Fallout 4

About this mod

Settlers should build their own damn houses (and farms, and shops, and...), you've got a Commonwealth to explore!

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TLDR: Allows you to build zone objects that tell the settlers what type of buildings to create in different areas of your settlement and they will do so. Includes a progression system, a more interesting settler needs system, and rewards to help settlements matter more. 

This mod aims to completely change the way you think about settlements. You'll now be able to create detailed, living places with minimal effort.
The ultimate goal: making every settlement a unique and awesome looking Fallout city, with perks and rewards that help you at every stage of the game.

Watch this Quick Start video before playing to learn how the mod starts and the basics on how to use it!

I'll be releasing several videos related to the mod each week, covering things like usage, future changes, and patch notes. There are already a ton of videos describing a lot of details on how the mod works if you want to learn some of the nitty-gritty!
Subscribe to my channel on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrJVV5zL_CBWD4KbAptNi7w to be notified when new content is released!

The Why

One of the biggest problems with Fallout 4, is just how disconnected the Settlement system feels from the rest of the game. Settlements lack that Bethesda game feel of exploration and progression, and so there's not much incentive to actually use the system.

It also feels bizarre that you have to micromanage all these people, and personally plant seeds and decide where people sleep - you're their leader, not their mother! 
You're supplying these people with security and tons of resources, why can't they kick in and help out with building up the city?

The How

In version 1.0, this mod adds the start of that vision by allowing you to place down zones (ala Sim City) that will make your settlers create buildings of the appropriate type in that zone. It includes a series of systems to help bring your settlements to life, and make them more dynamic and interesting to engage with.


  • Buildings are chosen at random and filled with random things depending on how you zoned an area. Using the basic types of Agricultural (farms), Commercial (stores), Industrial (factories), and Residential (homes) - you create a basic outline for your settlement using the workshop system and the settlers will handle the rest. Version 1.0 includes a large selection of buildings with even more on the way!


  • Every building has multiple levels of upgrades that can be unlocked over time to keep you coming back to re-explore your own settlements and find out what's changed.

Dynamic Needs [Optional]:

  • To help make settlements more interesting, the basic needs of your settlers change over time, making keeping them happy more of a challenge, raids less predictable, and the upgrade unlocks feel like they were earned.

Living Cities:

  • No longer will all of your settlers share the same boring life story, some of them will be flagged with interesting backgrounds, likes, hobbies, and quirks that play out in a visual story in their homes to make them stand out and feel like a unique and important person. 
  • Clutter throughout homes and some shops is chosen randomly both at creation and periodically when you visit them to really make them feel lived in. 
  • Furniture markers are placed throughout the homes and buildings so your settlers spend less time clumped up waiting for something to do and instead engage with your settlement.


  • To make the system even more worth it beyond the visual reward of the above systems, a tax system is in place to ensure the settlements can have a huge impact on your gameplay. 
  • In a future patch, tons of unlocks will be added in the form of special buildings and settler inventions that you can use while you're out conquering the wasteland!

Add Your Own Stuff:

  • The entire system is open-ended, with scripts and tutorials that allow absolutely anyone to add their own buildings, clutter, and stories to expand the system from their own mods. Check out the Builder's Toolkit page!

Bonus: HUD Piece

If you have the HUDFramework mod installed, you'll gain access to a Workshop HUD piece designed specifically to make the goals while playing Sim Settlements clearly displayed in front of you whenever you're in your Settlements. 

Bonus: Custom Workshop Menu

If you have Settlement Menu Manager installed, you'll gain a custom Sim Settlements menu that will organize the plots and any support pieces into a single menu. Settlement Menu Manager prevents custom menus from ever screwing up your workshop build menu without the need of an Uninstall Chem.

For a much more in-depth look at the ideas and systems behind Sim Settlements check out the video series below!

Creating Your Own AddOn Pack

If you're interested in releasing your own AddOn Pack of buildings for Sim Settlements or just contributing to the mod, check out the Builder's Toolkit which teaches anyone at all, even those with out modding experience how to do so!



