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Last updated at 22:31, 23 Sep 2017 Uploaded at 15:24, 5 Mar 2017
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Transfer Settlements is a mod that allows you to simply export your settlements into external data files called BLUEPRINTS, and also lets you import these blueprints back into your game using it in any of your savegames of any of your characters. And similar to Looksmenu or Bodyslide presets this mod also opens up a new possibility to share these data files on NexusMods.com as single settlement blueprint files that anyone can download and use with this mod.
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1) Install F4SE 0.6.0!
- copy ALL FILES AND FOLDERS from F4SE to your Fallout 4 install directory! Transfer Settlements requires the Data folder from F4SE, specifically Data/Scripts/F4SE.pex AND Data/Scripts/ObjectReference.pex!
- if you have any trouble installing or using F4SE please watch FALLOUT 4 Script Extender (F4SE) - Tutorial by Gopher
- and don't forget to run the game using f4se_loader.exe instead of Fallout4.exe!
2) Install HUDFramework!
3) Install Transfer Settlements
Use a mod manager like Nexus Mod Manager.
Extract the contents of the rar file to your Fallout 4 Data folder.
Enable TransferSettlements.esp using a mod manager or manually.
Ensure these lines appear in your ../Documents/My Games/Fallout4/Fallout4Custom.ini:
If you have trouble installing mods, check these tutorials by Gopher:
- Enabling Mods for FALLOUT 4
- FALLOUT 4: Installing Mods on PC (MANUALLY)
After installing the mod you will receive a holotape to your inventory called [Settings] Transfer Settlements which you will often find under the submenu "Setting Holotapes" without the holotape itself having the [Settings] prefix if you’re using item sorting mods. It is also craftable at Chemistry Stations under the Utility section. All features this mod offers are available through this single holotape.
Alternatively from v1.42 there's an optionally compatibility with Mod Configuration Menu (MCM) if you're using MCM you should find Transfer Settlements General Settings under Mod Config from the pause menu. The settings are still available from the holotape as well.
Use the holotape and follow the instructions in the game.
Load up your holotape at the location of the settlement you wish to export and choose Export this settlement to a blueprint.
On the next screen choose a blueprint slot from the list. These blueprint slots represent the numbered folders in your blueprints folder that is located in your Fallout 4 installation folder under Data\F4SE\Plugins\TransferSettlements\blueprints. So for example the data file for a blueprint in the first slot will look something like this Data\F4SE\Plugins\TransferSettlements\blueprints\1\bp_dante_abernathy_1702081950.json. So choosing a blueprint slot here will determine the blueprint folder you wish to use for this settlement export. Note that any previously existed blueprints in that chosen folder will be overwritten automatically so make sure you backup your blueprint files somewhere else if you want to export more settlements than the number of available blueprint slots.
After selecting one of them you can fine-tune the options of the export.
- Export original items (not built by the Player)
By enabling the export of original items you will export items that are linked to the settlement workshop but wasn’t built by the Player. Think of Shawn’s Crib at Sanctuary Hills as an example.
This is useful if you previously removed these items and want them back in your game. But in most cases you probably want to export only the items built by yourself.
- Export DLC items / Export mod-added items
Turning off the export of DLC items or mod-added items means you don’t want these types of items exported into the blueprint. By default these options are turned on since the import process handles missing DLCs or mods perfectly.
- Export farm animals (dogs, cats, brahmins)
The option to export farm animals lets you export dogs, cats, brahmins to your blueprint. Note that this will never export unique animals such as Maisie the cat or Clarabell the brahmin at Abernathy Farm.
- Export tamed creatures
The option to export tamed creatures lets you export various tamed creatures added to your settlement by cages from the Wasteland Workshop DLC or from mods that work similarly.
- Export marker-based items
Marker-based objects are settlement objects that are represented by markers in Workshop Mode. In order to successfully export such objects, Transfer Settlements can now optionally work within Workshop Mode, granting the ability to fully imitate manual settlement building. This was tested with ccmads’s Settlement Objects Expansion Pack v1.6.4 and Build Your Own Pool v4.0 by Akarnan but should be compatible with any mods that work similarly.
- Export wired power connections
This feature requires F4SE 0.4.1 or later and ObjectReference.pex from F4SE. Adding the wired connections data to your blueprint will require a fresh export with Transfer Settlements v1.41 or later. Checking this option will store the data for all wired power connections in your settlement.
