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Fallout: New Vegas dev diary by Feargus Urquhart

Ausir June 8, 2010 User blog:Ausir

The first (introductory) Fallout: New Vegas developer diary by Obsidian president Feargus Urquhart can now be found at the official site.

As some of you might know, I had the privilege of working on the original Fallout 1 and as one of the Lead Designers on Fallout 2 when I was the head of Black Isle Studios. While I didn't get that chance to work on Fallout 3, us getting to make Fallout: New Vegas here at Obsidian right now is like coming home. Well, if your home was a burned out bomb shelter with radioactive goop and a Deathclaw staring down at you wondering what your liver is going to taste like.

Now when it comes to making Fallout games, I've always found it easy to work on them. I guess my twisted view of the post-apocalyptic world just fits with what Fallout became during the original development of Fallout 1. But, what wasn't easy was actually getting Fallout 1 finished, since we were still figuring out how to make big RPGs back in the mid 1990's. To help, I ended up polishing up one of the larger areas of the game, the Hub, and also finished up a couple of the later areas - the Boneyard and Adytum. I made some good decisions and some bad ones. My addition of a quest in the Hub to get a special gun turned out to be a fun quest that people liked, while my addition of the Turbo Plasma Rifle unbalanced the game. It was near the end of the game, but it's still one of those things where I look back and go "Feargus.....".

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