Monday, February 14, 2011

Weather - All Natural

It appears I've been blessed with the gift of free time this Valentine's Day, so I thought I'd take advantage of it by giving some more to the community. Double the fun, right?

All Natural is a weather mod. Like Cava Obscura, its sole purpose is to create a more realistic atmosphere, but this time the mod also affects the outside world. Although the video I made for this post only covers the weather element of the mod, All Natural is actually divided into three major sections: weather, interior atmosphere, and interior light sourcing. The first part is the main reason why most people are interested in this mod, though, which is why I've decided to pay more attention to it.

The goal of the weather aspect of All Natural is to change cloud movements, climate variations, nighttime lighting, and weather visibility. To put all of this in simpler terms, All Natural redesigns the weather system in a way that the player deems most realistic. The degree of change is fully customizable using an INI file included in the mod's installation, and the result varies depending on what specifications you prefer. When watching the video I made to display this mod, keep in mind that I elected to lower the brightness level at night to 20% of default. Anyone who properly installs the mod can change this as much as they would like.

All Natural is a little more tricky than the first two mods I've described, as I'm sure you've noticed. It requires three very important external programs: The Oblivion Mod Manager(OBMM), Wrye Bash, The Oblivion Script Extender, and The Better Oblivion Sorting Software(BOSS). I won't pretend to be an expert when it comes to using these utilities, but the sites I've linked to should more than give you a nudge in the right direction. Once you learn to use them, though, they'll become second-nature, which will be important for the more complex mods I may describe in the future. And if all that didn't scare you off already, you can get Weather - All Natural right here.

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll keep having so much luck with my schedule. Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

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