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Mini Post: Fallout Shelter

August 31, 2015

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Like me, I know you’re waiting for Fallout 4. And like me, you’ve heard about Fallout Shelter for Android & iOS. “A Fallout game, on my phone?” you say.

…Well, kinda.

It isn’t really the way you think it is.

The basic premise is that you’re the Overseer of a Vault. It’s your job to recruit dwellers, and assign them different tasks in order for the Vault to function and thrive.

Shut up. Bet your vault's name is 69 or 420.

Shut up. Bet your vault’s name is 69 or 420.

Each dweller has their own SPECIAL abilities, and each ability works for different rooms. For example, someone with high agility does great in the kitchen (not sure why…guess they’re good at fast food…HURR HURR). Assign the right dweller to the right room, and you get better, and faster results.

babby's first vault

babby’s first vault

Your fault needs to run three basic things. Power, food, and water. Of course there’s other things you can add, such as a storage room, living quarters (which you’re going to need a lot more of if you’re going to get more dwellers in your vault), and science labs. The more dweller in the rooms working, the better (although they are limits to its size, small, unupgraded rooms usually have two workers, double-size room has four, and triple size has upwards of six). I actually like how this is set up, for example if the room is full of workers, but you find one with better abilities, you can just drag them into the room and the one with the lowest ability will switch out and go somewhere else. You can rush rooms to get resources faster, but there is a penalty if it fails.

You can also send dwellers to go outside and explore the Wasteland. …Well, explore it on an imaginative sense, you can’t see what’s actually going on but your dweller keeps a nifty journal log on their pipboy, which gets relayed back to you so you know what’s going on. The longer they’re out, the better the loot. It’s wise to send Stimpacks with them in case they get in trouble. Because where there’s good loot…there’s a lot more powerful enemies. The good news is though, when you call them back they stop taking damage or radiation for the duration of their travels back to the vault. It takes a dweller approximately half the time to come back.

Amata, you're my girl.

Amata, you’re my girl.

Your vault can also get attacked, by raiders, mole-rats, radroaches or death claws. Now I haven’t actually had a death claw attack, thank god, but one you build up each resources, have okay armor and decent weapons (4+ damage), it’s pretty easy to take down these things. You can always upgrade the duability of the door, but they’re still going to get in regardless, I guess it just slows them down.

Sometimes new potential vault dwellers come out of the desert, but it isn’t very often. You’ll have to rely on having your dwellers bang each other until someone pops a kid. Basically you just drop a male + female couple in the living quarters, wait awhile (or not, if they have high charisma), and the female will become pregnant after they build enough affection. It again takes some time before the child is born, and after that you have to wait again until they grow into an adult. I tested if you could do incest…but nope, Besthesda has it’s ancestry organized, so that’s nice. I mean you can’t view it, but dwellers will know they’re related.

Flirting.

Flirting.

Banging.

Banging.

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Eventually you can make rooms that upgrade SPECIAL stats but meh. To be honest, I liked utilizing whatever perks they already had, but I guess it’s okay since most dwellers that come in from the wasteland to join your vault have shitty stats so…gotta do something with them. Clothing raises certain attributes, so that helps fix some of the problems.

You can get lunchboxes after doing certain tasks, or buying them. They contain cards, with either resources, weapons or dwellers. There’s a guaranteed rare card in every box, and a potential for a legendary. My first vault I had Amata, but then everything went to shit…

Jason's calling for you...

Jason’s calling for you…

So, my thoughts.

This game is pretty straight forward, and the tutorial is extremely short. I started building out kinda messily, but hey I wasn’t trying to organize and I just wanted to start. Everything went fine for awhile, I sent dwellers out to find things, I had some make babies, and resources were fine. Hell, I even got Amata out of the lunchbox.

…Then suddenly everything went to hell.

