Alright, since I have been slowly introducing my Fallout novel over the past week or so, I have decided to create an official thread for it. I deleted my "First Chapter" thread that was here, and will instead be posting the chapter's online. The novel's title itself is, Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Apocalyptic Novel. It will be a novelization of the game Fallout, which will include different endings (with different book covers), including the canon and non-canon endings, and the Vault Dweller's non-canon endings to certain 'quests' in the game, interpreted in the book. And yes, the novel will be free. Now, without further ado: Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Apocalyptic Novel Back-Cover Information: "Fallout: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel is a novelization of the 1996 computer video-game Fallout, created by Black Isle Studios and Interplay. In the year of 2077, a world-wide nuclear war had devastated the Earth, leaving entire cities in smoldering ruins, landscapes as barren deserts, and animals as genetically-mutated monsters. Humanity, however, managed to survive by hiding in many places, attempting to outlast the worst of the nuclear after-effects. One such way humanity survived was in huge, technologically-advanced underground 'Vaults'. The Vaults were constructed by the Pre-War United States government and a contracted corporation entitled 'Vault-Tek'. The Fallout novel follows an ordinary citizen of Vault 13, a security officer who lives a daily, boring routine. The Vault Dweller, or Jason, along with all the other Vault occupants, are pampered with Pre-War luxuries and technology while the rest of the world is forced to survive off of the scraps of a ruined civilization. When the Vault's water purification system malfunctions and its water chip breaks, the Vault Dweller Jason if forced to undergo a dangerous journey to the mysterious surface world to look for a new one. The Vault 13 population of over one-thousand inhabitants, including the one he loves and the community he was raised by all rely on him to become their savior. Will Jason, and ordinary nobody be able to stand up and not only brave the outside horrors, but survive them?" Fallout Novelization Q&A, Questions and Answers: Question: First off, who are you and why are you doing this? Answer: I am Damen Grzelachowski, those on the internet know me by my pseudonym BigBoss. I have never taken the time to learn modding, especially modding the Fallout games, thus I had no way to contribute to the community. However, I always had a natural talent for creative writing, achieving several Creative Writing decorations in High School and Community College. I have written several short stories, but never a full-length feature novel. I decided that, since everyone else contributes to the Fallout community with their own talents, I will use my talents in my own way. My only hope and motive for writing this novel is to keep the original Fallout(s) fanbase-community alive. Question: Who is 'Jason'? I thought this book was supposed to be canon? Answer: In the game Fallout, you are required to create your own Vault Dweller, however you see fit. The game never actually gives any real clues as to who the "canon" Vault Dweller might be, and in several occasions you are required to present and introduce your character with the name, and personality you gave him or her. So I created the concept of 'Jason'. The truth is, our planet doesn't have to many people that were destined to be heroes from birth. We don't live in a world full of Spartacus' and Odysseus'. Jason is an average, normal 'everyday layman'. He isn't someone who was destined for greatness from birth, he wasn't embarking on great quests at the age of 15. He is a 22 year old man who was born and raised in a Vault which shelters and pampers its inhabitants, which recently received a run of bad luck. Like I said, this isn't the story of a "hero", this is the story of a normal, average person who is forced to become a "hero". There's no kicking people off of ledges, valiantly and courageously charging head on by himself into dozens of hardened enemies, or standing atop rock taking on 50 enemies below. Jason will be put in situations which will test him everytime, and eventually push him over his limits both psychologically and physically. This is the story of an average man with little to no skills or experience overcoming unbearable and impossible odds. Question: Is the book going to contain the 'canon' story? Answer: Yes, the original version of the book will be the canon version of the story. However, after the original version is released, there will be several other versions following the non-canon actions of the Vault Dweller, such as talking the Master into suicide instead of defeating him in combat, and even with Jason joining the Super Mutants, with