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  1. Towards a lightweight Unique Landscapes

    Well shucks. Thanks for setting me straight, at least. Not to be a pain, but is there any consensus as to whether certain UL mods are more or less stable or performance-heavy? I definitely notice a difference between Skingrad Outskirts and Cheydinhal Falls (both super-crashy) versus Chorrol Hinterlands and Bravil Barrowfields (relatively stable), even though all four are adjacent cities.
  2. I noticed that there's a pretty wide discrepancy in the weight and scale of the UL mods, with some being just lightweight esps and others with heavy esps and resource packs. Since certain UL mods were causing crashes for me, I thought I'd take a closer look at them, with an eye toward discovering which mods were most likely to cause performance or stability issues. Hence, this chart: Method: Size/cells added should be straightforward enough. Size is in MB. The weighted size/cells is based on whether the mod is outside of Cyrodiil and whether it's close to a city. UL + cities of course cause problems especially with Better Cities or Open Cities installed, so those got weighted more heavily (Lost Coast and Cliffs of Anvil aren't right up to the city walls like other mods, so they get a lower weight). I have no technical knowledge that would lead me to believe this, but it seems that mods outside of Cyrodiil that therefore aren't modifying much of the core gameworld shouldn't have as much of a performance impact. But I could be totally wrong! Speaking of me not knowing what I'm doing, these weights are completely arbitrary, fyi. Notes and Observations: The "Outside Cyrodiil" weight only applies if a mod is mostly outside of Cyrodiil, which only really applies to The Eastern Peaks and Brena River Ravine. Colovian Highlands is about half in and half out of Cyrodiil, so one could argue that it's outside of Cyrodiil. That would actually make it the second-heaviest UL mod by my method if we weighted it accordingly. There are other ways I could have weighted these, like weighing the size of esps vs. resources, but I wouldn't really know where to begin. Do scripts have more of a performance impact than resources, or vice versa? I don't really know. I did calculate The Dark Forest twice, with one calculating excluding the cinematic files it includes. My biggest issue with UL related crashes so far has been around cities, especially trying to get them to work with OCR. I'm therefore not surprised to see Skingrad Outskirts relatively high on the scale. I am surprised that Cheydinhal Falls, which has given me a ton of trouble, is about the same as Chorrol Hinterlands, which has been fairly stable for me. I saw that Cheydinal Falls includes a bunch of models for fish, so I wonder if that's a difference. I'd like to try removing the fish references in xEdit and see if it makes a difference (Cliffs of Anvil also has a bunch of fish models). I know that the larger UL mods include a bunch of new models, which explains their large size. I do wonder if a lighter version that excludes these new models would be possible or desirable. There's a difference of a couple of orders of magnitude between the weighted sizes of the lightest and heaviest UL mods, and it makes me wonder if that gap could be closed. I'm still trying to learn more about the technical aspects of modding, so I'm happy to be told where this analysis is off, or how it could be improved. But I hope someone finds it helpful in deciding which UL mods to install.
  3. [WIP] FOMO World Map - Tamriel And Beyond

    With Sifonseal's permission, I'm sharing a GIMP file of his FOMO map that can be exported and used in Dynamic Map. I put some of the new lands on his map into new layers; that way you can hide the layers for the lands you don't use before exporting as a DDS and putting it in your game. It's not as slick as Dynamic Map's functionality, but Sifonseal's is perhaps the best-looking, most complete map of Tamriel there is, and this way you can put it in your game! (There's probably a fairly easy way to do this in Dynamic Maps itself, but I haven't taken the time to figure it out and don't know that I will.) Here's what you need: GIMP, which is an open-source image editor like Photoshop Dynamic Map. Install the Core and Tamriel Heightmaps folders using Wrye Bash. Here's what to do: Download the file and open it in GIMP. Open the "Layer - Brushes" window. Click the open-eye icon to hide the elements of the map you don't want to use. You can click the same spot to show them again. Under the "Image" menu, click "Merge Visible Layers." Under the "File" menu, click "Export." Change the file's name to "FOMO Tamriel.dds" and click "Export". Dismiss the warning about not being able to write a volume map. Under the "Compression" menu, choose "BC2 / DXT3." Move the "FOMO Tamriel.dds" file to the /textures/menus/DynamicMap/ folder in your Oblivion Data folder. Open the Dynamic Map.ini file, found in /Data/Ini. Select all, then paste the following into the document, then save. 8. Run Archive Invalidation, just to be safe. It seemed like it was necessary for the new map to take. I may make a new version to put a few other areas, like Sutch or Coldstone, into layers, so this map has even more options. Do mention if you have any other ideas! Here's that link again: FOMO Tamriel.xcf
  4. "Elsweyr Mods Cleaned and Merged"

    I guess I'd be interested to hear the ethical case for why it's not okay. I'm new to this whole scene, so there's probably some problem I haven't considered fully.
  5. "Elsweyr Mods Cleaned and Merged"

    For what it's worth, he claims to have checked for incompatibilities and removed from the patch any changes that were included in EDoA 2014.
  6. Interesting. The inclusion of the Unofficial Patch seems like it could be controversial, since Iliana said it's not necessary for the 2014 version of EDoA.
  7. [RELz] Hammerfell: Shadows of the Alik'r

    Just stumbled upon this. Interesting! Since it's based on TEG, is it compatible with the Borderlands esp file here? Would there be any reason to use it? Also, it says on this page that there's a readme file, but I don't see one in the Hammerfell SOTA package.
  8. Hi Sifonseal, I've been watching all the FOMO projects with interest. Great work so far! Since FOMO Skyrim is based on on TWMP Skyrim, will it have the same dependencies? As Tegues mentions, the dependency chain is sort of a pain, plus I really don't want TWMP Hammerfell on my system at all.
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