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Spoiler Warning S5E14: A Night on the Town

By Shamus
on Wednesday May 11, 2011
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00:52: I call this Bethesda View-ganking. It should be outlawed.

04:39: I know some people hate the bunny-hopping, but what drives me bonkers is lugging around heavy-ass weapons that you never use. SELL THE INCINERATOR.

05:19: This is my favorite Spoiler Warning stunt ever. Better than pants mining. It’s just gleefully juvenile and absurd.

10:33: This casino is the Atomic Wrangler. I meant to bring it up during the show, but we were busy with other things. This is where I lost my $16,000 jackpot to a crash. It’s also a very odd place and feels incomplete. The proprietor invites you to try the prostitutes and reads you the rules about how things work re: Paying for sex around here. You can hear the sounds of commerce-driven nookie as you explore the place. The only problem is that there are no prostitutes in the building whatsoever, and the sounds are coming from nowhere. It feels like they either didn’t finish the place, or they had to cut some content for rating purposes.

12:00: Josh decided to pummel this thug bare-handed, just for laughs. Which is why the fight took so long.

12:19: Josh dons the thug’s hat for a victory lap.

13:00: Man, that hike took FOREVER without the benefit of time-lapse.


17:27: For those of you keeping track at home, that was a four and a half minute bartering session. And people complained about the inventory sorting in Mass Effect.


Comments (204)

  1. Piflik says:

    Well…you know…you can sort the inventory when bartering… ;)

  2. Sucal says:

    Why would you sell the napalm launcher?

  3. kanodin says:

    How, how did you make an episode that is like 25% inventory wrangling your best one yet?

  4. Bobby Archer says:

    “We’ve got our eyes on you…except when you mysteriously disappeared, followed shortly by the entirety of our stock, popping briefly out of nowhere to sell energy weapons that you shouldn’t have had on you and which looked remarkably similar to the aforementioned mysteriously disappeared energy weapons, only to mysteriously disappear again, along with the rest of our stock. And now you seem to be dangerously over-encumbered, despite buying nothing and actually selling a number of heavy items.

    “But we’ve got our eyes on you.”

  5. James says:

    the Incinerator is only a weight annoyance on Hardcore really, plus josh drinks so much alcohol all the time is WG cap is like 60000000. on Harcore mode i never ever carry more then 150 rounds of ammo (unless the gun eats the ammo like cake) and i give spare ammo to ED-E (Ee-D is how i think its said) plus MF Cells weigh like 0.1 ??? WTF most ammo is 0.002 with missiles being biggest at 3. and MF Cells are sooooo easy to get as well Cmon now Blizz. Rule 101 of Fallout Games (not originals) Companions = Funny, Talking, Shooting Pack Mules.

    • Daemian Lucifer says:

      I used energy weapons instead of guns just because you can convert all the ammo into one type,and then overcharge it.And I still had 200+ of them AFTER selling a bunch.And I didnt even need that much because I pummeled everything with a hammer,except for deathclaws and cazadors.

    • X2-Eliah says:

      Companions die on hardcore mode. So they are infinitely less useful as pack mules.

      • Daemian Lucifer says:

        Not really,since they are usually quite tough.Rarely do you have to worry about them dying.

        • Ringwraith says:

          Deathclaws, and enclosed spaces with tons of guys, like say the Silver Rush.
          I’ve had other places too but I forget.

        • Kavonde says:

          I don’t know which companions you’re talking about. I can’t even COUNT how many times I lost Rex and/or Veronica to packs of cazadors. Even Boone (albeit not glitched to godhood) tended to get mauled.

          • Daemian Lucifer says:

            Really?Well I guess when its your companions that tank,they do end up in harms way.I was the tank in my playthrough,so boone and ed-e usually stayed behind and sprayed fire from afar.

            • Klay F. says:

              The problem lies with most of your companions seriously out-damaging you for pretty much the first 20 levels. If you ever come across more than one cazador at a time, they are pretty much guaranteed to die because companions can’t use antivenom (seriously Obsidian? How have you STILL not patched this yet.)