Resources short, fire everywhere, dwellers killed by raiders…the whole happiness of the vault down to 9%. I guess people don’t like working next to dead bodies. Who knew? I don’t know what happened. People were working so poorly because I had no resources, and now they were dying so I couldn’t get more! It was a vicious downward spiral until I just simply gave up and made another vault. 😀

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…And that one went a lot better. I managed to make it down five levels, and have 50+ dwellers. Sure, some people died but I just revived them with caps.

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Now, is this game fun? Mildly, but there’s not awful lot to do most of the time. It’s just a basic game of maintaining order, so you’ll have to check in once and awhile and make sure to gather resources. It’s kind of fun getting rewards from completing tasks, and lunchboxes are fairly exciting. There’s also chitchat among dwellers, which are kind of funny to read, too. If you plan ahead, and organize you’ll do a lot better with resources. You should make sure to equip every dweller with a weapon, and hopefully after a few hours of playing you’ll at least get maybe half a dozen 12-20+ damage weapons, reserve that for vault door guards or wasteland adventurers. Makre sure to use everyone’s strengths for the right rooms. Dwellers can become unhappy if they are assigned the wrong job.

Anyway…once I hit 100 dwellers I assume things will get more chaotic and I might have to get myself a Mr.Handy. Hopefully Bethesda adds some more free content in the future to change it up a bit.

Definitely a good time waster until November 10th. 🙂

PS: This game has a tendency to crash on occasion quite randomly (at least on my phone, a Motorola G). It once crashed when I tried to open a lunchbox I got from a task. I lost the lunchbox and received nothing. So…just a warning. It’s still pretty good though. EDIT SEPT 4th: The game is now crashing constantly, the maximum I can play at once is 15 minutes before a crash. Usually they’re every five minutes or so. I can’t tell if my phone is too old and running out of memory from all those damn dwellers or levels, or its more of a problem on Bethesda’s end. Either way plz fix, asap.

Image Credits: All screenshots taken by me. Please do not repost without permission. …Also I’m sorry they’re kinda shitty. 9/10 times when I try to take a screenshot my phone has a seizure and I have to close the game. Blargh!

EDIT 25/9/2015: Vault crashes consistently after 80 dwellers, I can’t even load the game. Made another vault, same problem. Pretty much stopped playing altogether. I’m a bit disappointed, guess I gotta wait for a patch.

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Mini Post: What I Want to See in the Next Elder Scrolls

February 28, 2015

Now you may or may not have noticed last month’s previous poll asking where you’d like to see TES6 take place, and a good majority of you said “Elsweyr!” which is exactly what I want, basically the polar opposite of Skyrim. Lush jungles & deserts, exotic creatures, Khajiit everwhere (I love the Khajiit), tons of Skooma and Moon Sugar…ahh, the life. THAT’S what I’m hoping for, anyway. But I won’t be disappointed if it’s somewhere like Valenwood, or Black Marsh for that matter. A new Elder Scrolls game is a new Elder Scrolls game. And I can’t wait for whatever Bethesda cranks out. Of course, seeing how Fallout is overdue for a new installment, I’m pretty sure that’s coming out first, and I’m not complaining. Sometimes you just wanna pick up a sniper rifle and wander the wasteland.

Anyway, here’s a small list of things I’d like to see in the vanilla version of Elder Scrolls VI (though I realize most of this could be added into Skyrim via modding, but hey).

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My 10 Favourite Mods

December 30, 2014


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Since I’ve been playing Skyrim on PC pretty heavily for awhile, I figured I’d give you my current mod set up (no ENBs though because I have a pretty sucky laptop). These are the mods that I couldn’t play without:

Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE)

You kind of need this, and if you feel like you don’t, trust me, you will at some point. A lot of mods are script based, and in order for them to run smoothly you need to run this instead of the launcher.

