Fallout Shelter Vault 999 – Week 1

Good Evening dwellers and welcome to the second post on Vault 999. Since last weeks update quite a bit has occurred. An increase in the number of dwellers at the vault and I am happy to announce that Vault 999 now has its very own Outfit Workshop located on the fifth floor of the vault.

Immediately after my post on Saturday the 03rd of June 2017 I sent three dwellers out on a quest namely Jessica Jenkin, Robert Ross and Julie Hall. I have to say the music on this quest was quite haunting. It had the three heroes exploring an old abandoned building with creaky floor boards, boarded up windows and Radroaches on every floor. It was quite a daunting episode for the three heroes but in the end they managed to locate the cause of the strange signal that was being broadcast from the building and took care of it…

I have to say I’ve not played as much as I would have loved to especially with a new event beginning in Fire Emblem Heroes (another mobile game that I’m addicted to) but even though this may be, a lot has happened in Vault 999 during the course of this week. From the image below of my vault you’ll notice that in addition to the 11 extra dwellers there are quite a number of new rooms and levels. Let’s take a look at a quick break down.

First Level:
– 3 Residence rooms that can hold up to 10 dwellers (2+4+4) just after the vaults entrance
– A Water Treatment Station (two placed next to one another and upgraded once)
– The Overseer’s office where my dwellers can leave on quests from

Second Level:
– Power Station (three placed next to each other and with the upgrade it has merged into one room)
– Diner (three placed next to each other which has merged into one room)
– The Overseer’s office has now moved to this level to avoid raider attacks

Third Level: (this level has been completely revamped)
1 Living Quarters that can hold up to six dwellers (this is also three placed next to one another and merged into one)
A Medbay (two placed next to each other which of course merged into one)
A Storage Room
– Diner (three placed next to each other which has merged into one room)
– Medbay (three placed next to each other which has merged into one room)

Fourth Level:
– A Water Treatment Station (three placed next to one another and merged)
– 1 Depot (two storage rooms placed next to each other and upgraded once to acquire this)
– A Science Lab
– And finally an Athletics Room to boost the dwellers Agility stat

Fifth Level:
– Outfit Workshop
– Power Station (three placed next to each other and with the upgrade it has merged into one room)

Sixth Level:
– A Water Treatment Station (three placed next to one another and merged)

Vault Stats

21 32 Dwellers
– 1 Pet
6 14 Babies Born
9 31 Weapons
14 31 Outfits
10 23 Raider attacks
– 32 Radroach attacks
– 2 Mole Rat attacks

I think the most significant increase for me in this week was arming up my dwellers as you’ll notice the number of weapons went up from 9 to 31. With the increasing number of raider attacks, radroaches and now mole rat attacks as well, my dwellers have had a really tough week. I’m happy to have also acquired 31 outfits from the 14 that I had originally last week. With the additional weaponry and gear I’ve managed to send out three of my dwellers on two other quests as well as send out a single dweller into the wasteland who surprisingly brought back quite a bit of materials.

That’s it from me for this week, stay tuned as I have big plans to expand the vault even further in the upcoming week.

This is the overseer of Vault 999 signing off with a few images of events from week 1 in the wasteland.

 

  • Zain

My First Time…My first game

Video Games is not just a hobby but my passion and love, as I am sure it is with many of you. Growing up its guided me through some tough times in my life, personally. Its helped me create a world away from the pain and misery, its helped me learn that even when you don’t succeed you keep pushing. You keep trying and most importantly you never give up!

Growing up I’ve always been asked – “…you still play video games?” – and sadly nothings changed to this day. Being in my late 20’s the question is asked a lot more often by many people in my day to day life. And honestly it truly frustrates me but this isn’t a post to vent but rather discuss my first time I ever played a video game…well the first time that I can remember.

Around 1994 I was about 7 years old and my parents purchased a PC. The PC had a black and white display but had three games loaded on it. A tetris knock-off, a cannon shooter and the game that started it all for me Prince of Persia.

Although the game was in black and white it never reduced the quality in any way. And I think the thing that attracted me most to it was that you literally only needed an hour to play…yes that’s right an hour! The premise of the game is that the Princess is held captive by the Grand Vizier Jaffar and it is up to the player to escape the dungeons and save her. Along the way the player will have to face spiked traps, guards, trapped doors and even a mirror doppelganger. Yes Prince of Persia in its time was my masterpiece. And even though I completed it over and over again, I kept going back. Everything remained the same in-game of course with the exception of one thing, trying to beat my previous time of completion.

Many years have passed since then and Prince of Persia to me still remains as iconic as ever. The franchise itself has also since spawned many other titles on a wide variety of consoles not to mention a movie known as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which released in 2010 surprisingly the same time the Soccer World Cup came to my country – South Africa…funny story when the entire country and World I assume had their eyes on the opening match of the 2010 World Cup, I was booked at the cinema watching Prince of Persia and the weird part is that I was the only one in the room that literally holds more than 200 people. Although the movie wasn’t well received I still do enjoy watching it from time to time and do recommend you watch it as well as try out any of the games in the franchise.

