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Hello, and welcome to the second version of the Anders romance outfit swap mod!

Compatability and Variations: Currently, the main version of this mod will override both Anders’ face/hair models and his body. This will not affect the basic non-romanced versions of his appearance, but will change him to have the new versions upon romance confirmation and in any romanced saves. This is not compatible with any custom face morphs, including the high resolution face retexture, but if you have one that you would like to see made available here, please let me know and I will provide a compatible version where permissions allow.

There are additionally two variations of an earlier edition of this mod, one that includes a custom Anders hairstyle and one that does not. If you are using a custom Anders headmorph or hairstyle (including the Anders Awakening earring mod), you should use the “Anders Automatic Romance Armor - Custom Morph Compatible v1” file - if you wish to use the hair tie version provided (more information below), you should use the “Anders Automatic Romance Outfits - V1” version. This mod does NOT affect the basic versions of Anders’ outfits, meaning that any mods you have that alter those will remain in place, but once the romance is confirmed these outfits will replace any custom Anders armor mods you may have. This mod is also incompatible with any “equip your followers” style mods. Please note that if you wish to switch from the basic version to the one compatible with outside custom Anders face/hair morphs you must run the uninstaller first or Anders’ head will disappear.

Installation: Place “Anders Romance Outfit Change - v 2.erf” into your Override folder. If you do not know where your “Override” folder is, it is found under the same Dragon Age 2 folder that stores your user data (this is the same Dragon Age 2 folder where any screenshots taken in-game will be stored). This will usually be found in your “My Documents” or “Documents” folder, in the “Bioware” folder, and is NOT the one found under your Program Files. This should  be the case for both Macs and PCs, but if you have wound up with an alternate filepath, try to find your in-game screencaps folder and navigate up to the “Dragon Age 2” folder. Once you are in this folder, go into “packages”, then “core”. There should already be a folder named “override” in here; if there is none, and are sure you are in the right location, you may create one. Once in the “override” folder, you can just paste the files there. If you are upgrading from the previous version, you may simply delete “Anders Romance Outfit Change - v 2.erf” and paste in “"Anders Romance Outfit Change - v 2.erf” without running the uninstaller.

Uninstallation: !!IMPORTANT!! The edits made by this mod will be stored into your save file. If you wish to remove this mod at any point, you MUST uninstall it properly, or you may face issues with Anders’ head and armor disappearin. To uninstall, first delete “Anders Romance Outfit Change - v 2.erf” from your Override folder. After that, unzip the uninstallation file included with this mod and place it into your Override file, then launch your game. Like the main file, the uninstaller will run on every area load; it may be safely removed if you have no remaining saves where Anders is using his romance outfit.

This mod adds two romance outfits for Anders - one a version of his first armor, and the second a version of his dark armor. Both outfits within the newest version also contain added in gauntlets and removed bandages, as it seems a little odd to buy my video game husband a new outfit and still have it literally held together by bandages. In addition, this mod provides a third outfit for Anders in the form of a blue house robe similar to that worn by Hawkes while in the Estate, as it seemed a little strange to me that he’d just be standing around the house in full armor. If anyone requests, I will upload a version with only the two romance outfits. This mod additionally adds a red Hawke favor hair tie for Anders intended to stand in as a Hawke’s favor hair tie, as well as an earring.

Additionally, this mod will automatically load Anders into his appropriate spot in the Estate after he moves in during Act 2, rather than the game standard behavior wherein Anders only shows up in Act 3. This does not, to the extent of my knowledge, affect any cutscenes or cause any other inappropriate behavior, and has been tested with the post-All That Remains conversation to ensure functionality. This functionality will not trigger until the Estate is left and reloaded after the Anders romance confirmation.

There is a known issue with this mod where the party select screen will display Anders in his Estate outfit when leaving the Estate, but will properly reflect his outside apparel elsewhere. Though I would like to fix this eventually, it does not affect any other in-game elements, and is mostly a minor strangeness.

There is an additional known issue where exported meshes done using my Blender to DA2 mesh exportation alpha script will behave strangely with the DirectX11 renderer; I suggest using DirectX9, which is generally more stable.

Agenda for Subsequent Release:
This mod, as is, provides sufficient functionality for an Anders romance change outfit. If I can ever find a way to release a version that fixes the party picker issue or removes his staff while in the Estate, I will do so, but further functionality will not be included until the release of my full outfit change immersion mod, which will provide appearance changes across the timeskips, special Mark of the Assassin companion outfits, and will include romance outfit updates for all romanceable companions.

I find two additional requests based off of this mod likely:
1. A Sebastian romance outfit change
2. Giving Merrill her own set of house robes.

Now that I have a preliminary mesh exportation utility for Blender, I am able to do both of these, and will release them as one within my full outfit change immersion mod; however, I do not intend to release them standalone at this time.

Permissions: I freely grant the ability to use this mod in other mods, as well as to override any of the Anders romance outfits with their own, as long as cedit is given and I am told about it (I do not require advance permission; I’d just like to know.) I welcome anyone who knows how to fix any of the issues listed for the agenda above. You are additionally at complete liberty to unpack the source .erf in order to access additional source files and to include the Anders romance outfit mods in any edits, renders, or other fan creations.

Suggested supplemental mods:
-Anders Romance Dialogue Overhaul: http://www.nexusmods.com/dragonage2/mods/4000 Another mod of mine that offers a variety of changes to the Anders romance, including a final kiss in the Gallows for the Friendship route, restored dialogue plot flags, a Karl conversation for female Hawkes, and a selection of additional optional changes to balance out some of the stranger gendering between the m!Hawke and f!Hawke romance routes.
-Hide Weapons: http://www.nexusmods.com/dragonage2/mods/2150/? A mod to hide weapons for characters, which should take care of the strangeness of Anders wearing his staff while in the Estate.
-DAI Tattoo and Blood Smear Imports (+ freckles): http://www.nexusmods.com/dragonage2/mods/4014/? Not necessary for this mod, but this is the source of the tattoo and nose smear for my Hawke that may be seen in these screencaps.

If you experience any issues or have any questions about how to install this mod, please let me know and I will get to them ASAP! Happy DA2-ing!