Since the world feels a heck of a lot like The Commonwealth right about now, with the idiots hoarding basic supplies for no reason (Raiders), the people walking around with no masks, possibly infected and not giving a crap about social distancing (Ghouls) and the ones that get right up in your business yelling that it's all a conspiracy and a lie created to screw people over (Super Mutants) I feel like I need to put some serious effort into What Makes Me Special and level up some stats, pick up a few skills and bask in the reward of the perks I gain as I work through this nonsense...
Took a 30% cut to my income with Covid-19 shut downs closing my workplace early every night and corporate refusing to put us back to normal hours and not compensating workers for this cut in hours.
Got basically locked up in my apartment with Canada's Laziest Roomate™ (Jordan), the unluckiest and unhealthiest friend I have (Kristi) and the nicest sad person I know (my lovely girlfriend) for several months.
Gained about 14 lbs because all we could eat was cheap, shitty take out, Grocery stores were legit closed before I got off work, not open early enough to get there and back before risking being late for work.
Realized that masks are my Kryptonite in how they have striped me entirely of my lip reading abilities, and are actively attacking my skin's ability to keep itself acne free.
Had to ship my best friend off to the hospital in an ambulance while she was in her worst Pjays, un-showered and in horrific pain and having to be her point of contact between her family back home, her boss and her boyfriend because she couldn't have any visitors at the hospital and speaking was too tiring for her. She's still recovering from a major hernia and the repair surgery. It's super fun to have the knowledge that if she has a bad coughing fit of lifts something too heavy she could pop out the mesh patch keeping her insides in place...
For anyone who hasn't played any of the Fallout games, the stats are pretty simple and work as well in real life as they do in the game. I'm copying over my base stats from the last challenge since sadly nothing has really changed.
I'm taking an educated guess as to what my real life base stats are at the moment on a scale of 1-10
Strength: 6/10 where 1 would be like how I strong I would be after being bedridden for a few weeks with some horrible wasting sickness and 10 being, I dunno, Gina Carano?
Perception: 2/10, without mass public use of masks I'm normally at like 7/10 with how good my lip reading is. But we don't live in a maskless world anymore.
Endurance: 5/10 I've lost a lot of my daily levels of endurance with the cut in hours, the temporary closing of my gym and the shutdown of anyplace worth going to on my days off I've become lazy as hell and it shows.
Charisma: 4/10 I'm talking visible charisma, my skin has freaked the shit out with having a mask strapped to my face and the constant friction and extreme humidity that builds up during my time at work and my time out in the world. I'm also still growing out a mohawk AND a Quarantine haircut because I got a not so great haircut right before everything shut down in March.
Intelligence: 4/10 I've let my basic adulting slide back to how I was when I first moved out on my own. Spending too much money, not taking care of myself and throwing impulse control to the wind.
Agility: 6/10 I'm still pretty bendy and I've not hurt myself by existing lately but I'd like to improve on this.
Luck: 2/10 I don't think of luck as being totally up to chance, it's about how you set yourself up for things in life. If you never try to do a little extra in work, you've got no chance of getting a raise, or a promotion. If you never study you've got no chance at doing well on a pop quiz, if you don't plan for life altering bad shit you're screwed when it happens. I'm not good at making my own luck and I need to work on this.
All of these things feed into one another and I know if I try and max them all out at the same time I'll utterly fail, or at the very least, have a really bad time during the journey and alienate myself from a lot of people/things that make me happy.
My plan is to divide up the next 12 months into four acts, one for each of the main factions in the game, and each with their own focus on the main things that make me S.P.E.C.I.A.L. as well as general weight loss because I am NOT happy about how much fat I'm carrying around with me and I am starting to feel the effects of the extra weight on my knees and feet.
They are all about coming together to protect the weak and make life better for the people of the Commonwealth
I'm thinking Endurance for toughing it out in the wastelands and building up their defences, Charisma for making nice with as many people as possible to ensure a better life for everyone.
These guys are all about using science to make everything better. It's a little creepy how they seem to reject anything that isn't perfect, but at the same time they do some really amazing things.
This one is going to be Intelligence, because of all the scientific advancements they've made and Luck, because they have set themselves up for the best possible outcomes.
Sneaky bastards who are all about saving the underdog and sticking it to the people who don't think they deserve the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.
They're getting Perception for being able to spot traps and hidden allies in unexpected places, and Agility for being able to sneak right past their enemies to free their charges.
The Brotherhood of Steel
These guys are either seen as the saviors of the world, or a bunch of militant fascists... They're tricky for me. They are the descendants of the surviving military and do their level best to gather up all of the dangerous technology in the world to keep it out of the wrong hands and they see anyone who isn't a stock human as less than worthy and will usually eradicate them like vermin.
They get Strength because of the insane arsenal of technology and weaponry they control that they can use to forge their way in the wastes, and Endurance because they've kept their way of life going for hundreds of years in a hostile environment and have remained one of the most powerful forces in the world.
I'm going to kick things off with The Railroad and work on Perception and Agility.
Get my hearing checked to see if I could benefit from hearing aids.
If I could benefit for hearing aids, find out if my work benefits will cover any of the cost and save up to get some.
Start hunting for a new pair of glasses since mine are scratched all to hell and starting to fall apart.
If I find a pair, save up for them.
Yoga 3 times a week.
Get in to see a doctor about my feet. They hurt... literally all of the time. And it's hard to be agile when you have serious trouble walking.
Find out if there is any stretches/care I can do on my own to speed up the healing and repair process.
Look into orthotics if they are an option.
General Weight Loss:
Have a small breakfast daily (I'm bad for eating before work and then I impulsively buy junk food)
Maintain smaller portions for lunch at work, and dinner on work nights.
Walk to and from the train station on workdays instead of taking the bus there.