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The Ark & Dove Cathedral is an ancient structure the rests in the north of Point Lookout. Used as a hideout for the Point Lookout tribals, this cathedral allows the tribals to cultivate and worship the punga behind fortified walls. This massive building is named after the two boats that landed in Maryland and established the English colony in 1633, The Ark and the Maryland Dove. Near the grounds of the church is the Ark & Dove Resting Grounds, a cemetery filled with feral ghouls. Only members of the tribe can enter the cathedral, so all outsiders seeking entrance must partake in the ritual of the punga and journey to the Sacred Bog.
Did you know...
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that Wanamingos are not aliens but pre-War weapons of war?

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that it is impossible to beat ZAX at chess due to a bug?

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that abominations are the result of alien experiments on abducted humans?

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that the super mutants from Vault 87 become bigger, stronger, and less intelligent as they age?

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that Vegas was first mentioned by Tycho in the original Fallout?

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10 August 2015 by GarouxBloodline (talk)
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Hello, fellow Vault Dwellers!

Curse, in conjunction with the Strategic Nuclear Moose, would like to take this chance to present the collective Fallout community with a unique opportunity: a competition to celebrate the recent Fallout 4 news, and the fans that have made the Fallout community such an amazing one. This competition will be a Fallout theory challenge, in which contestants can put forth their most creative and desired Fallout theories, for a chance to win from our prize-pool! For the official rules, and to help figure out if you are eligible to enter and/or win, please check into this link.

This competition will be hosted at The Vault, and we are looking for up to 60-80 entries, all of which can be accepted into the fold for a chance to win prizes such as, but not necessarily limited to, official: Fallout bobbleheads, vynils, the Fallout Anthology, or even a brand-new copy of either Fallout 4, or its eventual Game of the Year edition! Even should one not win, we will still be offering free ghoulification as a consolation prize! What... not interested? Why, of course you are!

Start on your entries now, as open slots are going to fill up quick! Not sure how to join in on the fun? Continue reading for further information:


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Submitting an Entry, the Judging Process, & the Prize-Pool

Submitting:

  1. Entries must be submitted through The Vault. Entries may be in the form of a user-sandbox, a personal blog, or a forum. Linking to whichever medium has been used, on this blog once the entry has been finalized and is ready for judging, will finish the process, and we will take said entry into official consideration.
  2. If you came from another community in order to participate, please state which community you came from in your entry's header. The Vault does not give many chances such as this one, so make sure to represent!
  3. Please follow a professional format with your entry! We are not imposing any strict limitations on how one should write, outside of our guidelines listed below, but shoddily-written entries will not be taken into consideration! Here is an example for what a professional entry might look like: James is a psychopath
  4. Note: We are not looking for any one particular criteria in one's entry! Want to make a realistic entry full of facts and science? Go for it! Want something a bit more zany? That is also perfectly fine - your imagination is the limit!

Judging:

  1. 80 is the total amount of entries that can be accepted in this competition. The number of actual entries accepted/proposed may vary.
  2. Once an entry has been approved, it will be added to a directory, where the judges will be keeping tabs.
  3. Every time an entry is added to this directory, the judges will read it, and give it a pre-judging rank. These pre-judging rankings will help determine which entries make it into the final judging.
  4. Once the pre-judging period is over once October rolls around, the top 10-20 entries, dependent on the pre-judging average, will be pooled together, and a final judging will take place. The final judging will determine the 6 finalists, and the rank average given will determine which position each of the finalists have earned.
  5. In the off-chance that two or more entries are tied for a winning position, we will be holding a stand-off event where the respective contestants will be subject to a mini-challenge to help break the tie(s). The details concerning said "...mini-challenges," are at the discretion of the judges and relevant contestants.
  6. Note: Judges are allowed to put forth their own entries. However, judges are not allowed to vote for themselves, and all rankings will be kept private until the very end of the competition - this includes keeping rankings private from the other judges.

Prize-Pool:

Prizes are not set-in-stone, and are given out transiently - so, while we are offering a copy of Fallout 4 -or- its GotY edition as our showcased prize, the 1st-place winner does not have to choose it, and may, for example, choose a bobblehead, instead. This opens up the showcased prize for the 2nd-place winner, should they choose it, and so on. The available prize-pool is as follows:

  1. A copy of Fallout 4 -or- its eventual GotY edition.
  2. A copy of the Fallout 4 Prima Survival Guide.
  3. A copy of the Fallout 4 Collector's Edition Prima Survival Guide.
  4. The Fallout Anthology collection.
  5. A Vault Boy plush.
  6. A Fallout vinyl of your choice.

Competition Guidelines
  1. Please please please read our official rules, before considering an entry.
  2. Entries can only be accepted from residents of the U.S. -or- Canada. Residents of Arizona, Massachusetts and the province of Quebec, Canada, are ineligible to enter and/or win. Due to shipping/legal concerns involving physical goods, there is no way around this. Sorry. :(
  3. Adult-content is allowed, within reason. No pornography, shock-content, or other illegal content is allowed, which includes any content that would break any Terms of Understanding/Agreement on any given host website. What constitutes a breach of this guideline, is up to myself, the judges, and local administration.
  4. Images are allowed, within reason. While adding tasteful images will/might help determine a winner, or winners, being obnoxious with their use will almost certainly harm one's chance to make it into the final round.
  5. Video is not allowed. This will be a competition based around writing skill and writing comprehension. While images are fine, the use of video implies that you are not able to construct your views without the use of a rather tedious medium. As an example, you may not substitute lore explanation with a video from ShoddyCast, instead.
  6. Plagiarism is not allowed. If we catch any users plagiarizing from other writers, they will be removed from the competition, replaced, and we will report their actions to the local administration.
  7. Advertising is also not allowed, outside of representing your community in the entry header. Please do not use this competition as a chance to call attention to anything other than your entry, and Fallout.
  8. The anonymous are not allowed to participate. This was a hard-decision for us, but with so few entries being allowed, we find ourselves making the decision to lower chances of entry fraud.
  9. Duplicate accounts are not allowed to participate.

