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Staying on the Fallout 4 Hype Train (SOTF4HT) RPG

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by EQandcivfanatic, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    CHOOOO CHOOOO.

    I am rather excited for Fallout 4, and have decided to attempt something I have never done before! An actual D&D sort of thing, taking place in the world of BOTWAWKI 2.6! In all honesty I have never done anything like D&D before so really this is more like an advanced version of Adventurers of the Traveler with more freedom and a party. Not a break out the kegs sort of party, but an adventuring party! The goal is to get the party started in about an hour from the time of this posting. I plan to conduct the game via chat, either IOTchat or Steam chat, depending on who joins up.

    Here's the premise: The party wakes up together in an unlocked and abandoned train car in the middle of nowhere. They have no memory beyond their name, where they were born, and knowledge of their skills. From this humble start, the party must find a way to recover what they have lost and regain their lives, while figuring out who they really are.

    How to Join!: Before we get started in an hourish, you may join by setting up stats based on the following format. You have 40 points you can distribute between the seven stats, which can be anywhere between 1-10.

    Name:
    Age:
    Gender:
    Town of Birth:
    Strength:
    Perception:
    Endurance:
    Charisma:
    Intelligence:
    Agility:
    Luck:

    Please Select any town of birth from the following map:

    Spoiler :




    If you're curious what each trait governs, here's the summary:

    Strength: Affects melee weapons and carrying capacity.

    Perception: Affects your ability with explosives, lockpicking, and energy weapons.

    Endurance: Affects your hitpoints, ability with big guns, and ability to survive in the wilderness.

    Charisma: Affects your ability to charm others through speech and negotiate good prices.

    Intelligence: Affects your ability to heal others, hack technology, and repair items.

    Agility: Affects your ability with smaller conventional weapons, skill at sneaking, and speed in combat.

    Luck: Improves critical hit chances in combat and offers new opportunities on occasion when high.



    That's about it, player stats will typically look like this:

    The Traveler
    Spoiler :

    Strength: 7
    Perception: 3
    Endurance: 6
    Charisma: 3
    Intelligence: 6
    Agility: 4
    Luck: 4
    Equipment: 55.5/70 lbs carried
    Spoiler :

    1 9mm Pistol (4 Clips) / 1 pound
    2 Frag Grenades / 1 pound
    1 Longsword / 3 pounds
    1 Metal Armor (Equipped) / 20 pounds
    1 Missile Launcher (4 Missiles) /21 pounds
    1 Pip-Boy (Equipped) / 0.5 pounds
    1 Plasma Rifle (Equipped; 4 Cells) / 4 pounds
    1 Well Crafted Spear / 5 pounds
    10,050 Caps




    We will be starting at 7:30ish EST, post your stats here and we'll be good to go, contact me in IOTchat or Steam at the time so we can setup where we're doing this.
     
  2. thomas.berubeg

    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

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    Name: L.. Lacey? Laury? Lauren...? Laura? Laura! That's it
    Age: I dunno. 24? Maybe?
    Gender: Female
    Town of Birth: Nasacity
    Strength: 6
    Perception: 4
    Endurance: 3
    Charisma: 7
    Intelligence: 5
    Agility: 5
    Luck: 10
     
  3. Decamper

    Decamper ..!

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    Name: Samuel
    Age: 25
    Gender: Male
    Town of Birth: Viracocha
    Strength: 3
    Perception: 5
    Endurance: 3
    Charisma: 6
    Intelligence: 10
    Agility: 7
    Luck: 6
     
  4. Grandkhan

    Grandkhan Telvanni Master Wizard

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    Name: Bashapur
    Age: 22
    Gender: Male
    Town of Birth: Technically the Pitt, but he's from the STEELMEN
    Strength: 10
    Perception: 3
    Endurance: 10
    Charisma: 4
    Intelligence: 1
    Agility: 4
    Luck: 8

    Bashapur smash puny wastelanders!
     
