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STEP Guides

Figure 1: STEP workflow concept for incorporating mods into a mod list build'.

STEP offers complete, stand-alone modding guides for the games they support, so they are intended to be a complete, 'STEP-modded' build. In addition to adding upon the visual and acoustic enhancements of a vanilla game, STEP Guides modify aspects of the vanilla game in terms of gameplay mechanics and may include mods that add or subtract specific functionality to yield an overall more immersive experience.

STEP Guides are about ...

  • ... bug fixes and corrections to malfunctioning aspects of the vanilla games.
  • ... HD asset replacements in the style of the vanilla game (or as close a representation as possible).
  • ... improvements to existing content that increase the consistency of the vanilla game.
  • ... interface mods that improve the menus and UI for the PC.
  • ... tweaks that improve consistency in gameplay or meet realistic expectations of intended game features.
  • ... new content, assets, and effects that are consistent with the game's style and lore, as established by Bethesda's creators and extrapolated on by the STEP community in accordance with resources:
  • ... continuity and qualitative consistency of all in-game behaviors and assets (i.e., sounds, textures, models, gameplay, etc.)

STEP Guides are NOT about ...

  • ... sex mods, body replacement mods, or beauty mods that unrealistically affect or digress from the ambiance and style of the vanilla game.
  • ... sound replacement mods that digress from the game's vanilla ambience.
  • ... texture mods that significantly deviate from the game's original visual style.
  • ... mods that are only required for a specific user base (i.e., a mod that fixes UI issues but only for users running at 4K)

STEP Core Builds

Figure 1: STEP workflow concept for incorporating mods into the STEP Core build'.

STEP Core Builds are a comprehensive assemblage of game "corrections" with minimal potential for conflict with downstream mods. Another way to think of STEP Core Builds is that they simply take the Unofficial Patches a step further by integrating them with other miscellaneous fixes and vanilla-friendly asset enhancements. The STEP Core build serves as a stable base for creating other Builds. Specifically, ...

STEP Core Builds are about ...

  • ... bug fixes and corrections to malfunctioning aspects of the vanilla game.
  • ... HD asset replacements in the style of the vanilla game.
  • ... improvements to existing content that increases the consistency of the vanilla game.
  • ... interface mods that improve the menus and UI for the PC.

STEP Core Builds are NOT about ...

  • ... new content.
  • ... mods that have a high likelihood of having "data conflicts" with other mods.
  • ... mods that have a high performance penalty.
  • ... "improved" content that conflicts with the game's lore.
  • ... mods that subjectively alter or contrast with the style of the vanilla game.
  • ... mods that subjectively alter gameplay mechanics.