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Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

This is part 5 of the Reservation design document for Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.

Contents

1 Main page of document
6 Part 5
Document start icon The following is the original document or a transcript thereof.

Scripting

General

  • Ghoul Commoners
    • 8 am to 6 pm the Ghoul commoners do the ghoul shuffle outside of the shanty-shacks.
    • 6 pm to 8 pm the ghoul commoners shuffle back into their respective shack and mull around inside.
    • 8 pm to 8 am the ghoul commoners will sleep in their crappy shanty beds.

Town-Specific

  • Trading Post
    • 8 am to 6 pm Betty, Hank, the guards, and Horatio will walk to their respective posts and open for business.
    • Scaven-pickers come every 3 days between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm. They will walk around from person to person yelling weirdness, and then scurry off to the next victim.
    • Caesar's slave traders come once every month (choose a date) to trade slave with Horatio. They show up at 8 am and leave at 6 pm. Should the player waste the Slaver Caravan in the Salver Caravan random encounter, Caius and friends will never show up again to sell slaves. This will concern Horatio, but he will not lose sleep over it since there are other slavers in the wasteland.

Dungeon-Specific

Cut Scene

Task List

The Tasks section is a list of all the work that needs to be done for the area. It is a good summary for the producer, other designers, artists, and programmers as to what has been done in the area, who to check with if you have questions about certain tasks, and so on.

This section is only useful if it is used. If we're several months into the project and no one has been using it, then it will no longer be used or updated. There's no sense in wasting time doing additional bookkeeping if it's serving no purpose.

Sound Requirements

The Sound Requirements section is intended to cover every conceivable audio question you've had to answer for an RPG in the past. You know the drill. Some aspects to consider:

Music

Area Sound requirements
MAP 1: Trading Post MUSIC DESCRIPTION
City of the Dead: Track 8 from the Fallout soundtrack
BASIC SFX
Very mild dust storm. Tarp and thin metal flapping in the wind. The occasional creak of an old metal door.
WALLA SFX
Very slight mumblings
MAP 2: Town MUSIC DESCRIPTION
City of the Dead: Track 8 from the Fallout soundtrack
BASIC SFX
Mild, hot breeze. Tarp and thin metal flapping in the wind. The occasional creak of an old metal door. A distant rock or two falling down over a hillside. When near a ghoul citizen, the occasional butt-scratch sound.
WALLA SFX
Deathly silent when it comes to walla
MAP 3: Sub-Level 1 MUSIC DESCRIPTION
City of the Dead: Track 8 from the Fallout soundtrack
BASIC SFX
The beeps and boops from a computer in the center of the room. Floor clinks like a metal floor with each footstep.
WALLA SFX
None. This is a place for rest.
MAP 4: Sub-Level 2 MUSIC DESCRIPTION
Second Chance: Track 9 from the Fallout soundtrack.
BASIC SFX
Each smith chamber has very loud sounds of hot furnaces burning, hammers being pounded against anvils, white hot metal sizzling in cool water, shovels digging deep into coal piles.
WALLA SFX
Every once in a while, someone is barking orders at the slaves. Slaves will occasionally groan in tired agony.
MAP 5: Sub-Level 3 MUSIC DESCRIPTION
Follower's Credo: Track 12 from the Fallout soundtrack.
BASIC SFX
Quiet hum of force fields, the occasional water droplet falls from condensation. Otherwise, nothing.
WALLA SFX
Again, nothing. Eerily quiet area.

Room for Improvement

Also be sure to include hooks for "room for improvement." This section may change depending on how Ferret thinks it should be organized.

Room for Improvement:

