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freakish lightfreakish light Registered User regular
edited December 2008 in Games and Technology
Well, you morons have managed to fill up another entire thread, so we need a new one. Carry on.

New feature: Revisit your shame! Here's all the Fallout threads that I've started, starting before the release and moving towards today. God, you idiots post a lot.

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http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=73890
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So Fallout 3 is out now. People have a lot of questions about it. In fact, people keep asking the same questions over and over again. I figure I might as well answer them here, and direct people to this post.

But this thread isn't just about Fallout 3, even though it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. We also cater to the retro crowd of Fallout and Fallout 2. I'll split this into two parts, then.

Fallout Classic!
Spoiler:

Fallout 3: The New Fallout. Same great Fallout taste, brand new formula!

So, wait, what is Fallout 3?
Okay, you've obviously been living under a rock for the past couple of years.

Fallout 3 is a post-apocalyptic hybrid of a turn-based RPG and an FPS. Your character grows up in one of the last unopened Vaults - which are basically big underground self-sustaining fallout shelters - living peacefully with your father. One day, he up and leaves the Vault (which is unheard-of, as nobody leaves the Vault, ever, period). Forced out by the maniacal Overseer, who is convinced that both you and your father want to destroy the Vault's stability, you get thrust into the harsh, unforgiving reality of the Capital Wasteland. This is basically the area in and around Washington, D.C. (which is not the same place as Washington state, the latter being on the west coast and the former being on the east coast, for you eurotrash out there reading this) and includes some real-life places such as Olney, Bethesda, Maryland, Fairfax, VA, Falls Church, etc, etc. Of course, the scale has been compressed and the landscape is unrecognizable, but it's still neat seeing all these places in-game that you can also see on a map.

I'll let wiki handle the basics of gameplay and whatnot.
Spoiler:
Hacking!
When you enter the Hacking minigame, you'll get a screen filled with words and random characters. The goal is to guess the correct word, and it plays out like a game of Mastermind. Pick a word, and the system will tell you how many letters in that word are in the same place as the target word. For instance, if you pick "Meaning" and the word is "Fucking" (for example), you would get 3/7 correct for the "ing" part. There are hidden character sets, delinated by {} <> () on a single line in that order, but there may be characters in between them like {$#$#&%}. Click on one of these when the whole sequence is highlighted and you'll get more password guesses or a dud will be removed from the screen. If you get down to one attempt left and there are no hidden character sequences, and you're not sure you can guess correctly, just cancel out with B and try again. You get a fresh puzzle, but you also get all your guesses back.

Holstering and the Pip-Boy Light!
To holster your weapon, hold down reload (X on 360, R on PC, [] on PS3). To turn on the light on your Pip-Boy 3000, hold down the Pip-Boy button (B on 360, Tab on PC, probably O on PS3).

Repairing Items
In order to repair an item and improve its CND, you need two things: a high enough repair skill to repair an item past its current CND, and another item to scavenge for parts. Say you have two 10mm pistols at 25%. Select one, hit Y (or Triangle for PS3, I guess. I don't know the PC button, it's probably in the manual). Then select the one you want to scavenge for parts, they'll get combined together and the CND will go up, more damage, etc.

Note that you don't need an exact item to use for parts. The unique versions of weapons can be upgraded with the regular version - the Lincoln's Repeater can be repaired with the Hunting Rifle, the A3-21 Plasma Rifle can be repaired with the regular plasma rifle, etc. If you have one of those special weapons, try repairing it and you might have the right piece to use for parts. There's always a cap to which you can repair something (determined by your repair skill), so if you have two 50% guns you might not be able to combine them together. The resulting CND would be higher than the CND you can repair to.

Hotkeys and You!
To set a hotkey for an item in your inventory, on PC press a number key and then click on the item. On console, hold down RB or R1 and hit a direction on your d-pad while the item is selected. Whoever told me you don't need to hold down RB, you're a dirty liar.

In-Game frequently asked questions

I want to explore the Wasteland, but I don't want to skip any of the story!
Spoiler:

Housing
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Where the Fuck is the Family?!
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Where's Dogmeat?
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How do I get into Rivet City? There's no bridge!

Okay, this isn't so frequently asked and it's not a spoiler, but I had trouble with it the first time I went. Climb up that building with the stairs on it that appear to lead nowhere, and at the top (next to the poor guy who needs water) there's an intercom. Click it, and Harkness will send the bridge over for you.

