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Disables the ability to run backwards by forcing you to walk instead. Stand and fight or flee—none of this kiting backwards malarkey. Simplest implementation of this concept available on the Nexus.

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No Backwards Running
Oblivion Script Extender


This mod kicks you into walk mode if you try to run backwards. I know this has already been done, but such other mods do one of three things:

  1. Mess around with the player’s speed attribute or speed game settings, which can royally mess things up if the change isn’t undone properly.
  2. Have a short delay in switching speeds, so you can still ‘skip’ backwards to dodge attacks (the speed change is also jarring).
  3. Are just needlessly complex in how they are scripted.

This mod solves all of the above. Whenever you’re attempting to run backwards, a single streamlined script simply changes you to walking, just as if you’d pressed the run toggle. No SetForceRun functions, etc, just simple manipulation of key presses.

Reasoning: After getting familiar with the game, you can dodge most attacks by running backwards slightly just as the enemy’s hit is about to land. I see this as an exploit. There’s also the notorious spell/arrow spam whilst back-pedalling. This mod basically removes the grey area between fleeing and actually fighting, and I now consider it an important part of my game's balance.

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This mod requires the Oblivion Script Extender.

Standard installation procedure: add the file to your data folder and check in the game launcher or your mod manager of choice.


This mod can be uninstalled at any time and will have no permanent effects on your game.


Do not use with any other mod which also disables backwards running. Other than that, this mod should be compatible with almost everything.

Known Issues

I think they're might be a minor bug, in that if you run backwards whilst pressing a certain combination of the run (Shift) and toggle run (CapsLock) keys you may not be returned to running mode after you stop moving backwards. I say 'might', because I tend to experience this only very rarely after a frantic button-mash situation, in which it's likely I probably just hit the CapsLock again by accident.

In testing I can't reliably replicate this, so I do can't work out how (or even if) it needs fixing. If someone else experiences this and works out the key combo that caused it, I'll be able to fix it in a jiffy.

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I spend a lot of time creating and supporting my mods, so any donations are gratefully received.