Q - Why don't the items show up in my Special menu?
A -
 Watch the Quick Start Video at the top of the description.

Q - Can you create plots to use inside the existing buildings or in the Vault DLC?
A -
That's outside the scope of the mod right now, though at some point I will open-source the framework so the community can expand the system as much as they like!

Q - I'm having trouble with Commercial plots/Building Upgrades/Taxes!
A - Check out this video to get some background details on how the code works: FAQ Episode 1

Q - Why is this an ESM?
A -
Sim Settlements includes tons of resources for anyone to add their own stuff to the mod. While this can be done without parenting to Sim Settlements, it's a ton more work and will inflate the size of their mod. By making this an ESM, other mods can set this as a Master File and make direct use of some of the objects in Sim Settlements.

Q - Where should this go in my load order?
A - ESM mods will be naturally near the top of your load order. Since this mod doesn't affect any vanilla records, it shouldn't matter where it is. If you're using HUDFramework, that mod should be above Sim Settlements in the load order.

Q - Is any DLC required?
A - Definitely not. Everything was built using vanilla or custom assets.

Q - Are there any limits to how many plots I can build?
A - Nope, go nuts.

Q - How does this affect my build limit? 
A - Since this mod spawns in most of the objects, it actually bypasses affecting the build limit by quite a bit. The actual plot and the posts will count towards your triangle limit, but nothing else should. So you get a virtual boost to your build limit by using these!

Q - Will this hurt my frame rate?
A - For the most part, this won't affect your frame rate anymore than building a ton of workshop items would. There are a few shop models that have crazy amounts of high-poly clutter, so those might cause a dip - I will look into optimizing those for a future release.

Q - Why do the sleeping bags flicker in and out?
A - All items that are spawned by the plots are refreshed at each building stage, since the default build speed is now real-time, that happens quite rapidly. A workaround for the builder's beds may be added in a future update.

Known Issues

Moving plots in groups should NOT be done (picking up multiple objects simultaneously by holding down the activate button). Some of the position information in the code will not update correctly and you can end up with bizarre spawn locations for the building and furniture.

Some of the shoes and clothing in the Clothing Stores are a little boxy, had an issue with a nif exporter. It will be fixed in a future release.

Twisted Terminal bug: If you get to the museum and find the terminal at an unnatural angle, it may be covering up the holotape! To fix this, save and exit, disable the mod, reload the save, save and exit again, then activate the mod again. When you load back in to that last save after a few seconds the boxes, sensors, tape, and terminal should start spawning in to their correct positions.


  • While technically compatible, if you're using Don't Call Me Settler, I can't offer help with your saves. The mod was pulled from the Nexus because it can cause irreversible damage to your save, so if you run into issues with your settlers and are using DCMS, there's almost nothing I can do to help.
  • The Non-DLC UFO4P will cause issues with this mod. The authors of that have declared they are not supporting the Non-DLC version, so I can't either. If you don't have all of the DLC, I highly recommend NOT using UFO4P. Though if you already have it installed in your playthrough, it's not a good idea to remove it. 

Special Thanks (Be sure to check out their mods!)

VG - Demolitions expert! 
Del Chupenebray - Sound man!
Vicyorus, damanding, casputinmimaef for finding serious bugs and getting me the save files and reports needed to get everything running seamlessly!

femshepping and retrobabe for allowing me to use the rug textures from their mods
mm137 for allowing me to use the cat textures from Craftable Cats
eskanonen for allowing me to use Scrappy Signs

Ethreon for allowing me to use some of his stair models (and his TONS of contributions to Industrial Revolution)

DavidJCobb and Chesko for their papyrus libraries, without which this mod would not have been possible!

Cube for helping on all sorts of aspects of Sim Settlements, doing the tough jobs!

Sirlach for helping redesign some of the SS buildings to match our new standards!