  5. Zappericus

    Zappericus Euro scumbag

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    Name: Johnny 'Three Tears'
    Age: 32
    Gender: Male
    Town of Birth: USS Goliath
    Strength: 10
    Perception: 5
    Endurance: 10
    Charisma: 5
    Intelligence: 1
    Agility: 2
    Luck: 7

     
  6. Quisani

    Quisani Gaming Person

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    Name: Winslow
    Age: 32
    Gender: Male
    Town of Birth: Ocala
    Strength:5
    Perception:7
    Endurance:5
    Charisma:5
    Intelligence:7
    Agility:5
    Luck:6
     
  7. TheLastJacobite

    TheLastJacobite No Commies

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    Name: Niels
    Age: 30
    Gender: Male
    Town of Birth: New Panama
    Strength: 6
    Perception: 7
    Endurance: 7
    Charisma: 6
    Intelligence: 6
    Agility: 3
    Luck: 5

    I awoke in a daze. My head felt like I'd been on a five day bender and then gone four too many rounds with a heavyweight in the boxing ring. I tried to think of how I'd gotten to where I was and couldn't remember a like.

    I started to take stock of the room (was it a room? I couldn't be sure) around me. At first glance, there were about a half dozen others in the room. They were almost all guys like myself. One was wearing an odd uniform, while another was most definitely a raider. I knew I'd have to keep my eye on that one. The others I couldn't tell. That's when I saw her.

    She was danger on legs, I tell ya and they went on for days. She musta been in her mid twenties. She looked like a dame you woulda seen on an old fashioned magazine before the war, or a calendar hanging up in a garage. I reached over to brush a lock of hair out of her face. Her eyes shot open she saw me and popped me in the jaw lickedsplit. As I lost consciousness again, I knew that dame was gonna be trouble
     
  8. DuneBear

    DuneBear Warlord

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    Hopefully you all get arrested in the GRD for being filthy mutants.
     
  9. Ahigin

    Ahigin Emperor

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    I'd love to play, but I'm too slammed.

    Hey, somebody create a Transmississippian character! We have Gray Shamans, Gray Champions, the Watchful Ones, and many other quirky guilds.
     
  10. Nuka-sama

    Nuka-sama See ya! It has been a fun decade!

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    Strength: 2
    Perception: 8
    Endurance: 3
    Charisma: 2
    Intelligence: 10
    Agility: 5
    Luck: 10
     
  11. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    Well that went really well, and I'm going to provide you all with an abbreviated chat log. First however, the current stats:

    Spoiler :

    Laura: Thomas.Berubeg
    Hitpoints: 30
    Spoiler :

    Strength: 6
    Perception: 4
    Endurance: 3
    Charisma: 7
    Intelligence: 5
    Agility: 5
    Luck: 10
    Equipment: 4/60 lbs carried
    Spoiler :

    Laser Pistol (4 Cells) 3 lbs
    Combat knife 1 lb
    130 caps



    Bashapur: Grandkhan
    Hitpoints: 90/120 (+20 from armor)
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    Strength: 10
    Perception: 3
    Endurance: 10
    Charisma: 4
    Intelligence: 1
    Agility: 4
    Luck: 8
    Equipment: 15/100 lbs carried
    Spoiler :

    Sledgehammer 5 lbs
    RFR Light Body Armor 10 lbs
    130 Caps



    Winslow: Quisani
    Hitpoints: 50
    Spoiler :

    Strength: 5
    Perception: 7
    Endurance: 5
    Charisma: 5
    Intelligence: 7
    Agility: 5
    Luck: 6
    Equipment: 6/50 lbs carried
    Spoiler :

    Combat Knife 1 lb
    Assault Rifle (2 5mm Clips) 5 lbs
    130 Caps



    Niels: TheLastJacobite
    Hitpoints: 50
    Spoiler :

