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‘Fallout: The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook’ Review: Better Than Deathclaw Steak

The recipes found in The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook are interesting and varied, made with clear instructions and a pinch of humor in the writing. It would serve any wanderer well in the wastelands of culinary competence.

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It’s not hard to find recipes for foods from your favorite TV show, movie, or video game. Online collaborative cookbooks are everywhere these days. It’s safe to assume the recreation of most legendary pop culture dishes have been posted somewhere if you have a look. What’s far less common – especially in video games, – is for the creators themselves to develop an official cookbook for their franchise. So when the folks at Bethesda began selling Fallout: The Official Vault Dweller’s Cookbook, written by longtime recipe creator Victoria Rosenthal of Pixelated Provisions, it’s worth taking notice.

Format

Vault Boy

Licensed art, logos, and trademarks. Not a sight too often seen

It’s clear with just a skim that this cookbook is the real deal; a heavy dose of Fallout theming paints over every page. Recipes are written as though they were made by Vault-Tech scientists, with notes scribbled in the corners by a wanderer trying their best to recreate them without ever having seen a mushroom that didn’t glow. Recipes include stat bonuses and references to various wasteland ingredients, which gives each page an amusing take on otherwise serious instructions. Vault-Tech entries are written with the same delightfully deranged humor they are in the games, and the wastelander’s snarky comments and disturbing substitutions make the recipes as entertaining to read as they are informative.

 

Blacmo Mac and Cheese

This looks a lot better than mine

Perhaps even better than the added fun from reading a recipe written by a soulless technician is how it doesn’t interfere with the recipes themselves. Often recipes based on fictional properties aren’t so good at explaining what the final meal is or get too cutesy with aforementioned creativity. Following and completing the recipe can be difficult when you don’t know what “Gagh” is and there isn’t even a picture to help you out. The Vault Dweller’s Cookbook get solemn when required. The title for a meal might be “The Captain’s Feast,” but it’s written in the corner while the book helpfully prints “Roast Prime Rib” underneath. Though the immersion of making strange foods is broken, it’s important to make the cookbook actually useful before making it enjoyable to read. It’s clear on every page what is actually supposed to happen behind the façade of cooking a Yao Guai.

Table of Contents

This cookbook is worth buying just for not having a section labelled “Classics”

The book is also organized beautifully. An established organizational format for recipes in cookbooks doesn’t exist, which means they run the gamut as far as what is placed where and why. Sometimes food is organized by ingredient, sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes some sicko decides to write theirs with no discernible order at all. The Vault Dweller’s Cookbook separates the recipes into where they fit on the dinner plate; it features categories such as “mains,” “appetizers,” “dessert,” “drinks,” and more of the like. This makes it easy to arrange your dining Fallout experience how you want. If you want to find the centerpiece for your next meal, the appropriate recipes are all in the same place for you. If you want a light snack or a side to go with something else, you can check the “appetizers” or “soups” and choose from there. There’s no huge roast recipe followed immediately by a drink because they’re both good at dinnertime, and there’s nothing stopping you from picking different recipes from all over the book to create a complete meal.

Recipes

Meat-Wrapped NukalurkAs mentioned earlier, the Fallout coating to the book doesn’t interfere at all with reading and following the recipes themselves. Unlike organizing the book itself, the format for these are pretty standard: a list of ingredients followed by a list of instructions with a picture to the side showing what it’s meant to look like. It’s not clever or flashy, but every cookbook is written this way for a good reason. A little more extra info – such as cooking time and servings – is given with each recipe as well, an extra help in planning out the creation of a meal. The only big exclusion that might have been welcome is a warning that special equipment might be needed upfront. Reading through the recipe before making it is important regardless, but it’s easy to forget until it’s too late that you don’t own a mesh strainer and your lemonade is going to look a little more like a smoothie. A little warning next to the ingredient list would be nice.

