This guide is a collection of tools and mods to fix many issues that plague the game and make the experience less tolerable. Hope you can find it useful.
Fix Loading Times (and Mod Conflicts)
It seems that the issue is exactly like mentioned on the Dev Diary #181: Stellaris just loads one mod at a time, finishes, then moves to the next. That would explain the 30+ minutes load times some users seem to get.
To fix this, we need to use a Clausewitz engine feature that allows the game to load zipped mods in one file. In my tests I went from 6:30 minutes to 1:30 minutes.
For this we’ll use Irony Mod Manager. Here’s a complete tutorial that will give you the needed info to use it effectively. And yes, you’ll still be able to use the Paradox Launcher and Steam Overlay without issues since Irony Mod Manager isn’t a launcher.
Not much to add here, just check the previous video to learn how to fix mod conflicts with Irony Mod Manager.
For this you can use either Dual Monitor Tools or Borderless Gaming. Both are Open Source.
I recommend using Dual Monitor Tools since all you need to do is open the software, launch the game, then close it after playing.
In the screenshot to the right it’s the setting you need to change to make it work this way.
In case you can’t get the proper link since SourceForge is hell to navigate, here it is. Select the latest version, then I recommend the Portable version.
This the Borderless Gaming release section github.
It works, but it takes a few seconds more to set up each time, Dual Monitor Tools is just faster and less constraining.
Choose what you prefer.
Some recommended mods to fix some UI issues:
And my personal Stellaris config for the Steam Controller (should be usable with other controllers too since all you’ll lose is access to Shift and Ctrl).
(config is WORK IN PROGRESS).