- Export Sim Settlements items
This option requires Sim Settlements to be installed. By checking this Sim Settlements plots can be exported, building plans and upgrade stages are being exported as well so you will be able to import the same plot with the same building with all its currently exported upgrades.
Note that all of these options are available before importing a blueprint as well, so even if a file contains all exportable items, animals and creatures from various DLCs and mods it is always possible to choose to discard the same categories of objects and NPCs before importing a blueprint, just like you can discard them here. In other words you are never forced to import these optional assets from a blueprint if you don’t want to, but choosing not to export unnecessary items in the first place may result in a faster operation both during export and import.
START THE EXPORT!
Closes the Pip-Boy and starts the export process.
First the settlement will be scanned for assets that are actually valid regarding your export settings.
- Blue highlight = assets being scanned
- Yellow highlight = assets discarded by you
- Red highlight = assets that cannot be exported such as settlers or unique animals
After the scanning process has been finished the program starts exporting the remaining assets that are still highlighted in blue. An object turning into green means it will end up in the external blueprint file. Once the exporting process has been finished as well, you can read a report about the blueprint details. It is highly recommended that you make a screenshot of the report if you want to publish your settlement as it shows you the required plugins for your settlement. Alternatively you can always check for this data by opening the blueprint file itself using a text editor.
Blueprints are in JSON format which is an open-standard format that uses human-readable text to store/transmit data. These blueprint files are located in your Fallout 4 installation folder under Data\F4SE\Plugins\TransferSettlements\blueprints\ where each non-empty Blueprint Slot has a numbered folder with a JSON file in it. So for example if you export a settlement to slot 1, you will find the blueprint file under Data\F4SE\Plugins\TransferSettlements\blueprints\1\.
UPLOADING A BLUEPRINT TO NEXUSMODS
Publishing your settlement as a blueprint mod can be done in a few easy steps.
- Export your settlement as detailed above.
- Find the file.
- Make sure you pack the file with folders included. Your archive should contain the full path like for example F4SE\Plugins\TransferSettlements\blueprints\1\my_cool_settlement.json instead of just the JSON file. But do NOT include other files from the F4SE or Plugins folder! You should only include your Blueprint (JSON) file(s).
- Name your mod somethig like "... Settlement Blueprint" - this is important if you want users to easily recognize it to be a Transfer Settlements blueprint by the mod's name. Choose the category Transfer Settlement Blueprints for your mod and add the tag: Transfer Settlements Blueprint!
- After uploading the file to NexusMods and setting up your mod page, make sure you add Transfer Settlements as a requirement. You may also add F4SE and HUDFramework but this mod already covers those requirements.
- Make sure you add all other mods as well that are requirements for your Blueprint.
Load up your holotape again but this time your location doesn't matter. Choose Import a settlement from a blueprint.
On the next screen choose the blueprint you want to import depending on the number of the folder you copied or exported it to earlier.
After selecting one of them you will see a brief info about the file (blueprint format or popup message depending on your General Setings), then on the next screen you can fine-tune the options of the import.
- Show blueprint info
You can check the blueprint info any number of times.
- Import original items (not built by the Player)
By enabling the import of original items you will import any items that were originally linked to the settlement workshop but wasn’t built by the creator of the Blueprint. Another example would be Tato Plants and Melons at Abernathy Farm. Of course if the Blueprint doesn't contain such items this option is irrelevant.
- Import DLC items / Import mod-added items
If you don't want items imported that originate from a mod or a DLC, you can turn these off. Note that if you don't have those DLCs or mods installed the script will skip the items regardless of these options.
- Import farm animals (dogs, cats, brahmins)
You can keep this turned off if you don't want pets imported from blueprints.
- Import tamed creatures
You can keep this turned off if you don't want creatures imported from blueprints that are tamed by cages from the Wasteland Workshop DLC. Note that if the Blueprint contains this type of creatures they will be hostile until you power up a Beta wave emitter.
- Import or nuke marker-based items
Marker-based objects are settlement objects that are represented by markers in Workshop Mode. In order to successfully import or destroy such objects, Transfer Settlements can now optionally work within Workshop Mode, granting the ability to fully imitate manual settlement building. This was tested with ccmads’s Settlement Objects Expansion Pack v1.6.4 and Build Your Own Pool v4.0 by Akarnan but should be compatible with any mods that work similarly. In order to destroy such items in an existing settlement you also need to choose the 'Nuke settlement before import' option.
