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kaythomas
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I have been playing Fallout 3 for a couple of months.  Scout encouraged me to  reopen the Bullocks with the rest of my Fallout 3 adventures.   So I have and will try to post her as I move on.  But I have to say that I have great loyalty to people on another gaming board who came to my rescue when FCC forum went silent.  So I will keep posting there also.

I seem close to the end.  I have been working on secondary quest and am running out of them.  I have a whole lot of caps.  I have the weapons I like  -- plama rifle,  scoped sniper rifle,  scoped 44 magnum.  I have tons of ammunition.  I have the best armour around.  

I have worked so hard to get here and now the game is almost over.  Well I am off to find the Oasis.  That sounds like a fun thing to do before ending the the game.

kay

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The first Bullocks thread!!

TA-DA!

(FWIW, FFC didn't go silent voluntarily, I can vouch for that. It sucked a lot and no one was more pissed off that I was over what happened. [Image Can Not Be Found] I'm still not sure exactly why we were singled out the way we were… )

Anyway that was then and this is now. Great to see you back, kay.

The Oasis is a fun place. I stumbled onto it without even knowing it was there. Just walked up to a funny looking gate and voila, The Oasis. I ran the quest up to the point where I had to make the last choice and then put it off. I still haven't gone back and picked the final choice. I think it's a testament to how compelling The Oasis quest was. From your post in the orginal Bullocks it sounds like you were on to some quests I hadn't even ran onto yet. 

Also sounds like we have similar tastes in weapons. I loved the plasma rifle and the scoped .44 magnum. I did manage to find the alien's blaster which seemed to be the best weapon in the game. As ammo was near non-existent for it, I kept it as backup for when I was truly cornered. It would kill anything with a single hit except for the Behemoth and those wolverine thingies I forget what they were called.

I really miss this game and wish there was a decent expansion out on dvd I could actually install.

Fallout 3 is a very cool game. Maybe you should look at Bioshock next, kay. It's a great game as well.  And the second in the series is due out late summer or early fall.

Keep posting

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Oh and courtesy of Helmut's post in the Kenneth fourm, my wish was instantly granted, times 10:

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-b.....tory=23276

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I thought Fallout 2 was pretty much "Fallout New Vegas" Laugh

Anyhoo, it's interesting to see the franchise have another opportunity in Mr. Urqhart's hands. I've been wanting to play Fo3 a second time through, but between being on my fourth go at Mass Effect and my 360 recently getting the dreaded Red Ring of Death, that will have to wait.

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Holy moly rocky  Scout,

How could you ever stumble upon Oasis?  What were you doing up at the end of the earth map that you stumbled on it without being killed by Enclave soldiers, bots etc. 

Well, I finally did get to Oasis.   I had to read every walkthrough I could find to figure it out.  

But it is worthwhile to be here.  Oasis might just be another way to help the earth survive.  I have talked to most of the people here, including Tree God,  and am sorting out how to go forward. 

kay

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I'm just starting this game anew after drifting away from it and look forward to the adventure. It's my intention to take a different path through the game, to see new things. Last time I spent most of my hours lost in the DC Metro system.

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kaythomas said:

Holy moly rocky  Scout,

How could you ever stumble upon Oasis?  What were you doing up at the end of the earth map that you stumbled on it without being killed by Enclave soldiers, bots etc. 

Well, I finally did get to Oasis.   I had to read every walkthrough I could find to figure it out.  

But it is worthwhile to be here.  Oasis might just be another way to help the earth survive.  I have talked to most of the people here, including Tree God,  and am sorting out how to go forward. 

kay


I had spent a lot of time leveling up in DC and had Fawkes with me so I was able to wander pretty much at will. And it was a total fluke that I found Oasis. I had no idea it was there which made finding it pretty exciting. It was one of the biggest pay-offs exploration-wise in the whole game. I really gotta go back and finish that quest. It would be a good reason to play a bit more as my old character before starting over afresh. I think, like Steerpike, I'm gonna wander more and explore. With a weaker character it would be pretty hair-raising.

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I favor Lincoln's repeater because I have yet to find anything better.  I'm about to hit level 20 and since I didn't spend much in energy weapons, it looks like I'll be closing the game with it.  When .44 rounds run low, I use either the "Terrible Shotgun" found in one of the raider camps (the one in the quarry) or the "Ultra SMG."  I'm sad that I hit the cap--combat seems too easy now, but maybe it's because I'm carrying 105 stimpacks.

I think I'm nearing the end of the game since I'm escaping from the Enclave stronghold.  I'm undecided as to whether I should take the Grim Reaper perk or the uber-scout ability as my final level 20 perk--the latter refills my APs when I make a kill in VATS; the latter reveals every location on the map.  I like the game, I'm just not sure if I love it enough to check out each and every location on the map.  They all start to look the same after a while, as if every single location used the same interior designer and/or engineer.

Steerpike--I felt the way you do about the train system until I resigned myself to using the fast travel option.  After visiting Rivet City, I just avoid downtown DC because the metro pretty confusing. 

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Dobralov said......>>I think I'm nearing the end of the game since I'm escaping from the Enclave stronghold.  I'm undecided as to whether I should take the Grim Reaper perk or the uber-scout ability as my final level 20 perk–the latter refills my APs when I make a kill in VATS; the latter reveals every location on the map.  I like the game, I'm just not sure if I love it enough to check out each and every location on the map.  They all start to look the same after a while, as if every single location used the same interior designer and/or engineer.<<

You are ahead of me so I have no idea what decision you should make.

I stopped short of ending up in the Enclave to do side quests and explore. 

