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Fallout 4-76 transforms the Commonwealth into an open world with all areas unlocked and no human NPCs for a quest free land of scavenging opportunity. Options to replace all humans with nothing/ferals/synths, rescue new settlers, spawn stalkers to grief you, dodge loot coughing nukes randomly launched at you.

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Fallout 4-76 transforms the Commonwealth into an open world with all areas unlocked and no human NPCs for a quest free land of scavenging opportunity. Options to replace all humans with nothing/ferals/synths, rescue new settlers, spawn stalkers to grief you, dodge loot coughing nukes randomly launched at you. 

Create the narrative for another survive, scavenge and rebuild experience with your imagination.
No quests, NPCs or Appalachian mountains needed:

EMPTY WORLD: a human extinction event has occurred. I am alone.

FERAL WORLD: the t-virus has crossed franchises, mutating irradiated human DNA into feral. I AM LEGEND.

SYNTH WORLD: skynet** controls old model hunter/killer synths to exterminate all humans. I am John Connor.

RAIDER WORLD: bullet in the knee time.

CUSTOM WORLD: use your own replacement actor.

This mod started as a griefing simulator with all human NPCs removed to explore some of the likely Fallout 76 game play mechanics waaaaaay back in June 2018, evolving into an empty open world to build dynamic systems that deliver unpredictable experiences. When you have done every quest and NPC dialogue to death, but still want to spend time in the fa-bu-lus Fallout 4 world ... try to survive and rebuild the Commonwealth whilst I AM LEGEND feral hunting.

Install this mod at any time in any game stage, from a new game start to main quest completion with any faction, and you are given a [ Fallout 4-76 Open World Holotape ] in MISC inventory after exiting V111. It does absolutley nothing to your game  until you are ready to select:

[ >>> ENABLE Fallout 4-76 Open World  ]

Baseline Configuration (one time changes)

(1) All placed or persistent human, ghoul and synth NPC references in the Commonwealth exterior are removed within 3 minutes* of enabling the OpenWorld. Then as the player runs around the world, all human, ghoul and synth actors that are triggered to spawn are dynamically removed when their cell loads, to deliver a nearZeroNPC™ experience. You do not need to do this in a new game, use any old savegame at any quest stages it really doesn't matter.

(*) this can take up to 10 minutes to process with all factions unlocked and 500 settlers.

(2) Most quest or key locked doors in the Commonwealth and internal spaces are unlocked or opened so you can access all areas without quests or NPC key holders. The Player is automatically granted ownership of any workshops as they are discovered. Fast Travel (including Survival) to and from Institute, RailRoad, NukaWorld and Far Harbor enabled (if DLCs installed). You can start a new game outside Vault 111 and go nearly anywhere in the Commonwealth without having to chitchat with anyone. Anything that is still locked can be bypassed with Open Anything by SKK.

Dynamic configuration Options (change as much as you like) 

(3) EMPTY WORLD  |  FERAL WORLD  |  SYNTH WORLD  |  RAIDER WORLD  | CUSTOM WORLD replaces all human NPCs with your choice. Populated in a radius around the player during movement to ensure they level. Options for timed respawns [1 to 64 game days] and headshot kills only. Replacements  will not spawn in owned workshop locations to spoil your arts and crafts. If you can’t handle the current replacements, no problem dynamically change the setting at any time. For custom replacement actors read Fallout 4-76 Define your own custom replacement actors. 

(4) GRIEFERS [ enables | disables ] an irregular random spawn of human or replacement griefers around the player to stalk you anywhere (interiors,  settlements ... they don't care). Leveling ensures this combat experience can start from the Vault 111 exit with a fresh player, growing with your ability. Configure different levels of hostile notification from silent, through warning message to map markers for comfort. If you don’t like these hostiles, no problem don’t enable them, or disable when you have had enough. Combine or replace with your preferred hostile spawn mods, such as SKK Combat Stalkers.

(5) NUKES  [ enables | disables ] occasional nukes to be launched at you (by griefers, a mad AI or your imagination) with 3 stage warnings [ Codes Released, Target Selected, Nukes Inbound ] for plenty of get-away time. Nukes leave legendary chance loot, dirty radiation areas and ferals (if enabled) behind which cleans up on the respawn setting. They will never be launched at settlement or workshop locations. If you don’t like nukes being launched at you, no problem don’t enable them, or disable when you have had enough.

