My Fallout76 notes

I have no excuse... and... no real plans to pick this back up on a regular basis... but I do still want to blog... the only way to do a thing, is to do it.

Anyway, the purpose of this blog post today is to put my thoughts about #Fallout76 out there, with a timestamp. :)

These are notes from the pre-notification
*** Please stand by ***
Confused Mug Man - walks by drinking out of mug, seems to be surprised that he walked in front of the camera
Thumbs Up - just a hand coming in from the side
Skyrim Shirt Whisper - man walks in wearing a Skyrim shirt, and "whispers" in the ear of the Vault Boy bobblehead
Ballon Girl - woman comes in and plays volleyballoon
Giant Plush Head - it's a giant Vault Boy plush
Man in NCR Short - walks in, checks watch like it is a compass, and leaves
Vault Boy Puppet - Vault 77 reference, puppet plays peek-a-boo, dabs, throws kisses at the camera, claps, waves
Vault Boy Puppet part 2 - waves, dabs,
Box of ballons man - man walks in with a box of ballons, and dumps them
Bobblehead complete note - "Hi u/rev Solo! Bobble Complete!
Vault Boy mask - someone in mask 'photo bombs' camera
Glitched Girl - Woman walks in, holding a can of something, but gets cut off Party favor blower man - man pops in, and blows party favor
8 Bit Boy - man walks in holds up an "8 bit" model of Vault Boy (First shown  around Fallout 4? Referencing the building lights part of settlement building?  Leaves it on screen.
Game of Thrones - person walks in with a Game of Thrones mask on.  Acts like he is sneaking, sees Vault Boy Bobblehead and acts like he is going to stab it, then stops, and gives a thumbs up to the camera
Pete Hines - pops on screen.  There is a Blue Vault-Tec cup next to the  bobblehead.  He holds a yellow one.  Pours something in to his cup from a hip flask, then offers some to the Bobbleheads cup.  Toasts, leaves, taking both cups.
Yellow Ballon removal -
Vault Boy put to bed - man wearing Vault Boy mask, using a Vault-Tec blanket as a cape, walks in lays the bobblehead down, covers it with the blanket,  places a Vault-Boy watch near the head - it is eventually set to 9:47, which coorilates to when the "bombs fell" in the Fallout universe.
Time set to 9:47, and they turn out the lights. - Man in Vault-Boy mask re-enters and sets the watch to 9:47.  Holds finger up in "be quiet" gesture.
Kiss Goodnight - Vault 77 puppet returns to give bobblehead a goodnight kiss. Yellow Balloon reappears.
Death Figure placed - figure placed by Vault 77 pupped.
Death Figure removed. - in reverse
Jump Scare- man in Vault-Boy mask just pops on screen
Todd Howard walks in - introduces the trailer as their next release.

