View Full Version : Stranger in a Strange land - A Fallout 3 AAR

Nov 07, 2009, 12:45 AM
I'll keep things in a spoiler to better help the load out.

"Rise and Shine... ...wake up and smell the ashes" - The Gman

OOC: Since Captian2 already gone through the beginning parts. I thought it was best to skip the tutorial parts (Baby steps, Growing up Fast, & Future Imperfect) and start directly on the Escape part.

Ugh, I must of had some bad nachos at the cafeteria. And why do I hear the voice of Amata waking me up? Earlier I heard some creepy old guy with some speech impediment telling me "wake up and smell the ashes". Oh well, it was a weird dream anyway.

This is freaking me out. Father disappeared, Vault security after my hide, weird dream, and a headache the size of Texas. What's next in the constant parade of interruptions?! :cry:. Lets cut to the chase, how in the world did he left? Amata goes on to say that he's left the Vault and the Overseer has "kind of gone crazy". Not even a missile launcher can penetrate that door, it's impossible to leave. Amata thought so as well then goes on to inform me that Jonas is dead. After that I did an Orly Owl ( and asked what the spam is going on. "Ya rly,...

Okayee, thinking to myself I have some options to toy with. Which there is only one, high tail it out of the vault fast than you can say "Gordon Freeman". She asked if father mentioned leaving the Vault, I told her I had no clue about his plans. I took the gun she provided me and begin to slither away out of the vault.

Hurray, here comes the cavalry! Kill some radroaches, loot the body, and get the heck outa here till...

Well well well, look at who crawled to me with his tail between his legs after years of bullying. I better bite my tongue and just help the poor sap. Just stay in the corner, and I'll deal with the bugs.

Better run to..., what the heck? Oh buzz off grump!


Guess I have to do things the hard way now. Thanks alot Mr. Squealer banging on the window!

Ok, I had enough of this Dick Cheneyesque torture. Boom, headshot!

Actually, I had plans to take yer keys n passwords. No? Well then I don't need yer help.

Where I come from, them are fighting words. But I have no time to deal with you Overseer. *Sigh* some people have a hard time trying to keep me in the vault. I'll just pop him on the head for a couple of seconds and then flee. Though the old cout still insist on fighting.

Almost there,

almost there!

Time to pop open the bottle, say some good byes, knock out the guards, loot some supplies and get er outahere!

さようなら! (sayōnara!) And hello...

Aww crap

Character Stats -
Name: Samus Aran
Core SPECIAL: 4ST, 7PE, 5EN, 6CH, 6IN, 7AG, 5LK
GOAT Results: Energy Weapons, Big Guns, Sneek (Supervisor)

Nov 07, 2009, 04:34 AM
Hmm...I see Washington's been...err...renovated.

Good start.

Nov 07, 2009, 04:39 AM


Nov 07, 2009, 06:49 AM

Chukchi Husky
Nov 07, 2009, 06:53 AM
How did you get the different hair?

Nov 07, 2009, 03:45 PM
How did you get the different hair?
Its actualy one of the mods that I am using for Fallout 3, Good Hair Day ( Though I had to heavily fix it through G.E.C.K. to fix the missing left eye bugs for some of the NPCs.

Hikaro Takayama
Nov 07, 2009, 10:48 PM
"Rise and Shine... ...wake up and smell the ashes" - The Gman

"My... apologies, Mr.... Freeman" ;)

Interesting story so far, and your character DOES look like Samus. :D

BTW, I decided to start a Fallout Mod Game just to check it out, and well....

It's been a lot of fun, so far (well, aside from the time I had a massive horde of Death Claws show up and wreck my trade infrastructure, but my Mutie Rocket Launcher troops were able to eventually push them back.... Still dealing with about 3-5 Death Claws rolling up in my stuff every turn, but I can easily deal with that. Even have a Mutant Rocket Launcher crew out in the wastelands hunting down their lairs)

Nov 08, 2009, 08:28 AM
Why didnt you start off with 9INT ?

