After a break from Cataclysm DDA, I’m back but I’ve given up on Ronson the firefighter. Now I’m trying two different characters:
Cheryl was a survivalist who was camping in the woods when everything fell apart. After a couple of days of scavenging and preparing around her campsite, she walked through the forest and found a working solar car and a mansion. She immediately relocated and started raiding the local tiny town, and later crossed a bridge and found a second solar car (in better condition!) and a mostly functional APC next to a dairy farm near a major city.
After another move, she’s been drinking milk and making cheese while raiding the city. Her second most recent raid got cut short when she triggered an alarm, got spotted by an eyebot while breaking into another house, and had to disengage from four riot bots by kiting them through some zombies. She came back today with her rifle and used up all her ammo to kill them, which worked fine, but apparently popping off 20 rounds of .308 in the middle of the city alerts the 20 overmap tiles worth of wandering hordes nearby. Two burnt buildings and an unfortunate encounter with a shocker and a spiiter later, she broke contact and returned home. Cheryl is mostly doing fine, but she’s running low on batteries and doesn’t know how to make a vehicular welding rig, so she can’t fix the APC up the way she’d like.
Danny Vc is the 5th iteration of a shotgun hunter starting in the wilderness. The first 8 Dannys died horribly, most memorably when one of them spawned in a swamp shack about 15 squares away from a T-Rex. Very atypically for me, Danny has almost no useful skills: no Cooking, no Tailoring, no Mechanics, and no Fabrication. He’s had a miserably couple of weeks, running from everything and getting beaten up by coyotes.
He finally managed to clear a tiny hamlet of 4 houses enough to be able to scrounge together a working RV and drive back to his starting campsite. He arrived just in time to see the starting NPC get killed by zombies. No loss: the bastard tried to get poor Danny to hunt a jabberwocky, but Danny wasn’t interested.
Danny is resting up for the night on the edge of a new town that will hopefully contain the tools he needs to survive and get useful levels of skills.