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Mods

The following is a list of mods recommendable or at least of interest to just about everyone. Some of the credit here goes to modder Flash, who created the excellent Flash and FCR mods.

Flash Mod
An excellent overhaul mod pack which packs tweaks (skip intro movie, hide HUD), new features (visible wounds), and lots more. Includes options for harder difficulties. Fully customizable. Highly recommended even for first playthroughs.

Matchstickman says: "It was included as part of the additional content on the Enhanced Edition (Plantium Edition) DVDs. That should give you some idea of what CDPR thought of it!"

Full Combat Rebalance
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Overhauls the combat to make it more deep and difficult and more faithful to The Witcher novels. Be warned: it's MUCH more difficult than vanilla, especially on Insane; be prepared to die a lot, at least in the first chapter. ONLY recommended if you've played the game already. Balance issues may occur, at least on Hard/Insane -- a new version is expected to arrive eventually which should fix them. Recommended for use on a new game only. Includes all features from Flash mod.

Scabbard mod
An aesthetic mod which adds scabbards (sheaths) to your outfit for carrying swords. Clipping issues may occur. Do not use with Texturen mod as serious performance issues occur.

Texturen Mod
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GOG version installation advice
Sharpens the textures of most in-game objects, terrain, etc. 1.4GB file. May impact performance and/or cause stuttering; system requirements are increased a fair amount (min. dual core CPU). Do not use with Scabbard mod as it results in serious performance drop.

Hi-res character models
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Installation advice
Designed to work with the Texturen mod above. Significantly enhances NPC textures.

Savegame manager
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TW1's quicksaves do not overwrite each other, so the savegame folder can get very, very big. This utility makes it easy to manage/delete the saves. Includes a variety of functions and options.

Stuff that makes Geralt's life easier
For those that don't mind bending the rules a bit, this mod adds three quest items to your inventory which let you meditate anywhere, turn on and off night vision at any time, and access storage from anywhere. Not compatible with Scabbard mod, though you may be able to make it compatible with fiddling (see link at bottom of post). Read the readme for proper installation. Thanks to Lexino for the mirror.

Extreme Immersion mod
Removes much of the HUD for elements already communicated in the game itself for maximum immersion, realism, and difficulty. Not recommended for a first playthrough. Recommended for use with 'Visible Wounds' option in Flash mod.

Adventures

The Enhanced Edition of The Witcher contains several fan-made adventures, but there are plenty more. Below are those highly recommended or known to be widely enjoyed. I've not played any myself, so if anyone has any great experiences to share, please do and I'll add the adventure. Note adventures do not contain any voice acting.

Medical Problems I
An extensive adventure from Corylea containing 12 quests, 45 NPCs, 18 areas, 40 monsters, and more, lasting anywhere from 3-16 hours. In this adventure you must help Shani fight a new unknown sickness. Comes with an install manual, hint sheet, list of cool things you shouldn't miss, and walkthrough.

Medical Problems II - The Witcher Disease
The sequel, naturally. This time Geralt must save his comrades from a grave illness created specifically to overcome witchers' immunity to disease. Much like TW1 and TW2, it's recommended to play the first adventure beforehand, but not required or essential. This adventure lasts roughly five hours. Comes with an install manual, hint sheet, adventure file, and walkthrough.

Useful links

Full mod list
Adventure list
ModDB page (mods & adventures)
Witcher Nexus TW1 mods
Mod and adventure FAQ
Compatibility tips

If there's anything highly recommendable I've missed, please let me know and I'll be happy to add it.
Post edited February 09, 2012 by chautemoc
Thank you for these links. Its much appreciated.

I tried the texture mods, but they weren't for me. The textures look good, but some of them are sharper than others. I find that distracting, but I know most people seem not to notice. Either that or they just don't mind. I may install them for a second playthrough though. If not the main pack, then the character one at least.

The Scabbard mod is pretty cool.

I didn't try any of the other mods. Those im saving for a second playthrough.
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MobiusArcher: Thank you for these links. Its much appreciated.

I tried the texture mods, but they weren't for me. The textures look good, but some of them are sharper than others. I find that distracting, but I know most people seem not to notice. Either that or they just don't mind. I may install them for a second playthrough though. If not the main pack, then the character one at least.

The Scabbard mod is pretty cool.

I didn't try any of the other mods. Those im saving for a second playthrough.
Welcome!

Yeah pretty much just the Flash mod is essential..the game is already beautiful as is..I love great graphics but smaller touches like those I can certainly do without, especially with potential performance impacts, however minor. I didn't notice or mind really any discrepancies.

I'm happy to see the Scabbard mod inspired CDP to include them in TW2.
Hey,

Thanks a bunch. I'm gonna install the high quality textures and the sword thing asap , saving the FCR for a future playthrough with thoses fan-made adventures.
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JO11190: Hey,

Thanks a bunch. I'm gonna install the high quality textures and the sword thing asap , saving the FCR for a future playthrough with thoses fan-made adventures.
Be sure to grab Flash mod.
Just to say that the fan made Flash Mod was included as part of the additional content on the Enhanced Edition (Plantium Edition) DVDs, that should give you some idea of what CDPR thought of it!
I was going to play vanilla first, but If you guys insist I use Flash Mod, then I guess I will use it.
All the links go to a future witcher 2 web site???
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rwelkins: All the links go to a future witcher 2 web site???
All links go to the Witcher forum, which is apparently down for a revamp... until tomorrow
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rwelkins: All the links go to a future witcher 2 web site???
They didn't when this thread first went up.
thanks awesome list. I have installed the scabbard mod, texturen mod, hi res character, better blood, better rain and dark UI mod....it makes the game alot more enjoyable for me
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rwelkins: All the links go to a future witcher 2 web site???
Sorry about that. I've added alternate links for everything but the adventures.
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Matchstickman: Just to say that the fan made Flash Mod was included as part of the additional content on the Enhanced Edition (Plantium Edition) DVDs, that should give you some idea of what CDPR thought of it!
Forgot about that. Thanks. Quoted you on it.
Post edited May 12, 2011 by chautemoc
Flashmod is included in FCR no? I'll just install FCR on my second game.

Thanks nevertheless for your kindness =)
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JO11190: Flashmod is included in FCR no? I'll just install FCR on my second game.

Thanks nevertheless for your kindness =)
It is included. All features are optional, still.
Welcome. Have fun getting your ass kicked.
Post edited May 14, 2011 by chautemoc
The most important "mod" is to run the game in window mode while using the software from http://gwr.orekaria.com/ to make it fit your monitor perfectly so it looks exactly like full screen while being windowed; this eliminates almost all the crashes in the game and allows you to alt-tab or hit the windows key with impunity, while looking exactly the same as a full screen mode.

Full screen mode is a derelict, a throwback to the 1990s... you "save" 8MB of ram on a 1920x1200 @ 32bit color... and for what? instability and long delays? not worth it