I took my own advice from my recent post in Tips For Newbies From A Former Newbie on making a character that could use both long range and melee combat. And I am very pleased with the results and would like to share with everyone here. Most people make characters using either only melee or long range combat, but many learn the hard way that melee combat isn't very viable or powerful. Certain enemies are too dangerous to approach in melee combat and they would likely tear you to shreds before you got close enough to deal damage. But if you combine both melee and ranged combat together, you can tackle anything with ease! Melee combat is primarily used for when enemies get too close or when you wish to conserve ammo when up against weak opposition. This makes for a powerful and versatile build. In Fallout 1, there are only seven perk slots available without the Skilled Trait, so the traits you need to take are: Awareness Bonus Ranged Damage (2) Better Criticals Bonus Rate of Fire Sniper Slayer Since the Fast Shot Trait reduces the AP costs of all weapons, even melee and unarmed, taking Bonus HtH Attacks is redundant. In Fallout 2 however, Fast Shot no longer applies to melee and unarmed, so you can take the perk in Fallout 2. With a total level cap of 99, you can get up to 33 perks, although you don't need that many for your character. In Fallout 2, I went up to level 51 before I tackled the Oil Rig in order to get all the perks I needed. Here are the perks I chose: Awareness Quick Pockets Better Criticals Life Giver (2) Bonus Ranged Damage (2) Action Boy (2) Sniper Slayer Bonus Rate of Fire Bonus HtH Attacks Bonus Move (2) Tag Living Anatomy In Fallout 1, here is how I set my stats at the start: S-6 P-7 E-4 C-3 I-9 A-9 L-9 In Fallout 2, here is how I set my stats for the NCR nueroscan: S-5 P-7 E-4 C-5 I-9 A-9 L-8 In both games, my traits were Gift and Fast Shot. In Fallout 1, the endgame weapons I had were the .223 Pistol and the Minigun. In Fallout 2, I used endgame the Gauss Pistol and the Bozar. In both games, I also had the Super Sledge for ammo conservation and to knock back foes when they came too close. Once I hit level 24 from doing quests and getting the Sniper perk, I spent a lot of time driving around to the west of EPA killing Deathclaws, Wannamingos, Floaters, and Centaurs to rack up experience points. I had an easy time taking out the oil rig. Even Frank Horrigan never stood a chance! All in all, this was the most powerful character I have ever built and I had a lot of fun with it! I highly recommend everyone try this type of character. You'll have more fun.