Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fallout: Glowhio River Valley

To say that I’m super excited about Fallout: New Vegas would be a gross understatement. Anticipation for the game has brought me back to a game I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m also going to give Ronin78 credit because his All Flesh meets L4D post really got me thinking.

I want to use the Classic Unisystem rules to run a Fallout game set in the area that I (and most of my gaming group) grew up in., Scioto County Ohio. Scioto County is a very rural area located on the Ohio River, across from Kentucky. The area is very hilly (unlike the rest of Ohio) and forested.

Like a lot of people, I have a love/hate relationship with my hometown. Culturally, it often seems like the area has more in common with the rural South than it does with the urban North. I cold go on and on, but I won’t.

Here’s the idea. I’m calling the game Fallout: Glowhio River Valley. It’s corny I know, but I dig it. In the Fallout 3 expansion, the Pitt, it is mentioned that they Ohio River is irradiated. In addition, there is a Uranium Enrichment plant (ironically built on a minor fault line), one county away. These things have caused the river to be luminescent, hence the name I chose for the game.

I’m still working out the particulars but I’ve got a few communities in mind. The primary settlement will The Mouth (the remains of the county seat, Portsmouth). I’ve got all kinds of ideas, though a lot of them won’t be funny to anyone not familiar with the area.

As far as antagonists go, I think the area would be full of mutant rednecks, angry ghouls, giant catfish, and mutant opossums and deer. Less crab-like, more crayfish-like Mirelurks would be appropriate. In addition, I know that cockfighting goes on in the area, and I think the idea of killer mutant chickens is a fitting one.

All Flesh Must Be Eaten and Terra Primate will be my primary gaming resources. In addition, I found an amazing Fallout Netbook on Unifans. I’ve uploaded it to my google docs and you can find it here.

As I stat things out and flesh out the setting more, I’ll post things here on the blog.

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