Fallout

Made by Interplay, released in 1997

I took the path less traveled by, so then I loaded and took the other path too



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2011! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




I could have split this installment into two pieces but whatever I'll do it all at once. Last time in Fallout, I found my way to LA, now the Boneyard, met a whole bunch of gangs, then got murdered by some DeathClaws. WHAT WILL HAPPEN NOW? WILL I GET MURDERED BY MORE DEATHCLAWS? (yes)

What was I doing, what was I doing... oh yeah, I saved when I reached the Boneyard, talked to everyone, and then got myself killed like an idiot. Because I'm lazy I decided against talking to everyone AGAIN to hear what I already heard (I assumed I talked to the key people already before saving again) and decided to just zip on to getting some quests.

Since I sort of liked her I decided to talk to Razor again and hey wait a minute, your dialogue tree is different! Apparently talking to her first before the people in Adytum completely changes how your conversation can go. :O WHAT NEW THINGS WILL I LEARN THANKS TO ME BEING LAZY?

Right the Deathclaws, I'll deal with it later, keep going.

Wow no one in Adytum mentioned this before. This sort of puts a different spin on things.

THE PLOT THICKENS

TWO GANGS, BOTH ALIKE IN DIGNITY

IN FAIR BONETOWN WHERE WE SET OUR TALE

Dang and I would've missed all this last time if I hadn't gotten killed by those Deathclaws. :O Haha I wonder if it says something that having branching paths like this is so unusual in games nowadays that this caught my attention. Not a lot of things actually take into account multiple ways to do things. I wonder if that's why the QFG games appeal to me so much?

SURE WHY NOT, I GOT NOTHING BETTER TO DO

haha WILL YOU HELP US?? oh wait you actually will?? uuh... uuuh we need guns first, that's the ticket.

I like this new path better than the old one.

REGULATOR CALEB HERE, EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL. OVER.

Unaware of the intrigue surrounding them. THE FOOLS

Anyway let's go back to playing with the Deathclaws some more. Whee!

Dogmeat, no! D:

Jesus that's a lot of damage.

Anyway there were too many Deathclaws walkin around so I decided to go check out that library I never went to before.

Is that what I'm doing? I forget.

I wonder how many ways you can get a water chip in this. Hmmm.

Man nobody likes these Followers.

Fun Fact: It took me ages to figure out she meant outside the map south, and not just south from this screen. WHERE IS THIS CATHEDRALLLL

sure is

Oh hey, a fancy portrait! Haven't seen one of these in a while.

I feel like the Children of the Cathedral might be where this all comes to a head.

Maybe it's just me but Nightkin is not a threatening name at all.

Oh yeah there was a group of Raiders or something up north I was supposed to deal with, I totally forgot about that. I should probably look into that at some point.

Saturated, like an old towel

WHAT COULD THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO HIDE, HMMMM

Sheesh, so sensitive.

Wait, if I remember right didn't I stay in a Cathedral hospital and end up with radiation poisoning? LIARRSSSS

He's got a killer pair of shades too, see if you can get those for me

THANKS I CAN USE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET radic blurts out in a mad rush, then feels like an idiot immediately afterwards

man i just stumble onto quests all over the place here, whole area's lousy with em

KATJA RYAN STOLE MY PEANUT BUTTER, KATJAA

Continuing wandering around here

Hello giant robot, how are you

Talius, aren't you in Mass Effect

Nightkin is just not threatening at all, it's like a goth club name.

This'd have a bit more impact if I could see what she looks like more clearly, since she looks just like everyone else around here. I guess she's a mutant like Harold?

THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR

HMMMMMMMMM

DUN DUN DUUNNNN

This actually would've had more impact for me if i remembered the number of my vault, haha. DID I COME FROM 13? OH DANG I GUESS THE DIALOGUE SAYS I DID, WELP

Radic is taking this news pretty well.

Sure are formal all of a sudden, Radic.

