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  1. Discussion topic: Exterior Emittance Fix - NVSE by WallSoGB Wiki Link 'Mod fixes incorrect exterior emittance handling which leads to particles being black.' (Author's description)
  2. This is a beta of [FNV|FO3|FO4|FO4VR|TES5|SSE|TES5VR|ENDERAL|ENDERALSE]LODGen/Edit with terrain LOD meshes and textures generation. This is for experienced mod authors and users that know how to use xEdit, xLODGen or DynDOLOD already. Installation and Setup Download xLODGen beta 98 - based on 4.1.4c. See the xEdit Discord #xlodgen-builds channel for changelog. Unzip into a dedicated folder outside of any Steam, game or mod manager folders or special Windows folders like Program Files, Users, Desktop, Documents, Downloads etc. Rename xLODGen.exe to [game mode]LODGen.exe (TES5LODGen.exe for example) or start with command line parameter -fnv, -fo3, -fo4, -fo4vr, -tes5, tes5vr, -sse, -enderal, -enderalse Use -o:"c:\OutputPath\" command line parameter to change where files are generated to, default is the game folder. Then install output as a mod. Do not generate into any game, any mod manager folders or special Windows folder like Program Files x86, Users, Desktop, Documents, Downloads etc. Use command line arguments to set the paths to certain directories and files if required. For example: -m:"c:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition GOG\" -p:"c:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Skyrim Special Edition GOG\plugins.txt" -d:"c:\GOG Games\Skyrim Special Edition GOG\Data\" Requirements Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019 - Required by LODGen.exe/LODGenx64.exe and Texconv.exe/Texconvx64.exe. Get matching platform x86/x64 depending on which xLODGen.exe (x86) or xLODGenx64.exe (x64) is used. RTFM and Share Results See the included Skyrim-Occlusion-Readme.txt for a brief explanation of the Skyrim TVDT Occlusion data generation. Read the hints that are shown when the mouse pointer rests on a setting. Ask specific questions or give feedback in the dedicated Skyrim TVDT - Occlusion Data thread. See the included Terrain-LOD-Readme.txt for a brief explanation of the settings for terrain LOD generation. Read the hints that are shown when the mouse pointer rests on a setting. Ask specific questions about terrain LOD in this thread for a more in-depth explanation if required and share feedback (with screenshots) about results or problems. These tools generate LOD meshes and textures "exactly" like CK, but not like the meshes and textures which are shipping with the games (they are often manually edited). However, these tools provide more options and higher resolutions (use the x64 version if there are memory errors because you believe you require 4k or higher) and can be updated to add more useful features and options. I did some testing in the different games, but finding the best combinations of options and settings requires lots of testing and are a matter of personal opinion and which game is used, the load order, mods, even different worldspaces probably. That means, I am only able to give generic guidelines and hints to send you off to find and test for yourself and share your results. My main interested is that generations works correctly and without problems for now. This beta is about testing and reporting problems. Check out the thread xLODGen Terrain Settings Compare. Also refer to any modding guide which has a list of relevant mods close to your load order. The object and tree LOD generation is the same as the current versions of xEdit / xLODGen. Refer to their respective descriptions and explanations. Obviously, users of Skryim/Enderal/Skyrim SE/Skyrim VR/EnderalSE continue to use the easier and more comprehensive DynDOLOD for drastically improved object and tree LOD generation and only use xLODGen for terrain LOD (and maybe Occlusion) generation. See https://dyndolod.info/Help/xLODGen for terrain LOD generation instructions. First Time Here are suggestion to start without going crazy and that should be quick enough to generate: Set quality of meshes for LOD4 to 5 and then +5 for each next level. Or just set levels 8/16/32 to 10. Check protect cell borders (yes it fixes the ugly terrain drops at outer cell borders that still exist in Fallout 4). Use the max vertices setting only if you want to hard limit max file size. In Skyrim Special Edition or Skyrim VR, if you notice terrain briefly flickering when new areas are loading in, set [Display] bEnableLandFade=0 in Skyrim.INI Set Optimize Unseen to off for LOD4 for first generation. Start experimenting