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Springfield is a location in Fallout Tactics, which can be reached from Bunker Beta.


Springfield is a town in Illinois, near the Brotherhood of Steel Bunker Beta. Its population consists mostly of humans with some ghouls. Around 2197, the mayor of Springfield was Chris Avellone. Other civilians included were Carino the town guard, Joe the bartender and Presnell the shopkeeper.

After the previous mayor disappeared under suspicious circumstances, Avellone was voted in as a puppet mayor. But he took to his new power and started causing trouble. The mayor's political stance with the ghouls angered some of Springfield's far-right, human activists who refuse to acknowledge the "sub-humans" as near equals, so the plot against ghouls and the mayor was started.

Normally, the Brotherhood doesn't meddle in politics, but this offered them a chance to increase their hold on this resource-rich province and the Elders decided to send a Brotherhood squad to Springfield to protect Avellone from a plot uncovered by the Brotherhood's Dagger Squad, who captured one of the ringleaders to this plot. He told the Brotherhood interrogators that these resident troublemakers would be dressed as raiders, which was a clumsy attempt to frame the local bandits. The Warrior soon arrived and liberated the town from occupation. These ghoul-hating "raiders" turned out to be quite an organized group consisting of regular members and so-called enforcers, much more experienced warriors. Even though they awaited the Brotherhood's arrival and had already built some barricades, they were all killed, including their leader, the head assassin.

After the BoS squad rescued the mayor, the resources of Springfield helped fuel the Brotherhood war machine. He signed the "Bill of Monster Rights." Under this bill, there would be no violence against a ghoul unless the ghoul started it. And from now on, a ghoul was entitled to a payment equal to, or greater than, half that of a purebred human. And lastly, no more would "taking a dump" be referred to as "pinching the ghoul," "making ghoul babies" or "dropping off the ghoul at the pool."

Related missions[]

  • Springfield (mission): The mission in Springfield requires finding and rescuing the mayor of the town, who has been taken hostage by an anti-ghoul group dressed as raiders, as well as killing this group's leader.


Springfield only appears in Fallout Tactics if the player has the fourth bonus CD or installed a patch designed for this purpose. It can also be made available manually by using notepad to edit the "bos.cfg" file in the "core" directory. Find this line: {misc.bonusMission} = {false} Change the "false" to "true" and save the file.

  • If the value is "true" when the player speaks to General Barnaky to get the Mardin mission, they will also get the Springfield mission to appear in the Pip-Boy at the same time.
  • If the value was "false" while the player completed the Mardin mission and got the location of Bunker Gamma from Barnaky, but then set it to "true" before leaving Bunker Beta, just speak to him again and he will give the player the Springfield mission.
  • If the value was "false" all the time until the player arrives in Bunker Gamma, they will no longer be able to access this mission as Barnaky disappears from Bunker Beta. If the player has an earlier save game, they can change the value and replay from the end of Mardin.
  • If the value was "false" all the time until just before leaving Bunker Delta, and the player absolutely insists on playing the mission from their current save game, it is still possible by using the official editor on any mission or bunker in the "core/campaigns/missions/core" directory that you have not yet visited, such as "bunker05.mis" (Bunker Epsilon). Add a trigger with Condition = "Always" and Action = "Open mission 'mission_name_00'" to the file. After visiting the edited mission or bunker for the first time, the mission should become available when speaking with a general.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Springfield is the real world capital of the state of Illinois.
  • Springfield in game has much in common with the fictional town of Springfield in the long-running TV series The Simpsons, such as the two large cooling towers for a nuclear power plant; the town's statue, which looks a lot like the statue of Jebediah Springfield; and well as the large sign for "Planet Donut," which is reminiscent of Lard Lad Donuts. Another clear example is "Joe's Tavern," which is a reference to Moe's Tavern. In the episode Lemon of Troy, the town of Shelbyville is depicted as a copy of Springfield, even having its own Moe's Tavern complete with Moe, only named Joe, owning Joe's Tavern.