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This page contains the Nukapedia's article layout guideline for locations. It describes the standard layout for articles about locations.
Policyintro
  • Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing and organization of articles on this wiki.
  • Any registered editor is free to edit this page to improve its readability as long as the essence of the article remains unchanged.
  • If you would like to suggest content changes or propose a new policy or guideline, please use the wiki discussion forum.
  • See the policies and guidelines page for an overview of this wiki's policies and guidelines.

Infobox and categories

A few additional pointers regarding the applicable infobox and categories:

  • The applicable infobox for location pages is {{Infobox location}}. For details on its usage, please refer to the template page itself.
  • A location page is only categorized in one category. The category depends on the game it appears in (e.g. Category:Fallout 2 locations). A further distinction should be made if it is an unmarked location, i.e. a location which does not have a marker on the world map (e.g. Category:Fallout 3 unmarked locations).

Location article layout

There are two standard layouts for locations: one for settlements or districts of large settlements and one for all other locations.

Each layout is composed of three tables. The top and bottom tables are standard layout items found in every article; they are only included here for completeness and are collapsed by default. The middle table contains the actual specifics for location pages.

  • yesIcon check in the "headline" column means that the article should have a headline of that name if you want to include such a layout item.
    noIcon cross in the "headline" column means that this layout item should not have a headline.
  • yesIcon check in the "required" column means that every location article should include this layout item.
    noIcon cross in the "required" column means that not every location article needs to include this layout item.
  • "Zone" refers to an enclosed portion of the location. In Fallout 3, this corresponds to cells.

Standard layout

This is the layout for all locations except settlements or districts thereof.

Location-specific layout items (standard)
Layout item Headline Required Explanation
Lead section noIcon cross yesIcon check Small paragraph which contains the following bits of information:
  • location name (and alternative names) in bold.
  • type of location (building, factory, metro tunnel etc)
  • size (small, medium, large); for buildings inside towns, this is replaced by the owners/inhabitants
  • faction (wastelanders/ghouls/Outcasts etc) which inhabits it
  • number of interior zones it consists of
Background yesIcon check noIcon cross If there's any background story/history for the location.
Layout yesIcon check yesIcon check Describe the layout for each section: what it looks like, connections to the other sections, how many and what type of enemy can be found here. Make a subsection for each zone of the location, titled with the ingame name of the zone. Start with a section called "Exterior" where you describe the entrance area. The basic premise is that the section should give someone who has not seen the location an idea of what it looks like and how it is set up.
Notable loot yesIcon check noIcon cross List unique and rare loot here with a short description of where to find it. See notable loot policy for criteria requirements.
Related quests yesIcon check noIcon cross If there are quests which start or take place in this location, list them here (just link them, no need to go into detail).
Notes yesIcon check noIcon cross For interesting things about the location which do not fit into the other categories. Try to keep this section to a minimum.
Appearances yesIcon check yesIcon check Which games this location appears in.

Settlement/district layout

This is the layout for settlements or districts thereof. The latter should only have own articles if the settlement is sufficiently large.

Location-specific layout items (settlement/district)
Layout item Headline Required Explanation
Lead section noIcon cross yesIcon check Small paragraph which contains the following bits of information:
  • type of location (settlement)
  • size (small, medium, large)
  • faction (wastelanders/ghouls/Outcasts etc) which inhabits it
  • number of interior zones it consists of (if applicable)
Background yesIcon check noIcon cross If there is any background story/history for the location.
Layout yesIcon check yesIcon check General description of the location's layout. If the settlement/district is split into multiple zones, describe each of them here and which buildings are located in each. Describe what it looks like, connections to the outside world, how many and what type of enemy can be found here (if there are any). Make a subsection for each zone of the location, titled with the ingame name of the zone. The basic premise is that the section should give someone who has not seen the location an idea of what it looks like and how it is set up.
Buildings yesIcon check yesIcon check Buildings/other locations in the settlement/district which can be entered (list)
Inhabitants yesIcon check yesIcon check The town's inhabitants (list). For districts, this only needs to be present if there are named non-hostile NPCs living in the area. Hostiles should be described in the "Layout" section.
Notable loot yesIcon check noIcon cross List unique and rare loot here with a short description of where to find it. See notable loot poilcy for criteria requirements.
Related quests yesIcon check noIcon cross If there are quests which start or take place in this location, list them here (just link them, no need to go into detail).
Notes yesIcon check noIcon cross For interesting things about the location which do not fit into the other categories. Try to keep this section to a minimum.
Appearances yesIcon check yesIcon check Which games this location appears in.

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