Bruce Nesmith, Director of Design at Bethesda, appears in this issue of Inside the Vault. It seems there will be no more questions about playing Fallout:
How many board games do you current have? Your favorites?
I don’t know how many board games I have. I know that they fill a wall, floor to ceiling and about 16 feet long. Let’s just say it’s a lot. My all time favorite would have to be Cosmic Encounters. It’s the greatest board game ever made. Don’t bother trying to argue with me. I’m not listening. La-la-la.
I’m also very fond of Star Fleet Battles, Carcassonne, and Space Hulk. I could list a dozen more, but that would defeat the purpose. (...)
What is your favorite part about working on Fallout?
I’ve always loved the post-apocalyptic setting. I did a lot of work with Gamma World while at TSR and really loved it. It was one of my favorite non-traditional roleplaying games. In particular, the work we’re doing with multiple paths through a quest and the moral choices the player has to make are very cool.
It also doesn’t suck to empty a clip into a Supermutant and watch him dissolve into a gory mess. (...)
What kinds of games to you play?
I play almost any type of game, except sports games. I’m particularly partial to strategy games. I’ve played a wide variety of first person shooters and roleplaying games as well. I’ve been a huge fan of the Civilization games, Half-Life, and Baldur’s Gate.
What is your favorite game from the past year?
I’d have to say Company of Heroes. It’s the best RTS I’ve ever played, and I’ve played a lot of them. Space Empires V would run a close second. It’s a little known turn based strategy game of interstellar conquest.
What games are you looking forward to?
I’m eager to play Bioshock and Mass Effect. Both look amazing.
What are you hobbies and interests?
I love astronomy. Unfortunately the light pollution in my town is pretty bad, so observing is difficult. I’m an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction. I dabble in martial arts. Of course I love playing video games. I’m a swim meet referee. I’ve been PTA president a few times.
Read: Inside the Vault - Bruce Nesmith