    Strength:5
    Perception:7
    Endurance:5
    Charisma:5
    Intelligence:7
    Agility:5
    Luck:6

    Equipment: 9/50 lbs carried
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    Laser Pistol (4 Cells) 3 lbs
    Assault Rifle (2 5mm Clips) 5 lbs
    Combat Knife 1 lb
    130 Caps


    [/spoiler]

    Here's how things went down:

    Samuel, Laura, Winslow, and Niels woke up in an abandoned train car on a godforsaken stretch of railroad. They headed east, but were forced to turn north when they encountered a river with a nasty current. They looked around and saw the ruins of an old city and the wreckage of a prison. They approached the prison but chose not to investigate further due to the intense howling of ghouls from within. They turned back and followed an old caravan route east.

    At this point they discovered they were in Georgia, and encamped themselves in an old building on the outskirts of the ruins of Madison. Laura, Niels, and Winslow ate from old cans, while Bashapur smashed and ate raw radroaches happily. They managed to rest through most of the night peacefully, while taking turns on the watch. It was during Winslow's watch leading up to the dawn that it was noticed that the town was literally crawling with hundreds of giant ants. Laura climbed up to the roof of the house they were in and managed to spot that the ants were gathering meat from a herd of dead Brahmin not far away, still laden with packs of the caravan they had been part of. While they were tempted to head out, clear the ants, and loot the caravan, they chose to hide for the day.

    The party eventually exited its hidey-hole in the house as the ants disappeared back into their hive in the evening, and found that any useful caravan goods were long destroyed. Bashapur attempted to craft a helmet out of brahmin skulls, but kept smashing them accidentally. At this point they saw the lights and heard the sounds of a large caravan coming from the east and they chose to hide. Bashapur determined that he could effectively hide by closing his hides. Unfortunately this ruse failed to fool the caravan and they soon came upon Bashapur standing in the middle of the road, holding a sledgehammer, and shouting about how he was stealthy and no one could see him. Sensing a trap, a tense situation was eventually defused by Niels and Laura, and the caravan welcomed the party to join them for dinner.

    Winslow warned the caravan master about the threat of the giant ants, and they moved their camp further west, off of the ants' trail. The caravan served tasty jerky, and eventually the party fell to sleep, piled around the hulk of Bashapur. Laura was the last to go to sleep, after attempting to get information from the guards about the caravan. When the party awoke, they found that the caravan's cargo had caught up to them, and that the cargo was cages full of bodies, unconscious or dead. The caravan master offered them fresh sizzling meat, but for various reasons, all but Bashapur refused, who accepted the meat and ate it happily. At this point the caravan separated ways from our party, and headed to destinations west.

    The party headed east along the old caravan route to the town of The Warren in the Reclaimed Free Republic. They arrived but found there was little in the town they could afford with the pittance of caps they had retrieved from the wrecked Brahmin caravan. Winslow and Laura stumbled into a funeral in the local chapel and found out that a group of poorly armed bandits were apparently preying upon those who slept outside of the walls. They learned that the mayor had offered a two thousand cap bounty on whoever brought the bandits to justice. Learning this, the party decided to camp outdoors and lure the bandits into a trap.

    Niels was able to identify a good place to set up a concealed watch and camp. He and Bashapur volunteered to take the first watch, keeping an eye out for the bandits. Niels found a concealed position not far from the camp, while Bashapur simply sat in the middle with his back against a tree, pretending to sleep and snore. Laura and Winslow fell asleep and it was not long before Niels spotted two shadows approaching the camp and talking. It became immediately clear to him that the bandits were actually night watch guards from the town, killing travelers. Niels immediately ordered them to freeze and stepped out. They began to comply, but Bashapur roared to life and immediately smashed one's skull clean open with his sledgehammer. The other drew an assault rifle and prepared to fire, forcing Niels to fire upon him with his laser pistol. The soldier was incinerated, and the party was left with a dead body, a pile of ash, and some new equipment.