Nov 08, 2009, 12:12 PM
I will be reading, Civvy-Gee. :scan:

Nov 10, 2009, 04:10 AM

Well, better not stand around gawking at the scenery. Better pick through the remains of this old town for any kind of supplies I can gather.

Sweet, broke into a safe and found myself a nice Laser pistol. A bit on the rusty side, but its still useful. I better grab any laser pistols I find lying around to repair these babies.

Oh what other things I can find in a town with a lone bot floating around playing music and then playing some old guy's speaches. A letter from Vault-Tec. Dear, so and so. We are sorry bla bla bla. Shesh, Ive seen better rejection letters from colleges and jobs that Ive applied for.

Oh goodie, a ranch that's nether boarded up nor turned into kindling. Looks to be abandoned, oh well. I better see what I can get out of that olde shack. Perhaps make it into a shelter of my own.

What the? There's some person who's breath smells like jet and is more wasted than a drunken OT poster. I demanded that she calmed down but all she could talk about was Moriarty this and Moriarty that and how I would not get any caps from her. Then she gone bezerko and started attacking me, so I returned the favor and gave her a laser eye surgery for free.

...then scurry off into the wastelands again to see if there is anything special in that school.

My my, someone was trying to hide this stimpack under a book. What was that? Oh great, Ive got company and he does not sound to friendly.

Pills here!!!! Grabbin Peelz!!!!

Lovely, just on my way out to Jury Metro, It starts to rain. Though as suddenly as it started, it stopped. Hmm, must be monsoon season in the wasteland.

Boy, the raiders certainly have a lot of time on there hands up here in old Jury Metro. Setting up shop in an old electronics store, creating a Rude Goldberg machine in the grocery store, a lab to make mole rat jerky, and cows?! WE GOT COWS!!!

Now that I gotten my lucky shades, I can head off right to Megaton to see whats what.

A friendly robot to great you into Megaton. Yet does it really have to mention an unexploded bomb?

NOW I see why the robot mentions a bomb. By the looks of it here, there's some dude worshiping it. Oh and here comes the mayor or the sheriff. Cant really tell though he told me that he's the town mayor and sheriff too. I'd chalk it up that he is a dual-rate person. I asked him where I can find any such supplies and where the father is located. But I bit my tongue about the bomb...

...and forget about it by tipping the local cow.

I figure the local supply store owner would have more information. By the looks of her, she seems really into work, even to the point of talking to the floor while sweeping. Apperently she saw a guy at Moriarty's then goes on about a survival guide. I'd figure what's the harm in helping out. Though before I left, I had to get a better armor than a raider armor and some energy cells.

As I entered in, what looks to be a guy with a horrible skin condition was complaning about his radio and kept banging on it. And then there's this guy. I wonder if he does it to all of Moriarty's guests who come in, just beckon them to come over. So I went over and discussed the bomb, to my horror he suggested that it should be blown up. This man must be insane or just evil inside. So I decided to play his little game and agree with what he said and jacked up the offer. After he said "Time is wasting", he gave me the creaps since it reminded me of that guy in my dreams one time who called himself "the G-man". But I'll be back with a Shotty and Mr. Simms to cr0wn that creap. Then went to speek with the man named Gob and spoke to him politely, he was shocked that I am nice to him and offered a discount. Ive seen worse *shutter* The L4D2 Spitter *shutter*.

Then went to Moriarty himself. I guess this was the person that the gal was running away from. I asked him on the where a bouts of the father. He went on and on about how I was brainwashed in the Vault so I decided to cut to the chase and payed for the information.

Were off to see the market, the wonderful super duper mart! Though I don't like the looks of the decor at the parking lot. Looks raiderish.

Hikaro Takayama
Nov 11, 2009, 11:00 AM
Nice story, so far... BTW this inspired me to buy the "Fallout Trilogy" pack that contains Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. :D

Nov 11, 2009, 11:10 AM
Keep it up CivG. :D

Nov 12, 2009, 07:43 AM
Nice and well done

Nov 28, 2009, 04:34 AM
I'll be updating this AAR soon. Had a Left 4 Dead 2 fix... well as going through Fallout 3 to fix a couple of installed mods. I had to remove the Energy Visuals Enhancement Mod due to random crashes each time I fire my laser pistol at an enemy. Also tested out the Street Lights mod.

