Oblivion

About this mod

Another Oblivion Overhaul. This one is meant to keep the game as close to vanilla feel as possible while improving on various aspects of the game. Examples: No more hordes of bandits and marauders in daedric or glass armor, adjusted level scaling of NPCs, lower level enemies don't dissapear, new armor variations and more smaller and greater changes

Requirements
Permissions and credits
Changelogs
Donations
1) Description
2) Introduction
3) What has been changed/done?
4) Incompatibilities
5) Installation
6) Trivia
7) Credits

Starting a new game/save is highly recommended after installing this mod, as some changes may not be properly applied with existing saves.
(This also applies if you change from any version of ZOO to version 2.1, as it introduces changes to the Shivering Isles.)

1) Description
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Another Oblivion Overhaul. This overhaul/compilation is meant to keep the game as close to vanilla feel as possible while improving on various aspects of the game. I hope for this mod to be appealing for new players, people who come back after some time to replay once in a while or people not interested in doing huge mod-lists, installations or configurations by themselfes.

To put it simply, I don't have the genius of Oscuro, the skill of Maskar, Arthmoor or the people who continued OOOs divine work, but if you feel overwhelmed by the "weight" of these overhauls and think you want something smaller that still gets the job done, this might be for you.

2) Introduction
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A list of features and changes can be found below at 3).

ZOO is based on Brashers Oblivion Overhaul and expanded with various mods, assets and edits from other modders and myself to provide an enhanced Oblivion experience that is easy to install and, hopefully, just as enjoyable.

Every feedback, especially regarding balancing and bugs, is very much welcomed, as everyone has a different playstile and I want the mod to feel balanced for as many as possible playstiles.

You may decide to additionally install Quarls texture pack and a mod that makes the faces look better (=> King of the Hill in that regard is OCOv2 (Load ZOO's esp after OCOv2)) then slap this Overhaul on top of it and you are ready for your first playthrough or revisiting the game while having a solution to the level scaling problem and improvements in other aspects of the game, together with graphical enhancements.
(The "grand list of graphics" is bevilex modlist, if you are ready to invest quite a lot of time.)

If you already have an extensive modlist but still want to add this mod, then I recommend that you (due to possible incompatibilities) move this one far up in the load order, as this overhaul may not look like it, but it touches quite a lot of things in the background and you would most likely want the other mods to win the conflicts.)

In any way, make sure to install this mod with any mod manager of your choice to easily remove it again, if you don't like it.
(And always keep a Backup if anything has to be overwritten, Wrye Bash mod manager is king here.)
(Another thing for Wrye Bash users: Fitting Bash Tags for easier creation of bashed patches have been added too.)

Manual install of the mod is of course possible too. Just copy the downloaded files into Oblivion's Data folder as usual and activate this mod's esp.


3) What has been changed/done?
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*) Adjusted level scaling:
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*) Creature variety:
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*) No artificially delaying quests because of rewards:
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*) Less frustrating and quicker combat:
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*) Less frustrating leveling up:
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*) New and diverse Weaponry:
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*) Enhanced and expanded enchanting:
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*) Unique City Equipment:
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*) Resized vanilla menus:
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*) Better spell icons:
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*) Enchanting arrows:
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*) Ayleid Well bonuses:
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*) Better thieving:
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*) More marked areas:
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*) Better looking Soulgems:
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*) New armor for imperial battlemages:
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*) Playable imperial palace armor:
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*) Diverse staves:
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*) Additional daedric armor:
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*) Even better thieving:
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*) Better pickpocketing:
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*) Populated tavers:
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*) Unused dialogue has been enabled:
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*) Noticeable skillbooks:
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*) Better conjuration:
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And various smaller things which you can find in the "Changelog" dropdown at the top of the page.


Please refer to the credits section below to find out more about where I got various ressources/ideas from.


4) Incompatibilities
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Very likely a lot. This mod may not look like it, but it touches a lot. Leveled lists, npcs, armor, weapons, creatures, etc.
If you take a look at the credits, you may figure out possible incompatibilities with other mods.


5) Installation
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Every Mod Manager for Oblivion should be able to handle this.

Otherwise you can easily install it manually by copying the content of the archive to Oblivion's Data folder and then activating the ESP in the game launcher or mod manager of your choice.

You may need to download and install 7zip if your archivar programm doesn't support .7z archives.
https://www.7-zip.org/

6) Trivia
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Why Zensalin's Overhaul if your username is Mixxa77?
Well, since MOO is already a thing, I went for ZOO, as Zensalin1 is another online username I use on various sites.


7) Credits
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David Brasher - Brashers Oblivion Overhaul.
Aestherus - Lower Level Enemies Don't Disappear.
tbsk - Local Guards Features.
Edocsil - Blackwood Ceremonial Armor.
Wikinger9048 - Brigandine.
Jester814 - Lightrider Armor Modders Resource.
Jeremy
Lancilotto
da mage
Ghogiel
Ryu Doppler
themythofstrider
Levithan
Phitt
Arthmoor and the UOP team - Unofficial Oblivion Patch.
antomi8 - Morrowindesque Orcish Samurai Armor.
Guinefort1 - Expanded Weaponry, Morrowind-esque Valkynaz Armor, Diversified Staves.
mirz619 - Steel Shield Replacer.
Trollf - Divine Shields.
Gorv - Gorv Ressource Pack.
Rotak - Realistic Misc Item Value.
Riklund - Diverse Effect Icons.
E2B2 - Lootable Merchant Chests.
a_saffin - Doomstone Map Markers.
Quazzy - Improved Soulgems.
Axeface - Archmage Battle Armour.
Wikinger9048 - Medieval Armor Resources.
mikegemini - Mikes Clothes Replacer v11.
oddbasket / constin - Oddbasket Imperial Armor Replacement.
SRJoben - Irresponsible Horses.
itsbooby - Inspiration for improved Faction Relations in his Mod "Bandits and Marauders will fight Creatures and Goblins".
ReteroX - Closed Ebony Helmet.
Aelius28 - As Silver Ebony and NPC Static Level
McMuffin - Daedric Lord Armor.
Bieder / Beider - BTmod.
gamingsrc - My Custom BTmod.
Sendoria - Noticeable Skill Books.
Mezlo - Wayshrine Map Markers.
Andragorn - Andragorns weapons and armors.
Oblivionuzer - Tavern-Goers.
Shadow-She-Wolf and Cliffworms - Idle Dialogues.
miguick - Idea for improvement of Idle Dialogue.
lubronbrons - Greed Snatcher (AoG) and The Advanced Reverse Pickpocket (AoG).
SPARTAN VI - Elderscrolls Font Pack.
DemonLord7654 - His idea of having conjurers wear different types of robes and clothing, as shown in his mod "Casual Conjurers".
zertualpro - Underworld armor.
ElderScrollsFan001 - Legion Dragon Sword and Shield and Real Black Bow Bandits Revised.
hatcher29 - Imperial Dragon Heavy Shield and Armor.
TheNiceOne - Soulgem Magic.
TheTalkieToaster - Enchantment Enhanced.
flyfightflea - Enchantment Restore Over Time OBSE.
kab, ZeRo2545 and GabryDX - Inspiration/Idea for multiple summons.
freeb0rn - Colored Map Markers.
coronerra - Coronerras Maximum Compatibility Skeletons.
amnes and Billyro - Remade Refined Legion Armor.