Welcome to Paradise (WTP) is a Wabbajack minimalistic mod list for Fallout 4 featuring well over 300 mods*. In accordance with the vanilla-plus concept, mods were selected to improve existing parts of the game rather than outright replacing them while some aspects were edited more heavily than others. The setup was designed with gameplay-friendly performance in mind and can run at a stable 60FPS on 1440p on reasonably modern hardware.
WTP comes with an extensive documentation (of which you are reading the Introduction right now) and you are expected to read all pages in the Installation section.
Unlike its Skyrim SE counterpart, my Fallout 4 setup is Wabbajack-exclusive. There is no manual installation guide and there will likely never be one as I do not have the time to maintain two modding guides.
* Less than that number may appear in Mod Organizer 2 which is due to the fact that several dozen mods packed into custom BA2s are missing from the count as they are not installed separately.
Please note that WTP is not currently in active development.
With the 1.5 update published in March 2021, I have brought WTP up-to-date with the latest developments in the modding scene. For the forseeable future, I do not intend to work on WTP beyond the occasional maintenance update (which will hopefully not take as long as 1.4.1 > 1.5 took). At present, I am a great deal more involved with my Skyrim SE guide The Phoenix Flavour and haven’t felt the “Fallout itch” in altogether too much time. If or rather when it returns (as it always does), there may be a 2.0 update but that’s all speculation.
At present, WTP is in a good state where it delivers solid performance, stability, and reasonable improvements of the vanilla game.
June 2021: Fine, I’m not quite done yet. Updated WTP to 1.6 and returned to indefinite maintenance mod.
Up until release 1.3, the list was simply called “The Phoenix Flavour for Fallout 4” or occasionally just “Phoenix Fallout”. This was primarily because yours truly lacked the creativity to come up with a proper name in time for the public release. But a little over a month later I figured one out after all:
Welcome to Paradise is a beautiful song by Aviators, an American indie musician whose work I’ve loved for many years. The song was written specifically for Fallout 4. He wrote two more Fallout songs, Apocalypse State of Mind and my personal favourite Remains which has enjoyed a permanent spot in many of my playlists for years (unfortunately it wouldn’t have made for a fancy list name). All three of his Fallout songs are on the album Stargazer which you can get on Bandcamp!
Due to the lack of sharing permissions for the vast majority of mods, traditional mod packs do not exist for Bethesda games. With Wabbajack it is possible to recreate one user’s mod list on another’s computer without redistributing any of the mod files. For more information, please check out the Wabbajack website or join the official Discord server.
Using Wabbajack is much easier than following a manual installation guide but it doesn’t absolve you from reading.
If you are looking for any of the following features, Welcome to Paradise may not be the mod list for you:
At present, WTP does not include any additional armor or weapon mods with the exception of fadingsignal’s K-9 Harness for Dogmeat (can’t play without it anymore). Some high quality ones may be included in the future, however.
While WTP was made for regular gameplay, a somewhat modern PC is required to run the setup comfortably. This is due to the bad optimisation of the vanilla game as much as the included mods. Keep in mind that the game will perform much better on 1080p than on 1440p or higher resolutions.
You can see the details of my old setup below, sufficient for playing at 1440p with stable 60FPS.
|CPU||Intel i5 7600K @4.2GHz, hybrid-cooled|
|GPU||EVGA GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition (8192MB VRAM)|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4-3200 Memory|
|SSD 1||Samsung EVO 850 Series 256GB SSD (OS)|
|SSD 2||Samsung EVO 860 Series 1000GB SSD (Games)|
|Monitor||LG 27GL850-B UltraGear 1440p @144Hz|
I have since upgraded to an i7 10700k and RTX 3080 which is certainly NOT required to play WTP at a stable frame rate.