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Alice McLafferty is the executive manager of the Crimson Caravan headquarters in the Hub and current manager of the New Vegas branch in 2281. McLafferty is a shrewd businesswoman who runs all her day-to-day activities with utmost efficiency and a degree of ruthlessness infamous among CCC employees,[1] but still maintains the loyalty and respect among them for her competency.[2]


Business-minded, Alice McLafferty has been a driving force in making the Crimson Caravan Company the most successful merchant house to come out of New California.[3] Normally, McLafferty would be managing main operations of the CCC in the Hub, but as the New Vegas branch had been under-performing lately thanks to the incompetency of Henry Jamison, who she had assigned thanks to pressure from his family, so she relocated herself to fix her own mistake.[4]

Other than running the New Vegas branch of the CCC, McLafferty has struck up a deal with rival merchant house the Van Graffs to eliminate smaller competition, like Cassidy Caravans, and bleed resources from larger merchant houses, like the Gun Runners. Outside of the CCC, McLafferty also does work in the political sector of the NCR to gain favor with the Republic and to propose tariffs on rival merchant houses.

She saw the order to accompany Governor Joseph Dodge to Hoover Dam as an opportunity to expand her caravan empire and puts on a great show of support for Dodge and his efforts, but secretly wants him to fail. If he does, she will seize the opportunity to take over Hoover and shape it into a town that would be the envy of the wasteland.

Part of her master plan is to work both sides of the BoS/NCR war. She is currently supplying weapons and ammunition to both the Brotherhood at Maxson's bunker and the NCR at Hoover Dam. It is her hope that the war of attrition will eventually take its toll on Dodge and he will step down. Once this happens, she plans to make a supply run to Maxson's Bunker, assassinate Devon Hill, blow up the entrance to Maxson's bunker, therefore trapping any survivors inside, and come back to Hoover Dam as the hero who ended the war. Lofty plans, to be sure, but she has full confidence in herself to pull it off. Corporate espionage seems to be her favorite pastime.[5]

Interactions with the player character

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Effects of player's actions

  • Additionally, the Courier can eventually discover that Alice has been secretly working with the Van Graffs to ambush the other caravans and force them out of business. The Courier, at the behest of Cass, may then murder McLafferty, eventually resulting in serious trouble with the NCR's supply lines.
  • The Courier may instead give evidence of McLafferty's crimes to the NCR, allowing them to "tighten their grip" on trade throughout the Mojave Wasteland.
  • If the Courier steals the Gun Runners manufacturing schematics and finishes Heartache by the Number peacefully, then Alice and Gloria will get ambushed and killed by Gun Runners seeking revenge. This occurs even if the Courier wasn't caught stealing the schematics.
  • Murdering McLafferty or opening her office safe in front of Crimson Caravan employees will turn them hostile.
  • Killing McLafferty before completing You Can Depend on Me and Pressing Matters causes failure of those quests.



Alice sleeps in the guard barracks at night.


Alice McLafferty appears in Fallout: New Vegas. She was to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.

Behind the scenes



  1. Crimson Caravan guard: "McLafferty’s been riding asses again. Better lay low."
    (Crimson Caravan guard's dialogue)
  2. Crimson Caravan guard: "McLafferty’s a hard boss, but she knows what she’s doing, that’s for sure."
    (Crimson Caravan guard's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "Are you really going to ruin what's supposed to be a time of happiness for her?"
    Alice McLafferty: "[SUCCEEDED] Being sentimental is not how I made the Crimson Caravan so successful, but I'll allow it, just this once. Janet will be paid what she's owed. Consider it a gift."
    (Alice McLafferty's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "You're well-dressed for this place."
    Alice McLafferty: "Normally, I oversee company operations at the Hub in California. However, the New Vegas branch has been underperforming in recent years. Given the conditions here, it's not hard to see why. I'll change all that, soon enough."
    (Alice McLafferty's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hoover Dam design document
Design Document
CharactersGovernor Joseph Dodge · Mjr. Jack Fleming · Guido Giordano · Enzo Giordano · Vinnie Giordano · Dorris · Ailis McLafferty · Ralph Peoples · Mitch Stiller · Candice Morris · Pierre LaPoubelle · Dr. Yuri Polivich · Pablo Riviera · Frieda Van Graff · Milko · Dusty Heart · Beatrice · Otto Steed · Dianne · Farmer Dave · Bob · Mary-Joe · Billy-Bob · Mallet McBride · Ginger Flowers · Nancy Haggard · Arcade Gannon · Mike Lawson · Hoover Dam commoner
LocationsThe Rim (Fancy PC pad) · Downtown (Frieda's Firearms · Dusty's Desires · Hock-it to Bob) · Baseline · Scum Pits · Sub-Level 1C
QuestsGet Meeting with Governor Dodge · Negotiate Peace between NCR and BOS · Get City Council attendance back to norm · Join up with the 3-Some Caravan Company  · Spy on Crimson Caravan for 3-Some Caravan · Join up with the Crimson Caravan Company as spy for 3-Some · Successfully frame 3-Some Caravan Co. for extortion and murder · Successfully extort money out of Ailis McLafferty using evidence · Expose Crimson Caravan to Governor Dodge  · Give filtration schematics to former BOS scribes · Get school attendance up to norm · Teach class on Wasteland survival · Clear out critters in Scum Pits for possible hydroponics lab · Get shipments from Denver for materials to build hydroponics lab · Discover Sub-level 1 · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Get Mary-Joe to stop turning tricks & get access to Scum Pits · Discover lost Hoover Dam war and Sub-level 1 history · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Help Beatrice in a bar fight · Do Bob's bounty hunter jobs · Recalibrate the two working power generators to be more efficient and increase power · Get liquor for Pablo
OrganizationsNew California Republic · Crimson Caravan · 3-Some Caravan · Followers of the Apocalypse