Fallout Script Extender
The Fallout Script Extender, also known as FOSE, is maintained by Ian Patterson (ianpatt), Stephen Abel (behippo), and Paul Connelly (scruggsywuggsy the ferret).
Current stable version: v1
Current beta version: v1.1 beta 6
Main site: http://fose.silverlock.org
Documentation: FOSE Command Documentation
Official forum thread: Fallout Script Extender (FOSE) v1, Thread 10
How it Works (or why NOT to be afraid of FOSE)
FOSE does not edit your Fallout3.exe in any way, and as such is not dangerous to use at all. It works by running the .exe and then patching it while it is in memory in order to add in new scripting functions.
How to use FOSE with the GECK
Scripts written with FOSE's new functions must be created via the GECK after it's been loaded through fose_loader.exe. To use FOSE with the GECK:
- Extract fose_loader.exe and the necessary dll files to your Fallout 3 directory.
- Open a command prompt window and navigate to that directory.
- Type this into the command prompt:
A more convenient method is to automate this command through a shortcut:
- Create a shortcut to fose_loader.exe.
- Right-click on the shortcut and open the properties window.
- Add "-editor" to the Target field.
Note: the normal editor can open plugins with extended scripts, but will give errors if it tries to recompile them.
- FOSE v1 (Stable) supports the DVD and Steam version patched to 188.8.131.52.
- FOSE v1.1 Beta 6 supports these versions of Fallout 3 (both DVD and Steam releases):
- 184.108.40.206 (original release)
- 220.127.116.11 (alternate release, found on steam and some European patches)
- Build 18.104.22.168: FOSE is not compatible with the original, unpatched DVD or Steam version.
- Copy Protected Versions: the following versions of Fallout 3 use copy protection schemes to encrypt the Fallout3.exe, thus making it illegal to decrypt:
- Direct2Drive (D2D) version
- Polish DVD version w/ SafeDisc protection
- Russian DVD version w/ StarForce protection
- Games for Windows Live (GFWL): when running Fallout 3 via fose_loader.exe, Live will be disabled automatically. It appears that Live periodically checks the cryptographic signature of the Fallout runtime. If the signature doesn't validate properly, Live fails. Because of this, it is unlikely that FOSE will be directly compatible with Live in the foreseeable future.
- A note on DLC: by loading Fallout3.exe instead of fose_loader.exe, you can still download DLC and updates through Live. If you have DLC, you will need to move the DLC files into the Data directory located in the Fallout 3 installation folder.
- A note on saved games: since Live stores save files in a separate folder when active, users will need to move their save games from their user profile folder in the My Documents folder to the main Saves folder in order to access them.