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Beaver Creek Lanes
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Beaver Creek Lanes
Background[edit | edit source]
Vandalism and The Striker[edit | edit source]
This derelict bowling emporium was once a popular attraction in Bar Harbor, regularly hosting bowling competitions with Thomas Davis the reigning champion. More importantly, however, a member of the staff had to deal the with consistent vandalism of the Vim machines on their property. Despite constant vigilance they were unsuccessful at catching the culprit, however he did learn from Jan that the Bar Harbor Museum was also experiencing the same vandalism.
Despite the recent targeted vandalism the management loved their profession, they got to work with their friends with the game that they loved. After Thomas learned of his imminent deployment, his friend Mark Wilson accidentally revealed the going away party for him. He was flattered and helped with the party planning.
After Thomas' deployment, he kept in touch with them, sending them postcards until suddenly stopping in April. His tour of duty was a short one, although harrowing and honorable. Davis' destroyer was sunk and he went MIA during the commotion until roughly mid-June; afterward he was given the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for bravery and an honorable discharge. The Navy waited to contact his parents until they know if he was going to survive his injuries. He did, but he received a spinal injury and the doctors said he would probably never walk, let alone bowl, again. Once his cousin Daisy received the news about him toward the end of June, she asked Mark to pass along the information.
Throughout it all, this close-knit group of friends and family were there for one another, never wavering. When they heard of Thomas' condition, they took the news hard. In a late night talk, Mark and Matthew got to talking over shooting the balls back up the return and checking the machinery when they came up with an idea. Maybe they could help Thomas bowl that perfect game he was so close to. Thomas' arms still worked, so they came up with the idea of a sort of bowling gun built out of the ball return and a strong motor attached to a board. Meanwhile Thomas would come up with his own solution, a negative handicap; to give everyone an equal footing and provide extra challenge for top level players.
Their original idea would prove to be a colossal failure: it only achieved sanding off the edges of the balls, so they began to discuss the ideal with some of the old timers. Jacob brought up the idea that they should just get and modify one of the new Fat Man catapults. Determined, they followed this advice, they talked to a guy, who knew a guy that knows a guy... eventually they found one at an old surplus center out in the willywacks, and traded a couple tanks of gasoline for it. Illegally, but hey they're only gonna kill pins with it, so what the hell right?
During the development (October 6), they forgot to reduce the tension springs and the first ball they launched flew straight through the wall of the office and stoved-in a table in the dining area, knocking Mr. Clark out of his chair, nearly killing him, but Matthew and Daisy were able to talk him out of suing after coming to an agreement of free games and half priced beers for life. Meanwhile an insurance adjuster had to be called in the next day and he also had to be convinced. Daisy would spread the word that if he asks anyone, to tell them that a ball return mechanism went haywire. The Striker was effectively complete though, despite having never managed to adjust the final firing speed. In better news, they had gotten word that Thomas would be returning early in December and it was at this time that Mark and Daisy would work on building a temporary ramp for his wheelchair, util Matthew can get a permanent one installed.
Shut down[edit | edit source]
However it was not long after this that the insurance adjuster and the structural engineer would conclude that the building was unsafe, but she wouldn't know if it could be repaired or if the whole building would have to come down until the debris cleared out. Matthew talked with the insurance company to see if there was any sort of emergency wages they could get for the employees but the company was fighting him pretty hard.
With the alley closed, Matthew gathered up as much as he could out of their lockers and brought them and their final paychecks to the coffee shop at noon on October 20. He adding a little extra to their checks; he wished it could be more, but it was all he had until the insurance payed out. Thomas, however would not make it home; on October 23, the rest of the management played their final set, all dying from the intense radiation that seeped inside the building. Afterward, a landslide would partially bury the building and the weight from debris carried down would eventually crash through the ceiling.
Layout[edit | edit source]
The building is fairly small. The main area is dominated by the lanes (with a truck embedded in the debris pile in the center) and the adjacent cafeteria and bathrooms. The cafeteria holds a small camp with a cooking station, and at the end of the hallway is a chained door.
To circumvent the chained door, navigate around the building through the hole on the south wall of the lanes (or the Novice-locked door opposite the entrance). Move around the building, through the generator room to get to the back office, which holds a weapons workbench, chemistry station... and The Striker.
Notable loot[edit | edit source]
- The Striker is in the office upstairs.
- The Vim! fridge in the central area contains the rare Vim Refresh.
- A fusion core is in the generator in the back.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, 12/8/2076 - Vim Machine being marked out of order?
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, 7/02/2077 - Update on Thomas
- Mark Wilson's holotape
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, Bar Harbor League Rules
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, No luck with the ball return
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, That was close!
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, 10/19/2077 - Closed until further notice
- The multitude of skeletons lying were they were.
- This could only have happened as a result of the War, as the landslide continues into surrounding homes and partially burying vehicles on the nearby road.