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  1. Version 1.0.1

    1 download

    Dawnstar has always been described as a large port city with a lot of activity. What was presented in the game didn't quite do it justice, but until recently putting one's finger on why wasn't so easy. As it turns out, Dawnstar was run by cruel heartless nobles! The miners were condemned to live out their lives neck deep in grime in the mines. Well no more! Now these poor miners have homes like everyone else, and in the process Dawnstar feels more like that larger port city we've been told about too. With six extra homes in it, that shouldn't be much of a surprise. Plus the miners will now go home to sleep, and visit the inn after their shifts are up too. So there will be some of that missing activity now too. * Each NPC now has their own home. * All added houses are radiant quest enabled, so you may get Companions missions and anything else that's properly configured to use NPC homes for quests. * LOD has been generated for the area, including trees, that account for the changes. My Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/arthmoor
  2. Version 1.0.2

    4 downloads

    A small village expansion for Dragon Bridge. Dragon Bridge always seemed like it needed something more, and it did. There was always poor Varnius Junius, who gets sent to Solitude representing the town and everything, but had nowhere to live. Plus his boss, Tasius Tragus, who was never placed into the game, but would also have just lived in the inn. The inn is not a home! Varnius and Tasius now have their own homes on the northeast side of the village, like everyone else in town. It's not much, but there just isn't enough space in the place for anything more. Tasius even has a nice terrace with a view to reflect his presumed status in town. * All added houses are radiant quest enabled, so you may get Companions missions and anything else that's properly configured to use NPC homes for quests. * LOD has been generated for the area.
  3. Version 1.0.1

    2 downloads

    Long ago, during the second era in the time of the Planemeld, adventurers sought out whatever power they could gain to aid in their battle against Molag Bal. Among these items of power were Skyshards, presumably made available by the gods for those who were dedicated to exploring both the hidden and mundane corners of Tamriel. Not much is truly known about them, but in these trying times of dragons and civil war, the Skyshards have once again appeared for the Last Dragonborn to discover and augment his power. ESO Skyshards places several shards throughout the province of Skyrim, including Dawnguard areas and Solstheim. Much like the ones from ESO itself, once you collect 3, you will earn 1 perk point to spend as you see fit. There are 6 in each section, for a total of 66 shards amounting to 22 extra perk points. That may seem like a lot, but by the time you've found them all you'll likely be pretty high level anyway so it balances out in the end. Sorry, beyond the 3 screenshots displayed for the mod, I will not reveal the locations of all of the shards. They do not have map markers either, and there are no plans to provide any. They are located in a mix of easy areas and hard areas so they should prove to be quite a challenge to locate. This mod will go especially well with mods that expand the number of perks you can use as well as perk overhauls that expand the number of points required to obtain perks.
  4. Version 1.0.2

    11 downloads

    A village in the mountains southeast of the city of Dawnstar. Tamriel has had many villages on maps for as far back as anyone can remember. What happened to them all? Nobody really knows. This mod is simply my take on bringing one back from Elder Scrolls: Arena. Helarchen Creek was a small village in the game somewhere in the mountains near Dawnstar. Originally it appears as though Bethesda planned to put this around the Nightgate Inn, but then changed the name on that and cut the content. Some further research using old Arena maps placed the village further north anyway, so here it is. * Two of the NPCs can be married and will optionally share their homes with you. * All added houses are radiant quest enabled, so you may get Companions missions and anything else that's properly configured to use NPC homes for quests.
  5. Version 1.1.8

    572 downloads

    Open Cities Reborn takes the concept of Open Cities and steps it up to the next level. The project redesigns each city covered by the original Open Cities in such a way that would make more sense strategically. The castles become a more central focus of each city's layout, with housing, commerce, and the cathedrals spread out around them in more distinct ways. When possible, concept art provided by Bethesda was followed as closely as space restrictions would allow. Where none was provided or where it was not practical to follow, creative license was used instead. City walls in several cities have been modified to suit the location. For example, Bruma now uses wooden palisades, Cheydinhal has lower brick walls that reflect Dunmer influence, and the city part of Bravil has no walls at all instead relying on their island nature. This has the added bonus that each city is now more visible as you approach. Rather than large imposing walls that block the entire view, you can see buildings on the other side along with most of the trees and bushes. To avoid any serious compatibility issues, and because lore calls for it to remain fortified, Kvatch is not touched in any way. The Imperial City will also remain in the layout it now has since strategically speaking, it's already built the way it should be. Although there is room in the concept art for some somewhat radical adjustments to be made. That may or may not come at a later time. To get the most out of these changes, it is highly recommended to download Animated Window Lighting System and Chimneys. This is the evolution of Texian's Window Lighting System and is fully compatible with Open Cities Reborn. To go with that, and provide LOD for all the new goodies, I also recommend: Really AEVWD. Just be aware that there's a bit of a performance hit in activating all the extra LOD that Open Cities will provide that's directly proportional to the power of your PC, and how many other mods you have installed.
  6. Version 1.0.1