It is also here in the recipes themselves that The Vault Dweller’s Guide runs into its major pitfall: Fallout doesn’t really have a lot of iconic food. It’s a series where consumables are either premade dinners like InstaMash or drugs like Buffout, with very little reminiscent of food that anybody would feel compelled to recreate. Most of the dishes found in the book have only been seen in the games themselves as flavor text or offhand remarks, if they exist in the universe at all. It’s a necessary step in order to write a cookbook that isn’t full of frozen dinners, drinks, and drugs. Still, biting into a goat curry that just happens to be named after Radstag Stew, a low-rez model that you almost certainly never gathered the ingredients to make, doesn’t really fill you with warm Fallout nostalgia.

Radstag Stew

Yeah I’ve just been dying to chow down on this for 10 years

The Food Itself

I’m not an expert chef by any stretch of the imagination. I can’t say why adding carrots to mac and cheese is a bold step that enhances flavor in pioneering ways. I don’t have a godly palette that can identify specific spices and why they blend so well together. What I can do is explain the process of following those orders, and how the meals that I prepared turned out being made from an amateur.

Blacmo Mac and Cheese

I’m also not a very good photographer. Not that whole-wheat macaroni is super photogenic anyways

From this standpoint, the food in the book is pretty dang tasty and the recipes are for the most part easy to follow. I made a few things from the book myself and through every step the instructions were clear and the results were delicious. Most recipes have an extra element or two that separate it from the standard practices in other recipes. The InstaMash, for example, includes a healthy helping of blue cheese, not something you would attempt unless explicitly told so. They’re interesting takes on classic dishes, but once again it’s not like InstaMash has a reputation for tasting of blue cheese in the games. It forms a great meal, but not really a Fallout meal.

Verdict

A Balanced Meal

Saddle Up Salisbury Steak and InstaMash, washed down with some of Deezer’s Lemonade. Looks a little messy, but tasted delightful

The Vault Dweller’s Cookbook is not something you should pursue if you’re looking to recreate fond Fallout memories. The food itself has at best a passing familiarity with the food you’d find in the wasteland. Even the recipe for Nuka Cola admits it doesn’t strictly follow what little details the games have provided. What this cookbook is, however, is a well-made cookbook with tasty dishes and a delightful Fallout coating. The recipes are interesting and varied, made with clear instructions and a pinch of humor in the writing. It would serve any wanderer well in the wastelands of culinary competence.

Paul spends a lot of time playing games, but spends even more time trying to convince other people to play games. He's always looking to try something new, and is ready to play Mario Party 2 at any time.

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Fantastic Fest 2019: Second Wave Adds ‘Knives Out’, ‘Parasite’ and More

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This year’s Fantastic Fest is shaping up with one of the strongest lineups in recent years and if the first wave announcement didn’t impress you, the second wave of films announced today will have you running to buy tickets.

Wave two brings a ton of exciting new titles including Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out, Bong Joon-ho‘s Palme d’Or winner Parasite, as well as Richard Stanley‘s The Color Out of Space and the latest from filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, Synchronic.

This year, Fantastic Fest will also be spotlighting Mexican genre films such as The Black Pit of Dr. M and The Ship of Monsters—and, the festival will also include a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema.

Check out the full second wave film lineup below. Fantastic Fest runs September 19-26. Be sure to check back as we will be covering the event once again this year.

Abou Leila
Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
North American Premiere, 139 min
Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
In the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

The Antenna
Turkey, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Orçun Behram
Somewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

The Black Pit Of Dr. M
Mexico, 1959
Repertory Screening, 82 min
Director – Fernando Méndez
Two doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

Bliss
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director – Joe Begos
While trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

Blood Machines
France, USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 50 min
Director – Seth Ickerman
The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, Turbo Killer, shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

Butt Boy
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 100 min
Director – Tyler Cornack
Writer/director/comedian Tyler Cornack’s Butt Boy introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

Climate Of The Hunter
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Mickey Reece
The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

Color Out Of Space
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Richard Stanley
Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

Iron Fists And Kung Fu Kicks
Australia, 2019
North American Premiere, 107 min
Director – Serge Ou
From the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

Knives Out
USA, 2019
Special Presentation, 130 min
Director – Rian Johnson
In attendance – Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes Knives Out, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit” mystery genre.