Nov 29, 2009, 11:44 AM
I was wondering what the status was on this AAR.

Nov 29, 2009, 11:57 AM
Bloody mods, delaying updates and whatnot!

Nov 30, 2009, 02:45 PM
What does "AAR" mean?

Nov 30, 2009, 02:52 PM
What does "AAR" mean?

After Action Report

Nov 30, 2009, 02:56 PM
Stands for 'After Action Report'. :)

Term has been co-opted by wierdo gaming types to roughly mean 'story/report based on a game I played'. To start with it was used for gameplay reports of scenarios etc in strategy & war games I think, and branched out from there to be used a bit more generally.

Nov 30, 2009, 03:44 PM

This is a good definition, also noteworthy because CFC gets hit up with a link. :D

Dec 02, 2009, 12:34 PM

Time for another round of Left 4 De... ...whops, wrong game

Nothing much but food rations, donuts, and TV dinners ( Better get some medical supplies while I am here. Even if I have to take down a couple of raiders, lay some bottlecap mines and lure them to mah traps.

Health Pack here! Shot here! All your medical needs in the wasteland.

Suddenly the raiders, as they are infamously called, wanted to crash the party (I've layed some mines before hand and exploded in a fine mist while I was in sneak mode! :evil: ) so I decided to activate the robot and the old protectron to crash the raider's party
And now off to see Moira and tell her about the tales of Louis's PEELZ and Krispy Kream Donuts. Untill...

...The fun police arrived out of no where! Wait a sec, It's an Enclave Soldier! I must have that Powwa Armor!

My precious! My precious Enclave Power Armor! Ok ok, calm down calm down. Sadly I dont have power armor training. Oh well, I'll lug it around till I find some manual somewhere.

Had to wait a couple of hours till she opened shop, once she did. I told Moira that I had to risk my neck to get her some donuts and peelz. And now she wants me to take a dip into the radioactive pool. Such fun.

What? Ahh, a radioactive spill. Part of me wants to believe that were not this insane for building a town near an undetonated atomic bomb and pools of radioactive water. But I know better. Oh man, listen to that. I better get a check up after this. Well, while I am here, may as well disarm this thing.

Yeah, Mr. Simms. I'm about to melt though the crust of the Earth. Oh and I've deactivated that bomb. Impressed with my actions, he offered me the deed to the house and citizenship.

Yeah yeah, I'm about to burn a hole on your storefloor. Lets just get this overwith so I am free of radiation. I'm already at 7 greys (! So the worse case scenario would be a messed up DNA. As if my DNA is already modified already. Let's finish this chaper and head off to the landmines.

Today's my lucky day, an entanglement with a few raiders. Apperently they arent that bright with one of them chucking a grenade at there own guys.

Aww, come back. You're the one that started this.

My day aint complete without a few raider huntin'

And that's for trying to cr0wn me!

Geeze, how far is this place? I have to cross a moat of radioactive green crap?! Oh well, it's the only way. Well at least I get a bobblehead.

Wait a sec, this aint the place. I must have made a wrong turn by that power plant! Oh god, it's one of them overgrown witches from L4D, but more reptilian! Better pull out my Paralyzer for good measure. Oh god one of them saw me!

Hah, shocked and cr0wned. I better get outa here.

Geeze!!! I did not even startled you two!!! NO! I don't wanna be incaped! Better hide in the sewers. They wont get me there.

Hello, what do we have here? A Power Armor Manual next to a Medic Power Armor. Now I can finally wear that Enclave Power Armor I gotten a few hours ago.

Somehow, I've gotten the Enclave Soldier way earlyer than Capt2 :eek:.

Dec 03, 2009, 12:10 PM
Cool. :D

Hikaro Takayama
Dec 04, 2009, 10:35 AM
Niiiiiiiiiiice! Now go "Metroid Prime" on their sorry a$$es! :D

Dec 06, 2009, 08:46 AM
Weather forcast in the Capital Wasteland:

(I hope the Fallout Winter Edition ( mod works :scared: )

Jos Ballenbak
Dec 07, 2009, 04:44 AM
Is there a christmas mod for Fallout 3?