    5 downloads

    In 2E 582, Molag Bal launched an all out invasion against Nirn. His aim was to merge Nirn with Coldharbor in a cataclysmic event that came to be known as the Planemeld. This was accomplished through the use of numerous Dark Anchors, or Dolmens, scattered around Tamriel (and presumably elsewhere too) that were to physically drag Nirn into Coldharbor. It was only through the heroic actions of one known as The Vestige that Molag Bal's plans were thwarted and all of Nirn saved from a gruesome end as soulless slaves. Though history does not record these events, the ruins themselves have survived. Adventurers have to this day reported many are guarded by daedra, others by the undead, and some by unnatural abominations of the wilds. This mod aims to bring a bit of ESO lore to Skyrim by adding 12 inactive Dolmens around Skyrim, all in relatively remote areas. This is primarily just for show but several have enemies to fight as well so you can use them to acquire some of the harder to find Daedric ingredients. Explore Skyrim, and you should run into them soon enough. Don't be lazy, go out and look!
  7. Just a heads up. Nexus may have had a security breach. Probably a good idea to go change your passwords.
  8. Version 3.0.11

    85 downloads

    A comprehensive bugfixing mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition. The goal of the Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch (aka USLEEP) is to eventually fix every bug with Skyrim and its 3 DLCs not officially resolved by the developers to the limits of the Creation Kit and community-developed tools, in one easy-to-install package. Warning: Only use the Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch with the latest release version of Skyrim patched through Steam! Using it on an older version may cause bugs or things not to be fixed that were advertised as such! It will of course be updated to match each official update, including having fixes removed that are included in official updates. See the full changelog for details.
  9. Version 3.0

    198 downloads

    A small mod that makes citizens in a village or city run indoors during a dragon or vampire attack. This was born out of frustration at seeing the citizens all trying to be a hero and rushing headlong to their doom attacking dragons and vampires. Instead, the citizens will run to safety like smart people should when faced with the horrors of giant flying fire breathing lizards (or bloodthirsty undead). NPCs who live in the attack location who own a home there will retreat to it. If the attack location has an inn, NPCs who don't live there will flee to the inn, along with any NPCs who live outdoors. If no inn is present the game picks a random interior from the surrounding area and those NPCs will flee there instead. This should work for any NPCs added by mods as well, up to a limit of 150 in the area. After that, they're on their own. The NPCs chosen are first come, first serve by the game engine. Guards, members of The Companions, Vigilants of Stendarr, and the player's followers/teammates will not run, they will stand and fight. Farm animals will not run either, because they're stupid. That includes your horse. Spawned dragons are detected via animation events, which should allow for completely reliable detection even if the dragon never lands on something. Hand placed dragons are detected when their combat state changes* as well as when they land on any available perch objects in the area. Vampires will be detected when the events that spawn them begin running. * [Only after they land on the ground] My Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/arthmoor
  10. Version 2.1.0

    160 downloads

    A small mod that makes citizens in a village or city run indoors during a random vampire attack. This includes eclipse attacks as well. This was born out of frustration at seeing the citizens all trying to be a hero and rushing headlong to their doom attacking master vampires. Instead, the citizens will run to safety like smart people should when faced with the horrors of the undead. NPCs who live in the attack location who own a home there will retreat to it. If the attack location has an inn, NPCs who don't live there will flee to the inn, along with any NPCs who live outdoors. If no inn is present the game picks a random interior from the surrounding area and those NPCs will flee there instead. This should work for any NPCs added by mods as well, up to a limit of 150 in the area. After that, they're on their own. The NPCs chosen are first come, first serve by the game engine. Guards, members of The Companions, Vigilants of Stendaar, the Dawnguard, and the player's followers/teammates will not run, they will stand and fight. Farm animals will not run either, because they're stupid. That includes your horse. Installation Requirements Official Skyrim patch 1.9.32.0.8 or greater. Official Dawnguard DLC.
  11. Version 1.0.3

