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The main quest, anyway. You can still play after the main quest, which is pretty cool.

I managed to finish with the faction that requires the least amount of murderin' other factions. And I let the enemy faction civilians go without killing them indiscriminately, too. Felt pretty good about that.

Might go back and play through again with a different direction for the character just to see how things go, but not for a while; this was a *big* game, and it's kind of hard to do any RP, knitting, or beadwork when you're playing something that requires that much attention.
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Made it to the Institute last night.Spoilers )
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Found Vault 75.

Spoilers. )


Stanislaus Braun, you son of a bitch.
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Had an interesting time of things in Fallout 4 last night. One extended mission involving a Shiny Town With A Dark Secret, and one mission that took me to Vault 95, where Vault-Tec crossed the line from cartoonish supervillainy back to everyday villainy- making them more reprehensible than I'd felt them to be for quite a long time.

Spoiler. )
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"Hm. Jamaica Plain. Lotta raiders end up here, looking for that old treasure."

-- actual canon dialog from my Fallout 4 companion last night; apparently the last mayor of Jamaica Plain blew a massive amount of the town budget installing marble flooring and SOOPER HIGH SECURITY, LIKE LASERS AND DEATH ROBOTS AND EVERYTHING, in a room under the town hall in order to house the TREASURES OF JAMAICA PLAIN

no, seriously
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Power armor sinks.

(This information brought to you by Valentina Samson's attempt to find out what the hell was in the super deep radioactive hallucination-surrounded water pit at the bottom of Dunwich Borers.)
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Last night I had what must surely be the single most Fallout moment in all of Fallout 4: Spoilers! )

Like I said, I'm willing to bet this was the most Fallout moment in Fallout 4.
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Didn't get to fly this weekend. Trying to recover from this stupid cold, which is still ongoing. People get kind of upset if you have a massive coughing fit at the controls of a flying machine, you know. Spent most of the weekend trying to relax at home. About all I accomplished was making a batch of jerky, which has turned out fairly well. This batch was made from eye round with as much fat carved off as possible. The roast was 2.5 pounds before I cut off the fat; not sure how much I lost but I don't think it was too much. The spice mixture was 2 tbsp kosher salt, 5 teaspoons light brown sugar, 2ish tablespoons smoked paprika, a teaspoon of ancho chile powder, somewhat less than a teaspoon chipotle chile powder, and a teaspoon of coriander. I use coriander in my jerky recipes a lot partly 'cos it was in the original DIY Cookbook recipe for jerky and partly 'cos one of the people in my office who likes my jerky the most is from South Africa. Biltong is the South African variation on the theme of dried ruminant meat, and it uses vinegar, salt, and coriander along with whatever else a given batch may have in it. He's never been very fond of most American jerky, although this is at least partly because he keeps running into things like Slim Jims (HSSSS!), but he's complimented me multiple times on the jerky I make. So. Coriander stays.

Also have been playing Fallout 4. Found the USS Constitution last night. It's sitting on top of a former bank. It has rocket engines attached. I cannot help but wonder if an ancient CIT prank was involved (since they have CIT instead of MIT).

Oh, and the Revere Beach T station is infested with raiders, but the wrecks of train cars in the T station indicate that the Blue Line had really nice trains before the War, so there's.... not really a big surprise there.
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Got a mission in Fallout 4 that involved a place called Nordhagen Beach.

It's on the Winthrop/Deer Island peninsula.

There are worse fates for a place in the Fallout universe than virtually everything being reclaimed by sand and sea; the only building I saw that was still standing in what I know as Winthrop was a farm shack on the site of my local Ace Hardware store.
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Dogmeat: adorable, useful, still a furry little Leeroy Jenkins even if this one is a German shepherd rather than a blue heeler.

Codsworth the household robot: OH SWEET BABY ERIS IT'S SAM VIMES' BUTLER IN ROBOT FORM
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Fallout 4 has a crafting system. This, I knew. I found a workbench and a cooking station and an armor station and a power armor dock in my startup town the other day, and after some poking around eventually found a chemistry station for making chems and explosives, and that's good. That's all good.

You can build actual houses and structures in the town and apparently electrical generators and other things as well, to attract people to live there (or live wherever, since there's more than one location with a workbench and other stations). That's also good.

Turns out that if you activate workbench mode you can walk around town and set your sights on virtually any of the objects decorating the landscape- I'm talking things you can't even interact with normally, like heaps of tires or dead trees or houses too wrecked to enter- and say 'Scrap that. I want its component parts', and bam, the dead tree or ruined house vanishes and you suddenly have a bunch of wood and metal to work with. This works with objects you pick up or have in your inventory, too, like broken lamps or pipe wrenches or cartons of cigarettes (which have asbestos in them as a component you can retrieve for use) or board games (the one I found had both wood and nuclear material in it). It's weirdly satisfying to sweep an entire neighborhood clean of everything that's too broken to use and leave a couple of moderately intact houses standing with bare foundations on either side.

I'll get around to actual plot stuff eventually, I promise, but c'mon. Burnt-out car too rusted to even explode when you shoot the power plant? BAM! Now it's twenty units of metal suitable for roofing. How do you not get the giggles over something like that?
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Acquired Fallout 4 and have been playing it. I'll make sure to mark my posts with spoilers if I mention it here, and yes, I know I still need to finish Notes From New Vegas. I have my notes for that and I'll be working on it.

The one thing I'll say about FO4 here without a spoiler mark is that I'm inordinately happy to hear people in the post-nuclear future actually using New England pronunciations of place names. It was oddly heartening to hear 'CONkerd' and 'Quinzy' instead of the all-too-easy, everywhere-else-in-the-country-says-it-this-way 'Con-cord' and 'Quin-cee'.

(Also if I'm reading the Pip-Boy map right, my house may very well be above water.)

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