Hold ctrl + shift to bring back the eye brow options if you want to reselect them. Be sure to get the “Fallout Character Overhaul 3.0” file and the “Fallout Character Overhaul 3.01” bugfix file. When you install the mod, it will give you a bunch of options. I use: Animated Sweat Effects, Glowing Ghouls, HD Teeth Clean Textures, and Hair Textures. Select “Yes to all” when installing the bug fix and the overwrite dialog pops up. I had a problem with the FCO – Russell.esp file causing the game to crash. Go to Plugins and DISABLE it so that your game doesn’t crash. (The esp is for a companion mod that we will not be using. Not sure why it’s enabled by default.)

New Vegas – Enhanced Camera – Lets you look down and see your body. Also adds first person view when sitting down, getting knocked down, and a few other things.

Enhanced Blood Textures for NV – High resolution blood textures. Select “Yes to all” for the overwriting the NMC textures.

Sprint Mod – Allows you to sprint by holding the run button (default shift) at the cost of AP points. I’m pressed for time in completing New Vegas, as Fallout 4 is coming out soon, so this will be nice for getting around faster. You mostly crouch and sneak during normal combat anyway, so it doesn’t feel like a cheat to me. I like to disable head bobbing. (Open Pip-Boy, go to Apparel, Vault-tec Pedometer, Display Settings, Toggle Head Bobbing, Ok, Ok, exit Pip-Boy). Mess with settings to taste. (I also found out you can remove the AP cost of running and set the running speed. Remove the AP cost by entering the following into the console: “set SprintAPMultGLOB to 0”. To change the speed enter the following into the console: “set SprintSpeedMultGLOB to 1”, replacing 1 with whatever faster value you want instead. Unfortunately, there’s no way to disable sprinting in combat, which is what I’d want, since I’m basically just using it to get around faster.)

CASM_NV – Replaces the buggy save system in Fallout NV with a better one. Use F4 to quick save. Unfortunately, there is no button to quick load a casm save. You’ll have to go to the menu. Load the game and disable the auto save functions built into the game by going to Settings, Gameplay, “Save On Rest” OFF, “Save On Wait” OFF, “Save On Travel” OFF. Many people suggest not using the normal quick save and quick load features of the game if you are using casm (e.g. F5 and F9).

Authentic Burned Man – Better looking burned man npc.

EVE – Essential Visual Enhancements – Improves the visuals of energy weapons, explosions, and more. Be sure to get the the “EVE v1.17” file and not any of the other ones. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with YUP (Unofficial Patch). Also, make sure “True Iron Sights” is set to ON in the game’s settings, otherwise you’ll end up having two target reticles when you aim your weapon.

New Vegas – Re-Animated – Changes the animations so that it looks better when you are holding weapons. Be sure to get the “Release v0_23” (or whatever the latest is) and none of the others.

Mojave Nights – a moon and stars replacer – High resolution night sky. Be sure to get the “Mojave Nights” file and none of the others.

SmoothLight – Pip-Boy light enhancer – Makes your pip-boy light work more like a normal flashlight instead of being terrible. (If you don’t remember how to turn it on, you can do so by holding Tab.)

Less Intrusive Kill Camera – Makes kill cams last half as long. (I get annoyed at how they seem to hang sometimes after the enemy dies.)

Faster Terminals – Do you get annoyed at how long terminals take to sloooooowly show up? I know I do. This makes them pretty much instant.

5x faster waiting – Makes waiting five times as fast.

Daily Vendor Restock – This changes the time it takes vendors to restock take one day instead of four days. Mainly a quality of life change.

Quicker PipBoy Light – Makes the Pip-Boy light turn on much faster. Be sure to get the “QPBL 0_2 sec” file and not the other one.

HI-RES Chems and Health Re-Texture – Because, why not?

Ghouls Hires retexture – High resolution ghouls. I like these textures better than the FCO mod’s texutres. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with FCO.

FeralGhouls Hires retexture – High resolution feral ghouls.

Pre-War Money Retexture – Because, why not? Be sure to get the “Pre-War Money Retexture -RRS” file and none of the others.

UHQ Terrain – Rocks – Roads Overhaul – High resolution textures for rocks and roads. Looks even better than the NMC textures. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with NMC.

MGs Neat Clutter Retextures – High resolution textures for most of the small clutter type items in the game. Be sure to get the “MGs NCR Pack 7” file and none of the others. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with NMC.

HD Smoky Fire and Explosions – High resolutions smoke, fire, and explosions. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with EVE.

PipBoy 3000 HD Retexture – High resolutions texture for the Pip-Boy.

HD Glass Impact Decals – Because, why not?

Improved Super Mutants Textures – High resolution textures for super mutants. Make sure to get the “Improved Super Mutants Textures” file and none of the others.

Improved Deathclaw Textures – High resolution textures for deathclaws. Be sure to download the “Improved DeathClaw Textures” main file and the “DeathClaw Vanilla Color Patch” file (if you want the normal colors in hd). Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with the main file when you install the patch.

Improved LOD Noise Texture – Improves the look of textures that are far a way for very little cost to performance. Be sure to get the “Improved LOD noise Texture” file and not the other one.

Auto Aim Tweaks – Removes buggy auto aim (that tries to force your aim at the torso) and increases the max distance that you can shoot enemies from (changed from 1800 to 9999).

Its a Dogs World – Dog Texture Overhaul – High resolution dog textures! Be sure to get the “DogsWorldTextureOverhaul_Large_V1_0” file (or whatever size you want). Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with YUP.

Dust Mote and Fluid Drip Effects HD for NV – Adds high res textures for the dust devils and fluid effects. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite conflicts with EVE.

HD Mist – Better looking floating mist. Be sure to get the “HD Mist 2k” file since it won’t affect frame rate too much.

PipWare UI New Vegas Edition – Improves upon various UI annoyances. For example, DAM/DPS is split on the inventory page. Be sure to get the “PipWareUI_NV_v1_3” file and none of the others. NOTE: this mod and all of the UI mods listed below must be installed in the order this guide presents them.

MTUI – UI mod that makes the game more playable at 720p. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite conflicts with PipWareUI.

Shiloh DS – Clean Pipboy Screen – Cleans up the Pip-Boy screen so that it looks better. I use these settings: Remove Scanlines, Remove Screen Glare, Remove Distorting Effects, Add Pure Black BG, Remove Map Tinting, MTUI 1.0 Compatibility, Glow Intensity 200%. Select “Yes to all” for the MTUI override pop up.

Shiloh DS – Colored Map and Icons – I only use this for the icon pack and getting the ability to zoom out more on the map. The next mod is for the map itself. I use: “No Custom Map”, Zoom Out Setting 2, and “Icon Pack #4”.

Realistic World Map – High resolution map to use in conjunction with the two mods above. Be sure to get the “Realistic World Map 250 Percent Brighter” file and NONE of the rest.

The Mod Configuration Menu – We need this to use the oHUD mod below. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with MTUI and PipWareUI.

One HUD – oHUD – Allows you to totally customize your hud. NOTE: you have to press “i” to toggle the hud on and off, otherwise the mod assumes you want the immersive hud to only show stuff when needed. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflict with MTUI. Now then, press escape when in game and go to Mod Configuration. Here’s my setup: Go to Extra HUD, go to Show / Move, Check Show Clock, Check Show Encumbrance, Check Show Rads. Click on “Click to Move” for Show Encumbrance and use the arrow or wasd keys to move Weight UI element below your weapon condition. You can see where weapon condition is by pressing any key other than arrows, wasd, or space to stop moving the Weight UI element and click on “Adjustable HUD” to show the regular hud. Go back and forth between the “Click to Move” and “Adjustable HUD” to move each item where you want. After moving Encumbrance below weapon condition, move the Rads indicator below your ammo count. I leave the clock where it is. You can mess with other stuff like when things should show up if you are using the immersive hud or the location of basically any HUD element, but that’s basically all I use the mod for. Adjust yours to taste.