    26 downloads

    An expansion for the village of Shor's Stone. Shor's Stone always seemed like a place that had more potential than what was in the game, and as it turns out, that's because it does. NPCs talk about Odfel's wrecked house and the need to build a new one, but the wreckage doesn't exist. Grelka has some scenes with the other NPCs that can never play because she never comes to the town, and may well have originally been planned for there. Plus the place always seemed a bit empty, in need of somewhere for the folks to gather at night other than just the fireplace in front of Sylgja's house. Now, all of these things have been taken care of. Shor's Stone is no longer a backwater half-village. * Grelka now has a home at the south end of town. She will travel between there and Riften by horse at the appropriate times. * The Tapped Vein, the inn, where folks gather for the town's evening meal. A subtle tribute to Elder Scrolls Online and the village's past association with Ebony mining. * Inn has a properly working innkeeper, server, and bard. * Odfel's wrecked house now exists on the north side of town. So sad. * LOD has been generated for the area, including trees that account for the changes.
  12. Is there any way to move the controls for your profile (not the other stuff next to it) up to the non-scrolling area at the top? Oh, and is it not possible to delete a PM? I see no option on the menu anywhere for that.
  13. Dragon Claw Stands View File A simple mod to provide display stands for your dragon claws. People like to display their collectibles in their homes. I am no different, but I've always wanted a way to do the same with the dragon claw keys used on the Nord ruin puzzle doors one they're of no use anymore. It always seemed silly to just toss them in a chest and forget about them since they're among the more unique things about the game. So the idea came up to make a display stand for the claws, but not just any display stand. One that was somewhat unique and fitting with their style and purpose. Thanks to some help from the folks at AFK Mods, this is now a reality Each vanilla player home, as well as the 3 Hearthfire homes, and Severin Manor in Raven Rock, now have display stands in various numbers. Simply have one or more of the claws in your inventory and activate the stand. If you have only one, it will be automatically displayed. If you have more than one, it will ask you which one you want to display, in much the same way the Paragon Gem platform in Falmer Valley does with Paragon Gems. If you should want it back for some reason, simply activate the stand a second time and it will be returned to your inventory. Under the hood, the mod takes the claw from your inventory, puts it into a hidden chest, and then places a clone of it in the visible world. When the claw is removed from the stand, the original copy in the chest is placed into your inventory and the clone is deleted to ensure there is no save bloating from creating multiple claws repeatedly. This is done in case the claw is marked in a quest alias somewhere so that the alias is not disrupted. Not all houses can display every claw due to limited space. Severin Manor is the only one with enough space to hold all 10 in the same cell. The Hearthfire houses split them up between the Main Hall and the basement, and all of the vanilla houses can only hold some. For example, Breezehome only has room for 4, while Proudspire Manor can hold up to 7. The placement of the stands are also tied to certain room upgrades, except for Severin Manor where they all get enabled once the player owns the property. As an added bonus, if other mods add more dragon claws, they can be added to the formlist used to track the vanilla game claws. All they would need is a script to access the formlist and add their base object to that list. The only condition is you would need to be sure the mod added claw is the only one in your inventory when you want to place it. This is due to limitations on how the menu works when asking for a claw. Submitter Arthmoor Submitted 10/08/2015 Category Houses Usage Rights/Permissions
  14. Version 1.1

