You know that oblivion mod list and automatic installer I started putting together two and a half years ago? It’s really, really done this time.
Here you go: http://www.hronk.com/jmromp/JMROMPV025.zip, 503k.
What Is This Thing?
Way back a couple of years ago I finished Oblivion. There was some cool looking mods out there, so I tried adding a few. And then a few more. And a few more. Unfortunately, Bethesda’s modding system simply doesn’t scale beyond having a handful of mods; everything overlaps with everything else, there’s strange rules about what conflicts matter and what don’t, conflicts result in content just being deleted, and it requires an elaborate amount of custom tooling to make mods work together. It sucks.
So I got to thinking - ok, I’ll just figure out what exact order I need to extract everything in to have it all work, and the exact load order, and I’ll be ready to go play. Hey, and why not document all that so other gamers can do it to?
Fat chance - you can’t just do a single installation in sequence. Mod packs overlap. They all have different layouts when extracted. Some times you want to keep a few files from a previous mod, but overwrite the rest. Some of them include custom scripting. Some of them have installers. There’s an entire project devoted just to tracking the conflicts!
So fine, I’ll write a installer myself to do it all, and just include a load order. I don’t trust the conflict tracking project to get things right, so whatever, I’ll manually check the conflicts myself. How hard can that be?
About a 120 hours of work hard, that’s what. Yeesh. Two years since I first started it, after reading the entire Bethesda oblivion mod forums both before and after they deleted their archive, it’s finally ready. I hope you appreciate it.
I’d like to think dev_akm for his awesome modding explanations and reviews, TESNexus for providing such a valuable community resource, and the denizens of the Bethesda oblivion mod forums for their awesome work producing the content I link to here.
I’m just installing their work. Thank them, not me.
Let me know if you have any troubles or any other feedback on how to simplify it.