Some days, I hate computers so very much.
Oblivion is fucked. How? I have no idea. It crashed while I was testing something; and now won't show the player character. Empty armor and helm. Attempts to switch to third person cause insta-CTD.
Looking around where I can, there are a smattering of missing meshes now, as well; so apparently when I purged that steaming load Hammerfell some other stuff ended up getting caught in the crossfire.
Already tried replacing the meshes surrounding Imperial males, without luck. Bethsoft's forums continue to be a complete waste of bandwidth.
At this point I can either spend four or five hours going mod by mod; re-extracting everything I use - or I can nuke the whole shittin' mess and reinstall it from scratch. Neither is particularly appealing.
What's even less appealing is what a staggering resource whore TES4Edit is. I didn't think anything could be worse than FO3Edit. I was wrong. Twenty four hundred goddamned megahertz, a thousand and twenty four megabytes of DDR2, and TES4Edit can't run at the same time as Firefox.
Considering I ran this install without incident for almost a year; and now within one week of installing the "unofficial patch" my game is broken...
Well, let's just say your old friend Nos does not believe in coincidence. Especially considering the clusterfuck that it was last time... Makes me wonder if sometimes the people who create these things ever consider their work on the grand scale - that is, weigh the benefit of fixing a few broken texture paths against the negative of randomly destroying games left and right.
At this point, I really have no idea whether my savegames are even salvageable. It would be nice, considering the amount of time I put into the facegen... but I'm not going to bank on it.
Suppose I'll try overwriting a couple of mod files again; and if that doesn't work, the purge will have to begin. Then I'm going to return to my previous policy of patently ignoring the "conventional wisdom" surrounding making the Gamebryo engine work. The way I do it may not be "correct", but it sure as fuck keeps my games going better than this...