SkyUI

At first I was kinda skeptical of SkyUI–I didn’t really like the look of the interface too much, but it kind of grew on me after awhile (plus for most of my mods to work they kind of relied on me having it). But the ability to sort items by the finest details (IE, the most important category–weight!), became really handy, so I think I’ll be sticking with it. 😀

Alternate Start – Live Another Life

Tired of the long-ass intro scene of the vanilla game? Look no further! In this mod you wake up in an unknown dungeon. You create and customize your character there, then walk up to a statue of Mara (I think it’s Mara…), who will give you about a dozen different options on how to start your game, for example, you are a bandit, you start in a bandit camp, or you could be working for the Thalmor, in which case you start in the Thalmor Embassy. Definitely a lot more interesting of a start to the game, and an interesting way to give your character more of a backstory right off the bat.

Frostfall

Party warming up by the fire.

Party warming up by the fire.

God, I love Frostfall. Honestly when I first heard of it, it sounded like it would be awful to play, considering how cold Skyrim is. Basically it’s a mod that makes you more susceptible to the harsh effects of the weather, ie hypothemia. You need to wear proper clothing, set up camp and make campfires to survive. It sounds like a chore, I know, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, I definitely think it adds a level of immersion into the game. I think my most memorable moment was wandering with no firewood or pickaxe, and I was too cold to pick up deadwood (or there wasn’t trees around, I can’t remember). I thought for sure I’d die of hypothermia, but I spotted a farm house in the distance. I promptly broke in, and sat in front of their fire until I was warm again. Thankfully they didn’t notice me until I tried to sneak over to their bedside drawers and steal some shit…oops.

Convenient Horses

Kind of a no-brainer if you use horses to get around most of the time like I do. This mod adds the ability to change your mount’s speed, health (or make as essential), armor, combat and following abilities. Not only that, you can learn a nifty skill where you can whistle for your horse, and she’ll come running right to you!

Amazing Follower Tweaks

Ever dream about having an entire team of warriors fighting dragons and coming along on your adventures, or doing a ridiculous dance for you? Look no further! AFT has so many options for customization, honestly I don’t even know all of them. You can have up to 15 followers at a time, humanoid or other, customize what they wear, and how they fight, whether or not your follow rides a horse when you ride (good, because now I don’t feel so guilty leaving Marcurio/Aela/J’zargo in my dust as I ride away on my trusty steed). Definitely a must-have if you plan on traveling with company.

Moonlight Tales & Werewolf Mastery

Now with were-boobies.

Now with were-boobies.

Moonlight Tales is a complete werewolf overhaul. There’s so much you can do with this, from infecting NPCs with lycanthropy to the colour of your beast side’s eyes. Not only that, but there’s also settings to sync your transformations with the phases of the moons, or what creatures would or would not be hostile to you in werewolf form (such as wolves). Plus there’s an option to re-equip all your equipment once you revert back to human form (THANK HIRCINE I NEEDED THAT SHIT!) Very cool stuff, if you like being a werewolf and completely destroying shit, this mod is perfect for you.

Inigo

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Of course, you’d just get cat hair into everything. /racist joke

Probably the best follower mod out there, hands down. I have never met an NPC so animated, and so…chatty! He literally has thousands of lines, most of them gave me a chuckle. He reacts to different situations too, even ones I wasn’t expecting (like the time I went into one of my houses and my dog follower wandered off. Inigo mentioned “Now were did that dog go?” and proceeded to look for him!). He’s got a decent (but somewhat bizarre) backstory, and his own novel which apparently he’ll read to you.

Blue Bear Lodge

One of my favourite house mods, it’s a quaint cottage set just outside of Windhlem, complete with its own dock, and store. Everything is just set up so nicely, it’s well decorated, and with labeled storage you have no excuses to misplace anything! It even has a bathhouse underneath complete with guest beds. Simple and small, yet cozy & beautiful!

Blaze of Eventide 

Fucking bad ass firey horse. Healed by fire, nice touch. Pretty much all that needs to be said.

…And that’s pretty much it, at least for now. By all means, it’s not a complete list of all the mods I have installed, but it’s my favourite ones I couldn’t play without. Realistic Needs & Diseases almost made the cut, but I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with that one, so it gets an honorable mention for adding to the immersion.

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Hearthfire

September 10, 2012

Keys to the Dovakiin Suite? YES FUCKING PLEASE.