SO PEOPLE ARE GETTIN KIDNAPPED AND TURNED INTO MUTANTS, EH? how mysterious

i am sory for yor lots

RADIC READ THESAURUS GOOD

MUTANTS GO HOME

(in a box)

way ahead of youuu

:smug:

So the Necropolis dudes could take me to this mutant factory? I may have to go back there and kill them all.

I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT KILLING WHAT

THE RASCAL NEVER SAW IT COMING, HO HO

A flamethrower! Wow it does a lot of damage. Too bad my big guns skill completely sucks. But hey it's worth a shot.

Wait you got a gun? what a rip off

Well got a free flamethrower, not bad.

Delicious donut.

I'M CHRISTOPHER AND YOU'RE GLUTEN FREE

This looks suspicious, but also effort. Maybe I'll come back and kill everyone check it out later.

pff whatevs me and the deathclaws will have a bullet party

Anyway finally made it through the deathclaw area to this place! I wonder what it says that I see a big glowing moat and my mind goes immediately to, of all things, King's Quest 2.

Swimming in the moat is so relaxing. It's like your skin slides right off.

Everyone's so touchy after the apocalypse.

"hi i just want to look around"

"NO GET OUT OR I'LL KILL YOU"

"jk i want to buy some weapons"

"oh well then go on ahead, keys are on the table"

The paintball game is in full gear!

I'm pretty well off weapon wise, although I've never seen a power fist before, huh.

QUITE A FEW PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY

Also the death moat, but that doesn't really count.

Basically we're lazy. COME ON

Sure, why not. Don't want you guys to miss out on your valuable "complain about the moat" time.

You guys should throw a party!

Barrels as far as the eye can see.

An immediately regretted long jump.

Anyway I remember Alex telling me about this sequence for some reason at some point, and he said there was a Deathclaw nest somewhere on this screen. So obviously I gotta find me that nest and destroy it. Unfortunately there are all these deathclaws walking around making that kind of tough and also it's dark.

Attempt number one!

I always get this message when I take no damage, wtf. I thought maybe blocking the door would help with Deathclaw killing but it didn't really.

BAM

darn it why don't i ever blind anyone

uh oh

ARRRGH IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN

So yeah I died that time. SO LET'S TRY AGAIN this time using my flamethrower, which did some roasting.

TOASTY

Ha ha! Finally.

AND ANY OF HIS SPAWWWNNN

Her spawn?

No perk this time, lame. Oh well. I'll put some into big guns since i'm using that flamethrower and it's fun

Everyone keeps telling me to put points in this, so in they go.

Eh, why not.

FINALLY FIND THE STAIRCASE god it took me ages to find this. Maybe it only appears when you kill all the Deathclaws?

Intestines in the walls!

Aha!

So you probably won't get a good idea of this from these screenshots, but this battle was pretty tough, especially since I was like out of stimpacks when I came down here. So I had to reload and redo it many many times.

OUT OF HEALING ITEMS

TIME TO EAT ALL MY DRUGS AND HOPE IT WORKS

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DOGMEAT DDDD:

I refuse to go on without him. I WILL SUCCEED WITH NO ONE DYING

this is hard with the flamethrower as it is very easy to set your teammates on fire

Who knew my lack of big guns skills would come to haunt me

Finally I decided screw it, and I went back to my trusty Deckard pistol. My old friend. Surely we can do it now.

WHY WON'T YOU GET BLINDED

HAHA, FINALLY

This seriously took me a while.

Deathclaw eggs! :O I remember Alex telling me that if you don't break all the eggs, all the Deathclaws will come back when you leave the screen. I MUST BE THOROUGH

Blind eggs, a real tragedy.

Take that, eggs!

IF YOU GUYS JUST LOOKED FOR THE STAIRS YOU COULD'VE DONE IT YOURSELVES

Step one, completed.

HI RAZOR

I then had the feeling that doing this would trigger a bit of a change in the city that might block off other quests I hadn't finished, and I recalled that I was supposed to get parts for some guy in Adytum for some reason. So I should probably do that first.