PipWare UI New Vegas Edition (Status Page Addition) – We had to install all of the previous UI mods in the order above to get part of the PipWare UI mod to work (like displaying DAM and DPS at the same time) This time go back to the download page and get the “PipWareUI_NV_v1_2c_statsOnly” file and none of the rest. This will make the combined status page work. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite the conflicts with MTUI and the main PipWareUI mod. NOTE: I also like to change inventory scrolling to be one line at a time (like in fallout 3) instead of the default one page at time. To do so, open the following file: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas\Data\menus\config_pipware.xml”. Change “scrollVert_wheelStepMode” from 1 to 0. Now you have one line scrolling again. Hurrah.

The Weapon Mod Menu – Adds a more advanced weapon mod menu and let’s you remove weapon mods. This file must be manually downloaded. Open up the 7z file and double click the fomod. This will add the mod to NMM. You can then install it like normal. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite conflicts with MTUI.

Hall Of Equipment – High resolution clothes and armor. Be sure to get the “Hall Of Equipment X2“, “Hall Of Equipment X2 For Dead Money“, “Hall Of Equipment X2 Honest Hearts“, “Hall Of Equipment X2 Lonesome Road“, and “Hall Of Equipment X2 Old World Blues” files. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite conflicts with MG Neat Clutter and YUP. Also, select “Yes to all” to overwrite any conflicts when installing the DLC texture packs as two conflict.

Reload Speed Game Start Fix – Fixes a bug where weapons reload slowly when you start up the game. Normally reload is slow until you switch weapons. This fixes that so that weapon reload is always normal.

Improved Robots Textures – High resolution robot textures. Get all four files and install them in order: “Improved Main Robots Textures“, “Improved LR Robot Textures“, “Improved OWB Robot Textures“, and “Lore patch“. Select “Yes to all” to overwrite conflicts with the main robot textures file.

Further 3rd Person Camera – Makes it so that you can zoom out as far as you could in Fallout 3.

FNV_MoreVendorCaps – Gives vendors ten times the amount of caps. This is mainly a quality of life change. You won’t have to wait over and over to refresh their money. Don’t use this if you plan on playing hardcore as it will allow you to save in game time.

Junk Be Gone – Removes junk items that you would never want to pick up anyway from CONTAINERS ONLY. Leaves normal junk items laying around. Mainly a quality of life change as you would never pick up this crap anyway.

Lutana NVSE Plugin – NVSE plugin used for the Enhanced Item Info mod below.

JIP NVSE Plugin – NVSE plugin used for the Enhanced Item Info mod below.

Enhanced Item Info – Extra UI HUD – I only use this mod to show the value to weight ratio (V/W) in the Pip-Boy and container UI. Be sure to get both files: “Enhanced Item Info” and “Enhanced Item Info – Non-Darn patch“. Select “Yes to all” to confirm the overwrite of the main mod’s files. NOTE: I disable all of the extra stuff besides V/W by going to the mod’s directory “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas\Data\menus\prefabs\EII”, creating a folder called “hide” and moving the following files to the folder to disable them: “EII_ListBox.xml”, “EII_ListBox2.xml”, “EII_Recipe.xml”, and “EII_VATS.xml”. If you want to use these other features, go for it. Just know that they might look a little screwed up with the UI mods we are using.

Dynamic Quantity Prompt Beta NVSE – Allows you to hold shift to instantly sell/move a stack of something or ctrl to sell/move one of something. Also makes it so that the scroll wheel works on quantity prompts.

Inventory Sorters – Puts a category word (e.g. food) in front of items so that it’s easier to sort out stuff. Be sure to get the “Inventory Sorter Combined 2-2” and “Inventory Sorter Dead Money 2-2” and NONE of the rest. There may be a very smaller number of items that the mod doesn’t cover.

A Cuter Veronica Felicia Day edition – When I met follower Veronica and realized that she was voiced by Felicia Day, I wanted to make the character look like her. Found this mod.

 

AFTER YOU ARE DONE WITH EVERYTHING BE SURE TO DO “AUTOMATIC PLUGIN SORTING” IN NMM AS DESCRIBED AT THE TOP.

Lastly, go to “C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV” and set Fallout.ini as not read only (if you didn’t choose to do so in NMM). Now go to NMM, click the wrench and screw driver icon,  and UNCHECK Archive Invalidation, then go back and CHECK Archive Invalidation. This will fix any graphical mod problems.

 

BONUS

Here’s the Energy Weapon only build that I used.

STR     5 (6 w/ implant)(7 w/ end game armor)
PER    5 (6 w/ implant)
END    5 (6 w/implant)
CHA    1
INT    9 (10 w/ perk)
AGI    6 (7 w/ implant)
LCK    9 (10 w/ implant)

Traits:
Built to Destroy (+3% crit chance, +15% weapon decay)
Good Natured (+5 to Speech, Medicine, Repair, Science and Barter, -5 to Energy Weapons (and other skills we won’t use))

Low Level Perks:
2 Intense Training INT
4 Educated
6 Comprehension
8 Vigilant Recycler (Science 70)

Early skill points: get lockpick and speech up quickly otherwise the game will punish you with stuff you can’t open and people who you can’t use speech on. Shoot for lockpick 55 and keep getting speech up as you go. Novac has one for 41 speech and you get there pretty early. Get science to 70 by level 8 (though you could wait to get the perk if you wanted). The rest is up to you, though I focus on energy weapons first and then worry about sneak later.

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October 31st, 2015 at 10:08 pm

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My Fallout 3 Mods Guide

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Here’s a list/guide on the Fallout 3 mods that I am using and how to install them.

Similar to my oblivion mod guide, my goal is mostly to make the game look better while keeping the gameplay as close to vanilla as possible (with few exceptions).

 

You MUST follow everything exactly as it is written or you will cause massive headaches for yourself.

Make sure to go to options on the launcher and set your graphics to High or Ultra, depending on what your system can handle. If your system can’t handle those, at the very least, go to advanced and enable depth of field.

Pre-Setup:

First thing’s first. We need to make it so the game can use multi threading.

Start the game once by launching the game, clicking play, and then exiting the game. This will create the ini file we will be editing below.

Open “C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\FALLOUT.INI” and do the following:

Change “bUseThreadedAI=0” to “bUseThreadedAI=1”.

Right below that line add, “iNumHWThreads=2” (without the quotes).

We also have to change the ini so that some mods will work correctly:

Change “bInvalidateOlderFiles=0” to “bInvalidateOlderFiles=1”

 

Next, be sure that the steam overlay is enabled. (Go to steam settings, go to “In-Game”, check “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game”, click “Ok”, go to Fallout 3 in steam and right click it, select “Properties”, check “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game”.)

 

Tools:

Fallout Script Extender (FOSE) – you need to install this to get certain mods to work. On the website, find the section labeled “Current stable version” and select the link next to “Download:” to download the latest stable version. Copy everything but the “src” folder, txt files, and html file to your fallout 3 goty folder. (“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\fallout 3 goty”)

Next, make a backup copy of “FalloutLauncher.exe” (right click and drag then select “copy here”). Now delete the normal “FalloutLauncher.exe”. Also make a backup copy of the “fose_loader.exe” file. Now rename “fose_loader.exe” to “FalloutLauncher.exe”. This will make the game launch through the FOSE loader when you open the game in steam.

4GB Exe Patcher – This external tool will allow you to patch Fallout3.exe so that it can use more ram. Go to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\fallout 3 goty” and first make a backup copy of your Fallout3.exe file (just in case). Run the tool and select the Fallout3.exe file to patch. Now Fallout 3 can use more ram. (The FOSE loader will be starting this executable)

After following the instructions above you should have the following files:

Fallout3 – Copy.exe (backed up original version)
Fallout3.exe (patched with 4gb patcher)
FalloutLauncher – Copy.exe (backed up original version)
FalloutLauncher.exe (renamed fose_loader.exe)
fose_loader.exe (original exe)

Now you don’t have to touch this crap anymore.

