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Nipton is a town located in the southern Mojave Wasteland that was ravaged by Caesar's Legion in 2281. Ranger Ghost at the Mojave Outpost reports the lack of traffic from their direction, but is equally likely to be encountered by traveling the same road to New Vegas which cuts through Nipton.
A town in San Bernardino County, California, Nipton was originally founded in 1900, as a place for gold miners to reside. It remained a small town until the Great War. After the salvation of the Mojave by Robert House, it remained inhabited by people living in homes and the trailers in the Good Luck Trailer Park in the southern part of the city.
In the 23rd century, it gained a seedy reputation under the leadership of Mayor Joseph B. Steyn. Prostitution and thievery thrived under the dubious leadership of the one-time Hub crook. The town would service NCR soldiers in the night and Powder Gangers in the day. The town's undoing came when Steyn arranged a deal with Caesar's Legion to turn over both NCR soldiers and Powder Gangers to Vulpes Inculta in return for caps.
Instead, Vulpes used his small Legion force to round up the residents, including the mayor. Those who resisted were shot. Those that did not were subjected to a lottery. Using Nevada State Lotto tickets, the fate of those gathered was decided. The lucky losers were decapitated, followed by crucifixions, enslavement for third place winners, crippling for the runner-up, Boxcars, and freedom for Oliver Swanick, the sole winner. The mayor was given a special prize: he was burned to death a pile of tires.
The town is aligned along two roads, one passing north-south from the town hall to the trailer park, the other passing west-east from California into Nevada. The Courier is greeted by Oliver Swanick if they approach the town through the western road.
Outside of Nipton Hall is a road of crucified Powder Gangers along with decapitated heads on posts and pile of junk on fire. Vulpes Inculta meets the player outside of the hall and tells them to spread the word of Caesar's Legion. After speaking to him the player is granted the quest Cold, Cold Heart. If the player is wearing NCR faction armor, Vulpes and the other legionaries will be hostile and attack on sight. Legion mongrels inhabit the town hall. They are automatically hostile, even if dressed as a member of Caesar's Legion, but do not inflict bad karma when killed.
Nipton General Store is located on the corner of the crossroads in the middle of the town has a man named Boxcars inside. He will explain the fate that befell Nipton. Nipton Hotel is a small establishment with four New California Republic (NCR) Trooper corpses dumped unceremoniously inside. The Nipton houses all have various amounts of loot and differing interiors.
Nipton town hall
- A worn key is found upon entering Nipton Town Hall, directly to the right, behind the counter. Beware of the mine behind the counter near the key. This key unlocks the first door on the right down the hall which leads downstairs to the basement.
- A Big Book of Science and two Programmer's Digest are on the Town third floor's Mayor's office, on the Mayor's desk.
- A Future Weapons Today is inside the shattered cabinet behind the Mayor's desk along with a Nuka-Cola Victory behind an average locked door.
- A weapon repair kit is on the bottom of the fallen metal shelf, to the left of Boxcars.
- A Salesman Weekly is on the wooden shelf to the right of Boxcars.
- A Milsurp Review is on the second floor, on the carpet next to the overturned couch.
- An unlocked safe with a random assortment of items is on the second floor.
Heavily booby-trapped house
- The Declaration of Vital Essence is inside the heavily booby-trapped Nipton home with sandbags lined up in front of it directly east of Nipton General Store "Trading Post".
- A Patriot's Cookbook is in safe (very easy) in the bathroom.
- A Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap is in the wooden house directly south of Nipton Trading Post (General store), on the dresser in the bedroom. Another is found on the main road to the east of Nipton, across the train tracks, inside a wrecked truck with a Sunset Sarsaparilla case. The star bottle cap is laying on top.
- A Today's Physician is in the house to the right of Nipton Hall, with a brahmin skull on the mailbox.
- Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap - Also a gun cabinet inside the truck.
- A larger than usual red plate is on the table right after entering one of the Nipton houses.
- An AER9 laser rifle is lying on the ground next to a dead citizen with an ash pile nearby a large trailer.
- The Courier can't free the crucified people without killing them. Killing them will not incur a loss or gain of karma, nor will it affect ones reputation with any faction.
- Using the Ranger Takedown to knock the people off their crosses allows you to speak with them, but your only option is to say "I have to get going."
- Some companions will comment on the crucified townsfolk. Cass, for example, will ask, "Should we cut the people down?"
Nipton appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- Megan Parks was responsible for layout, prop placement, decoration, terrain shaping, and vistas in this location.
- The real Nipton is an unincorporated town in California, and is located just west of the California/Nevada state line (a sign showing the border can be found in-game). The Legion Lottery may also be a reference to the fact that Nipton has the highest lottery ticket sales in the California state lottery.
- There are two signs on the road directly southeast of Nipton: one, facing west, welcomes travelers to Nevada; the other facing east, welcomes them to California. This is a reference to the real Nipton's immediate proximity to the border between the two states.
- The Legion's sacking of Nipton could be an allusion to Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery", in which the winner of the lottery is murdered by the other townsfolk. This is mentioned by the Caesar's Legion patrol; Mayor Steyn's office corroborates this, as well as the abundance of lottery tickets strewn across town hall. There are also strong parallels between Jackson's story and the social machinations of experiment conducted in Vault 11. Finally, the real Nipton once had the most lottery ticket sales in California.
- If you have the Wild Wasteland trait and look around in front of a destroyed building near the eastern entrance of the town, you can find the charred skeletal remains of two people named, respectively, Owen and Beru. This is a reference to a famous scene from "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," in which Luke Skywalker returns home to find that his uncle and aunt of the same names have been incinerated in a similar fashion by Storm Troopers.
- The Declaration of Vital Essence may be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the film "Dr. Strangelove", in which the character of Gen. Jack Ripper is highly and vocally paranoid about guarding his "precious bodily fluids" and "Purity of Essence". Admittedly, in the film he spoke of his essence as though he were referring to his own vigor "in the bedroom". This may be related because Nipton is a town which thrives through the exploitation of women, by way of prostitution.
- Sometimes, when fast traveling to Nipton, you may find a crucified prospector instead of a Powder Ganger. He can't be removed from the cross but he can be interacted with. He will most likely be killed by the bark scorpions next time you travel there.
- There's a glitch which prevents you from being able to speak with Vulpes Inculta, even when he triggers the conversation. The camera will zoom in on him like it would usually do when initiating conversation, but will then quickly retract, bringing the player back into control. Reloading doesn't seem to fix this issue.
- Standing near the entrance of the Town Hall may trigger an attack from a Jackal Gang Member. It is unknown whether or not this attack was scripted or if the member had simply walked close enough to detect the character.
- Boone or ED-E will not enter the Town Hall (First Floor) but teleports to the Assembly Floor when the courier enters that floor. The particular instance was after we had killed all the legion personnel outside the hall.