with a value of 550 with a quality setting of 10 or lower for LOD32 (used for map) and compare coastlines and file size to other settings. To quickly generate terrain LOD meshes just for the map, check only terrain LOD Meshes, check the Specific Chunk checkbox and set drop down to 32. Leave SW fields empty for complete map or set SW cell coordinates to same values as a *.btr filename to test a specific area with lots of water, river etc. Set texture sizes to 512 for a start. Larger sizes and large world spaces will take a considerable time (like 15 to 30 minutes or more easily). Each higher resolution means quadruple the work. Use DXT1 for diffuse and 565 (DXT1 if on Windows 7) for normal maps. If generating for Skyrim Special Edition and VRAM is not of concern use BC7. Uncheck mipmaps, raise steepness and Bake normal maps. For now, leave the Brightness, Contrast and Gamma at 0 and 1.0 respectively. It seems that only Skyrim CK and Skyrim SE CK are manipulating the intensity of the textures to adjust for the noise.dds and the god awful "improved" snow shader of Skyrim SE (just turn that thing off, really). If textures seem too dark in the game, brighten the noise.dds instead or vice versa. That way you can get perfectly matching LOD textures that look just like the textures in the loaded cells. For Skyrim a good average color of the noise texture seems to be around #C0. See below for a couple noise texture downloads. If you want to test larger texture sizes, use the chunk option to limit the number of textures that need to be generated. For example, check [x] Specific chunk, leave the drop down empty and set WS to the lower left cell coordinate of an 32x32 area, like 0, 0. It will then generate all textures up to 31,31. Not all worldspaces have their origin at 0,0 so you will have to check already generated meshes/texture filenames for their lower left coordinates. Questions and Feedback Obliviously anything related to terrain LOD should be posted in this thread. Posts related to Occlusion should be made here. Recommended Optionals TES5-Terrain-Tamriel.esm (Mega), SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm (Mega) TES5-Terrain-Tamriel-Extend.esm (Mega), SSE-Terrain-Tamriel-Extend.esm (Mega) - These extend the sea of ghost further to the north (see screenshots) SSE-Terrain-Tamriel-Full-Extend.esm (Mega) - Entire map from -96,-96 to 95,96 with northern ocean extension. Useful for mod authors. Put in game data folder obviously. Adds back terrain for Skyrim (Tamriel worldspace) at the outer edges so there is no missing terrain meshes/textures when generating terrain LOD for Skyrim. Load as early with lowest priority as possible, so that any other plugins overwriting or adding land records or cells with the same coordinates take precedence. Only required to be loaded when generating terrain LOD. No harm done when loaded in-game but typically the player can not get close to these areas. There are no effects outside the far away added cells. Noise Single color flat noise, Adjusted vanilla noise, HD Terrain Noise Texture SE Examples for Skyrim. Install to game folder like any other texture mod. The noise texture is applied in-game on top of terrain LOD textures, so no effect for LOD generation. Only the red channel is used in case the textures is not a grey channel format. MipMaps are ignored. The textures is tiled 3x3 per LOD quad, e.g. for LOD level 4, the noise texture is repeated 3 times to cover 4 cells, for LOD level 8, the noise texture is repeated 3 times to cover 8 cells and so on. Test-Terrain-Tamriel.7z For testing terrain LOD distances. Plain color terrain LOD textures for Tamriel with coordinates for every LOD quad. Green for LOD 4, yellow for LOD8, blue for LOD 16 and red for LOD 32.
  3. So which one is it lol? No of cores or number of logical processors? Thanks!
  4. Discussion topic: PSRO - Peripheral Scope Reticle Overhaul by The Seekker Wiki Link
  5. Discussion topic: More Rads In the Ass by zebumper Wiki Link Use in conjunction with 360 Movement to get a feature that should have been in the base game anyway. ''"Patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter."'' Oh, yeah? Wish granted. With this mod you can tweak the speed at which one accumulates RADs form walking, swimming, wading or just consuming food/drinks. You will glow in the dark (well, not literally). You will die from radiation poisoning.
  6. Discussion topic: Handbottled Water by zebumper Wiki Link
  7. Discussion topic: Step FalloutNV Guide (curated by Majorman) Changelog Nexus Mods Please submit feedback about the 1.2.0 guide to this topic.