How do I get into the broken-off bow in Rivet City?
Spoiler:
List of Bobbleheads, via Vault wiki
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Unique Weapons
These are better versions of weapons you find in the Wasteland
Spoiler:

Huge gigantic awesome map with lots and lots of locations - if not all of them - filled in. Spoilers, obviously, for people who like to explore on their own.
http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images//d/d6/Wastelandmap.png

Here's another map that's a little different, but probably just as good. Shows bobbleheads, too.

http://crasheras.awardspace.com/fo3m.swf

Complete list of schematic locations - it's a little messy, I might post it in here and clean it up a little later.
http://www.madnesswithoutmethod.com/2008/11/fallout-3-weapon-schematics-guide-info-locations-map/

A list of stuff you'll need throughout the course of the game - if you see any of these, pick them up and save them for later. If I missed anything, feel free to PM me.
Spoiler:

Zen recommends PC mods!
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I'll update this with other questions I see getting asked a whole lot, at least the ones I know the answers to. ;)

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  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Real men rip apart Deathclaws with their bare hands.

    Also: why the hell do you swing your fist faster(less ap) with spiked knuckles on than with your bare bits?

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  • FaffelFaffel Registered User
    edited November 2008
    I got bored and stopped playing after I stumbled across Rivet City 9 hours in. Maybe I'll start playing again.

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  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    If I get bored when I play I quicksave and immediately kill everyone in the general area due to the lack of combat.

    Then, reload.

    I, uh.

    Accidently quicksaved again with one guy after I killed all of Tenpenny tower.

    He became my evil guy, to say the least.

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    My Evil guy was Butcher Pete, a crazed hobo that solved his problems with his fist!

  • stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Too bad you can't craft light sources. I'd like to make portable torches out of glowing ones' heads.

  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    SkutSkut wrote: »
    My Evil guy was Butcher Pete, a crazed hobo that solved his problems with his fist!

    Lol, Butcher PEte is teh ghey dude.

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  • CarcharodontosaurusCarcharodontosaurus Registered User
    edited November 2008
    I know what my next run will be. A complete pacifist. The only creature they will kill in the entire game will be the radroach you have to kill in the tutorial. Otherwise, between 10 Charisma, 10 Intelligence, 100 Speech, Lady Killer/Black Widow, and Child at Heart, this character will go through the Wasteland like no one thought possible.

    Did I mention 100 Sneak as well? I'm going to get real comfortable with using Stealth Boys, let me tell you. <img class=" title=":lol:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

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  • strebaliciousstrebalicious Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Oceansize wrote: »
    nope, running 360 version here, i thought something might be up as all i ever find is 5.56mm ammo when my gun takes 556mm...what a curious bug, if it is one!

    I seem to remember my chinese assault rifle saying 556mm but still taking 5.56mm, mean it's just a typo. And if you can find some 556mm rounds, I'd like to see it. Hell of a gun to carry around, shooting 21" wide bullets and all. :winky:

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  • Iron WeaselIron Weasel Dillon! You son of a bitch!Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So I’m wishing I’d rigged the election in the Republic of Dave. Has anyone done this? What’s the result?

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  • DarkWarriorDarkWarrior __BANNED USERS
    edited November 2008
    So I’m wishing I’d rigged the election in the Republic of Dave. Has anyone done this? What’s the result?

    Zip. Someone else wins, most people don't acknowledge Dave isn't president and the new President just says how things are going to change. You see nothing from it.

    ...it's in the shape of a giant c**k.
  • BehemothBehemoth Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So I’m wishing I’d rigged the election in the Republic of Dave. Has anyone done this? What’s the result?
    Spoiler:

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  • YallYall Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Could someone tell me roughly how far I am into the main story (without spoiling anything if possible)? I'd like to do a bunch of side quests before I finish.

    I just:
    Spoiler:

  • BehemothBehemoth Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Yall wrote: »
    Could someone tell me roughly how far I am into the main story (without spoiling anything if possible)? I'd like to do a bunch of side quests before I finish.

    I just:
    Spoiler:

    Very, very close. Better get those sidequests done now

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  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Republic:
    What's great is if you protect the fuck, he'll go to some preordained spot and if you don't fuck off after a couple of times he attacks you.

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  • OceansizeOceansize Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Oceansize wrote: »
    nope, running 360 version here, i thought something might be up as all i ever find is 5.56mm ammo when my gun takes 556mm...what a curious bug, if it is one!

    I seem to remember my chinese assault rifle saying 556mm but still taking 5.56mm, mean it's just a typo. And if you can find some 556mm rounds, I'd like to see it. Hell of a gun to carry around, shooting 21" wide bullets and all. :winky:

    shit yeah, i never thought of that, how stupid do i feel...still got the same issue, every assault rifle i find is 556mm and doesnt take any ammo outside of that already in the gun, proper odd

  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I kinda with I could do some palm strikes in VATS with my bare hands.

