The first ever hideout I had with my first starting character back when I first started playing cataclysm? Or the first hideout my character usually takes when I play a new survivor?
The first place I hide out in when I first started playing was a house in the woods. This was unmodded cataclysm, but even so, the house itself was glitched. There was no door to the bedroom of the house, but I still lived in it. After a time that character got his arms ripped off and was nearly killed by a wolf pack. I got them to relent at the time because I butchered one of their own after killing it and the the meat stopped them from going after me, although I didn’t know this at the time. At the time I thought it was due to respect actually. The character soon glitched afterward because the program crashed while my self proclaimed one armed gangsta (lol) was speeding down the highway at 120 km/h in a motorcycle while wielding a Ruger Redhawk and snorting cocaine. When I reloaded the game, my character was stuck floating in mid-air, presumably on the motorcycle, but the motorcycle itself was nowhere to be found.
I miss that character, but I don’t miss those times really.
More recently however, the situation for a hideout depends on the situation. If I can, as a starting character, make a run for the sewers with some string, large sticks, and a backpack, I usually run for the subway system and look for areas that break from the subway system into the sewers (for water [size=1pt]don’t judge please[/size] and mutagens), and caverns for flashlights, fake porn, lighters and matchboxes, and food. Tons of food. Also jackhammers.
Else wise, a mansion tends to be really good for a set of books and in general being isolated from towns most of the time. Any armor or special weaponry is a bonus for me.
A farm is really good for starting food and drink, with some tools.
A last man on earth shelter is okay I guess. Random books, tools, a water source, a stove, food, and guns are all really nice. I don’t deliberately seek these places out though because they kind of ruin the game for me somewhat.
A Lab is a nice place too, if it has an above ground computer and beds on the above ground floor.