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So I armed the ARCHIMEDES system, hoping to see all those NCR scum get fried...according to the Wiki it is a sight to behold.

However, I went through and armed everything, went up to the top of the tower and was blinded by the array adjusting itself, and....nothing.

I had to go and kill all the NCR troops myself. What did I miss?

  • Do you follow Caesar, House, or the Yes Man? =) Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 8:54

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Just making sure, but according to the wiki, I quote:

The terminal on the mainframe contains some notes the player has probably already seen on previous terminals in the building, and an option Configure Power Grid. Selecting it reveals 5 options:


5 Full region (emergency output level): This solution overloads the plant, which prevents Archimedes I from being activated (see further notes). This gains no reputation with any faction, but Ignacio Rivas will still give the player some rewards.


If the player has chosen to activate the Archimedes I defense system, and has chosen option 5 (overload) for the power grid, horns will blare and a warning will play about the imminent weapon test, but shortly thereafter everything grinds to a halt. If the player is trusted by Ignacio Rivas, they can now go talk to him to receive awards. Otherwise the quest ends.

You did not do this, right?

Edit: Further down that page:



  • pc The Archimedes I sequence may not play out even though activated at the mainframe.

You could have run into that.

  • Hmm, no. I distributed power evenly throughout the world, but still activated Archimedes so that I could make use of it later. I thought that activating it still fired the initial burst.
    – erik
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 15:53
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    Boo....that might be quite disappointing then.
    – erik
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 17:02

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