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  • HonkHonk Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2008
    Could you add to the OP in a spoiler the locations related to the main quest (possibly the NPC's related to it)? I've mostly just explored during my 30 hours so far and don't want to risk skipping ahead in the story - which I've heard could happen if I stumble into the wrong places.

  • ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So here's a question about Vault 108.

    In the entrance area, there's a side storage area with several big yellow crates. In the back corner of them, there is a stepladder and a copy of Tumblers underneath the stepladder in the corner.

    Has anyone found a way to get this? The guide says, and I quote, "nearly impossible to get." Not impossible, but apparently very, very difficult. I've tried grenades to move it around and I can't seem to put anything down there to move it around (there is a 2x4 nearby). Any success? I can't seem to find anyone that's actually got this book and I can't think of anything else to try.

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  • Torso BoyTorso Boy Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Mortal Sky wrote: »
    On minigunning: Eugene rocks the box. That is all.
    I took the other thing (and am not regretting it), but I'd like to steal Eugene.
    Spoiler:

    Also, to do with Dukov and "You Gotta Shoot Em In The Head!":
    Spoiler:
    The question that's bugging me is this: was the key ON Dukov or hidden in his place?

    Rent wrote: »
    So that's what having no idea what you are talking about looks like
  • LudiousLudious The Poopsmith A butt, where the poop isRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So I have been playing and meandering all over the place. Doing quests here and there, doing half a quest and getting near another quest and working on that one a little while. Just having a lot of fun at my own pace. But there's a main quest location that I can't seem to get to.
    Spoiler:


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  • stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ludious wrote: »
    So I have been playing and meandering all over the place. Doing quests here and there, doing half a quest and getting near another quest and working on that one a little while. Just having a lot of fun at my own pace. But there's a main quest location that I can't seem to get to.
    Spoiler:

    Yes, use the metro. It is possible to get there without, but you have to glitch a mutant stronghold wall and climb a girder to jump to the other side.

  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Torso Boy wrote: »
    Mortal Sky wrote: »
    On minigunning: Eugene rocks the box. That is all.
    I took the other thing (and am not regretting it), but I'd like to steal Eugene.
    Spoiler:

    Also, to do with Dukov and "You Gotta Shoot Em In The Head!":
    Spoiler:
    The question that's bugging me is this: was the key ON Dukov or hidden in his place?

    i couldnt steal eugene either with full stealth and a stealth boy at night when everyone was sleeping. then again even with full stealth and a stealth boy on ive had raiders wake up and start shooting at me so maybe i need a better stealth technique. its ok, i now have vengeance the repeating laser weapon which is much better than any minigun.

    as for dukov
    Spoiler:

  • AmaranthAmaranth Registered User
    edited November 2008
    So I finally cracked this game open after a while of owning it and just got out of the Vault - does anyone have any general advice for me in terms of things to put points into etc?

  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Woohoo. Finally got all the bobbleheads. And the Achievement for killing 300 people, which took way longer than I thought it would on a good playthrough. I had to wipe out Paradise Falls to pad my numbers.

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  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Amaranth wrote: »
    So I finally cracked this game open after a while of owning it and just got out of the Vault - does anyone have any general advice for me in terms of things to put points into etc?

    go to megaton first, if you dont want to advance the quest, look in the op for where not to go.

    spec small arms, sneak, and either lockpick, science, speach or medicine.

  • TK-42-1TK-42-1 Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    Amaranth wrote: »
    So I finally cracked this game open after a while of owning it and just got out of the Vault - does anyone have any general advice for me in terms of things to put points into etc?

    go to megaton first, if you dont want to advance the quest, look in the op for where not to go.

    spec small arms, sneak, and either lockpick, science, speach or medicine.

    this is wrong. tag either small arms/energy (personal preference) repair(!!!!) and either science or lockpick. repair is a must tho.

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  • ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    TK-42-1 wrote: »
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    Amaranth wrote: »
    So I finally cracked this game open after a while of owning it and just got out of the Vault - does anyone have any general advice for me in terms of things to put points into etc?

    go to megaton first, if you dont want to advance the quest, look in the op for where not to go.

    spec small arms, sneak, and either lockpick, science, speach or medicine.

    this is wrong. tag either small arms/energy (personal preference) repair(!!!!) and either science or lockpick. repair is a must tho.

    I'd second this. Small arms, repair and either science or lockpick. Those are must, must haves.

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  • The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Morkath wrote: »
    Meiz wrote: »
    So I was doing the quest with the whore where
    Spoiler:

    Uhm
    Spoiler:
    .

    Second sentence. "...because I didn't have any waypoints to Rivet City..."

