Get setup for working on scripts and scripting events for TES V: Skyrim and Fallout 4 by Bethesda Game Studios using Creation Kit and Notepad++. For scripting the Creation Kit uses “Papyrus” scripting system, and you’ll need to setup for working with the “Papyrus Compiler.” Instead of working on scripts within the Creation Kit, you may find it preferable to work an external editor like Notepad++. Sublime and Visual Studio Code also support “Papyrus” syntax highlighting. Many scripts for Skyrim may also work for Fallout 4. Review the differences on this Creation Kit wiki article.
Familiarity with using the command prompt, archive utilities, batch files, and some scripting or programming experience is assumed. The following example is for Skyrim.
Source files and compiler setup
You’ll need the game’s Papyrus source files (extension psc) and the “Papyrus Compiler” found with Creation Kit. (And the game, of course.) You may want to backup your game’s data files in case something gets overwritten, or a mod plugin stops working correctly.
If you haven’t yet, install Creation Kit which can be found in Steam by selecting Library and Tools in the drop-down. Find “Skyrim Creation Kit” and install. In the instructions below, if you need help finding your game folder, in Steam right-click the game, select properties, view “Local Files” tab and click “Browse Local Files” button.