David reveals almost nothing…

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I don’t know whether we’ve ever mentioned him, or if he has said so himself, or if it’s already known, but David Hodgson wrote the Fallout 3 strategy guide for us that will be coming out from Prima (N. America) and Future (Europe). Once again, another “phonebook” guide.

Google Alerts just let me know David recently did a blog post over at the Prima web site about the experience, complete with a whole slew of non-spoilers. Here’s an excerpt:

But if you’re wanting to explore every nook, cranny, and small wasteland [SPECIFIC SETTLEMENT TITLE REMOVED] out in the middle of a blasted heath, you’ll need to free up a seriously large amount of time; more than mere weeks: [NOPE, CAN’T SAY], in fact. Fortunately, these expeditions can be performed in [A DIFFERENT, AND SUITABLY VAGUE MANNER], allowing you to savor the experience, as well as picking and choosing where you’d like to visit, and how savaged you’d like to get at the talons of a [REALLY RATHER COOL CREATURE I CAN’T MENTION].

We’ll be working with David again. There isn’t anyone here that worked on this project with him that wasn’t completely impressed with his professionalism and fanaticism in getting this guide done. He was tireless and did an outstandng job.

Matt and I have talked about getting something together with him for the blog, perhaps an interview where he’s talks to some degree about the process without ruining the game for everyone. After all, the guy is a walking Fallout 3 spoiler at this point. In the meantime, head over to read what else he had to say.

Around the web

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Here’s some of the newest Fallout 3 coverage from this week.

Here is a clip of Todd being interviewed by X-Play’s Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb during PAX. That Saturday, they were filming their X-Play segments for about an hour or so at our booth. All I can say is…total pandemonium. Between the guys lining up behind them, and the guys in line to get their Fallout 3 swag, it definitely wasn’t easy getting around.

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Prepare for the Future: Now Online and Fully Operational

During E3 week, we launched a new Fallout site, prepareforthefuture.com. For the past two months, content of the site has only been teased. Starting today, you can go through and explore the nooks and crannies of the site, which are divided into different channels.

Plenty of hard work went into the site, so we hope you have as much fun checking it out as we’ve had putting it together.

But enough talk. Head over to the site and let us know which channels you like best.

Chatting with Vault Dwellers from PAX

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Last month at PAX, we had plenty of memorable moments at our booth. One of my personal favorites was when a group of three guys in Vault 13 costumes showed up to see the game. We were so blown away by the effort they put into their costumes, we gave them a chance to kick back, drink some Nuka-Cola and play Fallout 3 within our Airstream trailer.

Recently I caught up with the trio to talk costumes, PAX, and Fallout 3. Check it out after the break.

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Planet Fallout site launches

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Briosafreak, creator of Fallout 3: A Post Nuclear Blog, let me know that a new fansite, Planet Fallout, has launched on the IGN Network. Kudos to Teddy Pierson (Editorial Manager), Briosafreak (Site Director), and the rest of the Planet Fallout team, who have already made the site a great place for finding information and discussing all things Fallout. With Fallout 3 launching in October, there’s plenty of cool stuff on the horizon — including game guides, detailed maps and quest guides.

Like Planet Elder Scrolls, it’s a community-driven fansite — so feel free to contact the guys working on the site to express your interest in helping. They’ve already got a great group working on the site, but they’ll also be looking to YOU for ways to improve it.

Best of luck guys!

Fallout 3 Speed Run: It was that close

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In what’s become a tradition here at the office, the development team holds a speed run competition near the launch time. With Fallout 3 readying for release in October, the Fallout 3 Speed Run final was held on Friday, September 5th. To the winner: a pie of their choosing.

Back at E3, Todd talked some game — claiming that when it came for the speed run, he’d be the one coming out victorious. Umm…not quite. The finals came down to level designer Jeff “Live the Dream” Browne and QA Tester (and the most recent cover boy for Inside the Vault) Sam”I Am” Bernstein.

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Sold Out: PS3 Survival Edition

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Just a head’s up, we’ve received word from the folks at Amazon that the Fallout 3 Survival Edition for PlayStation 3 has sold out. So if you’re looking for it on their site, now you know why it’s not there. For those wanting to order the Survival Edition on Xbox 360 or Games for Windows, we’re told these are expected to sell out soon as well.

If you missed it, the Survival Edition includes:

  • Fallout 3 (yes, it has the game)
  • A life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000, the wrist-mounted device worn by characters in the game.
  • Vault Boy Bobblehead: Your very own Vault Boy collector’s item is direct from Vault-Tec.
  • The Art of Fallout 3: Features nearly 100 pages of never-before seen concept art and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists.
  • The Making of Fallout 3 DVD: An exclusive, inside look at Bethesda Game Studios and the team behind the game.
  • Vault-Tec Lunch Box: A fully customized metal lunch box.

Again, the Survival Edition of the game is exclusive to Amazon.com and only availabe to US residents.

Modern Ruin

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Recently I received an email from a fan named Maurice Moynihan regarding a new art exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned to me that he couldn’t help but think of the game we’re working on when he saw images from the exhibit, entitled Modern Ruin. The picture above definitely looks like it could be somewhere in the Capital Wasteland.

For more details on the expo, which runs through October 12, visit here.

Around the web and in print

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Here’s a few notable mentions I’ve seen in the press recently.

If you live in Germany, you’ll want to check out GameStar’s August cover story for Fallout 3. The issue is currently on newsstands and features five pages of coverage — written by Christian Schmidt. You can also read his preview on GameStar’s website here.

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