Made notes for myself, maybe it will be of use to some of you. Contains spoilers, if you’re just starting to play and want to discover everything on your own. Feel free to add some of your own to it.
My personal 3-Step Invincibility plan (at least for 1st half of the game):
- Raid Museum or Mansion for weapons and armour (Bashing Weapon + Kabuto/Barbute Helm + Plate/Chainmail Armour does wonders). I usually go for a raid in the first week, if I find a spot. Totally doable while wielding a cudgel and wearing jeans.
- If the armour you found is ‘poor fit’ - wear it anyway, but modify it ASAP to get lowered encumbrance; If your Tailoring skill permits it - enhance (++) that armour piece.
- Get your dodge, melee and bashing weapons high (at least 6); When melee is 3+ - you can pick Brawling for martial art, if you want
Now almost all non-‘red’ zombies are just for background noise and decoration
Items of interest and where to find them:
Armour and Melee Weapons = Museum (beware of alarm), Mansion
Jackhammer (gasoline), Electric Kiln = Subway Maintenance Room, Hardware Store
Tools (cordless drill, etc) = Hardware Store
Basic Tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.) = Kitchen, Hardware Store
Martial Arts Books = Dojo, Boxing Ring, Sometimes Recycling Center
Welder, Welding goggles, Acetylene torch and tanks, Portable Crane, Air filter = Garage
7.5kW Generator, Blacksmithing Tools (Anvil, Drift, Crucible, etc.) = Craft Shop
Portable Vehicle Welding Rig, Portable Crane = Small Junkyard (4x4 overmap)
Light Amplification Goggles, Infrared Goggles = Firefighter Station, sometimes Hunting Supply Store, very rarely Firefighters/Soldiers/Bio-Operators
Gas Masks, Gas Mask Filters = Firefighter Station (from Firefighter bodies), Medical Zombie
Gasoline, Diesel = Mine, Gas Station
JP8 fuel, Avgas = Helicopter/Military Outpost (beware of turrets), Airport
Gunsmith Repair kit, Firearm Repair kit = Gun Shop
Chemicals, Hydrogen Peroxide (concentrated), Antiseptic = Subway Labs
Computers, Tablets, HackerPRO USB, MediSoft USB, Math USB, Booze = Subway Ticket booth
Plastic, Copper, Crowbar, Storage Batteries (depleted), Crafting Supplies = Recycling Center
Guns, Grenades, Military ID cards, MREs (food) = Soldier Body Sites
.223 Ammo = Kill turrets (at night, from 5 squares away, with Shotgun, BUT if you miss… = you are dead), Humvee
.50 Ammo, .50 Gun = Armoured Personnel Carrier vans
Tailoring Supplies and Books = Mansion Basement, Clothing Stores
Kevlar, Synthetic Fibre = Butcher clothing off of soldiers, then wash the pieces for crafting
Prying equipment (Crowbar, Fire Axe, Halligan Bar) = Feral Humans, Firefighters, Recycling Center
Science ID cards = Scientist Body Site, and later - Scientist’s wallets in labs
Rags (for bandages) = Smash Couches, Beds
Springs (for vehicle shock absorbers) = Bed dismantle → mattress dismantle
Medical Supplies (Antibiotics, Painkillers, etc.) = Pharmacy back rooms (beware of alarm)
Clean Water = House Basement boiler tank (beware of infested basements)
Books = Library, Book Store, Mansion, Dollar Store, Pharmacy, Doctor’s Office, Houses, Gas Station
Solar Panels = Tall Office towers, Tall Apartment towers, Electric Vehicles
Rubber hose (for fuel siphon) = Fridge
High capacity Storage Batteries = Recycling Center, Electric Vehicles, Street Sweepers
Survivor Telescope, Sniper Rifle = Radio Tower (beware of Wasps)
To find Museums on overmap = read Tourist Map
To find Subway Labs = Subway maintenance room has a map (guaranteed); After reading the map,
SOMETIMES you can find ventilation access from the surface - it’s an easy and fast
way into Subway Lab
To get into Gun Shops (or any barred window) = Hacksaw… Or Jackhammer/Pickaxe the wall;
Acetylene torch also works, it’s quiet but expensive
If you are into CBMs:
- set your game to auto-pickup Doctor’s Badge
- nurse will want your CBMs back, no matter how friendly she looks
- get your healthcare WAY UP
If you are into Mutations
- keep an eye out on Slime Pits (only ‘small’ slimes will give you what you need)
- tainted meat spoils fast, unless you start crafting with it
- Keep an eye out for salt if you need to craft Bleach; Some water pools near swamp have unlimited Salt Water in them.
Bashing weapons are your friends, IF you have good armour.
Mace is one of the best - because it’s quick and very bash-y
Cudgel → Quarterstaff → Baseball Bat → Ironshod Quarterstaff → Mace
There are better but Slower bashing weapons
Best way to maintain charge in your storage batteries on a Mobile Base (car that you use as a ‘base’) =>
Find and Dismantle 7.5kW generator → remove alternator from vehicle → install 7.5kW generator in it’s place.
