Timeline - The Fallout wiki - Fallout: New Vegas and
Never used it until I encountered an Alpha deathclaw.
Fallout: Beginning Vs. End (i only have Fallout 3 and New Vegas, i don't have Fallout 4 yet, but I've heard talk that you get pretty decent armor and weapons right at the beginning. Anyone wish to clarify this?
Ideas: Build settlement over water. Use dry land for other components - power plant, farm/wilderness, wild game preserve, hostile residents.