    The party divvied up the goods and it became clear they would not be able to return to the town with what had happened and no evidence of the guards' perfidy. They hauled off the remaining body and headed south through the woods during the dead of night, anxious to get far away from The Warren. Shortly after the break of dawn, they decided to dump the body in a ditch that Niels quickly found. Unfortunately the ditch turned out to be a giant wasp nest, and dumping the body stirred up a swarm which began to pursue our heroes. Laura, Niels, and Winslow were able to keep well ahead of the creatures, but Bashapur was stung numerous times before the wasps gave up the pursuit. Our heroes reached a road, and headed up it to the town of Waynesboro.

    We left the party at the walls of Waynesboro, ready to enter and find out what further adventures and misadventures await them.
     
  12. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    Oh yes, we have intent on continuing this tomorrow night, if enough poeple are able to materialize. We're looking to begin around 7 or 8 EST.
     
  13. TheLastJacobite

    TheLastJacobite No Commies

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    I take it since Fallout 4 is now out that there is no more hype train?
     
  14. Angst

    Angst Rambling and inconsistent

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    This is interesting. Sub post!

    EDIT: @EQandcivfanatic, can I possibly join the party during the next session? I don't even have your Steam IIRC. I want to do a self-insert, pretending I'm myself, which means poor physical skills but high mental skills. (Yeah yeah I'm not that smart, but I'm much smarter than I'm athletic, which means that a self-insert would be an intelligence character. Furthermore I think I want to be a poet and musician, being very good at charisma things but poor at everything else.)
     
  15. Quisani

    Quisani Gaming Person

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    I would like to continue this, post hype-train.
     
  16. gay_Aleks

    gay_Aleks communism will win.

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    (Totally not advertising my game)

    If you're looking for a NEW hype train, go to my sig's link!

    (Totally not advertising my game)
     
  17. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    Still interested in doing this, just have to wait for an opportunity to do so.
     
  18. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    This seems as good of a place as any to get my full thoughts out on the Fallout 4 experience. The TL;DR is great game, the usual Bethesda work and well worth the time put in. It feels like Bethesda took on board all of the complaints levied against Skyrim and Fallout 3, and fixed them, though this did create problems of their own.

    1. SPECIAL: At this point I have played 100 hours into Elder Scrolls: Fallout 4. Twenty-five of that was into my first character, where I did my usual SPECIAL traits I do in New Vegas and Fallout 3. Towards the end of those twenty-five hours I quit and started a new character, because I realized that a far wiser approach to the game was treating the stats more like Skyrim than like New Vegas. Pro-tip: Make sure you can get the perks that increase damage by weapons before you do anything else. It will save you a lot of time and hassle. Charisma too is significantly more important than it's ever been in the past, while I would say Intelligence is less important than it's ever been. Strength and Endurance are meaningless unless you like melee-focused characters, while Luck seems to have little to no effect on the game at all.

    2. The Plot: I have to say, without spoiling it, the story is by far the best I've played since Bioshock Infinite. I thankfully managed to avoid any spoilers before entering the game and was glad I did. In Fallout 3 and New Vegas, the plot began as a small story of a personal nature and grew into something large. In Fallout 4, the pattern holds, but never loses the focus on the event that sets everything in motion to begin with. The narrative is good and the story specializes in dealing one sucker punch after another to you and the player character from the moment the news comes on and says that missiles are coming in. I was disappointed that some of the twists I wanted to happen never took place.

    3. Quests: I've been reading online some reviews which are upset that there seems to be fewer quests and interesting things going on in Fallout 4. To be honest, after one hundred hours, I don't know if I agree with this. One of the problems people had with Skyrim was the piling up of quests into the log that will never get done. Fallout 4 seems to have fixed this complaint, at the cost of perception of lack of things to do. One big problem with the new system I think, is that it was clearly inspired by the radiant quest systems of Skyrim. This is fine on its own, but Skyrim had one thing Fallout 4 does not: a lore-recognized system of guilds that offered quests that would take you around the world. Also, Skyrim had eight towns which acted as quest hubs, and each had a jarl that would give you random quests to follow. Fallout 4 on the other hand only has the one major city that has repeating quests on a notice board ala Witcher. This improves somewhat as the game advances, as you will always have at least one faction that can give you quests, regardless of your choices.

