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Clear out critters in Scum Pits for possible hydroponics lab was going to be a quest in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.[1]


Farmer Dave has been ordered by Dodge to produce more wheat and corn for consumption as well as trade. The problem is, even with the new, hardier version of wheat and corn that the scribes were able to create; there just is not enough room on top of the generator buildings to grow more. The only solution is to build a hydroponics farm in the area known as the Scum Pits. The big problem there is that the Scum Pits are filled with all kinds of nasty critters. And if the critters are exterminated, then there is the problem of covering the toxic holes where the generators used to be and just building the farm. Dodge trying sending some of his men to clear out the critters, but the men never returned. And at this point, Dodge refuses to send any more of his men.

Character type completion breakdown

  1. Combat Boy - Tailor made for critter killin'. Getting the supplies delivered is possibly another story.
  2. Diplomacy Boy, Stealth Boy, Science Boy - If he has the combat skills, then it should not be a problem completing all the requirements.


So, the player must do a few things here. The first is to clear out the critters in the Scum Pits, but to do that the player needs to do something for Billy-Bob in Baseline – he's the one who will unlock the access ports. The next is to find building materials that can be used to safely cover up the toxic holes and build out the hydroponics far. The materials can be caravanned from Denver once a working trade negotiation can be had, but the elimination of the critters is all up to the player's combat prowess. This quest is optional only.


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