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(Updated September 14, 2013

Arwen's Mod List
load order guide
         
Why Load Order is Important

One of the biggest problems in using mods is that they often conflict with one another. So it's first really important to use mods that are compatible with each other. But you can even have problems with compatible mods - unless they are loaded in the correct order.

Mods that are loaded first can have some of their changes (to the game) overwritten by the mods that load after them. Fallout 3 loads mods in order of their date, with "newer" mods loading last - overwriting the "older" mods. But loading mods by date can and does cause major problems. So how can we override the way in which mods are loaded?

Well, the best way that I know is through the Fallout Mod Manager, which makes this very simple: all you do is select the esp or esm and drag it up or down in the load order with your mouse (note: always load all the esm's before loading any esp's)

 
 
Arwen's Mod Load Order Guide

The chart below is the load order (from first, to last) that I'm currently using for my installed mods. Much of this load order is based upon suggestions in the mod's Readme file, or from what others have suggested. Please understand that my load order may not be perfect - but it does seem to work well in my game (as far as I can tell).

So feel free to use this as a guide - but only as a guide. And please email me if you know that any part of this load order needs to be adjusted.

The mods in BOLD are the ones that are covered on my mods pages (and are linked to those pages).

Note: esms must all load before any esps

The [1] Category are just my category markers for grouping mods (but some of these types of mod need to load earlier or later). The number is the order in which I have these groups loading)

The Blue esps are currently deactivated in my game - I've left them on this list only as place holders.

NOTE: The [Arwen Merge] replacement esps are the original esps (the purple ones below the merged esp), that I merged (with the FO3 Plugin Utility). This was done after I installed the mods, just as a way for me to reduce the amount of esps.

Plug-in esm's Part of Mod Order Rule
Fallout3.esm Fallout3 Master File Must load first
Anchorage.esm Official Fallout 3 Expansions DLC
ThePitt.esm Official Fallout 3 Expansions DLC
BrokenSteel.esm Official Fallout 3 Expansions DLC
PointLookout.esm Official Fallout 3 Expansions DLC
Zeta.esm Official Fallout 3 Expansions DLC
Zumbs' Overhauled Real Time Security.esm Zumbs Overhauled Real-Time Security  
Project Beauty.esm Fallout 3 Redesigned  
RH_IRONSIGHTS.esm RH_IronSights - FOSE  
QJ13-AmmoWeight.esm    
DCInteriors_ComboEdition.esm The D.C. Interiors Project install
StreetLights.esm Fallout Street Lights install
Arwen_Core.esm Arwen's Realism Tweaks Last esm to load
Plug-in esp's Part of Mod Order Rule
[1] Quests and early-loading mods
[2] User Interface (UI) & animation mods
DarNifiedUIF3.esp DarNified UI F3
QJ13-AmmoWeight-MZ.esp
DK_BulletTime.esp DK BulletTime  
ZORTS - Custom HP.esp Zumbs Overhauled Real-Time Security Load before Brahmin Dairy Products
Brahmin Dairy Products.esp Brahmin Dairy Products  
MissingUniqueArmorClothing-Base.esp Missing Unique Armor and Clothing Must load before my Tweaks
Refurbishes [ALL].esp Refurbish DLC (requires DLC)
     
Arwen_10mmReplacer.esp 10mm Pistol Replacer Load after NotSoFast
RH_IronSights_GOTY.esp RH_IronSights - FOSE [Arwen Merge]
RH_IronSights_Basic_VanillaPlugin.esp RH_IronSights - FOSE Load after 10mm; before Tweaks
RH_IronSights_Basic_AnchoragePlugin.esp RH_IronSights - FOSE (requires DLC)
RH_IronSights_Basic_PointLookoutPlugin.esp RH_IronSights - FOSE (requires DLC)
RH_IronSights_Basic_PittPlugin.esp RH_IronSights - FOSE (requires DLC)
RH_IronSights_Basic_ZetaPlugin.esp RH_IronSights - FOSE (requires DLC)
Heights.esp Heights  
Project Beauty GOTY.esp Fallout 3 Redesigned [Arwen Merge]
Project Beauty- Broken Steel.esp Fallout 3 Redesigned (requires DLC)
Project Beauty- Point Lookout.esp Fallout 3 Redesigned (requires DLC)
     
     
Error Fixes v1.5.esp Error Correction Load after Achievement Remover
     
Xepha's Darkened Interiors.esp Darkened Interiors Load after Error Fixes
Xepha's Darkened Interiors - GOTY.esp Darkened Interiors [Arwen Merge]
Xepha's Darkened Interiors - BS.esp Darkened Interiors (requires DLC)
Xepha's Darkened Interiors - PL.esp Darkened Interiors (requires DLC)
Flashlight-LOS.esp Flashlight  
     
     
     
     
     
     
Gifts4Kids.esp Gifts 4 Kids (play testing)
T3T_MiscItemIcons.esp T3T Misc Item Icons  
Princess Better Prompts v1pt1.esp Better Prompts (play testing)
Dialogue Tweaks.esp Dialogue Tweaks  
Arwen_Camera.esp Arwen Camera beta mod
     
ZoomReworked.esp Zoom Reworked (play testing)
     
