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Is there a good mod that strips out the main story from Fallout 3? I'm more than happy to ignore it during a playthrough, but I'm trying to track down an F3 mod that doesn't ever allow me to get close to the stupid main story.

I uh.. I don't know if this has been posted or not in this thread, but this is the coolest thing I've seen all day.

Arise thread!

garion333 wrote:

Is there a good mod that strips out the main story from Fallout 3? I'm more than happy to ignore it during a playthrough, but I'm trying to track down an F3 mod that doesn't ever allow me to get close to the stupid main story.

I've built a new from-scratch PC. I own and enjoy Fallout 76 (for PC). I own Fallout New Vegas on PS3 (where I have yet to complete it despite playing for a hundred or two hundred hours) and on PC (where I have yet to launch it). I own and enjoy Fallout 4 on PS4 (I'm nowhere near following the main quest line). But I'm really interested to start a new Fallout 3 game on PC.

What I'm not really interested in starting, though, is being born to Liam Neeson and crawling around Vault 101 and...all that. I know there are alternate-start mods and I've been hunting, but I'm curious if anyone knows of a really good, solid one to try. I'm not as concerned with the stuff FWE offers, though it's cool. I'll probably use two mods: one that makes combat deadlier (like Puce Moose's The Mantis Imperative, which also adds some cool creatures and stories, and maybe Stealth Indicator Remover which purports to remove the "Caution" and "Danger" and "Hidden" indicators when crouched); and one that helps me skip the intro stuff and just walk out into the wasteland.

I'm using Vortex which should work well, or I hope it will, for what it's worth.

This looks pretty cool: Fallout 3 Immersive Add-Ons: A Beginner's Guide to a Lore-friendly Wasteland.

Fallout 3 Immersive Add-Ons is my personal guide for mods that overhaul the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Fallout 3 in a lore-friendly manner by adding fresh content while also retaining the feel of the vanilla game.
muraii wrote:

This looks pretty cool: Fallout 3 Immersive Add-Ons: A Beginner's Guide to a Lore-friendly Wasteland.

Fallout 3 Immersive Add-Ons is my personal guide for mods that overhaul the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Fallout 3 in a lore-friendly manner by adding fresh content while also retaining the feel of the vanilla game.

So to follow up, I use Vortex to manage mods but FOSE, which some/many require, isn’t a typical mod. After some hunting I found a guide that correctly directs users to place the FOSE dlls and executable in the game directory, and then Vortex will detect it and you’re good.

I loaded three mods. The first is Custom Beginning Deluxe (Updated) [sic]. This allows you to choose a starting point outside Vault 101 based on choosing one of about 10 player histories. I chose to start as an Underworld resident, which meant I started outside Underworld, the ghoul city. It also meant ghouls—feral and not—aren’t hostile to me. That might be overpowered so I might try something else. Like starting as a Raider.

I also installed Stealth Indicator Remover, which disables the crouched hidden indicators, but didn’t end up playing with it installed yet.

The third is just a dependency of CBD.

Now, to the Capital Wasteland!

muraii wrote:

Arise thread!

garion333 wrote:

Is there a good mod that strips out the main story from Fallout 3? I'm more than happy to ignore it during a playthrough, but I'm trying to track down an F3 mod that doesn't ever allow me to get close to the stupid main story.

I've built a new from-scratch PC. I own and enjoy Fallout 76 (for PC). I own Fallout New Vegas on PS3 (where I have yet to complete it despite playing for a hundred or two hundred hours) and on PC (where I have yet to launch it). I own and enjoy Fallout 4 on PS4 (I'm nowhere near following the main quest line). But I'm really interested to start a new Fallout 3 game on PC.

What I'm not really interested in starting, though, is being born to Liam Neeson and crawling around Vault 101 and...all that. I know there are alternate-start mods and I've been hunting, but I'm curious if anyone knows of a really good, solid one to try. I'm not as concerned with the stuff FWE offers, though it's cool. I'll probably use two mods: one that makes combat deadlier (like Puce Moose's The Mantis Imperative, which also adds some cool creatures and stories, and maybe Stealth Indicator Remover which purports to remove the "Caution" and "Danger" and "Hidden" indicators when crouched); and one that helps me skip the intro stuff and just walk out into the wasteland.

I'm using Vortex which should work well, or I hope it will, for what it's worth.

Wow, what year did you dig that quote up from?

I can't say I ever played with a mod that removed the plotline in Fallout 3, but if I have used alternative starts many times in Skyrim and those starts make it reasonably easy to ignore the main plot.

It's a shame Fallout 76 has had such a rough time, mostly earned, but the almost lack of a main story is a huge plue. (It's really little more than a long tutorial.)

On the other hand, I think 76 has the best story of the Bethesda games. It doesn't force you to pay attention to it, but it's been far more enjoyable to discover and follow than chasing after Dad or finding my jerk of a son.