*** Teaser Trailer ***
0:24 - Intro song - Country Roads, West Virginia
0:29 - Game date - 27 October 2102 (210210270634) 25 years, 3 days, 20 hours, 53 mintes, after the bombs fell (23 October 2077 at 9:47 AM)
 PipBoy set to Vault Radio
 On night stand
   PipBoy, Solo cup, Magazine, party hat
0:39 - Bed - Jingles the Moon Monkey doll, Hat (fedora), backpack, 2 pillows, Vault tech Blanket
 Under the bed - baseball, Toy Vault Tech Van, toolbox, another solo cup, another magazine
0:42 - On the floor slippers
 Wall has a sign that changes to indicate time of day (evening and morning)
0:43 - Pictures on the wall
 Folded towels on dresser
 Golf clubs and bag
0:44 - Scene change - now showing a coffee table:
 Board game - "Unstoppable S??N????" Five portraits of characters on the side
 Coffee Mug
 Dak Ho... bottle
 on the right:
   Table with a bowl, lamp
 Box of folders on the floor
 Two chairs - one has a harmonica (?). the other a guitar leaning against it
0:49 - Bookshelf against the back wall
   Toys on the bottom shelf, books above
   Jackolantern, duct tape (?) more books
   More books, a Toy/model of a nuke, toy car (different than seen before)
   More board games, Blast Radius, unknown at this time, Rad Power (?) and what looks like a mystery, or spy, set of eyes
 Top - birdcage, camera, mouse type mask (?), Coffee pot
 Some sort of skull (hunting trophy)?
 On the wall - sign, Patriotic 1776-2076 Vault-Tec salutes America
   Vault 76 - the official Vault of the Tricentennial
0:49.5 - Scene change
 Plant on far right - floor lamp far left
 Entertainment center
 Bottom right: eyebot model, 2 books, small box
 Bottom center:  Chess board, magazine (Scout's Life), another box
 top center:  Spaceship model, 2 magazines
 Bottom left:  PipBoy bobblehead, Mr Handy Model
 On top:  Toy Jeep, soldier, and motorcyle; Color TV playing the Grand opening of the Vault (more below), Bottle and Cappy figures, model spaceship/rocket
0:52 - Bucket to left of entertainment center
0:55 -  Scene change - Trophy Case
 Performance award for 'Vault Hall Monitor'
 toilet shaped trophy,
 Best Looking Hair
 Excellence in Bravery Award
  "In recognition of the canned meat experiment.  You volunteered to eat when no one else would.  We are proud of you and glad you are not dead."
 Outstanding Achievement Award
  “In appreciation for your commitment and dedication to our isolation program - sacrificing many so some can live”
 1st Place Cup for ???
 There looks to be a large spider/insect on a hamper (?)
 Closet in the background, out of focus 
0:58 -  Scene change - Laundry room
 On top of washer and dryer:
   Abraxo Cleaner, Baseball, mason jars/cans, folded towels, toy of some kind, clipboard, basket with clothes, brush, iron
 Poster board in the background, a vault tech sign of some kind
 Giddyup Buttercup between washer and wall (?)
1:01 - bathroom:
1:01 - Scene change - Desk
 Circuit board, Fan, notebook, pen set, pencil, Nuka World mug, Owl (paper weight?), Terminal with a "you are invited" message, coffee pot/thermos,
 Desk lamp, 2 books
 Wall shelf: 2 books, Nuka Cola Truck, Clown like figure, several books
1:04 - Scene change - dining area(?)
   Floor lamp, Dog Dish, Floor Plant, Couch and rest in foreground, Table with two chairs, on the floor a toy car, on the table are two place settings (plates with food on them, silverwear, one cup overturned), magazine, lamp, salt and pepper shakers, another box Sugar Bombs box, wonder glue, blamco and cheese (?), Coffee tin, Oven mit, pot and lid.
 Scene of the Vault atrium through window
1:07 - Scene change - Vault atrium, common area. 
 An obvious post celebration scene
 Table off to side with refreshments (?), Welcome mat, Guide ropes, Pink Flamingo lawn ornament, 'Vault Boy' stand ups point the way out (?), large "Reclamation Day" poster on back wall
 Very small soccer field on bottom floor, tool box,
1:12 - Sudden perspective change - someone in Vault 76 Jumpsuit, putting on a PipBoy.  Timestamp is 27 Oct, 2102, 0641
1:20 - pictures end

*** Almost Heaven song - Original by John Denver in 1971, this is a 'cover'
of that song - explicitly says West Virginia
* Speculation has arisen that it is actually referring to Western Virginia.
* "But when the fighting has stopped, and the fallout has settled, you must rebuild."*
"In Vault 76 our future begins."

