How long before they show up ? From the screenshots they are wearing PA and carrying big guns...all I have is leather armor and little tiny cap guns. Is the encounter avoidable till later ? I want to fix the reactor but if I do that I can't interface with the computer again to piss off the Enclave. And I like killing Enclave. I usually hit Gecko and Vault city up after the Den for the car parts...then go south then towards New Reno etc. I could get the car..make a mad dash for SF get PA and weapons then head back...but that just kills the game for me. So can I avoid the encounter till later ?