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Prize for second place was I got to live, but they beat my fucking legs with hammers. I'm fucking crippled, get it?

Boxcars is a Powder Ganger found in the Nipton General Store in 2281.

Background

Boxcars was a criminal in Nipton who was planning to kidnap some NCR soldiers. Instead, they were ambushed by a group of Caesar's Legion soldiers led by Vulpes Inculta, who forced him and the other townspeople of Nipton to enter a lottery.[1] The winner was let go while Boxcars got second place[2] and, although allowed to keep his life, had his legs crippled by the legionaries.[3] The rest of the gang members were either enslaved, crucified, or killed along with Nipton's mayor Joseph B. Steyn.[4][5]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests

  • Booted: When asked about what happened to the people that were enslaved in the lottery, Boxcars tells the player character they went east.
  • Wheel of Fortune: The player character can find out where the hidden supply cave is with Boxcars' help.

Effects of player's actions

  • If the Courier provides Boxcars with up to five units of Med-X, Boxcars accepts the aid and says he will use it, but never actually leaves the store in Nipton.
  • If the player character has a bad reputation with the Powder Gangers, Boxcars will call them "the Powder Gangers' grim fucking reaper" and demand to know what the Courier has against the gang, but will still accept help if it is offered.

Other interactions

The player character can give him some Med-X for his legs which, depending on the number of doses given, will boost the Courier's Karma but will not affect reputation with the Powder Gangers. He can only be given Med-X once in each transaction. The Courier can give him one (+20 Karma), two (+30 Karma), three (+40 Karma), or five (+50 Karma) doses. Up to three will net Karma and he will use them to heal himself. Five will result in him saying, "A fella could put himself out of his misery with 5 doses," though he will not die.

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Random Powder Gang outfit

Notes

  • Boxcars will not attack if the player character is wearing Legion or NCR armor.
  • Giving him Med-X, regardless of his Evil Karma, will award positive Karma, killing him will also result in +5 Karma.
  • Killing him will fail the Wheel of Fortune quest. Even if the player character has not started the quest, they will be notified of its failure.

Notable quotes

Appearances

Boxcars appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Due to a scripting error, Boxcars' legs are not crippled, allowing him full normal movement if engaged in combat. This was fixed with the Lonesome Road add-on. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Boxcars is set to respawn within the game. Respawning occurs every three in-game days and will reset his inventory (possibly changing his worn clothing) and resurrect him if he was previously killed. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, after giving or not giving him Med-X doses, he will no longer have any dialogue options other than "Goodbye," thereby breaking the Wheel of Fortune quest. [verified]

References

  1. The Courier: "Tell me about the lottery."
    Boxcars: "It ain't like we came to Nipton to play it! Me and my crew had it worked out to kidnap some NCR troopers who come to town to get laid. Had it all worked out with the scumbag mayor. We were gonna ransom them off, keep their weapons for ourselves, a nice score."
    The Courier: "How'd your plan go wrong?"
    Boxcars: "We get in position and next thing we know, we're surrounded by those fucking Legion freaks. They dragged us and everybody else into the center of town. And that asshole with a dog on his head, he starts talking about how we're bad people! He said we needed to be punished for what we did, not all of us, but some of us. And then he gives everyone a fucking lottery ticket..."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "How did you survive?"
    Boxcars: "Luck, that's how! I'm just that fucking lucky! You're looking at the second place winner of the Nipton lottery! That asshole Swanick took first place, so him they let walk!"
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "Why are you still here?"
    Boxcars: "I dunno, I just love it here. What the fuck do you think, asshole? Prize for second place was I got to live, but they beat my fucking legs with hammers. I'm fucking crippled, get it?"
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "What happened after everyone got lottery tickets?"
    Boxcars: "What do you think? He started drawing tickets, and that's how people got punished. First up was the 'lucky losers.' They got decapitated - guess that's 'lucky' because it's pretty quick. Then came the crucifixions. Goddamn but those went on and on and on... Third-place runners-up got enslaved. I got the fuck beat out of my legs, and the winner they let go free."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "What happened to the mayor?"
    Boxcars: "Him? When his ticket came up, they burned him alive on a pile of tires."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
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