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Preface

Lost World is an experience focused around bleak visuals and hardcore survival mechanics in a way that attempts to capture the look and feel of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series in Fallout 4.  Everything from the music and audio to your starting arsenal to the combat difficulty has been adjusted to more closely resemble a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game.  This experience also comes with its own ENB preset custom-tailored to capture the grim, desolate visual style of the series.  So grab your backpack Stalker, and prepare to enter into a vision of the Commonwealth unlike anything you've ever experienced before.  This experience also includes a performance profile for those on less powerful hardware.  Please consider using that for a smoother but still consistently enjoyable experience if this applies to you.

My computer specs for reference:

CPU: i7-9700k

GPU: RTX 2070 8GB

Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB SSD

RAM: 16GB DDR4

OS: Windows 10

Resolution: 2560x1440

With this modlist, I sit above 60 FPS in every area that I can otherwise in vanilla. Even though Fallout 4 is a 5 year old game, it can still be very intensive on CPU and GPU resources, especially when heavily modded. Take this into account before starting to ensure your system is strong enough to handle everything being thrown at it with this setup. Also take note of the fact that no matter what mods you use, Downtown Boston will always suffer heavy FPS drops due to poor optimization of the base game. This occurs no matter how good your hardware is and how solid your modded setup is. There will be performance options detailed later in the instructions on how to run this experience for those on less powerful hardware.

This experience requires all Fallout 4 DLC (except the high resolution texture DLC which you should disable if you have installed).

Before You Install

Click below to expand As with any modlist, it is recommended you start with a clean install. Uninstall Fallout 4 through Steam if it's already installed (yes even if you already have a modded setup this is the safest approach) then proceed to Documents/My Games/Fallout 4 in File Explorer and delete everything inside that folder. Then navigate to wherever you have installed Fallout 4 (steam/steamapps/common/Fallout 4) and delete everything left inside that folder. Now you must install Fallout 4 in a non-Windows Protected folder (NOT within Program Files, Program Files x86, Documents, Desktop, or any other other protected folders on the OS/C Drive). The default install location for Steam games is in a Windows-protected folder Program Files (x86) which we do NOT want as it can cause many issues with permissions and read/write access to your game files. If you already have a Steam Library set outside this default location, you can simply install Fallout 4 there. If you currently only have a Steam Library created with games being installed to the default Windows-protected folder on your C drive, please follow the steps below based on whether or not you have a separate hard drive from your OS drive. If you have another hard drive in addition to your OS drive: * Open Steam and click on Steam in the top left corner then click on Settings. Go to the downloads tab listed on the left panel that opens and select the Steam Library Folders option. When the popup appears, click on the plus button to the right of any listed drives and then create a NEW FOLDER on any of the other drives (not your native C Drive where steam default installs to) and click select. A new steam library folder will be created on your other drive in this new folder (reference image https://imgur.com/KiuYDe2/). * Navigate to the Library section of Steam where all of your games are listed and click Fallout 4 then choose to Install Fallout 4 as per usual, but when prompted to choose an install location, specify the new SteamLibrary folder you just created on a separate hard drive instead of the default location on your OS drive and proceed to install as per usual. If you only have one hard drive for your computer (the OS drive) and your Steam games install to the default location in a Windows-protected folder: * Use this tool (https://github.com/LostDragonist/steam-library-setup-tool/wiki/Usage-Guide) to create a new Steam library in a non-protected location on the same drive as your current library. By default, Steam only allows you to have one Steam library instance to install games to on a single drive so this is the only safe way to create a new library outside protected folders for those who only have a single hard drive. After the new Steam library is created, install Fallout 4 from the Library section of Steam where all your games are listed and specify this new library folder as the install location. In either case, make sure you LAUNCH Fallout 4 through steam when installation is finished to allow the game to set registry keys and create the initial game configuration ini's. You should see a popup notifying you that the launcher is configuring your settings based on a preset that matches your hardware. After clicking OK to the popup, launch the game to the main menu and exit. Lastly, right-click on the listing for Fallout 4 in the Library tab of Steam and select Properties... Under the opening General tab UNCHECK the box next to enabling Steam Overlay in-game. Under the Updates tab set the first drop-down for update method from Automatic Updates to "Only update this game when I launch it" so that any potential game updates don't mess with your modded setup.