Thank you all for joining us during this exciting time, and we will be looking forward to seeing some creativity and competitive spirit!

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7 August 2015 by Tagaziel (talk)

The Vault's Tagaziel has been to Gamescom in Cologne on the opening day and had the pleasure of visiting Europe's largest gaming trade fair.

What follows is the travel log - for his personal thoughts, visit No Mutants Allowed, where he is asking a difficult question and rambling about Fallout quite extensively.

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27 July 2015 by Tagaziel (talk)

QuakeCon has come and gone and with it, the exclusive Fallout 4 presentation intended purely for congoers. However, we live in an age where information is power - power that cannot be contained. Thanks to Fawkes of NewFallout.com, we now have access to a transcript of the presentation. Together with GarouxBloodline's liveblog and snippets from Jake Raybon, we have a pretty accurate image of the presentation!

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24 July 2015 by GarouxBloodline (talk)

Hello, fellow Vault Dwellers! I am here today, to present our community with information regarding Fallout news at this year's QuakeCon. I have a few people on the inside giving me information straight from the source, and now I am here to relay that information to all of you! Please stand-by, as I will be updating this blog constantly. Enjoy, and thanks for joining us during this exciting time! GarouxBloodline 19:00, 24 July 2015 (UTC)


Fallout 4 News:

  1. A museum has been confirmed as a location, where a painting is emphasized upon.
  2. The Mr. Handy companion (Codsworth) is shown calling the player-character everything from Shaun, to Fuckface.
  3. River, the lead level-designer for Fallout 4, has a dog that was used to create the model for Fallout 4's Dogmeat.
  4. The Sole Survivor is shown firing a minigun from the side of an airship - confirming that air combat is not restricted to vertibirds
  5. Preston has been confirmed as a permanent companion, should he be accepted as one.
  6. As an alternative to Preston, a lass named Piper can be found at Diamond City.
  7. Piper is seen, by default, to be wearing a red leather coat, and an old-fashioned newsboy hat.
  8. Preston and Piper, along with Dogmeat and Codsworth, are only 4 companions out of "...around a dozen available companions."
  9. Pip-Boy display size has been increased in-order to show off more content that previous iterations of Bethesda's Fallout.
  10. Confirmed items: Nukes, gas-masks, books, and med-packs.
  11. Player-character can become incumbered, and is seen being murdered by a raider due to their inability to escape.
  12. Perks are confirmed for every level unlocked - unlike the previous system where a perk was unlocked every 2 levels.
  13. Bloody Mess was confirmed as an available perk.
  14. A town called Lexington, in MA, was attacked by ghouls, chasing the previous survivors there off, with the PC being told that a group has taken up recent residence there.
  15. Hacking has been confirmed - the PC is seen hacking a nearby terminal in-order to make a nearby and patrolling Protectron friendly towards them.
  16. There is a scripted scene, where after the PC picks up a nearby laser musket within a Super Duper Mart, they will be ambushed by a group of ghouls that break through some nearby windows.
  17. A Corvega power plant is a confirmed location in Fallout 4. Raiders have taken up residence, and shortly after their presence becomes known, ghouls attack the plant and raiders.
  18. A metal pipe with razor edges is confirmed as a melee weapon. It is seen to be effective against low/medium armored raiders.
  19. The PC is seen in a town-square, where an airship comes by and drops off two Brotherhood of Steel soldiers donning power armour.
  20. BoS are confirmed to be at least temporarily allied with the PC, as they are seen fighting with the PC in-order to clear out nearby raiders.
  21. Fat Man has been confirmed as an available weapon (duh!)
  22. A behemoth is seen attacking the PC and their BoS allies, in which the fat-man is used to take it down with great effectiveness.
  23. Companion romances have been confirmed, which includes same-sex romances. Whether this extends to Dogmeat and Codsworth, is unknown. ;)

The Demo for Fallout 4 has officially ended. Thanks for joining us! If more Fallout 4 is revealed, or if I missed something, I will still continue to update this blog.


Fallout: Shelter News:

  1. Deathclaws will now periodically attack your vault(s), and other attacks have been alluded to.
  2. Mr. Handy has been added. He will clean-up and pick-up items around your vault(s).
  3. In-doubt until now, the Android variation of Fallout: Shelter has been confirmed, and will be released soon - August 13th is the currently set release-date.

Other Sources

IGN was running a live-blog as well over the Fallout events that just transpired over at QuakeCon. For those that want a different perspective on the event, or to compare notes, their live-blog can still be found here.

23 July 2015 by Kastera1000 (talk)
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At QuakeCon 2015, Bethesda Softworks Vice President Peter Hines announced the release of a Fallout anthology, and what better way to store the anthology than inside a model mini nuke that sounds an explosion at the push of a button?

Contained within the nuke is a compilation of five games for the PC (and only the PC): Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition. It is important to note that Fallout 4, Bethesda Game Studio's upcoming installment, will not be included in the anthology, but the mini-nuke does include space to store that game when it is released.

The anthology will become available to order starting September 29 for North America and October 2 for Europe.