    28 downloads

    A simple mod to provide display stands for your dragon claws. People like to display their collectibles in their homes. I am no different, but I've always wanted a way to do the same with the dragon claw keys used on the Nord ruin puzzle doors one they're of no use anymore. It always seemed silly to just toss them in a chest and forget about them since they're among the more unique things about the game. So the idea came up to make a display stand for the claws, but not just any display stand. One that was somewhat unique and fitting with their style and purpose. Thanks to some help from the folks at AFK Mods, this is now a reality Each vanilla player home, as well as the 3 Hearthfire homes, and Severin Manor in Raven Rock, now have display stands in various numbers. Simply have one or more of the claws in your inventory and activate the stand. If you have only one, it will be automatically displayed. If you have more than one, it will ask you which one you want to display, in much the same way the Paragon Gem platform in Falmer Valley does with Paragon Gems. If you should want it back for some reason, simply activate the stand a second time and it will be returned to your inventory. Under the hood, the mod takes the claw from your inventory, puts it into a hidden chest, and then places a clone of it in the visible world. When the claw is removed from the stand, the original copy in the chest is placed into your inventory and the clone is deleted to ensure there is no save bloating from creating multiple claws repeatedly. This is done in case the claw is marked in a quest alias somewhere so that the alias is not disrupted. Not all houses can display every claw due to limited space. Severin Manor is the only one with enough space to hold all 10 in the same cell. The Hearthfire houses split them up between the Main Hall and the basement, and all of the vanilla houses can only hold some. For example, Breezehome only has room for 4, while Proudspire Manor can hold up to 7. The placement of the stands are also tied to certain room upgrades, except for Severin Manor where they all get enabled once the player owns the property. As an added bonus, if other mods add more dragon claws, they can be added to the formlist used to track the vanilla game claws. All they would need is a script to access the formlist and add their base object to that list. The only condition is you would need to be sure the mod added claw is the only one in your inventory when you want to place it. This is due to limitations on how the menu works when asking for a claw.
  15. Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch [uSLEEP] As many of you may remember, last year around this time we conducted a poll on whether or not it was the right time to consider unifying the unofficial patches into a single package. At the time, about 25% of those who responded to the poll were still in a position where they did not have all 3 DLCs for the game. So we decided against merging everything at that time. Fast forward to today, it's become quite clear that that 25% is far less than it was, and more and more people have been asking when we're going to be doing this. This post is your answer. Shortly after the release of USKP 2.1.3, we will begin the process of unification to merge the vanilla USKP plus all of the DLC patches into one all encompassing mod, which will be known as "Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch", or USLEEP for short. A mouthful, but a catchy acronym. We have decided that the best course of action will be to rename the esp to match the mod's updated name. It will remain an ESP file flagged as an ESM as that makes the process of working on it less of a hassle for us and as has been proven, the game, CK, and existing mod management tools are completely fine with it. We have also verified that switching the ESP name will not cause any scripts modified by the project, or added new to the project, to throw Papyrus errors. The only side effect will be that the retroactive update scripts will all run again. That shouldn't cause any problems though and we'll make sure any scripts manipulating formlists are safeguarded against generating duplicate references in them. The hi-res DLC patch will remain a separate entity as many people do not use it for one reason or another and it's not considered part of the "Legendary Edition" of the game either. We estimate the time needed to do the work of merging everything together and then putting it through testing will take a few months. So we are not anticipating another release for the project between now and November while this work is done. Time commitments to other things are the main reason for this, so we figure giving ourselves enough time for that is prudent. Plus this also gives enough warning ahead of time that we're going forward with this. As many existing issues as we could resolve for the 2.1.3 release cycle have now been cleared from the tracker and any issues remaining that are not feasible to fix have been closed appropriately. Any new issues submitted after this point will need to wait until the unification process is complete before we will even begin to consider touching them. Please, DO report them, just don't expect action for awhile. If it should become necessary (God forbid) for a hotfix to be released before the unification is done, then that will be the ONLY issue that will be addressed and will be handled only in whatever patch it may affect. After the unification process is done, the existing separated patches will no longer receive updates. The files will remain up in their existing entries but will be frozen and the comment threads closed where possible. All future support will be handled on a single file entry for the unified project on each site it is hosted on. Mods which rely on using the USKP/UDGP/UHFP/UDBP are strongly urged to make plans to switch over to the new master file when it's ready. Other mods which import fixes from the unofficial patches are also strongly urged to make sure they are up to date before November. It would also be best if any translated versions of the patches out there get synced up with 2.1.3 so that as many people as possible will have access to them while the unification is underway. We will have a testing release at some point before the unified patch is ready to go live. The usual cautions against using beta copies on saves you intend to keep will apply. That step is going to last no less than a full month so that there's time enough to shake out any bugs that result from the process. ======================== Some of you may also be wondering what this means for my own projects that make use of the unofficial patches as masters. These will all be converted as needed to run using the unified patch file. Post-unification, I will not release mods that rely on the individual patch files. So things like Bring Out Your Dead, Cutting Room Floor, Ars Metallica, and other stuff, will all get taken care of on whatever schedule fits best as the process moves along. In the case of Cutting Room Floor, this will also open the door to adding cut DLC content that's been getting logged to the tracker. So it'll be worth it Once I make these transitions, any old copies relying on the old patch files will be frozen.
  16. Sort of a moot point with Ars Metallica since it's been Legendary Edition for over a year now There's an unsupported non-DLC version still on Nexus though if you really want it.
  17. Just a quick update for everyone who may be wondering. Internal testing is going well and we look to be on track for an October beta release - or possibly before the end of September if things go really well. We've been able to confidently say that updating mid-game to USLEEP won't have any negative side effects on your saves, which came as a great relief. Major quest lines for the MQ and factions all appear to be working flawlessly as well. We're still keeping an eye out for ol' Murphy though. Everyone here knows he's lurking, cause that's what he does.
  18. Version 1.1

    25 downloads

    A simple village expansion for Ivarstead. Ivarstead always seemed like it should be more to me. There are a number of people living in the inn on a permanent basis. While the game indicates it is a village in decline due to fewer and fewer visitors coming through, it's very clear that those who are in the inn now are permanent residents to the village who have fairly strong ties they can't just cut. Since it would have been lame to throw down a bunch of empty or destroyed properties, it felt only right that 3 new houses should be built for those residents to occupy. * Temba Wide-Arm will offer to share her house if married to you. * All added houses are radiant quest enabled, so you may get Companions missions and anything else that's properly configured to use NPC homes for quests. * LOD has been generated for the area, including trees that account for the changes.
  19. Most people don't actually read those things to begin with, but this one only shows up to make you agree upon publication of your first mod there, and on occasions where they tick a box somewhere to make you read it again and agree. A box they didn't tick after changing this back to the old one
  20. Version 1.0.7

