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Day 38


- Along the railway I go lalala and hide behind some bushes to let a wolf pass lalala finding yellow empty wagon lalala yer scoundrel deer don't want to run towards the trailers to be wolf bait lalala woowzer! for once the wolf's on vacation and trailers aren't blocked

- checked trailers and ran for the hydro dam. there ought to be heavy hammer there

- hmm checked the entire upper dam. i think the dam is secretly a library. keep finding books but not hammer. you'd think a big metal and rattle building would have a useful big hammer. they just have books. Neeerds!

- at least there are quality tools. btw my first box. one hacksaw at 47%

- i've taken health hammering from hypoth during this trip so i'm eating all food i find as i go along to raise health

- i knew it! there is one non-nerd after all. found the hammer at the lower dam. yay! just in time too it's getting dark

- i'm hopeful for a deer outside. dropped bedroll on the ground making sure i'm not aiming my bare butt an any wire while there is still visibility and then busted a big green crate as it got pitch dark, also got 2 cloth out of it

- slept


Day 39


- busted another green crate to make it brighter and went outside

- Aggh!! I didn't hear it at all from the dam! Mighty blizzard. Brrrr! -53C crawling along the ledge

- Got back inside. Tore up a bunch of cloths around the dam and then repaired undies

- found another wilderness kitchen and read an hour then slept an hour before venturing out

- much better! don't need to drop coal, which i don't have, to be warm next to the fire

- peel all yummies and goodies off the deer and back in I go

- it got dark and murky foggy by the time i reached the other side

- best sleep at the dam tonight hence don't want to flop into wolf's mouth in the fog


Day 40


- Left the guts to cure at the dam but have taken the hide with me.

- Waited out a cold morning. There is a wolf rubbing against the trailers anyway.

- Read an hour of wilderness kitchen and left it at the trailer.

- The cold got replaced by moderate fog once I snuck out.

- Took the route that leads along the rail tracks back to the lake cabin. Didn't see the red wagon guard wolf but it was both foggy and cold along the way.

- Once I reached the lake cabin, read the fishing book and then went out to grab all my fish from the fishing hut. Going to eat all this fish tomorrow before departing for the Muskeg forge.

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I can't believe you're already 40 days in a sleepwalker run :o

That is impressive! Seems like you precedent loper runs did not at all rely on being starved and sleep-healing, congrats!

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@BareSkin :D Thank you.  Though, I've been saved by heal sleep from red zone multiple times. That's something you cannot get away with in Sleepwalker so easily. I'm certainly glad I haven't ran into red zone yet. What I find easier in Sleepwalker is vigilant sleeping that includes going 2h at a time if you're doing it in the car or cave without a fire. In other mode you basically lose a night of healing when you do this.

Day 41


- Cold morning. Read an entire fishing book.

- It's -5C when I decide to go for it in the afternoon. Mornings are cold anyway so I can't start a long trip in the morning anyway.

- Seems the railway wolves are having a party. This one isn't there. Lucky break.

- Entered Muskeg and reached the red wagons not chased by anything. Saw a wolf in the distance that seemed disinterested and a bear in the distance too.

- It got horrendously foggy. Oh no. I really didn't want to waste fuel by getting stuck for the night.

- Started a fire at the barrel since I started to freeze at this point.

- Slept an hour or two several times, boiling water and coming out during the middle of the night to harvest some bushes for sticks and twigs.

-  It's -40C in the morning. Yuck! Wolves are howling everywhere. I don't think they're into this weather either.

- By afternoon it got to -12C but moderate fog came back. Muskeg has decided to be difficult.

- Meh this. I'm not burning up all my coal to stay full day and night.

- Pulled out two torches, stingy barrel 24% both. Meh started walking.

- Admittedly lost since I'm trying to cross via isles.

- Picking up twigs as I got along. Grabbed some cattails, but not all since I want to hurry.

- Had to stop and start another fire to boil more tea for warmth bonus and to make more torches. Those also 25%

- Eventually ended up at hunter's blind and found one accelerant.

- Kept going encountering weak ice a few times but backing off timely.

- Sprinted across some weak ice to get to the bank and reached the spot where a few ruined buildings are not far from the forge.

- Had to start another fire and check them out before patrol wolves got here. Wow not even a piece of metal. Nothing. At least the last fire gave me 44% torches.

- Got two sprains climbing the hill to take higher ground to Spencer farm. Might as well, I have 6 painkillers at 16% had to use them anyhow

- Two wolves are hanging around the forge. Cute. Got to be sure not to walk around in the fog.

- Since I had quarter of stamina left and was freezing began firing up the stove.

- Ran out of books during the trip. Twigs at lousy 60% fire starting chance and fail 6 times with my last torch that got under 10%

- Got last piece of tinder too after those fails. Used accelerant to fire up the bloody stove before I freeze since hypoth got me near the farm.

