Ranger Center is the starting location in Wasteland.
The now famous Ranger Center used to be a federal prison, located deep within the inhospitable Nevada deserts, where the nation's condemned to death awaited their execution. For self-sufficiency, the prison was also built with light industrial manufacturing facilities.
In 1998, when the global thermonuclear war finally happened, the prison was taken over by a group of US Army Engineers and the inmates expelled into the surrounding deserts. to complete their sentences. As the weeks passed, they invited the nearby survivalist communities to join them and to help them build a new society. Because of each communities' suspicions towards one another, times were difficult at first. But as time nurtured trust, this settlement—which came to be known as Ranger Center—grew to be one of the strongest outposts. Ranger Center even proved powerful enough to repel the hands of rancorous criminals who repeatedly attacked in attempts to reclaim what was once 'rightfully theirs'
The new owners quickly converted the facility to suit their needs and rechristened it Ranger Center. Over the years, members of surrounding survivalist communities were invited to join the Rangers, and the Center grew. By 2087 it was one of the most prosperous settlements in the wastes. After the fall of Cochise AI and the conquest of the Guardian Citadel, the prison was emptied by the Rangers and the headquarters transferred to the newly vacant wasteland real estate, founding the Ranger Citadel.
The Ranger Center is where all new parties begin their adventure in Wasteland. It is also here that new characters can be created and old disbanded, even late in the game. The initial characters the game starts with are Hell Razor, Angela Deth, Thrasher and Snake Vargas. Abandoned after Wasteland, it appears in Wasteland 2 as the Prison, occupied by the Red Skorpion Militia.