Fallout in the Real World: Post-Nuclear LARPing

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Today I received numerous emails about a Fallout-based LARP (that’s live-action roleplay) that took place last month at a deserted Soviet military base near Leningrad, Russia. According to The Vault, the LARP, titled Fallout 2009: Nothing Personal, was set in the year 2257 (between Fallout 2 and Fallout 3).

Around 300 fans participated in the event. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all the photos from the LARP here.

Thanks to Ausir and everyone else that emailed me about the event.

New Fan Art Uploaded

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Wanted to let you guys know we added new Fan Art to Bethesda Blog this week — including contributions from Raven Hall, Maya Brisa, Berit Jurda, Emma, Chimer Warrior and Anku Greedo. The image above is one of many new submissions from Anku Greedo — both for Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.

If you’ve got a fan art and you’d like to submit it to Bethesda Blog, send us an email. And a reminder, we continue to welcome submissions for our Community Scrapbook of characters resembling/modelled after celebrities.

Modding Interview: Timeslip

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With this week’s Elder Scrolls Modding Interview, we’re checking in with UK talent Timeslip…

How did you get involved with the Elder Scrolls modding community?
I have my uncle to blame for that, for leaving his copy out on his desk when I was visiting. I borrowed it for the evening, and a few lost hours later I’d already decided I was going to buy my own copy the next day. As it turned out, I was lucky enough to get the very last copy that my local games store had in stock. On installing it, I spotted the data files option in the launcher, visited the Elder Scrolls website to try and find out what it was for, spotted the modding forums, and things went downhill from there.

Until then I would often pick apart the data files from a game to see what I could change, but this was the first time I’d heard the term ‘modding’, or put any serious effort into it. I have to say that I’ve never regretted it for a second. Modding Bethesda games has become as much a part of the fun as playing them, if not more, and I specifically bought Oblivion and Fallout 3 with modding in mind.

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Educate yourself on Fallout at UGO

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If you haven’t checked them out already, UGO has two Fallout features worth reading. First, there’s a Fallout timeline that covers the fictional history of the Fallout universe between the years of 2052 and 2277 — the year in which Fallout 3 takes place.

Additionally, Adam Rosenberg has a piece memorable characters from Fallout past — discussing memorable charcters like the Vault Dweller, Harold, and of course, Dogmeat.

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!

Around the Web: OMG Moments!

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Yesterday Edge Online put up a new feature celebrating 50 moments in videogames that left your jaw dropping to the floor. Amongst the list were moments from the original Fallout (The Glow), as well as the Dark Brotherhood quest from Oblivion. Here’s what they had to say about the latter:

They come soon after you commit murder against the innocent. Then you have a choice: walk with the virtuous, or stray to the side of The Dark Brotherhood. Those who chose dark over light were rewarded with one of the best storylines in an RPG.

Pretty good list if you ask me…had me reminiscing about some of my favorite gaming moments. Feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments section.

More nuggets from around the web after the break…

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Fallout ink spotting

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Fallout fan Rob Schuster sent me an email sharing his experience getting a Fallout tattoo. Above is the final product. According to Rob, he just felt it was time to “honor the greatest game series of all-time.” The tattoo was inked by Tommy Partin at Designs by Dana (Cincinnati, Ohio). As you can see, the tattoo is quite large, measuring in at 4 1/2″ by 5″.

Hit the jump below to see the painful process (those afraid of needles can just admire the final product above).

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