“Considered one of my boring, pointless hobbies is making lists, just lately these lists have been timelines,” Connor Rawlings begins a reddit post by stating.
“Thus I current maybe essentially 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 essentially the most complete timeline for your complete 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 a lot of new dates and places for the franchise’s occasions.
Should you do not thoughts spoilers, see for your self: here’s the spreadsheet.
Maybe essentially the most superb 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 informed me over Reddit. “All I did was learn by each terminal entry, word and holotape for Fallouts three to 76 on the Fallout wiki and infrequently cross referenced in-game and with the frequent wiki timeline.
“Then I typed brief descriptions of every thing I may discover with some type of a date into an Excel doc. Full dates had been clearly one of the best to get, however [with] some I needed to cope with simply month/yr and even simply yr.
“…It is actually longer than the one on the wiki. Come to consider it, perhaps I ought to have simply up to date that. Eh, the place’s the enjoyable in that?”
Regardless of Rawlings’ humility, this seems like a whole lot of effort. It is a undertaking he is been engaged on since Fallout 76 was introduced again in June final yr. 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 previously attempted to chronicle everything in GTA Online. By this he means actually every thing – 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 activity.
The Fallout checklist, in the meantime, is basically full: though Rawlings admits he hasn’t fairly learn all of the Fallout notes, and a number of the New Vegas publish recreation occasions are lacking. Rawlings says he may still add information 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 regard to Fallout 1 and a pair of I’ve truthfully by no means performed them,” he defined. “No matter I obtained lore-wise concerning these video games got here from the detailed work others have executed on the wiki. I do not actually have the capability to play them in the intervening time however I wish to give them a go finally.”
I additionally requested Rawlings if he’d encountered any specific points when making the timeline – however apparently differentiating between canon and non-canon was comparatively easy.
“The one actual difficulty right here is Techniques which I omitted from the timeline, although I could add in later,” Rawlings informed me. “The suggestions I acquired from some commentators was helpful. Asking if stuff just like the Fallout Bible remains to be canon, which to one of the best of my information most of it’s.
“Probably the most annoying factor was not discovering dates for attention-grabbing occasions and elements of the lore. Take New Vegas’ DLC, for instance. Exterior of Sincere 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 Huge MT. For such cool elements of the world to not get them within the timeline was a ache. Although do not suppose Fallout three or four get away scot-free – their DLCs had nearly no dates both: you, the Pitt.”
After which maybe an important query of all: why?
“I am a author and artist – world and character constructing is what I like to do essentially 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 perhaps choose up some new writing abilities myself.”
Should you’re having a lazy weekend and fancy topping up your Fallout lore information, I can positively advocate a learn of Rawlings’ timeline. I’d have to pop some mentats first.