If you thought the Den was bad, think again. New Reno is the crime capital in this game, though not half as evil as the Enclave.
BTW, just so you don't have a heart attack when that happens: when
you leave this area, your car will get stolen. It's not permanent.
You can follow the tracks and find the garage where it's been taken
for upgrades. Now you can either buy your car back, or with the
female character screw the owner for the car. Then ask for the
upgrades, if you want to, and have the cash. Or you can just shoot
the bastard to get your car back, but then you wouldn't get the car
upgraded. The owner says he'll also sell you micro-fusion cells at
some point in the future, but he never sold me any.
Talk to Mrs. Kitty in Cat's Paw. If you have a "Cat's Paw magazine"
with you, you can ask her about it. She'll give you a quest to bring
her 10 issues of it. If you do find that many, she'll offer to buy
them for 500, and you can haggle the price to 750. You also get
1000xp. I.e., looking for them is a major waste of time, if you ask
You can also try to date her, but she says to come after you finished
the game. Well, you can, and you do get the date. Nothing
You can also buy some time with one of the girls in here, either for
yourself, or for one of your companions. Beats me what's the point,
though. BTW, all the above work just as well with both male and
female characters, only with different messages.
Talk to the dude in red shirt across the street from Cat's Paw, and
ask about the families. Particularly about the Salvatore family and
their laser pistols. That way, you can later get the quest to find
one for the owner of the guns store. Also, from that particular topic
you can drift into the Mordino family's stables topic, without having
to pay extra.
You could also go join the Mordino family in the Desperado casino. If
you've got a female character, you'll have to beg and grovel long and
hard to get hired. Apparently, they have something against females.
But if you can swallow your pride, there's 500xp to be earned by
delivering his package.
If you go to the stables, you can BS a woman with a clipboard that
you're a new researcher, and get a pass to go down and see Myron. You
can get him to join your party, and that's even worth some xp. He's
good at science, and he can make stimpaks and super-stimpaks.
However, he's a mega-wimp in combat, and annoying as hell the rest of
the time (particularly if you're with the female character).
On the other hand, if you want more missions from Mordino, better
don't pick Myron yet. Next mission from Mordino is to collect some
money from the Corsican Brothers. It's in the next area, in the porn
movie studio. Just go there and ask for the cash, it's really that
Third mission is to kill the Salvatore guy. Now bad news is the
Salvatore family have lasers. Good news is that a Mark II metal
armour is surprisingly good against lasers. Still, if you have poor
hp, better leave it for later. Your call. Before you kill him,
though, you may want to tell the guard at the door that you want to
work for him, and do his quests, too. Dead men tell no tales and give
no quests, you know.
Also beware that finishing the quests for either family will make you
a "Made Man" of that family (or, in the case of Mordinos and
Salvatores, you can refuse, but you'll have to fight them), and that
means you can no longer deal with the others. I.e., if you kill Louis
Salvatore now, you'll have to either join the Mordino's, or kill them,
too. My choice was to let Louis live for now.
Salvatore will ask you to find and kill someone named Lloyd. He's
downstairs in Mordino's casino. If you feel inclined to play dirty,
lockpick his door, talk to him, take him at gun point to Golgotha,
make him dig the grave where he hid the money (neat, he had a landmine
in there :), make him go down for the money, then drop the landmine on
top of him. Then go down and take the chips from the footlocker. Go
back to Louis Salvatore, talk to the guard in front of the door, go
in, talk to Louis, offer the right ammount (1000), and you get half of
it as a reward.
Next mission will be to get some cash from Renesco. Renesco doesn't
have the cash, but if you can spare the cash, you can say you'll pay
it for him IF he gives you a discount at his store. Not that I needed
the discount, but it's worth 750xp. Now go back, talk to Mason, talk
to Louis, offer 1000$ (and get 25% of it back.)
Ask about the next mission. Be sure to ask for a laser pistol. Then
talk to Mason, ask for the pistol, ask how to use it. (You get a free
increase to energy weapons. Not that you need energy weapons, but
it's free :) Geez, these guys were dealing with the enclave.
When you go back to town, do NOT go talk to Louis Salvatore again.
That would either make you a Made Man of the Salvatore family (and you
can't do the other family quests), or have you fight the whole
Salvatore family (and they're a bit tough right now.)
In the area with the Corsican Brothers there are a few more things you
can do. First, you can become a porn star. IMHO, that's a pretty bad
idea. You do get 1500 xp and 200$, but you lose your party.
Apparently, not many people fancy grouping with a porn star, even if
it's to save the world. Self righteous gits, if you ask me, but since
I didn't fancy doing the Enclave battles alone, I just reloaded.
