DaveMcD

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  1. Hmmm... good point, I'll try to remember that in future. I had a look to see if I could edit the post title but didn't look like there was a way.
  2. So I've been thinking about the random number generation in TLD. Is it perhaps using somethign on your hardware (i.e MAC address) as the seed and is it perhaps pseudo-random rather than really random and is your playing harware influencing the random numbers and therfore consistently giving you similar outcomes? The reason I ask is that I'm wondering about my own observations of luck in the game vs potential observation bias. example - I feel like I get a lot more blizzards and extreme weather in game than I see other people get watching streams. In a 96 day Interloper I've had 50 blizzards. In other runs I seem to get equally crappy weather often compared to what I see from others. Some peoples deadman runs had way more favourable weather than I seemed to get. I've only ever played this on the one machine. Has anyone played across multiple devices and noticed the runs having consistent outcomes on particular machines? As I said could all be confirmation bias on my part.
  3. I went back to the plane and indeed it was hiding underneath the case, invisible but would create the tooltip text when I hovered over it. Thanks @Khan_Drichthyes.
  4. I found this guy Delirious Gaming via @TurkeySteam's Youtube channel (who you should check out as well anyway, but not for noob factor) Delirious Gaming is kind of hilarious as you watch him discover the mechanics of the game and do all kinds of thigns that I was definitely not game enought to try early on.
  5. So I'm travelling to a snowy ski resort in the USA end of January next year for a week long work event and I've never seen snow in real life let alone walked around in it. I'm going to need to buy a few things to get me through and/or borrow some stuff from friends etc but I'm looking for some realistic advice about what I really need versus what I've got that will get me by. So imagine if you will the paper doll clothing UI in game and help me figure out what to equip on my body so I don't freeze to death or overheat during all the inddor activities. Parameters - I'm from Australia, a warm part of Australia. It never snows, coldest it gets is just above about 1-2 C for maybe a few hours in the morning in mid winter. I've camped and hiked in about 5 C. I'll be flying out from my summer with avg temps somewhere in the 30 - 35 C range with possibility of 40 C + temps. In the USA I'll be just outside of Salt Lake City. I'll be outside a bit while walking to different places, waiting for transport and in line to get in other places as well as possibly wandering around in the middle of the night between social events. Clothes will need to keep me warm outside, but I will be inside quite often, doesnt have to be super dressed up but striking a balance between smartish casual while being warm in the snow. I might go try to ski at somepoint but I think you can hire ski gear? Starter gear / things I own. Waterproof breathable hiking boots (I dont think these will be warm enough, not insulated, maybe not grippy enough either) Merino baselayer, long johns, long sleeve top Down vest lightweight (sleeveless 550 fill) Light shell Thick hoody Several wool / blend scarves Beenie (toque, pretty warm wool or blend outside / fleece line inside) Hiking socks - might be wool (I dont think these are particularly warm tho, not very thick) Jeans - pretty much all my jeans are denim. So brains trust, hit me with your clothing expertise.
  6. 100% definitely had many wrist sprains from walking activities (i.e. not struggles or falling) they're easy to remember happening because you're usually taking a highline around a wolf, sprain your wrist and have to panic eat some painkillers before you can do any throw or shoot defense. Or am I misreading the explanation of how sprains happen and these are expected?
  7. I think the craftable whetstone idea probably stems from wanting more craftable / primitive tool equivalents. I'm in that camp I guess. For me it ties thematically to the idea of survival and how well you can improvise to meet your needs and make good decisions. Yes there might be a factory made or forgeable tool but a more primitive improvised knife or arrowhead made from a tin can might get you out of a bind now but its balanced by the cost of lower durability and longer times to use etc. I think some complexity to aquiring the skills to make such things (tied to reading or exploring parts of the world) could be kind of fun too, especially things like primitve fire making skills.
  8. On the rabbit throw I've taken to aiming just in front of the rabbits and hitting them with the bounce of the rock. I'm finding it more acurate for me at least and less shots going just too high. But then again I'm Australian and have played a lot of cricket so maybe we're just odd that way.