his mutated self leading an attack on his own Vault. The developers also do not tell us exactly how every mission happened. It will be up to Jason (the Vault Dweller) to find his own way in finishing these missions, however when there is a way that was classified as "canon", you can expect Jason will be following that path. Question: Can we expect any of the side-quests to take place in the book? Answer: Yes. There were many quests that weren't required to complete the Fallout game. However, some of these quests' endings were never known to be canon or not by the games developers and producers. An example of quests you can expect to see will be "Killing the Rad-Scorpions For Shady Sands", "Rescuing Tandi from the Khans", and "Helping Blackwater In Junktown". That's all the information I'm going to release for now, as I've said to much. Question: What characters can we expect to be featured in the book? Will the Vault Dweller have companions? Answers: Well, the main characters obviously. The Master, Lou Tenant, the Overseer, Tandi and Aradesh, Morpheus may or may not make a small appearance. The Vault Dweller will pick up Ian and Dogmeat. There may even be an instance, or 'accident' involving Ian's notorious 10mm submachine gun and his inability to aim it properly. Question: Will this novel be free? When can we expect a finished, revised version. Answers: Yes, it will be entirely free, and available for download here on No Mutants Allowed when it is finished. The full novel and individual chapters (both revised and unrevised) will be also be available on the website I have posted them at. You may also read the novel and individual chapters here on this thread (look below) without downloading them. There is no announcement date on the finished version of the novel yet. I have to write each chapter individually, and then revise them after that chapter is written. Revise meaning, I must go over and check my spelling and grammar, delete parts I feel aren't necessary, modify certain paragraphs to hold more, less, or entirely different context, and-or add parts that needed to or should have been added. Question: Sounds like a cool project. Is there anyway I can help? Answer: Definitely. Writing a full-length feature novel is extremely time consuming and exhausting. I am first and foremost in need of artists (NMA resident or not), computer graphics and/or pen and paper, to draw up a new book cover to replace my current, very bland one. My original plan was to release the book with several different alternative book covers, each book cover for a different ending. Second, and maybe most important, I am in need of other writers. Every artist is in the dire need of the opinion of other artists, and that's what makes their work great. Don't worry, I don't want you to proof read my chapters and do the boring stuff like correcting spelling and grammar. I need extra writers to include and suggest new exciting ways for a certain moment to take place, such as romance, action, or a simple talk between two characters. Especially on that romance part. I can't stress enough how much of a cold-hearted ba-... well the point being I'm not entirely great at writing romantic scenes that will "hit the heart". Anyways, I need writers to improve upon my own work. Third, I need all of you hard-core Fallout fans for advice. Advise me on and when a canon event happens, correct me if I make a mistake in the description of some kind of weapon, character, or town, and overall, well, advise me in the ways of Fallout lore. Question: I'm either not interested in any of those things, or have no experience in them. Is there any other way I can help. Answer: Suggestions, suggestions, suggestions. This is a book FOR the fans of Fallout. Since it's free, all my money-making motivations go out the window. I am trying to entertain the Fallout fans, and nothing can help me do that better than those very fans giving me suggestions on how to make the book better! Read The Novel Here: Chapter 1 (Revised): http://www.mediafire.com/view/d2na6nh0ofeahk6/Chapter_1.txt Chapter 2 (Unrevised): http://www.mediafire.com/view/n5mkoooeu72llvo/Chapter_2.txt Chapter 3 (Unrevised):http://www.mediafire.com/view/ncd3hom6jjpuxd1/Chapter_03.txt NEWS News #7: (10/2/2014) It's been months. A little over three, to be exact. I've gone through my own things, as has the rest of the world. But needless to say; it's finally here. Months of pushing it off, months of working on it, and yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have finally finished it in it's unrevised form. The only thing I can say is, thank you for being patient. And, 204 downloads for the first chapter? Wow. That's more than I ever hoped to get, this is more viewers and a large audience than I'd ever hoped to achieve. As a writer I give you thanks for your unlimited support and patience. All I ask if for you to