Idea to make dog companions more valuable.

Discussion in 'Future Fallout Game Discussion' started by Verevoof, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Orderite Board Cop oTO [REDACTED]

    Jul 12, 2009
    I was recently reading Jack London's "To Build a Fire" and this idea just popped into my head. How about dog companions not only help you in combat, but can also help you more outside of combat. Canine senses are much better than humans', so I was thinking that characters with a dog following them around can benefit from these canine senses. The dog could alert you to coming danger (animal/mutant/human threat, even environmental threat), helping you to avoid or giving you a chance to plan how you'll deal with the situation. Perhaps instead of just blatantly marking people in red or green if they are bad or good, the dog could also give the player a clue as to people's true motives. Depending on how high or how low your character's perception is will determine whether or not your character would benefit from the dog's instinct.

    This idea is more for if a future game were to move away from vault dweller main characters accompanied with a Pip-Boy to tell you everything. It would be more for the average wastelander character who doesn't have a Pip-Boy or all the special equipment that the vault dweller may have (that's not to say that the wastelander can't come across a Pip-Boy, though).

    It's a rough idea, but it could work, I think. :lol:
  2. Relentless666

    Relentless666 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 23, 2008
    Heh, it would be nice to have a normal dog that levels up and gets perks like: Detect Mines, Tracking and stuff like that.

    One can even choose traits for the dog: Vicious, Cute (Bonus Charisma!), etc.

    It could work.
  3. markakleive

    markakleive First time out of the vault

    Nov 10, 2009

    This is a really good idea. Dogs are also very loyal. They can also help in tracking and guiding the way. It would be great to have a dog trained as per our requirements. You could eventually program a chip and insert it in your dog to translate and communicate with him.
  4. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    Neat idea. They should have already implemented this into the originals: with a dog as your companion your chance of finding a special encounter goes up. Or you get to find more food items randomly. Or your Outdoorsman Skills get a serious boost or something.

    I like this. Good thinking.
  5. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Could certainly work, as in Dragon Age, but could also definitely be improved further as suggested.