Alright dudes. So here’s how it is.
I learned about C:DDA maybe 4-5 years ago while I was in college, thought it was super kickass, played it for like a month and then left college and haven’t really played it since then. I’ve been playing other roguelikes, mostly ToME and DCSS, but also some Dwarf Fortress Adventure which I think is a lot more similar to Cataclysm, but still not quite. I’ve perused the Cataclysm wiki, I’ve watched people play (briefly) on youtube, and I’ve pored over the forums for advice. But maybe I’m just not getting it.
Point being, I’m getting brutally murderalized every time I step foot outside the evac shelter. Let me tell you about some of the more notable runs I had today. (I’m playing trunk/experimental, for the record).
Started a pretty generic survivor using the First Day guide on the wiki. Stepped out of the house and was immediately jumped by a nearby moose. Died less than 50 turns into the game.
Start again, same world, same character build. Spawned in the exact same evac shelter, went out the OTHER side this time, legged it out into the woods, got surrounded by a pack of coyotes, died again.
Alright, ye bastards. Nuked the world, made a new one. This time the evac center spawned almost right smack in the middle of a HUGE town. Got pulped by no less than FIVE(!!) Tough zombies and a spitter on my way to getting the hell out of Dodge.
Made a new character, spawned in the same evac shelter, committed suicide and rebuilt the world.
Clearly this “basic survivor” thing isn’t working out. This time I made an Archer, managed to kill a moose, managed to raid two houses for a net gain of a cooking pot, a gallon jug of vinegar, and a new shirt. On my way to the third house on the outskirts, I was spotted and immediately chased down by a Mi-Go. I noticed that there was a nearby military outpost with turrets taking potshots at the local wildlife, so I tried to lure the Mi-Go up into range of the turrets since I couldn’t outrun it any longer (out of stamina) and definitely can’t kill it. I was shot approximately six times in the right arm and torso with 5.56 NATO rounds and dropped like a damn peasant. The Mi-Go, of course, didn’t take a f***in’ scratch.
Archer again. This time I wasted all eight of my fancy starter carbon fiber arrows missing shots on an attacking coyote, finally beat it to death with my bootleg crowbar, and was mulched by a passing zombie dog before I could go recollect the arrows.
Back in the day I could at least be in danger of starving to death before I died. I mean, usually. More often it was dehydration that became a serious problem first. But now, NOW, I can’t take two steps out of my front door without being aggro’d by everything in the local tri-state area. I’ve been doing my best to follow the Noob Guides but they don’t seem to take into account the evac center being surrounded by smoker zombies, or the fact that MOOSE ARE REALLY FREAKING HOSTILE, or the fact that there are nine shriekers patrolling the streets around every possible safe point of entry on my starter town, or the fact that I have to go find food and water in order to not die before I can spend two weeks smashing up all the nearby trees and houses and crafting things. I even tried skipping town entirely on one of my characters and trying to make it living out in the woods until I could hike to the next town, but ended up nearly starving to death and being finally killed by the saltiest giant hornet I’ve ever seen in my life. I was like 30 tiles away from this thing and trying to go in the opposite direction and it just beelined towards me (heh) and started repeatedly stabbing me through the solar plexus with its giant stinger and poisoning the crap out of me.
Oh, yeah, and the only things I’ve had spawn in the basement of the shelter, ever, was a single flashlight, once, and a single tin of Spam another time.
So, yeah. How do you guys usually avoid brutal death on your first couple days?