- Import wired power connections
This feature requires F4SE 0.4.1 or later and ObjectReference.pex from F4SE. If the settlement was exported with Transfer Settlements v1.41 or later it will most probably have the data for wired up objects in it. Checking this option will recreate those wired connections in your settlement.
- Restore snapped power connections
This feature requires F4SE 0.4.1 or later and ObjectReference.pex from F4SE. These are the snapped power connections added by the Contraptions Workshop and the Vault-Tec Workshop DLCs such as conduits and vault sections. Importing/restoring these non-wired connections will be automatic, the script will auto-detect connected objects and restore snap connections, so there's no need for a fresh export with Transfer Settlements v1.41 or later for this to work. By checking this option these type of connections should be restored even when you import a blueprint that was exported with an older version of the mod.
- Import Sim Settlements Plots
This option requires Sim Settlements to be installed. By checking this Sim Settlements plots can be imported. With this option only the type of the plot will be restored without the actual building plans or building upgrades. So if it was a residential plot on concrete foundations then it will be imported as a new residential plot on concrete foundations that can still turn into any type of buildings.
- Import Sim Settlements Buildings
This option requires Sim Settlements to be installed. By checking this Sim Settlements plots can be imported along with their original building plans. With this option only the type of the plot and the type of the building will be restored without the actual building upgrades. So if it was a Raised Shack then it will be imported as a new, level 0 Raised Shack that still needs to be built by a settler.
- Import Sim Settlements Buildings + Upgrades
This option requires Sim Settlements to be installed. By checking this Sim Settlements plots can be imported along with their original building plans and all of its upgrades. With this option the type of the plot, the type of the building and all the achieved upgrades will be restored instantly. So if it was a level 3 Sailor's Cabin then it will be imported as a level 3 Sailor's Cabin just like it was when you exported the settlement.
- Nuke settlement before import
Undoubtedly the most fun feature of Transfer Settlements is to erase your previous home in this spectacular fashion! Don't worry, the explosions are harmless. Kinda. :)
START THE IMPORT!
Closes the Pip-Boy and starts the import process. It will automatically teleport you to the settlement if your character is too far away.
The Import process will start by blowing up everything on your settlement if you've chosen this option before. Extra points for flying Brahmins!
Importing the blueprint is also quite fun as the script animates the objects in a way that each item rises up from below with some particle effect. The player will also express their happiness about structures popping up rapidly.
IN ORDER TO FIX ALL NAVMESHES AND FURNITURE MARKERS PLACED BY THE SCRIPT, PLEASE SAVE AND RELOAD YOUR GAME AFTER IMPORTING A BLUEPRINT!
The purpose of this menu is to give you the chance to turn off everything that is fun in my mod. Usually to solve performance related issues or to make the mod work faster.
- Highlight objects during export
You can turn off blue, yellow, red and green effect shaders on items during the export process.
- Scanning sounds during export
You can turn off scanning, skipping, error and success sound effects on items during the export process.
- Player comment during import
You can turn off Player excitement during the import process.
- Explosions while nuking a settlement
By turning off explosions, destroying a settlement will simply make items disappear instead of blown up.
- Animations during import
With animations turned on, items will slide to their places during the import process. Turning this off will make all items simply fade in.
>>> Items appearing from below the ground
With this animation items are raised from below the ground.
>>> Items descending from the sky
With this animation items are descending from the sky.
- Shut down generators during the power-up phase
Generators will be temporarily shut down while the import process restores electricity. Grately improves performance!
- Shut down generators while nuking
Generators will be shut down before removing a settlement. Improves performance!
- Turn off NPC AI during import
All NPC AI will be temporarily turned off during the whole import process. Improves performance!
- Electricity effects during import
Electrical sound effects, spark and occasional random direct lightning hits occur to jump start and power up electrical items in rainy/stormy weather. Turning this off will make power return to the settlement silently.
- Temporary storm to jump-start electricity
Regardless of this option, with electricity effects turned on random direct lightning hits occur to jump start and power up electrical items in rainy/stormy weather. With this option you can choose to summon a temporary storm to trigger this effect every time during settlement import unless you're in an interior cell of course. Nuka-World, Far Harbor, True Storms and Vivid Weathers are automatically detected and new storm types are automatically added to this feature.