Awesome AAR, But why not wear the medical power armor?

Dec 07, 2009, 07:23 PM
Is there a christmas mod for Fallout 3?
The only thing that comes close to a Christmas mod for Fallout 3 are some mods in Fallout Nexus that adds in Christmas music to GNR. The Fallout Winter Edition just blankets the landscape with snow, though I had to tweak it a bit to just be a texture mod (I.E. not using any *.esp, *.bsa, & *.esm files, but just having them sit in /Fallout 3/data/textures ) since some of the buildings (when the mod is active via the Fallout Mod Manager) come out looking like crap (Some houses look lo-res and some buildings look like the entire wall was blown out and "cloaked" mail dropboxes) and left it with just a fresh powder on the ground.

Awesome AAR, But why not wear the medical power armor?
The Downside of the medical power armor is that it does not provide strength bonus, only 25% Rad resistance with a -1 Aglility. The other downside of the medical power armor is that, since the armor will alert you of nearby foes by shouting out phrases. Any nearby enemies will also hear the armor shouting and will be alerted to your presence. Making the medical power armor a poor choice when being stealthy.

I chose to pick up the medical power armor due because of a bug/glitch ( in the game that causes it to disappear if I enter the sewer and did not picked up the armor while inside (This was also confirmed in the 360 version of Fallout 3). If I return back to get it, it wont be there the next time I pick it up far down the road when I enter the Broken Steel questline.

I went into the sewers since that is one of the locations the mod I used, placed the Power Armor Training Manual. The mod also adds other options such as getting training from Protector Casdin after you give him enough crap for the Outcast to be Friendly towards you, at Fort Constantine in the terminal next to the T-51B Power Armor (Though would need the keys from "Ya gotta shot him in the head" quest in order to get further into the bunker @ Ft. Constantine), from Branchtender Linden (Former Outcast) if I sided with Laurel and pass a speech check, and a manual in Old Olney Sewers next to the Medic Power Armor.

If anyone's interested, here is the mod itself @ Fallout 3 Nexus (

Double Stack
Dec 18, 2009, 08:46 PM

(Secret nudge to update AAR...nice story).

Dec 19, 2009, 03:47 AM

Dec 19, 2009, 03:48 AM
sorry iz drunk pls del

Jos Ballenbak
Dec 19, 2009, 01:19 PM
plz dont delete xD

Dec 19, 2009, 01:54 PM
Oh my, I never expected a drunken post in my AAR XD.

Dec 24, 2009, 03:11 PM

Now that I am able to wear power armor, I can scoot out of these sewers.

I pop out to say hello to the world and... it snowing already? Great and a deathclaw spotted me. Better taze him...

...and run like heck into the snow.

Well I finally made it to the little town known as minefield. But who's that on the building? He doesn't look to friendly clenching his sniper's rifle.

Better slip on the Zero Suit and sneek my way in (OOC: At this point, I obviously dont have the Silent Running perk and had to switch from power armor that makes a lot of noise to the Zero Suit that provides less noise)

Disarm a couple of mines along the way to the stairs.

Boom! Backshot. He wont be shooting mines and autos now.

Gah! They don't make em like they used to. A couple prematurely exploded in my face crippling mah head. I swore I could have heard the sound of birds chirping.

After visiting the playground and disarming a couple of mines, I limp back to Megaton (OOC: I intentionally injured myself in order to get one of Moira's quest done in advanced, which y'all will see later on)

Experience the sunrise on the way to Megaton...

...and stoped to make a trade to lighten my load, get some ammo, and more caps. Harith could only think to himself "Poor thing, she could have used some of my guns".

Back to Moira's. She was quite estatic to be given a landmine. The took it and huged it and stroked it and huged it named it George then gave me the quest to injure myself, like she wasn't obvious that I've been limping around for my own health.

Yeah, lets get this segment done in a flash. I've hopped on a landmine so I dont have to hop off the Children of the Atom's roof and break my leg while the guy ankle deep in radioactive water keeps talking to the bomb.