However I could not find the parts for ages, so eventually I asked Alex. He finally pointed me over here, where you have to pixel hunt to get the parts to show up over the blood. FALLOUT >:(

Alex said something like "Didn't you ever play Baldur's Gate? They did this kind of thing aaall the tiiime"

UGH I had to do so much inventory juggling to pick this up. I carry way too many items around.

Finally.

SO PICKY

Oh sweet, can definitely use the stimpacks. I used up all mine on the Deathclaws.

THIS IS RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS

Awesome. I am totes doing this.

So this is why you guys told me to carry around a plasma rifle!

And for some reason when he gives it back to me I took my armor off too?? I'M SO EXCITED BY THIS RIFLE OH NO MY ARMOR

This armor is so sweet.

Alex was happy to tell me that this rifle is the cheapest weapon in the game. Not only does it do a hefty chunk of damage (30-70 compared to my pistol, which was 1-30 i think), it's got a long range, it's fairly accurate, and most importantly, only takes four action points to fire. FOUR. My pistol took five. If you took the perk to have more action points at the beginning and to fire guns more rapidly, you could potentially fire this rifle like three times a turn without anyone stopping you. That's ridiculous. Even so, I can fire this probably twice.

Now we're cookin. One of the things Alex tells me he liked about the original Fallouts as compared to Fallout 3 onwards is the gradual increase in weapons. In Fallout you hear about plasma weapons and such, but you don't get access to them and their awesome power until the end of the game, when it feels like you've earned it. In comparison, Fallout 3 just gives you plasma weapons right at the start of the game if that's what you specialize in, so there's nothing really special about them anymore. I can see his point.

On my way to the Hub, ??

I wandered around for a while but nothing happened. I DUNNO WHAT THAT WAS ABOUT

GOOD THING I GOT ALL THESE CAPS

Aaand back we go! What is that blank space on the right there, hmm.

Awesome.

Anyway with my new sweet rifle and armor, let's go talk to Zimmerman!

At first I thought he meant me, haha. But I think he was taking about the Regulators.

The Regulators then immediately shot him in the back and killed him. I feel kind of bad about this now. D:

Anyway I wondered if maybe there was a way to save Zimmerman instead, so I loaded.

So I go to talk to Razor and she's not here. :O There's just this ominous puddle of blood. No one around her is talking or seems to know what happened to her. I SUSPECT FOUL PLAY

My reasoning is that I killed the Deathclaws, then arranged the partnership between the Blades and the Gunrunners. Then I went and got my armor fixed for about a week or so, and came back. My guess is that in that interim, they went and murdered Razor somehow. I don't want HER dead either, so it looks like I'm going to have to backtrack a little.

Load game to before telling the Gunrunners the Deathclaws are dead, grab parts...

Razor's still alive...

Drop off parts...

Comparison! Such sweet armor.

Aaand now Razor is still alive! Haha.

WHERE THE SHORT WOMEN AT

Yeah why not, maybe Zimmerman will survive this way or something.

EPIC BATTLE

Actually Fallout is pretty awkward about this. I thought it froze at first since I was stuck on this screen and nothing seemed to be happening, but actually you just can't do anything while other people are moving, and there's a ton of units off screen doing stuff you can't see.

Smitty no, stay out of this!

There's a chance that Smitty and what's his face could die in this fight I think, thus why I wanted to get the upgrades first. Just in case!

Oh wait I talked to you before, never mind.

Oh no, Jon didn't make it! Darn it! Maybe if I killed the Regulators in his room first? But then what if he attacked me too? Man I didn't want him to die, I felt kinda bad for him.

Oh well, he's not using these caps.

Bunches of bodies around here had stimpacks, yess. All mine.

A dead Caleb.

After scouring the area a bit, the town is saved!

North, south, people gotta make up their minds.

You know you've changed things when the NPCs start saying other stuff.

Oh hey Razor.

HURRAY

BURR AYE

I then as mentioned earlier wandered like a moron looking for the cathedral in town. WHERE IS IT DAAAAH

Oh wait

Looks spiffy

Bunch of people came with me. Alright, if you guys insist.

