I'm with the Followers of the Apocalypse, and I help the locals in Westside grow crops. Unlike the NCR, the Followers don't expect anything back.

Tom Anderson is an exiled member of the Followers of the Apocalypse, an engineer and co-owner of the Westside Cooperative, living in Westside in 2281.


According to the farmers of Westside, Anderson's assistance in implementing a reliable irrigation system for Clayton Ettienne and the Westside Cooperative is the main reason why the community can grow crops so well, and therefore survive and encourage trade. One could argue that he is the main reason citizens there do much better than they do in Freeside.

Despite having the good opinion of most of Westside's citizens, Tom has a troubled past which attributes to his exile from the Followers of the Apocalypse. He has broken the law many times due to his belief in the maxim "the end justifies the means." Anderson has even committed murder, killing an NCR trooper to cover his diversion of water to Westside to prevent local crop failure.[1] Unknown to him, the water is contaminated by radiation from Vault 34.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
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Plays Caravan: Icon cross
Merchant: Icon cross
Repairman: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Rents bed/room: Icon cross
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  • Tom has a Pip-Boy on his arm, so he may have grown up in a vault.
  • Tom may glitch out of his cell after he turns himself in. Anderson walks out of Camp McCarran and you can converse with him normally.
  • When asked about the co-op, the actor will say the "co-op is lead by Clayton," when he means "run by Clayton" as the subtitles say.
  • He pronounces Clayton Ettienne's name incorrectly, as "E-TIN-EE." Ettienne's name is actually pronounced as "eh-tee-en".

Notable quotesEdit

  • "I'm with the Followers of the Apocalypse, and I help the locals in Westside grow crops. Unlike the NCR, the Followers don't expect anything back."
  • "The bottom line for NCR is productivity and growth. Politicians back in Shady Sands are completely detached from the people actually living here."
  • "I suppose there's no point in denying it any longer. I killed Corporal White to protect Westside's self-reliance. It was rash, and I regret it now. We don't have the money to pay for the water, so I rigged the pump station to divert water to the local cisterns from time to time."


Tom Anderson appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 While in prison in the Camp McCarran terminal building, Anderson may still talk as though he were still in Westside. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Anderson can disappear into the wall of his apartment though he remains on your radar, if this happens prior to the White Wash quest, the quest becomes impossible to finish. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Even though you can find him in the prison at the Camp McCarran terminal building at the end of the quest, you can still find him in Westside. There will be two non-player characters of Anderson. [verified]


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