The population of Big Town is mostly comprised of teenagers that were former residents of Little Lamplight, being expelled upon their sixteenth birthday.
Big Town was glorified by those of high authority in Little Lamplight as a safe and comfortable area where "mungos" go to live. In reality, Big Town is constantly besieged by slavers and super mutants, while the demoralized residents can do little to repel the invasions. When the Lone Wanderer arrives in the settlement for the first time, they are informed that some residents were kidnapped by super mutants and taken to the old police station in Germantown, whom the Wanderer can rescue if they so choose. Upon arrival, every resident is seemingly depressed and ready for death. A prime example of this can be observed through dialogue with Bittercup.
After completing the quest "Big Trouble in Big Town" by showing the citizens how to defend themselves, mutant attacks will cease on Big Town and the area turns into a relatively safe place to visit. The quest can also be completed by simply fighting off the mutants and not teaching the citizens anything in the way of knowledge. The effects this may have on the citizens in the future are uncertain, however. The chosen method of handling the problem (or not) will also determine what happens in a certain random encounter with a wasteland merchant. If the player chooses to help Timebomb, the player will receive the Lucky 8-ball and free healing services from Red.
Big Town is a small town which apparently used to be a sprawl of suburban housing before the Great War. It has since been transformed into a makeshift fortress with walls made of cars, debris, and rubble. The dilapidated homes are fortified with barbed wire and sandbags. The town is only accessible by using a bridge crossing a makeshift moat (located at the north end), as the town is surrounded by barricades.
xbox360 The nearby wheels provide a better moving platform as the carts can glitch through the protectron. In order to test one's positioning, one should enter two additional cells in order to trigger the glitch; such as entering red's clinic, then the basement of the clinic, then return to the outside. If done correctly, there should be a longer loading screen with a background image rather than a black screen, and the robot will have attempted to move. [verified]
xbox360 The inhabitants may randomly become "hostile" acting as if they are going to shoot but just following the player with weapons drawn and cannot be interacted with. Leaving and waiting a few days seems to fix this. [verified]