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The Board of Education is a unique nail board in Fallout 3.


It is composed of a plank of wood with nails hammered through it like all other nail boards found throughout the Capital Wasteland. Although not a highly damaging weapon, it has a faster attack than the standard nail board, meaning it does more damage per second. Unlike common nail boards, the Board of Education actually has a chance to score a Critical Hit.


The Board of Education can successfully strike about 250 times from full condition before breaking.



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Attacks in V.A.T.S.- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per attack (damage per projectile)- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per action point- Damage per action point
Damage per second- Damage per secondWeapon spread- Weapon spread
Area of effect damage- Area of effect damageMagazine capacity (shots per reload)- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Effect damage & duration- Effect damage & durationDurability (number of attacks before breaking)- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Bonus effects- Bonus effectsWeight- Weight
Attacks per second- Attacks per secondValue in caps- Value in caps
Critical chance % multiplier- Critical chance % multiplierValue to weight ratio- Value to weight ratio
Critical damage- Critical damageSkill required- Skill required
Critical effect damage & duration- Critical effect damage & durationStrength required- Strength required
With all mods attached- With all mods attached
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointDurability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratio
Nail board 8
Board of Education 12
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


Found in the clifftop shacks inside the abandoned shack east of the bridge, under the bed.

Behind the scenes

The inscription "Board of Education" is a common pun found etched or burned into the paddles used for corporal punishment. The phrase itself is pun on Board of Education, a governing body that oversees various schools in an area, and the fact that corporal punishment was previously used in schools to discipline students.


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