 

LOOT – Automatic mod sorter. This needs to be installed so that NMM’s mod sorting feature will work.

Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) – This is the official nexus mod site’s tool for installing mods. It will allow you to click a single button on the site to download mods and add them to the program. When it first starts up, it will scan your hard drive for supported games. Click the green check mark on each of the games that it finds and click Ok. (If you get tired of waiting for it to search for games you know you don’t have, just click the red X on each of those games) When it asks to revise folder settings, just accept where it defaults to by clicking Ok. You’ll be asked if you want categories; I chose Yes. When you try to install your first mod from the site, NMM will ask you for your login credentials. (If you haven’t already, sign up for an account on nexusmods.com)

 

HOW TO USE NMM

Unless otherwise noted, go to the files tab on the webpage for the mod in question, click the “DOWNLOAD WITH MANAGER” button for the file you want to download. I will specify which file you should be getting if there are more than one (or multiple versions). Once you click the button, you will probably get a windows popup asking you to allow the mod manager to accept the link; Click yes. Now the mod will start downloading. You can see the progress down in the bottom left.

Go to the “Mods” tab in NMM and find the mod you downloaded. (Note: you can hide unused categories to lower the amount of clutter by going to the icon on the left with four lines, clicking the drop down button on the right edge of the icon, and selecting “Categories: Toggle Hidden Categories”. Alternatively, you can click the last icon on the left to disable categories, then sort by download date. I do the latter.) Once you’ve found your mod, double click on it to install it.

Now go to the “Plugins” tab and make sure that all of the items on it are checked.

Another thing you’ll want to do after you’ve installed a bunch of (or all) mods is to have NMM auto sort them in the optimal order. To do this find the wrench and screw driver icon and click the down arrow on the right of the icon. Select “Automatic Plugin Sorting” and wait for it to finish sorting your plugins for you. This will help to avoid conflicts between mods.

 

Mods:

UPDATED Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch – Fixes bugs in the game. Be sure to download the file called “Updated_Unofficial_Fallout3_Patch” (Described as the “NEWB FRIENDLY version“) Run the installer. Be sure to select “Full ALL DLC installation” from the drop down on the “Select Components” screen.

NMCs_Texture_Pack_for_FO3 – Adds better looking textures for roads, landscape, trees, rocks, vehicles, buildings, and a whole host of other things. Drastically improves the look of the game. Be sure to get the “NMCs Texture Pack LARGE Pack SINGLE FILE FOR NMM” file. If your system isn’t great, consider using the performance file instead. Be aware that this is the largest mod we will install and it will take A VERY LONG TIME to download so be patient.

Fallout 3 Redesigned – Improves the look of most of the NPCs in the game. Be sure to download the “FO3 Redesigned HD version” file. This mod will crash your game unless you DISABLE the “Mart’s Mutant Mod – Project Beauty.esp” plugin under the plugins tab. Don’t ask me why the developer didn’t make the esp an additional download.

Fallout 3 Re-Animated – Changes the animations so that it looks better when you are holding weapons. Be sure to get not only the “Release v0_22” file but also the “Idle Revisions2 – Fixed” file. When you activate the “Idle Revisions2 – Fixed” file in NMM, select “Yes to all” when the confirm overwrite dialog pops up. This will overwrite the old stuff with the updated changes.

EVE – Energy Visuals Enhanced – Makes the energy weapons and kills from said weapons look much cooler.

Fallout Stutter Remover – Makes the game more stable. Be sure to get download the latest version. (“FSR_4-1-36” at the time writing this guide)

Enhanced Blood Textures – Higher resolution blood. Select “No to all” when a popup tells you there is a conflict with EVE. The two instances look better in EVE.

Hi-Res Weapons – Nicer looking weapons. Be sure to get the latest version. (“HiRes Weapons v3_1” as of the writing of this guide) Select “No to all” when a popup tells you there is a conflict with EVE.

CASM – Replaces the buggy save system in Fallout 3 with a better one. Use F4 to quick save and F8 to quick load. Load the game and disable the auto save functions built into the game by going to Settings, Gameplay, “Save On Rest” OFF, “Save On Wait” OFF, “Save On Travel” OFF.

MTUI – UI mod that makes the game more playable at 720p.

Fallout 3 – Enhanced Camera – Allows you to look down at your body in first person. Also keeps first person camera when sitting down and doing other things…like dying. If you want to get a better look at your character, holster your weapon by holding R. (Weapon stance hunches over, making it hard to see your body)

Enhanced Night Sky – Adds a nicer looking night sky.

krzymar HI-RES Moon – Adds a nicer looking moon. Be sre to download the Bright version. (“krzymar_HI-RES_Moon-0_2_0-bright” as of the writing of this guide)

Megaton Lighting Overhaul – Turns all Megaton lights into real light sources rather than just decoration.

Ambient Wasteland 2 – Adds ambient noises to the game for a more immersive experience. Be sure to download the “Ambient Wasteland 2 WAV edition” file and the “Ambient Wasteland 2 Wav Patch” file. When installing the patch, select “Yes to all” to overwrite the old files.

DYNAVISION – Dynamic Depth of Field – Makes the player’s vision work like in real life. When looking at things that are close up, the background blurs and vice versa.

Now we want to change the settings. Launch the game, open your pip-boy, select apparel, and select “<DYNAVISION Lens Package>”. Select “DynaVision SPEED Options”, “Fast”, “Back”. Select “DynaVision BLUR STRENGTH Options”, “DynaBlur: Low”, “Back”. Select “DynaVision SOFT FOCUS Options”, “DynaFOCUS: LOW”, “Back”. Select “Done” and exit your pip-boy.

SmoothLight – Pip-Boy Light Enhancer – Makes your pip-boy light work more like a normal flashlight instead of being terrible. (If you don’t remember how to turn it on, you can do so by holding Tab.)

Vandr HD Creatures – Adds high res textures to the monsters and mutants in the game.

HD Smoky Fire and Explosions for FO3 – Adds high res textures for fire and explosions.

Better clutter and furniture pack – Adds high res textures to clutter (i.e. bottles and other random stuff) and furniture. Be sure to download both the “New Clutter Pack” file and the “New Furniture pack” file.

Better HiRes Skill Books – Adds high res textures to skill books. Be sure to download “HiResSkillBooks” and “WastelandSurvivalGuideRedone“.

Improved LOD Noise Texture – Improves the look of textures that are far a way for very little cost to performance.

FPS Grenade Hotkey – Allows you to hold ‘G’ to equip a grenade and charge it up and throw on release (no need to go into pip-boy anymore to equip grenades). Also add the ability to switch between grenade types by pressing ‘H’.

Better PreWar and Burned Books – Adds high res textures for books (but not skill books). Be sure to download the “HiResBooks” file and none of the rest.

Fallout Street Lights – Makes street lights actually provide light rather than being a decoration.

Color Hi-Detailed map and icons – Adds high res textures to the map. You may want to change your pip-boy color to white in the options menu to see the map better.

Faster PipBoy Light – Makes pip-boy light turn on and off faster.

PipBoy 3000 HD Retexture – Adds high res texture for pip-boy.

UHQ Terrain Overhaul – Adds even more high res textures for terrain. When the conflict dialog pops up, select “Yes to all” to overwrite some of the stuff from the NMC Texture pack. (It won’t overwrite all). Both of these mods combined improve the graphics dramatically. Download the “HQ Terrain Overhaul v2″ file.

Improved Glass Bullet Impact – Adds better looking effects when you shoot glass.

Swampfolk Backwater Retexture – Adds high res textures for the swamp people.

Mothership Zeta DLC Retextured – Adds high res textures for the Mothership Zeta DLC.

Auto Aim Explained and Properly Applied – Despite its terrible name, this mod extends the range at which you can target enemies. Extremely helpful if you use sniper rifles a lot.

Retex_Gorycorpseparts – Adds high res textures to dead bodies.