I’m kind of late to the party, but I’d figure I’d give my two cents about the new DLC add-on for Skyrim. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, DLCs are pretty much out of my reach for now, so I haven’t actually begun to play it. From what I’ve heard though, it sounds pretty interesting.

Basically you get to purchase land and make your own home. Yes, your own personal Dovahkiin-worthy sanctuary. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and you can adopt kids and you might have to fight off giants and pesky skeever invasions. Damn those skeevers.

Now, from what I’ve heard before it came out were people going, “WTF?! Sims?! In MY Skyrim?” which I think is a bunch of bull, well, I mean, I can see the semblance a bit, but for me Hearthfire reminds a bit more of Fable. Not so much the building aspect, but the adopting kids bit (I assume you can’t have children with your spouse, but who knows).

So now I’m wondering if this could possibly happen if you have too much of a soft spot for children:

MOMMY. DADDY. MOMMY. DADDY. WHAT DID YOU BRING ME, MOMMY/DADDY? CAN I HAVE A TEDDY BEAR? CAN I COME ON AN ADVENTURE WITH YOU? CAN I HAVE A LOLLIPOP?

Or, you know, you could just adopt her:

I guarantee half of you PC users will kill your adopted children after a few days. Or, if it is like Fable, maybe you can just return them, I dunno.

Also, I have no idea how much it actually costs to make a Dovahkiin palace. I suppose it doesn’t matter too much, I mean most of my characters are fucking loaded, so I wouldn’t be too worried. And the plus side is you don’t have an annoying housecarl (at least I hope). Shit better not be too complicated, either. And are giants really destined to spawn outside your house? I mean, what if you live in an area way outside of giant territory? Shit doesn’t really make sense. And ooh, skeever infestations, more annoying than anything else, just like kill everything in like 2 seconds, it’s not that hard.

Does it seem awesome? Yes. Mainly because most of the awesome shit in the DICE demo reel made it into DLC. So kudos to Bethesda for that. It’s good for immersion-focused people like myself, and I like having more than 5…I mean, 8 options for a home, and it would be a chance to make something YOU designed, in a location YOU wanted, and all that jazz. So it’s pretty fucking sweet.

Will I be getting this? You bet your ass I will. When? Probably not for a very long time. 😦

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Glorious HD

August 21, 2012

So I was in Winners the other day and just happened upon an HDMI cable for about $8 CDN.

FUCK YES, CHEAPER THAN WALMART, HOORAY (who, by the way, had the asking price of $29.99. And for me, is a little too expensive for my broke ass).

It was a 5 foot cable, but it didn’t really matter too much to me considering the TV (that I mentioned I got here in this post), is right beside the XBOX.

I fell down the stairs in anticipation and hooked it up, and the TV automatically adjusted itself to 720p.

I decided to check the settings in the XBOX and noticed that 1080p was greyed out…and I have no idea why, since I’m totally new to this whole HDTV/HDMI shit. Anyway, there was 1080i, and me being a noob, decided to try it on 1080i first instead of the 720p.

I loaded Skyrim with bated breath.

The game logo didn’t elude to much, but it definitely looked sharper.

I loaded my game save.

2 minutes later…

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OMFFFGGG

MY EYES

THE BEAUTIFULNESS.

HHHNNNGGGG–

With a new-found joy, I frolicked across the vast land of Skyrim, up and down mountains, punching horkers in the face, and just basically jizzed my pants, honestly.

It looks WAYY better than before.

480p? PPPPPSSHHHHH–

GLORIOUS 1080i.

Granted, I know p is supposedly better, and I’d try it if it would let me, but I can’t set it on that.

The next day, I tried it on 720p, which looked pretty much the same, if a little sharper on the Xbox menu, loaded the game.

OMFG Y U SO BAD.

SO SHARP AND GRAINY WTTTFFF…

FUCK DAT SHIT.

Back to beautiful 1080~~

Holy mother of Talos, it does make a difference. It does. I can’t wait to see what the other games look like…(drool)

More stories to come before the end of the month.

