Module 00 - Core / F4SE ENB Poseidon
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Module 00 - Core / F4SE ENB Poseidon

The foundation for any and every mod collection, covering the repeated basics

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Collection created: 	13.01.2022
F4SE: 					0.6.21
Fallout: 				1.10.163

This is an Advanced Setup, and therefor requires multiple manual steps! If you are not willing to follow these instructions or expect a "one-click" solution, please consider another collection.


Sadly - but also obviously, the modular approach is not compatible with the "all-in-one" collections, as all of them provide the basics as well. Talking about (but not limited to) F4SE and ENB, allthough you can install another ENB instead of the recomend here, in which case the installation procedure might be different as described.

On the other hand, this apporach is exactly for you, if you just want a guide for the basics to get started and continue on your own from there.

All my modules are working great at 30 FPS on:

  • CPU: i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz (from 2017)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: GTX 970 4 GB VRAM

If you want to go for 60 FPS, use this: 60 fps However, I recomend to only use this if you have a better GPU than me, as the GPU will get hotter than with 30 FPS. Furthermore, you will notice the FPS drops to 30 or 25 A LOT more, while with 'fixed' 30 FPS you will not (as much).


Disclaimer and Explanation

As far as I'm aware, these are the most important mods that you will need, sooner or later, in any mod configuration.

I always wanted a "starting point" from where to start modding in different ways, now with collections, this is it! :)

This said, this collection is ment to be used as starting modul, so you (I, we) can use the description text of our collections to describe our collections and keep track of those revisions.

But before we start, lets make sure that:

  • You start with an new/empty Vortex profile
  • Install all official DLCs (if available)
  • But ignore the official HD texture DLC (do NOT install that one, really, dont!)
  • Start the game at least once to the main menu, before we continue.

NOTE:

  • You do not need the "Achievement" mod, as you will able to gain achievements by using Buffout!
  • While we do setup Vortex to start F4SE, we still install "Auto Backup" in case we start Fallout 4 from Steam by accident.

Set up Vortex:

The Vortex Download and Stage folders should be on the very same harddrive that your games are! Keep that in mind while assign the folders / directories.

Start Vortex and goto settings:

  • Interface
    • Advanced
      • Enabled Profile Management: Yes (green)
    • Mods
      • Set staging folder to (example): D:\Vortex\{game}\Stage
    • Downloads
      • Set download folder to (example): D:\Vortex\Downloads

You might need to restart vortex at this point.

My recomendation is to create a new profile for every mod-setup / (main-)collection you download.

  • Make sure you have selected Fallout 4 in the top right corner of Vortex
  • At the bottom of all Fallout 4 profiles, but still above all profiles of other games, you can click on the "Add 'Fallout 4' profile" button.
  • Make sure to give a suiting name (like the (main-)collection you downloaded
  • Enable "This profile has its own save games"

For now, create a new profile, called Module 0, we will work on that profile, as you then later can (re-)enable this (collection for every other profile you're about to use, with all prework already done!

Just be sure to enable this profile "Module 0" as well, so that you see the button "Edit" on it, and on the profile "Default" you should see "Enable".

We have 3 parts here, the "ini"-tweaks, the manual installation and the automated part, again, this is "Advanced Setup" stuff, but it'll be worthwhile for granted!


Preparing:

For the smoothest workflow, I do recomend to open 3 file explorer windows.

  • Your "Download" directory
  • Your Fallout 4 "GameDir"
    • Either default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout 4
    • Or custom (example): D:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Fallout 4
    • This is the "GameDir"
    • If you should copy anything to GameDir/Data, I would call it DataDir.
  • My Documents\My Games\Fallout4

INI Tweaks:

Again, make sure you have had Fallout 4 started at least once before we continue!

Create file: Fallout4Custom.ini in "My Documents\My Games\Fallout4"

Content:

[Display]
iLocation X=0
iLocation Y=0
fPipboyScreenEmitIntensityPA=1.25
fPipboyScreenDiffuseIntensityPA=0.10

[Archive]
bInvalidateOlderFiles=1
sResourceDataDirsFinal=

[General]
iNumHWThreads=4
SLocalSavePath=Saves-Modded\
sStartingConsoleCommand=cl rim 0.0005;setgs fjetpackdraininital 10;setgs fJetpackDrainSustained 2;setgs fjetpackthrustsustained 200;setgs fJetpackThrustInitial 500;setgs fJetpackTimeToSustained .50;  SetGS fSandboxCylinderTop 576; SetGS fSandboxCylinderBottom -576;setgs iWorkshopSettlerPopulationMax 30;setgs iHackingMinWords 1; setgs ihackingmaxwords 3; setgs iTerminalDisplayRate 1200;setgs fGunShellLifetime 600;setgs fGunShellCameraDistance 51200;setgs iDebrisMaxCount 1500;