- Blueprint style blueprint info
From v1.41 there's a new, in-game, blueprint style representation of blueprint data files. By choosing this option blueprint info can be seen as Book type objects that look like actual blueprints with 37 built-in designs to fit the 37 vanilla and DLC settlements. If you turn this off, blueprint info will be shown in a simple popup window.
- Multithreaded script execution
Transfer Settlements normally works with multithreading. This generally means that the script doesn't wait for a certain operation to finish before going to the next item to initiate the same operation. Turning off multithreading may solve performance problems or crashes if you experience trouble using the mod, however it slows down both import and export processes significantly. Note that you shouldn't ever turn this feature off while still using the mod with animations turned on!
- Press Settlement-Boy to start export/import
Pip-Boy is now simply closes itself and there's a new custom animation as well - you can watch the player pressing the Settlement-Boy instead of the black loading screens when you start an export or an import. By turning this option off the Player will simply close the Pip-Boy without an additional animation.
- Show Progress Widget in Pip-Boy mode
HUD widget can optionally be visible in Pip-Boy mode (which is quite useful since the export is usually much faster while your Pip-Boy is open).
- PRESET: Default
This preset is a reasonable balance between cinematic and rapid presets. It turns off item animations and shuts down generators for performance purposes during import but otherwise keeps most of the cool looking features of the mod.
- PRESET: Stable
This preset slows down export and import script execution and turns off all animation, shader and audio effects as well as multi-threaded script execution. You should try using this preset if you experience troubles while exporting or importing a settlement.
- PRESET: Rapid
This preset turns off all animation, shader and audio effects but uses the fastest possible, multithreaded script execution. You should use this preset if your goal is to export or import settlements the fastest way possible.
- PRESET: Cinematic
This preset turns on all animation, shader and audio effects. This is the default preset for the mod and you should use this if you never experienced any problems using the mod.
The mod is specifically designed to support any items added by DLCs and other mods to your workshop!
On top of that it also supports any custom settlements added by mods as long as those settlements are using the vanilla Workshop object placed in the gameworld through the editor. Of course in this case you will need the original settlement mod to be installed in your game to import the blueprint of that custom settlement.
The mod is compatible with Place Everywhere, and it is also capable of exporting and importing Scaling data! You can also force items to be imported as static objects by manually editing the blueprint file and changing the value 'RemoveHavok' from 0 to 1 on certain items.
The mod is fully compatible with Sim Settlements!
The mod is fully compatible with Chesko's Conquest mod!
The mod is compatible with most mods that add objects to the workshop that act as markers in Workshop Mode.
The mod is capable of optionally exporting and importing creatures tamed with cages from the Wasteland Workshop DLC or from mods working similarly.
Probably needless to say but Transfer Settlements does not support model or texture replacer mods. It will export the FormID of the original item regardless of the mesh or skin replacements.
Although I've been testing the mod for months, you should expect some unknown issues and the occasional crashes, especially during or after importing a settlement. If so, make sure you read my sticky post how to fix these problems and how to report bugs.
- Releasing Settlement Distributor, a Win32 tool that converts blueprints into standalone mods (esp + script) that do not require F4SE or Transfer Settlements - meaning you can build a settlement on PC and upload it to XB1
- Researching the possibilities of exporting settlements from XB1 without F4SE (no promises)
Expired6978 - huge amount of F4SE help
registrator2000 - huge amount of Papyrus tips, F4SE, C++ and HUDFramework help
ousnius - additional C++ help
Oxhorn - mod testing and awesome showcase video
Gopher - mod testing and awesome tutorial video
GroteGrottrol - mod testing and solving user problems on my mod page and on my discord server
Izaharia - mod testing
lasse1001 - solving user problems on my mod page
DieFeM - solving user problems on my mod page and creating the Transfer Settlements Blueprint Manager
kinggath - working together on mod compatibility and Papyrus tips
ccmads - working together on mod compatibility
timtimman - initial brainstorming
jonwd7 - mod title god
- B.A.E. - Bethesda Archive Extractor
- Visual Studio Express 2012
- Automation Tools for TES5Edit
- Caprica Papyrus Compiler
- Adobe Flash
- Adobe Photoshop