February 23rd, 2012

Mass Effect mods and importing: everything you never wanted to know

It seems like every few weeks I see someone here or on the BSN or GameFAQs or just out and about the 'net asking the question, "I modded my Mass Effect game; will that affect my ability to import?" And there's a fair amount of misinformation and excessive worry floating around, so I thought it might be good to have a resource that breaks down the different types of mods and how they're likely to impact things.

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TL;DR version

Basically, your game is 99.9% likely to be fine if you don't go out of your way to intentionally set up plot outcomes that would be impossible for any Shepard to ever achieve. The only real concern is the mild possibility of distracting but harmless problems like silent dialog or missing hair meshes. And on the 0.1% chance that something does go seriously wrong, fixing will be as easy as opening your ME2 save with Gibbed and removing whatever flag is causing the conflict.

So there you go. You may now mod and import with confidence. :)

Fanfic: If the seas catch fire (FemShep/Kaidan)

Title: If the seas catch fire
Pairing: Female Shepard/Kaidan Alenko
Rating: PG-13. Allusions and swearing, mostly.
Word count: 3600-ish
Summary: Nothing is the same, but eventually everything's similar enough.
Notes: So, I played the demo and got all these fears feelings. Someone on the masseffectkink-meme apparently felt the same, because this was written for a prompt there. (Though it's safe to say this isn't kinky in the slightest.) Hello, anon!fail.
There are some minor spoilers for the demo, but most of it is just people interacting and some vague plot speculation.

trust your heart if the seas catch fire
ME3 Shep B&W

Fanfic: Amongst the Pale Starlight - The Past

Title: Amongst the Pale Starlight: The Past
Rating: PG
Word Count: 960
Characters: Shepard and Garrus
Summary: During one of Shepard's late night chats with Garrus she tells him about Mindoir and joining the Alliance.

Oh hey, I have a title. I'm not sure it's a very good one but at least it's there which should make things a little more organized.

“My parents were farmers. I knew more about growing crops than I did guns and fighting."
Shepard Firefly

Fic: Project Persephone, Chapter 15

Title: Project Persephone: Chapter 15 (penultimate chapter!)
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: FemShep, Kaidan Alenko, Normandy crew, Shenko
Warnings/Spoilers: There are a few minor spoilers for ME3, but nothing that hasn't been revealed in officially released trailers (in fact, some of this story is already out-dated because of the demo's release). References to the Invasion comic and some of the events from the Cerberus News Network (namely, the war on Taetrus) are also within.
Summary: As Shepard and the crew of the Normandy prepare for the Reapers, the Illusive Man has one more ace up his sleeve to bring Shepard back under the control of Cerberus, one that Shepard thought she buried three years ago. An ME3 story with a side helping of Shenko.

"Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark..."

Many thanks to girlfromgraz for the beta and to oddlittleturtle for the sciencey tech stuff. You girls rock. <3

Start reading at Chapter 1.