Saturday, October 2, 2010

Point Lookout

So, it was past midnight. My brother and I were checking out the new DLC for Fallout 3 called Point Lookout; it had just been released at the time. He was the one playing, and I was on the bed next to the computer, observing. 

If you are familiar with this DLC, you know there is a mission in which you are sent to retrieve a very special book for an old man living in one of the mansions on Point Lookout. The book was called the Kriveknih and, later on, you find out that it supposedly has some kind of dark power and needs to be destroyed. You can either give it back to the man or destroy it by taking the book to the Dunwich building in the Capital Wasteland.

As my brother is interested in occult stuff, he found this quest really interesting. Before even doing anything more with the quest, he went on Falloutwiki and looked up all the info he could find on the book and what would happen after. I thought it was stupid of him to get everything spoiled, if he now found it such an interesting quest, but he said he somehow felt some kind of greater importance to it.

After shooting through the Ritual Site, killing all of the swampfolk there, he decided to destroy the book, which forced him to go back to the Capital Wasteland (the original game world). At this point, he didn't have enough caps to buy another river-boat ticket, so he killed Panada (a trader in Point Lookout) at the docks, and took all of her caps. I found this very strange, as my brother isn't playing as a bad character and would always do the morale and right thing, wanting good karma....but not this time.

After coming back to the riverboat docks in the Capital Wasteland, he began making his way towards the Dunwich building. Girdershade, the place where you get the Nuka-Cola Challenge, was the closest location discovered, so he went there, only to realize that the place was deserted. The two people that used to live in the little town had vanished. We thought it must have been a game bug, as my brother never killed them. We ignored it and he moved on.

finally, he arrived. He went through the levels pretty quick, witnessed the hallucinations and the self-opening doors. We weren't really scared by any of that because we knew it was going to be there. He got to the underchambers and placed the book on the creepy-looking alter, and it somehow completed the mission by destroying the book.

At this point, my brother figured it would be a good time to head to Rivet City to sell some stuff he had gotten from Dunwich. Guess what? Not a single person could be found there. At this point we got really freaked out. We checked the other settlements: Megaton, The Citadel, Tenpenny Tower, and all of them were empty. We restarted the game and reloaded, but nothing helped. 

We figured we could go back to Point Lookout and see if there was anyone left there. The only problem was that Tobar (the guy who owns the boat) wasn't around anymore either, so we couldn't buy a ticket. When my brother was about to leave the boat again, he was attacked; attacked by the very same people missing from all of the settlements.

It must have been over 100 people just charging the boat - throwing grenades, shooting missiles, wanting my brother DEAD. He didn't really have anything that could kill all the people at once, so we thought it would be a good idea if he went into the little cabin on the boat and wait for them to come. That didn't work out as we planned.

They didn't run in; instead, someone with a fat man launched a mini-nuke into the cabin, completely blowing my brother into pieces. Right after that, the game froze and we had to restart it.

Now, everything was fine. No one attacked us and everyone was exactly where they were supposed to be.

(I apologize if there are any typos in the place names and such. I have never played Fallout 3 or looked into it, so I don't know what's right. If you see a typo, just tell me in the comments and I'll get right to it.

Some /x/philes claimed that this was 100% possible through a series of glitches, btw.)


  1. I liked this, simply because it didn't dive into "paranormal" things like "And after I burned the book, I saw a picture of my family."

    Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games, and I've had some really random bullshit happen before, like people randomly firing at me as soon as I show up (good karma character), so it's altogether possible that something like this could've happened. Also, regular people having heavy weaponry is altogether possible, since when human NPCs enter fight mode, they tend to pick up better weapons, which they definitely would've found on the long trek to the Riverboat dock.

  2. Should'a had a mini nuke when everyone attacked him. Still pretty good.

  3. Eh, not really creepy ... interesting, but not creepy.

  4. Lol, they really did want to kill you. like in the simpsons movie.

  5. Yeah, this sounds like something that would happen in a Fallout game simply due to glitches.

  6. As DeclinedDoomed said, some glitches end up doing weird things. A common glitch causes your companion to open fire on a random person without any possible cause, which may lead to quest givers being killed before you can talk to them (or it can screw up you plans if you were trying to deal with someone without killing them).

    It's quite possible for the population of the wasteland to turn hostile because you kill someone in one of the DLC areas.

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