G.E.C.K. Quick Tips #3: Weapon Creation Pt. 1

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This week we’ve got a new G.E.C.K. Quick Tip on the basics of weapon creation. In this video, Level Designer Phil Nelson takes you through the steps of modding a Combat Shotgun to make it a Grenade Launcher.

Take it away Phil…

One of the more robust systems in Fallout 3 is the one we use for weapon creation, which makes it easy for the rapid prototyping and production of unique weapons. With this system, designers can whip up a new weapon quickly and have a good amount of time left for testing and balancing them. The end result: more kick ass weapons get into the game.

Our first Fallout 3 DLC, Operation: Anchorage, is an excellent example ohow we were able to create some great weapons, like the Gauss Rifle, in a short period of time. This also happens to be my favorite G.E.C.K. system to abuse, which is why I decided to do a tutorial on the basics.

To show everything in one video would take considerably longer then a quick tip would allow, so in this first example I show some of the easier steps and teach you how to turn our basic combat shotgun into a grenade launcher. I hope you enjoy it.

Monthly Favorites and Top 50 mods at Fallout 3 Nexus

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Looking for popular mods to try with the PC version of Fallout 3? Recently, Fallout 3 Nexus opened up a new section on their site listing the Top 50 most popular mods. According to DarkOne, the Top 50 “works off of a baysesian mathematical formula that is very different from ranking mods based on their total votes + total rating. Only files with 25 ratings or more are accepted.”

Additionally, the site tracks the top 5 mods for each month. Here’s the current mods that are getting the most votes for February:

  1. Fallout Mod Manager by Timeslip:
  2. Mart’s Mutant Mod by Martigen
  3. Coyote Reflex Power Armor by Renard (pictured)
  4. CRI-Squad Support by spinat
  5. Rivet City Texture Pack by NeilMc_NMC

Be sure to keep your eye on Fallout 3 Nexus for new Fallout 3 mods. As more mods show up, DarkOne plans to make the Top 50 list a Top 100 list.

What’s new at Splash Damage?

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Since we’re busy working with London-based studio Splash Damage on an unannounced title (no, we can’t say what they’re working on…yet), here’s an update on some news out of their office.

The 2008 Mobius Awards for advertising have been revealed, and the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars’ site, Stroyent.com, was honored as this year’s winner in the New Media category. Stroyent is just what you need if you’re suffering from…ummm, projectile dysfunction. Be sure to check out the hilarious video.

Modders and aspiring game developers might be interested in reading the March issue of 3D World magazine, where Splash Damage artist Paul ‘MoP’ Greveson gives step by step instruction on how to skin and export a zombie model. Additionally, on 3D World’s site, Paul has video tutorials on skinning a zombie in 3D Max. Also featured in the magazine, animator Chris ‘Hauser’ Bull covers working with MotionBuilder to create animations based on motion capture data.

Finally, in their first edition of “Currently Hurling Controllers / Mice At” for 2009, members of the Splash Damage team discuss their favorite games of 2008. Hey, there’s even a few mentions for Fallout 3.

That’s it for now. In the coming weeks/months, we’ll continue to keep you up to speed on what’s going on at Splash Damage.

January HOF Mods at Planet Elder Scrolls

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February’s here, which means we can look back at the Planet Elder Scrolls latest Hall of Fame mods. Be sure to check the following mods…

From Morrowind

  • GS_Seyda Neen Complete by Gianluca: This mod gives the port town of Seyda Neen a more authentic look — adding shops, a tavern, various homes, and more.

For Oblivion

  • Cobl by Cobl Team: Abbreviated for Common Oblivion, Cobl adds a world enrichment mod that adds lots of little things that enrich your gameplay experience, as well as a shared library that serves as a resource for other mods, and an integration tool that allows different mods to “talk” to each other. Read the full details here.
  • Martigen Monster Mod 3.6.b3 by TEAM MMM- Corepc, Dev_Akm, Shadowborn: A revamped version of MMM, which we featured on Bethesda Blog waaaay back in August of 2007…ah, memories.
  • RealSwords – Bosmer by waalx: The Bosmer module features an assortment of sabers, bows and arrows that can be wielded by any race, but that grant a bonus to Bosmers.

Congrats to all the new HOF inductees!

Around the web: Tasty wasteland treats edition

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Here’s more Fallout news/coverage we thought you’d be interested in…

We’ll start at Planet Fallout, where they’ve started State of Modding — a new interview series where they talk to modders within the community. The first two interviews, JaySuS and DarN are up, with more on the way.

Speaking of mods, if you’re looking for new stuff to experience in the game, Hellforge has a new feature on 50 Mods You Should Be Playing For Fallout 3. Topping the list is the Enclave Commander mod by that we featured earlier this year, followed by Weapon Mod Kits, which we just featured today.