    24 downloads

    A simple village expansion for Darkwater Crossing. If Darkwater Crossing ever seemed like too many people with nowhere to live were there, you're probably right. It's major enough for Tullius to know about it to set up an ambush for Ulfric, yet there's a single house there where two people live while everyone else sits around a campfire. Not anymore! Three new houses have been added to provide accomodations for the 4 NPCs who had no place to call home. * Sondas Drenim will offer to share his house if married to you. * Derkeethus will offer to share his house if married to you, assuming you haven't recruited him into the Blades. * All added houses are radiant quest enabled, so you may get Companions missions and anything else that's properly configured to use NPC homes for quests. * LOD has been generated for the area, including trees that account for the changes.
  21. Version 1.1.6

    23 downloads

    A simple village expansion for Kynesgrove. It has always bothered me to some extent that Kynesgrove gets major attention during the main quest, even with its own guard contingent, yet is nothing more than one inn and a few people in a small camp. Given that it's supposed to be an actual village, it felt like these people needed to at least have proper homes even if they are poor. So this mod aims to correct this problem by providing houses for Ganna & Gemma Uriel, and Roggi Knot-Beard while also adding a new blacksmith to round things out for the village. Now, even though they all still work the mines, they have homes to return to at night. * The blacksmith has full investment support with the proper perk. * Roggi Knot-Beard will share his house if married to you. * Dravynea will share her house if married to you. * All added houses are radiant quest enabled, so you may get Companions missions and anything else that's properly configured to use NPC homes for quests. * LOD has been generated for the area, including trees that account for the changes.
  22. Version 1.1