Chems and Meds Re-Texture Pack – Adds high res textures to chemicals and medications.

Hi-Res Vault Door Panels – Because why not? Be sure to download the “Hi-Res VaultDoorPanels -repack-” file and not the other one.

Its a Dogs World – Dog Texture Overhaul – Adds high res dog textures. Be sure to download the optimized file: “DogsWorldTextureOverhaulFO3_Optimized_V1_0“.

Ghouls Hires retexture – Adds high res textures to human ghouls.

Dust Mote and Fluid Drip Effects HD – Adds high res textures for the dust devils and fluid effects.

HD Mist – Better looking floating mist. Be sure to get the “HD Mist 2k” file since it won’t affect frame rate too much.

Bear Trap Retextured – High res bear traps.

Schematics – High rest textures for schematics.

Tiny Marie Retexture for The Pitt – High res texture for baby npc. Be sure to get the “Tiny Marie Retexture for The Pitt – Large” file.

BobbleHeads_HiRes_Retexture – Adds high res textures to bobbleheads. Choose whichever skin color you want.

Weathered Bobblehead Case – Changes the bobblehead case to be more weathered so that it matches with the rest of the wastes.

Almost Perfect Anytime Bobbleheads – There’s a way you can screw yourself over in the game. When you get to level 30, you can choose a perk called “Almost Perfect”. It raises all of your stats to 9. Getting a bobblehead for that stat AFTER getting the perk will raise it to 10. If you get the bobblehead BEFORE getting the perk, the stat is only raised to 9. This mod fixes that, so that you can get the bobbleheads whenever you find them and not have to worry about screwing yourself (or remembering the locations and returning to them once you are max level). Be sure to get the “Almost Perfect Anytime Bobbleheads” file and none of the others.

NPC-Confessor Cromwell has a Break EV _ DV – There’s a guy who stands in front of the bomb in the first town preaching…all day…everyday. This gives him a schedule so that he sleeps, eats, and hangs around town as well so that he’s less annoying. Be sure to get the “Confessor Cromwell has a Break_EV” file and not the other one.

Refurbish DLC – This will make it so that the DLC is unveiled to you at a more natural pace rather than dumping it all on you at the beginning of the game. You will talk to NPCs in the game that will give you the quest for each DLC in a way that makes more sense. Be sure to get the “All Refurbishes Merged” file and not any of the others. (NOTE: I didn’t naturally find the Operation Anchorage DLC during my playthrough. Head north east from the nuka cola factory to find the outcast base if you don’t end up finding the dlc naturally.)

5X Faster Waiting – This mod will making waiting faster. This is important because you have to wait three days to refresh the money on a merchant and waiting 66 seconds every time gets old fast.

AFTER YOU ARE DONE WITH EVERYTHING BE SURE TO DO “AUTOMATIC PLUGIN SORTING” IN NMM AS DESCRIBED AT THE TOP.

Note 2: If you want to change game settings like pip-boy color or keybinds, you need to launch the Fallout3.exe by itself rather than using the renamed FOSE launcher; otherwise your settings won’t be saved. Just go the fallout goty folder and launch the Fallout3.exe, change your settings, and exit.

BONUS

For Starting stats I did some research and decided to go with the following based on recommendations:
Strength       5
Perception   6
Endurance   6
Charisma    1
Intelligence 9
Luck           6

These stats set you up in the best way possible for perks and to enjoy the game the most.

Suggested starting perks on the G.O.A.T. test are:
Lockpick
Sneak
Speech

Extra Tips:
Hold R to holster your weapon.Hold the Pip-Boy key (default Tab) to turn on or off your flashlight)
Press R while hovering over an item to repair it (if you have compatible items).
You can assign items like weapons, armor, and medicine to hotkeys 1-8 by holding down the hotkey and clicking on the item you want in the slot.

NOTE: If you want to change any setting in the game and have them stay saved, you need to rename the launcher file back to normal and rename the fose file (which is renamed as the launcher) back to fose. Make your settings change, then rename fose back to launcher and launcher back to launcher – copy.

Written by nerdyandlovingit

October 4th, 2015 at 10:53 pm

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My Oblivion Mods Guide

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Here’s a list/guide on the oblivion mods that I am using and how to install them.

Oblivion looks kind of bad without mods (especially the potato head character models), so all of these mods will make the game look better. I only use a few mods that actually change gameplay, namely the realistic leveling mod. The normal oblivion leveling requires a ton of micromanagement and is terrible.

 

You MUST follow everything exactly as it is written or you will cause massive headaches for yourself.

Before you start, launch the game once, skip the intro, and make a temporary character. Now go to the video options. If you don’t have a decent graphics card, you might have to lower some settings, but here’s what I do:

Texture Size Large.
Tree Fade Max.
Actor Fade Max.
Item Fade Max.
Object Fade Max.
Grass Distance Max.
View Distance Max.
Distant Land On.
Distant Buildings On.
Distant Trees On.
Int Shadows Max.
Ext Shadows Max.
Self Shadows On.
Shadows on Grass On.
Tree Canopy Shadows On.
Shadow Filtering High.
Specular Distance Middle of bar.
HDR Lighting On.
Bloom Lighting Off.
Water Detail High.
Water Reflections On.
Water Ripples On.
Window Reflections On.
Blood Decals High.
Anti-Aliasing Off.

 

Tools:

Wrye Bash – this is the main tool that we’ll use to manage our mods. (Don’t use Nexus Mod Manager for oblivion). Just run the installer. Also, when you first run Wrye Bash, it will say “Turn lock load order off?”. Click “Yes”.

Oblivion mod manager – We need this for a few specific mods like the character model mods. Just run the installer. I like to create a shortcut to this in the oblivion “Mopy” folder where the Wrye Bash.exe is so that I can launch both from the same spot. (Or you can use the shortcut in Wrye Bash if you really want)

LOOT – This is a tool for Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Fallout New Vegas that reorganizes your mods so that they won’t conflict. Run the installer. I like to create a shortcut to this in the oblivion “Mopy” folder where the Wrye Bash exe is so that I can launch both from the same spot. (LOOT install location is C:\Program Files (x86)\LOOT)

Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE) – you need to install this to get certain mods to work. Copy everything but the “src” folder, txt files, and html file to your oblivion folder. Also, make sure the steam overlay is enabled for oblivion.

4GB Exe Patcher – This external tool will allow you to patch oblivion.exe so that it can use more ram. Go to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion” and make a copy of your oblivion.exe file. Run the tool and select the oblivion.exe file to patch. Now oblivion can use more ram.

 

Wrye Bash Setup:

Unless otherwise noted, all mods go in the Wrye Bash installer folder. (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Oblivion Mods\Bash Installers)

After putting mods in the Wrye Bash folder, open Wrye Bash, click on the “Installers” tab. Click yes and wait for the tab to load. Right click on the mod and select install. If there are any conflicts, hold control and click yes to agree to all. Some mods will have options you can set here. I’ll note which ones in the mod descriptions. On the right, the UI may be all smushed up. If so, just drag the divider above the comments down to see the “Sub-Packages” and “Esp/m Filter” boxes.

Some mods may conflict with each other. Right click any column header and select “Anneal All” to fix any conflicts. You will also have to do this when you are try out different sub-packages.

Now that the mod in question is installed, go to the “mods” tab and check the green box to enable your mod. (Do NOT check the “Bashed Patch, 0.esp”)

When you have installed a number of mods, you should open the LOOT program and click the sort button that has an icon with three bars. It will show a progress bar and then an “apply” button will appear. Click this and close the program.

 

Mods:

NOTE: Download the zip or 7z file instead of the OMOD unless otherwise noted. Also, download everything manually. Don’t use the NMM link.

