Yes, but you don’t have to wait until you die. It’s basically what I’ve written in my answer above:
And other than PALU wrote, you don’t have to kill the game with the task manager. You could just close it with the “close window” X on the top right (unless you’re playing in fullscreen) (top left for a Mac), the “close” option in the context menu or ALT+F4 (COMMAND+W on a Mac).
There’s also a debug menu (you need to assign a key to it in the keybinding menu) which allows you to
Quit to main menu without saving. Just be careful to not accidentally hit
Save and Quit on your way there.
You can also shut down your computer, but that’s a bit of an extreme measure for something that can be achieved much easier.
But remember: On the next startup you’ll be back to where you last saved. And since it generates the items found in a house and cars on the street randomly the first time it loads into your vision range, you might not get the same stuff again.
Even if you die, you’ll get the “Watch your last moments?” popup. Unless you select
(N)o or you
accept your fate, you can still exit the game by any method mentioned above other than the debug menu one and you’ll not be dead on your next save load.
For anyone reading this in the future: This applies to the 0.F and earlier versions, it might have changed at the point you’re playing the game.
For the above mentioned methods, this is not necessary, but it is a good advice.
The game can be buggy sometimes and saves can get corrupted. Or you (or autosave) has saved in a bad spot with no way out.
So make backups of your save folder from time to time, in case something goes really wrong.