    What really sucks on this mission:
    Spoiler:

    So at this point should I just reload and try again, and if it doesn't work slaughter everyone in Rivet City with my indiscriminate rage?

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  • logothesialogothesia Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So I've just gotten back to Megaton from the archives, and I'm doing my usual end of quest stuff, selling, repairing, et. al. I'm walking past the bomb, which I've never deactivated since I have crap for explosive skill, when I realize I'm still high on mentats from the archives. And that explosives is dependent on INT.
    Spoiler:

    Sometimes this game is more fun if you just dick around, instead of attacking it like an MMO, where every step is usually planned or at least directed by quests.

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  • SeeksSeeks Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So I was doing the quest with the whore where
    Spoiler:


    Re: That whore:
    Spoiler:

    I think I may kill her, next time I see her.

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  • SithDrummerSithDrummer Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Seeks wrote: »
    So I was doing the quest with the whore where
    Spoiler:


    Re: That whore:
    Spoiler:

    I think I may kill her, next time I see her.
    I got her there, she pulled the sarcastic "yeah, yeah, whatever - but seriously, thanks" line, and I blew her away while she crossed the bridge.

    It's an easy game to hate
  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    ToyD wrote: »
    TK-42-1 wrote: »
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    Amaranth wrote: »
    So I finally cracked this game open after a while of owning it and just got out of the Vault - does anyone have any general advice for me in terms of things to put points into etc?

    go to megaton first, if you dont want to advance the quest, look in the op for where not to go.

    spec small arms, sneak, and either lockpick, science, speach or medicine.

    this is wrong. tag either small arms/energy (personal preference) repair(!!!!) and either science or lockpick. repair is a must tho.

    I'd second this. Small arms, repair and either science or lockpick. Those are must, must haves.

    yeah i forgot about repair, i though i was leaving something out. im at work, what can i say.

    energy weapons
    Spoiler:

    sneak is an almost must,
    Spoiler:

  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    On my first playthrough I thought Fawkes was the coolest cat ever. Gatling laser with unlimited ammo. A unique super sledge. A bullet spunge AND seemed to regenerate? What more could you want?

    Then I got to the end.

    The next game I shot that motherfucker right in the head.

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  • ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    ToyD wrote: »
    TK-42-1 wrote: »
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    Amaranth wrote: »
    So I finally cracked this game open after a while of owning it and just got out of the Vault - does anyone have any general advice for me in terms of things to put points into etc?

    go to megaton first, if you dont want to advance the quest, look in the op for where not to go.

    spec small arms, sneak, and either lockpick, science, speach or medicine.

    this is wrong. tag either small arms/energy (personal preference) repair(!!!!) and either science or lockpick. repair is a must tho.

    I'd second this. Small arms, repair and either science or lockpick. Those are must, must haves.

    yeah i forgot about repair, i though i was leaving something out. im at work, what can i say.

    energy weapons
    Spoiler:

    sneak is an almost must,
    Spoiler:

    See, I think sneak is overrated anyway. I have about 30 sneak and do just fine. I sneak close enough to get to the doorway, then potshot the people in the rooms. People say that even at 100 sneak you still can't pickpocket worth a darn and I haven't found a real reason to invest more in sneak yet.

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  • SithDrummerSithDrummer Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'm inclined to agree. At around 30, sneak becomes moderately useful, then doesn't really become more useful until 95-100.

    It's an easy game to hate
  • DarkWarriorDarkWarrior __BANNED USERS
    edited November 2008
    Pickpocket is severely broken when you cant pick people who must be incredibly far below you in level and/or never show any inkling of having any stealth speciality. Even with Silent Running its impossible to pick large amounts of caps.

    ...it's in the shape of a giant c**k.
  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Do what I did in Fallout.

    Quicksave/quickload, you baby.

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  • DarkWarriorDarkWarrior __BANNED USERS
    edited November 2008
    Do what I did in Fallout.

    Quicksave/quickload, you baby.

    Fuck you, after the 12th quickload with 100 Sneak, its just fucking broken.

    ...it's in the shape of a giant c**k.
  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Do what I did in Fallout.

    Quicksave/quickload, you baby.

    Fuck you, after the 12th quickload with 100 Sneak, its just fucking broken.
    It was the same in Fallout.

    At least in this they don't SHOOT YOU for doing it.

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  • DarkWarriorDarkWarrior __BANNED USERS
    edited November 2008
    Do what I did in Fallout.

    Quicksave/quickload, you baby.

    Fuck you, after the 12th quickload with 100 Sneak, its just fucking broken.
    It was the same in Fallout.

    At least in this they don't SHOOT YOU for doing it.

    They seem pretty eager to kill me if I do it.

    ...it's in the shape of a giant c**k.
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