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Benny Returns by geekminxen
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Added: 22/11/2011 - 04:34AM
Updated: 23/10/2013 - 11:33AM

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Description

Last updated at 11:33, 23 Oct 2013 Uploaded at 4:34, 22 Nov 2011

UPDATE (10/23/13)
I am attempting an update of this mod. There are several things I wanted to do to it but just didn't know how, and people have made some very good suggestions for adding to it, so I'm cracking it open again. I don't know how long it will take or how much will get added, but if you have any suggestions, please either post here or PM me. I appreciate all input!

UPDATE (8/7/12)
Version 1.6 is posted. See below for changes. If you already have version 1.0 or 1.5 installed, copy over the .esp with the 1.6 version. You don't have to copy over the sound, texture, or mesh folders if you're just updating to 1.6. New readme is posted with solutions for the double-perk/game freeze problem. [NOTE (8/7/12): Miidian13 has discovered that this update only works with save games previous to entering Benny's suite at the Tops. If you've already been there, when you run 1.6 the suite will glitch (most of the furniture moves to one spot-- it's not pretty). You'll need to start 1.6 with a save where you haven't been to the 13th floor yet, or just stick with 1.5 if the non-sandboxing and gaps in the walls don't bother you. Sorry, folks!]

I still don't intend to make any further changes/additions to this mod, but I said that before. ;) BUT if you find something horrible hidden in the code that I haven't found yet-- i.e., if you find something that breaks the mod or the quest-- *please* let me know and I'll do my best to sort it out.

I am very grateful to everyone who's downloaded this mod and given it a try, and to everyone who has endorsed it!

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Were you disappointed that Benny disappeared from the game after escaping from the Fort, and after planting the idea in your head that you could team up to take Vegas for yourselves? So was I. This mod remedies that tragic oversight by letting you make arrangements to meet up with Benny back in the Mojave and take him on as a companion in your quest to liberate the Strip from all comers.


CHANGES FROM 1.5 TO 1.6

Benny now sandboxes when you fire him back to his suite at the Tops. He wanders around from room to room chainsmoking, which seems terribly appropriate for him. I caught him sleeping once, too. He's enabled to do several different things, but whether he'll actually do them remains to be seen. This is Benny we're talking about, after all.

Also, a lot of the "sprucing" of the 13th floor of the Tops from the last version is gone now. Basically either I or the geck (I'm leaning toward blaming the geck, since this seems like the sort of thing it does occasionally) moved the entire floor a little to the right, creating some gaps around door frames. Fixing this came down to deleting all changes to the cell. I re-removed a few stains and turned the shaper the right way around in the workshop, but other than that, sacrificed the cosmetic changes for the architectural ones. Sorry if anyone misses the hula girl. ;D


CHANGES FROM 1.0 TO 1.5

A small quest added, given to you at the Tops by a new Chairmen, including a few new (voiced) NPCs, a (hopefully nice) reward, and a little bit of backstory for Benny

Amazing floating mountains near the 188 are fixed

Duplicate records removed/mod cleaned

His idle chatter fires more often (every four minutes instead of every seven) so he's not so quiet

Benny's Tops suite has been spruced up a little, including the workshop

Weirdo blank line at the beginning of dialogue choices removed

Now has an idle chatter line specific to the Courier's gravesite (thanks, jamiethe, for pointing that out!!), and in addition can no longer say anything really embarrassing over your grave like, "Too bad a conjugal visit here isn't practical." Sorry, Black Widow Couriers, if you already got whammed with that one. :>

Since the stealth boy option never worked reliably, it's been removed as option; you just need to untie him now (if you're having trouble getting out of the fort alive afterward, see Suggestions, below)

Travel marker added outside of the Tops

A bat file to reinitiate your meeting with Benny at the Fort so you can use the mod in a game where Benny has been killed, with thanks to Jaasce who figured out how to do it and kindly let me know!


DESCRIPTION

First and foremost, a huge thank you to llamaRCA and all the modders who contribute their time and knowledge on the nexus forums. I wouldn't have even tried to mod, let alone gotten one this far, without their help. Special further thanks to llama for indulging my zillions of questions, troubleshooting, playtesting, and letting me dissect her own mods for the structure and scripting of this one. I have stood on the shoulders of giants, and this mod would literally not exist if it weren't for her. I dig ya, lady!

Also, this mod is in no way meant to replace or usurp drg6525's planned Benny mod. I don't know what I'm doing. Drg6525 does. This is just meant as a way in the meantime to have a voiced Benny following you around, mouthing off about anything and everything, and generally being his charming and obnoxious self. :)

So:
After freeing Benny at the Fort, you can find him at the 188 Trading Post (which seemed to me the closest safe zone to the Fort). After your initial conversation with him, he automatically becomes a companion. If fired, he goes back to his suite at the Tops. You can also fire him back to the Lucky 38 once you have access to the suite there.

He functions like a vanilla companion and will upgrade his equipped clothing and weapons when you give him better stuff, heal after battle, and make random and site-specific comments as you travel together. He'll also loot good stuff off of corpses, like the resourceful tribal he is. :)

If you're a Black Widow courier and intend to use the perk on him at the Tops during the Ring A Ding Ding quest, you might want to be sure to activate the mod before you meet him there as it has a slight effect on the note he leaves you. If not, you can activate the mod right before entering the Fort the first time, after vanilla Benny has fled the Strip. You can also just activate it whenever you like, as long as it's running by the time you talk to him at the Fort.

