The mods and console cant become dogmeat essential in hardcore.
The others companions are ok.
I don't have words.
My advice is to rename your install folder to something else and reinstall TTW in a clean installation and only install what you are going to use. The game parses plugins if they are active or not and you have more than 300, I'm surprised your game even loads at all. There is no fixing what you have there.
Okay I'm having an issue with the followers Cass and Boone. I specifically got her to be a follower for checking out the hiring and firing of companions across both wastelands. I brought her to the Capital Wasteland and traveled to Paradise Falls and fired her their because I was going to grab Clover and take her to New Vegas to fire her. When I initiated dialogue with Cass I got the negative response you get when you have bad karma with her. I chose the parting ways option.
I blew up Megaton and since she is posted on these forums to go to the bar their if fired in the Capital Wasteland I got a message she is returning to the Mojave when I fired her. She didn't leave right away though. Cass stayed there after I fast traveled to Megaton Ruins and back and stayed at the same spot. Trying to open dialogue with her just had talking about going back west without being able to open the dialogue window. I fast traveled to a few different locations returning to Paradise falls and she was still there.
Eventually I moved on and went back to New Vegas and grabbed Boon and checked to see if firing him in the Capital Wasteland would have him go to the sniper shack and sure enough he is nowhere to be found. I traveled back to Paradise Falls and now Cassidy was gone. I checked the NCR outpost where you first recruit her to see if she was there and she wasn't. Tried using console commands to take me to her and bring her to me and neither worked.
I fired Jericho and Clover both in NV and Jericho went to the Atomic Wrangler and Clover went to the train station. Both worked fine. I haven’t checked the rest of the companions yet. Here is my load order.
Boone did disappear in the opposite wasteland like Jericho and Clover do. However unlike Jericho and Clover Boone never went to his "DC home" the sniper shack where as Jericho and Clover went to their "New Vegas Homes". So Boone didn't just stay in the same spot like Cass did for whatever reason if that helps at all.
merge plugins is not safe for new vegas, only skyrim.
I have never heard this. Reasons???
I'm currently using a couple merged this way, no issues yet.