Fallout: Election 2018!

This one snuck up on me. I hadn’t realized we were closing in on level 9 in our Fallout run, and it wasn’t until I started the game up again and it asked me for my choice of perks that I realized it’s time for yet another vote. Now, we’ve got the water chip, saved our vault, and are back home again. There is absolutely, positively, no more reason to go out into the wastes again. Honest. Don’t let the fact that there’s still half the map left and a bunch of mystery abounding fool you. We beat the game. Just have to talk to the Overseer again now that we’ve submitted our report to work it out. But, you know, given that we have the option to choose more perks, even though we’re obviously not going to have the time to make use of them before the credits roll which is going to be super soon, I figured I’d let you guys make one final choice on the direction of our Athena.

Our new choices with this level up are:

Animal Friend

This perk will make Dogmeat like us. Well, she already likes us. But this will make all the other animals we run across like us just like Dogmeat does!

No, no it won’t. But at least it will make it so they don’t want to murder us on sight anymore.

Better Criticals

We’re at the stage of the game where it doesn’t always oneshot the enemy when we get a critical hit anymore. Still does massive amounts of damage, but sometimes, an enemy is able to hang on long enough to die later. If that bothers you, you can take this perk, which makes our critical hits 20% more powerful when we do catch one.

Bonus Rate of Fire

So, when I’m presenting these perks, I am completely nonpartial. I’ve got my preferences, but I’m not going to try to color your choices. So when I tell you to vote for this one, if you have any love in your heart for me or for dear Athena, you know I’m still keeping that professional distance in there.

Right now, it costs 5 action points to fire a gun, or 6 if Athena’s wanting to target a specific body part. Athena’s got 9 action points to play with, so she can fire once and do something else, either move a bit or dig into her backpack, every turn. This perk will reduce the AP cost of ranged attacks by one. Meaning Athena will get to fire twice a turn. Effectively doubling her offensive capacity.

This is obviously the best choice. So much so, I don’t know why they even offer other perks to guns based characters at this level. But no pressure.


We’ve got an Armor Class. This works just like it does in traditional tabletop games. The higher our Armor Class, the more likely we are to not be hit by attacks. AC comes from armor and stats. This perk increases the bonus we get to AC from our stats.

That was a lot of words to say it just makes us harder to hit.


We’ve yet to run into any of them, but this game actually has a lot of interesting random encounters. Get to see some fun stuff going on. This perk increases our chances of running into one of them.


Back at the beginning of the game, you guys chose two special traits for Athena. You chose to make her smarter and more aware at night, less so during the day, and you chose to make her better than everyone else. If you were uncertain about either of those decisions, you could choose this perk and get a do-over.

A short list this time around. There are more that can unlock at level 9, but Athena doesn’t have the stats for them. But that’s ok. We’ve still got enough to choose from. Or, if you were interested, any of the previous perks are still up for grabs.

Here’s the complete list of what we’ve got available to us:

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As always, vote in the comments!


Fallout Intermission, Round 2

Hey boys and girls, it’s that time again.  Our Athena just reached level 5, which, if you’ve passed your calculus, you know as just one less than level 6.  Level 6 means she’ll have a new perk to choose from.  And that means I need your help once again!

So, same deal as last time.  Democracy rules.  Vote for whatever you want, and as long as other people agree with you, you get your way.  You get your choice of anything we had last time, but we’ve got some new ones to add to the list.

Heave Ho!

Increases how far Athena can throw grenades and stuff.  Athena’s never used a throwing weapon in her life.  Maybe she will someday.  I mean, she won’t, but maybe!  Hope springs eternal!


Empathy is kind of a cheat sheet for speech checks.  It basically color codes our dialogue options, so we can see which ones will cause positive or negative reactions.  I remember this not working in the original version of the game, and I don’t think I’ve tried it since more updated versions came out, so if you pick it, this will be new for me as well.

Friendly Foe

If you’re the type that keeps accidentally shooting your friends, this can help you out.  It’ll highlight allies in green instead of the usual red when you’re aiming your weapon.  I don’t have any problem keeping track of my peeps, so this would be absolutely no gameplay change for us, but I wish we could give it to Ian when he’s got his hands on a burst-fire… oh, I made myself sad.

Bonus HtH Attacks

This perks lets us punch and swing faster, making melee attacks cost less AP to perform.  But Athena’s got a gun.  Hmmmm…..  I suppose it could be useful if we ran out of ammo*, or if we got captured and had our equipment stolen**, or wore out our guns***.  Aside from that, I wouldn’t expect it to see much use.

*will never happen

**nor this


Bonus Ranged Damage

Now we’re talking.  This gives us an extra two points of gun damage.  Per bullet.  So if we bring out our SMG, which fires 10 rounds in a go, well, I don’t know if the phrase ludicrous gibs is appropriate, but it’s close.


2 more skill points every time we level.  We get better at stuff faster.  I like being good at stuff.  This one makes me happy.

Bonus Move

This one is honestly my favorite perk at this level.  Right now Athena gets 9 AP per turn.  Which is enough to shoot a fool, reload, then walk a few paces.  Or shoot a goon then rummage through her pack.  Or shoot a mook in the groin, then do a little dance.  If we pick this perk, we’ll get two free AP that can only be used for movement.  It makes us a lot more maneuverable in combat.


You would think Tycho would come equipped with this one already.  This perk reduces our chances of running into a fight out in the wastes.  Helpful for ironman pacifist runs, not so much for gobsmacked badasses that nobody messes with.  Guess which group Athena falls into.

More Criticals

Criticals in this game are devastating.  This perk lets us have more of them.

Simple enough.


What a thrill, with darkness and silence through the night.

What a thriiiilll, I’m searching and I’ll melt into you.

What a fear in my heeeeaaaaart!

But yoouu’re soooooo supreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme!

I give my life, not for honor, but fooooooor yooouuuuuuuuuuuu.

In my tiiiiime, there’ll be nooooo oooooone eeeeeelse!

Criiiime! It’s the way that, I flyyyyy to yoooooouuuu,

You’re stiiiiiiiiiiill in a dreeeeeeeeeaaaaaaam, +25% to poison resistaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaance!


Will reliably make opponents tap out in the middle of the ring.  Also increases Athena’s accuracy at long distances.  We’ve already gotten some use out of her being able to shoot farther than anyone else, so could be handy.

So you’ve got all that?  Remember, if these don’t strike your fancy, you can choose anything from last time except Awareness.  Vote in the comments!