[3] Environment and Sound mods
GalaxyNewsRadioFix[S].esp GNR Radio Fixed (deactivated)
Enhanced Weather - Rain and Snow.esp Enhanced Weather - Rain Load just before Fellout (deactivated)
Enhanced Weather - Rainbows.esp Enhanced Weather - Rainbows Load after EW(deactivated)
megalight.esp Megaton Lighting Overhaul Load after Fellout
Rivet City Realignment.esp Rivet City Realignment
Rivet City CLEANED.esp Rivet City CLEANED (play testing)
[4] Minor mods (new items/houses)
DCInteriors_DLC_Collectables.esp The D.C. Interiors Project,
DLC Collectables addon pack
(play testing)
Whose been sleeping in my Bed.esp Whose been Sleeping in my Bed  
MaintenanceShed.esp The Maintenance Shed  
     
ClutterFreeWorld.esp Clutter Free World (play testing)
GeneratorSound.esp Generator Sound  
     
[5] Weapon (and ammo) mods
Hi-Res Weapons & Ammo Textures.esp Hi-Res Weapons and Ammo Textures Must load before my Tweaks
Hi-Res Weapons & Ammo Textures - Pitt.esp Hi-Res Weapons and Ammo Textures Load before my Tweaks (requires DLC)
     
WeightAmmo.esp AmmoWeight  
DisplayedAmmoWeight.esp Displayed Ammo Weight Load right after AmmoWeight
     
[6] Clothing/armor mods or add-ons
LoxysCombinedClothingFF.esp Loxys Combined Clothing (play testing) load before my Tweaks
     
7_HolsterForHandGuns(udp1).esp Modified handgun Holster Animations Must load before my Tweaks
[7] Companion and NPC Behavior
BetterBrahmin.esp Better Brahmin (play testing) Load before CBO
     
     
     
Confessor Cromwell has a Break_EV.esp Confessor Cromwell has a Break (play testing)
[8] Perks, etc.
Rude Awakening v0.2b.esp Rude Awakening (deactivated)
KarmaRevamp1010.esp Karma Revamp Mod
     
     
     
     
     
     
Heights.esp Heights (play testing)
[11] Arwen's Realism Tweaks
Less_Blood Less Blood Load after mod that alter blood decals
Arwen_Realism_Core.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after Fellout and RI
Arwen_Hard-Core.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Realism Core esp
Arwen_Encumbrance.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Realism Core esp
Arwen_Med-Tec Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Realism Core esp
Arwen_OneLife.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Realism Core esp
Arwen_GOTY_Realism_Core.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Realism Core esp
Arwen_GOTY_Hard-Core.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Hard Core esp
Arwen_GOTY_Med-Tec.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Med-Tec esp
Arwen_MMM_Med-Tec_Patch.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Med-Tec esp
Arwen_RH_IronSights_GOTY_Patch.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Realism Core esp
Arwen_EVE_Patch.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Realism Core esp
Arwen_Brahamin_Med-Tec_Patch.esp Arwen's Realism Tweaks Load after my Med-Tec module esp
     
Gore_No_More.esp Gore No More Load after my Tweaks
[12] Load after my Tweaks  
Arwen_10mmReplacer_Patched.esp 10mm Pistol Replacer Load after my Tweaks
FeminizedPowerArmor.esp Feminized Power Armor Load after my Tweaks

 
 
Texture and Sound Replacer MODs

(without any esp's or esm's - so no way to set load order)

Installation order is often very important, since textures installed later will overwrite earlier ones. Hint: if a texture doesn't seem to be appearing in your game, use FOMM to deactivate and then reactivate it. (It's also always a really good idea to read the mod's ReadMe file, and to follow the author's instructions.)

Part of MOD Installation Order
Texture Replacers
Less Blood HiRes Textures Less Blood - Better Decals (optional)
HD Hair textures by GabbyStardust Project Beauty HD (optional)
Hi-Res Weapons v3-1  
Pitt Gal Stats  
Pitt Gal HUD Icons Pitt Gal Stats (optional)
Sound Replacers
Female Voice Replacer  
   


Not reinstalled yet:  
Texture Replacers
   
Assault_Rifle_redux_updated (play testing)
Batteries Plus Must be reactivated after installing EVE
Better HiRes Skill Books
Black and red veteran outfit (play testing)
Black Recon Kit Female (play testing)
Books Debunked
Color Hi-Detailed Map and Icons
Dogmeat Husky by Maylena
Enhanced Night Sky (play testing)
(currently uninstalled) Fallout 3 Re-Animated Not Compatible with EVE
Fractured Nature
Essentials Retex Volume 2 (play testing)
Essentials Retex Volume 3 Install Before ERROR (play testing)
ERROR - Extreme Robot OverHaul Packaged with EVE - Energy Visuals Enhanced
Krzymar HI-RES Moon
NMC's Texture Pack for FO3
Male_topless (play testing)
RRS-Pre-War Money Retexture $1 (play testing)
Pipboy Item Descriptions
Radiation Suit With Transparent Visor (play testing)
Retextured Clutter Collection
Rustier Power Armor (play testing)
Supermutant Captain Armor & Skin Retexture (play testing)
What's Your Brand? (play testing)
   
Sound Replacers
Rune Immersion Sound Modification  
Sound Overhaul Mixtape  

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