It eats more fuel (I think), but batteries are ALWAYS full if you drive on occasion.
If you want to step it up a notch:
- Get Mechanics to 8, so you can install 2nd motor on you vehicle.
- Find electric vehicle with Large Electrical Motor or Enhanced Electrical Motor or some such.
Install Electric Motor as 2nd motor on your car along side of your Diesel/Gas motor
- Find hybrid vehicle - remove Smart Engine Controller (allows to switch
between electric and fuel motors/engines) - Install Smart Engine Controller and set it up
from Vehicle Control Menu to turn on Gasoline engine when batteries are at <20%.
OR - I think you might be able to just craft Smart Engine Controller from ‘processor board’ (dismantle laptop?)
- Now - Your 7.5kW generator will charge your batteries VERY fast, and then switch to Electric
motor automatically with Smart Engine Controller; Which saves Fuel, lets your drive silently,
WHILE your electric engine is on (and LOUDLY, when it switches automatically to Fuelled engine)
Fastest way to Fabricate Clean Water = make/find Water Purifier. Keep an eye for Toasters to get heating elements from them.
Drink BEFORE eating
Get Throwing to at least 1 before throwing grenades
Shooting grenade launchers does NOT go OVER the obstacles, like nearby cars - it goes straight INTO the obstacles (possibly killing you)
If confronting Brute/Hulk - make sure there are no walls/cars behind you for 10 tiles or so.
Hitting wall hurts you more than the punch
It takes 400 points for zombies to step on motorcycle tile - you can whack them at least a few times
before they can act again
Zombies don’t run towards the light at night… unless you are standing IN the light
Make antiseptic soaked cotton balls or rags to extend antiseptic charges (at the cost of effectiveness)
If you find Chainmail Horse Armour in the Museum - Dismantle it. It’s all the chain mail sheets you ever gonna need for crafting
Military Surplus stores are useless, for the most part
Vehicle-mounted turrets seem to be A LOT more accurate than hand-wielded guns
Spiked bumper on the vehicle makes zombie splatter real good!
Solar panels on a moving vehicle = busted solar panels = waste of effort
It does not matter if you go gasoline or diesel, if you know where to get your fuel from. Gasoline is more common.
Rollerblades are fun!.. on hard flat surface… will get you killed otherwise
Electrohack - make one
Low foot encumbrance is nice
ZERO eye encumbrance at night, unless you are wearing light amp. goggles; just 5 encumbrance can reduce vision by 1 grid
Full moon at night is your friend
In a lot of cases, Acid infused zombies are worse than Hulks and Brutes (rubber boots might help with acid)
Don’t even think about Melee fighting electrical zombies unless you have Faraday suit on (except for Zappers, they are ok to whack)
If you shoot a gun or trigger an alarm - immediately run/walk/drive in the direction where you already cleared the area to avoid getting swarmed
Gun Shops, Hunting Supply Stores DON’T have the guns or ammo you need or want
Turrets usually shoot your Torso. To survive a shot you might want to stack lots of armour on Torso.
DON’T get shot! After getting show - stop Heavy Bleeding ASAP with Hemostatic Powder (bandages are not always effective)
Some bandits ARE walking turrets - stay away from bandits
Store everything you carry in backpack; Drop backpack before fighting (remember that it takes several turns to drop it - dropping it when you are already swarmed is a bad idea)
Kill 1st, loot 2nd, smash corpses 3rd. Smashing corpses eats up stamina.
Make sure Muffler on your vehicle is in good shape to keep noise down; More than 1 muffler will NOT make it less noisy.
Use whistle, yell (Shift+c) or car/bicycle/air horn to nudge zombies where you want them to be. Make sure you can run faster than zombies.
Headless Horror can only HEAR you. You can get as close as 6 tiles to it, and it won’t know that you are there.
Guns are for emergencies, even if you sit on a pile of ammo. Gun Noise will most likely kill you.
Unarmed combat is not as useless as you think… if your Unarmed skill is high, melee is high,
dodge is high, encumbrance is low and you’re wearing Impact Knuckles or similar - you can sting like a bee
Things that are not your friend:
Getting swarmed will kill you
Noise (gunfire and explosions) will get you swarmed and killed
Grenades will kill you
Low stamina will get you slow and kill you
Weariness above Light will get you slow and kill you
Dead Tired will get you slow and kill you
Cold will get you slow and kill you
Heat will get you slow and kill you
Pain will get you slow and kill you
Painkillers will get you slow and kill you
Gas and Smoke will get you slow and kill you (unless you have gas mask on with enough charges AND have ACTIVATED those charges)
Acid will kill you (especially if you don’t realise you’re standing in it)
Feral humans, dogs and roaches will kill you in early game
Radiation will kill you (and you won’t know about it until it’s too late to fix or avoid it… and have tentacles while doing it)