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Rebalances the Blackwolf Backpacks for use with FWE, adds a new special vendor, and a full-featured shop, Han\'s Pack Shack!

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Update 4/26/2012 Wow, it's been a long time, hasn't it? It should come as no surprise that I am not maintaining this mod any longer. I hope you've enjoyed it, and I hope that the mentioned NavMesh bug I may have introduced at the time isn't much of an issue.

One day, some day, I'd like to revisit this using all I've learned over the past couple of years, but right now Skyrim is where my attention lies. I mentioned adding a quest line; this was primarily just an avenue for me to learn how Fallout 3's quest system works. I don't think that's necessary any more and falls outside this mod's intended purpose. I would, however, like to one day extend backpacks out into the wasteland via leveled lists. When I come back to the game (and that will happen at some point), I'd like to do that.

Thanks for all the fish,


Version 1.1 Update
* Fixed (shopkeeper) Han's AI. He now patrols around the shop, keeping it tidy. He's also quite a bit more dashing, if I say so myself.
* Han now goes to bed, locks the doors, and will shoot trespassers on sight, so beware.
* As part of balancing sneaking and trespassing, the shop lights will now turn off at night.
* The Black (Operative) packs have had their brown sleeping bags retextured to black, as well as black metal compasses, more befitting someone concerned about stealth.
* Toned down the brightness of the Field Medic packs, added some red styling.
* I edited the Roving Trader Outfit to add +10 Carry Weight, but it was not available to buy in the shop. That has been rectified. Roving Trader Outfits and various wastelander goggles and hats now have their own shelf space.
* Fixed a bug where the Roving Trader Hat would add +10 Carry Weight.
* Fixed a bug where Han and Gail would take quite a bit of abuse from the player before retaliating. Now, one hit is enough for them to turn on you.

[size=large]IMPORTANT INFORMATION[/size]

1) DO NOT USE WITH BLACKWOLF BACKPACKS 1.0a - Use this mod stand-alone only! Do not use with the optional "container" modules!


3) PERMISSION - Yes, I contacted bunsaki for permission to use the Blackwolf resources, which he was more than gracious to do. Thanks!

This mod is an attempt to take the fantastic Blackwolf Backpack mod by HarbingerSP001, balian, and bunsaki and better integrate them into the game. The primary goal of this mod was to make backpacks a key gameplay element with meaningful choices along the way. Backpacks are slowly made available as the player gains levels.

This mod is designed with the Harshest weight penalty of FWE in mind; using this mod with the lowest carry weight setting in FWE will bring your carry capacity slowly up to FWE default levels, possibly a little beyond.

I have also made the decision to de-brand the Blackwolf logo from the backpack textures, as I felt that made them fit better within the world.

1) 5 styles of the 6 Blackwolf backpacks, each with their own set of bonuses!

Nomad: "Dirty" burlap texture. Provides NO bonuses, and carries 10lbs. less than other packs. On the flip side, these are always available first, and are much cheaper.

Commando: Uses the Digital Camo design. Provides bonuses to Big Guns and Action Points (+2 to +5).

Operative: Black packs with stealth in mind. Provides a lockpick bonus (+2 to +5) and the smallest sneak penalty (see below).

Technician: Uses the ACUPAT design. Provides bonuses to Repair and Explosives (+2 to +5).

Field Medic: Uses the SNOW design. Provides bonuses to Science and Medicine (+2 to +5).

You'll note that I have eliminated the JDSF camo design from the original Blackwolf lineup for now, since I felt that there was an overabundance of choices here already. That, and the last thing this game needs is yet another item that adds a bonus to small guns.

Pack sizes are: Satchel (+25), Backpack (+35), Rucksack (+45), Trailblazer (+55), and Lonetrekker (+75). Subtract 10lbs. for Nomad packs.

2) New NPC vendor!

Han and Gail Douglas have opened The Pack Shack next to the watertower in Springvale. There, you'll find all the packs for sale. Han and Gail have daily schedules, and the shack itself should be Companion-friendly (it is navmeshed). Han doesn't react well to his merchandise being tampered with, so be careful...

3) Balanced by Level!

When you first arrive at the Pack Shack, you won't see much; one lonesome Nomad's Satchel occupies the far wall. As you gain levels, more packs will become available to you. You will see new releases from level 3 to 17, so check back often.

My philosophy is that the player can always get more caps; I think this is a better approach than making the top-rank packs extremely expensive. To get better packs, you'll need to actually play the game, which means gaining levels.

4) What was that noise?
The bigger your pack, the noisier you become. Players must strike a balance between how much they haul and how much they care about being covert.

Stealth penalties apply to all packs (except Satchels). Nomad is the worst in this regard (-10 to -40). The other packs still have their pre-war padding, and are a bit better (-10 to -30). Operative packs are designed for stealth and noise reduction in mind (-5 to -15).

Any bugs I am aware of were fixed in 1.1. Find something? Let me know!

I modified the Roving Trader outfit to have +10lbs carry weight, any mod that modifies that particular piece of armor will be incompatible. Any mod that changes the space directly to the right of the Springvale water tower will also be incompatible.

DO NOT use in conjunction with Blackwolf Backpacks 1.0a, as this mod uses that one as a resource, heavily. I have no idea what would happen if you tried to use it, so don't.

Should be fully compatible with FWE (as that was the intention in the first place). can be used with vanilla FO3 with no expansions, but you will end up with a crazy-high carry capacity by level 17.

[size=large]Future Plans[/size]

1) Backpacks in the Wasteland: I'd like to see regular Wastelanders and Scavengers toting around (level-appropriate) Nomad packs. This will involve releasing a compatibility patch for Project Beauty.

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Do whatever you want, just mention myself and the other authors when you do so.

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