Tell me can you remember your first Video Game title you’ve ever played?

Dealing with a Video Game backlog?

Just as it is with everything in life when we over commit ourselves we tend to fall behind drastically. In this case I’d like to focus on something specific which is my video game backlog. Being a fan and collector of video games as well as a contributor to a video gaming publication, I’m quite lucky to have access to a large library of video games. I always say that this is both a curse and gift.

So where’s the problem you ask?? Well even though I might have a pretty decent collection of games I still have other responsibilities in life. Being a husband, father of two gorgeous little girls, working in a 9-5 job and writing for the publication literally reduces anytime I have to play. More times than often even my weekends are swallowed up by errands. And to make matters worst (or better on where you stand with genre favorites) I am a HUGE fan of JRPGs, although I do own and collect other genres as well. Included in my current backlog that I intend on playing and finishing within the next few months are The World Ends with You (NDS),  Tales of Xillia 1 + 2 (PS3), Final Fantasy Fables ChoCobos Dungeon (Wii), The Legend of Zelda Links Awakening (GB) and Final Fantasy Type-0 (PS4).

Unfortunately I’ve not really discovered a solution or solid plan on combating this ‘problem’ so I put it to you, how does one deal with their video game backlogs?

Moving House & my little collection

So about three months ago my wife and I had to move out of our place and stay with family as we bought a new house. The new place however had to be renovated due to it being a tad bit old. Now for anyone that collects video games you’ll know that being away from your collection can be nerve wrecking especially if you’ve had to do what I just did and store 90% of your collection in storage where “anything” can happen!

amiibo & skylanders

Thankfully this past weekend and after three months we finally managed to move into the new place so you can only imagine how relieved I was when I had opened the storage unit and found my collection in one piece. Keep in mind I did take extra precautions to keep my video game collection safe by wrapping almost every single piece in bubble wrap!

Video Games

PRO-TIP make sure you buy the BIGGEST ASS bubble wrap roll before moving your collection, it really helps.

Nintendo GameCube

Unfortunately I’ve not had the time over the past three days to set up the gaming room but I’ll definitely be doing a post soon with full details and photo’s. I’m hoping to have it set up before the end of the week or latest by the following week. I especially cannot wait to set up the LED lighting I managed to buy yesterday.

Nintendo 3DS LED

Please do share in the comments below if you’ve ever had to move your collection as I’d love to know of your own experiences.

To Switch or not to Switch, that is thy question

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend a pre-launch event hosted by South Africa’s Nintendo distributor Core. The event in question was for the Nintendo Switch.

The event hosted quite a number of games coming to the Nintendo Switch including Super Bomberman R, Splatoon 2 and of course my most anticipated game this year thus far, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild and the games amiibo…my wallet just started crying.

The console itself was super impressive. As small as they are the Joycon’s fit comfortably in your hands and I was shockingly surprised as to how well the portable mode rendered the games. Some of the other games I played at the event was ARMS, 1-2 Switch and Snipperclips. The HD rumble was especially impressive, trying to guess how many balls are in a box was intriguing. With just over a week left until launch I seriously cannot stop thinking about pre-ordering one.

The problem is that as big of a Nintendo fan as I am I just can’t spend over R5,000 right now. And the sad part is that this would be purchasing the console without a game. Thankfully the game that really is pushing me to get a Switch is also coming to the WiiU. So to answer my question, to Switch or not to Switch, for now I will have to unfortunately not Switch.

Check out a few more snaps below that I took at the event, those neon colored Joycons are simply gorgeous!

2017 – The Year of JRPG’s

jrpgs

We’re well into 2017 now with the end of February looming in, and the month of January being a distant thought. And with this I must say the amount of JRPGs already released is impressive!

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Let’s have a look at what was already released and coming in the next few months shall we. Just bare in mind however that this is my personal choices. First up the JRPG’s that have already been released that’s on my radar:

  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King remade for the Nintendo 3DS (simply amazing, be sure to check out my review here)
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (WOW what a mouthful!!!)
  • Fate EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, I personally loved this anime series
  • Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea
  • Digimon World: The Next Order (a must for fans of the original Digimon World game on the original PlayStation, check out my review here)
  • Tales of Berseria is possibly one of my favorite “Tales of” games to date, an emotional roller coaster of a ride from the beginning to the end where you can’t help but attached yourself to the characters. (check out my review)

nier-automata

For JRPG fans that line up so far is both the demise of your wallets/purses/bank accounts as well as the joy to your lives, and yes this includes myself. And to think we still have more to come later this year including the months of March and April which you can see below.

March 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
NieR: Automata
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix

April 2017
Persona 5