  8. Discussion topic: NV Compatibility Skeleton by Fallout2AM Wiki Link
  9. Discussion topic: Unofficial Patch NVSE Plus by PushTheWinButton, TrueVoidWalker, miguick Wiki Link
  10. Mod Source: BethINI by DoubleYou Wiki Link BethINI STEP Wiki Link BethINI (pronounced "Bethany") is an attempt to restore decency to the INI configuration files for games created by Bethesda. It currently supports Oblivion, Skyrim, Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and Fallout 4. It arose out of my research into the Skyrim INI files over on STEP. Why You Need This There are many advantages to using BethINI: 1. It automatically reorders your INI files into a sensible order, making them much easier to navigate for manual tweaking. 2. It automatically fixes common errors, including some that can cause CTDs. 3. It automatically detects mods you have installed and makes changes recommended by the mod authors where deemed appropriate. If your mod or a mod you know of requires such support, please contact me, as this is the easiest thing in the world to implement. 4. It's presets are superior in graphical fidelity and performance (95% of the time) to the official presets one can create via the game launcher. 5. It allows for the modification of more settings than is accessible via native game settings, and provides explanation for each setting and what it does. 6. It automatically backs up your INI files. 7. For Skyrim, it automatically configures the Creation Kit to support multiple masters and any installed DLC, if enabled. TL;DR BethINI fixes your INI files and lets you tweak your INI files to improve performance and quality. Installation: BethINI is a portable application. You can run it anywhere. Simply extract and run. Do NOT run through Mod Organizer! Recommended usage: 1. Please do not delete your INI files prior to running this! 2. Run BethINI 3. Mod Organizer users should go to the Setup tab and select the profile they wish to use via the ''INI Path'' setting. Your profiles should be autodetected. It is highly recommended to close Mod Organizer if open. 4. Click Default. This will refresh your INI files to the default state. 5. Original Skyrim ENB users should tick the ''ENB Mode'' checkbox. This does not apply to users who ONLY use the ENBoost portion of ENB. This should be autodetected, so if you are unsure, leave this alone! 6. Click your desired preset. 7. Tick the ''Recommended Tweaks'' checkbox to apply tweaks recommended for all users. 8. Click the Save and Exit button. Testimonials FAQ Q: The program will not load. The cursor spins, but the program does not load and the process is not created. A: Add BethINI.exe to your antivirus exclusion list. Q: Virus! A: False positive. See the VirusTotal report. Q: Should I delete my INI files before running this? A: No! Indeed, it is likely the game launcher shall kill your INI files if you do this! Q: Why is my savegame crashing? A: Not all INI settings can be changed mid-game (e.g., uGridsToLoad). If you used some bad INI tweaks (e.g., Ewi's INIs) on a save, they can cause your save not to work with good INIs. Either copy some of the problematic lines back into your INI, stick the old INIs back, or start a new game. Q: Does it work with ENB? A: Yes! Skyrim users can simply tick the ENB Mode checkbox (should be autodetected) to ensure that all necessary tweaks are applied. ENB users of other games may need to check to make sure that they haven't accidentally disabled any necessary settings (as I currently don't know what settings are necessary for the other games, as I haven't used them. Sorry.) Q: If I use ONLY the ENBoost part of ENB, do I need to tick the ENB Mode checkbox? A: No. Again, this should be autodetected. Q: I get an error when I start the game that says, "failed to initialize renderer." A: Your screen resolution is incorrect. Please change your resolution to one that your monitor supports. Custom resolutions can be manually typed into the Resolution box. Q: I want to go back to the way my INIs were before I used BethINI. Is that possible? A: Simply go to the setup tab and select "Before BethINI" in the "Restore Backup" dropdown.
  11. The main theme in Fallout: New Vegas is letting go. And I have to let go. We are expecting our second child any day now and once the baby gets born I won't have the time to play and curate for quite some time. I can't say how long it will take, I can't even say if I'll make a comeback as a curator, but I know I would like to get back to it one day. On the practical side of things, the guide is currently still in working condition and would probably manage to stay in working order for 3 months or so. If someone wants to take it from here, they are free to do so. After all, that is the way Step modding works. I will keep reading the Feedback thread and providing advice when I can, but I can't make any promises on regularity. I don't want to saound too melodramatic. This is not goodbye, just a call for would-be curators willing to step in. Step is a great community and the FNV Guide has helped me get through taxing times, giving me something to do through the occasional bouts of insomnia. I want to thank the admins for giving me this opportunity (and encouraging my hobby), the guide users for the effort of installing ~300 mods (I hoipe it was worth it) and I hope that someday I will be able to contribute again. P.S. Should have given a longer notice, but I'm hooked up on gaming and was delaying the inevitable in self-denial.