You can also box. Now those battles are a bit on the tough side, so
you'll first have to find yourself some plated gloves. Hey, it's
cheating, but who cares? :) Go downstairs in the casino in this area,
and search the locker. Another good idea is to do the other quests in
the area first, and hopefully level up, before boxing. If you defeat
all the opponents, apart from a bunch of xp, you get a bonus to
unarmed and a karma title. I also found out that celebrity made it
nearly impossible to sneak in New Reno, even at insanely high skill.
All the more reason to leave boxing for last, if you plan to sneak
around. (Incidentally, the same thing happens if you become a porn
While you're in the casino, you might as well deliver that suitcase to
Mr. Bishop. Go upstairs, talk to the guards near the stairs up, and
get permission to see Bishop. Don't go up yet, though. Go in the
northernmost room, and pick Mrs. Bishop. Yes, even if you're a female
yourself. In bed, ask about Vault City and if you can have the speech
enhancing module. She'll tell you the safe combination. Let her go
Now use lockpick skill on the safe, and get everything inside. Use
the module. Search the rest of bookcases in this room, and take
everything. Search the other rooms, lockpick the safes, and take
everythings In the northernmost room, use the traps skill first and
then lockpick. Get everything, examine the disc and use the map. Now
you've got the location of the raiders.
Go back through the door, talk to Mr. Bishop, and give him the
suitcase. He'll give you some cash and a mission to kill Westin in
NCR, BUT you have to make it look like an accident. Me, I didn't do
it, since by the time I got to NCR, I was already a Made Man of
Go downstairs, and lockpick and loot a couple of rooms near the
stairs. There's good valuable weaponry and ammo in there. (If you're
with a male character, you can also screw Bishop's daughter while
you're at it. Pay attention to the endgame animation for the effect
There's a guy in a red shirt named Jimmy in this area. If you ask
about his scar and encourage him, he'll give you some Jet for free.
Not that I needed it, though.
Go west, and you're near Renesco's joint. Go in, say the password you
had from Zaius in Broken hills. Hang on to that thingie. He also had
a couple of manuals to sell, if you have the cash. Not much else to
buy from him, unless you need flamethrower fuel. Me, I always found
it too heavy.
You can also get into the church (the building with a neon signs with
a heart and an arrow :) and loot the donation box. Not many coins,
though. Go talk to the drunk preacher, if you want to. You can also
pick a broc flower from the garden.
Go to "New Reno Arms", lockpick the back door, and loot that room.
Wait for the day, if it's night, so the owner gets the heck out of the
back room (the one with the pack of dogs.) Go into that room, and
behind the bookcases there's a stair down. A dude downstairs can
upgrade weapons, and I _think_ he does it for free. At least he never
said anything about a price. Also, he's the only npc I've found who
can upgrade energy weapons. (E.g., convert a Plasma Rifle into a
Turbo Plasma Rifle. Yup, everyone's favourite from Fallout 1 :) He
can also upgrade power fists, cattle prods, flamethrower fuel, and
flamethrowers. (Though all the numbers for the upgraded flamer seem
to be exactly the same as for the regular one. Bug?)
Then go through the front door and deal. Don't forget to ask about
Salvatore family's weapons, so you get the quest to bring one.
(Easiest way is to return with one after you do the Sierra depot, or
you can use the one you've got from Salvatore earlier, if you don't
mind parting with it.) You could also buy a voice recognition module
from him, if you didn't loot the one in Vault City, but it's
expensive. If you already have the one from the vault, don't bother.
You'll only need one. And he can upgrade regular firearms, but since
you did get a scoped rifle from Broken Hills, and a free upgrade in
Gecko, you shouldn't need it.
In the eastern part of town, there seems to be nothing except the
Wright family, main dealers of booze in town. Talk to Chris Wright
(the guy with a leather jacket, and whose description says about a
mohawk and chains) about a job. Go into the mansion. You can talk to
Mrs. Wright there about their Temperance Union, and find that Father
Tully (the drunk priest in the church) is in it. Hmm... just
interesting, I guess.
Talk to Keith, tell him Chris sent you. Go in, talk to his father.
He'll send you to find who's been selling dope to his son. He
suspects a Mordino pusher. Talk to Keith, and work your way to asking
about Richard's room. Go search the bookcases there, and get a clue
and 500xp. Go talk to Jimmy, and be sure to ask about that empty
capsule. Hmm... so Richard's been poisoned with radscorpion juice.
Another 500xp. Talk to Renesco, and ask about the capsule, and about
the radscorpion juice, and find out about Salvatore's involvement.
That's 1000xp. Go back, talk to the father, and tell him it's the
Salvatore family and the reason. You get 2000xp. He'll reward you,
and give you your next mission, namely to scout the Sierra Army Depot.
You'll be going in there eventually anyway, so no need to hurry.
When you're done here, jump in the car and go back to Broken Hills.