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With a Bang, or a Whimper is a scenario created for and included in the corebook of Fallout: The Roleplaying Game, written and published by Modiphius Entertainment. The scenario is designed as a continuation of Once Upon a Time in the Wasteland, but can also work standalone.

The scenario is included with the Steam release of Fallout: The Roleplaying Game by way of Fantasy Grounds Unity, an application for role-playing games.


A three act scenario is contained at the end of the corebook, starting on page 403. The scenario is designed so it can be a continuation of Once Upon a Time in the Wasteland but to also work as a stand alone scenario should the GM feel it more appropriate.[1] By default, the area of the scenario is set around the Commonwealth before the events of Fallout 4 with a group entering a town that was created using a Garden of Eden Creation Kit one year prior. As the group gets to know the town, Mayor Jesse Pedigrue asks the group to investigate the home of local ghoul couple Joseph and Theresa.


  • Jesse Pedigrue
  • Theresa Dead
  • Joseph
  • Doctor Rast Mentioned
  • Bartender
  • Scavenger
  • Quartermaster
  • Doctor
  • Chief Scientist


  • Farmhouse
    • The Red Barn
  • The Town
    • Townsquare
    • Tradepost
    • Pub
    • Clinic
  • Compound

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The title of the scenario paraphrases the final line of T. S. Eliot's 1925 poem The Hollow Men.


  1. Donathin Frye on Reddit: "Once Upon a Time in the Commonwealth is a short campaign (much longer than a normal quest) that will be included in the Starter Set upon its future release. The Core Book quest isn't a true sequel to the campaign, but could easily be used as a transitionary quest after finishing the campaign."