Tales of Anarchy and Suffering


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A simple story about a simple interloper run. If only there was anything simple about it.  DISCLAIMER: before I tell you about the first day/s (foreshadowing) I wanted to give special thanks to @conanjaguar, as they are who inspired me to tell this story, using his various tales as inspiration. Continuing the disclaimer, there are a couple things I wish to inform you on. First, this is my absolute first ever interloper run. like ever. I've played hundreds of hours on this game, but usually voyageur, not interloper. I'm also playing on switch, as its easier for me for the time being, so some things are outdated and the images may be not great quality, because I don't really have an effective way of taking them.

 

With that now out of the way, It is my honor to present to you:

TALES OF ANARCHY AND SUFFERING

 

 

Interloper 1, Day 1

("Some long-darky quote that I forgot to record")

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The ocean that taunts me

I awake from a rather interesting sleep, to oh so welcoming bitter cold island that is known as Great Bear. Fun. I wandered for a couple minutes, examining my location. There's an ocean, so it must be either Bleak Inlet, Coastal Highway, or Desolation point. 2 of 3 I know very well. Luckily, it's not the 3rd. Ladies and Gentleman, I welcome you to Desolation Point. 

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A Steadfast Lighthouse, shining a beacon both literally and figuratively.

I notice the lighthouse not too far away, but I decide to grab a few rocks to defend myself first, and I loot a corpse. Surprisingly, he has nothing. I then proceed to get sidetracked, by noticing a very enticing truck that has seemed to have fallen off a bridge.

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Said fallen truck

I enter it, hoping to warm up, as I am now freezing and am starting to lose condition at a rate more rapid than I would like. However, things just seem to not come that easy, and it does nothing to help my warmth. Well not directly. While searching the glove box, I found two things: A scarf, and A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS BOX OF WOODEN FREAKING MATCHES. Holy cow. The one thing that might actually be able to stave death away a little longer. I am ecstatic. And to add to that, in my 5 minutes of partying, I notice a boat, shored up onto some rocks. Now, the normal sane thing would be to say, "Hey, you're freezing. You're also right next to the lighthouse. just go inside and go to the boat once you are warm. It's not going to go anywhere."  but I am not sane. So I went over to the Riken, and upon entering realize that I cant see 2 inches in front of me.

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The Riken

As I drunkenly stumble my way through the dark, I'm desperately attempting to find a way to start a fire. I do end up finding a Sewing Primer book, which is always welcome. but finally, I find the forge. I celebrate before it sets in. I still can't start a fire. I don't have tinder. So I grab some coal, and leave. I walk over to the lighthouse, almost getting murdered by a dog on the way, before I get in there. nothing really stands out, except for the Survive the Outdoors! book on the table.

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The Survive the Outdoors! book

I clamber up the stairs, hoping to find the revolver under the pillow. I was greatly disappointed when it wasn't there, and I now realize while writing this that it couldn't have been there in the first place. wasn't terrible though, as I got a stim out of it. still freezing, I decide to go outside to find a stick or two to make some tinder plugs. so I step outside, before falling off this ledge on the other side. it doesn't kill me, but I can't get back up that way.

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The ledge I fell off

I decide to work back around the other way to get back to the main island, so I can climb back up.  As i come around the bend, i notice some small boats that appear to have been washed up on shore, and one appears to have a metal container on it. upon going to inspect it, i heard (or more of didnt hear) the tell-tale silence that a wolf bark follows. I turn to see him, his eyes staring into mine, full of hatred, jaw locked in a snarl...

 

I didn't last long.

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4 hours. can't tell if that's impressive or not. 

I have more to share, but I think it'll have to wait. It's getting late where I live, and I just got back from a band concert. 

Until tomorrow...

 

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I will also add that the images suck so much because I take a screenshot on the switch then take a picture later, because I'm not aware of any way to just send myself the screenshots. if anyone has any info, its greatly appreciated!

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12 minutes ago, RobotDino11 said:

4 hours. can't tell if that's impressive or not. 

Jumping directly from Voyageur to Interloper is like skipping from 6th grade to Senior Year college, lol. You did great! And the important thing is- it seems like you had fun trying it out. 

Great story of your adventure! Thank you for sharing!

(And - I have the game on Switch too, and I have no idea how to share screenshots from it either...)

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11 minutes ago, RobotDino11 said:

I will also add that the images suck so much because I take a screenshot on the switch then take a picture later, because I'm not aware of any way to just send myself the screenshots. if anyone has any info, its greatly appreciated!