    To add on to this, it seems as though Bethesda desired to create a smaller number of well crafted quests and characters and bolster these with radiant quests. I think they succeeded. Upon experimentation, there are a lot of ways to complete the quests you are given, far more than you might expect. Some quests hold your hand the entire way, others don't and that can be a bit jarring. Even better than the extreme flexibility in how to complete quests is the consequences quests can bring. The biggest problem at the moment is that I don't know how many of these consequences are scripted or not and whether events that seem connected are connected or if it was just my sleep-deprived mine imagining it. I can confirm that you can get locked out of certain sidequests once you progress to particular points in the main quest. Still, I think that the biggest improvement over Skyrim is that new flexibility and variability in the quests themselves.

    4. Companions and NPCs: Some reviewers are clearly living in a different reality than me. The companions in this game are better than New Vegas in terms of personality and interaction. Their dialogue and relationship evolves based on what you say to them at various points in time, and even on where you take them. Unfortunately, yes, you do reach a point where they run out of things to say if you travel with them enough, but the variety of things they say is impressive and reactive to each individual location. No longer do they only have general "oh wow" reactions like they did in Skyrim, but crafted responses to the variety of scenarios that emerge. Considering that garrisons of various buildings can change hands at different points in the plot, that's really impressive. The backstories behind the characters are also more human than in both New Vegas and Skyrim. In fact, I'd not even bother comparing it to Skyrim at all, because in Skyrim it would be "Do fetch quest, now I love you." In Fallout 4, it's more along the lines of "hang out, do things I like over a period of time, respond appropriately to my dialogue, flirt with me a bit (successfully), maybe do another quest with me, and now I love you, but not unconditionally." If you are familiar with the Interesting NPCs mod for Skyrim, it feels like that they have a lot in common with the way things work in Fallout 4.

    Sadly, everything I said about companions doesn't really apply to the run of the mill NPCs. With a few notable exceptions here and there, most NPCs are as one-dimensional as they ever are in a Bethesda game. Don't get me wrong, they are mostly still interesting, but I do wish there was more diversity and interaction than they provide. I think a large part of the problems stem from the decision to have a voiced player character.

    5. Voiced Player Character: This is easily the only truly great mistake Bethesda made when creating the game. I understand why they made the decision, as it allows for more cinematic and interesting interactions between multiple characters in a conversation. You can now have a three or four sided conversation, and even a staff meeting at one point. I can appreciate all of that, but it's clear that having a voiced player increases limitations in other areas which give me concern. Thankfully, my greatest fear that we would get tired of the PC saying the same things over and over was unfounded. After one hundred hours, I am not sick of the PC's voice. This is one field in which Bethesda did better than Bioshock Infinite or The Witcher in my opinion.

    Unfortunately I am greatly concerned about the effect that a voiced PC will have on the modding community. In Skyrim, a large amount of the extended content mods were almost seamlessly integrated into Bethesda's world, to the point where once or twice I had no idea I had gone from vanilla content into mod content. I think that unfortunately, this will no longer be possible with a voice PC, because the lack of player voice acting will be an immediate immersion breaker whenever it takes place. Thankfully both the male and female PCs have the most generically American accents of all time, and not that ridiculous Bawstan accent, so it could be easy to make an impression of, but I don't have a lot of hope for that. Also I hope that Bethesda has both of those voice actors locked in for DLC content with an ironclad contract, otherwise the DLC will have similar problems.

