“One among my boring, pointless hobbies is making lists, not too long ago these lists have been timelines,” Connor Rawlings begins a reddit put up by stating.
“Thus I current maybe probably the most in-depth timeline of the entire canon Fallout sequence.”
That is an enormous declare, however one which – considerably extremely – appears to be true.
Yep, that is proper: one enterprising list-maker has managed to create maybe probably the most complete timeline for the whole Fallout sequence. Whereas there’s already loads of data on the Fandom and Gamepedia Fallout timelines, Rawlings’ work seems to be extra complete than each – including quite a few new dates and areas for the franchise’s occasions.
For those who do not thoughts spoilers, see for your self: here is the spreadsheet.
Maybe probably the most wonderful factor about this timeline is the sheer quantity of effort concerned in its creation.
“The method was tremendous easy, and actually I should not get a lot credit score for it,” Rawlings advised me over Reddit. “All I did was learn by each terminal entry, notice and holotape for Fallouts three to 76 on the Fallout wiki and sometimes cross referenced in-game and with the widespread wiki timeline.
“Then I typed brief descriptions of the whole lot I may discover with some form of a date into an Excel doc. Full dates had been clearly the very best to get, however [with] some I needed to cope with simply month/12 months and even simply 12 months.
“…It is actually longer than the one on the wiki. Come to think about it, possibly I ought to have simply up to date that. Eh, the place’s the enjoyable in that?”
Regardless of Rawlings’ humility, this appears like a whole lot of effort. It is a venture he is been engaged on since Fallout 76 was introduced again in June final 12 months. Work was apparently on and off till the Fallout 76 roadmap was unveiled, which impressed Rawlings to finish the timeline.
This is not Rawlings’ first go at a games-related checklist: he beforehand tried to chronicle the whole lot in GTA On-line. By this he means actually the whole lot – together with gadgets, missions, automobiles, tattoos and extra. He misplaced curiosity in GTA On-line across the time of the Doomsday replace, nevertheless, and by no means completed this Herculean job.
The Fallout checklist, in the meantime, is essentially full: though Rawlings admits he hasn’t fairly learn all of the Fallout notes, and among the New Vegas put up sport occasions are lacking. Rawlings says he should still add data from the Fallout Bible to high up the timeline.
A query I had for Rawlings was why he hadn’t learn all of the terminal entries for the early Fallout video games.
“With reference to Fallout 1 and a pair of I’ve actually by no means performed them,” he defined. “No matter I acquired lore-wise relating to these video games got here from the detailed work others have completed on the wiki. I do not actually have the capability to play them in the intervening time however I want to give them a go ultimately.”
I additionally requested Rawlings if he’d encountered any explicit points when making the timeline – however apparently differentiating between canon and non-canon was comparatively easy.
“The one actual subject right here is Techniques which I omitted from the timeline, although I could add in later,” Rawlings advised me. “The suggestions I obtained from some commentators was helpful. Asking if stuff just like the Fallout Bible continues to be canon, which to the very best of my data most of it’s.
“Probably the most annoying factor was not discovering dates for attention-grabbing occasions and components of the lore. Take New Vegas’ DLC, for instance. Exterior of Trustworthy Hearts I did not discover one date in any add-on. I needed to estimate when the destruction of the Divide occurred and could not get something in any respect for Massive MT. For such cool components of the world to not get them within the timeline was a ache. Although do not assume Fallout three or four get away scot-free – their DLCs had virtually no dates both: taking a look at you, the Pitt.”
After which maybe crucial query of all: why?
“I am a author and artist – world and character constructing is what I like to do probably the most. I am fascinated by all-encompassing, deep and wealthy worlds. This spans from Bethesda open world video games to Elite Harmful lore to Bleach or Evangelion. If the world feels actual sufficient to me I wish to analyse it and possibly choose up some new writing expertise myself.”
For those who’re having a lazy weekend and fancy topping up your Fallout lore data, I can undoubtedly advocate a learn of Rawlings’ timeline. I would must pop some mentats first.