              I had pretty much given up trying to take any companions to Lake Mead. Plus, once I hit lvl25, my companions became a liability because of their fantastically stupid AI.

              Example: Me sniping Mother Deathclaws in the quarry, and Boone gets the sudden urge to go and hack at it with a machete. Yeeeaaahhhh.

              • Daemian Lucifer says:

                Yeah,thats why I did that one alone.I left my companions in the back,gulped all my drugs,plus a stealthboy,and went in there with a plasma rifle.

              • GTRichey says:

                Companion AI (using the word intelligence very loosely) is my second biggest reason for not playing in hardcore for most of my playthroughs (did one and after that just think it’s too much trouble). Companion AI probably would take the number one spot but in what was clearly a lack of any forethought I murdered Goodsprings and then helped NCR take back the prison… leaving me without either of the doctors available between the two making any crippled limbs far more painful than they should be in a game (probably not too far off of real life scenarios though).

              • Ringwraith says:

                Although admittedly, that’s because Boone has (or had at least, not certain if it got patched out, there is a mod fix for it though) a tendency to glitch out with his behaviour and switch to melee at bad times.

          • Andrew says:

            Veronica is ridiculously fragile, even with brotherhood power armour. I think there might be some sort of glitch that causes her health to never increase, since even at level 30 my dude with the perk that reveals a target’s health/DT was only seeing about 200ish hitpoints on her. Oh, and the slow attack speed of the power fist causes her to get kicked around effortlessly by anyone with a faster, more aggressive close-ranged weapon (especially deathclaws).

      • poiumty says:

        If they die, you reload anyway. I don’t see where equipment comes into the picture.

        Unless you’re one of those weirdos who DOESN’T reload.

        Deathclaws? Closed spaces? There’s a wait button for that.

        • Ringwraith says:

          Having the extra firepower is very nice for deathclaws however, or anything else for that matter.
          Also, it’s a bit difficult when trekking through places like HELIOS One, as it kinda defeats the point of having them otherwise.

          • poiumty says:

            Of course it is, but if they’re gonna die then you either come back later, go for it alone or try and do it without them dying.

            What’s so bad about HELIOS One?

            • Ringwraith says:

              Simply being an enclosed space, and I remember it being the death of them once. I think it was the combined effort of much turret and robot fire.

              Although maybe I should simply say anywhere with Cazadors, are those things are evil. You do not want them anywhere near you.

    • poiumty says:

      In my hardcore run, I used the anti-materiel rifle. With hand-made .50 MG.

      300 of them.

      I feel special.

  6. Rayen says:

    Did anyone start feeling sorry for mumbles after awhile?

    Also 22:26 i lol’d hard. second best part of the episode.

  7. Vect says:

    Ooh, Recettear!

    Why do I get the feeling that he’s just stacking Unarmed for the point that he gets the Ballistics Fist? Because I totally see him trying to nick that when you guys get to The Fort, with the idea that Cuftbert becomes a Shotgun Fist Ninja. That or he’s actually trying to roleplay Cuftbert as Too Dumb To Live.

  8. Eärlindor says:

    Yeah, this is one of the funnier episodes for sure.

  9. Chris B Chikin says:


    • Kana says:

      All I can say is, thanks guys. I was *almost* over my Spoiler Warning addiction and then this week happened. After today, I now know I’ll never be able to stop!

      What have you done!?

      Edit: And somehow managed to attach the comment in the wrong place. Awesome start for me. ><

    • James says:

      i’ve actually performed that song live, during a school play. and as such i now hate the song with every fiber of me being.

  10. Halfling says:

    I think the Spoiler Warning crew should open up a University specifically for trolling, and other troll related majors.

    I would pay tuition to learn your trolling techniques.

  11. Eärlindor says:

    Oh hey, does Mumbles know that the Joker fell into a tub of acid, or something stupid like that and that’s why he’s whiter then an albino covered in cocaine!