    42 downloads

    A mod to allow the player to clean up the debris and rebuild Castle Volkihar to its former glory. The North Tower is also converted into a player home with safe storage. After the Dawnguard quest line is over, have you ever wondered why nobody bothers to rebuild Castle Volkihar? Harkon may have been an obsessive lazy vampire, but that doesn't mean you need to be! Now you can rebuild the castle as you see fit, whether you're a vampire lord yourself and just want the stinking mess cleaned up, or a member of the Dawnguard seeking to expand into a new base and occupy some new territory. At several locations throughout the Main Hall, Volkihar Ruins, Volkihar Courtyard, the Undercroft, and the docks behind the castle will be rubble piles or debris columns you can use to clean up the area around them. You'll need a pickaxe to do so, but that's it. After that all you need is the patience to see things through. If you are playing as a vampire, your existing vampire minions will continue to provide their normal functions, just in a much cleaner environment. After all, what are we? Vampires or slovenly trolls? To clear the path to the Courtyard, speak to Garen Marethi as usual. If you're playing as the Dawnguard, cleaning up rooms in the main guildhall area will bring in new Dawnguard members to man the stations that the vampires used to. The blacksmith, apothecary, and vendor will offer services appropriate to Dawnguard members. Ownership of the various castle cells will also be marked properly so you won't get accused of stealing the stuff you fought so hard to take. As a small added bonus, Fort Dawnguard will get cleaned up properly too. No more cobwebs lurking about! If playing as the Dawnguard, Serana can now be directed to move into the castle and use her cleaned up room by lighting the candle on the corner of her nightstand (the one with the cloth mat). When the flames are lit, she will stay at the castle when dismissed. If they are out, she will stay at Fort Dawnguard. This candle will be lit permanently if playing for the vampires to indicate she stays there when dismissed. As an added bonus, she will make full use of the entire cell in either location, instead of just being narrowly restricted to the main hall areas. Valerica's Study and the hallway outside that leads down to the secret fireplace passage will clean up when you go to the Soul Cairn to tell her Harkon is dead. Best to let the senior vampire handle her own affairs Clearing the North Tower attached to the Courtyard provides a player home with safe storage, 3 mannequins, some weapon racks, 3 bookshelves, and a place to sleep too. Be aware though that the North Tower is the ONLY room you can clear out where storage is safe.
  23. You're enjoying your romp through the game, admiring the scenery to a new mod you just installed. Everything seems to be going fairly well, you haven't run into any issues and nothing seems out of place. That is, until you round the corner and come upon the following scene: You think to yourself "this doesn't look right", and you'd be correct. You have a cottage square in the middle of your awesome new Unique Landscapes area. Come to think of it, you recognize this cottage, sort of, then it hits you. "That's Emma's Bravil Bridge Cottage! It never used to look quite this cluttered before!" Again, you'd be right. Emma's cottage sat on a nice pristine piece of land with nothing much around it. Until Bravil Barrowfields came along. Not to mention, a bit of further exploring nearby reveals some large rocks covering over Emma's dock. It looks like you need a patch. This is a rather common problem when using a lot of mods. Anyone who is an avid fan of the Unique Landscapes series of mods can attest to the vast number of patches that have already been generated. With this tutorial, I'll try and lay out the basics of what Vorians and I face each time one of these patches needs to be created. This patch for Emma's Bravil Bridge Cottage will be a decent example of one of the less complex patches. Planning The first thing that needs to be done is to get a feel for the scope of the project. The best way to do that, while you're already at the location needing a patch, is to take screenshots of the affected area. The one I presented above is from the back side of the cottage and illustrates most of the issues needing correction. For purposes of making this a bit clearer, I went ahead and shot the following: Using the in-game console "tcl" command, I was able to orient myself directly over the cottage. I've circled the more obvious places needing work. Several objects are clipping into the house, and if you were to walk around its perimeter, you'd see that several objects are mostly buried behind the cottage's walls as well. Since it helps to know exactly what you're trying to work around, I've also taken the following shot from within the TES Construction Set with only Emma's mod loaded: As you can probably guess, Bravil Barrowfields adds a huge amount of stuff in the immediate area. Note in Emma's CS shot that none of the walls, fencing, vineyard wiring, fort ruins, trees, rocks, and even the landscape itself are present. So with this in mind, you need to make sure you have the following tools: * TES Construction Set, version 1.2.404. Using the older CS may lead to problems. * A copy of TES4Edit, version 2.5.3 or later. * A copy of Wrye Bash. You can substitute TES Gecko here, provided you know what you're doing with it. If you are not reasonably familiar with these tools, then patching mods is not something you should be undertaking as it requires an intermediate to advanced knowledge of landscape modding and object manipulation, as well as mod de-isolation and the use of the ESM flag. Getting Started Open up your copy of Wrye Bash, and find the mods in question in your load list. For best results, be sure your list is sorted by load order, as this is critical to get things right. Highlight the two mods to be worked on, you can ctrl-click to select more than one at once. Then, as show, right-click and select ESMify Self. After clicking on it, when you unhighlight the mods, their names will be listed in blue. This tells you they're ready to be treated as masters in the CS. The Construction Set Open the CS, and locate the two mods. Checkmark the boxes to load them. You will not be able to tell it to treat either one as active, this is normal. Allow the CS to load. If you get any errors during the process, click the "Yes to all" button to continue. Errors when dealing with overlapping mod files is normal. Bring yourself to the affected area you intend to work on. In our case here, cell 13,-9 in the Tamriel worldspace. You should be presented with something resembling this: Make an over all mental note of things now that you can see them all laid out in the CS. Some aspects of the clash might be fitting if kept. Others might not. Also try to keep a general philosophy in mind: Touch as little as possible. The main goal is to be as non-disruptive to the scene as you can and