Installing Lost World

Click below to expand Download Wabbajack from the home page (blue download button) https://www.wabbajack.org/#/ Place Wabbjack.exe in a new root folder on one of your drives (e.g. E:/Wabbajack). Run this exe and then once Wabbajack is fully installed open it and select the big Browse Modlists button on the left. Search for Lost World among the offerings here. You can filter by Fallout 4 at the top to help your search. Then click the download button for the Lost World listing. You’ll then have to specify 3 paths for install. Target Modlist: Should automatically be specified after selecting this in the UI. Installation Location: The location where this modlist will install to. Create a new root folder ideally on the same drive as where you have Fallout 4 and Wabbajack installed and path to this folder here (e.g. E:/Lost World) Download Location: Will default to a Downloads subfolder within your installation location path. It is fine to leave this as is unless you want the downloaded archives to go to another folder/drive where you have more space which you can specify here. Avoid using Windows-Protected directories for all of the above (Program Files, Desktop, etc.). Click the Play button and if you are a Nexus Premium user it will all automatically go through everything for you. Otherwise you will have to click through and download for each mod.

After Installing Lost World

Click below to expand Once everything is finished Wabbjack will turn green and say Installation Complete. If you have any issues installing please ping me in the #lw-support channel on our Discord Server (https://discord.gg/strraNQxEQ) and I will respond ASAP! Now go to the folder where you installed this modlist to and open the folder within called Game Folder Files. Copy ALL of the contents within the folder named Game Folder Files to your game directory (where the game is installed; i.e. steamapps/common/Fallout 4). Make sure you copy all the contents WITHIN the Game Folder Files folder to the ROOT of where the game is installed (where the game’s executable is) (reference image if you are confused https://imgur.com/1Nu9KzL). DO NOT COPY THE ENTIRE MODLIST TO YOUR GAME FOLDER. DO NOT COPY THE ENTIRE GAME FOLDER FILES FOLDER TO YOUR GAME DIRECTORY! ONLY COPY THE FILES WITHIN THE GAME FOLDER FILES FOLDER! To actually play Lost World, launch ModOrganizer.exe from within the installation directory for this modlist. It should default to F4SE as the executable in the top-right corner of MO2 and then click the Run button next to the F4SE executable listing to play!

Game Folder Files

MCM Configuration/Actor Replacement Holotape

Click below to expand After starting a new game and exiting the vault, wander around the vault until you see this message appear that says “START NPCS Travel Version 295” in the top-left corner (reference image https://imgur.com/1Ol0lqb). It should take only a minute or two for this to appear indicating all mods have loaded in including NPCs Travel which loads last. If you are waiting a long time for it to appear and are unsure if you missed it, open your Pip-Boy and go to the Misc tab and the [NPCs Travel Config] holotape should be listed at the top indicating it loaded in but you just missed the message prompt (reference image https://imgur.com/DCCSG7Z). Once you see that message/holotape appear, you can continue below. Do not continue until this happens as all mods need to load in before you enable the MCM settings preset! Open the Mod Configuration Menu (MCM) by pausing and clicking the Mod Config option at the top. After opening the MCM, open the top MCM Settings Manager listing and you will see a listing in the right pane under the Presets section titled LW MCM Settings with an option next to it to apply which you should click now (reference image https://imgur.com/RS696Ra). Click yes on the prompt to apply the preset then reload the MCM when prompted on the left and now everything will go into effect! You can change any MCM settings per mod to your liking afterwards here but everything has already been set to provide the ideal, intended experience. Take the time to read through all the settings options in each MCM entry as things like hotkeys for the gas masks mod and positioning of its HUD elements as well enabling/disabling certain survival features can be configured here. SKK Actor Replace & Respawn Manager Holotape Enable this mod by activating it from its holotape under the Misc tab in the Pipboy. Now very carefully follow the steps below to correctly configure the mod to replace vanilla actors with custom actors from mods installed in the guide. * Activate the mod with the option that appears when you open the holotape. Then set everything in the initial menu as shown in this image (https://imgur.com/dqedtrh) and click submit changes at the bottom. * Click the actor keywords menu listed at the bottom after submitting changes and set it exactly as shown in this image (https://imgur.com/2l2iNjs) (the only change you need to make is to click on the last line in this menu for custom keyword files so it shows it as SELECTED) and then submit changes * Lastly go to the replacement actors menu and scroll to the bottom to change the custom actor file line to ENABLED as shown in this image (https://imgur.com/ZLf9BHk) and then submit changes. You can now close the holotape. Save the game, close Fallout 4 entirely, and then relaunch via F4SE in MO2 as per usual and load that save and now you can begin playing!