(6) GriefProof PlayerUndead™  this facility has been disabled/removed in update 036, use the improved PlayerUndead death recovery by SKK solution which was developed from this.

(7) ROBOT VENDORS  [ enables | disables ] 7 new trade counter replacements for consumers who have to shop for stuff, rather than traditional scavenging and crafting. They may not all offer 24 hour service, but they do stock legendary items 'cos if you must shop, then do it properly. There is one centrally located doctor to cure your survival itches and scratches when you're out of antibiotics.  Plus new ! improved ! a  handy (geddit ?) Doc Drumlin is included (possibly related to the original Doc Drumlin

(8) SURVIVOR RESCUE  [ enables | disables ] radiant missions to rescue extinction event survivors from random locations around the Commonwealth to your nearest workshop. If you don't like the location just disable/enable to re-roll. Survivors health levels with the player.

If you use map fast travel whilst they are following you, there is a % chance they will get lost on the way so you need to go back and find them for the joy of foot travel.  On safe arrival at the target workshop, the survivor becomes a settler ready to work for you (no population cap).  The missions can run back to back when your establishing settlement populations, make random after 1~2 real hours if your scavving, or stop them if you are busy surviving and don't like open jobs in the log.

(9) VERTIBIRD FAST TRAVEL. After every rescue there is a chance that a vertibird pilot survivor will turn up and ask for help. If you say (No) they will never return, (Later) defers them to another rescue, there is no time limit to complete (Yes). If you give up searching for landed vertibirds (quitter) and didn't ask the pilot to mark them on your map, you can always return and ask again.

(10) VERTIBIRD WORLD TRAVEL. this facility has been disabled/removed in update 036, use the improved standalone Vertibird World Travel by SKK solution which was developed from this.

(11) SETTLER RECRUITMENT if you are too lazy to do the survivor missions, or want to customise boring vanilla settlers, build a 4-76 Settler Recruitment Radio [ Workshop Resources > Miscellaneous ] which will bring one standard (protected from 4-76 removal obviously) WorkshopNPC settler per game day up to the number of beds in that settlement. Your game Timescale setting will affect the real time this takes. You can also use the follwing 4-76 protected settler recrutment services SKK Combat Settlers spawn button, SKK Workshop Ownership Utilities population manager, Multiracial Workshop Actors recruitment radio ro beacon.

(12) WASTELAND SCAVVER dynamic loot and junk reduction. Options to reduce the amount of stuff in containers from 100% standard to 75%, 50%, 25% or Zero. Does *NOT* affect locked containers, Boss chests, Vendor stock, NPC actor inventory, or Scrounger/Fortune Finder perks. Also removes Gluey Glue and Screwy Screw items placed in the world by the same amount to make every desk fan and hot plate find exciting again (steady !). This is a dynamic setting that takes effect at first cell load or respawn time, change it as much as you like as you wander the world.   To help reduce base game respawn use the optional download file SKKEncounterZonePlayerLevelNoResetNoRespawn_001 put it high in your load order so it doesn't over-write any other mods that configure locations like workshops.

Known Issues, considerations & FAQ

(0) This mod is constantly evolving to deliver interesting new player experiences. It is probably not a good platform for highly invested player development or elaborate settlement builds, but, every release is scripted to update existing save games so you don't have to plod along on an old version with limited functionality.

(1) If you have a human companion that uses the standard companion slot, they will be protected, otherwise human companions may be cleared. Non human companions such as Codsworth and dog are always available. Use the SKK Unlock all companions mod to enable and protect any/all base game companions before the 4-76 conversion. 

(2) THIS MOD REMOVES EXISTING BASE GAME SETTLERS (except DLC01 robots). You will need to rescue or recruit new 4-76 compatible actors for your settlements, or run SKK Combat Settlers mod which can protect all existing settlers before the 4-76 conversion.

(3) If you want to protect any other companions or actors, use the PC console to select a survivor and enter [ addkeyword skk_476nodisable ]. Spawning mods will need to implement the keyword to avoid their product being automatically disabled (and replaced). The article Fallout 4-76 protect other NPC mods provides players and mod authors with all the info.

(4) When you first convert the world with replacements active, they are not populated in the active cells around you for safety. As you start wandering around the world they will appear over a minimum distance, but entering an uncleared interior space can get hectic. If you change the replacement setting [ on or off ] after the conversion, it only takes effect on movement when cells load and unload the actors in a 10K radius around the player. 