- Woot! Lvl 2 Fire Starting at last!

- Crafted one hatchet with a bit of stamina left and slept 10h. :hatchet: HUUURAAYY!! My first hatchet!!!!!

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Day 42


- Might as well listen to a blizzard while I craft a second hatchet. :hatchet:

- Broke some green boxes.

- The safe had money, heh might as well use tinder.

- 87% ski jacket! Nice!

- Matches. Also nice.

- Two metal pieces.

- Brown eeky fog after blizzard. Lovely.

- Craft 3rd hatchet.  :hatchet:

- Craft 1 knife :huntingknife:

- Ate 18% dog food and didn't get poisoned. Slept.


Day 43


- Got another knife done. :huntingknife:

- Managed to sneak out and look around to collect firewood. The double wolf patrol is perked up and vigilant.

- Went along the docks to the barn and a house buried up to the roof in the ground.

- Found a lantern and a bit of metal.

- Chanced taking a hide and meat off a deer. This drew attention of those two wolves and they both sprinted towards me. :wolf::wolf:

- Dropped meat decoy and backed off a few steps before starting a fire with the accelerant. The wolves fled. They have gotten very close to me. That was extremely dangerous.

- Collected dropped meat and cooked it. Ate it before returning to the forge.


Day 44


- Hacksawed a metal shelf at the back and more crate busting.

- Worked on the arrowheads.

- Blizzard replaced by brown fog. Yuck.

- Mad that a knife was wasted on opening dog food. I have lvl 3 skill now and don't lose calories by smashing cans. That's annoying that hatchets and knives get wasted on cans without permission.


Day 45


- Smashed remaining crates.

- Finished arrowheads and found one more metal. I should have 20 arrowheads when that's done.

- It's too late and not weather great to leave.

- In the evening went out to collect firewood.

- Got too tired running around. Didn't get started on sewing primer which I found by the bed.

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I'd be glad in you explained why you crafted this or that, and in what numbers. I never crafted a hatchet in a Loper+. I always end up with 2 knives tho, just from paranoia.

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42 minutes ago, BareSkin said:

I'd be glad in you explained why you crafted this or that, and in what numbers. I never crafted a hatchet in a Loper+. I always end up with 2 knives tho, just from paranoia.

Since I'm not a great bow and arrow hunter nor can I hit bunnies with stones, my best bet to survive off the land is to settle either Coastal or Mystery Lake near the fishing cabins. Fishing is my primary mode of getting food. However to fish you have to have a lot of firewood otherwise you'll freeze in the fishing hut. Hatchet is very much a must to chop wood and I'll be using it often. I try my best to get enough twigs but sometimes you just need big logs if you want full day fires or if you're going to live somewhere for a while twigs may run out. I guess I craft two more because in the future I don't want to take a huge risk running back to the Forge if something happens to the hatchet. When my character goes fishing it's usually a one full day affair morning to evening which requires preparation of grabbing coal and lots of firewood.

Knives are used for smaller tasks like carcass harvesting or for cloth like pillows or old bedroll you have to have a knife. They're also helpful, two because what if it breaks.

My current goal for any Loper game is 100 days. My plan is running around until I get a bedroll to hide in fishing cabins while cabin fever and fish and sleep there. Then to get a hammer and run to Forge to craft pretty much everything. While I'm executing this plan in parallel I try to grab good clothes or to craft them if opportunity arises like if I'm passing by a deer and I could grab guts for fishing lines and the hide.

Obviously to craft I also need 20+ metal. So early game I try to get a hacksaw along with the hammer. I tend to carry 20+ metal to the Forge to do 3 hatchets, 2knives and as many arrowheads as possible in one go. Both Muskeg and DP are dangerous trips best minimized.

I find hatchet to be probably a number one tool in multi use so I try to grab a few to feel more secure in the future when the weather gets harsh.

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It all makes sense.

That's exactly why in never do the hatchet: I never chop woodpieces. Faced with the same problem, I went the bow path. Learned the hard way how to use it. Namely, starvation.

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@BareSkin Starvation certainly prompts you to be creative. :D


Day 46


- Fog, fog, fog. And cold to boot -24C

- I have 23 cattails. That's not much to live on in this mode. I must return to the Mystery Lake.

- I'm also running short on sticks. Two ninja wolves are making them difficult to gather.

- Closer to noon drank some tea and grabbed a torch to get going.

- Mildly windy and around -20C The torch is holding.

- The wolves are howling, but at reasonable distance, though I had to take evasive action with one before he saw me.

- Really didn't want to stop at the red wagon but I had to because hypoth dropped on me as I entered it.

- Got lucky, my last torch was at 9% and the fire lit up in one go.