  12. Alex says:

    Out of context, “pants mining” sounds like it could be several things, most of them things I would rather not know about. And that’s assuming you don’t actually get a pick and shovel involved…

  13. Daemian Lucifer says:

    You dont even materialize in front of her,but just shimmer there almost invisible.Its great.

    I think atomic wrangler has one whore you can fade to black with.Or was it the one you bring to them?I forgot.

    Oh god!You actually walked there?!I wouldve dropped everything,fast travel there to sell the stuff,then come back for my crap.

    Oh double god!This turned into an episode about a bunch of 6 year old boys picking on the girl that hangs with them!!I would almost feel sorry for her if not for her relationship with yeoman chambers.

  14. Hitch says:

    Yes, taking time out from the long, slow trudge to a merchant to sell the entire store full of weapons you just stole and are weighing you down so you can only walk slowly to beat a thug slowly to death with your bare hands rather than use any of those weapons which are such a burden. This is why I love watching Josh play. That and gathering as many weapons as possible that he puts no points in the skill to use, just to troll Mumbles and Ruts. I’d offer Josh a beer from the “Real men of genius” ads if I could remember what brand that was.

  15. Mailbox says:

    I don’t care about anything josh does in his play through but one taboo that did irk me was selling a unique weapon. Golden Gloves, nooooo!

    Also did you know Sherlock Holmes is a better detective than Batman?

  16. Kibbin says:

    Oh come on you only need to watch brave and the bold to know that Aquaman doesn’t need a hook hand and long hair to be awesome.

    Although maybe Mumbles didn’t know Batman had a new cartoon series. In it he teams up with all these obscure heroes you’ve probably never heard of like Green Arrow, Captain Marvel and some Captain Marvel ripoff, Duperman? I think.

  17. RTBones says:

    I certainly understand wanting to sell the looted goodies, but admittedly, with Reginald being so close to New Vegas and his, you know, HOUSE, where he could dump inventory and KEEP it, I did wonder why he didn’t dump some gear to get weight down, then go sell the “rest” of it. Because we all know that he’s going to sell only what none of us mentions, because then we couldn’t be trolled…well, OK, thats a bit of a stretch. Oh well, we’ll always have Batman.

    22:26 Yes, I LOL’d, said, “Oh…my…gawd…” and commenced with the head-shaking face palm.

    Oh, what a terrible sight…much to the peoples delight!

    Good stuff!

    EDIT: I like the annotations – they give you something to think about as you watch the mayhem.

  18. Irridium says:

    This is the funniest episode yet. I could not stop smiling.

    And Josh needs to put Yakkity Sax on a time lapse. It would have been perfect for that fist-fight.

  19. Peter H. Coffin says:

    So how long did the hike actually take, realtime?

  20. krellen says:

    My favourite part of the series is when Mumbles laughs.

    Also: I was just playing Saints Row 2, and Pierce and Shaundi have the exact same back-and-forth as Rutskarn and Mumbles had in this episode. Apparently, Rutskarn is a junkie hippy girl.

    • KremlinLaptop says:

      I’ve really grown to like Mumbles, I have to admit at first I was like, “Whaaaat?” when she was introduced and she was sort of a wallflower. Now though? Cussin’, drinkin’, dissin’ the Ruts, awww yeah.

      • Raygereio says:

        Now if only we got her to stop screaming at least once per episode and in the process of doing so abusing her microphone and my speakers and eardrums.

        Though her Rutskarn-induced agony is almost enough to offset my suffering.
        Say Shamus&Co; now that Mumbles is on the show, you guys really ought to make that long overdue Mass Effect-epilogue and showcase that game’s inventory sorting and barterin.

      • X2-Eliah says:

        Guys, this isn’t a lovemeet chatroom.

        That said, yes, Mumbles is right there with the insanity that is Josh and the inanity that is Rutskarn. And just like Shamus, she doesn’t know squat about music. :3

  21. Dovius says:

    Aaaaaaactually you don’t need a Stealth Boy to rob the Van Graffs blind, just grab the weapons and drag them to the alcove between the 2 cabinets in the right, then stuff yourself into the alcove, after which you can grab them easily without being seen.
    Also, is it just me or does the sound-effect when you repair a weapon, due to sounding like tape (at least to me) remind a bit of the weapon upgrading system in Two Worlds, the complicated system of ‘Taping several same items together which magically makes them more awesome’.
    Although the idea of taping 4 Laser Rifles together to attempt to make them stronger sounds like a perfectly viable idea for Reginald.