I am almost sorry I decided to look into this immediately after reading this. But yes, we can apparently share screenshots and videos from the Switch to a smart phone or tablet, or to a Windows or MAC computer. And I am going to have to mess around with this myself to see if it is as complicated as the instructions seem to be:

https://www.nintendolife.com/guides/how-to-transfer-screenshots-and-videos-from-switch-to-a-smartphone-pc-or-mac

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8 hours ago, ThePancakeLady said:

I am almost sorry I decided to look into this immediately after reading this. But yes, we can apparently share screenshots and videos from the Switch to a smart phone or tablet, or to a Windows or MAC computer. And I am going to have to mess around with this myself to see if it is as complicated as the instructions seem to be:

https://www.nintendolife.com/guides/how-to-transfer-screenshots-and-videos-from-switch-to-a-smartphone-pc-or-mac

Thank you so much! Yeah, i'll look into how hard it is to share them. thanks again

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1 minute ago, RobotDino11 said:

Thank you so much! Yeah, i'll look into how hard it is to share them. thanks again

You are very welcome!

I haven't played around with it yet, so I can't give any advice on it yet. I do know it's a bit of a pain from XBox, and I am guessing it may be similar. I usually only share from playing the game on a Windows or Linux computer, because I am honestly a bit lazy about dealing with the extra steps and a bit spoilt from having the game on 3 platforms. 

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Before i write this installment, i would like to thank @ThePancakeLady,  for helping with the images.

 

TALES OF ANARCHY AND SUFFERING

 

Interloper 2, Day 1

 

"It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."  -- Charles Darwin

 

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My spawn. Looks a little familiar, don't it?

Great. Same spot as last time. One advantage I have this time however is the layout of the region fresh in my mind. I take a quick look around, before deciding to head straight to Hibernia. 

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Hibernia at sunset

I rush into the gates, hoping no hostile wildlife saw me. Almost getting ahead of myself, I run towards the main building, but the realize it's too dark, and I won't be able to see a thing. So, I decide that a trailer will suffice, and begin looting with what little light I have left. I look around, only being able to find a tattered scarf. But then again, it's almost pitch black outside :D. I decide to head over to the other conjoined trailer, hoping to be able to see anything. Nope. I stubble over to a bed, and go to sleep. I do wake up in the middle of the night to an aurora, and use it to search the rest of the trailer. I find a Summit Soda and a Whetstone, but the Whetstone serves no purpose to me at the moment. 

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The conjoined trailer, lit up by the power of the Aurora.

In the morning, I wake to a blizzard. I push through it, over to the main building of Hibernia. Surprised by how well lit the entrance is, I take a moment to admire it, before continuing to search the rest of the warehouse-type building. 

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Matches! and I found:

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After that, I had pretty much searched Hibernia, so I decided to head over to the lighthouse.

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The Riken

 

I saw the Riken on the way over there, but decided I could come back. I was more focused on trying to get to the lighthouse. However, on my way there, something, more of somethings, decided to throw a wrench in my plans.

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A very angry looking moose

 

 

 

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And a very angry looking bear adjacent to the bridge

So this is just great. But I have a plan. I think that if i follow the coastline VERY closely, I may be able to avoid the bear and not provoke the moose, as well as be able to get that truck under the bridge. so I do it, hit the truck, of course it has nothing, and get back onto the road far enough away that I don't provoke the moose. I avoid the dog at the front of the lighthouse that killed me last time, and enter thee lighhouse.

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The Lighthouse

I enter it, and immediately start a fire. Boy, does it feel good to finally be warm again. I look through the tower, finding two cans of Dog food, some Lamp fuel, and a Stim. I warm up by the fire until it burns out, and then I decide to move onto the cave near the end of the region. Avoiding the dog again, I get into the cave, to realize I forgot to pull a torch from the fire earlier, and therefore can't see that far into the cave. Reluctantly, I ignite my flare, and navigate through the cave, finding several pieces of coal, and a Hacksaw. I quickly celebrate about the Hacksaw, and move on. I end up by Hibernia, realize I don't want to be there, and so I go back through. After I exit back the way I came, I turn to my left and climb up by the church. I thought it had a bed in it, but it didn't, so i'm just going to warm up before I move on. Unfortunately, He's really tired, because in a hard decision I used my Stim for the boost of health it gives because he almost died to the cold. 