[Pipboy]
bPipboyDisableFX=1
bPipboyEffectColorOnLight=1
Notes / If you want...
  • the values "fPipboyScreen*PA=" make the PipBoy lights more intense and focued.
  • The sLocalSavePath= only works if you never before have deployed any mods using vortex.
  • you can remove the fJetpack* values to reset the jackpack behaviour to default.
  • likewise you can remove or change the iHacking* entries to your liking, or make it default again, to me, it is just annoyingly cumbersome to stop at 3 and reopen the terminal, even with faster terminal display settings.
  • Just as a reminder, beware of the triangle of death (Sanctuary, RR & Abernathy), specialy with the setting iWorkshopSettlerPopulationMax 30, but you can increase this as well if you plan on just building at Starlight Drive-In, the Minuteman Castle or on Spectacle Island.
  • Last but not least, the first entry: "cl rim 0.0005" makes the mod "Faster Terminal" obsolete, you can make it even faster or adjust it slower for more effect.

Now, in the already existing file: Fallout4Prefs.ini we change / add these values

[Display]
uPipboyTargetHeight=1400
uPipboyTargetWidth=1752
 
[Launcher]
bEnableFileSelection=1

Important Note:

If you have played before, you might be missing your save games, they are NOT lost!

On the contrary, they are at the very same location, but we have changed the savegame folder to My Documents\My Games\Fallout4\Saves-Modded.

This was made so we do not accidently overwrite our current save games, and therefor might destroy them for anytime later, I do recomend to copy-paste (hit CTRL while drag+drop) the files that were changed the latest to the new folder.


Manual Installation:

Prevously there were multiple section, figured its easier to follow a single task list ;)

  • Download F4SE
    • Open Zipfile and enter its directory
    • Extract the EXE and DLL files to your GameDir
  • Download xSE choose MANUAL!!
    • Extract the files (IpHlpAPI.dll & xSE PluginPreloader.xml) to your GameDir
    • Change its loading mechanic by editing xSE PluginPreloader.xml (With Notepad(++)) and then changing the value:
      • <LoadMethod Name="ImportAddressHook">
      • to
      • <LoadMethod Name="OnThreadAttach">
  • Download TBB Redistributable, choose MANUAL!!
    • Extract the file (tbbmalloc.dll) to your GameDir
  • Download both the 32 and 64 bit variants from MS C+ VS redist
    • Install both packages
  • Download ReShade and SweetFX for Fallout 4 with Added ini Game Tweak
    • Open ZipFile (get 7z)
    • Extract (drag + drop) all content to your GameDir
  • Download ENB
    • Pick highest version
    • Scroll down
    • Click the icon with the "down" arrow next to the text "Download" just above the big grey bar at the bottom
    • Open ZipFile
      • Enter: WrapperVersion
      • Extract all files to your GameDir
  • Download highpitched Poseidon Energy Sweet_ENB FX
    • Open ZipFile
    • Enter: "without dof"
    • Extract (drag + drop) all content to your GameDir
    • Edit: enblocal.ini like (leave all other values "as is"):

Content:

[LIMITER]
EnableFPSLimit=false

At this point, everything should be fine, if you DO get a CTD (Crash to Desktop), remove the ENB related files, both ENB and highpitched Poseidon. Because ReShade alone should increase your visual gameplay already enough, and does so more than (any) ENB.

Important Note:

You will see a message saying that ReShade can be updated to 5.02 (or higher), do NOT do that!

Or you will have a black screen, in which case, just extract the files from the ReShade ini tweak zipfile to the GameDir again, overwriting every file it asks.


Optionals:

Sephrajins Scripts for Fallout 4 (optional)

  • Download: Sephs Scripts for FO4
    • Use the fomod installation (download with Vortex)
    • or manual
    • Extract all files starting with s*.txt_ from the folders: default, deluxe and start to your GameDir
  • Download: <Any Save Game "Mod">
    • Extract the *.FOS and *.F4SE files to My Documents\My Games\Fallout4\Saves-Modded

You can now close: My Documents\My Games\Fallout4


Get Started:

Finaly we can let Vortex do its job, hit that "Add to Vortex" button!

Once the remainnig mods are installed, you may look into the "Mod" section and enable any optional mods that you might like, see below.


Fall UI:

This is an awesome mod and comes with A LOT functionality.

Install Dialog for FallUI Inventory:

  1. All Options checked
  2. Choose your language - I cannot do this or you'll have issues (unless you want to learn german)

Modules:

I want to ask other curators to create other modules, covering more options.

Modules should be kept as small as possible (Mod & Size wise), while covering their specific "task".

Why modules you may ask? Because I believe in options and customization, which modules allow a lot better than "all in one" collections with 200 mods.

Last but not least, DLC, Language and NSFW related taged mods should be kept as their individual collections, or at least be optional within a collection. With the exception of Body-Mods like CBBE, where I belive that just because someone wants a body, does not include that they want sexy/skimpy (NSFW) clothing as well.

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