Well, just had my first (rather bad) experience with Oblivion mods. I was fed up of the frumpy armour and tiny selection of clothes - which, I suppose, is fair enough; Bethesda have more pressing things to worry about in their world-building and it's only shallow people like me who care about body-contoured armour - so I skipped off full of anticipation to Planet Elderscrolls and downloaded a couple of clothes/armour/body/hair etc replacer mods.
This is the I AR CLEVER bit. I always forget how to install mods, even when I was doing them every other day for Morrowind. I downloaded WinRAR, which seemed to help tremendously as Winzip doesn't like 7z files. I did what I always used to do, which was unzip the mod and copy all the files into the appropriate folders. They overwrite the old mesh and texture files, but the tutorial assures me this is exactly what's supposed to happen. So far, so good.
So I open up the game and prepare to find some interesting clothes to pass an hour or two pissing about with... but shock! Horror! The mod also includes face texture replacers, and it's turned my beautiful little Shamanih
, whose face I have literally spent hours of nerdy bliss perfecting, into what looks like John Prescott and Fiona Shaw's demonic love-child! The mod-maker has obviously spent many hours being influenced by manga, since the newly-textured eyes have at least four shine-reflections each and have the suspicious gleam of Sailor Moon being taken over by the Exorcist. A quick perusal of the new hair options reveals that the modder has obviously found inspiration by clubbing an anime character to death over the head and attacking them with hair-straightners.
To cap it off, the body was hardly much different to the original when it was covered up by clothes - and I'm not likely to be walking round naked, even if wood-elves are
eccentric little buggers, so it's not worth putting up with Macbeth's witch's face just for that. TWSSLN.
So, not good choices. I decide to uninstall the mods and be a bit more discerning next time. So, I go back into my data folder and prepare to delete the mod.
Too late, I remember that the new meshes and textures I installed had overwritten the old, non-Macbeth ones. My non-Macbeth face was lost somewhere in the stretches of my harddrive.
Oh, fucking ninja squirrels in a fucking pig-blender!!!
I gave in and went to Julian for help. He laughed in my face for a short while, as well he should, and then came to sort it out. The prospect is grim. I'll have to uninstall and re-install the entire game, keeping my savegames in a safe place so they can be copied back in, before Macbeth is truly gone from my poor little wood-elf's soul.
MORAL: NEVER INSTALL MODS MADE BY PEOPLE WHO LIKE ANIME TOO MUCH. Also, never install them if you're a stupid twat like me and are apt to do stupid and ridiculous things to the computer you supposedly know so much about. QFT.To be fair, the mod is probably really good if you spend a bit of time re-working the face so it doesn't look like Godzilla. And the hair-textured were pretty nice. So no offense, modder. Your work is probably terribly beautiful and I am merely a cantankerous wench. XD