Unofficial Oblivion Patch – Fixes bugs in the game

Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch – Fixes bugs in the game

Unofficial Oblivion DLC Patches – Fixes bugs in the game

Oblivion Reloaded – This will pretty much redo a major portion of the graphics of the game. Be sure to enable HDR and VSync in the oblivion video settings. After install you will want to change your oblivion.ini (these come from the author) (find it at My Documents\My Games\Oblivion\oblivion.ini):

iPostProcessMillisecondsLoadingQueuedPriority=250
iPostProcessMilliseconds=50
bUseWaterReflectionsTrees=1
uGridsToLoad = 5
uGridDistantCount = 50
uGridDistantTreeRange = 30

I don’t like how dark and murky the water is in the game so I edit the water.ini file for the mod and reduce the variables listed below to 25% of their original value. Adjust yours to taste. (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\Shaders\OblivionReloaded\Water\water.ini):

[Default]
turbidity         = 0.18
depthDarkness     = 0.025

[BravilWorld]
turbidity         = 0.56
depthDarkness     = 0.05

[Vilverin02]
turbidity         = 0.20

One more edit for frame rate. The mod limits your frame rate to 30 fps. I changed mine to 60. Edit this file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\OBSE\Plugins\OblivionReloaded.ini

[FrameRate]
Average                  = 60

After playing for a while, I have added one more change. I don’t like the menu key to be “o”, so I change it to “Numpad 0”. Edit the following file: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\Ini\OblivionReloadedEsp.ini”

set ORMenuQuest.MenuKey to 82

NOTE: Other water mods will NOT work in conjunction with this mod. The mod author has a list of mod types as well as specific mods that you should not use in conjunction with his mod.

Oblivion Stutter Remover (OSR) – Makes the game more stable

LowPoly Grass – Lowers the poly count on grass to give a good amount of fps increase. You shouldn’t notice too much of a difference in the look of the grass. Be sure to install the normal and SI versions of it.

Optimised Distant Land MAX – Gives you a performance boost for distant objects. SKIP the UL patch file (it is untested). Be sure to select the “50 Percent Optimized Distant Land” Sub-Package. If you installed first before selecting the Sub-Package, just right click the column header and select “Anneal All”.

Qarls Texture Pack III – High Quality textures.

Oblivion PolyGone Overhaul – Improves performance with very little cost to quality.

Improved Trees and Flora 2 – Improves the quality of trees and flora. Also, bark. It does that too. Be sure to download the bark file as well.

Improved Fires and Flames – Improves the quality of flames. Be sure to download the optional torch file as well.

Isathars Normalmapped Cobwebs – Improves the quality of…cobwebs. Yep. Cobwebs.

Sounds of Cyrodiil – Adds more ambient noises to the game like birds chirping and crap.

Unique Landscapes Compilation – Adds a bunch of unique landscapes like statues and crap to the game to make it look a little bit more interesting. You MUST choose “wizard” instead of “install” in Wrye Bash. Select Full, Wheat, Low Poly Grass, and No (for LOD). Click the “Apply these selections” check box and then click finish.

Animated Window Lighting System and Chimneys (AWLS) – Animates windows and chimneys. You MUST choose “wizard” instead of “install” in Wrye Bash. Select Advanced Smoking Chimneys, No (RAEVWD), No (don’t pick every freaking window), Yes (we use QTP3), Orange – Brumbek Recommends, Orange – Brumbek Recommends, Default Bright Orange, Blue, No (Bromrets Texure Pack), Brumbrek Yellow Multi-Color (Recommended), Dual Nature (Recommended), Blue-Purple (Recommended), and More Colors (Recommended). Click the “Apply these selections” check box and then click finish.

MenuQue – OBSE Script for menus. We use it for the Oblivion Overhaul and BTmod. Be sure to get the 16b version and NOT the 16a version.

Enhanced Hotkeys – Allows you to easily assign a ton of different hotkeys. To use in game open your inventory and press a hotkey such as “1” and then click the item/spell you want to assign to the key, then press the key again to close the pop-up. The upper right of the pop-up has special features like equipping a bow and arrows together. You can also equip multiple items to the same slot by simply clicking more items. Pressing the hot key will cycle through them. Clear a hotkey by clicking the X for every item in the hotkey.

Keychain – Adds a keyring item to the game. Keys are automatically added to it. To take the keys off of the keyring, just click the keyring. Same for putting them back on.

Display Stats – Displays more detailed stats when you mouse over items. Select “00 Core” and “01 Vanilla or BTmod” under “Sub-Packages”. Make sure “Display Stats.esp” is checked under “Esp/m filter”.

BTmod – Basic UI mod that allows you to see more items at a time in your inventory. Works well on lower resolutions like 720p. Download the file that says “rar file” in the description. Be sure to UNCHECK “Compass-Disable_both.esp”, “Compass-Disable_POIs.esp”, and “Compass-Disable_QuestMarkers.esp” under Esp/m Filter.

Dynamic Map – Changes the world map to be much more detailed and nicer looking. Select “00 Core” and “01 Color Map” under “Sub-Packages”. Make sure “Dynamic Map.esp” is checked under “Esp/m filter”. Open “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\Ini\Dynamic Map base.ini” and change the following to enable zoom in and out on mouse wheel:

set tnoDM.zoomIn to 264
set tnoDM.zoomOut to 265

Fast Exit – Allows you to save changes to settings and quit the game without it crashing every god damn time like it normally does. Be sure to download “Fast Exit 2” and NOT “Fast Exit 1”.

Auto Update Leveled Items And Spells – Automatically levels certain items that normally are set to the level you were when you first found them. This makes it so that you don’t have to wait to do these quests to maximize the value that you get from them.

Alluring Potion Bottles – Makes potion bottles look better.

Improved Signs – Higher quality textures for signs. Be sure to download the “ImprovedSignsComplete” file and not the others ones.

Exnem Reznod Mannequin – Allows you to add mannequins to your house in order to create an armor collection. There are two female mannequins that are flesh and look like normal NPCs and two male mannequins that are marble and wood textured. You can put any weapons, armor, and/or clothing you want. Download the “ Exnem Reznod Mannequin” file and the “2nd Female Mannequin” file. When you install the Exnem Reznod Mannequin file, be sure to UNCHECK “Reznod_Mannequin_HD[Eng].esp” under filter esp/m. The “2nd Female Mannequin” file should be installed normally and it’s esp checked automatically under filter esp/m.

Improved Fruits Vegetables and Meats – High res texture pack for fruits, vegetables, and meats.

VAs Better Gold – High res texture pack for gold coins. Not sure why, but this one is an executable instead of a rar/7z file.

Better Horse Eyes – High res textures for horse eyes…because why the fuck not?

Enhanced Magic Effects – High res textures for magic effects.

Improved Amulets and Rings – High res textures for amulets and rings.

See You Sleep – Lets you actually sleep in beds instead of next to them. UNCHECK “P1DseeYouSleep – VVAdvanced.esp” from Esp/m filter since we don’t use the vim and vigor mod.

Enhanced Camera – Allows you to look down and see your body in first person mode.

I change the following values in the file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\OBSE\Plugins\OBSE_EnhancedCamera.ini” to give what seems like a more correct perspective for the character. (i.e. you can’t see your own collar bone):

fCameraPosY=14.5
fCameraPosZ=4.0

ChaseCameraMod – Removes the elasticity from the camera. I find the normal camera annoying in fights and some people can become nauseous from it.

Trifle – Allows you to see your shadow when in first person mode.

Chargen With Numbers – This will show numbers in the character creator. It’s useful if you want to fine tune your face and write down the numbers for the settings so that you can recreate it or share it later. It will also allow you to copy other people’s created faces using their numbers.

007 Vanity camera smoother fixed – Makes the mouse speed slower when you hold R or middle mouse in order to see the front of your character (it’s normally stupid fast). Unfortunately, this mod also reduces the delay until the camera starts spinning around you to like 7 seconds. We’ll fix this later with another mod.

Book Jackets: Oblivion Standard Res – High res textures for books. Be sure to download the “Book Jackets Oblivion High Res” file. UNCHECK the “Book Jackets Oblivion – BP.esp” under Esp/m Filter.

