You know, yesterday was not a great day, but life is generally bad enough that even decent feels good.
I was hoping for a repeat today... but when I couldn't go back to sleep after less than seven hours down time, I knew it was going to be another normal day; and I was right.
Couple days ago, someone posts a comment to the RR master entry, that basically amounts to "my game doesn't work help me".
Sparse details, no mention of other mods or load order... the individual couldn't even be bothered to get the cell name correct.
Nonetheless, I try very hard not to be a complete ass without cause, so I offered some help; as did a couple other people.
I suggested my standard trick to check for corrupt save(s): start a new game, and see if it still crashes. If yes, the problem is a hard conflict or corrupt texture/mesh. If no, your save is fuxx0red, as the kids today say on the intarwebz.
I also mention that cleaning of the save will be required if it is a savegame issue, and how to get back into the Vault (hopefully) to collect possessions.
Flash forward to this morning. I check the entry, and the comment boils down to "the new game worked, what do I do now?"
Insert the sound of my forehead connecting with desk here.
Now I know good Goddamned well I have not screwed up and slipped into speaking Deutsch or Welsh, since several of you can apparently understand me. My Japanese isn't good enough to rant in, and if I had lapsed into Spanish many of you would probably still be able to muddle through.
So... I have to wonder. Am I speaking some weird form of "High American/English" that's only understandable by folks with a triple-digit IQ, or do half of these fucks just not pay attention to anything other than a bullet-pointed set of instructions to hold their hand through the whole mess?
I'd be willing to cut people slack, but this is not esoterica of the highest order, secreted away in a most jealously guarded grimore.
To whit, I typed "fallout 3 cleaning save" into Google, and was rewarded with this.
Entry #2 is Arwen's save cleaning tutorial. Not the best of explanations for the process I've ever read, but one should get the gist of the process.
Seriously. Like ten seconds worth of trying. This doesn't even count the amount of data in that labyrinthine mess they call forums, both on the Nexus and at Bethsoft (really, one is much like the other).
Ugh. I wanna go back to the range, where the only idiot I have to worry about is me...