10 years ago Fallout was finished and began making its journey into the hands and hearts of RPG fans everywhere. Seems more like a birthday than an anniversary. Perhaps it’s both. I do actually remember the release of Fallout in part because at the time I was working (part-time) at The Adrenaline Vault and Interplay was one of “my companies.”
In other words, I was our main point of contact for them, reviewed and previewed most of their games, etc. (along with 3DO, Interactive Magic, MGM Interactive, 7th Level…I sense a trend here). I don’t think I reviewed it because we had someone at AVault who was focusing on RPGs at the time and I let them review it, since they had primarily played every other RPG that was out at the time. But I did play it and I kept my copy, which sits proudly…somewhere in my office, I think. Sorry, off on a tangent here…where were we?
Fallout. 10 years. We bounced around a lot of ideas on how we could best honor Fallout and its 10th Anniversary/Birthday. We decided that we should do something we’ve never done before for any of our games (that I’m aware of anyway): give fans a chance to create something we’ll use in the game. We talked about it and we thought perhaps the best option was to do something where folks could be creative in a way that is very much Fallout, and not have it be overly complex. We also didn’t want it to be trivial (e.g., “name this person, creature, thing”).
So we went with designing a Perk. Perks are a big part of what makes Fallout the game and series it is. It’s a great part of the character system, there’s room for creativity, you can use your artistic skills if you want, they use Vault Boy…seemed a good choice. If you need to brush up on your Fallout Perks, perhaps a trip over to The Vault wiki over on Wikia might be in order to brush up on your Fallout and Fallout 2 Perks.
After the contest is over, we’ll go through and select the best entry. If you win, you get your Perk in Fallout 3 and your name in the credits. Immortalized forever as part of the series you love. Plus, you win a big pile of schwag for your troubles. And, so we can share the love, we have another big pile of schwag to give away to runners-up, honorable mentions, people that made us laugh, really creative ideas, and some names we’ll pull at random so that folks have a chance to win just by entering.
We’ve got some Fallout 3 items that everyone keeps asking us for — bobbleheads, a Vault-Tec lunchbox or two, some Vault Boy decals/stickers, couple t-shirts — and we’ve also gotten some great prizes donated by Logitech, NVIDIA, Microsoft, and ATI. So you can walk away with video cards, keyboards, controllers…who knows what else. Many thanks to the good folks at those companies that contributed some really cool stuff for people to win.
The contest will run from today through the end of October. We’ll announce the winners next month after we go through what is sure to be a very long list of entries. So what are you doing sitting there reading this drivel? Take your Mentats and get to work! Click here to visit the Contest Page.
Good luck to everyone!