I’m not trying to pimp the game here at all…just an honest account of my play through last night. But with random world generation and all the new changes I had the most fun ever last night playing what felt like a new game. I’m excited to continue testing it. There are so many perils to face now it just feels right. I started out in the forest and ran to the nearby wasteland to get supplies. I was impressed by the craggy terrain and new parking lot I had never seen before. I hacked my way into a fortified 6 story apartment building and went to the top floor but somehow dogs were eating through the walls to get to me. I looted what I could and had a few days worth of food, nothing too great but on my way out the stairwell was clogged with zombies… I was trapped. So I retreated to the apartment on the sixth floor and shut the door. My stone axe was pretty dull from cutting into the apartment in the first place… but I opened the door and let a few in, killed them and repeated. I finally made my escape and it was late in the day. I made it back to my camp (which was a keystone, bedroll and one frame).
Dark was creeping up on me so I decided a tree stand would be best. I tried making a ladder up a tree and realized it wouldn’t work for whatever technical reason so I made my own tree stand from frames. It was maybe 7 blocks high? Anyhow I made it to dawn. The next day I focused on metal gathering and stayed near my base. I got a crossbow done and some bolts, killed a stag and worked on my base. Nothing too eventful until night. I was back to my tree stand crafting frames and cutting wood into planks I had gathered while watching my forge cook metal. I placed a frame, and even though its a bug it was interesting… I fell through the frame and broke my leg. I crafted a splint which speeds the healing and puts your leg in a state of “mending” and you can move faster.
The next night I was in my tree stand and got daring and went to check on my metal in the forge before dawn. Big mistake… I got attacked by walkers. I hobbled back up my tree base and smashed the first one with my sledgehammer and she fell down the ladder hole, and then the other two made it on the tree stand and I had nowhere to go so I stood with them until they dropped. I had NO health left. I couldn’t believe I was alive. The morning came and I had no choice but to hobble to the nearby wasteland city and look for antibiotics. I made it to town and hornets were in hot pursuit. I didn’t look back and made to the cover of the apartment building I had already partially looted. I raided every medicine cabinet I could find and came up empty handed in my search for antibiotics or a beaker. Finally I gave up as the day was getting late and headed back. I looted a few garbage bags on the streets and found some moldy bread. Being careful as I traversed the craggy wasteland terrain as to not break my leg again I saw a nurse coming over the hill. I bashed her head in and lo and behold a beaker!
I arrived at home and threw in the ingredients needed to make antibiotics, and worked on my fort until dark. The next morning I take the antibiotics and notice my leg has improved from a mending stage to a fractured state. My movement is noticeably a bit better. I hear footsteps and turn around and see a fellow survivor! Pimp Rick shows up bearing gifts of scavenged parts and supplies. We work on the fort as it apears to be ready for the first night of defense. A horde shows up and Rick repairs the doors and windows while I crossbow the attacking horde from a little connected guard tower I made. Morning came with a few zombies left so we used melee to finish them off. Rick went back to loot and I stayed behind with my fractured leg and repaired the base and spent the rest of the day working on the mine.
I didn’t mention that each day I saw airplanes come by, but no visible drops were made. This made survival even harder but today was different. I saw my first supply drop from the plane who had been teasing me all week prior to today. I decided it was worth it to go. I ended up getting some food cans and ammo. I made it back to base and put my supplies away and was going through some things Rick had put in there. With his parts and mine, I was able to piece together a functional hunting rifle! I had about 37 rounds and cloth armor done, and my leg had progressed to a sprain. I was feeling pretty good about things. I went back and worked on my mine. I still hadn’t hit metal and I was maybe 20 deep placing stairs as I went down in a 45 degree angle. It was dark when Rick made it back to the fort and a horde was on us. I couldn’t make it to the fort but I climbed to the top of the tree stand and just started shooting into the mass of bodies that was pounding on the fort in the distance. Occasionally one of the walkers I shot would rush towards me in the tree stand and I would usually drop them with the second shot but sometimes they ran up the ladder so I switched to my trusty sledgehammer and finished them off in the ladder hole. Finally morning came and all my ammo was gone and considerable damage was done and a few zombies left. We cleaned them up, Rick went to loot and I repaired the base.
Later that day another air drop came and I got the supplies easily. My leg was nearly healed so I decided to adventure a bit. Our goal was to find desert so we could get aloe cream for medicated bandages. I never found any but Rick did. I returned to base impressed with the vast dense forest I had seen. I circled back to get new loot on the way home and ran into a few dogs on the way back. Dogs aren’t supposed to be in the forest but they could be from a nearby biome that does have dogs in it so it surprised me. I killed one with my crossbow and the other was chewing on me but nothing my trusty sledge couldn’t handle. I made it back and continued mining and struck iron ore! Once I found some, I seemed to find more and more in little chunks of several pieces.
That night my leg was completely healed. It felt nice to be able to move at full speed again, but I had gotten used to the slower movement any way and the sprain wasn’t bad at all. I must have re-injured it twice so the lesson is to be careful once you sprain it because it can break a lot easier if its hurt already. This added a new layer of depth to the game. I was fortunate to not get dysentery as I lucked into enough water and a short metal pipe early on in the game that I never had to drink from the rivers.
Conclusion. I’m going to play again tonight. Start a farm. Try to finish reinforcing my walls with a layer of scrap metal. Maybe dig a trench. Its a whole new game with a whole new world to explore. Every turn is something new. The team has blown away my expectations and this is only version 1, we will make it even better.