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Tutorial modding Fall Out New Vegas and Star Wars:Empire at War:Forces of Corruption

This article is especially for Moi and anyone else who might have an interest into modding these games.

Author: Shaun Meyers from Universal Gaming Reviews.

Installing Fallout: New Vegas Mods.

To start, you'll need quite a few programs which are available. The first and one of the most important programs you'll need is the Nexus Mod Manager. This allows you to easily install and keep track of any mods that you either download or install to Fallout New Vegas. It also allows you to uninstall any mods easily as well.
You can find the download for Nexus Mod Manager here: http://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/modmanager/?
Installing the program is pretty simple, just go through the installer by clicking next all the way through. Once it's finished installing choose the launch nexus mod manager option then click finish to load the program. Once it loads it'll start searching for any compatible games that you currently have installed, this includes mods for Oblivion, Fallout 3, Dragon Age and Skyrim to name a few. All of these are managed by this program. Once it finds the installation folder for Fallout New Vegas, simply click Ok and it'll ask you which game you wish to load Nexus Mod Manager for, choose New Vegas. Once the program finally opens you'll be able to use the full range of features the mod manager has to offer.
The easiest way to install mods to your game is to go to a mods download section, for example here: http://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/40040/?tab=2&navtag=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nexusmods.com%2Fnewvegas%2Fajax%2Fmodfiles%2F%3Fid%3D40040&pUp=1
Then click the download with manager option and it'll automatically download to nexus mod manager if there's an option available. Some mods will require advanced setup in the mod manager and allow you to choose various options based on the mod itself. This isn't always the case but for more advanced mods that's what'll happen.
Then once the download completes you'll need to activate it in the mod manager. Just double click the mod name in the manager and it'll activate.
Continue doing this until all the desired mods are installed.
I highly recommend launching the game at certain intervals between downloads to make sure the game still works correctly and you haven't botched anything. It's very easy to install mods that are incompatible with each other and they can botch the game installation if you aren't careful (This has happened to me countless times). So every 3 or 4 mods that you install load the game up and make sure things are still working correctly, if they are continue with 3 or 4 more. If the game crashes to the desktop upon loading then simply uninstall the previous 3 or 4 mods then activate them one at a time while starting the game after each one to find which mod is causing the issue. Lots of trial and error goes into modding games so be ready to do so.
A required file that you'll need to use many mods is called NVSE or New Vegas Script Extender. This allows the game to use advanced mods and features. You can find the download link here: http://nvse.silverlock.org/
Simply extract the files in the rar file when you download it to your main installation folder where the new vegas exe is located. You'll need to load the game using NVSE in most cases for mods to work correctly.
For finding mods I recommend using this website as it houses many useful mods for the game: http://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/?

Star Wars Empire at War Modding

For Star Wars Empire at War mods I recommend using this website: http://www.moddb.com/mods?filter=t&kw=Search+...&released=&style=def&theme=&game=12103&type=
Currently there are lots of to be determined for release mods that are currently in production but there are also quite a few finished mods as well.
Installing Mods for Empire at War works quite a bit differently than Fallout New Vegas, you'll have to manually install the mods to a specific folder in the game's installation.
As an example we'll be using this mod as a tutorial: http://www.moddb.com/mods/thrawns-revenge
To install this mod to the steam version of the game you'll need to download the zip file version included in the downloads section. Once you have it completely downloaded you'll need to locate where the game is installed, eg: C:\programfiles\steam\steamapps\common\star wars empire at war\ corruption.
Once you've located the folder you'll need to then create a mods folder in the corruption folder. Right click anywhere in the folder > new > folder. Once the mods folder is created you'll need to copy the extracted folder from the mod you downloaded into the mods folder.
To successfully use the mod when you load the game you'll first need to open steam, go to your library, right click on star wars empire at war, then choose properties. Once there click on launch options then add this line: MODPATH=Mods\Imperial_Civil_War
After this simply close properties and click play star wars empire at war and select forces of corruption. To play the original game or another mod you just have to reverse the previous 4 steps.
I hope that helps folks!

-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!

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