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Anou
May 29, 2006
Hello there!

So, in Fallout 2, you could beeline to San Francisco and Navarro straight from the Arroyo and grab the Power Armor and the high powered weapons. I was thinking of the New Vegas equivalent to that kind of blatant powergaming.

What I got was:

9 Intelligence and 9 luck at the beginning and tag lockpick to crack the safe in the school to pick up the stealthboy. Stealthboy your way across the I-15 with your finger on the quickload button in case those deathclaws spot you. This is the worst part though because those Deathclaws have really high perception and can spot you even when you're Stealth Boyed but you have enough time to get past Quarry Junction. Go to New Vegas and Freeside, go gamble away with your 9 luck at the Atomic Wrangler till you have 2000 chips to get into The Strip. Go into The Strip, break the bank at the casinos, get the intelligence implants. I think you can get away with not leveling up to level 2 if you pick up skilled as a trait, so you can choose to level up once you implant yourself to 10 Intelligence so that you have maximum skill point gain along with all the implants naturally boosting your skills because of SPECIAL boosting. Then you spend the rest of the casino money on guns and armor and I think that's the easiest way to get yourself a massive early game lead.

It might be possible to powergame it up even more by going to Old World Blues really quickly but sending a character that early into Old World Blues sounds like it would be a massive pain. I guess the Spineless with it's +2 strength would mean that you only need to bring your strength SPECIAL to 4 and not waste points in Intense Training if you want to use Strength 10 requirement guns. (Assuming you would be wearing strength boosting power armor.) You won't need to waste a perk slot on Tag! and Educated if you want max skills by the time you hit level cap (probably alot earlier though).

Am I missing anything here? Other then the extra SPECIAL point from beating Lonesome Road I think there are no other SPECIAL boosts in the game that aren't implants / the OWB perk other then from items.

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Anou
May 29, 2006
Hello there!

J Bjelke-Postersen posted:

Stealthboy? Just hug the rocks on the right and it's pie. I did it with 13 sneak and just ran screaming most of the way to Vegas. I saw a giant ant in a barn, scared the poo poo out of me!

Huh, I never knew that. I guess the 9 intelligence / 9 luck is unnecessary too if you don't really care that much about skill points. All you need is somewhat high luck (I'd say 7+) to make the Blackjack games not an exercise in frustration.

Anou
May 29, 2006
Hello there!

Here's why everyone should support the NCR:

They're building trains. Trains. I mean I don't know about you guys, but I spent enough of my time walking as is. Being able to take a train would have been great. The NCR not only has a monorail, but they were building a train line between NCR proper and the Mojave. Trains are always the signs of modernity.

The Legion apparently runs everywhere.

House has no trains or any kind of transportation. He could take the Monorail I guess. I guess you could hitch a ride on a securitron.

The NCR not only has trains, but vertibirds and I assume actual cars. I know on my no quick travel playthrough I really hated the Powder Gangers for depriving me of a nice train ride across the Mojave.

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