Pluggy – OBSE plugin that allows the Map Marker Overhaul mod to backup your map markers.

Map Marker Overhaul – Adds useful map marker functionality like showing whether an oblivion gate is closed. Also allows you to ctrl click the map to add your own markers. For some reason the wizard doesn’t seem to work for me in Wrye Bash, so select “00 Core”, “01 Borderless Icons”, and “02 SI additions” under Sub-Packages.

Enable auto backup of map markers by editing: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\Ini\Map Marker Overhaul.ini”

Change the following setting:

set tnoMMO.backupEnabled to 2

A To Take All – Makes it so that pressing the ‘a’ key takes all of the items from a container.

No Helmet – Adds an item to your inventory that, when clicked, hides your current helmet or shows it again. Note that this will affect any npc that is wearing the same helmet as you.

Custom Autosave – Creates 3 rotating saves every two minutes and creates 3 rotating saves after combat ends. These are independent from your own saves. Helps if you forget to save a lot and mess up something.

Blockhead – This is a script that works with OBSE to make character face mods work.

Detailed Terrain – Improves the shaders, further improving graphics. Be sure to download the SI and UL files as well. These are OMOD files and MUST be installed with Oblivion Mod Manager. If you double click the omod file in your download directory, it should automatically be added to Oblivion Mod Manager. If not, you can manually add it to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\obmm\mods”. Open Oblivion Mod Manager if it is not already open. Double click “Detailed Terrain – Beta II-15245” to install the main mod. If it asks if you want to be notified about conflicts, choose “no”. If there are any conflict notifications you can hold the ctrl key and click “yes”. Double click “DT Texture Pack – Shivering Isles-15245” to install the extra texture pack. Double click “DT Texture Pack – Unique Landscapes-15245” to install the other extra texture pack.

Realistic Leveling –  The normal leveling system is crap. It requires you to micromanage all of your stats and punishes you with lower stats if you don’t. This mod automatically levels your character’s stats based on what major and minor skills you have leveled. It makes oblivion leveling closer to skyrim leveling, but instead of getting perk points to spend like in skyrim, you just get all the perks based on what skills you have leveled. This is not an omod, but IT MUST BE INSTALLED WITH Oblivion Mod Manager. Open Oblivion Mod Manager. Click the “Create” button (one of the bottom row of buttons). Click the “Add archive” button (in the middle group of buttons). Go to the directory that you downloaded the mod and select the mod file. Select “Yes”, you want to import the omod conversion data. The details will automatically be filled in. Click the “Create omod” button (on the lower right). The OMOD will be created and added to your mod list. Double click the mod to activate it. Click “Ok”. Select “Vanilla Levelup Menu”, “Verbose Leveling (Recommended)”, “Medium (65)”, and “Unlimited (100)”. Click “Ok”.

RobertMaleBodyReplacer – Higher quality male character meshes. NOTE: Twitch does not allow for nudity from mods (they only allow nudity that was included in the original game) so for both male and female bodies I choose underwear. Be sure to download “Robert Male Body Replacer v52 OMOD“. The OMOD file MUST be installed with Oblivion Mod Manager. If you double click the omod file in your download directory, it should automatically be added to Oblivion Mod Manager. If not, you can manually add it to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\obmm\mods”. Open Oblivion Mod Manager if it is not already open. Double click the mod to install it. Select “Yes” to install body meshes. Select “Average”, “Pants0”, “Default”, “Yes”, “Hairy”, “Automatic”, “Automatic”, and “Yes”. Select “Yes”, “Robert”,  “Default”, “Yes”, “Pack0”, “Pack0”, “Pack1”, “Pack1”, “Yes”, and “Yes”. Select “No” because we don’t want the same textures for all ages. Select “Yes”, “Yes”, “Musc-Average-Blues”, and “Yes”.

EVE HGEC Eyecandy Variants Expansion – Adds enhanced clothes that are compatible with the HGEC mods. We’ll be using other mods for the body. Be sure to download the OMOD file. The OMOD file MUST be installed with Oblivion Mod Manager. If you double click the omod file in your download directory, it should automatically be added to Oblivion Mod Manager. If not, you can manually add it to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\obmm\mods”. Open Oblivion Mod Manager if it is not already open. Double click the mod to install it. For “Install Body Textures?” select “No”. Select “HGEC Normal E-Cup Underwear” (Again, no nude mods on twitch). Select “HGEC Normal Underwear”. It will tell you there are conflicts. Hold the ctrl key and click yes.

HGEC Body with BBB – Improved female body textures. The OMOD file MUST be installed with Oblivion Mod Manager. If you double click the omod file in your download directory, it should automatically be added to Oblivion Mod Manager. If not, you can manually add it to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\obmm\mods”. Open Oblivion Mod Manager if it is not already open. Double click the mod to install it. Select “No Animations” (we’re using another mod). Select “Underwear – Several Upper&Lower Body Options” (Again no nude mods on twitch). Select “E-Cup” and “Medium”. Hold ctrl and click “Yes” to overwrite stuff from other mods.

NoMaaM BBB Animation Replacer – Better animations plus breathing idle animations. Adds breast physics. Be sure to download the OMOD file. The OMOD file MUST be installed with Oblivion Mod Manager. If you double click the omod file in your download directory, it should automatically be added to Oblivion Mod Manager. If not, you can manually add it to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\obmm\mods”. Open Oblivion Mod Manager if it is not already open. Double click the mod to install it. For conflicts, hold ctrl and click “yes”. Select “0.6 (low-key)”. Select “Subtile Breathing – BMF 0.6” (his spelling not mine). Select “Install NoMaaM Flail Animations”. Click “Ok”. Click “OK”. Confirm the conflicts by holding ctrl and clicking “yes”.

Oblivion Character Overhaul – Gives the game much better looking faces. This mod is not compatible with ANY other eye or hair mods, so don’t waste your time trying. Be sure to download “HGEC texture compatibility addon” and “Roberts Male Body replacer texture compatibility addon” files as well. This is not an omod, but IT MUST BE INSTALLED WITH Oblivion Mod Manager. Open Oblivion Mod Manager. Click the “Create” button (one of the bottom row of buttons). Click the “Add archive” button (in the middle group of buttons). Go to the directory that you downloaded the mod and select the mod file. For the name, type in “Oblivion Character Overhaul”. Type in version “2.0”. Click the “Create omod” button (on the lower right). Click “Yes” and “Yes” to say you don’t care about author or description. The OMOD will be created and added to your mod list. Do the same thing for the other two files only name them “OCO HGEC texture compatibility addon” and “OCO Roberts Male Body replacer texture compatibility addon”. Double click “Oblivion Character Overhaul” to activate it. Click “No” so that you aren’t warned about conflicts. Do the same thing for the other two files.

Sensual Walks for Female NPCs – Changes the walk animations for all female npcs to be more sensual/feminine depending on who they are and what they do for a living. Be sure to download the “Sensual Walks for Non-Wrye Bash Users” version. Inside the rar is two OMOD files. Open each of them to add them to Oblivion Mod Manager. They should automatically be added to Oblivion Mod Manager. If not, you can manually add them to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\obmm\mods”. Open Oblivion Mod Manager if it is not already open. Double click the “Sensual Walks Animation Installer” to start the install. Select “All BBB female walk animations. Hit “Ok” to choose the “Use displayed mapping” option. Double click the “Sensual Walks for Female NPCs” to start the install. Select “Unofficial Oblivion and Shivering Isles Patches”. Click “Ok” to select all of the files that are selected by default.

Stylish Jump Animation Replacer – Changes the normal jump to a more femininized jump. Jump with weapon doesn’t use boob physics. Unarmed jump does use boob physics. Download both the normal file and the BBB file. For the normal file, select “Feminine” and “Optional” Sub-Packages. For Esp/m filter, select “Stylish Jump.esp” and UNCHECK “DMC Stylish – Specialanims.esp”. For the BBB file, just install normally. Anneal all, if you forgot to select sub-packages. Turning on the optional esp makes it so that only your character has this jump animation.

