The Fat Man

Discussion in 'Fallout 3 Discussion' started by Wumbology, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Arden

    Arden Still Mildly Glowing

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    Feb 26, 2010
    Yes, IF there has to be a nuclear weapon it should be something like the DC. But since that was a crew operated recoilless rifle the uses in game would be limited. More like a quest-related one shot experience than a portable nuke. Perhaps hearing rumours about it, then searching for and repairing it, then looking for a shell and hauling that to the gun and finally firing it at some SM or Talon camp.
     
  2. Yamu

    Yamu Le Fromage Vieux oTO Moderator Orderite

    Jul 26, 2003
    There was some speculation around the height of the atomic weapons boom that devices with a lower-than-tactical yield could be created with the use of Californium, which was supposed to have a far lower critical mass than the more commonly used fissionable elements. There was even talk of nuclear grenades. The technical difficulties and cost issues were never overcome, though, so there's really no info on how much smaller the explosion would have been. The idea for a fat man might have been serviceable on those grounds, but as has been said (most recently by Arden), they would have had to have taken the concept far more seriously and made the weapon much rarer (perhaps even unique) in order to have really pulled it off.
     
  3. BonusWaffle

    BonusWaffle Still Mildly Glowing

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    Mar 6, 2013
    apparently with the still theoretical pure fusion nuclear technology you could create nuclear weapons small enough to be fired from a pistol.
     
  4. CthuluIsSpy

    CthuluIsSpy A Smooth-Skin

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    Dec 20, 2011
    I made that once with the GECK. It was silly.
     
  5. Makta

    Makta The DICKtator

    Jul 29, 2010
    That sounds really silly.. Why not settle with a minigun! :twisted:
     
  6. CthuluIsSpy

    CthuluIsSpy A Smooth-Skin

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    Dec 20, 2011
    I wasn't sure my computer would handle it :(
     
  7. Makta

    Makta The DICKtator

    Jul 29, 2010
    A sniper then! That is what i call a tactical nuke :P
     
  8. NatureDruid

    NatureDruid First time out of the vault

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    Oct 13, 2013
    There were about 72 mini-nukes in that wasteland.
     
  9. Hyddan92

    Hyddan92 First time out of the vault

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    Jul 4, 2013
    I don't think the fat man and the mini nukes was such a huge error in fallout NV, in fallout 3 though you actually got to much of it, as someone said beforeme; in both games it should be looked away somewere in a bunker or pre-war lab or something with only maybe maximum 10-15 mini nukes on the entire map.

    And if the fat man is illogical? Yeah probably somewhat, altough it's probably technically possible to create such a weapon, and seeing as how those insane fucks before the war created a machine gun using the smell of a dog by using a dog brain attached to it, it sort of fits into the fallout universe.

    But it should only be 1 or 2 fat mans in the entire map and not more then max around 10 mini nukes. They should be more powerful though, so you would be forced to use them from really long distances.
     
  10. berlin1945

    berlin1945 First time out of the vault

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    Oct 4, 2015
    my biggest problem with the fat man is that it sucks. unless the enemy is standing five feet away from the blast, it does nothing. six feet away, the enemy just laughs and kills me. worthless.
     
  11. Atomic Postman

    Atomic Postman Mojave Express Employee of the Month

    Mar 16, 2013
    On one hand, whilst it's fitting for the wacky Cold War shenanigans side of Fallout, I prefer nuclear weapons to be a thing of the distant past, gone for good but their effects still remaining. A lost horror that the people of the Wastes can only barely imagine.