Important Tips and Solutions for Common Questions/Issues - BEGINNERS PLEASE READ!

Click below to expand -If you get stuck in an infinite black loading screen when starting a new game, press E, T, or Enter a few times or otherwise enter player.moveto aa764 in console (~). -If Lost World fails to load or complains about missing F4SE.dll, make sure you copied over the Game Folder Files (see Game Folder Files section above)! -I recommend the Medium preset for GMOW when prompted after exiting the vault (radiation only persists everywhere during precipitation weather)! As for masks themselves, remember you can craft filters in the universal workbench and check the MCM entry for GMOW to modify hotkeys, and you can drop the Gas Mask Database Manager item by selecting it in the MCM entry for Fallout 2287 - GMOW and then selecting it from the Aid section of Pip-Boy inventory and place any mask inside of it for GMOW to recognize it. -Lost World includes a patch for the universal workbench from Equipment and Crafting Overhaul. Grab this next to the vault 111 exit and you can construct just about anything anywhere so long as you have that on you. Disabling most mods in the setup may break this patch and newly-added items will not be included. Not all weapons/equipment can be crafted and some must be found naturally across the Commonwealth. -There are several premade player homes and new questlines/locations added for you to explore. Not all of these will appear on the map or as a quest in your pip-boy immediately so keep exploring and you're bound to come across some hidden gems. -This experience is not intended for power armor use. We've done what we can to debuff/remove any sets where possible and wearing a gas mask can result in you being stuck in power armor and having to reload the save, so be sure to remove your mask if you feel absolutely compelled to enter one. With resource management and other active effects there is no real benefit to PA usage in this setup. -Radiation is a deadly threat that can kill you in seconds. Always have a gas mask on you and filters for it. Filters can be crafted in the universal workbench as can masks. You only have to wear a gas mask in irradiated areas or during weathers with precipitation if you choose the Medium preset (which I recommend) but that option is up to you upon exiting the vault. You must equip a filter from the Aid section of the pipboy (this is not done automatically) and there is also an option there to wipe your mask of any blood splatters. I recommend hotkeying this. -The actor replacement and respawn manager holotape you run at the beginning replaces certain vanilla enemy types with new enemies from added mods. -Don't forget to take advantage of the stash behind the player home (where Codsworth is roaming in front of). It is buried under the far back fenceline and can be a bit difficult to find but just keep scanning the ground back and forth and it's there. -Some wounds require bandages to prevent bleeding out. -You can craft camping gear in the universal workbench and set up anywhere a fire, tent, and sleeping bag, like a true STALKER. You must drop the camping items from your inventory to "place" them for use and don't forget to pick them up when done! -You can butcher corpses for food and XP using the hotkey for Hunter of the Commonwealth (look in MCM settings for this mod to see or configure any hotkeys and don't forget to look at other MCM entries for configuration as well)! -Some mod-added armors (Krueger) have abnormally high DR values. This does not matter in this setup as it does very little to offset against the combat mods used.

Important Information About Lost World
(Optional, But Highly Recommended)

ENB

Click below to expand Lost World includes its own ENB preset that you placed in your game directory from the Game Folder Files folder after installing this modlist. If anything isn't to your liking visually, please check out my How to Configure ENB Presets Tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67F7oYvN8c) to learn how to configure any preset to your preferences. Important Note: This preset will lock your FPS to 60 max by default. This is intended as the game runs into issues running above 60 FPS even with High FPS Physics Fix. If you want to disable this, open the enblocal.ini in your game's root folderand change the line EnableFPSLimit= under the [Limiter] section from true to false. In order for this preset to look as intended for you and for the game to look as visually striking as possible, I highly recommend your calibrate your monitor both through the NVIDIA/AMD Control Panel (right-click Desktop and the option should appear, then for NVIDIA in the left side panel click Adjust desktop color settings under the Display header, and I'm not familiar with how to do this for AMD) and through Windows display calibration (reference image https://imgur.com/a/BYf4BC2; search for Calibrate Display Color in your Windows search bar or Windows settings panel).