  • Trading Post
    • If the player helped Colonel Green defeat Willem.
      • Slaves will no longer be in the area.
      • Horatio and his slave tent will be gone
      • A couple more merchant tents will be in the Trading Post where Horatio's tent once was.
    • If the player did not help Colonel Green defeat Willem and waited until the fighting was over.
      • Horatio and his slave tent will still be in the Trading Post
      • Slaves will continue to be around.
    • If the player helped Willem.
      • Nothing will change.
    • If the player blew the shit out of everyone and everything.
      • Trading Post will be empty of all life except for the occasional giant cockroach or rad-scorpion.
  • Town
    • If the player helped Colonel Green defeat Willem.
      • The shanty-town shacks will be replaced by sturdy, adobe styled huts.
      • The run down office building will have been rebuilt, but with an obvious difference in construction technique between the offices' original construction and the big adobe style repairs/add-ons.
      • The destroyed hangers and the accompanying debris has been basically cleaned away. The fallen concrete from the hangers were just some of the materials used to rebuild the office building and the adobe shacks.
      • The broken up roads are eventually stripped away and left with dirt roads.
      • The tracks and train running through the Town is in shiny shape.
    • If the player did not help Colonel Green defeat Willem and waited until the fighting was over.
      • Not much changes except the broken up roads are cleared for dirt roads, the section of office building that was caved in is removed and the offices that are not exposed to the elements are used. Offices with one side exposed to the elements have metal sheets nailed to them.
      • Shanty shacks are spruced up a little bit with sturdier metal paneling.
      • The collapsed hangers are still collapsed, but do not have the amount of debris as before Greene took power. However, it is not as clean as the option where the player helped Green take on Willem.
    • If the player helped Willem.
      • There are a few more shanty shacks in the shanty town area.
      • Colonel Green's tent is gone – burned to the ground.
      • Some more ghouls are shuffling about.
      • The rail way and the train are just as beat up looking as ever, but they still work.
    • If the player blew the shit out of everyone and everything.
      • Ghost town. Nothing roaming around this area except giant bugs.
  • Sub-Level 1
    • If the player helped Colonel Green defeat Willem.
      • Not much has changed. This area was always clean, and it still is after Green takes over.
    • If the player did not help Colonel Green defeat Willem and waited until the fighting was over.
      • Soldiers instead of lab techs and workers occupy this area.
    • If the player helped Willem.
      • There are a few more shanty shacks in the shanty town area.
      • Colonel Green's tent is gone – burned to the ground.
      • Some more ghouls are shuffling about.
      • The rail way and the train are just as beat up looking as ever, but they still work.
    • If the player blew the shit out of everyone and everything.
      • Nothing there. Completely empty and devoid of life. This goes for the rest of the sub-levels as well.
  • Sub-Level 2
    • If the player helped Colonel Green defeat Willem.
      • Again, not much has changed. However, there are no more slave workers, but there are more ghoul workers.
      • If the player fixed the air filtration system, then the soot in the area is gone. If not, the soot remains.
    • If the player did not help Colonel Green defeat Willem and waited until the fighting was over.
      • Nothing at all changes, unless the player fixed the air filtration system, then the soot is gone.
    • If the player helped Willem.
      • Still the same hell.
    • If the player blew the shit out of everyone and everything.
      • Nothing there. Completely empty and devoid of life. This goes for the rest of the sub-levels as well.
  • Sub-Level 3
    • If the player helped Colonel Green defeat Willem.
      • Colonel Green and some of his men have moved into this floor. Nothing is sealed off with force fields, so the player may wander. The area is mostly used for storage and sleeping quarters for Green and his men.
    • If the player did not help Colonel Green defeat Willem and waited until the fighting was over.
      • Same as above, except weapons research continues in the big room where the nuclear missiles were stored. Plenty of boxes filled with guns and ammo are stored, as well as crates marked "Top Secret."
    • If the player helped Willem.
      • Still the same hell.
    • If the player blew the shit out of everyone and everything.
      • Nothing there. Completely empty and devoid of life. This goes for the rest of the sub-levels as well.

End Movies

  • Each area document will also have a list of possible End Movies depending on what the character did in the location. This section should contain:
  • The condition for each end movie. Someone has to script this, so make sure it includes all necessary flags or other conditions that need to be checked.
  • The narration text for the end movie. Write it as if Ron Perlman would read it.
  • Some suggested art for the end movie slideshow. Keep it as a simple 2D image.
Note: Over the course of the project, you may wish to collect art that may be appropriate for an end movie slideshow and just keep it stored in a folder on the server or locally.

A quick example is provided below:

WHERE TO GO CONDITIONS

The player killed everyone in the Reservation Goto 1
The player had the satellite fire on the Reservation Goto 2
Colonel Green overthrows Willem with the player's help Goto 3
Kyle the Hook remains leader of the Rusty Hooks Goto 4
Player helps Willem Goto 5

1. EVERYONE DEAD! (WTG)

The dead shall wake no more. Dr. Willem Clark's prophesy of delivering the Promised Earth to the Children of the Wasteland fell into the realm of forgotten lore, carrying with it one of the last vestiges of nuclear research and development, and the last hope for ghoul procreation and evolution. Show an empty Trading Post and the front gate leading into an abandoned, dilapidated military base that used to be the Reservation.

2. SATELLITE DESTROYS THE RESERVATION! (WTG)

Once the supplier of the tools for nuclear fire and the home for the Children of the Wasteland, the Los Alamos Nuclear Testing Facility, also known as the Reservation, is wiped away from the pock-marked wasteland by B.O.M.B.-001. Show a smoldering crater.

3. COLONEL GREEN OVERTHROWS WILLEM WITH THE PC'S HELP (WTG)

Thanks to the help of a tenacious human with overthrowing Dr. Willem Clark, Colonel Green not only brought the ghouls of the Reservation into a new age of enlightenment, but he also reached out to the outlaying human communities, establishing trade and commerce that profited all. Show the Reservation town with adobe housing instead of shanty shacks, the office building rebuilt with an adobe front end, and ghouls intermixing with happy humans in environmental suits.

4. COLONEL GREEN OVERTHROWS WILLEM WHILE THE PC SITS OUT ON THE BATTLE (WTG)

Though Colonel Green's trust of humans never blossomed, he never made any overt, aggressive moves on the outlaying human communities. Still, Colonel Green knew that one day the humans would try to destroy him and his ghouls, so he made certain his men and equipment were always in top fighting order. In addition, the Colonel continued research and development for advanced weaponry in preparation for that fateful day when the humans made their move against the Reservation. Show Colonel Green and his ghoul guards arming themselves with high powered rifles, with a backdrop of stacked crates marked "Top Secret" and a couple of odd, futuristic looking rocket type weapons propped up against a far wall.

5. PLAYER HELPS DR. WILLEM CLARK (WTG)

No good deed shall go unpunished, nor shall any bad deed. With the help of a human stranger, Dr. Willem Clark was able to take his Nuclear Nellie and fire its radioactive ordnance on a populated human community. This act united all the humans within the region, and they launched a retaliation attack on the Reservation itself. Though the battle was bloody for both sides, the humans won the day, leaving any evidence of the ghouls from the Reservation buried under broken rock and concrete. Show Dr. Willem Clark's body impaled on a flag pole in front of the main gate to the Town.

Random Notes

Appendix

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