BBB for EVE HGEC stock replacer – Adds breast physics to the stock armor replacer mod.

Khajiit Female Texture Fix – Fixes the female Khajiit body back to normal since it gets screwed up from all of the mods we installed.

Khajiit Male Body for Oblivion Character Overhaul – Fixes the male Khajiit body to a new texture since it gets screwed up by all of the mods we installed. (Respects nude/underwear settings on Robert’s Male Body Mod).

Toggleable Quantity Prompt – Allows you to quickly sell items. Hold shift to sell entire stacks. Hold ctrl to sell one at a time from a stack. Works when moving between inventories too. Select “00 Documentation” and “01 Main” under Sub-Packages. Make sure “Toggleable Quantity Prompt.esp” is checked under Esp/m filter.

HUD Status Bars – Adds more UI elements like what diseases you have, what your current encumbrance is, and the effectiveness of you spells. Also shows colored enemy health bars depending on how low their health is. Select “00 Core” and “01 Vanilla style” under Sub-Packages. Make sure “HUD Status Bars.esp” is checked under Esp/m filter. This mod will mess up the location of your compass that was set with Btmod, so change the following file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\Ini\Hud Status Bars – base.ini”:

set tnoHSB.hide_weapon_durability to 0

; == compass
; HUDdefault means that HSB doesn’t move/resize the compass
set tnoHSB.hide_compass to 0
set tnoHSB.compass_x to HUDdefault
set tnoHSB.compass_y to HUDdefault
set tnoHSB.compass_size to HUDdefault
set tnoHSB.compass_degrees to HUDdefault
set tnoHSB.compass_alpha_reduction to HUDdefault
set tnoHSB.compass_size_reduction to HUDdefault
set tnoHSB.compass_hide_quest to HUDdefault
set tnoHSB.compass_color to HUDdefault

I don’t like how the encumbrance bar that they add goes down as you become more encumbered so I reverse it by changing the following in this file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\oblivion\Data\Ini\Hud Status Bars.ini”:

set tnoHSB.hud_min to sv_Construct        “0”
set tnoHSB.hud_max to sv_Construct        “(GetBaseAV Encumbrance) – 4”

Mystic Emporium Patch – This fixes a bug where the Mystic Emporium door is always locked due to a bug that happens when you have the two housing DLCs installed. Be SURE to download the “ Mystic Emporium Fix 1.1″ file and NOT the ” Mystic Emporium Fix 1.0″ file.

OCO Oblivion Character Overhaul v2 DLC Horse Armor Fix – For some reason, the Oblivion Character Overhaul mod breaks the horse armor dlc quest, making it so that the npc won’t do anything when you ask for your free horse with armor. This fixes it.

Vanity cam less wait – Sets the time where the camera goes into idle mod to 45 seconds. This fixes the reduction that the 007 vanity cam mod introduces.

Umpa Dance Animation – Adds an item that you can hotkey to make your character dance. You can also put up a disco ball and cause npcs to dance with spells.

NOTE: After you are done installing all of the mods, be sure to right click on a column header in the Wrye Bash “Installers” tab and select “Anneal All”. Then go to the Mods tab and make sure all of your mods have their green boxes checked. Also make sure that “Bashed Patch, 0.esp” is NOT checked. Now close Wrye Bash. Open LOOT and click the sort button that has the three bars for an icon. Click the “Apply” button that appears. Close LOOT.

Reopen Wrye Bash and in the “Mods” tab and drag “vanitycamlesswait.esp” to the bottom. This will ensure that the other vanity camera mod doesn’t overwrite the changes of this mod. Next, drag “Oblivion_Character_Overhaul.esp” all the way to the bottom. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. If you don’t do this, orc heads won’t match their bodies and the better Khajiit head textures won’t get used. Now drag “DLCHorseArmor OCOv2 patch.esp” all the way to the bottom. This has to be after the character overhaul esp or it will not fix the horse armor bug.

Launch Oblivion through Steam normally.

Whenever you install other mods, be sure to go through these instructions again. You shouldn’t have to mess with Oblivion Mod manager.

 

BONUS – My Nord Character Creation

This is my attempt at making an attractive character with all of the listed mods installed.

This is for a Female Nord. Be sure to set the age and complexion all the way to the left (to -1000) before doing anything else.

You must follow these instructions in order in order to make the same character that I played with as character customization sliders are tied together and will not cooperate if you want to set every one of them to a specific number.

–Eye Color–
Blue
–Hair–
Loose Braided
Red 95
Green -1000
Blue -1000
Length 1000
–Shape–
Nose flat/pointed to -598
Nose nostril tilt down/up to -152
Chin wide/thin to 672
Cheekbones thin/wide to -497
Nose bridge short/long to 566
Mouth lips large/small to 215
Nose nostrils small/large to -455
–Tone–
Beard flushed/pale to -1000
Beard light/dark -1000
Skin flushed/pale 1000
Skin shade dark/light 350

 

BONUS 2 – My Breton Mage Character Creation

This is my attempt at making an attractive character with all of the listed mods installed.

This is for a Female Breton. Be sure to set the age and complexion all the way to the left (to -1000) before doing anything else.

You must follow these instructions in order in order to make the same character that I played with as character customization sliders are tied together and will not cooperate if you want to set every one of them to a specific number.

–Eye Color–
Blue
–Hair–
Wind Braids
Red -1000
Green -1000
Blue -1000
Length 1000
–Shape–
Nose flat/pointed to -598
Nose nostril tilt down/up to -152
Chin wide/thin to 672
Cheekbones thin/wide to -497
Nose bridge short/long to 566
Mouth lips large/small to 215
Nose nostrils small/large to -455
Chin tall/short to 264
Mouth happy/sad to 19
Nose short/long to -817
Nose nostril wide/thin to 238
Mouth lips large/small to -53
Mouth lips deflated/inflated to 136
Mouth lips puckered/retracted to -345
Mouth happy/sad to -433
Nose sellion thin/wide to -360
Jaw-Neck slope high/low to 563
–Tone–
Beard flushed/pale to -1000
Beard light/dark -1000
Skin flushed/pale 1000
Skin shade dark/light 400

Written by nerdyandlovingit

June 4th, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Posted in Gaming

Archeage

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I’ve played the two Archeage beta events before the launch and now that the game has officially launched, I wanted to give my impressions.

Archeage is an mmo that tries to do something new with the genre by making the core of the game about being a sandbox. The problem is that it’s so boring, that you probably won’t reach the end game, which is where the sandbox elements really are.

You start out in the game like many other mmos. You get to watch a video on the back-story of the race and then you begin your questing. There are two factions in the game and they each, in turn, occupy the two major continents. The faction on the continent of Nuia is inhabited by the Nuians, a race of humans, and the Elves. The eastern continent of Haranya is inhabited by the Firrians, a race of cat people, and by the Harani, a southeast Asian looking race of people who are said to never fight a battle they cannot win.

The back-stories are as follows. A woman who became a goddess, sacrificed herself to save everyone. That’s the Nuians. They all worship her and there are some groups vying for power and trying to usurp the throne. The elves had one of their leaders die, so now they’re super pissed and out for vengeance. The Harani and Firrians have a history that’s tied together. The Harani were just doing whatever they pleased and the Firrians couldn’t do much to stop them, being a scattered bunch of nomadic tribes, so a Firrian leader decided to gather all of the tribes and build a big city. They form a strong military and then fight the Harani. They beat the Harani and then start leading lives of indulgence. They get complacent and the Harani come back and beat the Firrians. The Firrians then decide to go back to their nomadic existence and return to who they really are. Kind of goofy if you ask me. The thing about the way the game describes the Harani that’s weird to me is how they “only fight battles they can win.” That doesn’t really say anything. I mean, if they aren’t super sure, do they just give up and leave? Doesn’t everyone not fight battles they can’t win? They’re meant to sound like they’re a race of survivors who’d do anything to not die, but it just comes off and sounding like a nothing statement.

