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Clan Quest Mod - Installation Guide

This is a brief guide with the latest, up-to-date instructions on how to install Clan Quest Mod, version 3.1 and later. For earlier versions of the mod, please refer to the documentation that was packaged with the mod. It's important that you follow this guide, step-by-step, or else there is no telling how the mod will affect the game. A few other notes:

  • There is no way to get old saved games to work with the new mod installation. You will have to start a new game, after installing the mod.
  • You should only install other mods for Vampire through the Clan Quest Mod installer. Mods for Vampire are generally not cross-compatible so installing one mod ontop of the other, will most likely result in problems while playing the game. The install program resolves these differences so there is no risk in installing mods using the installer.
  • The install process in 3.1 is MUCH different than before, presumably much easier. CQM now uses a 'mod loader' to install itself. Certain other mods and patches made for Bloodlines use the same technique. In those cases you DO NOT need to complete the clean-up steps to install the mod. Just run the installer. If you're not sure if another previous mod you installed used the 'mod loader' technique, then do use the cleanup steps below.
  • Additionally, CQM 3.1 requires that you launch the game using the shortcut it will create on your desktop. Failing to do so will still run the game, but without the CQM mod.



1) Backup Achievement Progress [Optional]

If you've used the Clan Quest Mod achievement module in previous installations, you may want to save your progress. You can do this by backing up the achievement save file and reinstalling it at a later point. You can find the file at these default locations:


Default Windows XP\Vista 32 bit installation directory:

C:\Program Files\Activision\Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines\CQM\SAVE\achievements.txt

Default Vista 64 bit \ Windows 7 installation directory:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Activision\Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines\CQM\SAVE\achievements.txt

Default Steam installation directory:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\vampire the masquerade - bloodlines\CQM\SAVE\achievements.txt

Copy this file to your desktop. When you have completed the instllation process, copy it back to your new CQM installation. If you are using an older version of CQM, you may find the file under the 'Vampire' path rather than the 'CQM' path.


2) Uninstall any existing copy of VTMB

This will clean up the game files for the mod to be properly installed.


Retail:

- Insert the CD and select "Uninstall".

- When prompted, delete all local content.


Steam:


- Open Steam, goto the "My Games" tab. Right click on VTMB and select "Delete local content". The game will move to the "Not installed" area.




3) Clean up Previous Mod Artifacts

VTMB's uninstaller only removes files that were installed by VTMB. If you have installed other mods or patches, those files are not cleaned up and may present issues.


Using Explorer, browse to the directory where VTMB was installed:


Default Windows XP\Vista 32 bit installation directory:

C:\Program Files\Activision\Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines

Default Vista 64 bit \ Windows 7 installation directory:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Activision\Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines

Default Steam installation directory:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\vampire the masquerade - bloodlines

If a directory exists named "Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines", right click it and delete it completely from the computer.



4) Install a fresh Copy of VTMB

Retail:

- Insert CD 1 and select "Install". Follow the instructions.

Digitial Distribution:

- Execute the installer that you downloaded.

Steam:

- Start Steam.

- Click on "My Games".

- Right click the VTMB game within the Steam window and select
"Install Game".

If you run into problems re-installing: "Your Steam Ticket has expired" delete the file "ClientRegistry.blob" from C:\Program Files\Steam. This will force steam to update when it next starts which should fix the problem.

Don't install any other mods outisde of the Clan Quest Mod installer. The CQM installer is designed specfiically to allow any mods included in the package to be installed without overwriting or conflicting with each other. Installing any mods outside of this installer will likely conflict with your installation and break the game. Tbe only exception is if another mod uses the mod loader. If you're not sure, then don't install the mod.


4a) Start\Exit VTMB [Steam Users Only]

This step is mostly for Steam versions of the game. Sometimes Steam does not fully extract the contents of your game until you actually launch the game. To be certain steam does not clobber any of the mod changes, you should launch a newly installed Steam version of the game at least once before extracting the mod.


- From Within Steam, right click VTMB and select "Launch Game".

- Once you reach the Load\Save menu, you can quit.



5) Execute the "VtMB - Clan Quest Mod Installer" file.

This self-executing extractor will ask you a few basic questions. During the installation process, you'll have to make several choices. The rest of the installation process should be self-explanatory.

This is the step people mess up more than any other! It's very important you point the installer at the correct directory, or the mod WILL NOT install properly. It's also important to note that previous versions of the mod required you to direct the installer to the 'Vampire' directory inside of the 'Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines' folder; this was different from every other mod or patch for the game. Please note the more common path used in all other versions henceforth, as examples are given below. Also note that your specific installation may be slightly different; use the examples below as a guide to where to look for the correct directory.

Versions 3.1 and later attempt to detect your Vampire installation for you automatically. You should, however, verify that it has selected the correct path.

a. Choose the installation directory: You must point out where VTMB is installed on your computer. It should look something like the following:


Retail:

C:\Program Files\Activision\Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines

Windows Vista / Windows 7

C:\Program Files (x86)\Activision\Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines

Steam

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\vampire the masquerade - bloodlines

If you have Vista 64 or a later version of Windows and you experience problems with this mod, you may have to run "INSTALL64" under the "Extras" directory. However, do not run this unless you actually experience problems.

b. Choose Which components to include: Clan Quest Mod packages several other mods which are all optional. You can pick and choose which other mods you'd like to play alongside Clan Quest Mod. The complete list of mods and options, and details about them, can be read about on the Mixing Other Mods page.


6) Launch VtMB and Verify Your Installation

You should be done now! Launch the game using the shortcut the installer created on your desktop. The best way to verify this is just looking at the game's main meun screen. The main header should be replaced with a graphic that read 'Clan Quest Mod', and includes a graphic of all the clan symbols. If you see that, then you have successfully installed Clan Quest Mod! Enjoy!

Note: You MUST launch the game using the shortcut. Using the short cut makes certain that the option to use CQM is enabled when you launch the game. If you don't use the shortcut then the game will run, but without the CQM content.

6a) Advanced: Launch the Game without the Shortcut[Steam Users]
There is one caveat to the above disclaimer. You can set the game to run from Steam using the mod, without using the shortcut. To do so, find Vampire in your game library and right-click it. Select 'Properties' from the context-menu. This will open a new window. From there, click the button under the 'General' tab labeled 'Set Launch Options...'. In the text box type the following:

-game CQM

Now when you launch the game from steam, it will use the Clan Quest mod.