It’s easy to spot a Vault Dweller in the desert—just look for the big, clunky computer strapped to its forearm. But if you’ve played Fallout 4 a few times and want to see something different when checking the map or organizing your inventory, or if you want to play a character who’s never lived in a Vault, here’s a fun new option.
Instead of strapping a Pip-Boy to your arm, the Dear Pip-Boy mod replaces the familiar personal computer with a small hand-held journal. Instead of pushing buttons to visit different sections of the menu, the itty bitty diary has pages you can flip through. The small handwritten tabs for stats, inventory, data and map add to the feeling that it’s a small paper journal instead of a computer, something you can keep tucked in your back pocket when you’re not holding it. Naturally, the paper journal still doubles as your Pip-Boy, and there are animations when it comes to Vault Boy and other menu elements.
Here is a short video showing the itty bitty diary:
And don’t worry. For all you music lovers and sign followers, the diary has a small radio built into the back cover so you can still listen to old world tunes and track mysterious broadcasts in the Commonwealth.
The mod doesn’t require any other mods to work, which is frankly quite refreshing these days. There is a separate patch file if you have any problem using mouse in diary, and the same fix also adds some sound effects to turn the page and make the pages a little bigger. You can find the Dear Pip-Boy mod here at Nexus Mods.