The Contraptions Workshop DLC for Fallout 4 is the fourth (of six) pieces of season pass DLC. If you didn't purchase a (now) $60 season pass, Contraptions Workshop is $5 on its own. This DLC adds a boatload of settlement-building items. I gave Fallout 4 our highest score: 9.8 out of 10. The game is immense, and it's only getting bigger.
I threw together a quick video below, flipping through the items in the settlement construction screen. No commentary, just spinning some items around in the air so you can have a quick look-see. I haven't dug too deep into the new items for my own settlements yet. I'm not much of a Rube Goldberg-ian crafter. But you've probably already seen videos of people throwing Preston into the stocks and pelting him with teddy bears as torture. Good times. I'm sure I'll do something similar.
From a higher-up view on the settlement-building screen, I can tell you that Contraptions Workshop adds warehouses (walls, roofs, floors, stairs, etc.), scaffolding, boxcars, and elevators. On the more complex manufacturing side, it adds ball tracks—like in the old board game Mouse Trap—armor and weapons display racks, a ton of posters, a lit-up marquee sign, and, interestingly enough, a basketball hoop switch. There's also power conduit so you can neatly pipeline your power around the room instead of hanging powerlines everywhere. Conveyor belts run in every shape and size, which connects your manufacturing forges which, with the correct added ingredients, can start building you armor, weapons (and more) from scratch, essentially. There are also logic gates and particular wavelength sirens that go far, far beyond what I learned in my junior high electronics class. I got a D in there anyway.
There's entirely too much to build in settlements now. I couldn't even figure out how to get a working arena going in Wasteland Workshop, so it's going to take someone much smarter than me to get 100 percent usage out of Contraptions Workshop. Are you that special someone?
Fallout 4: Contraptions Workshop released on Tuesday, June 21.