Hole in the Bedroom
Yesterday was a strange day, largely because it felt like I was having to be part of something that I had no control over. Wednesday was of course Veterans Day, and as is usually the case I get it off work. Which I immediately thought would be amazing… since I had Fallout 4 to keep me company. The problem being that they did not in fact install the door in the bedroom Saturday like we thought they would. As a result they needed a new target date, and since I was going to be home anyways… we ended up with Wednesday. So I spent most of the day trying to play Fallout 4, without allowing myself to get too engaged in the game play as to miss the extremely subtle knocks that they needed my help with something. The problem is… when there is constant hammering… it is impossible to get a knock from just more hammering. We gave them my text for this reason… or at least for the reason of contacting me directly, but alas that didn’t actually do much.
The scariest moment of the day was when I went down to check on progress and there was a huge gaping hole in the side of our house. It looked like they had to take a lot more than they originally planned and I am sitting there trying to sort out how it is all going to go back together. However by evening they had a door installed and we had moved all of our stuff back in place around it. The awesome thing is it works beautifully and we had this cabinet next to the door that we were concerned might impede it. However it seems to swing open just fine with the cabinet in place, which means… we are going to now have to do something major to our back yard to also make it more inhabitable. I have a feeling that my wife at least is going to want to build some sort of a proper patio just outside the bedroom for sipping coffee in her rocking chair or similar activities. We are hoping there will be enough of a gap between them finishing their project and the waste company picking up the dumpster that we can maybe throw a bunch of crap away from the back yard. At the very least I can almost see the end in this project in sight… and maybe just maybe there will be a point on the near horizon where I can park in my own damned driveway.
According to Steam I am now 18 hours into the game… and at this point I have done next to nothing. My quest driven friends are talking about this thing they did or that thing they did… but me… I am building a town. I’ve always played Fallout with a base builder mentality even though it was never really terribly supported. Being the horrific pack rat that I am, I largely played in a pretty predictable manner. I would roam around the wastes until something caught my eye, and then go explore it. During the course of exploring it… I would end up filling up my own inventory and that of my companion… in this case Dogmeat. Then I would fast travel back to base… dump the items I found into a series of containers that I used for sorting such things, rest up if I was low on hit points… and then venture out again. For the Walking Dead fans… I play the game much like Morgan was living his life… making sure to clear everything before moving on. There is a sense of accomplishment at knowing that you took down every raider in a camp, or got every drop of good out of a complex you just explored.
What makes this all so much better this time around is that for the very first time… it feels like I am making the wasteland a better place. In the past becoming the “Savior of the Wasteland” largely involved killing everyone that did not believe like you did. Which I am sure helped the fledgling towns, but it didn’t feel like I was doing more than being a gun for hire. This time around I can build up settlements, and recruit new settlers giving them a nice place to live and the safety of decent protections. I feel like town by town I am actually fixing the problems that were there, and setting up a better way of life as I blaze through the map. “Blaze” might be the wrong word… because realistically at this point I have seen next to nothing. I am largely just fiddling in the same corner of the map that I started in. There are still a bunch of things that I have quite yet to figure out… like how magazines and bobbleheads work this time. So far I have found a single bobblehead, and a handful of magazines. I am also not 100% sure how much I like the talent system which seems a bit more arcane than simply slotting points in skills. Regardless… I am hooked beyond reason and look forward to little else than coming back home tonight after work and exploring some more. This game so far… is exactly what I hoped it would be and more.