Hi all; I’ve been playing for a week and wanted to share some thoughts on playing styles.
- I play alone and I watch out a lot
- I don’t build big houses
- I keep a few (3-4) well-hidden shelters in different mountains, in hard to find/hard-access places
- I spread my loot between those shelters to compartmentalize in case one of them gets looted
- when I get killed, I stock up from the shelters and quickly get back on track
In contrast, most people seem to:
- gang up, move together carelessly, use lights at night
- build huge houses/fortresses that are visible from miles
- store all their loot in said houses
- cry loudly when then get raided/glitched/hacked overnight and lose days of work
I’m not saying mine is the one true way to play, but I honestly think it leads to less grief and less wasted time.
More generally, I think this game is very enjoyable provided you hedge your bets smartly.
If you spend a week building a metal skycrapper only to find it has been completely looted overnight, no doubt you’ll feel angry.
Instead, for example, if you first seek find weapons/items and research them, and you store backup loot here and there so you can get to it after you’re killed, then dying isn’t so problematic, so it’s less wasted time for things you won’t get back.
Bottomline: if you stay lean, the return on investment of time vs joy is bigger.
My own current goal is to loot the living fuck out of the house of some assholes who pissed me off.
I still can’t make C4, but I can make grenades, so I’m working towards 40-50 grenades so I can bust up all their doors and raid them overnight.
This requires lots of sulfur and metal, which I get mining rock, raiding smaller shelters, and killing players in leather for their resources.
I do this on a PVP server, so I do it without a speck of remorse
Though thinking about it, I should probably rather farm zombies for blueprints until I can make C4.
I REALLY enjoy the feeling of danger knowing that if you’re seen, you’re as good as dead.
When I encounter other people or when I run into hidden shelters/houses, I get an adrenaline kick and my mouth gets dry.
The only other game I remember that gave me such engrossing immersion was DayZ, but fuck that buggy POS, Rust is survival done right.
I take a lot of precautions:
- I make sure I’m not seen or followed
- I turn off music and use good headphones, mind my footsteps’ noise and keep alert for other footsteps
- I mind my clothes color and how they contrast with terrain (fucking hate kevlar’s color but I guess that’s on purpose)
- I keep to the mountains and avoid fields/roads
- I never use lights at night; I just wait out the darkest time, and I use darkness as cover to raid or to go on fields
- when I do cross fields or when I’m working down a door with the pickaxe, I constantly scan the horizon looking for players
IMHO people shouldn’t get on PVP servers unless they’re willing to go to these lengths, and unless they EXPECT to get utterly raped on sight for their resources. Mining for stuff in fields is tedious and dangerous.
I do help out clueless nudes with food, but that’s as far as I go.
Anyway, brain dump over. Thoughts?