Things That Go Boom is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.
The New California Republic is acutely aware of the Boomers to the northwest and would like to contact them in hopes of forging an alliance for the upcoming Second Battle of Hoover Dam. Their howitzers could provide much-needed fire support during the battle.
- The quest is the first task given to the player by Ambassador Dennis Crocker at the Strip's NCR Embassy. The invitation to meet him is given after the first encounter with Mr House and coincides with a pardon that wipes the player's negative reputation.
- The player is asked to forge an alliance with the Boomers. The first step is reaching Nellis Air Force Base alive through the artillery barrage. Sprinting through the fire, making a beeline for the fence is a good choice: The artillery will keep firing even if the player enters Sneak mode and uses a Stealth Boy. Upon being met at the perimeter by a Boomer, the player is referred to Raquel and then to Pearl.
- Forging an alliance is a matter of gaining an Idolized reputation by completing various tasks around the base, such as listening to their history at the Nellis Boomer museum, aiding the Boomer medic at the Nellis medical station, aiding Jack, Loyal, Raquel, and so on and so forth.
- When the player's reputation is high enough, they will be asked to complete Volare!, restoring the B-29 at the base by raising the crashed B-29 from Lake Mead. However, simply having the reputation will suffice, as it allows the player to ask Pearl for the Boomers' help. She will pledge the Boomers' support to the Courier, allowing the player to report back to Crocker.
|1|| ||Ambassador Crocker has told me about the Boomer quest. I haven't accepted yet.|
|2|| ||Convince the Boomers to aid you in the upcoming battle.|
|3|| ||Return to Ambassador Crocker and let him know of the results of meeting with the Boomers.|
|4||Return to Ambassador Crocker and let him know the Boomers will help you.|
|5||I've told Ambassador Crocker that the Boomers will not help.|
|6||Ambassador Crocker found out that I've already pledged the Boomer's support and is disappointed.|
The game may not recognize that the player is already idolized in the Boomers: Mentioning this fact to Crocker and not stating that they have promised to help the Courier will cause Crocker to disappear. To prevent this, receiving the quest, going to Pearl, asking her about the support, then returning to Crocker to turn the quest in can help. It's possible for an NCR MP to hassle the player, attacking them after declaring "This is what happens when [they] cross the NCR." The player can simply reload the autosave or just avoid hthe MP when getting out.
|Act 1||Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!|
|Act 2||Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer|
|Act 3||No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!|
|Other||Come Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune|
|Companion quests||ED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One For My Baby|
|Unmarked quests||A Bit of Slap and Tickle · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Getting a Leg Up from Andy · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Of Boomers and Education · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Proper Burial · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · Stocking Up · Suits You, Sarah · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Team Spirit · The Thorn Mayhem · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This (I, II, III, IV) · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman|
| Cut quests||Auto-Inject Quest · Bright and Shiny · Chip Provenance · Debug Topics · Jailhouse Rock · Meat of Champions (quest) · TempMan · The Thorn Mayhem · Underpass Water Purifier · Viva Las Vegas! · Welcome to Fabulous New Vegas|