- Don't want to use coal so the temp with the sticks fire barely climbed over +1. Slept an hour for additional warmth after crafting more tea and drinking it.

- Grabbed sticks around the red wagon since I'm completely out and dropped them in to make more torches. Crafted another tea.

- With the tea and torch it's -7C

- Began walking along the tracks towards the Mystery Lake. It's not far now. For some reason decided to take a detour left to grab mushrooms and cattails.

- Warmth buff ran out as I did so and temp began to bite. It got darker and snow began falling.

- Not seeing the wolf along the railway, decided to go for the lake cabin.

- He is actually there but far down the tracks, too close to the cabin for my liking. Had to climb a hill and hypoth got me.

- Visibility dropping and snow increasing. The moon is out when I goat down the hill to the lake cabin.

- The health did take some beating but I'm home with 3 hatchets, 2 knives and 20 arrowheads.


*happy survivor dance* I ran, I forged, I conquered!

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Day 47


- Ventured out to the fishing hut for breakfast. all my fish is gone. I thought I had some leftover

- Turns out I forgot to check another hut next door. Found a fishing hook before running back to the lake cabin

- Repaired a new thin wool sweater from the Muskeg

- I have the arrow tips, but the saplings were left at the hunter cabin. got to go there

- The railway guard wolf is closer to the cabin but now he has wider area to cover and gives me room to sneak past him

- Grabbed two maple saplings along the way and searched an adventurer scoring a chocolate bar

- Reset the forgotten bunny snare by the hunters cabin

- Zoomed inside to craft arrow shafts since everything is nicely cured


Day 48


- I have two cured deer guts and also one older maple sapling cured

- This means I can work on the bow

- Before that checked the snare and scored a bunny rabbit

- Chopped some firewood

- Crafted two arrows and finished the bow


Day 49


- begins cold enough to freeze just grabbing another bunny from the snare

- started fire outside regardless to craft all mushrooms and cook them

- yummy two bunny rabbits are the breakfast of champions

- DING! LvL 4 cooking! Wow! I'm a great cook!

- Being fed I'd like to travel, but I have zero trust in grey clouds and rapid snow beat

- Yup, I was right, a blizzard starts howling.

- Crafted more arrow shafts and arrows.

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Day 50


- this is my grand plan: go to the unnamed pond and try sticking arrows from the hunters blind into a bear since my bow is all new and shiny along with a nice batch of arrows

- read kitchen wilderness while waiting for the air to warm up

- still -25C but I'm hardly going to get better deals past day 50

- yup the bear is at the pond hanging around leisurely

- the bear makes a displeased sound upon my arrival and obediently begins walking towards me as I slowly back away to the hunters blind

- I climb into the blind and make a couple of attempts just aiming

- he's still getting closer.... closer... CLOSER!

- THWANG! The arrows buries deep into his side

- The bear roars and runs from the pond like crazy, disappearing over the hill in two seconds

- rats... is he coming back? this blind isn't exactly warm and cozy to wait in

- after a couple of minutes I decide to follow a trail of blood. there is a big splat where he got hit too

- the trail isn't very easy to see plus i need to be looking around

- i have to duck spotting a wolf on a hill nearby

- the trail seems to be running parallel to the river and leaves me puzzled once i get close to its beginning

- at some point i spot bear paw prints but they're turned in the direction i came from

- the blood trail makes an odd turn and end without the bear anywhere in sight

- well this is weird. according to the marks the bear made a circle and ran back along the same route. except i've been following that route precisely and he should have ran into me, shouldn't he have?

- while I stand there scratching my head and wandering where the bear had evaporated to, I get ambushed by bark bark

- ugh... the blasted bow is more of a hindrance than help. instead of running as soon as I hear a bark, I waste two seconds wandering if I could shoot the wolf or defend myself

- the fuzzy pile of fluff gets plastered all over me in seconds

- I heartily curse myself in a rush grabbing a knife instead of the hatchet

- My health was high when he jumped and the clothes aren't that poorly armoured.

- It was a long fight.

- For a moment he looked hesitant like he was going to disengage.

- And then he won the struggle.


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Oh, here's you're first bugged-bear death. Welcome to the club! Died there once, harvesting a deer carcass, then suddenly the bear appeared from nowhere (underground?) and charged me. Long story short, he did die, and I did survive, cause I was nearby a fire and the attracted wolf flew away.

That's already a huge success to have survived the first part of a sleepwalker run.😃

Should you try another one later, I'm pretty sure I'll have to make a diploma soon enough!

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1 hour ago, BareSkin said:

Oh, here's you're first bugged-bear death. Welcome to the club! Died there once, harvesting a deer carcass, then suddenly the bear appeared from nowhere (underground?) and charged me. Long story short, he did die, and I did survive, cause I was nearby a fire and the attracted wolf flew away.

