The 188 trading post is a location in the Mojave Wasteland. It is a small outpost made up of makeshift shacks and tents. The trading post is located on the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 95, directly north of El Dorado dry lake, west-northwest of Boulder City and south of Camp Golf.
The interchange of Highway 95 and Highway 93 has seen high traffic both before and after the Great War, especially after the New California Republic moved into the Mojave around 2274. However, a trading post wasn't established here until September of 2281, when a pair of traders from Primm set up shop here after the NCRCF prison break forced them to flee the city and the wave of escaped convicts. Samuel Kerr and his daughter, Michelle, chose this location after realizing just how much traffic was going to flow up Highway 95 to Vegas now that the I-15 was shut down, adding to the usual troop movements between Hoover Dam and Camp McCarran. Capitalizing on their experience in Primm, they established the 188 Slop 'n Shop, offering food, water, supplies and repair services to travelers.
Through 2281, the 188 trading post became a hub of commerce frequented by soldiers, merchants, and NCR citizens either heading to New Vegas with pockets full of caps or returning back home with nothing but the shirts on their backs. Even the Gun Runners took notice and set up shop at the post to coordinate caravans in the field, with an independent arms merchant selling wares out of the back of her truck. It's not known which of the Kerrs came up with the clever name (adding the highway numbers 95 and 93 to equal 188) but the name caught on well.
Campfires, vehicles, and shacks on an overpass can be seen in this location. There is an arms merchant at the left end of the overpass, and Veronica, a recruitable companion, resides near the center of the overpass by the picnic table. Facing Veronica is the merchant Samuel Kerr and his daughter Michelle who run a small shop cooperatively. Samuel is the bartender and does repairs on customers' equipment.
Above the overpass to the north, there is a small NCR garrison with a tent. A few beds can be found here and can be used by the Courier. There are also a few NCR troops wandering around the tent. Later on, at high levels, some of these NCR troopers will be replaced with NCR heavy troopers equipped with various high-level weaponry such as heavy incinerators. Underneath the overpass is Alexander, a member of the Gun Runners, his bodyguard, and a young boy who sits by the wall.
- Alexander: A member of the Gun Runners who sells weapons, weapon mods, junk and ammunition if a Guns skill check is passed. His offerings are not as broad as the main Gun Runner shop, but he generally sells items not commonly sold there.
- Arms merchant: A former NCR soldier. Sells weapons, ammunition, weapon mods, armor and clothing and miscellaneous items.
- Ezekiel: A member of the Followers of the Apocalypse.
- The Forecaster: A young fortune teller. Sells various "thoughts" about "You," (the Courier) "Everywhere" and "Here" for 100 caps each.
- Gun Runner guard: A mercenary hired by Alexander as a bodyguard.
- Michelle Kerr: Co-owner of the trading post, together with Samuel. Sells weapons and ammunition, as well as food.
- Samuel Kerr: Co-owner of the trading post. Sells food, drinks and offers repair services.
- Veronica Santangelo: A scribe with the Brotherhood of Steel. She is also a permanent companion.
- Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap - Lying on the bar.
The trading post may be attacked by Legionary assassins searching for the Courier when they are in the proximity of the location.
The 188 trading post appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- The 188 trading post is based on the real world location of Railroad Pass Casino in Henderson, Nevada. The original junction of Highway 93 and Highway 95 was once located in front of the property before the present-day interchange between these two routes was constructed about one mile to the east in Boulder City, Nevada.
|The following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
- The 188 features many added, then disabled NPCs and numerous abandoned ideas, consistent with it being one of the earliest locations to be implemented in the game and quickly finished to move on to other ones.
- Alexander has only one bodyguard in the final game. He was supposed to have at least one more, and their AI packages would cause them to alternate guarding and sleeping so that he has a bodyguard at all times. One works the day shift, the other the night. There are actually two such bodyguards set up for both eventualities (for a total of four altogether), but only one of each kind is actually used in the game (and in the final game the night shift guard is disabled).
- There are also lots more civilians that were intended to be used here. There are three different NPCs for both "civilianHopeful" and "CivilianUnhappy" dispositions. The different kinds of civilians have different dialogue topics where they either praise or disparage the NCR and Vegas. In the final game, there are only one of each present on the game map at the 188. They are both disabled and can never be seen.
- The unhappy civilians have a lot of dialogue, including a topic where they have the ability to beg the player character for caps. This dialogue fork has a lot of different options, but it has a tiny chance of ever being seen; it's a random topic like the rest of their dialogue.
- The merchants here were supposed to have a water brahmin. For some reason, this was placed on the map but disabled.
- There are two of each kind of NCR trooper (regular or power armour depending on the game's story progression) placed here, but in the final game only one of each kind is enabled.
- There are also several out of work mercenary characters killing time here. In the final game, they are disabled.
|End of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.|
- ↑ The Courier: "Who are you?"
Michelle Kerr: "Name's Michelle. My Dad and me run this store. His name's Samuel. I take the day shift and he takes nights. We came here about a month ago, when Primm went to hell on account of the prison break north of there. Found a bin to call home and set up shop."
- ↑ The Courier: "Who are you?"
Samuel Kerr: "Samuel Kerr at your service. Me and my daughter Michelle run this fine establishment. We came here from Primm about a month past. Doesn't look like much, but it's one hell of a location."
- ↑ The Courier: "Why'd you settle in this dump?"
Michelle Kerr: "There's more to the 188 than meets the eye. Troops move back and forth on 93 all the time, and 95 is how NCR folks come and go from Vegas. No shortage of customers... so long as Legion raids south of here don't get worse, anyways."
- ↑ The Courier: "Why's business so good here?"
Samuel Kerr: "When 15 shut down, 95 became the route NCR citizens use to get to the Strip - or limp back home, after the Strip's drained 'em of caps. We get 'em coming and going. Coming, the suckers flush with caps they saved to gamble on the Strip... ...and going, the same folks, but now they're losers who'll trade you the shirt off their backs so they don't starve before they make it back home. Add in the troopers marching back and forth from McCarran and the Dam, and well, let's just say we don't miss Primm."
- ↑ Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.396-397: "[5.02] 188 Trading Post
Formed after the Powder Ganger break-out down at Primm [4.17] forced traders northward, the intersection of the 95 and 93 (hence "188") is now a bustling Trading spot, catering to the NCR from Boulder City [3.32] and Hoover Dam [3.33] as well as offering good connections down the 95. Start on the eastern side of the intersection."
(Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
- ↑ The Courier: "Why's this place called the 188?"
Michelle Kerr: "You do know these old roads were numbered, right? We're standing where the 95 and 93 meet. And 95 plus 93 equals... 188."