*** Fallout 3 Reference - Citadel terminal ***
"DC Area Vault Listings"
Terminal - "-Server 10-"
* Equipment Issuances:
 Vault 76 Information
 Vault number...
 Starting Construction Date...
  February 2065
 Ending Construction Date...
  October 2069
 Total Number of Occupants...
 Total Duration...
  240 Months
 Computer Control System...
  Brainpower 4
 Primary Power Supply...
  LightLife Geo-Thermal
 Secondary Power Supply...
  General Atomics Nuclear Power
 Non Standard Equipment...
* Personnel Assignments
 Vault 76 Goal Summary
 Vault 76 is one of our seventeen control
 Vaults.  It will operate exactly according
 to the plan dictated in the marketing
 material produced by Vault-Tec and
 precisely to resident expectations.  This
 vault will open automatically after a
 period of 20 years and the residents will be
 pushed back into the open world for study in
 comparison to the other experiments.
* Project Goals

*** Mothership Zeta DLC (Fallout 3) ***
Recorded log 13:
*** Interrogation of a Vault-Tec (Giles Wolstencroft)
* "Hey now.  No need to get yourselves worked up.  Whatever
you need, I'm going to tell it to you.
* Alien gibberish
* "Well, I'm pretty sure you want me to talk into this thing,
so, here goes."
* "My name is Giles Wolstencroft... I'm the current Assistant
Chief Executive Officer of the Vault-Tec Corporation."
* "I was inspecting the construction site of Vault 76 when I
was captured by what I can only assume are alien beings
from another world."
* "I'm not sure what they want from me, or what they will do
to me, but whatever they need, I will readily provide."
* "Perhaps if I can bridge our communication gap and
establish a rapport with them, we can enter into an
exclusive trade agreement."
* "In fact, instead of talking to this damn machine, I'm
going to attempt to address them directly."
* "On behalf of the Vault-Tec Corporation, I'd like to extend
a heartfelt welcome to you.  Wait... you don't need that...
wait!  WAIT!"

*** Fallout 4 ***
* News anchor in the beginning
* "Turning to business news of the day.  Vault-Tec stock continues to rise as tensions with China reach an all time high. With the world poised on the brink of war, Vault-Tec is reporting a record number of reservations in Vaults around the country. Vault-Tec announced a continuation of their popular "Welcome Home promotion. They report openings are still available in area Vaults 81, 111, and 114.
* "Since debuting Vault 76 last year, in honor of America's Tercentenary, Vault-Tec continues to expand with plans for well over 100 Vaults around the country."
* Greenbriar radio signal - Received after extending Radio tower 3SM-U81.  The radio bunker is located on the west river bank, hatch is hidden in some bushes.  "Please, anyone - help us!  We're stuck in an old bunker next to the river.  Those things are crawling around up there... we're trapped!  If you can hear this just... kill those things and get us out of here.  Please, we're running out of food.  I'll give you whatever you want.  This has been a pre-recorded message. Message repeats in three seconds."

*** Oxhorn timeline comments: ***
59 Years before Fallout 1
35 Years before the 'Master' began to mass produce Super Mutants
22 years before Randal Clark dies while staring at the stars of Zion Canyon
8 years before the Institute is formed in the Commonwealth
1 year before the 'Master' was successful with his experiments
In 2102:
Richard Grey discovers the Mariposa Military Base and discovered
the FEV virus, and was accidentally turned into the 'Master',
began to test the FEV of humans

*** Items to research: ***
* Brainpower 4
* PipBoy Mark 2
* Commonwealth divisions - specifically the DC area
* LightLife Geo-Thermal
* General Atomics Nuclear Power
* Battle Cry
* Ark

Research results:
* Brainpower is a vault computer control system maker.
Most likely not significant
* PipBoy Mark 2
Most likely not significant
* Commonwealth divisions:
Columbia Commonwealth is only Maryland and Virginia
Eastern Commonwealth includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Deleware, and West Virginia
Note:  Fallout 3 primarily takes place in the Northern part of the Columbia Commonwealth, with 'The Pitt' taking place in the western edge of PA, in the Eastern Commonwealth
Note:  Bethesda has no problem crossing Commonwealth borders.  At least in Fallout 3.
* LightLife Geo-Thermal
Most likely not significant
* General Atomics Nuclear Power
Most likely not significant

*** Game references/comparisson ***
* DayZ - As a survivor, the player must scavenge the world for food, water, weapons, and medicine, while killing or avoiding zombies, and killing, avoiding, or cooperating with other players in an effort to survive the outbreak.
* Rust - Seems to have a lot of elements that Fallout 4 has in settlement building.

