So, I said I’d do the follow up post to the #MaybeInMarch Mission sometime in April… I wasn’t planning on it being this late in April, but eh, here we go! Ahem.
As the title of this blog post implies, I did not beat Fallout 4 in March (unsurprisingly) BUT I was super happy to see a few bloggers out there contribute to the event. Here are the participant posts that caught my limited attention. If you contributed something and I didn’t catch it, definitely let me know. I’ll remedy that and include a link to your content as well.
- My partner in crime for the event, Kim of Later Levels, did a Twitch stream (videos Part 1 and Part 2) and a blog post about her mission to beat Limbo.
- thegamingdiaries decided to be a total badass and take on two games from her backlog in March, Grow Up and Hotel Dusk Room 215.
- Hear Dave Write did a fantastic article about open world game commitment issues that was partly inspired by #MaybeInMarch.
And now I shall babble in detail about what I did actually do in Fallout 4 during March. I’m happy to say I’ve platinumed the game last weekend (#AlwaysApril FTW). Yes. My posting timeline is all over the place these days…
Also: HUGE FREAKING SPOILER WARNING for anyone who hasn’t beaten Fallout 4 yet and wants to. You have been warned.
March 2nd, 2019
After over two years away from this game, let’s just say it took me a few minutes of playing around with the controls and reading quest logs to remember WTF I was supposed to be doing. I eased myself in with a few settlement related side quests for the Minutemen. It didn’t take too, too long for my Fallout 4 memories to return. I even remembered where my stash of cool stuff was in Sanctuary Hills (I have a tiny toolbox there that’s filled with every weapon and piece of armor I thought looked cool. Capricorns are pack rats, what can I say?).
When I got back on the main quest track, I remembered the last thing I had done was kill that evil Institute Courser synth guy. A quick stop to sarcastically chat with some lady in a place called the Memory Den happened. She sent me to go look for a group called the Railroad to decode the memory chip I stole from the Courser’s cybernetic corpse. This led me to follow the Freedom Trail around Boston (a worn out red line on the ground) to find their secret base. I won’t go into detail about how I accidentally got lost and ended up dying horribly to an unexpected Mirelurk Queen encounter inside of an unrelated building, but I found the group… eventually.
The group welcomed me with suspicion and a machine gun at the ready, but once they found out I had a Courser chip their leader Desdemona agreed to send me on a secret mission with Deacon (the cool dude with the shades). I met up with Deacon, and then promptly blew the speech challenge with his contact Ricky before calling it a day.
March 3rd, 2019
The mission with Deacon continued on my next play day. We slaughtered a bunch of mindless Gen 1 Institute synths inside of a complex (I guess the Railroad doesn’t care about saving those ones… just the more advanced human-like synths). Deacon told me what the main mission goal was once we got inside: To retrieve a prototype that their Dr. Carrington developed. With that in hand, I fast traveled back to the Railroad base. Thank the Maker I didn’t have to follow that Freedom Trail again. Deacon gave his highly embellished story about what happened to Desdemona. He seriously made my Sole Survivor sound like the combat queen of the Commonwealth (well, to be fair, she kinda is).
Since I’m such a badass, Desdemona asked if I wanted to be an official member of the Railroad. I figured protecting innocent beings is a noble cause so… why not? I even got to pick my own code name: Bullseye, baby! I explored the Railroad HQ and met Glory (awesome lady with a machine gun who likes pwning things… I love her), P.A.M (Predictive Analytic Machine who calculates enemy activity and whatnot)), Tinker Tom (crazy brilliant dude who injected me with battery acid… long story), and cool guy Deacon officially joined me as a companion. Woot! I ran a few side quests for the Railroad, including helping a H2-22 synth unit escape to freedom.
Then it was back to the Glowing Sea to chat with Virgil, the super mutant-itized former Institute scientist who sent me to get the Courser chip in the first place (I think). Now that the Railroad helped me crack the code, Virgil says I can use it to teleport myself to the Institute with a signal they use to deploy Coursers. Sounds scary… I’ll need help making the main teleporting-device-thingy so I was given the choice to bring it to the Minutemen, the Railroad, or the Brotherhood of Steel. He also reminded me to search for a cure for him once I make it into Institute land.
And instead of doing that right away, I started doing unrelated side missions for the Brotherhood of Steel for no reason at all (they also happen to NOT be friends with the Railroad… I hope they don’t get mad at me). The TL;DR version my side excursion with them is: Paladin Danse took me up to the Brotherhood’s badass blimp thing (the Prydwen) in a hella cool helicopter. I introduced myself to all the Brotherhood’s high-ranking members, including their leader Elder Maxson. Maxson gave me bad ‘Make the Commonwealth great again!’ vibes, but he seems to mean well… probably. They are also very bigoted about syths, considering all of them evil. I should also mention that Proctor Ingram was my favourite person on the blimp. She’s such a sarcastic treasure!
After my little side gig with the bro-hood, I went back to the Railroad to resume the main quest. At this point I decided I was going for the shiny Platinum trophy. The guide I was following said to build the molecular transmission thingy with the Railroad for an easier time getting all the ending related trophies. Needless to say, Tinker Tom was all for my crazy plan. That’s where I called it a day.
Shiny Trophies Unlocked:
Tradecraft (Bronze) – Join the Railroad
RoboCo’s Worst Nightmare (Silver) – Hack 50 Terminals
March 10th, 2019
And this was the last day I played Fallout 4 in March. Mental health levels tanked and all that. It wasn’t a very productive day, either. I didn’t pursue the main quest at all…. I just did a ton of side quests for the Railroad and the Minutemen, while spending valuable time with my barking best friend, Dogmeat (who I had lost track of but lured back to Sanctuary Hills via doghouse…. woot!). Here are some screenshot highlights of my adventures from that day:
That wraps up my Fallout 4 adventures in March. I tried….
If nothing else, this article was very fun to write so I definitely want to do daily log formatted posts for the remainder of my Fallout 4 journey. We’ll see how it goes, though!
⚡Thanks for reading!⚡
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