  12. Discussion topic: Power Armor Visual Enhancement (PAVE) by Strider5 Wiki Link A more modern and less clunky retexturing of New Vegas' Power Armor. Should make Book of Steel (https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/39873?tab=files), Book Of Water - Armour Fixes (https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/66772), and Book of Steel - Compatibility Edition (https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/60666) all irrelevant unless I'm mistaken and there's some things that are missed. As far as I'm aware the Update File - PAVE Compatibility Plugins resolves potential conflicts anyway, just disable the TTW esp. I am unsure to any conflicts with Robert's Male Body.
  13. Discussion topic: Better Brotherhood by PlatinumShad0w Wiki Link The mod description explains it well, but basically fame opportunities are very small for the Brotherhood and even with siding them it's almost impossible to become idolized with them, this mod changes that among other things. Adds a lore-friendly unmarked quest to return Brotherhood tags just like the NCR and Legion, adds an extra ending for a Brotherhood-Independant Alliance and flavour for that (the Brotherhood helping in the Battle of Hoover Dam without an NCR alliance on the side of Independant), and various changes to NPC services and equipment. This mod does make Veronica Companion Weapon - Recharger Pistol (https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/41248) which is already in the guide irrelevant by changing her 10mm Pistol to a Laser Pistol.
  14. Discussion topic: Jason Bright Head Seam Mesh Fix by Survivalistic Wiki Link Necessary with FCO, not needed when playing with vanilla faces.
  15. I don't know why it keeps saying this, I've followed the guide till this point with no issues. I got an error after hitting cancel, it says Error occurred processing file: .\DeadMoney.esm
  16. Discussion topic: Economy Overhaul by PushTheWinButton Wiki Link
  17. Hi, Just finished installing, still in Doc Mitchell's but so far so good, thank you! One question, how do I turn of the HUD on the right of the screen, I uncheck all options in the MCM but they still won't go away!
  18. After finishing the guide and trying to play, there is some mod in the guide that will not allow me to enter Helios One without getting shot. I talk to the guard in front, and she says to go talk to "the idiot" in the back, but when I go to the front door to enter, the text is in red as if I am breaking into the place, or stealing something. I can not do anything to enter without getting shot.
  19. Discussion topic: Repair Bladed Weapons with Whet Stone All DLC (Scriptrunner) by Majorman86 and l0l28 Wiki Link
  20. https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/68756 It's missing. Will it break my install if I simply skip it?
  21. Discussion topic: High Resolution Water Fog - Water Aliasing Fix by WallSoGB Wiki Link
  22. Discussion topic: George's Dead Money Retexture by xGeorge Wiki Link
  23. Discussion topic: Vanilla Plus ReShade Preset by RaNNd0M Wiki Link Simple, yet effective, has probably the best night/indoors looks of all that I tested. Daytime performance is great.
  24. Discussion topic: Vibrance - A Colourful ReShade Preset by Audixas Wiki Link When used together with Altitude has a strange blue hue that I don't like.
  25. I was fooling around with some weather effects for the next update to the fallout guide and wanted to share some pics to see what you guys think. As ENB does not provide official support to FNV, none of this effects is compatible with an ENB, but that's fine, as the guide does not suggest using one anyway. The weather mod on all the screenshots is Altitude (baseline). So the starting point is below (the Lucky 38 Tower in the distance and the casino in Primm are some good landmarks for this comparison): The same photos with some subtle dust effect: The same locations with a more prominent dust effect: And lastly, two pictures with a Heat-Haze like effect (no dust). They look identical to the baseline, since the haze effect is dependant on time of the day, globeal weather and so on, it might not be present on these photos at all (still investigating): I quite like the more subtle dust effect, it enhances the desert feel.
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