Performance Tips

Click below to expand This is not a very intensive setup and should be able to run above 60 FPS on most modern hardware. My hardware is listed at the top of this page for which I am able to maintain a constant 60+ FPS at almost all times without any distracting FPS drops or extended stutters. If you are on older hardware (the kind that struggles to run any modded setup or even the game in vanilla) first try switching to the performance profile via the profile drop-down in MO2. Otherwise, you may want to consider the options below. General tips for saving performance on EITHER profile: * In the MO2 INI editor, set fshadowdistance= and fdirshadowdistance= to 5000 for both in fallout4prefs.ini * In the ENB GUI (open with the END key), under the Effects tab on the left, click the checkmark next to Enable SSAO so that it is unchecked and thereby disabled. The lack of AO is hardly noticeable in this setup, and it drains a lot of FPS having it on. * Simply disable the ENB preset altogether while you play by pressing the F12 key on your keyboard. More meant as a last resort as you will not receive the intended visual experience but FPS cap and other fixes from ENBseries will remain intact. * Set the game resolution to 1080p instead of the default 1440p. Open MO2’s INI editor and switch the isizeH and isizeW values to 1920 and 1080 respectively under the [Display] section of the fallout4prefs.ini tab (reference image https://imgur.com/f64WmSQ).

Buffout and Crash Logs

Click below to expand If at any time you crash while playing this setup, a crash log will be produced by Buffout in your Documents\My Games\Fallout4\F4SE folder and will be named something along the lines of crash-2020-12-04-23-32-30.log. Please share these with me in our Discord server (https://discord.gg/strraNQxEQ) and I will attempt to troubleshoot the cause. I haven’t come across any repeatable, avoidable crashes yet in the latest version of this experience!

ECO Workbench Patcher

Click below to expand Click below to expand Equipment and Crafting Overhaul (ECO) otherwise known as the modern day alternative to AWKCR/AE includes a convenient universal workbench which can be picked up right next to the vault after you exit (situated between two shipping containers just beside the vault entrance). After picking up the workbench, you can place it down anywhere by dropping it from your inventory and then interact with it to craft any item you wish without having to stop at an official settlement workbench. This modlist comes with a pre-configured universal workbench patch, but if you add or remove any mods you must create your own or disable the patch (last plugin in the load order). If you wish to create your own universal work bench patch you can follow the steps below: Select ECO_WorkbenchPatcher as your executable in MO2 and click the Run button to start it (reference image https://imgur.com/7Tga3No)! A command prompt window will appear asking if you'd like to run the patcher. Simply enter the letter Y and press enter. When FO4Edit opens, allow it to load all plugins by simply clicking ok on the module selection popup that appears. Once all plugins are finished loading a popup will appear asking to select options for ECO Workbench Patcher. Leave everything checked and click the New Patch button (reference image https://imgur.com/hfbOUrV). When prompted to select plugins just click ok which will add all other plugins as masters to the patch. Name the patch something appropriate like "ECO Workbench Patch" and click ok. Then click ok again and the script will start running! It should be done in under a minute. Once a popup appears indicating the script has finished running you can click ok once more and close this FO4Edit window entirely. Now back in MO2, your newly created plugin will appear at the bottom of your load order in the Plugins tab in the right pane. Be sure to check it on, and you'll be good to go (reference image https://imgur.com/YX1sMxc)! You can leave this patch plugin last in your load order. In-game, you should now be able to craft any items/weapons/equipment added to the game via mods within the universal workbench.

For whatever mods you install over this experience, you do so at your own risk/discretion as our support is limited only to what is available in the experience already. Do not expect support if you haven't read through this entire page of documentation or if you have modified the experience in any way.  Check out our Resources Hub if you want to learn more about creating your own experiences!

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