(5) With { replacements + headshots + respawn + griefers + all your other mods } framerates will suffer in busy spaces like College Square and outside Diamond City. That’s simply the compute load it takes to manage that number of angry actors and render their polygons. There are no fixes except to reduce or disable something, even dead bodies are an overhead. I use a shoot & scoot technique to draw hostiles out and reduce the render count in a busy cells.

(6) Headshot kills only apply to Fallout 4-76 generated replacement actor, not actors populated by the base game or other mods.

(7) Rescue survivors may need a couple of talking ats to clear out Eh? What? idle topics before they offer you the actual rescue pickup and complete dialogue. Sometimes they can get stuck bleeding out with no stimpak dialogue. Switch their stimpak/recovery setting off and on to change the dialogue tree.

(8) Base game Container_Loot*  level lists have been modified to add a ChanceNone global variable to manage loot spawning. If a mod later in your load order modifies those level lists and over-writes, the loot reduction setting will clearly not work. This is the first time an SKK mod could not script a workaround and had to change base game forms. Feel my shame.

(9) DLCs - whilst this mod makes Mechanist, Nukaworld and Far Harbor world spaces accessible, it does not neatly shut down all of the DLC quests, as it does for the base game, to avoid DLC dependencies. If running DLC01 Automatron install SKK476DLC01Patch optional file to fix GeneralAtomicsFactory01 interior PreVis.

(10) If you find any access doors key locked, blocked or inaccessible, use the AutoUnlock bypass feature post or PM me the DLC/Worldspace and 8 digit object ID (open the console and click on the item) to include it if missed. They are easy updates to publish.

Compatibility & disable

The mod makes ZERO changes to any base game scripts, items, actors, stats so should be safe to use with overhauls that do hack items, actors and stats around (not scripts, never ever use hacked scripts). Let's be super clear, I know with all your mod conflicts, load order nonsense, patches and mod induced issues skepticism is high, but this mod really does not make any base game changes.  Ahem, except those Container_Loot* level lists from version 021 onwards. 

The mod has no dependencies on extenders or DLCs. It's 100% pure new Creation Kit forms and wrapper scripts. As it performs major surgery to actors and quests the running world, unlike most elegantly engineered SKK mods it is a one way conversion and CAN NOT BE DISABLED OR REMOVED FROM A SAVEGAME.

(a) This mod is 100% compatible with any and all SKK mods unless an SKK mod specifically states incompatbilities, so READ FULL MOD DESCRIPTIONS.

(b) This mod is 0% compatible with any 3rd party solution that introduces human actors into the world, unless that mod specifically states it is compatible as the author needs to invest in compatibility script work.

Relevant & associated mods 

(1) Open Anything by SKK to bypass any locked door, terminal, container, elevator or animation.

(2)  PlayerUndead death recovery by SKK to keep on living.  

(3) Vertibird World Travel by SKK to travel between worldspaces without the quests.

(4) Mobile Workshop by SKK setup and build wherever you want 

(5) SKK Combat Settlers protects existing settlers from removal and helps 'em fight good.

(6) SKK Unlock all companions enables and protects any/all base game companion(s) from removal.

(7) SKK Random Encounter Manager adds even more random actors that fight each other at encounter areas.

(8) For the ultimate Feral apocalypse new game start suggestion: SKK FastStart new game (in 2 minutes) + SKK FastStart Settlement (pick a start location, the airport is great) + Fallout 4-76 OpenWorld feral edition (replace humans with ferals) + Zombie Walkers (more slow undead) + True Storms (more feral spawns) + Endless warfare (ghoul apocalypse). 

Human actor spawning mods known to be compatible

Missions Committee  
SKK Combat Stalkers
SKK Settlement Attack System
SKK Random Encounter Manager
SKK Instant Battleground

Nexus PC manual download installation

Copy SKK476OpenWorld.esp, SKK476OpenWorld – Main.BA2 and SKK476OpenWorld – Textures.BA2 to your ...\Fallout 4\Data directory, enable in the Bethesda mod menu, mod manger or whatever.

With thanks to  

RedRocketTV for new retro-future visual assets.
The voice talent of HadToRegister for the male aviator.
The patience of MrsSKK for the female aviator.


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(**) Skynet infection vector to Institute systems most probably via 1996 Bethesda XnGine code archives