Modding Blade & Sorcery with Vortex

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Blade & Sorcery

Blade & Sorcery is a built-for-VR medieval fantasy sandbox with full physics driven melee, ranged and magic combat.

Released: 2018

Genre: Action

Engine: Unity

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This guide is designed to help you set up Vortex to install and manage mods for Blade & Sorcery.

Requirements

Before we get started, this guide assumes that you have installed Blade & Sorcery and Vortex at their default locations. You will also need to be logged in to your Nexus Mods account in Vortex.

At the time of writing, this guide only applies to Blade & Sorcery on Windows.

If you haven’t already, please run Blade & Sorcery at least once before modding it.


Getting Set Up

To begin, open up Vortex and navigate to the games section. If you don’t already see Blade & Sorcery under the “Managed” tab, check the “Discovered” section. Use the “Manage” button on the game tile to add it to your managed games.

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If you can’t see Blade & Sorcery, you can scan for it or define it manually.

Check out this video by The Baron which explains the basics of modding.

Installing Mods

For Blade & Sorcery, there are two different types of mods.

Type Description
Official Mods These are mods created with the Official Blade & Sorcery SDK and can be loaded directly by the game. These can be identified by the manifest.json file located at the root of the mod archive. Each mod will be placed in its own folder in BladeAndSorcery\BladeAndSorcery_Data\StreamingAssets.

Below is the recommended file structure to use when uploading a mod of this type:

My Mod.zip
>MyMod/example.dll
>MyMod/manifest.json
>MyMod/assets.bundle
>MyMod/LootTables/LootTable_Example.json
Overwrite Mods If neither manifest.json or mod.json are present in the archive, Vortex will install the mod as an overwrite to the files found in BladeAndSorcery\BladeAndSorcery_Data\StreamingAssets\Default.

To download any of these mods click either the "Vortex" button in the top right of the mod page or the "Mod Manager Download" button on the files tab.

Once all the files are in Vortex, install them and ensure the mods are deployed. You can then start the game using the play button in the top-left of Vortex.

Troubleshooting

Vortex is telling me my mods are outdated, why is this happening?

Each time you install a mod, Vortex will compare the version of the game that the mod was designed for with the currently installed version of Blade & Sorcery. If the mod was created for an older version, it may not be loaded properly by the game. The mod may still work but it is advisable to install the latest version.

When I install some mods Vortex says are not compatible, why is this?

Prior to Update 6 of Blade & Sorcery, a community tool known as ModLoader by MulleDK19 was used to load mods. At the time of writing, this tool has not been updated to be compatible with U6 and any mods that depend on it will not work. Please check to see if there is a newer version of the mod.

Can I stop the admin prompts when deploying mods?

The admin prompts are caused by Vortex's Symlink deployment. This is often selected as the default, however, you can switch to Hardlink deployment under "Settings", then "Mods". You can learn more about the different deployment options here.