So, that’s the back-story. What about the professions? Once you choose your race, you next choose your starting profession. Basically, the way the skill trees work in the game is that you get three skill trees and they combine together to create a specific class. The classes are just names they’ve made up for every combination. You can change your skill trees whenever you want, but they all level up separately. Changing skill trees doesn’t matter very much at low levels, but at higher levels, if you pick a new skill tree it will always be behind the other two in levels. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can level all of the skill trees. It is nice to have a lot of options for builds to mess around with, though most likely there will only be a handful of “best” builds that almost everyone will use.

So let’s get to combat. Combat is boring. I’m just going to state that right from the start. It’s the same overdone, tab target, stand there and attack, kind of mmo fighting that we’ve seen since World of Warcaft. In the days when action based mmos are starting to become prominent in the market (i.e. Tera and Blade & Soul), this old style of combat is straight up boring. You just sit there and watch your cooldowns. You follow your rotation. That’s it. There isn’t much thinking that you have to do while in combat. And, yes, I know that you have to kite if you are a ranged class, but you don’t have to be aware of your surroundings in the same way as an action mmo. You just run to the side (since running backwards is purposefully slowed).

And that leads me to the questing. It is also the same old, tired, uninspired formula. Go to quest giver, skip what they have to say because it’s just a block of text, and figure out what to do from the quest list UI on the side of your screen. I won’t try to argue that questing in Tera, for instance, is much better, but at least there are bams (big ass monsters) to spice things up. Questing is mindless, linear, and boring. And for a game that’s supposed to be a sandbox game where you can do whatever you want, the linear questing seems entirely out of place. I also wish that quest dialogs were voice acted, but I imagine that they deemed it too expensive to be worth it. I should note that they have one nice thing when questing. For some quests, there are options as to what you have to do. In one quest I had the option to kill bees or to sheer sheep. While this is a nice touch, it doesn’t make up for the questing being boring. They also allow you to “overachieve” or “underachieve” quests. This means that if you have to kill say, five enemies, killing several more will give you fifty percent more experience. Underachieving is the opposite; it allows you to stop quests early that you really don’t like. The problem is that you basically should just try to overachieve everything. This makes the whole thing pointless, since you are going to do it anyway.

Let’s move onto mounts. Each race has their own mount, similar to wow, and you can also earn the other races’ mounts. You can even go to the opposing faction’s continent and buy their racial mounts. That’s a nice touch. Speaking of going to the other continent, by default you can’t communicate with people from the opposing faction. You can however, learn their language and then can speak with them once you’ve done so. One thing I really don’t like about mounts is how they all have different speeds. If you want the fastest mount, you also have to choose the most boring one: a horse. Why can’t our mounts move at the speed of our fastest mount? That way we can choose the look we want without having to sacrifice performance. It’s also nice that mounts have skills, but it’s annoying that you can’t bind keys for the mount that you’ve bound to your normal skill bar. I can’t use my skill bar when I’m mounted so why can’t I double bind them? Oh, I should also point out that the polar bear mount is hilarious.

If you do plan on playing the game despite what I’ve said, I have a few recommendations for you. In terms of skill trees, I’ve tried occultism, sorcery, vitalism, defense, and brutalism. If you are fine with the quest grinding in the game, I’d recommend going with brutalism, then defense, then vitalism. This will basically allow you to face tank everything while you’re leveling up. Get a one handed sword and shield. Vitalism will give you some health boosts. You’ll be pretty tanky and you’ll get multiple stuns and knockdowns. You can basically just chain cc the enemy. You can, alternatively, choose a ranged class, but just be prepared to run, a lot. Also, as I’ve noted above, you run slower when you go backwards, so have fun constantly running to the side while turning your camera all of the time. Another thing you should know, is that you can use any armor. From what I’ve read, stick to plate versus everything except casters. Use cloth armor versus casters. I mostly used plate (once I had access to it) during my play time.

Now, let’s talk about character customization. One thing I’ll say right off the bat, is that I really like that you can store templates of the characters you create. These templates are stored as files, making them easy to share with others. Also, there are absolutely no body customization options. I really wish there were. That seems to be a pretty common trend among mmos. When it comes to customizing the face, the default is very young looking. I wanted to make a 25-30 year old looking character, but it’s next to impossible to do so. You can only adjust the age through the age lines option and all of the age lines make your character look really old. So, those are your options: childlike faces or old faces. Anything in between looks really odd.

Alright, so last but not least, my list of random bugs and annoyances. First is the fact that when you talk to an NPC, people can walk into your line of vision. One time when I was talking to a quest giver, someone walked in front of him while mounted and I got to stare at a Harani mount’s butt while I received my quests. Most games hide other players while talking to an NPC. Another problem is that there is constant fighting over mobs and bosses. Once someone has attacked a mob or a boss, you can’t get credit for it. This is slightly annoying during normal quests, but extremely annoying on boss quests. When you are doing a quest that tells you to kill a boss, you show up and see a massive number of people waiting around where the boss spawns. The boss spawns, and one party out of many gets credit for hitting it first and the boss is killed. That team gets to leave this giant waiting room, while the rest (including you) keep trying to get the first hit in so that they can finish their quest. To be fair, this was also a big problem in the ESO beta. Why can’t other companies take a cue from ArenaNet and implement bosses like Guild Wars 2 does? Their approach is, the more the merrier. The bosses simply scale up according to the number of people that are there.

Another annoyance is how loot is shared in the party. Loot is shared sequentially rather than following what a lot of other games have taken to: loot streams. Why aren’t loot streams standard by now? If you don’t know what a loot stream is, it is where you can only see the items on the ground that are intended for you. Your teammates also can only see the items that are intended for them. Another problem this causes is quest items. If you join up with another player or players, you each have to pick up quest items separately. It doesn’t count them for everyone like most other games.

There are two other things that I find extremely annoying and probably wouldn’t have been able to play the game if I hadn’t found a fix. The first is that there is no option for full screen window. This is important because it allows you to tab out of the game instantly to refer to your browser while you are playing and looking things up. The second is that there is no option for inverted mouse. There are a lot of people, myself included, that have learned to play games using an inverted mouse. It’s what we’re used to and it’s almost impossible to play without the option. Luckily someone has made a mod for the game that give these two options back. I’ve done my research on it, and the devs are fine with it. You can find the mod here. You just drop a single dll file into the game directory. You don’t have to directly modify any game files. Using this to get the full screen windowed mode also prevents other program’s pop-ups from minimizing your game. I use digsby as an instant messenger client and whenever I got a pop-up notification, it forced the game to minimize.

The last two things on my list are relatively minor. One is that attacks resolve at the same time. This means that if I’m using a charge attack to stun someone and he starts his stun attack, we both get stunned at the same time. I feel like if I’m charging a guy and barreling into him, he shouldn’t be able to raise his weapon and do some sort of smash move to stun me at the exact same time. The second thing is that I noticed that people are allowed to plant trees in Konbann castle. Kind of goofy.

This brings me to my final point. While you are leveling you get quests that tell you to start a farm. The only problem is, if you don’t pay the fifteen bucks a month, you can’t have a farm. This is one aspect to the open world part of the game that’s supposed to draw people into the game. So, you want players to join your game on the premise that they can own houses, land, and even castles, but then you tell them that they can’t have those unless they pay you. What’s their reason for staying?

I know a lot of people have said, “but you can get everything with gold!” Perhaps once you are max level and spend time grinding out money. Until then, you can’t.

And that’s exactly the whole problem with Archeage. It may have a fun open world that you can explore in the end game, but it’s so god damn boring, that you won’t want to take the time to get there.

If you want a fun mmo, I’d go for Tera instead. Or perhaps Blade and Soul if it ever comes out in the U.S.

Written by nerdyandlovingit

October 15th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Posted in Gaming