    6. Exploration: I would say that the design of Skyrim emphasizing exploration of a blank world map is completely in place. Unlike Fallout 3 and Oblivion, there's none of the copy and pasting dungeon creating, but instead, each location is unique with its own hazards and history. Also, I nearly cried with relief when I discovered that each dungeon has an easy way back to the start like they did in Skyrim from the "boss room." Bethesda, as always, does an excellent job of leaving an implied history of each location, with notes and terminals behind telling you the fate of your predecessors. Going back to the stuff about quests, I think a lot of people have had trouble with the apparent lack of quests, because rather than just being handed the quests at hubs, you have to actually go out and explore the world. Similarly, I would say they are dramatically discouraging fast travel, as I have encountered dynamic encounters on the road that would never have taken place if I just teleported from place to place. If you agree with the naysayers who claim that there's less to do here, go out and explore the world, I assure you there is more than meets the eye.

    7. The Open World: I think I can safely say that there hasn't been a Fallout game with as open of a world since Fallout 2. Fallout New Vegas was an incredibly linear game, and while sequence breaking was possible, you were still restrained in what you could do on a small and limited world map. Fallout 3 was a marginally better open world, but when you get right down to it, the DC area was actually incredibly constrained and contained, with subways and blocked streets limiting zones in size and scope. No longer with Fallout 4! In New Vegas you would constantly hear the sounds of battle in the distance as random sound effects. In Fallout 4, if you hear the sounds of battle in the distance, there's a battle in the distance. You can run towards the sound of guns or run away. The battles themselves are surprisingly dynamic and can take place in a varying amount of locales and it's not uncommon to find the route you were planning on taking to be blocked by a battle between people you'd rather not tangle with. THis would in turn lead to finding another way around, and then maybe finding a new location or quest. There are far fewer (but not gone completely) loading screens than in past Bethesda games, and I find this to be a major improvement.

    8. Graphics: They're all right I guess. I mean, obviously with an open world they can't invest in detailing individual strands of grass (assuming there was grass) or make every single brick a unique snowflake like they can in railroad FPSes. Personally I doubt I will be downloading any graphics mods any time soon. It all looks pretty to me.

    9. Fighting: Gun battles are far more interesting and intense than they've ever been before. They've done that incredibly right. Enemy and Companion AIs are insanely better than they were in both Skyrim and New Vegas. I especially love how my companions would criticize me for doing things that companions would do in previous games, i.e. setting off obvious traps. Sneaking around is a bit tougher, unless you're lucky enough to get a suppressed weapon early. Melee combat is particularly awesome and it's clear that they actually had a self-defense instructor on board for motion capture. My particular favorite is when a companion will judo throw a guy down to the ground and then shoot their face.

    10. Weapons: On weapons I have gone up and down from disappointment to elation, to disappointment and then back again to elation. Was a bit disappointed initially when I realized that pipe weapons were dominant rather than the vast arsenal of realistic guns present in New Vegas. Upon thought and reflection I realized that this actually makes a bit of sense, considering the far less organized society that exists on the East Coast. Factions that have an organized supply base, like the Brotherhood of Steel, use more sophisticated weaponry as suited for their position. I like that pre-war weapons are fairly rare in the game. I like that the modding helps keep original weapons like the 10mm Pistol relevant for longer than you would expect. Unfortunately modding weapons is a crapton of hard work, and involves the collection of all sorts of junk, and even with modding weapons, eventually you will start finding things better. Naming your weapons is a nice touch though.

    11. Building Mechanics: So the town-building mechanics are clearly the weakest link in the game as a whole, mechanically speaking. Almost all of the bugs and errors in the game are in the town-building segments. Based on this and the existence of bloodbugs, I'm suspicious that Bethesda has been watching these forums and said, hey, let's do that after seeing botwawki. Still, once the towns have actually been built and construction is completed, they function surprisingly well, and I found it to be quite cathartic to see a new life spring to the wasteland, as caravans and supply convoys started traveling between towns. Seeing new population and people join my communities was fascinating, demonstrating a new change to the world and consequences beyond just the normal completion of quests. It falls under the whole dynamic and flexible open world that Bethesda created, leading to unscripted events that still are powerful in their own right. Story Time!