There’s a couple interesting articles elsewhere worth reading. At IGN, Rus McLaughlin has put together an  eight-page History of Fallout feature — that discusses the franchise all the way back to its Wasteland roots. Meanwhile, Clive Thompson reacts to post-apocalyptic atmosphere of Fallout 3 in a column for Wired. Here’s a snippet:

“The big difference with Fallout 3 is that it depicts — with remarkable fidelity — a city that actually exists, and that I’ve often visited. When I emerged from Tenleytown Station, I knew what it was supposed to look like: a bustling city scene of briefcase-toting wonks, trucks delivering packages, people buying coffee at corner stores. When I visited the location in Fallout 3, I saw nothing but the rusting hulk of a bombed-out blue car, with smoke billowing over the buckled asphalt and buildings as brittle as fall leaves”

On a lighter note, I suggest checking out 1Up Editor Kurtis Seid’s blog on entitled, “What I eat when I play Fallout 3.” Check out the brahmin feast above. Mmmm…..brahmin!

Weapons Modification mod impresses developers

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In about a two minute span, I received emails from five developers about how awesome Antistar’s Weapon Mod Kits is, saying, “Whoa…you have to put this up on Bethblog!”

As the title suggests, Weapon Mod Kits allows you to trick out guns found in the wastleland with silencers, extended magazines, auto-fire mechanisms, laser sights and scopes.

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Update on The Elder Scrolls Fan Union

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Back in June, we posted about The Elder Scrolls Fan Union, who were working on a Morrowind mod project to bring community members into the game as NPCs. I recently checked in with members from the site about their progress and received the following email (thanks Ibis), written by BGS forum member redsrock.

If you’re interested in joining the project, head here.

Take it away, Redsrock…

The TESFU Town Mod Project is going rather well. Somewhat naturally slow due to us not having a whole lot of modders on the job, but as they say…slow and steady wins the race. And for what we lack in numbers we more than make up with quality. Ibis at the helm is doing a tremendous job of keeping everything organized, as well as keeping tabs on everyone else’s duties. She is truly a wonderful Director/modder, and the mod definitely wouldn’t be alive without her.

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Fallout 3 mods to check out

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It’s been a while since we featured some Fallout 3 PC mods. Visiting Planet Fallout, Fallout 3 Nexus, and our own modding boards, I’ve come across some pretty cool stuff.

I’ll begin with our forums, where pirate_phil has released his Vault Dwellers Survival Perk Pack. The mod features 10 new perks, complete with new Vault Boy imagery (like Old Father Time Perk shown above). To download it, head over to Fallout 3 Nexus.

Also worth checking out at Nexus is Martigen’s Mutant Mod that makes creatures and NPCs more unique throughout the wasteland. Check out some of the features below:

  • Every creature and NPC is unique with its own stats, size, confidence, health, damage and even skin (texture)
  • Creatures and NPCs suffer improved wounding effects such as visible bleedng and statistic penalties
  • Creatures and NPCs can loot the corpses of fallen enemies, after which you can find this loot if you kill them
  • Creatures and NPCs have improved behavioural AI based on class — in any given group some may be aggressive towards you, some may be ambivalent, and others may avoid you outright.
  • Configurable increased spawns allow you tailor how many creatures and NPCs spawn in the game at any given spawn point
  • Improved faction system to better reflect inter-faction relations and ensure the player isn’t the center of the universe
  • New creatures and NPCs to add variety to the wasteland — all hand-crafted with their own stats, abilities, loot, weapons, textures and in some cases scripted AI behaviour.

Martigen’s Mutant Mod is currently in beta and can be discussed here in our forums. While you’re at it, you might also want to check out his Increased Spawns mod to add a little more challenge to your game.

For more mods, hit the jump below…

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G.E.C.K. Quick Tips #2: Enclave Bunker Kit & Snap to Reference

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In our continuing series of tips for using The G.E.C.K., Fallout 3′s PC editor, Level Designer Jeff Browne put together the following video, entitled “Bunker Kit & Snap to Reference.”

Below is a quick note on the video from Jeff about the video:

Because of the scope of our games, it’s necessary for our artists to build robust, flexible kits that allow us to re-use a relatively small number of assets in a wide variety of combinations. Thanks to these kits, level designers can create unique Vaults, offices or utility areas without the need for specialized art.

Learning to work with a new kit can be a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process. Kits are composed of inter-locking pieces and it can take a while to get accustomed to the nuances of working with each one. The Enclave Bunker Kit is relatively small, but working with it can be as difficult as the larger kits. In this video, I explain the kit and how it’s to be used. This tutorial will also teach you how to work quickly with Reference Snapping.

A Post-Inauguration-Post-Apocalyptic Blog Post

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Yesterday our office was closed in celebration of (and to avoid a chaotic travels due to) President Obama’s Inauguration. While around 2 million people watched from the National Mall, MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo decided to visit what’s left of the Mall playing Fallout 3. A cool idea, but maybe he needed a modder to add a couple million Super Mutants.

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I wish I could find a good pic of the Mall after the two million people left. Might look closer to the image from Fallout 3.