So I tried reinstalling the mod a few times to make sure I hadn't goofed somewhere. Eventually I realized my problem (not being able to access the hireling menu) was because I didn't know about the mouse lock (silly me!). After clicking capslock everything went fine and I've been rampaging across continents ever since!
Oh, but I encountered another problem, namely whenever I enter the Ironsand map, an error/debug message pops up. Entering the map from adjacent maps (Alvar and Shadowspire) only makes the message pop up (see img#1), after closing the box everything proceeds as normal. However, if I enter a dungeon (Larder, dragon cave, Tunnel of fire etc) and exit back into Ironsand (townportal is unaffected) a similar error message pops up (see img#2-3) and the game crashes. The crash happens even if I try to save real fast and re-load after restarting the game. Also, attempting to play arcomage in the tavern results in another error message, followed by a crash (see img#4-5).
(I have no idea how to post screenshots etc in the forums, sorry for imgur link!)https://imgur.com/a/RhtGJiy
Does anyone else have this problem? Anyone know how to fix it? Please bear in mind that I'm not technologically gifted (see above story about the caps lock, lol), so if anyone has a solution please be as detailed as possible (imagine I'm your senile ol' granny).
Thanks in advance!