  22. Zukhramm says:

    I get it now, that grand heist explains it. I finally understand why you are so concerned with not killing shop keepers. “What’s one more or less?” I used to think, and usually for me, it’s not much, but when you play the game like that, yeah, they’re quite important.

  23. Raygereio says:

    You know; the best argument against all those who are shaking their fist at their screens and going all “you’re upping the wrong skills, while using the wrong weapons” in between murlock’esque screams, is the fact that at the end of the day Josh is still alive while the majority of things behind him isn’t.

  24. matt says:

    Mumbles’ annoyance is the best part of this show. More trolling, please.

  25. Duoae says:

    @ Shamus, Mumbles, Rutskarn….

    You guys (i think it’s really only Ruts) pronounce Batman with such a slur that i really thought you were going to mention the truly excellent “Baman Piderman” series.

    If you haven’t watched them, i recommend you watch them in order. I think my favourite bit is the first part of Winter friends… but it’s set up by the whole of the series to that point.

    Also, it took me a little while to get over “the weird”.


  26. Awetugiw says:

    Ah, yes. The mission to get some more stimpacks was a great success.

  27. GTRichey says:

    After this episode I’m both eager for and terrified of the day you guys play through Arkham Asylum.

  28. Ramsus says:

    Wow. Just wow. This is probably one of the best episodes this season. Of all shows. Anywhere.

    It had all the things I love. Josh being crazy. Pointing out obvious flaws in the game. Fast forwarding. Trolling Mumbles. Singing. Bartering. It’s like you guys made this episode just for me.

    I really think you should have named this episode “I know things about trolling”.

  29. Jarenth says:

    I just picture Mumbles, at the end of the episode, weeping at her desk, occassionally muttering ‘I know things…

    I’ll join the chorus of ‘This episode was the tops’ for that reason alone.

  30. Archaic says:

    in the silver rush i didnt realize using a stealth boy made things that so much easier to steal everything.

    it makes the stick all the ammo in a pot technique seem silly and frustrating at best. although watching the npcs watch you take all there ammo and guns in a bucket and walking away with it is pretty funny in the end.

  31. Smejki says:

    Considering you can hire a hooker in Gamorrah, the Atomic Wrangler isnt “unfinished” for rating purposes, for sure.

  32. KVD says:

    Fun fact. The dude in the underwear is named “Van Graff Thug”

  33. GTRichey says:

    Josh: “I don’t want to fight things with 4 stimpacks.”
    …(dialogue during which no seller of stimpacks is approached)…
    Shamus: “Why are we going to the Van Graffs'”

    This is why we love spoiler warning.

  34. Deadpool says:

    Nitpick: Aquaman hasn’t had the hook in quite a few years… Somewhere around 2003 the Lady of the Lake gave him a magical “water hand”.

    Shortly after that, Specter attacked and destroyed Atlantis. To save some of his people, Aquaman made a deal with the sea gods and ended up mutating into the Dweller of the Deeps and losing his memory and was eventually killed.

    In Blackest Night, the White Entity of Life returned him to life, with his hand intact.

    • Simon Buchan says:

      And this is why (major, long-running, superhero) comics are stupid.

      • Deadpool says:

        Not quite… Aquaman’s history is… let’s call it “tumultuous”… because, while famous, he’s not very popular. His books don’t sell very well. So new writers will come along with new ideas to try and make the character work.

        The weird thing is, most of these runs were actually pretty good quality, what with Peter David and Kurt Busiek on the helm for a few of them…

      • Dumbledorito says:

        No more stupid than long-running movie franchises. Some characters/stories are becoming iconic, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, it does mean that there’s generally fairly small windows of a given character’s media that ‘makes sense’ to a modern audience. I wouldn’t expect a kid that enjoys “Superman Returns” to find the same joy in the old black-and-white Superman TV show (or worse, the gawd-awful half-hour syndicated Superboy program from the 80’s).

