Modding Bannerlord with Vortex
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is an action role-playing video game developed by TaleWorlds Entertainment.
This guide is designed to help you set up Vortex to install and manage mods for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.
Getting Set Up
To begin, open up Vortex and navigate to the games section. In the search bar at the top, type in "Bannerlord" and click the "Manage" button on the game tile.
A dialogue will appear asking you to confirm the download of the game extension for Bannerlord. Click "Download" in the bottom right to proceed.
Once the extension is installed (which should only take a few seconds) click "Restart now" in the notification that will appear in the top right corner.
Go back to the Games tab (click "Games" in the side menu) and search for Bannerlord again. This time, the button on the game tile should read "Activate". Click it and Vortex will be ready and set up to manage mods for Bannerlord.
For Kenshi, all mods follow a predictable install pattern meaning there are no additional considerations for different types of mods.
To get started you'll need to visit the Nexus Mods page for Kenshi and choose a mod you'd like to download.
On the mod page, there are two buttons that will download the mod directly through Vortex.
One button, in the top right, will download the primary file for this mod immediately. Alternatively, if you'd rather check which file you're downloading, head to the "Files" tab of the mod page and use the "Mod Manager Download" button on the file.
Once the file has downloaded via Vortex, click the "Install" button in the notification or navigate to the "Mods" section within Vortex and click on the "Never installed" button. Once the installation is complete, the button will change to say "Disabled". Click on it again to enable the mod (or use the button in the notification).
You can now start the game by pressing the "Play" button on the game art in the top left of Vortex. This will bring up the game's launcher. Please make sure to tick the box next to the mods you have enabled in Vortex for them to be able to be loaded correctly.
To verify that your mods are installed, check the mods menu in-game. For new levels, you'll need to speak to the Mafia in the Mail Room of your ship (requires the Ice Hat and 8 Time Pieces to access it).
Does Vortex work with the Steam version of Kenshi?
Yes. Vortex can install and manage mods for both the Steam and GOG.com versions of the game. Only mods installed from Nexus Mods (or manually dropped into Vortex) will be visible in the app though. You can still use mods from Steam Workshop together with mods installed through Vortex, but you will have to manually manage those or use the workshops subscription system if you want to un- or re-install those.
I'm getting a security prompt each time I install a mod, can I stop that?
Depending on your settings, Vortex may select "Symlink Deployment (Run as Administrator)" as the default. This is perfectly fine to use but will require you to accept a security prompt from Windows each time you deploy or change your mods.
To avoid this, you may want to go to Settings > Mods and change the deployment method to "Hardlink deployment", then click "Apply". This will require one final security prompt to save the change.
See also: Deployment Methods