    Built up the town of Sanctuary, which can only be accessed by a single bridge from the rest of the Commonwealth. It had turned into a thriving community of 15 people, and I had set up guard posts and turrets at the bridge. These were accompanied by a siren that would alert the town if an attack took place, causing the settlers to respond to any incursion. I had just gotten into night the town before with my good friend Cait, and had been planning on repairing and modifying my power armor and weapons for an excursion to the Glowing Sea. It was a foggy morning and I was at the workbench when I thought I heard the sound of gunfire. It was only a shot or two, so I initially put it down as just sound effects from the workbench. It was at that point the siren started sounded so I dropped the tools and began running towards the bridge. At this point a radiant quest "Defend Sanctuary" popped up.

    The turrets were already firing into the fog, and I couldn't see across the bridge at what they were firing at. The settlers and Cait were shouting about how they couldn't find a target, when out of the fog erupted around twenty ghouls, just charging towards the turrets, the settlers, and me. The turrets cut down some of them, but they were in the town and a vicious fight erupted. I was chronically low on ammo and supplies, and it was a harrowing fight, leaving a few settlers dead, and me even lower on ammunition. Still, it was a moment that was not scripted and instead radiantly generated. It was also one of the most memorable moments of the game for me to date.

    12. Power Armor: I suspected this would be the case when I saw the first announcement trailer, but power armor is no longer just gear, but more akin to a vehicle. It relies on fuel and I think that this is actually a dramatic improvement over New Vegas and Fallout 3. Rather than just being the gear that "heavy mooks" drop, power armor really is the special weapon that the lore makes it out to be. The stories of the Brotherhood of Steel clearing out the Pitt while only losing one guy are way more believable now. You no longer are able to clomp around anywhere in it due to the fuel restrictions, forcing you to make tactical decisions on its use. I will say there were moments when I regretted both bringing and not bringing power armor to various fights.

    13. Bugs: It's a Bethesda game, so yeah there are bugs. As I am on PC, I can't really say whether or not these are universal, but they are present. I'm sure that both Bethesda and the modding community will be right on it. Surprisingly though, there are far fewer bugs than I would have expected at launch from Bethesda. A good sign.

    14. Upcoming DLC: If we don't go to the moon, I'll be very disappointed. Just saying. What has me intrigued is a suspicion that Bethesda may not actually have plans for what the DLCs/FO5 will be. In Fallout 3 they dropped numerous hints about the Commonwealth and made it clear that the next game (or one of the DLC) would take place there. In Broken Steel, the Brotherhood outright says that they plan an expedition to the Commonwealth one day. Out of 100 hours in Fallout 4, I have yet to see a single reference to any location or region outside of either the Capital Wasteland or the Commonwealth. Not by any NPC, terminal, or even scrap of paper. The closest thing to it would be the banner talking about American soldiers in the Sea of Tranquility. New Vegas on the other hand had clearly laid the ground for their DLC from the start. This leads to two avenues of speculation: Either they are keeping the DLC plan really close to the vest, or they have multiple plans and ideas. I'm a little suspicious that this will include cosmetic DLCs, particularly for town building. I'm ok with that actually, but would rather see more substantial DLC content than just a bunch of hat packs.

    Well, that's about all of my thoughts on Fallout 4. It's a really good game, and I'm sure I'll wind up matching my 1,000 hours into Skyrim with it.
     
  19. thomas.berubeg

    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

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    Moon Enclave. Eyebots and Sea of tranquility mural tell me.
     
  20. Ahigin

    Ahigin Emperor

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    The only question I have is:

    How far away is the next installment of BOTWAWKI?
     

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