Then Moira proceeds to complain how I can be walking around in a Zero Suit

After that she told me to go to the sewers and play with the Mole Rats. I don't want to play with them, I want to kill them. Them buggers have sharp big teeth!

Well, at least she did not say "Go to Germany and Play ("

Apparently a stray vicious dog wants to play

Dec 24, 2009, 03:32 PM
Part II of the zany adventure (and to avoid having the 30 image limit error popping up)

Huh, whats this place. I never seen it before. Better see what it is.

*Gasp* I wandered into a Talon Company Camp!

Time to get sneaky and kill some Talons. Just hearing there name makes my blood boil. All the good people they've killed. And apparently one of them wants to go toe to toe against me with a sword.

You're Chinese Sword is no match for my Japanese Katana! While I am here, I'll just loot there armor and some backpacks.

Blech, wearing the Talon Combat Armor just makes me want to take a shower. UGH! But it's the only combat armor I came across to use as a backup (OOC: The Enclave Power Armor would be a pain to repair since the early Enclave Scouts only respawn after so many days at this point in the game since the Enclave Outposts have yet to appear)

Great, just my luck. I encounter a Mutant Heavy. He just loves to rev up his mini-gun and shout "WAAAAAAAAHHH WAAAAAAAAAA!!! CRY SOME MORE!!!!!". But at least he whiped out the raiders in the area. And I found a Chinese variant of the AK-47.

After making a mad dash to the stairs. I continued onward to the sewers. Then I encountered...

...What is that?!!! It's got tentacles for a face! It's a Cthulhu dog! Say hello to Yagasaff and the other gods for me!

Eh, I hear crying and a maniacal laughter of a Super Mutant.

No! you aint slapping me with that sledgehammer!

Time to rescue the captive and take a nap by the beds

And time to enter the sewers, just as a blizzard is about to start. For some strange reason, I can hear PrinceScamp's drunken rants in Dukov's place.

Dec 26, 2009, 12:23 AM
As nice as the companion cube on your back is, that is quite the target :p

Hikaro Takayama
Dec 26, 2009, 10:35 AM
Yeah, at least as bad as the Japanese and RAF airplane roundels during WWII (just aim for the bullseye). :lol:

Mar 25, 2010, 12:47 PM
I have some, unfortunate news to report. As I was about to plan on updating this AAR, Windows informed me that my hard disk was failing (a FLIPPING 3 month old HDD that I HAD REPLACED!). So I had no choice but to back all of the Fallout 3 addons and saves as well as my source game.

The good news is that I have backed up my saves (Including the player character for this AAR, Samus Aran) and stored them in a flash USB drive.

Mar 25, 2010, 07:44 PM
Well, I decided to go ahead with the update anyway. Though Fallout 3 is a bit laggy when starting up, largely due to the HDD finding a good sector (I think).
I don't remember the wasteland looking like this! I don't even remember seeing any rain! Last I remembered it was snowing!
This is crayzer than a side order of fries. I'll just budge this green door in and...
...into the sewers I go. Wait, now everythings in 3D now!! I don't remember taking any Pycho or Med-X. Oh well, must be the side effect of a long hiatus.
Time to bring in the pain train!
I hear some molerat squeel behind this door...
Think you can hide from me!!
BOOM Goes the Molerattie!
Oh lovely, a raider in a gas leak
Oh wait, this has gone better than I have expected! The Joys of cooking raiders!
Oh I know that sound! Boy, the fun just does not end around here. Bomb shelter parties are the best parties cause bomb shelter parties dont stop. Until everyones dead. Stupid sentury gun!
Geeze!!! Payback much sentry gun!?
Dead molerats. Apperently I am not alone in these tunnels
Oh yeah, I see ya.
Time to eat some laser Rocksalt
Hmm, may as well pick up these landmines and use them to pull a mischivous trick
And BOOM goes the dynamite!!!
Oh JOY!! Rocksalt has a laser pistol in here!
Time to play some wackamole and see what other loot is around
What the?! A bowling certificate? Baby pictures? Blue Poncho? Where's Rocksalt's uberawsome stash!?! Oh well, I'll take the power fist anywho.
At least the wasteland is NORMAL this time! Well, time to journey back to Megaton... the dark

