As today I turn 30, I know I’m not perfect, or even Almost Perfect, and that got me thinking, what would my stat distribution in Fallout 3 look like if I was my character.
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I started this thought off thinking that the level cap in Fallout 3 was 30, it was once Broken Steel was out, and as it took me a while to get into the game, I hadn’t hit 20 while it was the max level. I think it’s allowable to go up to 50 points as per the 10 ranks of intense training, but I’ve tried to stay as close to 40 as possible.
The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system in Fallout is used for primary stats in the game, and from which everything is derived. I’m going to go through each point, give it a score out of 10, explain what it’s for, and why I went with the score I did.
Strength - 4 - this is for things such as carrying capacity, and melee weapon damage, and I don’t rate this particularly highly, I know I can lift a bit, and there are other aspects to my fitness, but I’d attribute those else where. I’m not a big person, and that has also played into the score.
Perception - 8 - basically, how well you use your sense. I like to think I’m quite perceptive, good at noticing things, and while travelling I managed to successfully navigate us to everywhere we needed to go.
Endurance - 7 - Overall fitness and health. Also plays a part in Unarmed in game, I consider myself somewhat a martial artist, and I know when I’m feeling good I can run for miles, and when I’m not feeling so great I can still give things a very decent go.
Charisma - 4 - pretty self explanatory as to what the attribute relates to. I originally had this down as a 3, but decided to bump it up to a 4, as I have put in some effort to be more outgoing, but it still takes me a while to warm up to people.
Intelligence - 6 - I don’t like intelligence. As a concept I find it hard to understand, I struggle with it, I have the ability to remember things and the ability to problem solve as well as learn many things I put my mind to, but I don’t rank my own intelligence highly at all. I only put it at 6 because I base my average base line of intelligence on the people I surround myself with, and I reckon most of us are of equal intelligence, and I think it’s a much finer line than people give credit between people who think others are smart and themselves. I have a lot of thoughts on intelligence and today is not the day to go down that rabbit hole. Apologies for the rambling.
Agility - 8 - A measure of quickness and dexterity. Agility is a very testable concept, I like it, and I like to consider myself agile and dextrous, and as such have scored myself relatively highly. I always want to train to be faster not stronger, more durable, and quick when needed.
Luck - 7 - Others will argue this should or could be higher. I am certainly lucky at times, definitely more so in day to day things than I would give credit to. At the same time, I don’t really believe in luck. Many things that can be attributed to luck can be associated with skill, and effort and determination getting to a point. That doesn’t mean luck doesn’t have a say, but I think there’s a much more minimal effect that people given themselves from skill than from raw luck.
I’ve been more critical than I wanted to be here, but it’s been a fun exercise that I thought of earlier in the week and fleshed out. How about sharing your stats? I used 44 points, meaning I have either 6 more to invest, or I have picked 11 perks. Maybe I’ll look at that in the future.
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