Comments: It may be a Kink Meme, but many of the stories are surprisingly well-written. The Meme contains plenty of fluff, gen, and dark fics, in addition to all the porn. There's something for every mood and taste, and finding stories featuring a particular kink or pairing is easy using the bookmarks page. Not Safe for Work, for obvious reasons.
Comments: The Wastes is a website dedicated to Fallout inspired writing, set in the post-apocalyptic former confederate states, with a focus on the average wastelander rather than Bo S factions and body counts.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Children of the Atom
Recommended by Racheakt
Once Upon a Time: Jason Howlett left the vault he had lived in the entirety of his young life. Chased the trail of his father, and followed a path that would end, ultimately, in tragedy. Since then, he has been a lone wanderer. This is the story that followed.
Once Upon a Time: Jessica Chase lost a certain package destined for New Vegas, and most of her memories. In the shadow of looming war she struggled to get back what was hers, and emerged from war as the right hand of the mysterious Mr. House. This is the story that followed.
Comments: A fusion of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas'' told in rare form. In addition: the Lone Wanderer is not a hero... not exactly. And the Courier is not a villain... not exactly.
Synopsis: The NCR won the Mojave, but now people want to invade Arizona too. The NCR's economy is blooming, literally, thanks to a miracle drug that purifies the wasteland soil of radiation, but the substance is in short supply and food shortages loom. Industry has also taken off, which means even more chances for people to make a killing—and get killed. A Private Detective in Shady Sands is tasked to investigate a marriage case, which quickly develops into a murder case, which quickly develops into a case that affects everyone in the NCR.
Comments: A shift for Fallout fiction that moves it from the post-apocalyptic into the noir genre. This time, instead of trying to bring together rival factions, the protagonist must try to unravel a mystery before it unravels him. Less action than expected, but more than makes up for it with a riveting plot. Excellent dialogue and pacing round this out.
Readers beware, is undergoing a major Schedule Slip and hasn't received an update since July 2012.
Synopsis The Dam has fallen and the NCR is thrown back. New Vegas' future now rests in Caesar's hands and one Courier turned Legionary.
Comments: It was nice to finally see a fic dealing with the Legion winning at the Damn and the fallout from it. And by the looks of it, this is one of the rare ones where the Courier is a straight up villain.
Synopsis: House is dead and an Independent Vegas is united under the hand of the Courier, but the NCR and what's left of the Legion aren't about to let him keep what he's won. Too bad the Courier isn't about to let them take it from him.
Comments: ...or, "How the West Was Won... Again". A bit of a shift for Fallout fiction, instead of wandering the wastes, this little number tells of the Courier's efforts to unite the Mojave as the new warlord of New Vegas, pitting him against both the NCR and the remnants of the Legion. Large-scale conflict is the name of the game, the opening scene features a combined arms raid on the NCRCF and the Powder Gangers, and the Courier is evidently making plans to invade Arizona and smite the remnants of the Legion.
Synopsis: Cassidy N Coyle, a Sergeant serving in the New California Republic Rangers and a citizen from the town of New Arroyo (a decedent of the Chosen One), was sent on a mission by the NCR military to travel across the remains of the United States to investigate the Brotherhood of Steel's activities on the East Coast. Along the way he met a girl named Allison Brenner who agreed to be his local guild in exchange for him to bring her to Canterbury Commons in the Capital Wasteland.
Comments: A really good story with detailed characters and a very interesting plot. The author also gave a justification on the reason that the DC area is so intact compared to other ruins seen in the other games and even an explanation on how the Capital Wasteland's economy functions. The characters made lots of references to events in the older games of the series, which will really please fans of the two original games as well as introduce newer players to the classic series.
Seconded, and I'm in wait for when Coyle actually encounters a Brotherhood Knight. Those bastards get everything that's coming to them.
The author is seriously good at writing this story. The only down side is that he rarely updates his story, but aside from this understandable flaw, this writing that could become official material. He knows all about the setting, he knows the back story, he knows economics for the communities to make sense, he researched the actual geographical locations around DC... Trust me, you'll forget you're reading a fan fiction that he wrote for free. In fact, if you are a hardcore fan of the classics, you will find this story far more enjoyable them the actual Fallout 3 game.
The author actually went back to the previous chapters to add in new references to New Vegas now that the game is released. Even if you have read the story before, you should still go back and see if you can find those references.
Fleshes out the idiosyncrasies and characters in Fallout 3, and actually makes the wasteland feel like a living, breathing entity. The characters are absolutely wonderful, it feels like you are reading an official tie in. Can't recommend it enough, this story is brilliant.
Synopsis: The best laid plans of research scientists often go awry. The awkward hybrid is on her own, and she'll need some sort of protection besides her family of robots. Good thing she has two thousand caps to spend.
Comments: A heartwarming little tale in the background of the Capital Wasteland, instead of being about the Lone Wanderer, is about a half-alien's journey of self-discovery.