not to spread changes to more than is absolutely necessary. Get comfortable. There's lots to be done here. The most obvious order of business will be to clear away objects that are too close to the cottage, such as some of the vine trellises, plants, clutter barrels, and other small items. You should periodically remember to save your work. The CS can be somewhat picky even with normal mods, but with patch mods it presents a special pickiness that causes more crashes than usual. Don't lose hours of work because you forgot until the end, because you may not get the chance. While working, take note of any doors, XMarkers, Map Markers, Oblivion gates, etc. These are generally persistent objects and cannot be moved once their locations are visited. They become permanently fixed in place in the saved game. So any patch work to be done absolutely should not move a persistent object. If you find that this is not feasible, it is best to seek help from someone more familiar with ways of getting around this. You should avoid at all costs the urge to use a script to reposition such objects in the patch file as ANY scripted changes ALSO become permanent in the saved game. You can safely move door markers (the semi-transparent yellow rectangular objects with the pink/purple arrow) if the need arises. NEVER DELETE A PERSISTENT OBJECT! This can cause untold disruption in the user's game! Oblivion does not handle deletion of persistent objects well under any circumstances, even with normal mods. The game can become unstable and crash when those objects are not present. There are methods for getting around problems like this, but they're best left for a more advanced tutorial since it involves a solid working knowledge of TES4Edit to make it happen. Returning to the job at hand, you will probably find it helpful to disable the display of tree leaves and to have landscape borders turned on. With the initial work done, my results are already a substantial improvement: I've removed many plants from the immediate surroundings, removed the fort ruin chunk that clashed with the cottage, removed trellises that collided into the walls, and removed some barrels and brick wall pieces. Two large rocks covering the dock have also been deleted. I moved the tree that was intersecting the well into a new position. I've been careful to avoid moving the cottage itself, and the little garden troughs that are up against it. I did not need to move the door markers either. Fortunately no persistent objects in this area need to be moved, so that's one less headache to deal with. There's one other aspect that needs to be considered though. Is the cottage sitting directly over anything? In this case, yes, the cottage is obscuring some additional plants and more brick wall pieces. These will also need to be deleted. in general, anything rendered invisible due to burial like this that is not critical to the scene should be removed to help game performance. These objects get rendered by the game engine whether you can see them or not. The next logical step is to check for objects that are critical to the scene which might have been buried by changes in land height. In the case of Emma's mod, the dock she added along the shore has been partially buried under a bit of raised land. Using the landscape tool on its smallest radius, that needs to be lowered carefully until the dock looks normal again. In the process, a rowboat next to it will emerge. If the landscape can't be shaped precisely enough to leave it in place, then it should be moved a little bit until it can be. Now comes the general landscape repairs. There may or may not be tearing along the cell borders to consider. In this case, none is visible on inspection. There may also be some adjustments to make in general land height within the work area. Since landscape is winner-take-all, all height, texturing, and vertex shading for this project was provided by Bravil Barrowfields. So some restoration of Emma's work is needed. Start by making sure that the land height in the work area is satisfactory. There should ideally be no jagged bumps or unusual sloping, or half buried objects. Fortunately, it appears as though land height adjustments have already been dealt with at the dock. Once you're satisfied with any height adjustments in the landscape, the next step is to correct any obvious texture flaws. In this case, two things should stand out: * Emma's mod left green grass all around the cottage. Some of which should be restored. * There was a cobblestone path leading in from the main road to the front door which needs to be restored. While restoring the land texturing, don't panic if you're painting grass and you end up with what looks like ugly mud. The CS has a bug when there are 9 textures in use in a cell. It displays the wrong one while you're working but it is applying the correct one to the file. Since painting grass in this case involves covering underneath a building, I've chosen to use a grass texture that does not cause the game to generate tall grass. After painting textures, fixing any out of place vertex shading should be done. Fortunately not much of that needs to be done in this example, other than to surround the house with it. With the landscaping done, here are the results so far: There is one final phase necessary before work in the CS is finished: Path grids. Like landscape, path grids are winner-take all. Since Bravil Barrowfields loaded as the second file, its path grid choices took precedence. So there's going to be some problems to correct. Fortunately, not as bad as it could be. There is only one not so obvious path node that must be dealt with and that's the one under the house. Unfortunately deleting it severs part of the grid, so I'll add some new nodes to reconnect it and to provide for better pathing around the cottage, so that any NPCs and creatures in the area can get around here. With the pathing fixes done, and everything looking satisfactory at this stage, it's time to exit the CS. Don't forget to save, would be a shame to lose all this nice work, right? Cleanup With TES4Edit The CS is a somewhat erratic beast. It can leave unwanted edits in even the simplest of mods in places you'd hardly expect. These edits that get left behind can lead to compatibility issues with other mods. This is especially bad if you performed one of the big no-nos at some point, such as hitting "compile all" believing it would only compile your scripts from your mod. The result is actually far worse, your mod saves untouched copies of every script in the game when this happens. Worse still, objects deleted by the CS that might end up being edited by another mod later in your load order causes the infamous "crash-on-exit" bug. Or it can leave Oblivion hung indefinitely when trying to quit. It is therefore important to understand that nearly all mods need some form of cleanup in order to correct this. This is by no means a problem exclusive to Oblivion. It existed in Morrowind as well, and a number of mod cleanup utilities were created for