What is the G.E.C.K.

G.E.C.K. is a official program by Bethesda that allows the user to make his/her own Fallout world or create changes to the vanilla game. It means "Garden of Eden Creation Kit".

If you are new to the G.E.C.K. and mods for Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, you may be confused about this program. However it is fairly easy to use although the downside is that it is not very stable.

 

Can I use the G.E.C.K.?

You can ONLY use the G.E.C.K. on a PC, any console will NOT be able to get the G.E.C.K. working.

Which G.E.C.K. do I need?

Depending on what game you like to mod, you need of course for each a seperate G.E.C.K. Each has it's own goal, where the orriginal G.E.C.K. is for ONLY Fallout 3 and it's DLC's, the New Vegas version is ONLY for New Vegas and NV DLC's.

Where to install?

For installing the G.E.C.K. is some confusion thanks to Bethesda not mentioning it on their website. So often people can not do much except install and stare at a empty screen. So let me explain where and why.

Let's take Fallout 3 first, if you install it clean and use the default path it will end up in Program Files. But for some odd reason the G.E.C.K. can not save your work to any file then. in some cases it even won't start up or crash directly. So how do we by-pass that? Well simple!

If you have Fallout 3 installed, un-install it first and make sure you clean up everything that may be left behind. Now you have a fresh start. Now install it to this path:

C:\Fallout 3

It will ensure your game is not burried in all those folders and the G.E.C.K. should not have any problems. Now download the G.E.C.K. from the official website. It will give you a file called:

Unfortunately I do not have permission at this time to directly link the file, so I will not do so. But once you have it on your computer, copy (or cut) the file and paste it directly in your Fallout 3 folder. From here it should be able to start up (make a desktop icon if you like to find it quicker)

Now for the New Vegas version of the G.E.C.K.
This is a lot easier, since New Vegas is installed in the Steam folder and this odd bug I mentioned is removed. You can copy/paste it straight to this folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\fallout new vegas\Data

It may look a little different for you if you have for example not a 64-bit PC like I have. But it should look something like that. From there make a desktop icon just to be sure you don't have to search folders for the exe file.

What is "vanilla game"?

"Vanilla game" means basically how you boughed the game, no changes no mods. Adding a mod does not make your Fallout copy no longer "vanilla", that never changes. But the mod is just a add-on to enhance the game a little bit, or in some cases a lot. Also DLC's are "vanilla", although they are also not. Since DLC's are basically also mods that add things to the orriginal game. It's basically the story of "the chicken and the egg" idea.

Februari 11th, 2012 by Mechwarrior94