Inside the Vault: Obsidian’s Justin Reynard

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See how Obsidian’s Justin Reynard takes on Inside the Vault questions like a big pizza pie!

What’s your job at Obsidian?

I’m a Gameplay Programmer at Obsidian Entertainment.  While working on Fallout: New Vegas, I worked on Hardcore Mode, the new Recipe/Crafting implementation and oversaw most of the weapon/ammo changes. I also had a hand in creating many of the Skills and Perks. My day–to-day responsibilities included implementing these systems and working directly with Josh Sawyer to make sure all the changes functioned the way he envisioned.

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News Roundup: New Vegas

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We’re six days away from the release of Fallout: New Vegas, so here’s a look at some of the final previews, features, and interviews you’ll see before you have a chance to play the game for yourself.

At Gamespot, there’s a new feature revealing some of the new Perks for New Vegas — including comments from the team at Obsidian. Above, you’ll see the awesome image for the Cowboy Perk — not to be confused with the Commando Perk. Come on Bennett, let’s party!

Meanwhile, tomorrow at Best Buy’s video site, Live @ Best Buy, they’ll be doing a livestream of New Vegas from an LA Best Buy — where project director JE Sawyer will be playing the game and answering your questions. If you’d like to submit a questions, sign up for our forums and post here.

If Josh doesn’t answer your Q’s during the livestream, you can always ask them to Talking About Games, who will be chatting with Pete Hines on Friday. If you’d rather just read fan interviews TheGamersHub and Gamer’s Guide to Life already have community interview ups. And elsewhere, Planet Fallout’s Blinzler recently interviewed Sawyer. Here’s an excerpt…

What’s the expected playtime of New Vegas – with and without sidequests?

I generally only give my own experiences as a reference point since I don’t want people to be disappointed by a generic game length number. On my last playthrough I spent seventy hours doing the main quest and a large number (maybe thirty five) of the side quests. It’s a big game.

More New Vegas updates after the break…

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Watch clips from tonight’s X-Play special

Did you miss the debut of X-Play’s Fallout: New Vegas Special? Whether you were preparing for Monday Night Football or fighting through rush hour traffic, we’ve got you covered. G4TV.com put all six segments up on their website, and just for YOU, we’ve got them here on the blog.

In the video above, Chris Avellone discusses New Vegas’ story with Morgan Webb. And after the break, check out the other five videos —  covering the game’s Setting, Features, Art, Weapons, and Characters.

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G4TV goes Beyond the Beef; New Vegas Special on X-Play Tonight

Today on G4TV.com, you can check out an exclusive gameplay walkthrough of one of New Vegas’ quests, Beyond the Beef. Watch the video as Obsidian designer Eric Fenstermaker joins X-Play’s Morgan Webb to walk you through the questline.

As the game gives plenty of details on the questline, be warned that the video contains some spoilers.

Update: Also, be sure to tune into G4TV tonight at 6:30 EST (check local listings for the time in your area) — X-Play is premiering a half-hour special for Fallout: New Vegas. And if you miss it, we’ll be sure to put the footage up on the blog.

Fallout: New Vegas Video Developer Diary #4

We’re back with the fourth video diary for Fallout: New Vegas. This time around, the developers at Obsidian Entertainment discuss how factions impact your adventures in the Mojave Wasteland. The video includes background details on the game’s three major factions — the New California Republic, Caesar’s Legion, and Mr. House.

If you’ve missed any of the previous diaries, head over to our YouTube Channel to catch up.

New developer diary from Chris Avellone

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Fallout: New Vegas Senior Designer Chris Avellone has a new diary up on the Fallout official site. In the diary, Chris talks about his experience returning to the Fallout franchise. Here’s a quick look…

“To have the chance to come back to Fallout when you thought it was closed off to you was something that surprised all of us. The opportunity to work with Fallout: New Vegas is not just something I’ve been grateful and happy to be a part of, it was something the future held in store that exceeded all my expectations.”

Read the rest of the diary, which includes a piece of concept art for Mr. House, here.

Fallout: New Vegas Official Strategy Guide Blog — Mapping the Mojave: Stunning Vistas, and Slaughtered Settlers

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After a one week hiatus, David Hodgson, author of the Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide, returns to discuss to discuss places you’ll visit on your trip to the Mojave Wastleand..

Here’s David…

A lonely shack, slowly rusting in the dry heat of the Nevada sun. But what oddities are contained within? Traps? A crazed Prospector? Moonshine? The guide knows all….

Sometimes you need to take a moment from your massacring of the Viper Gunslingers, and gaze out across the arid plains where sharecropper farmers are eking out an existence using a mixture of chutzpah and NCR-owned water. Or, go swimming in Lake Mead, and drink as much radiation-free H2O as you can… before you’re set upon by savage Lakelurks. Where the Capital Wasteland was a pock-marked mess of radioactive hot-spots and shacks containing madmen named Dave, the Mojave Wasteland has much more of its natural environment intact. New Vegas contains just as many shack-dwelling madmen. Perhaps the most deranged is known as No-Bark Noonan. He lives with his shotgun traps and showroom dummy friends.

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Geof Darrow signing New Vegas lithographs at NY Comic Con this weekend

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If you missed Geof Darrow — renowned comic artist, and the man behind the cover of the New Vegas graphic novel “All Roads” — at the last Comic Con, and you’re planning on attending this weekend’s New York Comic Con, you’re in luck.

Darrow (pictured above right) will be signing lithographs of the cover starting at 10am on Saturday at his booth on the show floor’s Artist Alley. They’re going to go quick, so make sure to get there early!