Fallout 76

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You wanted winter to come to Appalachia? We finally brought it to you!

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This global-conversion mod turns Appalachia into winter wonderland with Christmas trees, festive lights, decor and whole lot of snow everywhere!

Important note: This mod is a work in progress, early access version. There are some areas of the game that aren't winterized properly as of yet and you may encounter snow on the inside parts of the buildings and interiors. Unfortunately, this is not something we can reliably fix in absence of full plugin-level modding support, so that's going to stay this way until Bethesda will offer such functionale and until we will use it to our advantage. Nevertheless, we encourage you to brave Appalachia in winter and have fun exploring the winter wonderland!

Please follow the installation instructions carefully and install the latest version of the mod before reporting any issues.

Main Features
  • Snowy landscape
  • Christmas lights and decor everywhere! (This is optional, if you're not in a festive mood :D But try it and it will definitely come to you!)
  • Reshade preset for more immersive visuals  - Many people have been asking why it is so desaturated, here's the deal: The lighting in game at certain conditions make the image look a bit too colorful for winter, the reshade makes the parasitic colored lighting less visible and the snow looks more realistically white this way.
  • Altered sounds of nature and even footsteps and ambient wildlife sounds (Which are almost nonexistent during winter, so we removed 'em)
  • New! Experimental snowfall - greatly adds up to the atmosphere of winter Appalachia! Be aware: this is still an experimental feature, you might encounter performance hits and visual inconsistencies. We're working on it, stay tuned for the updates!

Recommendations List
  • Reshade - mandatory download in order to use our reshade presets included as optional files. With our reshade the lighting in the game becomes much more suitable for winter conditions. Here's a good video-tutorial on how to install and use Reshade
  • We also recommend to play without grass for more immersion (there still will be brambles and some lesser vegetation, but not too much). Just add this to your fallout76custom.ini:

1. Extract the ba2 files from the main archive you've downloaded to your Fallout76/Data folder.
2. Check whether you've got the Fallout76Custom.ini file under Documents/My Games/Fallout 76 folder, and if not, create it.
2a. If you've just created the .ini file, you need to open it and input this string in it: [Archive]
3. Find sResourceArchive2List = line under the [Archive] section of your Fallout76Custom.ini or type it down if there is no such line.
4. Add  " ,Sn_M.ba2 , Sn_T.ba2, Sn_Snd.ba2, Sn_Upd.ba2" to the end of the sResourceArchive2List  line.
4a. If you've downloaded optional decor, add
 ,Sn_Dec.ba2" to the end of sResourceArchive2List line.
4b. If you've downloaded SnowFall module, add ,Sn_F_M.ba2" to the end of sResourceArchive2List line.

5. If you've downloaded the main menu video replacer, unpack it to your Fallout76/Data folder. The video does not contain any sounds, but the main menu music can be changed if you'll follow the next steps.
5a. To change main menu music theme to BoS one (suits our main menu vid quite well!), add this to the beginning of your Fallout76Custom.ini:
sMainMenuMusic = Data\Music\Special\mus_special_bos_maintheme.xwm
5b. To change main menu music theme to Wastelanders theme, add this to the beginning of your Fallout76Custom.ini:
sMainMenuMusic = Data\Music\Special\mus_special_wastelanders_maintheme.xwm

6. If you're installing an update, make sure to replace all the existing files with new ones on prompt! 

7. If you're installing Reshade, please check if you use the SFE mod. If you do (because you probably use other awesome mods like Perk Loadout Manager or Text Chat), you will need to follow the next few steps in order to avoid compatibility issues.
7a. Install Reshade software according to the video we provided above in the recommended mods and software section.
7b. Rename dxgi.dll in the Fallout76 root folder (that file comes with the Reshade) to d3d11.dll - Reshade will still recognize it just fine.
7c. Reinstall SFE - it will have its own version of dxgi.dll in your game's folder now. This way both of the utilities will work alongside each other.
7d. If you want darker image with more contrast and sharpness, Reshade 2 (the newer one) is your choice. Be aware, it may look a bit dark at nights.
7e. If you want more washed out and lighter image, you can use old Reshade preset. It's a bit bright during daytime, but perfect for nighttime at the same time.

Technical Note: as of now, we can't make LOD to work properly, so it might lead to some immersion-breaking issues with trees and rocks in the distance being different from what you'll see up close. We just don't have the tools for this game to make it possible. Also, the weather effects can't be altered while we don't have full modding support and can't use plugins. We apologize for inconvenience, but all we can do now is wait for Bethesda to implement full mod support.

Note: Only you will see this retexture in your game, other players will still see textures they have in their game, so it's just for your own aesthetic pleasure and screenshotting purposes.

Special thanks to vivec7 for making snowfall possible! He was working really hard on that feature and our mod wouldn't be that great without his work!

Special thanks to HULKHOD3N for their awesome Project Reality Footsteps FO4 mod, and to everyone who supported us with their kind words during these 1.5 months of work we spent on this mod!
Special thanks to my friend ICELAIN for his help in finding and catalogizing the assets subject to winterization all across the Appalachia.

If you liked this mod, please click the "Endorse" button and also check out other mods from Rigell and Tantrano:

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No more skeletons - Appalachia Automated Coroner's Service
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A.W.R. - All Wallpapers Retextured
Thanksgiving Furniture and Display Fancy Retexture
Communal Fire Pit revamped
Chemistry Stations Revamped
Revamped Frames and Paintings
HD Vanilla Posters - Hot Pinups - Clean Poster Frames
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Clean Dark Metal and Glass
Camp Modifications Enhanced
Fancier Fancy Bar Set and Nukashine Barrels

Fancier Fancy Furniture
Fancier Fancy Bed
Clean Appliances Bundle
Clean Undamaged Modern Fireplace
Shiny Nukashine Wallpaper
Nuka Girl Cutouts HD
Vending Machines Revamped
Grey Metal Tinker's workbench
Power Armor Stations Revamped
Undamaged Roofs
Dark Brown Wood Laminate
Nuka Machine and Door Clean Retexture
B.W.V. - Better Wallpaper Variety

Rigell's Power Armor mods:
Dark HellCat PA Retexture
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Dark PA Frame and Jetpack
Armor Ace PA Retexture Bundle
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Nukashine X-01 Paintjob Revamp
AXPR - Assorted X-01 Paint Replacer
EXPR Plus (Excavator PA Paintjob Replacer)

1. Remove the corresponding files from your Fallout76/Data folder
2. Remove the corresponding filenames from sResourceArchive2List string of your Fallout76Custom.ini file

Currently Bethesda has made a note that the use of mods may lead to game improperly functioning. You can read it here: https://help.bethesda.net/app/answers/detail/a_id/44429/kw/mod
It should be noted that this mod is a simple texture replacer which offers the player no benefit or advantage over other players while playing Fallout 76.
Use this mod at your own risk, though.
On the bright side, no one has ever been banned for using our mods. Tens of thousands of downloads and counting, we have yet to hear one complaint about bans for our mods usage.