Awfully rude here at the Cathedral.

I'll talk to a monk, they'll be nicer.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO IT????

do i hear a phone ringing

DO THEY BRAID EACH OTHER'S HAIR

I HAVE TO KNOW

Well with a name like Lasher it's not that hard to guess.

You seem cheery at least.

WHEEEEEEEEEEEE as he runs around with his arms outstretched

okay

THAT'S a teenager?

cathedral cathedral cathedral

Are the Nightkin like the Night Gaunts from QFG1? WILL WE EVER FIND OUT?

So yeah large group of strangers with weapons, we're just gonna walk around your church for a bit

don't mind us

ALSO THOSE GUYS WERE ASKING FOR IT

well that sounds reasonable

Atomic hearts, a curse

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE FALLOUT

YOU GOTTA POP IT LIKE IT'S HOT, POP IT LIKE IT'S HOT

Morpheus sure sits around a lot.

Oh hey, another portrait! You must be important.

Oh you're the chick I was looking for, now I remember.

YOU MEAN YOU LOOKED BEHIND THE CURTAIN??

So I gotta get it off his dead body, got it.

RADIATION POISONING, LIEESSS

And then I apparently missed a cap or something in here? What? Darn it self.

HEY GUYS

DON'T MIND US

I definitely won't forget about this the next time I play!

HIS BEAUTIFUL SERMONS ABOUT RED PILLS AND BLUE PILLS

What are you doing in a church

LITTLE BABY MAN

Eh, probably shouldn't push it.

So touchy in this cathedral.

Haha thank you for that, flavortext.

SOUNDS LIKE FUN

Oh that's Lasher, oh.

Pfff fine I didn't want to talk to you anyway

WHY IS EVERYONE SO MEAN HERE

Doctor Wu you seem to suffer from moodswings a lot

Eh? EH?

I feel like I can really talk to you, Doctor Wu.

Anyway hey there's a store in the church, of course

YOHR ROBES

GIB DEM TO ME

These flowers weigh a pound each. No joke.

MAYBE I CAN SCIENCE UP THESE COMPUTERS

dang

Well let's go upstairs

Hi crazy guy in a single room wearing robes I'll probably need. Happy to soon be killing you.

That's a Nightkin? It's essentially just a super mutant wearing a stealth boy. What a rip off. Sadly the stealth part makes them kind of hard to make out in these.

PYEW PYEW

BADOW BADOW

Dang these guys carry a lot of stuff.

Sadly lost one of the extras in the battle. They'll be missed, whoever they were.

What a step down.

AWFULLY CHATTY, NIGHTKIN

TIME TO DIE

ALL OF YOU, DEAD

Poor Dogmeat got nailed by a flamethrower, but survived! I will not lose you, faithful friend.

Take my stimpacks, Dogmeat. ALL OF THEM.

There was a chest in loopy guys room but I can't open it. Eh.

On the third floor there's like five nightkin so screw this I'm goin back downstairs

Sadly he doesn't offer anything new or cool I think.

Hey Lasher do you like to dance

Tell me more about my fist in your crotch

wait what

Lasher do you like paper

Is it with you? I bet it's with you, right?

pff whatever man

Oh dang, this would've been useful like five minutes ago.

DEEP STUFF

What an oddly familiar symbol.

However the Nightkin still kept trying to kill me. BUT WHY

Maybe cause I killed that floor of them earlier. TIME TO LOAD AND TRY AGAIN

You're gettin pretty wacky there guy

Woah really? I was just passing time.

WHEEEEEEEEEE

REALLY I JUST WANT YOUR CLOTHES BUT THAT'S NOT AN OPTION FOR SOME REASON

Anyway that wasn't really a yes or no. Time to move on.

And then everyone attacked me. DARN IT. Where to get some robes? Alex says there are some on the shelf over there that I could have just taken. OOPS.

WELL PERHAPS I WILL TAKE THEM NEXT TIME AND SEE HOW IT GOES FROM THERE

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