Chris Avellone talks about Van Buren PnP campaign

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by WorstUsernameEver, May 3, 2015.

  1. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    Videogame-themed podcast Gamer's Tavern had Chris Avellone as a special guest for its 48th episode, and rather than going for the usual interview, had Chris talk about the Fallout pen and paper campaign he ran at Interplay as part of the pre-production on the cancelled project Van Buren. As I'm sure most of people that would be visiting this site know, Van Buren was the codename for Interplay's internally developed Fallout 3, before the property was sold to Bethesda.

    There's a lot of good stuff in there that is, as far as I know, completely new. For example, Avellone talks about Van Buren's Elijah, an ex-Brotherhood of Steel companion that left the faction to join the Cipher, and that would serve as the basis for Fallout: New Vegas' DLC antagonist. Additionally, he elaborates on the original idea behind Caesar's Legion, a largely capitalistic corporate-inspired slaver army without the Roman theme of the J.E. Sawyer iteration, the idea to hire Bill Nighy as a voice actor (yes, really), and more.

    If you're interested in the history of the franchise and "what could have been" thought experiments, this is a really good (and long, given it's almost 2 hours of podcast) listen.
     
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  2. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Mr Avellone mentioned some details about his own Van Buren pen and paper sessions thought I would have loved to have recreated in the Fallout Texas setting I was trying to set up in the RPG forum.

    Not sure what to think of people who think the 'Bloody mess' perk is the best perk in the game though.
    Nothing against gore, but it feels a little childish.
     
  3. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
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    Apr 24, 2005
    Someone should write down all the interesting bits (so... like... everything). The audio quality is pretty bad at times, and I had a hard time understanding them every once in a while.
     
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  4. Proletären

    Proletären A Smooth-Skin

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    Mar 15, 2012
    Please do!
     
  5. veryblackraven

    veryblackraven The Vault overseer

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  6. Emperor

    Emperor Simplesmente Rajuma

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    Aug 4, 2013
    And we have the opportunity to win one of the Van Buren PnP games, I will give a shot, this is not a game, it is a relic.

    Wonder if they deliver here in Brazil
     
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  7. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    Lol, why would I mind. Thanks for the credits, though in all fairness, MCA retweeted the Gamer's Tavern guys and Lexx had also spotted it but couldn't post due to time constraints. Hope the podcast guys get the attention this deserves and the Wikis will be able to compile this material properly (podcast is cool, don't get me wrong, but it's not the most time-friendly format).
     
  8. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I could die happy if I won those Van Buren PnP materials....
     
  9. TheChosen1

    TheChosen1 Moving Target

    Nov 8, 2012
    If you die happily from an...accident, would you mind giving them to me in your will?
     
  10. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Fuck no, I would write down in my will that all my valuables be cremated with me.
     
  11. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    One of those guys was asked if he'd played Fallout, and he said, that he'd played the originals and got killed by roaches.
     
  12. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Where there Radroaches in the originals?
     
  13. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    Nope.
     
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  14. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Roaches, scorpions, manti, where's the difference.
    Everything's so pixelated it looks the same anyway.
     
  15. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I was saying, I am pretty sure only giant insects in FO1 and 2 were the Scorpions and the Mantises but maybe there were some and I couldn't remember.
     
  16. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Scorpions are technically arachnids.
    Fallout 2 of course had the giant ants as well.

    I think it was Fallout Tactics that introduced rad roaches.
     
  17. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign So sorry Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    I want to say that roaches were first in Tactics as well. Just checked. Yep.
     
  18. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    I don't believe that I've progressed far enough into the game to have seen them. But then Tactics isn't really the series, it's a spin off ~with some pretty good combat improvements (not counting the RT mode); but I'd not call it an RPG... not any more than I would Myth:The Fallen Lords.
     
  19. naossano

    naossano So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Oct 19, 2006
    Maybe he thinks the original is Fallout 3... Maybe he died in the Vault...
     
  20. pexxx

    pexxx First time out of the vault

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    Feb 12, 2007
    Those fuckers haven´t even bother do their homework properly. What a shame we don´t have any interview about Van Buren where people who know Fallout would be asking the questions.