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A fire I set up in the entrance to the Church

Well, that's it for day two. I think I might play for a bit later, but other than that my next installment might not be until tomorrow. 

Until tomorrow...

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20 hours ago, RobotDino11 said:

I wanted to give special thanks to @conanjaguar, as they are who inspired me to tell this story, using his various tales as inspiration.

I'm flattered! Writing my stories is fun, but seeing them inspire others is like seeing your little siblings grinning ear-to-ear after unwrapping a present you gave them :).

Speaking of which, anytime a new survival story drops I'm like a little kid on Christmas 😁. I'll be following along with interest (and maybe a few tips if you need/want them)!

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5 hours ago, RobotDino11 said:

as I'm not doing too great 😅

You can say that again, looks like a tough spot...

I do have some general tips, situation-specific advise will be in spoilers so my backseat driving doesn't get too annoying :D.

Here goes...

  • Torches are your best friend for protection, firestarting, and even a little bit of warmth.
  • Hot tea / coffee is your second best friend.
  • Whenever possible, don't travel in high winds without a flare - preferably more than one. Torches will be useless for defense unless you can hide behind a tree to protect yourself from the wind.
  • Unless you have enough food / are confident that more is coming, trying to stay fed early in a run is a bad idea. For PV or TWM spawns you can usually get away with it since you can quickly hit some good loot spots, but in other regions without much loot it's just a waste of food unless you REALLY need to recover some condition.
  • Take naps whenever you can and try to set your sleep cycle so you wake up in the late afternoon, which is generally the warmest time of the day.

Okay, now some situation-specific thoughts... disclaimer, I don't really know much about DP except that it's not a place I like to start :D.

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Boil some water, make hot tea, pull some torches, and get out of there!

It looks like it's getting dark from your last screenshot, which is not a good place to be if you're exhausted. Especially if there are wolves around...

I'd make a dash (walk) for the nearest place with a bed and hope the wind doesn't rise too much. If that's not feasible, then if you have any extra cloth and sticks on you, it might be worth making a snow shelter.

 

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1 hour ago, conanjaguar said:

You can say that again, looks like a tough spot...

Yeah. So about that, when i was playing earlier for today's installment, i kinda got jumped by a wolf....

all is well though. I'm going to start a new world, and more than likely make an installment in a few hours.

thanks for the tips though! I have a feeling that they will come in handy. 

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Well, as kind of hinted at, I died in the last game I was running. he was tired, cold, hungry, and with a last ditch effort, got eaten by a wolf.

So, with that being said, I'm kind of going to adjust the rules for the run.

  • 1. I'm going to do this run in stalker, as I have never played it, its a bit easier than interloper, and I think that after getting used to stalker, the transition to interloper would be easier than that from voyageur.
  • 2. I will eventually make installments that are back on interloper, I think I just need a bit of a break from the harshness that is interloper.

 

And with that,

TALES OF ANARCHY AND SUFFERING

 

"What I am living for and what I am dying for are the same question." -- Margaret Atwood

 

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My Spawn Point

 As I open my eyes, I look out into what I think is Mountain Town? And I would be correct. Good news is, I know this place very well, and there is a lot of early game loot here, but there is a lot of wolves here, especially in key locations. I walk over a ledge in front of me, to the sound of a wolf howling nearby. I spot him, and he appears to be the one that wanders near the farmstead. I take a wide arc, careful to avoid his gaze, and I approach the barn. Nothing but a piece of Cured Leather inside, but in the tractor outside is where I find a Hunting Knife and the Key.

 

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The key to thee Paradise Meadows Farmstead.

 

I exit the tractor, and the wolf barks at me. He's hungry, and my human body looks like a sufficient breakfast. I run to the house, unlock the door, and slam the door behind me. I find a pair of brand new Wool Long johns in the bathroom, and not much of else. I find some food in the cabinets, and some Revolver ammunition in the walk in pantry, but no Revolver to use it. I decide to take a quick nap and leave, before heading over to Grey Mother's. I manage to avoid the wolf at the farm, but not the one in town. I pop a Flare, and he seems to decide that i am no longer worth the effort. I pop in, find a Wilderness Kitchen, a Mariners Pea Coat upstairs, and that's about it. I was hoping for the Rifle by the fireplace, but no luck. I run over to the Credit Union,  and all of the lockers are empty. Just my luck. The safe has a bundle of almost useless Cash, and a singular Rifle bullet. I hope outside, and run through town, hoping the dog won't notice me, and make it to Orca. Slight issue, I don't have a Pry Bar.  in my sadness, I skulk over to the park ranger station thing, and I find a box of Wooden Matches. I decide to make a fire, repair my coat, and read. by the time its evening, a blizzard has showed up, so I decide that its best to sleep it off.

