My Kind of Town - Saving Primm
Primm is probably going to be the second town that you visit in Fallout: New Vegas. Unfortunately, the main building in town has been overrun by some rogue Powder Gangers. If you want to advance the main quest or restore the town, then you’ll need to take care of them and free the Deputy.
Approach Primm and walk through the NCR outpost. They aren’t going to offer any help, so you’re on your own. Bring a good weapon (at least a 9mm pistol with plenty of ammo or a shotgun) and try to put on something resembling armor. They aren’t going to be pushovers, but they won’t be that tough either. Also note that these technically aren’t Powder Gangers, but convicts. The Powder Gangers give you free reign to kill these guys, since they’re a splinter group.
Walk across the bridge carefully and watch the ground. Disarm the mines that they set up to avoid crippling yourself before the mission starts. As you walk in, there will be a few Powder Gangers patrolling the town. Move carefully and see if you can stay hidden. Even non-stealth character should be able to avoid their lines of sight and get a few sneak attacks.
Carefully clear out the town by moving down the three streets, then approach Steve’s Bison Hotel. Move up and carefully go inside. Watch out for any convicts inside. If you can, you can pick the lock or hack the first computer on the nearby supply closet for more loot.
You general goal is to kill the leader of the convicts and take out the main group in the large room at the end of the hallway. There’s an option to use the maintenance key to sneak around behind them, but it isn’t really that necessary. If you make it to the end of the hallway, you will be able to get a sneak attack on the group and then use the central wall for cover. They can hit you from both sides, thanks to the double doors, but you should be able to just fall back a bit and gun them down as they rush you. Just watch out, since the convict leader seems to always have an incinerator. This nasty flamethrower can actually toss fireballs at you, so be ready to take him out first. Once the area is clear, loot the convicts’ bodies for weapons and ammo, then approach Deputy Beagle in back. He’s tied up, so go ahead and untie him and talk to him to understand what happened.
The sheriff and his wife were killed in their beds (you can find their bodies by going into the sheriff’s shack). Deputy Beagle is the closest thing we have to the law. If you can pass the Speech check, you can make him stay with you as a companion. I gave him a 9mm and some ammo and he was fine. I did have 7 points in Charisma though, so you may want to keep it in mind. You definitely don’t want Beagle to die, so only bring him with you if you want some cover.
The only thing left to do is go up to the upper floor of Steve’s Bison Hotel. You can either go up the stairs or use your Repair skill to fix the elevator. You don’t have to clear it out, but the convicts up here should be spread out and vulnerable. It's easy loot and experience. You can also pick a lock in the back room for some jet and psycho. You can even exit out onto the rollercoaster, if you want.
Note that if you go outside Bison Steve’s Hotel at any point, then Deputy Beagle will leave you and go to the Vikki and Vance Casino. If Deputy Beagle disappeared (and isn’t dead) then he’s probably there.
Once you free the deputy, go into the Vikki and Vance casino to find the entire Primm population holed up and armed in the casino. They’re going to stay in here until you can restore law to the town.