Character Spotlight: The Vault Dweller

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Woohoo, new character!  Suggested by Arco over on the forum, as well as many other people, The Vault Dweller is the generic name given to your protagonist in basically all of the Fallout games!  Like our other “malleable” characters, Dovahkiin and Commander Shepard, The Vault Dweller is basically whatever you make them to be!  This is a lot of fun in game, but a bit challenging in the context of the blog!  Never fear, dear readers, I am up to the challenge, and this one is going to be awesome.

Also awesome?  This is the first character to coincide with a Let’s Play series over on my Let’s Play channel!  Every other day (starting today,) I’ll be putting up videos of my FIRST playthrough of Fallout 4, so come join the party and watch me get slaughtered by deathclaws! (I’ll also be playing Minecraft on the alternating days, so you can watch me get blown up by Creepers, too!)  Start watching here!


The Vault Dweller Workout was the initial inspiration for the post.  Arco requested an old school calisthenics routine for someone who may be growing up in a vault, “SO YOU CAN BE PREPARED FOR POST NUCLEAR NUISANCES.”  I am more than happy to deliver!  Taking cues from 50s-era calisthenic routines, as well as modern works like Convict Conditioning, The Vault Dweller Workout will be designed for minimal equipment, minimal space, and maximum results!


After the workout, we will discuss skills and abilities that make you unique in You’re S.P.E.C.I.A.L. (Part 1) and You’re S.P.E.C.I.A.L. (Part 2) We’re going to approach your attributes just as they are in game, and talk about the different ways they can benefit you in real life.  Additionally, we’re going to look at ways to boost your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. score, to enhance your chances for prosperity in the wasteland (or, y’know, your everyday life.)


Finally, rather than go into a psychological breakdown for a character that doesn’t necessarily have a base psychology, we’re going to discuss How to Survive a Nuclear Apocalypse.  Specifically the bombing part, and then the first few weeks/months afterwards.  There will be some psychology and philosophy here, because those can play a big part in any survival situation, but we’re also going to talk about a lot of practical real-world skills so you can be there for your loved ones as a helpful guide when (if?) the bombs start falling!

I think this is going to be more fun than a supermutant with a grenade launcher!  I’ll see you again on Thursday, with The Vault Dweller Workout!  Until then, remember to live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!

Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace

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