I understand your feeling that you might not want to keep on wandering to discover new places.   I agree that places begin to seem all the same. 

In my wandering I have been looking for the different stuff.  Oasis was amazing after the wilderness.  I was intrigued getting Agatha the Stratvarious so she could broadcast clasical music  and when I then got her llined musical paper to write music on she gave me a 44 magnum scoped revolver that was twice as powerful than the one I have.  Lesson:  don't undrerestimate older women.  I was intrigued by Scout's mention of the Alien Blaster and set out to find it.  I did.  I have never used it but I know it is there when I face difficult stuff.

I still want to get to Pinkerton in the broken off part oft he ship and figure out who the "android now human" is. 

So for now I am still finding enough interestesting stuff to do.   But when I run out of fun stuff to do,  I will get back to the main quest.

Kay

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Well, I hit the point that Dobralov mentioned when it all starts to seem the same.   I did make it to the Alien Spaceship and get the Alien Blaster which is an awesome weapon.   Then after a few more wanderings,  I returned to the main quest and finished.   And I was glad I had the Alien Blaster with me.

I thought the march to the Jefferson Memorial was a great lead up to the end and I loved being forced to make that choice at the end.   I was a bit let down by the wrapup but you can't have everything.  And Fallout 3 certainly is one of the best games I have ever played. 

Now I am going to play Oblivion.  I bought Oblivion when it came out since i adored Morrowind but my computer and graphics card wouldn't handle it.   With my  new computer I will  give it a try.  I am well aware of the ambivilence that  some gamers have felt about Oblivion.  This is not a big concern of mine since I am not that sophisticated a gamer.   I expect I will  like it just fine.  

If not,  I will be prepared with a backup.  Based on Scout's recommendation and Steerpike's review,  I have ordered Bioshock.

One of the most interesting things (to me) is the road I have travelled from being a dyed in the wool, point and click , straight adventure game player to what interests me now.   It has been a fun journey.

Kay

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I just started one of the Fallout 3 expansions, The Pitt. Not far into it yet. Will report back once I get further inside.

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Still playing The Pitt. Hit my first quest to pick up 10 silver ignots in a steelyard swarming with mutants. I've only got a couple of weapons and no armor as I'm pretending to be a slave. It's actually pretty scary. I'm sticking to the catwalks and high places. Have to stay away from packs of the things as I don't have the armor to take the huge damage they inflict. Nothing like the threat of instant death to perk up gameplay.

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Is the Pitt the one that's focused mostly on combat, or was that the earlier one?

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Your're thinking of Operation Anchorage. I have that one marked in the game now too, so as soon as I free the slaves it's off to blow stuff up. I picked up both “expansions” on a DVD release recently. Trouble free installation this time.

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I was just looking at the DVD-pack, and contemplating buying the two expansions, OA, and The Pitt, but I'm a bit nervous after all the reports of the problems with the Windows Live DRM install problems. 

Does one still need Windows live for the DVD version, and does it also hijack your gamesaves, forcing you to play online? Oh, er.. - i'm assuming you guys have been playing it on PC?

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*sigh* , you'd think i've never posted on a forum before, the way i'm floundering around here.. - is there no way to delete posts you had erroneously made?  Someone who can, please have mercy and just delete this post, I can't seem to find a way to do it…    :(

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Traveller, after this post I swear, I'm getting offline so I can install Win7 RC, deconstruct an ancient os-less pc, and other stuff.

Mind you, I'm not answering your question but it's a tidbit I read last night while looking around for info about my own DLC playing-to-come. Which ones & how to buy.

Sounds like both MW & Oblivion if one doesn't use a mod manager. From the Fallout wikia: How to Play offline without Windows Live (cut&paste):

"Important note: Before following the steps, set your Windows search function to search "hidden folders". Otherwise, you will not able to find the folders you need. A safer alternative is by simply open the "Run" application and copy & paste the paths below to directly send you to the folders.

While Games for Windows Live requires you to be online to in order to play DLC packs, you can find the DLC files (a main .bsa, a sounds .bsa, and an .esm) in the following folder:

  • C:\\Documents and Settings\\Your User Name\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Xlive\\DLC (Windows XP)
  • C:\\Users\\Your User Name\\AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\XLive\\DLC (Windows Vista & Windows 7)

If you move them to your Fallout 3\\Data folder, you will be able to play the DLC without activating Games for Windows Live.

Remember to load through the Fallout 3 launcher then click on "Data Files" and check the box next to the add-on names before running the game. Keep in mind that this workaround is not officially supported."

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Thanks for being so patient while i flounder around trying to find my feet on your new forum. [Image Can Not Be Found]  I always used to enjoy the quirky sense of humor you guys have, never realising how kind you are as well  ... [Image Can Not Be Found] [Image Can Not Be Found]  [Image Can Not Be Found]

Anyway, thanks for the above info, Yapette. I have my hidden folders permanently visible (one reason I have preferred to stay with XP for now)  since I just love fiddling with code and .ini files.... :uptosomething:  [Image Can Not Be Found]

(Heh, and customising mods, btw... I've dissected some of those Morrowind texture mods, taking out only the textures I like, making up my own little files of textures and meshes, and pasting them into the games textures and meshes files...  In fact, i was thinking yesterday; since i visit another forum where Mw is popular, and there have been requests about mods,  I'm planning to construct my own little preferred mod pack, and i will give screenshots along with it, of what effects each mod has, for use of whoever interested )

Back on topic, - well, that is good news that Fallout 3 DLC can be fiddled to play offline - i just wanted to make sure before i go ahead and buy the disc version, which should make fiddling with the mentioned files even more easy. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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