I have fleshed out my plans for Gibsonton, scenario tentatively titled 'Welcome to the Freakshow'.
Given the town's background as a wintering place for circus freaks there is an abundance of the odd - including some ghouls, four super mutants and a behemoth.
There is a small, but permanent, carnival on the main approach to town, including rickety but functional rides. Preparations are under way for a traveling circus, including a pack big enough to hold a big top - to be worn by the behemoth.
Folks seem friendly but reserved, with a tendency to stare blankly for a moment when something that might bear thought comes up. In particular the super mutants and behemoth tend to get that blank look when something occurs that angers them - a tightening of fists, a baring of teeth, then a blank look and a resumption of calm.... The ghouls do not seem to have these same lapses, but do seem to be enjoying a secret.
Ties include the gypsies, some of whom retire here when the Wasteland Road becomes too much to bear. Like the ghouls they seem to share a secret, or perhaps many. And indeed, one such retired gypsy is mayor, and apparent leader of the town. He affects the dress and manner of a ringmaster.
I suspect that just the fact that there is a carnival will be enough to trigger alarm bells for the players - it seems to me that circuses have bad reputations in regards to RPGs.
Another bell might be rung if they notice that feral ghouls will chase the group only so far towards town, then turn and run when they get closer to the town.
The Auld Grump - super mutants in whiteface anyone?
*EDIT* And for those who might wonder, the super mutants are named after four of the five founding Ringling Brothers. There may, or may not, be communication between Gibsonton and Baraboo.