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A successor to Benny Humbles You, this mod takes all the player's gear when they enter the Mojave, locks it in a safe in the Tops Presidential Suite, and gives Benny the key. A vanilla flavored way to get back your gear, without getting it too early. Includes Mojave starting gear overhaul, and two perks.

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Benny Humbles You is fantastic, and super important to a TTW build that still involves the player engaging with the Mojave's early game. Even with Weapon Requirements System (highly recommended) I still felt that my gear was way too good in the early game. OREO improved upon that by obfuscating the player's gear to Primm, and behind skill requirements, but I wanted something that was more about Benny, the guy who shot me and had the unimaginable opportunity to loot a player character. 

Steals Your Stuff conveys, by means of an off screen lackey, your gear to a locked (by key) safe in the Tops Presidential Suite. To get your gear back, track Benny down and take they key off him, one way or another.

The Humbled perk from the original mod has been changed to a flat +25% xp gain.*perk is optional
You can get this perk independently from or along with the Head Trauma perk. There are two versions of it: Temporary, and Permanent.

The temporary version of the Head Trauma perk is a substantial debuff to:
Health recovery, weapon spread, attack, reload, run and equip speed, AP recovery speed, and aiming movement speed.
AP regen penalty is x.65/.75/.9 until level 5/10/15, gun spread penalty is x1.35/x1.25/x1.1, and all other penalties are -10% until level 15.
There's no bonuses, just a debuff. This option obviously requires use of the reset level ini option.
This is intended to sort of debuff you in secondary ways to reduce your overall power level during the early game.

The permanent version of the Head Trauma is more dynamic, but much, much more severe:
Four of your SPECIAL stats are reduced by 1. You will be able to choose which three are spared. (This stat change may be configured to be permanent or temporary.)
All of your non tagged skills will be reduced by 5 permanently.
Additionally, your max health, health recovery, spread, attack, reload, run and equip speed, AP, and AP recovery speed will all be reduced.
This is a very substantial debuff, but you can reverse some of the effects! Receiving the Brainless perk from Old World Blues will cure most of these debuffs.

Your companions are also fired on the transition, to avoid the exploit of just giving them your stuff.

Your starting gear that Doc gives you has also been overhauled, since you're not getting your old gear at that point.
Here's the stuff you might get:
It's all balanced for the early game, to be SPECIAL/tag skill dynamic, and generally be items that Benny and his cohorts reasonably may have skipped looting off your body.

Junk/bulk ammo has been chosen for many lists, both to wear down your weapon condition further, pushing you more toward the Mojave's early game item economy, and as an abstraction, based on the idea that being buried with you screwed with your ammo.

In contrast to the raison dêtre of this mod, you can actually toggle off the gear stealing! Optionally, you can also keep holdout weapons only.

JIP LN, xNVSE, Johnny, the usual stuff.

There are a few things that can cause issues:
Almost Perfect is a horribly balanced, overpowered perk that breaks the character recreation sequence in Doc Mitchell's house entirely. I don't recommend it for balance, even without this mod. As such, a small file has been included to hide it and prevent it's selection. This does not fix the perk causing issues if you already have it.

I also strongly recommend against the option that removes your perks. Perk removal is a risky, imperfect venture, even in vanilla cases, and I think it should be avoided. I personally tune my build to reset my level and skills, but leave my perks be, and add the permanent head trauma perk.

Regular installation.
Strongly recommended for use with S6S Scripted Weapon Tweaks or My Esp-Free Nail Gun Tweak or any other sane nail gun rebalance that makes it a tier 1 weapon.

Compatible with TTW 3.3+
Incompatible with 3.2.2

Incompatible with Practice Makes Perfect.

There's a change in the changelog that I'm not seeing!
Check the version number vs the one that's currently available. Listing changes in the main descriptions and changelogs as they happen is the only way you're gonna get thorough info, I'll forget otherwise.
Why is Lucky in the starting gear list?

Put the key somewhere to just find without talking to Benny?
I don't really want to.

Demorome did the entire original Humbles You mod.
 did the original humbling icon. They do great icons, if you're not using Consistent Pip Boy Icons, you should be.
Falkrun for their feedback about the way the notes should be written to fit in with the game's writing style better.

Do whatever.