Mar 25, 2010, 07:45 PM
Yeah, I got this combat armor from a dead Talon Merc
The repelent works wounders. One smack on them and they go pop
"Poor little moleratties"? Thoes things jump around like Mexican jumping beans! WITH TEATH!!!
You want me to risk my neck putting a camera in some gigantic enemy crab's egg nest? Alright, the pay better be good.
Hmm, why am I getting a radio message from the north. The man sounds nervious and in need of help. I guess I can put putting the camera aside till later
BIG BOY!!! Wait, no hamburger?
What the? A wastelander
No more games! Don't even think about trying to kill me. I'm taking your sunglasses. And your ammo.
Well here I am at some obvious radio tower
Oh look, and some raiders popped out to have fun
More time?! It looked like you've been camping out here for months
The Pitt?
Are you telling me that the Combine came to Earth after the bombs fell? Who knew the Resonance Cascade happened during the Great War!
Yeah, I'll tag along.
And now for some slave hunting...
...and slave rescuing.
Then Wernher decloked himself and said "Ahem! Gentlemen". To be honest, he is THAT sneaky like that spy from that valve game. Can the computers in this universe play any source engine games? I doubt it.
Anyway, I'm getting off in a tangent, lets go to the Pitt.
Yeah... ...the Pitt looks strangely like Soviet Russia. Only this time with no Soviet music and instead of Soviet Soldiers, there are sadistic raiders.

Mar 25, 2010, 08:07 PM
Nice update!

I like that backpack.

Apr 09, 2010, 01:38 AM
Somehow I got talked into going into the Pitt. The guy who I was with, what's his name? Warner? Oh well. At least hes going to talk to that guy overthere.
Oooookaye, a Raider wearing Pyro's mask and his hat. Somehow makes it more clear that Pyro might be A WOMAN!
And the party doesnt stop now does it.
Umm, yeah. There dead Wernher.
You mean you're just going to split? Just like that. Dress up as a slave? Why not use the cloak and dagger and diguise as a pyro raider? Heheh, you blunked
Okayee, It looks like the rush hour traffic did not saved these guys from the nuke.
Feral dogs?! Is Wernher kidding me?!
Well at least they got rid of that gigantic rat
OWW, you son of a!! Quit shoting me!! I realize I don't look like your kind, but is this how you treat visitors!!!!?
You like that?! You like that!? How does it feel to be shot at!! (
How do you like that!!!! Oh crap, now you've gone geddan ( on me
Well at least you overthere instead of diving into the water
What the? Slaves escaping? Noo don't run into that land mine!! Awww, I told you so. Well at least they cleared up the minefield.
Now I have to hobble to the gate... wait. Better play the TF2 spy.
Geeze, do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
What the?! Hey!! That's my power armor!! and my stuff!! Also, I'm not a scab?! How on earth am I a scab if there is no strike or picket line going on!!?
Boo hoo? I'm not crying. I'm in raging! Cant you hear me go FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUU-?! Be glad Choxorn is not around or he'd go Grammar Nazi on you.

Apr 09, 2010, 01:42 AM
Hey? What's going on here?
HOLY MONKEY ON A STICK!!!!! You shot them! Erm...
...Oh I see nothing! I was not here! I did not even get UP this morning!
Erm? Are you SURE it's safe for us to talk out in the open like this?
Wait, what the? Were still using stockades?! What is this? A puritan colony?!
What's a trog? The trolls that lurk in Off Topic?
AHHH!!! A supprise guest!! What's next in this constant parade of interuptions?
Well, time to head to the steal yard. Wait, what's that slapping noise? Riiiight. I'll just move along in THAT direction.
Jesus H. Christ. Would someone PLEASE tell me what do you mean by "Scab". This palce does not look like a unionized factory. It's more like forced labor!
What did I just say?! This place aint unionized!
Yeah, I'm not too thrilled about this one bit.

Thorvald of Lym
Aug 09, 2010, 08:06 PM