Stay tuned!

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The Top 10 Characters That Should Have Been Marriable, But Weren’t

April 25, 2012

First off, I apologize for the lack of updates. I’ve been sort of busy in the real world, so I haven’t actually taken a lot of time to actually sit down and play some more Skyrim. And also because I rage quit every time I die a thousand deaths with my stealth character. RAGE.

So, over the past few months, I’ve browsed various websites and forums, and talked to friends and such about marriable NPCs in Skyrim. Most people I’ve noticed actually married Aela, from the Companions. Which, of course, I have no issue with, in fact, she was one of the candidates for my first character as well. But alas, I married Marcurio, one of the NPCs with a bit of a lesser role in the game in terms of quest-wise, but I’m happy with my choice. But, apparently Bethesda missed the marker on a few of these marriage candidate NPCs. Let’s begin the list, shall we?

11. Lydia

Now, this is a special case. When the game first came out, Lydia wasn’t an option for marriage. She was for most people, their first housecarl in the game. She is awarded (heh, I guess I’m making her sound like some kind of item prize or something…XD) to the player once becoming the Thane of Whiterun. Since this is actually a part of the main quest, it isn’t really avoidable. Now, if you’re like me and my second character, I just totally left her in Dragonsreach because I never bothered to purchase Breezehome in Whiterun. For a lot of people, though, she was their first follower, and probably went on a lot of quests with them. She’s completely loyal, stays in your home in Whiterun and protects your things shall you choose to leave her behind. And, if you call on her again, she’ll be at your beck and call, ready to slay anything, be it a bandit or a dragon. After all, she is “sworn to carry your burdens”. For a lot of people, this made her perfect “waifu” material. And why not? She’s a pretty important NPC. For months, people have asked why she isn’t a marriage candidate. Apparently though, when the game was realized, the option for marriage was glitched and never showed up in the dialogue box. For PC gamers, however, this wasn’t too much of a problem as they used console commands. But, anyone on the 360 or PS3 were pretty much screwed. That was, until Bethesda released the latest patch (1.5), and now you can marry Lydia!! Yay!! (Not that I really care all that much, but I know I lot of people out there are pretty happy about that!) :3

The Real List:

10. Carlotta Valentia

To be honest, I was a bit surprised at this one. When she asks you to help her stop Mikael from sexually harassing her, I thought perhaps she’d consider me as a good person that might be appropriate for her to at least TRY to consider romantically. But, then I realized on the other hand, since she already has a kid, and she’s been married before, perhaps she just isn’t really looking for a relationship at the moment, which is fine. I guess it makes the game a bit more realistic that way.

9. Hadvar

Now, I think a lot of people would have just skipped over this guy, mainly because during the first few days of Skyrim being released, I think a lot of people just went with Ralof because he wasn’t apart of the group that was trying to cut your head off. Hadvar’s a nice guy, he seems cool enough, although I guess if you decided to side with the Stormcloaks through the whole Civil War, he’d probably be killed or something, I don’t know…I thought he was pretty decent, but to be honest, he’s a bit too much of a pussy for my tastes…:/

8. Legate Rikke

I just like her. She’s a no-nonsense take charge kind of woman, and I like that. Kind of like Aela, in a sense. She would make a good wife to the Dragonborn, the only thing is, I think she’d be one of the characters I rather not end up converting into the doting housewife. It’s just too out of character for her. It would ruin my image of her (I’m not saying she couldn’t have a tender, loving side somewhere in there…XP). I just think she belongs on the battlefield.

7. Nazir

The only reason why Nazir is on the list is because, let’s face it: he’s a badass motherfucker. Maybe it’s because he’s voiced by the same guy who did Three Dog in Fallout 3, but he’s just so laid back and fucking cool. “Hey, honey. You’re back. You must be hungry I made you some food.” Just imagine that line in his voice. JUST IMAGINE IT.

