Coping with pack-rattery

Discussion in 'Fallout: New Vegas Gameplay & Tech' started by Alexander Strahan, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Alexander Strahan

    Alexander Strahan First time out of the vault

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    Jan 9, 2009
    Not a complaint, more like solicitation of advice...

    Years of roleplaying taught me to grab anything that isn't nailed down. As a result, I am constantly overencumbered, and it causes me physical pain to discard anything.

    Just curious, how do YOU cope with the packrat syndrome? Especially on hardcore mode?
     
  2. Korin

    Korin So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs
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    Aug 6, 2010
    Only carry 2-3 weapons and only carry the ammunition that can be used in those weapons. If you have a habit of picking up craftables/collecting Nuka-cola then make sure you make frequent trips back to your "house" or wherever you're storing your stuff.

    Other than that, not much else I can tell ya. Don't carry anything that you won't use that has any weight.
     
  3. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    I have a big problem with this, and so usually the first thing I do in an open-ended RPG is find some sort of place to store my gear. The big problem with Bethesda RPGs especially is that this can take a long time due to being attached to high costs/lengthy quests, especially since few storage containers in their games are actually safe to keep your loot in.

    If it becomes a major problem in a game, I look to mods. Usually Infinity Engine games have some sort of Bag of Holding available, for example, and in Dragon Age I added a party storage chest to my camp as well. I think the biggest problem is that I feel like I need to hold onto every single item, even ones that I know I'll never use - if it's unique in any way, I want it, no matter how utterly pointless it is.
     
  4. Mutoes

    Mutoes Mildly Dipped

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    Feb 5, 2008
    I think these new fallouts have way too much stuff just laying around. Thats why i took the hardcore mode, so i wouldnt be the millionare of the wastes 10 hrs in game. But yeah i have the same problem as you, i just feel bad discarding valuable stuff away just to make few more pennies from shops. I usually just fix everything so i have the same value with less weight.
     
  5. Alexander Strahan

    Alexander Strahan First time out of the vault

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    Jan 9, 2009
    On a related note, what storage is "safe" in the game? Containers in Bethsoft games have a nasty habit of eating their contents... Is the Mojave Express the only safe way to store things?
     
  6. DForge

    DForge Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Jul 29, 2006
    I don't waste time picking items that cost less than 100 caps. Money is irrelevant in this game anyway, ammunition is quite cheap and there is no weapon/armor you have to buy. Except implants, there is nothing expensive that you'll WANT in this game.
     
  7. Korin

    Korin So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs
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    Aug 6, 2010
    There's actually quite a few in every game, you just have to know which ones, which is where the real problem is (Oblivion had dozens). I think the wiki has some of them documented but as far as I'm aware any faction safehouse/presidential suite is safe.
     
  8. aenemic

    aenemic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jun 4, 2008
    the room you get at the Novac motel has worked wonders for storing stuff for me. I put everything into the safe.
     
  9. Nalano

    Nalano Still Mildly Glowing

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    Jan 20, 2009
    Crafting allows me to break things down into component parts that don't weigh anything. For ammunition alone, this is a cheap and easy way to carry nigh-infinite amounts of ammo in Hardcore, so long as I visit a workbench once in a while, to recombobulate them.

    That said, just about everything else hurts:

    Broc flower + Xander root + empty syringe = 1.2 lbs.
    Stimpak = 0.0 lbs.

    Scrap electronics + 3 scrap metal + 2 wrenches + 2 wonderglue + duct tape = 9 lbs.
    Weapon Repair Kit = 1 lb.

    I do like how water always weighs a lot, which, well, makes sense.
     
  10. Erny

    Erny It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 2, 2008
    I really have to force myself to not pick all the junk and crappy weapons\armour. Or the game turns into inventory management tedium especially with the party members.
    If you want to craft I suggest weight balance mod, cause the components weigh is ridiculous
     
  11. dukem

    dukem First time out of the vault

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    Jun 23, 2003
    Its been like this with the original titles for me as well. In Fo1, I remember I gifted everything to Ian (and stole it back when needed)
    that way you had nearly unlimited inventory.
     
  12. DasCryborg

    DasCryborg It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 2, 2010
    Well right outside the Vikki and Vance Casino is a Garbage Can, which I have stashed stuff in through Three play throughs never had my stuff get erased out of it still got stuff in it. Also it really helps early on to hit up the lone wolf radio station which is inbetween Goodsprings and Primm on that western mountainside with all the Geckos ... you can get all the items to Repair ED-E (Two Sensor Modules and One Scrap Electronics and One Scrap Metal, as there are already two by ED-E)
     
  13. Alexander Strahan

    Alexander Strahan First time out of the vault

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    Jan 9, 2009
    Oh goody! I'll be sure to hit up the radio station for the parts. Always wanted an eyebot...
     
  14. cronicler

    cronicler Lurksalot

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    May 31, 2006
    Personally, I prefer the Goodsprings for my stash (for the first parts of the game untill I move up north.)

    Drag the 3 boxes (right across the Bar's backdoor, next to the back of the general store) to the middle of the benches and you are done. Victor's house (the desk) is also a nice stash but it is a bit too far for constanat hopping.
     
  15. DasCryborg

    DasCryborg It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 2, 2010
    Oh I know its kind of a waste of a perk but Packrat Perk SERIOUSLY helps on inventory weight However if you do not play on Hardcore then I wouldn't even bother with this perk.
     
  16. Idiotfool

    Idiotfool Still Mildly Glowing

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    Apr 12, 2007
    I use Pete's house in goodsprings, as he doesn't appear to own it. I'll fix in a mod my next playthrough, though.
     
  17. John B.

    John B. Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Sep 24, 2010
    The first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have a problem, so I admit that it's not a problem, just because i like to store everything in every game i play it doesn't mean anything.
     
  18. NurglingSlayer

    NurglingSlayer First time out of the vault

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    Nov 20, 2010
    Packrat works wonders. It's almost essential to me if I specialize in weapon skills that use heavy ammunition (Energy and ESPECIALLY Explosives).

    I'm also playing with a mod that renames all safe containers as "Unused XXX", just helps to clarify things.

    Oh, and companions. Too bad they can't carry faction armor for you though.
     
  19. Mztr44

    Mztr44 First time out of the vault

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    Jun 25, 2007
    I have a few rituals I go through when I find myself overloaded.

    1. Do I have any duplicate weapons/armor I can repair?
    2. (Hardcore) Do I have a high enough hunger/h20 meter that I can I eat some food/drink water to free up a couple LBS?
    3. Am I carrying excess soda I can drink and at least get a cap for drinking it?
    4. Am I carrying a lot of liquor I can drink for +1/+2 extra strength and be able to make it to the nearest town?

    Once i've exhausted all those options then i'll finally give in and start dropping items with the lowest weight to cap ratio. Which is also the trigger to tell me to go and cash in. :P I'm not very proactive about trying to save space, my first playthrough I carried a minimum of about 8 weapons at all times "just in case". I was about 60+ hours in before I finally decided to stop carrying around the 9mm pistol I was barely using anymore.
     
  20. SharkClub

    SharkClub Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Dec 6, 2008
    I'm using my Caesar's Legion safehouse now, I transported everything I had from previous storage spaces to there.