Hey guys. A couple days ago I made my first post on another thread sharing in the noob experience. Well, honestly, in the five days since then I did not open that file and distracted myself with other things, but I recently opened it up and made further progress. Instead of hijacking that thread I felt like making this one to sort of document these shenanigans. I only have a vague idea of what I’m doing and as you’ll see the situation is not one I expected right out of the gate.
Quick world and character overview: Summerhills uses mostly default options. NPC needs have been disabled, I have opted to test the National Guard Base location for some reason, and there are no ants as I mentioned in the other thread.
The character, Francis McGrath, is very bog standard. I didn’t give him many traits aside from Nightvision. Evacuee with a Survivor start.
On the first day I took stock of the situation and noted that to the northeast there were corpses and smoke. I suspected a smoke zombie at the time and played it safe by doing my curtain dismantling to the south. That was about all I did.
I was wrong about the smoke zombie part.
Today, I opened the file again. Minor note: some glitch occurred where after a single step Francis was absolutely winded and needed fifteen minutes to regain stamina (I had done nothing to warrant a lack of stamina before that), probably caused by something involving updating the game since the last time. I started some crafting and then checked on that smoke again. It was gone. Just the bodies. I noticed something about the site but didn’t think too much of it at the time.
Still, it nagged on me for a bit. After a bit of learning the crafting system for myself, the NPC called out that she heard footsteps. I peeked. No zombies. But the something I had noticed became blatantly obvious and I remembered something. Just in case, I took a screenshot and went to a Discord server I’m in and asked what was up. They confirmed my fears.
WE HAVE WORMSIGN!!!
I was told of all the nastiness that would follow once this Yugg shambled right on up into the building. This screenshot was the site before I went to peek again. The trail had come almost up to the shelter wall. I asked my Discord comrades what to do.
I was told “run”. And also to stay on the road because confounded asphalt stops the wormy thing from doing its nasty on my poor unprepared survivor. So I did.
…Then immediately came back because I forgot to craft a knapsack and cudgel which would help a bit. While I was doing this, the Yugg finally attacked. I was crafting on the other side of the building when the NPC elected to engage the beast. She seemed okay after that attack but the walls took a pounding.
“Come with me?” Francis asked his evacuee buddy.
“Lol nah,” Sheila replied.
“Okie-dokie, good luck.” And he left just like that.
And so by an act of cruel fate Francis is back on the road, alone, and with only a vague idea of where to go. While he was sheltered he managed to obtain the coordinates for the local Refugee Center, but it is a good distance away. Can he possibly rest anywhere else now that the only shelter and companionship he had since the apocalypse started was worm fodder?
I have no idea. Genuinely no clue. This map doesn’t look promising.
So on a technical note, my current issues are not only seeking new shelter and supplies far away from the worm that probably ate Sheila when I left, but also inventory. Somewhat. I learned that a canvas bag is not something you can wear because they were designed by Bethesda. I did not have the appropriate tools for a duffel bag so crafted the knapsack instead. My crafted tools include a bunch of makeshift lockpicks, a makeshift crowbar, a makeshift hammer, a wooden needle, and finally a screwdriver. My weapon is currently a cudgel. My torso’s encumbered because I’m also wearing an emergency jacket for a little extra volume. I packed a blanket because cozy but it’s an emergency one so less cozy? This is what I’ve left the shelter with, I’m not risking going back.
I got a rock, too.
And this all happened in my first hour and half in-game. I’m not completely certain of what I’ll do next. I’m considering heading to that homeless camp first. I’m not counting on using it as a staging area for a night raid. I would prefer to avoid the town during the day. Worst case, I could attempt to cross country to the refugee center. Thoughts?