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How on earth am I supposed to understand Lonesome Road

I haven't played through most of Lonesome Road and one day I WILL beat it but until then: IS there anything in Vanilla FN:V that could explain some of the back story of Ulysses and the Courier? I know about Nash telling you a little but is there anything else in the Vanilla Fallout?

Please try to keep Lonesome Road spoilers out but Fallout spoilers are fine.

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From what I remember, the

From what I remember, the majority of the info about Lonesome Road is given in the Divide, mostly by Ulysses.

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That may be why I understand

That may be why I understand almost nothing, Thank you Jax.

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Every DLC gives bits and

Every DLC gives bits and pieces of backstory on Lonesome Road.

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oh true, you find ulysses

oh true, you find ulysses tapes laying around in most DLCs

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You hear about a fight

You hear about a fight between you and Ulysses at the end of Dead Money. A little clue is given in Honest Hearts. You first hear Ulysses in Old World Blues via tapes found about the place. But most information is found in Lonesome Road itself. 

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Cannibal, I still don't

Cannibal, I still don't understand Lonesome Road.

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Spoilers But Explains pretty
 

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^ the last part of that is

^ the last part of that is golden.

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Did anyone else besides me

Did anyone else besides me find the frequent conversations with Ulysses interesting? Lonesome Road has always been my favorite DLC by far, just because I find those conversations interesting, especially since there are so many different skill checks and speech options. Makes each playthrough of LR a bit different.

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I think the point is that you

I think the point is that you dont understand Lonesome Road. But thats becuase it isnt your journey, its Ulysses's. 

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I agree with both of you,

I agree with both of you,

Always bring a companion or two that is slower than you.
Because you don't need to out run a Deathclaw.
You just need to out run your companions (Just bring a lot of companions in case the Deathclaw is really hungry!).

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Lonesome Road was my least

Lonesome Road was my least favoite DLC for a while. The story between the MC and Ulysses felt a bit forced despite it being there in vanilla NV and expanded upon in the other DLCs. I like the role-playing potential in NV and adding a kind of backstory just kind if irked me.

Later on what they did kind of grew on me. It's not suppose to something that has significance to you. Think about all the mundane things you do in your every day life. If someone was to tell you a bus full of people crashed because of one of those actions would you have a slight clue as to which caused it?

Looking forward to running the DLC again. My current playthrough has like a +250% EXP requirement so I most likely won't get to it any time soon since I remember this DLC being really hard.

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While not my favorite NV DLC,

While not my favorite NV DLC, I always liked Lonesome Road for it's atmosphere and the cool dialogues with Ulysses.

I think an important point here is that the Main Character (the Courier) is not even supposed to understand right away what is going on with the Divide. (Also, getting shot in the head may indeed cause some long lasting memory loss.)

In the context of TTW, events leading to the Lonesome Road occurred during the '9 Years Later' screen - Lone Wanderer became the Courier and propably travelled a lot in a wide area and carried many messages and parcels to many places. It would be very difficult for the protagonist to remember enough to correctly connect all of the relevant dots before going very deep into the Lonesome Road DLC. A character low in speech and other skills of interest may even be unable to ask the right questions to make much sense of the situation, and the choices for DLC end resolution may be limited.

To make most of this DLC, your character propably should be high level and competent in speech and host of other skills besides just being able to shoot 'em up.

I've always liked to do the NV DLC in the order they were initially published - Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues(my personal favorite) and finally the Lonesome Road.

 

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Lonesome Road was FUN! I had

Lonesome Road was FUN! I had a good-old time blasting bad guys and setting off nukes... Story? There's a story in there somewhere? Bah! We don't need no stickin' story!

You mainly need very high combat skills, a powerful gun, and loads of ammo. Then it's good clean fun. If you care at all about story, you want decently high speech as Decker says. The biggest problem with trying to follow the story is that by the time you start LR, many of your choices are now gone based on how you played the rest of the game. You become stuck in a particular role with little or no chance to change it... so I just simply kill 'em all and let God sort it out.