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The weird wasteland of Fallout 76 is coming to wide release soon, and I asked you all to provide me with some interesting things that the characters of that game might see during their exploration. You did not disappoint.

The unknown is a scary thing, and while Fallout 76 seems to be delivering what we might expect from the franchise, there’s always the chance for a swerve or something unpredictable. I love the moments in Bethesda games when I walk around a corner and see something special.

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Our winner this week is Hands of Orlok, who took a moment of “oh wow” from Dark Souls and neatly placed it into the same context for our hapless Wanderers of the Wasteland. The dastardly duo waiting there are probably a bit easier if you have a laser rifle.

But there are also lots of honorable mentions this week. I encourage you to read through all of the comments on the original post to see some excellent entries that didn’t make it in the mentions.

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El Duderino shows us that disappointment also never changes.

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cecil_banon shows off some real hell world stuff.

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Done With Kinja has pointed out something important: I am incredibly surprised that a Bethesda game has not done a wink-wink, nudge-nudge extended side quest referencing From Dusk Til Dawn. Did they do it and I’ve just forgotten?

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Chelsea of Tranquility lets us know that they should probably turn back. Maybe they’ll go on a different journey.

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GenMan turns Fallout 76 into a very different game.

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Bob is going to change war forever.

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Lharm wants to get off this ride.

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RawApples09 identifies the true enemy of the wastes.

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rogueIndy is going to send a rag-tag group of friends into the friendly skies to find adventure, but there’s like a 40% chance the Brotherhood of Steel blasts them out of the sky.

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ConManEd turned it into a world of vault hunters.

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Indoril Nerevar went back a couple months to find something that no one wants to see.

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religiousjedi is digging up the past. With it, they will make the future.

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Arai-the fly on the wall has created a TIME PARADOX.

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MechaBot found the big boy.

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sciteach shows us exactly the kind of thing that no one wants to see in Fallout 76.

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ChrisMc is probably a proponent of the theory that the Wanderers could have just taken Vertibirds into Mordor, but you know what? They can’t. There are...reasons. Magic reasons.

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Christopher F. Arnold found history.

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MiiXD discovered what all of this post-apocalyptic violence was about.

That’s it for the winners this week! Thanks to everyone who participated, and keep a look out for next week’s ‘Shop Contest!

I've played all of the Baldur's Gate games. Weekend Editor. cameron.kunzelman@kotaku.com

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