 

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The Blizzard

 

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I have survived  1 And a half days.

 

I'm happy with how long I have survived. Stalker seems quite easy compared to the hell that is Interloper. I plan to go to Mystery Lake tomorrow, and if I get there I will be home. I am going to my dads today, so I might make an installment or two that are updates to TALEs as I have an Xbox there. 

 

Until Tomorrow...

 

 

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Really enjoying this, memories of my first Stalker and Interloper runs are popping up in my brain. And I think you have made a wise choice going into Stalker, and waiting until you are more comfortable with that mode before moving up to Interloper. The rules of the game change with each different mode, and take some getting used to with a different playstyle for each. Things you could get away with on Pilgrim and Voyageur will kill you or get you seriously injured on Stalker, and will absolutely kill you on Interloper (if not instantly, over a day or 2).

Stalker is my "thing"- I will really enjoy seeing how the transition from Voyageur to Stalker goes for you, especially since the game is very different now than it was years ago when I did it. Have fun! 

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Sorry for the wait, I've been holed up for a bit with stuff going on in actual life. But, I expect to make an installment soon, the earliest being around 5-7pm ish EST, and the latest sometime on Sunday. more than likely it will be tomorrow, but that all depends on how things go. but before that, I have to figure out how to do the images a bit better. should be a simple fix, but we'll see. 

 

The main issue is I take a screenshot on my switch, then share it to my phone, then I share the images to my computer using a link. now I have been just pasting the image link into the installments, and the forums seem to just automatically translate that link into the image, but the issue is that the link expires within three days, and so then the original image link means nothing. I think I can fix it, but we will see.

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On 5/24/2024 at 1:43 PM, ThePancakeLady said:

Really enjoying this, memories of my first Stalker and Interloper runs are popping up in my brain. And I think you have made a wise choice going into Stalker, and waiting until you are more comfortable with that mode before moving up to Interloper. The rules of the game change with each different mode, and take some getting used to with a different playstyle for each. Things you could get away with on Pilgrim and Voyageur will kill you or get you seriously injured on Stalker, and will absolutely kill you on Interloper (if not instantly, over a day or 2).

Stalker is my "thing"- I will really enjoy seeing how the transition from Voyageur to Stalker goes for you, especially since the game is very different now than it was years ago when I did it. Have fun! 

 

12 hours ago, RobotDino11 said:

Sorry for the wait, I've been holed up for a bit with stuff going on in actual life. But, I expect to make an installment soon, the earliest being around 5-7pm ish EST, and the latest sometime on Sunday. more than likely it will be tomorrow, but that all depends on how things go. but before that, I have to figure out how to do the images a bit better. should be a simple fix, but we'll see. 

 

The main issue is I take a screenshot on my switch, then share it to my phone, then I share the images to my computer using a link. now I have been just pasting the image link into the installments, and the forums seem to just automatically translate that link into the image, but the issue is that the link expires within three days, and so then the original image link means nothing. I think I can fix it, but we will see.

Looking forward to reading your next installment!

Stalker introduces a few key elements missing from Voyageur. First, fires have to be stoked with enough fuel to overcome the cold in order to warm you. Next, wolves are more common and *will* hunt you down from further away. You're also susceptible to cabin fever now, as well as intestinal parasites. Next, the weather "decays" faster and sooner, so you'll need good gear to manage the cold. Loot is still plenty plentiful, and there's a lot you *can* get away with. You still have super fast condition recovery overnight and you actually get a carry capacity increase, in a sense. As your fatigue drains, your carry capacity does not reduce as soon as it does in Voy.

But because of all these changes, you have to be aware of wolves from day one and master your ability to deal with them, with or without weapons. Once you have clothing it's ok to take the hit in a struggle if you don't mind repairing afterwards. 

Anyway, looking forward to hearing about your survivor's journey and how you adapt! Best of luck!

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11 hours ago, Snowtippedwolf said:

Anyway, looking forward to hearing about your survivor's journey and how you adapt! Best of luck!

Thank you! I should have everything compiled this afternoon.

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