Synopsis: On her hopeless search for her father, the Lone Wanderer from Vault 101 met someone who would change her life forever. Little did she know that she had moved him as well, despite appearances. A not so fluffy tale of a Lone Wanderer and Charon.
Comments: The Wasteland is called The Wasteland for a reason. This fic reminds you why.
Synopsis: The wasteland erodes everything it touches. A naive Doctor-turned-courier was no match for it's trials even before someone shot her in the face and left her for dead. Faced with death and an unforgiving desert, good intentions will only get you so far.
Comment: The main character doesn't have to be a badass to survive the Wasteland and have an adventure, although a lot of Luck and a killer Eyebot would go along great with that Good Natured perk.
It seems the story's slowly developing into romance between the Courier and Boone. It's still really well-written, but it may have to be moved into the shipping category.
Sadly, we'll never see its conclusion, as it's for all intents and purposes a Dead Fic.
Synopsis: (Taken Verbatim from the video description) Join Twig (Zack Finfrock), a former Vault 10 Dweller, as he searches the barren wasteland of eastern California for ice-cold Nuka Cola. Along for the ride is Ben (Aaron Giles), a radiation-ravaged ghoul, and Scarlett (Tybee Diskin), a sexy former slave. Together, the three attempt to survive both the harsh wastes and a relentless group of bounty hunters while trying to find the coveted beverage — Nuka Cola.
Comments: While more of a Fan Film than a Fan Fiction, its hilarious and feels like it was straight out of Fallout. Even if you have rudimentary knowledge of the Fallout franchise, it still manages to be highly entertaining. With its constant dark humor, surprisingly high amount of work put into it, and brilliant writing, it is a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the Fallout franchise, or even just post-apocalyptic fiction in general.
Synopsis: An older gentleman Courier travels the wastes with Boone, Arcade, and Veronica as Arcade attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Courier's past.
Comments: Don't let the fact it's on the Kink Meme fool you: This is an intense, well-written story, full of twists, turns, and tons of suspense. Don't read if you have something that needs to be done urgently, it's pretty long and gripping.
Synopsis: A retelling of New Vegas' story. It's well written and gives the Courier, known as Doctor Jacob Webb in this fic, a pretty good backstory as a former NCR soldier.
Comments: A very well put together fic. It's written with the idea that Webb is using his Pip-Boy to record his thoughts, starting out as something that Doc Mitchell recommends and turning into something he just likes to do. Unfortunately the author's updates are a little too far-between for my tastes, but it's still worth a read.
Synopsis: Vignettes about a female Courier's adventures through the waste with the various companions in New Vegas.
Comments: Very nicely put together. It gives a depth of interaction between NV's companions that was absent in the game proper. "Companions" is only part one of Pookie2's All the Things You Are series, so if you like this one, check out the subsequent parts.
Synopsis: This started out as a series of vignettes about issues facing the Courier but grew into so much more. Very interaction-focused with the other companions.
Comments: Just. Stunning. The writing is great and both the writing and all the characters develop a lot over the course of the stories (there are three of them; the last, Viva New Vegas, has since finished), and the author teases out a lot of underlying themes and refrains from being a strict retelling. Subtle and deep at the same time.
Synopsis: Taken from FF.net "Is it fanfiction? Is it a novelization? Is it just the disconnected and incoherent ramblings of a man who has finally taken leave of his senses? Yes. This is my attempt at telling a story of New Vegas, but with my own twist, with my character Sheason as The Courier. It's not really "the" story of New Vegas, but it uses the game's plot extensively. Updates when its finished."
Comments: It's an incredibly solid novelization of F:NV. Like, for real. Characterization is 100% there, the story has enough small twists in it that it's not a perfect rendition of the plot of Fallout New Vegas. Slight shipping, Cass/Veronica, Cass/OC (though that one is slight and fucked up), and while it comes up, it feels a lot more real than other stories I've read. A ton of companion interaction, and everyone stays pretty much perfectly in character. Arcade gets a little more mean than I'd give the character credit for, but otherwise the author manages to capture his wit and snark literally perfectly. The only thing about it though is that it's a real monster of a fic, clocking out so far at 80ish chapters, and while I'm only 68 chapters in so far, it's progressed relatively little in comparison to the game's plot. It's not a slow story by any means at all, but most of that 68 chapters (after Sheason kills Benny anyway) is side quests. One of my favorite things too- the protagonist is actually flawed. That doesn't happen very often in fics about games with customizatable protagonists- everyone wants their character to be their Mary Sue, so much that they often forget they're real characters in a story, which they take over to their fics. Overall, 9.5/10, go read at least some of it right now.
Synopsis: With the Enclave defeated, the source of the Vault 87 Super Mutants discovered, and Elder Owyn Lyons' mission in DC finished, the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood is looking to reconnect with their brothers on the West Coast. Having put aside their differences with the Outcasts, the two factions form an expedition and march across the former US to make contact with the original Brotherhood of Steel.