        As long as someone tries something interesting with them now and again, that’s great. Trying to take over 50 years of stories written by different authors and other creative contributors and expecting it all to make some kind of sense is unrealistic.

    • Sagretti says:

      You know, that sounded so ridiculous I thought it had to be trolling. Then I looked up the wikipedia article for Aquaman…

      comic book writers are apparently the ultimate trolls.

  35. You know what I was thinking during that entire time lapse?
    They were right there, two merchants and it’s an easy (like 30) speech check to get Ralph to sell you his secret gear.
    I think you even went past them.
    better yet you could have sold more weapons at the Van Graffs for ammo – it’s weightless outside hardcore and you could sell it again when you got to the Gun Runners.

    Yeah, I do the same thing as Shamus where I can never lose money on a transaction, but I also have to make the maximum amount of money from selling thins possible so usually I have to do a lot to get them paying me the full price and not going over their cap limit. On the other hand I now have over a million caps and I still have a bunch of Dead Money gold* I’ve yet to sell. So worth it.

    *Took me ages and involved a lot of physics exploting, but I wasn’t going to let Elijah get his hands on it

  36. Deadpool says:

    Btw, you can just pick up and carry weapons into the bathroom before “stealing” it. No need to waste a Stealth Boy…

    • TSED says:

      That would’ve been a riveting episode, don’t you think?

      • Deadpool says:

        About as riveting as walking, encumbered, from the Van Graffs to the Gun Runners…

        • Harry says:

          Yeah, but if they’d moved all the weapons like you said, that would’ve taken ages and then they’d STILL have had to get it all to the Gun Runners.

          Anyway, if this isn’t the perfect time to use a Stealth Boy, I don’t know what is.

          • Deadpool says:

            The point I was going for is that they could have sped things up to make it bearable.

            The ORIGINAL point wasn’t that they SHOULD do it, just that it was an option I’m not sure they’re aware of.

            Considering how funny they thought disappearing and reapering in front of the Van Graff’s was… I think it’s a lot funnier that you can actually GRAB stuff off their shelves while COMPLETELY visible walk to the bathroom, quietly put it in your backpack, then come out of the bathroom and SELL IT BACK TO THEM.

  37. Michael says:

    At first I didn’t know what was going on in the “annotations.”

    After watching the video, I realized they were still there, and I needed to back up to each specific point to see what had happened to spawn that comment.

    Viddler was more convenient, sure, but Youtube actually works 9 times out of 10 for me.

    Think I could get used to that format.

  38. Dante says:

    The best episodes are where everyone gets trolled

  39. Winter says:


    That said, i’m pretty sure i’d bet on Mumbles in a fight. I hear she’s like six feet tall and punching boys in the face is her favorite hobby.

    • Veloxyll says:

      I hear that Batman is actually a character inspired by Mumbles. She punched so hard that they heard it in the past and just made her male to try and hide the fact they got punched by a girl. From the future.

  40. What the heck is “Maria”, and why is Josh carrying it around?

    • X2-Eliah says:

      That’s the unique pistol that shot a round in your head (Benny’s handgun).

      Not really all that good. Worth a nice sum, though.

      • TSED says:

        My crit-stacking build used Maria a LOT. When I ran out of 10mm ammo and had >300 9mm rounds left, it was the best thing to use.

      • Dumbledorito says:

        What TSED said. With perks involving crits and headshots, plus a good skill in guns, I could take down nearly anything with that gun. It became my go-to weapon pretty much, aside from the blaster I found that insta-killed any robots I came across.

      • Eruanno says:

        I used it as a secondary weapon when I was low on ammo or just killing random people in the wastes and didn’t want to waste my good weapons/ammo on it. Worked out pretty well, actually.