That's already a huge success to have survived the first part of a sleepwalker run.😃

Should you try another one later, I'm pretty sure I'll have to make a diploma soon enough!

It went better than I thought. :) I actually lasted longer than regular Loper game too so far.

That pond is very dangerous in general. It's not the first time something ambushes me near it and kills too.

Maybe I should do Deadman to make SW0 look comfortable in comparison. :D

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I've been working on another attempt at SW0, but not in as much detail in case I kicked the bucket real fast. I have a progress report since I've made it far.

Feats: Free runner and cold fusion.


Here is a picture of my current log.




I started in the dark, Coastal at the Ravine entrance. While I made it to the trailer along the rail tracks, I realised I cannot loot due to dark and slept off the fatigue, but that also brought thirst closer and it was still dark when I woke.

From there I basically rolled downhill without a road to avoid a wolf. I guess I'm rather light since that went relatively safely and I made it to another trailer that was also no loot. At this point my character was thirsty without matches or water. I've lost a chunk of health before I rolled to the highway and found a nice toilet.

I spent six days exploring Coastal and found one box of matches only on the third day. Who would have thought Coastal has such matches shortage, though, the toilets were everywhere.

From there I made a trip through the Crumbling Highway with a basement stop. Through the coal mine no3 I've reached Desolation Point, all without a bedroll. To avoid being wolfed I went to Church and from Church reached the Lighthouse where I found a bed for the night.

At DP I spent a few days too and found an exciting new adventure. For the first time I got to explore Scruffy's grand Cave, where I also hoped to find bedroll. When I approached the cave I didn't know it's a closed one and built a fire next to it in case I need to duck behind it if anything toothy jumps out. Then I explored the nice cave jumping at every sound because I thought Scruffy was waiting inside. There was no Scruffy, just a big pile of his stuff. Two deer, a deer chunk and a rabbit. I build another fire and began cooking all this food. This food was very welcome because I was out. In this mode you need to eat during the day too.


Just when I thought life was good, I'll warm up by the fire and have a full stomach before travelling to Hibernia when I ate a chunk of deer and got a food poisoning. Then I found out that I have no mushrooms to cure the food poisoning. Since I still had some raw meat and didn't have time to cook it, I just ate raw meat to avoid wasting calories. I was poisoned anyway. Then I picked up the rest of the meat and began travelling away from Scruffy's cave with my stamina already getting close to the red zone.


I figured I'd curve around Scruffy's cave and climb the hill, but turned out that hill could not be climbed and I had to go around where the wolves were. Wasted precious stamina and got hypoth too.


When I peeked around the rocks, I saw four wolves on the ice between me and Hibernia, and a bear also heading our way. That was great combined with low stamina, poisoning and hypoth.


Since I was trying to sneak around the circumference, all four wolves got spooked by the bear and all of them pinballed into my direction. I used the two pieces of meat to decoy, both 900 cal, and ran like crazy in weird zigzag line. When I did so the bear also got pissy at me. No idea how but I ended up on the bank not near Hibernia but near the bear cave, which was actually good because that's where the mushrooms were. Grabbed those and then headed for Hibernia where I started a fire and had mushrooms tea. Somehow I ended up not dead with all that adventuring.


I managed to craft a hatchet and a knife and arrowheads before leaving DP. I went back to Coastal and spent a while living there until I managed to make fishing rods. I can't find the screenshot anywhere, but I went fishing and received THE BIG ONE! achievement. That's right! I caught a 5kg fish on Loper!


Day 16 I left Coastal and travelled to Mystery Lake in search of a bedroll. I've been able to obtain a lantern and a bedroll along with other necessary tools. By day 24 I looted ML and went back to my Coastal base.


Day 28 I travelled in the direction of the Pleasant Valley through the coal mine. I crossed the top part of the map in a straight line and reached the waterfall cave, top left corner of the map. From there I went for the submarine hatch to rest before the important climb and on Day 29 I entered the Timberwolf Mountain.


Day 33. After much adventuring and getting my butt into wolf trouble, I have reached the Summit!




I am super pleased because I really wanted that as an extra bonus challenge in case I do pull through 100 days.


Carrying away all the stuff from the Summit on Loper is rather easy since there isn't a lot of it. I lived on Timberwolf until day 45 making one return trip to carry some stuff into PV submarine. While I lived there I survived on fishing.


Also, along the way I hit day 500, but I can't remember which exact day or where. This is very exciting because now I have the ability to use the new Feat.




At present I am located at the PV Farmhouse, waiting out a blizzard on Day 49. I have not decided yet whether I'll hit all the big PV loot spots and return to Coastal or hit all the big PV loot spots and move to ML.


My character is looking good. Cooking, fire starting and fishing is lvl 3, carcass harvesting and mending are lvl 2, the rest is 1.




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