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newbie companion esp files

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So I'm brand new to making my own mods, as in I just started today trying to make my own companions.  It all went well and I even got it working the first time.  So I went and made some more and did the exact same thing (I think) but now I'm having the issue of...no one is showing up.  I did all the stuff, using the Creation Kit, went in, made my own character using the importing tool to put faces in and resaving and all.  So it saves as an ESP, which honestly, I don't know what that even is because I am far from computer savvy.  I use the Nexus Mod Manager and when I dropped the first file in, it worked, like I said.  I did the exact same thing and now even the first companion isn't showing.


I took them out of the mod manager and dropped the .ESP files directly into my mods folder, still nothing.


So, what am I missing?


There are no mods that are required, I just used vanilla everything.


I'm going to keep messing with it, but any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.




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Sounds like you created records for base actors. Well and good. That said you have to now also generate facegen for them and place them somewhere in Tamriel. I would do a quick search of how to create followers in skyrim. Tons of guides out there will get you started

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