Main story now a fanfic! Read here - http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61794 -- Here's my idea for a new game that will start six years after the end of New Vegas. I wrote up a brief script for a trailer to the game--looking to some dedicated developers here to adopt this idea. NOTE: This is not something I will have the time or skills to do myself. However, I think this will be a great idea, and after seeing some of the quality mods featured on NMA, I figured this would be a logical place to start. The general gist of the game is a new external area for NV that lets players revisit Shady Sands and the Core, and experience its transformation from village (FO1) to town (FO2) to city (FO:NV). The whole game would take place across the NCR and Arizona, with fast travel possible on a world map (a return to FO1/2--this is because cramming all of SoCal and Arizona into one world map would make the map unrealistically small or the game unbearably laggy). There would be new weapons, and new characters, but the primary emphasis would be on creating a new atmosphere through textures (a post-apocalyptic noir-ish feel; the mature society of the Core contrasted with the frontier of the Mojave and the wilds of Arizona) and character development/loads of dialogue. BACKGROUND It is six years since the end of New Vegas. The NCR won. Bill Oliver is running for President against Tom McLafferty, son of (notorious) Crimson Caravan owner Alice McLafferty. Bill is kicking the stuffing out of Tom in the race, partly because the McLafferty family is unpopular, to put it mildly, and partly because it doesn't look like Tom is even trying to win the race. (In New Vegas, Alice McLafferty tried to set up a regional monopoly on caravan routes through murdering other caravans so that she could extort NCR troops with higher shipping rates). The NCR's victory at the Hoover Dam has further pushed Oliver into a brash, overconfident warmonger that seems hell-bent on continuing former President Aaron Kimball's expansionist policies all the way through Arizona. McLafferty advocates a more moderate approach, insisting on the right for the former Legion tribes to remain independent if they wish. Meanwhile, the economy of the NCR has boomed thanks to acquiring New Vegas. The massive, reliable flow of power and water has led to a renaissance of industry, on a scale not seen since the Great War. Crimson Caravans has become Crimson Caravans & Mines, and factories fuelled by their ores have sprung up throughout the Core Region. The Mojave blooms, feeding hundreds of thousands, thanks to Lake Mead and the magic of pre-War fertilizer recipes; fertilizer recipes, which, again, depend on phosphates and other minerals mined by Crimson and other large merchant houses. Shady Sands, capital of the NCR, is now a full-fledged city of close to 100,000 people. Growth has outstripped the ability of the NCR to keep order; many people live in shanties on the outskirts; the NCR police only venture there in convoy-like groups to raid "agitators" or "terrorists". Some in the shanties (mainly refugees from the Mojave or Arizona) suspect that the NCR is deliberately stealing away anyone with leadership ability to keep them down. They are somewhat correct. For the first time in its history, the NCR is facing a large group of people with a completely foreign outlook on life trying to assimilate into NCR life. Some in the NCR propose extending all of them citizenship, but as many of them used to be Legion slavers, the argument becomes contentious. Strangely enough, even though he could easily buy their votes, and his moderate position on taking over Arizona appeals to their sympathies, Tom McLafferty has not joined these public appeals for giving the refugees the right to vote. The courier (who is not the player character in this game) has become the junior senator of the Mojave, and makes a compelling 3rd-party candidate; that is, if he could be persuaded to run. Of course, he could also endorse either McLafferty or Oliver and likely tip the scales in their favor. Publicly, though, he has remained silent, preferring to spend his time wandering the Arizona wastes on his own. He also refuses to comment on the "Arizona issue", in spite of being, presumably, one of the most knowledgeable men in the entire NCR on the subject. -- STORY INTRO Into this volatile mix steps you. You are a private detective; you used to fight crime as a Shady Sands deputy; before that, you stood the line at the Colorado River. You've done well in these past six years--you have your own practice, your own secretary/medic, and the gunsmith around the corner has given you half a years' credit. So when that rich old lady walked into your office asking you to follow around her whoring, cheating, good-for-nothing husband, you didn't blink twice. Not even when you found out he was the Chief Surveyor for Crimson Caravans & Mines. You were moving up in the world, after all. Word had *finally* gotten around to the rich folks from uptown Shady. And she paid twice your usual rate. But when you suddenly meet a striking, green-eyed redhead who claims that she is his *real* wife, and then the Chief Surveyor is murdered while you're following him, making you a prime suspect... You're back in the trenches. It's Forlorn Hope, all over again. Fighting for your life, your honor--for the truth, because that's the only way you'll get ever get those other two things back. They don't call it Shady Sands for nothing. -- The cast: General Lee Oliver General Lee Oliver. Hero of the Second Mojave War. Frontrunner in the 2288 Presidential Elections. A hard military man, who looks for direct solutions even when there are none. His platform: --Ending free immigration from Arizona --Conquering Arizona and deporting ex-Legion settlers there --Launching a campaign into Northern Mexico --Launching a campaign into Texas --Launching a campaign into Utah --Launching a campaign into the Pacific Northwest --Launching... you get the point. Tom McLafferty Tom McLafferty is the son of the notorious Alice McLafferty. His family owns Crimson Caravans and Mining... which, aside from being the largest caravan company in the NCR, has nearly cornered the market on Floramin as well. He's running for President, and could make a decent showing... that is, if he stopped trying to lose. He lets Oliver pummel him time and time again in debates and rarely appears in public. The public believe him to be more moderate than Oliver (and a wimp as well). But is that really the case? Senator Cassandra Moore After the Mojave was incorporated into the NCR, Colonel Cassandra Moore was the natural choice for the role of Senior Senator. She has a tough, no-nonsense attitude and an unapologetic embrace of NCR expansionism. However, running a border region has made her more tolerant and open-minded than one might expect. The Courier aka the Junior Senator from the Mojave When Cassandra Moore was appointed Senior Senator, she wasted no time in selecting the hero of the Battle of Hoover Dam as her understudy. However, in her eyes, this understudy has proven to be a disappointment--too cautious, too sympathetic to the Legion remnants, too friendly with foreign tribals, too soft on the denizens of New Vegas. But he doesn't care, instead, preferring to spend his time wandering the Arizona wastes by himself whenever the political drama grows too absurd for his taste. Lately, with Arizona becoming the main topic of the Presidential race, everyone in the NCR has been asking the Courier about it. However, strangely enough, he says nothing, in spite of being more knowledgeable than anyone else on the subject.