Comments: A very well written fic that details the journey that the expedition takes from DC all the way to their last stop in California. Anyone Can Die and the story's Lone Wanderer nearly blue screens once or twice.
Synopsis: Lloyd Freeman is joined by Amata Almodovar as they leave the safety of the halls of Vault 101 in search of his missing father, stepping into the broken world above. Along their grim path, they encounter harsh adversity and new enemies every step of the way, forge new alliances and meet new friends, and through their actions, they come to change the Capital Wasteland forever.
Comments: just, how much can the game change if the Lone Wanderer was not so alone? If, next to him, stood the woman he loves? If it is two people that wander across the Capital Wasteland, righting wrongs and ensuring that everything changes forever?
Synopsis: This is a post-nuclear-apocalyptic story about a small group of friends who, having lived all their lives in a fallout shelter, emerge to find the world unfamiliar and dangerous; scarred yet thriving. A mostly faithful adaptation of Fallout 1. Trigger Warning for sexual assault in "Chapter 6: The Kahns".
Comments: A novelization of Fallout 1, with a key difference: rather than a single Vault Dweller, three were sent out to find the water chip! The writer has an excellent eye for detail (note: excellent, not excessive!), logical linking of elements from the game and character development.
Synopsis: After a stormy childhood of mutual loathing, the discovery of a dark secret alters the history between the leader of the Tunnel Snakes and the future Lone Wanderer. When Butch De Loria learns of her circumstances behind closed doors, he feels something unravel inside him. Regardless of where they stood in the past, even serpents have a code of honor.
Comments: A touching tale on how the Lone Wanderer and Butch's mutual loathing has gotten them to a chain of events that made him realize how he cared for the other, and her worth. To warn you guys, there's a steamy part. Also, trigger warning: sexual and domestic abuse, with some drug use but they're not related to the mentioned mature scene.
Synopsis: When their Jumper is downed in the Capital Wasteland, John Sheppard and Alicia Vega have to learn to survive the wastes in order to save McKay from the Evil Enclave... except McKay is trying to save himself!
Comments: A pretty good Fallout 3/Stargate Atlantis crossover. It is an Alternate Universe fic since the Capital Wasteland here isn't located on Earth - not even in this galaxy. It begins right after the Lone Wanderer escapes from Raven Rock.
Synopsis: A crossover between Lucky Star and Fallout 3, with Konata in the role of The Lone Wanderer. Kagami and Tsukasa follow along, with other characters taking the place of other Fallout characters (the author provides a list of what character will represent who in his page). The story is set to cover the main story as well as the DLC (Tsukasa having been dragged off to Point Lookout at one point.)
Comments: It's an interesting interpretation of the setting, with the author taking a few liberties (the culture is more 80-90's themed than 50's). It's also a rather spectacular Break the Cutie story, considering well... It's the goddamn CapitalWasteland.
Synopsis: Even after seeing their world burned, Humanity was able to stand up again, and push beyond their pre-war status and reach the heavens. But how will a hardened Humanity handle life among the stars? And how will others react to this aggressive newcomer?
Comments: A crossover with the Mass Effect series. The Shepards gather a crew to hunt down the rouge Spectre agen Saren. Notable for killing off the Reapers before the story begins so the author could explore new plot lines.
Synopsis Fallout: Equestria is a vast alternate universe where the nations of Equestria and Zebrica destroy one another in a balefire (the equivalent of nuclear weaponry) apocalypse. 200 years later, a bright young mare by the name of Littlepip with a burning desire for adventure leaves the safety of Stable 2, ready to face whatever uncertain future holds her...
Comments: A crossover with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Now, you may stop reading here, but give it a try at least. It is an amazing, full length story, and has inspired countless side stories, pieces of artwork, even some music. The first volumes have even been printed in hardback. This troper in particular loves the My Little Pony take on the Enclave. Now with its own trope page, here.
Seconded, possibly the best fan fiction I've read ever, particularly after it gets into it's stride. The way it weaves together both universes in clever ways, seriously ponies and nuclear wasteland? But the result is strangely captivating and the characters easy to empathise with and/or despise.
Synopsis: In 2552, a UNSC frigate drops out of Slipspace near Earth to find it has been ravaged by nuclear war and is attacked by a UFO in orbit over the planet. In need of parts and answers, they send a Spartan supersoldier to the Pentagon to find them.
Comments: A decent Halo/Fallout crossover, but the Halo characters seem overpowered next to their Fallout counterparts.
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.Trouble by RustyPaperclip
Recommended by Valjevert
Synopsis: If anyone asked Harkness if there was any trouble in Rivet City, he'd answer 'Sure. You can find the barber in the Muddy Rudder.' Because, he had never met anyone as troublesome as Butch.
Comments: I admit, it sounds like a crack pairing, but it's a surprisingly emotional story. It keeps everyone true to their character, but still has subtle character development without derailing anyone. It's a must read.