      • Khizan says:

        It’s actually pretty awesome. It was my go-to gun for the vast majority of my first playthrough. Lower AP cost in VATS than a regular 9mm, more durability, more damage, and headshots will do a number on the majority of the enemies you face.

        My next game is going to be a Gunslinger game where I only allow myself to use one handed weapons(this means no 2h melee weapons, either), and I expect Maria to be my workhorse gun again.

    • Vect says:

      Maria is Benny’s personal pistol that he shot Cuftbert in the head with. It’s a custom 9mm pistol that’s at least a nice trophy to keep around.

      • Littlefinger says:

        It also happens to be a pretty good holdout weapon. It doesn’t do that much damage per shot, but has very high rate of fire making it the third-best holdout gun in the damage/second department.

  41. NonEuclideanCat says:

    Did anything noteworthy happen during the time-lapsed bit? More trolling or banter or anything? Or did everyone just get up for snacks?

    I ask because, if something did happen, it’d be cool to have it released in full as a bonus video. Prolly won’t get as many views as a regular episode, but if it’s funny/good enough, goons will watch any length (case in point: recent episode of Let’s Play: Deadly Premonition was about an hour long, and it was awesome).

  42. tengokujin says:

    I would like to suggest that a copy of the annotations be put *into* the video, so that we can readily see the video when the thoughts happen.

    Or allow open annotating.

    Something like that.

  43. CalDazar says:

    Oh my god. This is without doubt the best Spoiler Warning you have ever made.
    Poor Mumbles.

    Anyway the “jump left, land moving right” stuff was way worse in oblivion.

  44. Sumanai says:

    Silly Rutskarn. You can’t build a plasma offender. Plasma is the zen state for matter. You simply can’t offend it.

    • Sumanai says:

      Oh yeah, while it is true that “kaiser” or whatever is from Julius Caesar, it’s rather likely that everyone is mispronouncing “Caesar” anyway so it doesn’t mean that it should be pronounced as “sea-sar” (or whatever).

  45. gebiv says:

    I know I’m probably just bringing up something that’s been mentioned a hundred times already (too many comments to read them all) but does Josh realize that the food and drink items in this game all Heal Over Time? Because it seems that whenever he’s down say 150 health, he drinks six or seven Sasparillas because his health bar isn’t moving up. (Three will give you 150 health over 25 seconds.)

    And is it just me, or does anyone else actually use their hotel rooms to store excess items? You know, instead of looting everything in there and leaving with 50 pounds more weight that when you arrived.

    I’m an item hoarder myself and can’t force myself to sell items that I know I probably won’t ever use, but if you stick it in the closet at any of your rooms, you don’t have to carry them around with you everywhere.

    But enough nitpicking. Keep up the great work. This is one of the best video series I look forward to every week. And keep on trolling Mumbles. That gets funnier and funnier every time. :-D

    • Dumbledorito says:

      Yeah, in my save games, my hotel safe in Novac is stuffed with about a hundred cubic meters of ammo, unique weapons, and things that ‘might come in handy.’

      There’s a Fallout Boy meme-generator image that reads “HOARD WEAPONS AND ARMOR. NEVER USE THEM.” And ironically, that kind of bit me once. I generally don’t use Stealth Boys; they take up space/weight and never seem to work well for me. In FNV, they seem comparatively rare (or at least, they were at the part of the game I was in), and I was at the point where Benny asked if he could have one to use for an escape. I wanted to see what effect this would have on the game and spent hours trying to find one I’d discarded or locate a merchant that had one for sale.

      Had I been properly hoarding, this wouldn’t have been a problem. :)

  46. mixmastermind says:


  47. Fang says:

    11:40: Best part of the series so far. Just Cuftburt slowly sauntering over to the Gun Runners while like slow-walking music plays in the background.

    12:10: Never mind! This is the best part. Slowly-beating a thug to death while unfitting music plays.

    Also doesn’t “Mick and Raphel’s” have 2000+ caps on hand? So it would have been shorter to go to them.

  48. Drejer says:

    That jump spin in the end, try that in oblivion its threes times the worse.

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