the purpose. TES4Edit and TES Gecko are the two primary tools that are capable of mod cleaning for Oblivion, with TES4Edit being vastly more reliable for this purpose. Sadly, this problem also extends into Fallout 3, where FO3Edit (same program as TES4Edit, different filename) is the only tool available for the job. Patch mods add to this frustration because the CS was never intended to work with ESPs editing each other's content. So the problem of unwanted (dirty) edits is even greater. Which is where the next step in creating this patch comes in: Fixing the CS bugs so your users don't complain that the patch you just built to solve one compatibility issue causes a dozen others in far flung areas of the game. There are two schools of thought on how to handle cleaning a patch file. Those who will go with what TES4Edit finds and removes as part of the automated process, and those who take the extra step of manually inspecting every change made to weed out addition unwanted edits - stuff the automated process won't remove. Also known as "wild" edits. For purposes of this guide, I'm going to go through the manual removal method. Which is also a good illustration of why cleaning in general is needed, as you'll be able to see what dirty edits look like before they're removed. So let's open up TES4Edit now. Find the patch file that was just saved, and double click on it. TES4Edit will automatically pick up the two parent mods as it loads. When it gets done loading, the fun begins. Expand the file tree in the left window pane, it should resemble this: Keep in mind, the actual working area of the patch that was just made: Cell 13,-9, and cell 13,-8. Something should be immediately obvious right off the bat. There are edits for cell 13,-12, 20,-17, and 20,-14 included. These particular cells have no data branches below them, and are highlighted in green, indicating they are identical to the data in the plugin's master files. If you click on each one, note what the display on the right side does. These identical cell records need to be removed. This is done by right-clicking on them from the left window pane, then telling TES4Edit to remove each one. In doing so, you should notice that "Sub-Block 2, -3" and "Sub-Block 2, -2" are now dangling with no data branches. Those need to be removed as well. The results should look like this: The next step is to expand the remaining branches. Once you do, you'll see this: The ones that just read as "Placed Object" with no further data listed are the various things that were deleted while in the CS. Then there are some additional green on yellow edits for rocks and a couple of plants. Finally, the orange on red (bad color scheme) edits for landscape and path grids. All of these are legit, so you should keep them. Remembering what was said earlier about deleted objects, these need to be fixed so they don't induce crashes and/or instability during play. The only way this is possible is through the use of the automated "Undelete and Disable" process. Visit the CS Wiki topic on mod cleaning, and skip down to Section 2. Follow the instructions for setting the filter. Once the filter is done, ONLY perform the step for undelete+disable. This should be step 13 in the instructions there. The "Remove 'Identical to Master' records" part has already been done manually above for this patch. It's a good idea to come back to the CS Wiki page on this subject later as the cleaning guide is very thorough and explains in detail why cleaning is necessary. Do not let anyone tell you it isn't, because that person doesn't know what they're talking about. Once you're done with the undelete process, go ahead and close TES4Edit, and let it save the results. Finishing Up Fire up Wrye Bash again, and select both of the original mods as before. This time instead of ESMify Self, select ESPify Self. Failing to do this last step will result in loading the game and finding your world in chaos with missing land squares and other assorted issues. Activate your new patch in your load order, rebuild your Bashed Patch if you use one, and re-run TES4LODGen to update the VWD data for the game. Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor So now that you've gone to all this trouble, it's time to see the results. Load the game and travel to Emma's cottage. Take a walking tour of the area. Make sure nothing got missed. Soak in how much better it all looks now that it's not chaos incarnate. Final Thoughts Hopefully this guide has proven useful to those wanting to learn to build mod patches. This particular pair of mods is one of the simpler patches that has been done. It involved very little in the way of object deletion and only some very minor landscape and path grid work. Many patches are a good deal more complex than this and cover a lot more area. Some of the truly nasty ones involve patch work for combinations of mods, such as the one for Cloudtop Mountains, Ravenview Village, and the Mimics mod. Or such beasts as the patch for Let the People Drink, UL: Imperial Isle, New Roads & Bridges, and Open Cities. Yes, a 4-way patch, which one might imagine is quite a bit of work to manage. As with all things, practice makes perfect. The more patches you end up needing to build, the easier the process becomes, and the faster you can start churning them out. Done properly, compatibility patches enhance your game in their own special way. Astute observers might note the presence of an extra log in the overhead shots. That log is from TIE, and just happened to be right on the edge of the work space. Fortunately editing in the area did not result in the log being left in an awkward position, but it does illustrate just how crowded things are getting in Cyrodiil.
  24. RIP: Ralph Cosham aka Jauffre (10-1-2014)

    1. Bess

      Bess

      Thanks for posting this -- I wasn't aware until I read it here. I've always liked his voice so much I keep buying all the e-books he recorded that I can find.

    2. VictoriaVII

      VictoriaVII

      It's bad news indeed, RIP.

  25. Version 1.0

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    A simple immersion mod to add Thieves Guild shadowmarks to the vanilla player homes. Shadowmarks are a tool for the Thieves Guild to identify the worth of a target home. Some are protected, some are worthless, others have loot, and still others might even be dangerous. If you've ever wondered why the five potential player homes in the major cities didn't have these markings, wonder no more. Now, instead of being the only homes in a city missing them, they will be marked according to their worth. If the player does not yet own the property, it will be marked empty. If the player owns the property, it will be marked as containing valuable loot. If the player is a member of the Thieves Guild AND the city has been brought under the influence of the Guild, then it will be marked accordingly as being owned by a guild member. The marks should properly update themselves throughout the game as the player acquires the houses and joins the guild.