offer feedback if you get the chance. Even if it's negative feedback, just give me your opinions, thoughts, recommendations, and anything else you feel you need to say. Again, thank you all. I am setting the date for the Chapter 4 to be released on 10/15/2014. The book isn't even halfway finished, and look at what we have achieved with nothing more than one writer, a couple loyal fans, and five bucks a month to have mediafire host my book. News #8: (12/02/2014) Just wanted to let you guys know there's a new book cover, thanks to Akratus whom will receive a special thanks in the book. The book will be dedicated to my father, and made for Fallout fans. As toward the progress of the book, I have hit the middle of the fourth chapter, and we should be able to expect it after New Years. News #9: (12/27/2014) Ok guy's, just wanted to let you know where I am at in the book right now. Chapter 4 (unrevisied) is very close to finishing. Just a few more paragraphs. Unfortunately, I don't know if I will be able to include Garl's fight with the Jason in this chapter yet, as it got longer than I'd expected it too. But I wouldn't count that out. I know I will at least end the chapter with the Jason and Ian walking into the Khan camp. Also, thanks to Sander, whom stickied my novel in the fan art section of NMA. Will be receiving a second special thanks in the book. Official date for the release of Chapter 4 (unrevisied) is 1/3/2015. Hang in there just a little while longer guys. News #10: (3/20/2015) Well, it's been three months since my last post on this forum. First off, I'd like to apologize for the extremely slow process the novel is going through. I recently got a job, a shitty job, but albeit still a job. I make no money from this novel, nor have I ever made any money from any of my other publications. I have to buy food and support my terrible habits and hobbies somehow, right? Anyways, I've got good news and bad news. Good news is, the novel is officially back on track, and I'm beginning work again on the fourth chapter again. Bad news is, I can't find my copy of the fourth chapter anywhere on my hard-drive, I'm not entirely sure hat the hell could have happened to it. Usually I make a back up copy for each chapter, but even that's gone. If fact, the folder that I've kept all the information for this book in (including the back-up files of the other chapters, notes and concepts on future chapters, etcetera, etcetera. And if that isn't bad enough, I haven't paid my bill on the site I use to host my novel. The files should still be up, but I can't upload anything more until I pay them their five bucks, which will have to wait until next Wednesday, because I'm broke. But regardless, the novel IS still alive, and is still back on track. Thanks to anyone who still checks up on this thread, and to the moderators of NMA for not shutting me down due to frequent inactivity. The fact that I lost my copy of the fourth chapter doesn't bring me any grief however. To tell the truth, I was beginning to hate the chapter. Not that it was bad writing, I just felt that, I gave it no heart. It just looked sloppy and lazy to me, and I was already planning to either scrap it or make alot of changes to it. I've also been having some friends of mine re-read my work and go through it, and then they give me their feedback and opinion which has helped ALOT. After I release the fourth chapter, I'm going to release revised versions of every chapter so far (mediafire retained a copy even though I didn't, so I caught a lucky break there. These chapters are pretty long, and the work it takes to make it is, despite what one may think, a lot. The fourth chapter WILL be released by the end of this month, and that is a promise. Oh yeah, I've also added a new section to my front page (the page you're reading now). It is called the SPECIAL THANKS section, which, it's exactly that, but it leans a little more toward credits too. Before I close this update, I just want to thank all of you. You've given me tons of support on finishing this novel, and it's the reason this novel has any kind of fan base at all. EDIT: I have finished the fourth chapter, but I have yet to pay mediafire again. So it will be up very soon guys. Ol Slim will be also making an appearance. SPECIAL THANKS: • @Akratus, the artist who made the book covers. • @Sander for giving it moderator support and allowing me to use No Mutants Allowed to host my novel. • The guys over at NationStates, for helping me with the novel in many ways, such as pre-reading each chapter before it's release and "testing" it, so to speak. • A particular thanks goes to Sam at NationStates, for taking a particular interest in the novel and helping me perfect and fix new chapters. • @MrJason005, for also taking the time to help me correct menial errors such as typos. • @Nigel at NationStates, I hope your mom get's well soon man!