I have followed most of the guide, watched many video tutorials and read many articles on merge and bashed patches yet still have a few questions.
One of the reasons for this is a lack of consensus on what is the correct method and another is that many videos do not pertain to Fallout 3 specifically, many bashed patch videos for exampled are for Skyrim and not being an expert I do not know for sure whether or not the steps for one game are exactly the same as another, it could be either way.
My reason for unfortunately wanting (well, needing) to complicate my life is that the "general consensus" is that it is best to use both types of patches although one or the other "would do".
Me being me I strive for perfection even if it isn't needed.
What I have been able to find out is that first one creates a merge patch in F03Edit and remove the leveled lists from it.
Next you create a bashed patch, this is where the confusion starts as most articles seem to approach this as though its only the bashed patch being created, not that a merge patch was created beforehand, or, I have to at least assume this as none of them ever state whether a merge patch was created before or not.
What I want to do is therefore create a bashed patch the proper way but taking into consideration that the merge patch was created first.
Additionally, I do NOT want to merge plugins in Wrye Flash. Why, because it requires disabling said plugins in the mod manager and while testing this is irritating as you have to keep track of why they are unchecked, was it because they are now merged or because you simply have disabled them for various testing scenarios.
I also never plan on having so many mods that I reach the Fallout 3 limit where plugin merging would be required.
Now on to the main questions, taking the above into account.
1. I assume when creating the bash patch that the merge patch plugin should be checked and enabled in the load order and therefore included in the bashed patch, or not, I saw this once somewhere, just wanting to confirm.
2. Which items need to be selected in the left and right panes. What doesn't help here is that your guide, other articles and videos do not have a general consensus on which should be checked or not, everyone "does it a little different" and nobody states whether a merge patch has been created beforehand or not (in the case of your guide I am almost 100% positive you are only creating a bashed patch).
Do I follow your guides list of "check all except the few listed" regardless of whether a merge patch exists or not or do I have to leave additional categories unchecked?
One video guide mentioned, "as long as there are entries on the right pane, check all those as well as the box on the left pane for which category they fall under".
I have noticed that Wrye Flash will show on the right plugins that you do not actually have enabled in the mod manager anyway.
Common sense would tell me that those should of course be disregarded completely and if those are the only plugins in a certain category then that category on the left would remain unchecked, is that correct?
3. I assume the "Merge Patches" box is not required since I am choosing not to merge and this box in the left pane is only required for that purpose.
4. If no plugins are actually listed on the right would one not leave that category unchecked also on the left?
I really did look several days for the answers to the above without any luck, maybe they are too specific and in general nobody cares, am I being too exact?
Nonetheless, if you could shine some light and answer a few of the above questions that would be great and enable me to mod my game in as precise a manner as possible.
Thank you, especially for having taken the time to write your guide for the benefit of the community in the first place.
Edited by Reytag, 10 August 2017 - 06:23 PM.