:::IMPORTANT:::

When you free Benny from Caesar's tent, make sure he gets all the way to the drawbridge (and either goes through it or does that glitchy in-and-out fading thing he does) or the mod instance of him won't fire. (I.e., if you fast travel before he gets to the drawbridge, he won't appear at the 188.) Don't wait around; follow him straight to that door and go through it yourself, then travel to the 188 as soon as you've cleared away enough enemies to do so. At the 188 he will approach you and initiate conversation. Do not speak to him first-- let him do his thing or you won't be able to hire or talk to him afterward. If you're having trouble getting him and yourself out of the fort alive and don't want to resort to console commands (gotta love killall), the changelog1.6.txt file has some suggestions.


FEATURES

Fully functional companion wheel

A robust but (hopefully) not overpowered companion-- he's had his stats upped somewhat to reflect his position as the head of a Strip family and is toggled to essential by default (feel free to change this in the esp if you wish, but I'm assuming if you're using this mod, you kind of want him around)

Fully voiced and lip synched (nearly 300 lines) with vanilla and edited vanilla dialogue (hopefully any repetition of vanilla comments and conversations won't be too frequent, or annoying. :> )

A companion perk that ups your luck and charisma

Access to his suite on the 13th floor, the Tops High Roller suite, and the Tops Presidential suite-- he's carrying the keys in his inventory

A hand radio that he gives you upon meeting you again after the Fort that lets you move to his location or call him to yours

Idle chatter as he follows you around the Mojave, with site-specific comments for some locations

He will wait wherever you leave him for any length of time

He is neutral, so he shouldn't refuse to carry or equip faction clothing and armor

A couple of RP characteristics, including sitting when the player sits and smoking while he's in "wait" mode

A few clothing tweaks, including cleaning up Benny's suit a little, adding an extra one in his Tops suite, and adding a female version of the texture

Special comments and *ahem* situations (repeatable fade to black) for Black Widow couriers, including the most obnoxious teddy bear in the history of Fallout (you have been warned)


REQUIREMENTS

FNV version 1.4


CONFLICTS

I don't know any specific conflicts, so if you have any, please tell me. :) Logically, he'll conflict with anything that changes Benny's scripting, and any mods that change his suite at the Tops will possibly eradicate his "fired home" marker.


KNOWN ISSUES

Nearby NPCs may continue their idle chatter during fade to black scenes, the inconsiderate jerks. Also Benny may get stuck with a "combat" expression after battle; just as with vanilla companions, talking to him will unstick the expression.

Sometimes after he greets you at the 188, you'll get the notification of being given his perk twice and then the game freezes. If this happens, and if you followed him straight out of the fort as recommended above, then try moving the mod down in your load list and toggling archive invalidation off and back on again. If that doesn't work and you're playing with a Steam version of the game, make sure load loose files is checked in the data files section of the original loader (thanks for this tip, quantumbutterfly!).


INSTALLATION

Unzip, drag and drop the esp and folders to your Data file (if you need the bat file, see the readme). Delete them to uninstall.


LOAD ORDER

Put the bennyreturns.esp in your load order with your other follower mods, if any, or as low as you can without violating the requirements of any other mods.


BUGS

If you find any bugs, PLEASE let me know. I tried to make sure everything worked, but the best laid schemes of mice and Chairmen gang aft agley. :)


CREDITS

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded this mod, and everyone who's endorsed it. I also appreciate how many of you have jumped into the discussion thread to help me and other players with some of Benny's "quirks" (read: my mistakes). And thanks to those who've uploaded screencaps!

And again I gotta thank llamaRCA for the hours of combing through my helpless scripting to bring this mod to the light of day. Also thanks to the modders who answered my questions on the Nexus forums, and specifically to Jaasce & jamiethe for tremendously valuable help; and to tnu, nivea, QuintonBeck, fronz, DeZako, Felddoon, Shantih, eliralena, eonblue174, simplywayne90, ossidiana, someguynamedjoe, TrinXaS, and MajikMoshos for wanting and supporting the idea of a Benny companion mod. And drg6525 for your mod, which I'm still looking forward to. :)

Special thanks to my dear YptoGink for taking time out of his insanely busy schedule to playtest this mod and do his best to break it. Repeatedly. Special thanks to the wonderful Memai who, besides being a fantastic artist, also helped playtest the 1.5 version.

Thanks to YptoGink, JusticeHand, ScottieCamp, and Sage for voice acting. Couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you to jamiethe for his neat video review.

Thanks Bethesda for giving us the game and the GECK with which to play in it.


PERMISSIONS

It is my fondest hope for this mod that others with greater skill, experience, and/or ideas take this mod, use it as a base, and run with it. Want more/different quests? Add 'em. Want to expand or delete dialogue, go a different direction entirely with the story, *anything* differently from what I've done? Please, feel free! I only ask three things:

*Please credit me as having gone to the trouble to make the mod in the first place XD

*Please credit llamaRCA for combing through tons of scripts and spending so much time helping me fix and finish the mod

and

*Please let me know when and where your mod is downloaded so I can play with it, too!