*** Considered reliable resource information ***
* Kotaku - Jason Schreier - developed in both Bethesda MD, and Austin TX, Bethesda bought a company called Battle Cry Studios, that was developing a game called 'FPS - Battle Cry '
Not strictly single player
Online capacity - not MMO
Additional sources- Fallout 76 is an online game.
Just as story focused as any other Bethesda Studios game.
Might have multiplayer and base-building.
Yes - Fallout76 is going to be multiplayer RPG.
No that is not automatically a bad thing.
***  Online Survival RPG  ***
Three sources - likely within 'ranks' heavily inspired by games like 'DayZ' and 'Rust'Quests, and a story

*** Lyrics of "Almost Heaven" ***
Original is by John Denver
Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah river
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia
Mountain mamma, take me home
Country roads
All my memories, gather round her
Modest lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia
Mountain mamma, take me home
Country roads
I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me
Radio reminds me of my home far away
Driving down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia
Mountain mamma, take me home
Country roads
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia
Mountain mamma, take me home
Country roads
Take me home, down country roads
Take me home, down country roads

*** IGN thoughts ***
* Re: an online shooter - "we don't know for sure"
* Some good points about survival - open vault, not conducive to multiplayer beyond
a certain point.

*** Of note (to me): ***
* Both the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Shenandoah river, flow along the Shenandoah Valley, which is Western Virginia
* Solo-style cups seen in the trailer
* Moonshine, well.... :)
* Noclip has already announced a "Making of" video for a behind the scenes of Bethesda
* Available for Pre-Order on Amazon already.  Release date listed - 31 Dec 2019

*** My thoughts ***
* Bethesda is "Mod Friendly", Loves to give character personalization, freedom to choose whatever you want, World exploration.
* Back and forth on being 'open ended'
* Caps will most likely not be the currancy of choice
* All factions known so far, will most likely NOT be in the game with the possible exception of the... Enclave
* I like that this is in a new environment
* Pre-order already available, game will be released this year...?
* Greenbrier resort, Government Fallout Shelter - Eclave?
* Washington & Lee University
* Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
* Jackson's Mill
* Winchester
* Roanoke
* Luray Caverns
* Martinsburg
* Harper's Ferry
* Charleston
* Appomattox
* Repetitive leaks of it being 'base building'
* Valley Campaign
* I think the variety of the type of game play, helps sustain the franchise
* Fallout has a lot of collectables, i.e. bobbleheads, mini-robot things, etc.
* Date on the PipBoy could be a dweller just now leaving, or has returned to
get more supplies, or something else.

*****  Speculations  *****

*** Juicehead - "leaks" ***
* Jason Schreir - multiplayer, online, Bethesda and Austin.  Not an MMO. Not a single player RPG.  Experimental release.  Quests and a story.  Heavy on base building.  Survival multiplayer.  Comparison to ARK survival.
* Crecente - heavily base focused
* 4chan - open world, improvised weapons, and base building centered.  Scavenger from the surface.  Co-op but NOT MMO or Rust-like.  Based along an interstate (I-81, or I-64?).  Still an RPG.  Upgraded FA4 creation engine.  Strong emphasis on building and improvised weapons.  Will come with Phone App.  NOT Rust like.  Voice protag is back.  6 factions.  3 are "notable". 
* Bethesda responses - Matt Frar:  My eyes rolled so hard, my eyes fell out.
Pete Hines: Stick to just the info from Bethesda.  Dennis Mejilones:  smoothing

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