6. Any Khajiit or Bosmer

Come on, Bethesda. You can marry mer, human, Argonian, but I can’t marry a freaking Khajiit or Bosmer? What if I wanted my Khajiit character to marry a Khajiit? Why did you not include this in the game? I mean, both Kharjo and Khayla are easy options for this if they were included, and this way you’d make everyone happy. Plus people think J’zargo is awesome (which he is), and, like the point I made with Nazir, I’d just like to hear him talk. “J’zargo notices you are back from your adventure. J’zargo did not make any food for you, or clean the house. J’zargo is much more important than that. Perhaps you shall make J’zargo a sandwhich instead, hmmm?” DO IT. But, hey, maybe Khajiit don’t believe in the concept of marriage or something. But to be honest, the exclusion of Bosmer marriage just puzzles me. It’s completely bizarre. WHY?

5. Vex

Vex is a hard gal to please. She’s a member of the Thieves’ Guild and takes her job very seriously, which might be the reason why she appears to be a bit of a bitch. Which makes it a bit more fun to try to woo her. Also, Delvin should stop trying to take peaks of her while she bathes…XD

4. Sapphire

Now, Sapphire is definitely a character I’ve heard a lot of “DO WANT” for marriage. She refuses to tell you her real name, and she’s a tough cookie with a tragic past. Maybe her mistrust of men is part of the reason why you can’t pursue a relationship with her, I don’t know. I did remember reading once somewhere someone said since they couldn’t marry her, they’d leave Sapphires in her house randomly as gifts for her. D’awww.

3. Ralof

Ralof is pretty much the first character you actually meet in the game. He gives you reassuring words before your apparent upcoming death, and he guides you to help the Stormcloaks, should you choose to side with him. He seems like a nice guy, and he’s the one I went with during my first playthrough of escaping Helgen. Ralof’s another character I’ve heard a lot of want for, and he definitely gets a vote from me!

2. Brynjolf

“Lass”. ‘Nuff said.

1. Karliah

Oh my god. Karliah is another freaking badass in this game. She’s a Nightingale, soft-spoken, and just a freaking awesome thief. And she’s pretty hot, too. I’m surprised she’s not a marriage candidate. COME ON, BETHESDA! AT LEAST LET THE OPTION BE THERE AFTER YOU FINISH THE THIEVES’ GUILD QUESTLINE. fdkljgfljkhlkf I have a lady boner for her. Seriously. And I’m not even done the Thieves’ Guild questline yet. NOT EVEN (…but almost…).

And there you have it, that’s my list of characters that are, “What?! You mean I CAN’T marry them?! BALLS!!” Of course, this is just my personal opinion, feel free to share yours.

BONUS:

I forgot to include Irileth. Another badass. But to be honest, I think she has a thing going on with Jarl Balgruuf. But that’s just my opinion.

Special Mentions: Every other hotstuff in the game I can’t remember. Apparently a lot of people like Astrid, Cicero, Skjor, Ancano (?!), etc.. But those you can’t marry for a pretty good reason (quest related, etc). Ondolemar (LOL), Balgruuf… Also that cool Orc follower, that I can’t remember his name. Maybe he is actually good for marriage…I should check…

Image Credits: UESP Wiki

Was there an NPC you wanted to marry, and were disappointed to find out you couldn’t? Who was it? Did you marry a different NPC instead?

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Blood Moon Rising

March 19, 2012

I like werewolves.

I always thought they were pretty damn cool, and kicked ass. Unfortunately, I haven’t come across many good werewolf movies (except maybe Dog Soldiers, that was pretty good), and finding them in other forms of media besides books are pretty rare.

For awhile, I looked for video games that allowed some sort of shapeshifting. Yeah, there are few like that, but there’s nothing more recent (I mean after Morrowind) that actually includes changing into a wolf.

Then I heard they were to be included into Skyrim.

I then immediately decided on my first playthrough, I was going to become a werewolf as soon as possible.

These are my thoughts on the werewolf gameplay in Skyrim. Minor spoilers from here on for the Companions questline.

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