The Lodge
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Five years after Goodnight Mommy stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

The Long Walk
Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Mattie Do
In attendance – Director Mattie Do
An old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother’s painful death..

Lyle
2014, USA
Repertory Screening, 65 min
Director – Stewart Thorndike
In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike
After the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
USA, 1985
Repertory Screening, 87 min
Director – Jack Sholder
In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Jesse (Mark Patton) is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

Nobadi
Austria, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Karl Markovics
In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics’ remarkable and poignant third feature.

Parasite
South Korea, 2019
Texas Premiere, 131 min
Director – Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon-ho’s seventh feature — about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment — is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

Patrick
Belgium, 2019
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Tim Mielants
Patrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick’s search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn’t even know existed.

Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams And Monsters
France, 2019
International Premiere, 80 min
Directors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
After their documentary Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

The Platform
Spain, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere in the future exists The Platform, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner’s luck hold? One man is about to find out.

Prey
1977, United Kingdom
Repertory Screening, 78 min
Director – Norman J. Warren
Jessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they’re chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 100 min
Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen
In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
More than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton (star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

The Ship Of Monsters
Mexico, 1960
Repertory Screening, 81 min
Director – Rogelio A. González
Two Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

Synchronic
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
In attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Two paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

Trampa Infernal
Mexico, 1989
Repertory Screening, 77 min
Director – Pedro Galindo III
In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

The True Adventures Of Wolfboy
USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 88 min
Director – Martin Krej?í
Suffering from hypertrichosis — which covers him with animal-like fur — Paul knows he’s not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

The Vast Of Night
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andrew Patterson
A rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

VFW
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Joe Begos
In attendance – Director Joe Begos
In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.

VHYES
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Jack Henry Robbins
In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins
This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape.

Vivarium
Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Lorcan Finnegan
When young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for Antlers, a rural horror film about a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger.

Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Nick Antosca, the creator of the criminally underrated horror anthology series Channel Zero. Not much is yet known about Antlers other than Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, has scheduled the film for a 2020 release. Rounding up the main cast is Graham Green, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze and Rory Cochrane. Watch the trailer below.

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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”

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Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan
Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
Two (2) Newly designed and developed figure stands
Twelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including:
Two (2) pairs of guitar hands
Two (2) right blow fist hands
Two (2) pairs of open hands
Two (2) right good fortune hands

Costume for Bill:

One (1) purple pattern shirt
One (1) graphic t-shirts
One (1) pair of blue jeans
One (1) pair of pattern underpants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

Costume for Ted:

One (1) blue jacket
One (1) black vest
One (1) graphic t-shirt
One (1) pair of graphic shorts
One (1) pair of inner training pants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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Watch the Creepy Trailer for ‘Little Nightmares 2’: Six is Back and She has Help.

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

Little Nightmares was one of our favorite games of 2017 and so we can’t wait to get our hands on the sequel. In our review, James Baker wrote, “Tarsier Studios have created a wholly original concept to a horror genre that has leaned more towards thriller before anything else, bringing its roots back without relying on jump-scares and needlessly-gory shocks. Just like hide-and-seek, Little Nightmares captures the fear of being caught, albeit in a creepy, macabre style.”

Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K20’s Story Mode Gets a Stunning Trailer

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NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

NBA 2K20 which will be released in less than a month, promises to include an even better story mode, and while we haven’t played the game yet, we have plenty of reasons to think it might be. Not only does it feature an all-star cast with top-tier talents such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, but the story mode – entitled “When the Lights Are Brightest” – is being produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Productions, the same company behind the upcoming Space Jam 2.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

The NBA 2K20 demo will go live on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Any progress made will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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