  9. Good to see you on the boards TurkeySteam For those that don't know, Turkey has a youtube channel with a whole bunch of awesome Long Dark videos. If you want some dry Canadian humour mixed in with your quiet apocalypse I suggest you check them out. The entertaining "room mates" series he did is pretty great and what he lacks in precision bow shooting he makes up for with some pretty nifty wolf manipulation with rock throwing
  10. Cheers. I think because I've been playing (as well as watching other people play) the deadman challenge I was a bit prepared for it and dues to moving quickly and being risky. I just jumped on and did the Hunted Part one for the first time. I died terribly the first run (died somewhere near pensive pond in the dark officially from falling off small rock, but really fallout from a second bear mauling) but then second go managed to do it in 3 Days 3 Hours and 37 minutes but I got to say I found it really hard. That bear was always on me, barely any break, followed me from near draft dodgers all the way to signal hill ( no farm stay for me. Lost him once under a bridge and scared him another time with a fire in a hay shed on the way) He was waiting for me outside signal hill after a nap and I had to scare him with my fire. I even ducked into the ravine for more shells and good thing I did. As soon as I entered back into ML the bear was right there by the trailers and I had to cap him. Then I had to put one (maybe even 2 flares) into the wolf that was waiting for me as well. Had to chuck another flare into the bear as I made my way towards the Lake Office. He found me up on the ridge beside the tracks, No way he had line of sight, and then another flare into him near that secret cave between the cabins and the rail tunnel. I waited each time to make sure he was definitely charging not just bluff charging. From there I sprinted to trappers and just as I was getting to the door he came barrelling over the hills again. After doing my run I checked out some other videos and some people were only encountering him a couple of times. He was on me like a bad smell. Is it just random how persistent he is or has it tweaked harder over time?
  11. Was going to make a post about my own go a this that I did today then found this thread so thought I would tack it on here. I gave this challenge a go for the first time today after having it put it off for ages and managed to do it 3 days 14 hours 39 mins. Full disclosure I watched someone do a speedrun the other day (~21hrs) and had seen some threads on it so did have some ideas of what to do tactic wise, but I threw away some of their ideas as I was pretty sure I was't up to their standard so pretty much just wanted to do it my way. I found sod all coffee until I found one tin in PV farmstead and I think I only used stims a couple of times to get up the ropes. 1 from PV rope to TWM and another to get up the last rope to the plane. I also got blizzarded in a couple of times so did have to sleep a few times anyway. I did find the rifle and keep it, as I'm not super confident in avoiding wolves apart from just scaring them with fire. I had to unload the rifle into the bear on the lake in TWM to get him out of my way. No coffee in the containers near the ravine. At the plane I think I got 3 tins of coffee which I cooked all of them then, drank about 8 of them to get me back to something good enough to mountain goat my way down the face of the mountain. scared off a wolf with a gun shot on my way back to the hut then hightailed it through a partial blizzard back to the barn in PV but a quick sleep in the preppers cache on the way as it was super dark and snowing and I couldn't see a thing. Had to dodge between the bear and the moose near the PV barn and had an annoying pc blue screen crash after avoiding both wolves and almost at the cave to coastal hwy. On reload I dodged the wolves but got completly shut in a tiny cave near the exit as a full blizzard hit. getting from the cave through coastal, crumbling hwy etc was super quick. managed to kill a wolf on the ice in crumbling hwy with the longest range shot I've ever hit in this game. I had a lot of bad weather as far as I could see. lots of snow and headwind as well as blizzards / almost blizzards. I think I got to the TWM peak in a little under 3 days and from there to the lighthouse powered by coffee and a short nap in about 16 - 18 hours. I enjoyed it and happy I got the badge, not sure how soon I'll try to better my time.
  12. I have an interloper run going that was my first "successful" run (i.e. lived more than a few days). She's only at about 84 days but every time life got hard for her I'd leave the save alone and go and start a fresh one. Coming back to her after some time (with me having some better skills playing more interloper and deadman) to find her at trappers with <18C clothes and -40C weather outside I thought it would be good to take her to TWM to find some better gear, the flare gun and maybe just to have an adventure. After bottoming her out to literally 0% health on a wolf attack in PV (but actually surviving) I finally got her to the top of TWM. To my surprise though I found 8 shells but no flare gun. I thought it was a guaranteed spawn on Interloper... I'm guessing that's not true now at all. Guess I better go back to the ravine if I want some orange gun protection. Anyone else been burned by the TWM rng gods?
  13. Ouch, just lost my Deadman 3 on Day 5 (3 days survived) to an instant attack wolf patrol on the path coming down from the lookout tower in ML. I've never even seen a wolf on this path before. Rounded a blind corner and there he was - insta-growl and attack, no weapons was on 62%. There's a chance I accidentally scent trailed the wolf up there as I took a rabbit from the valley before going up the slope, but had cooked it and slept an hour before coming back down. The wolves I had encountered on this run were a lot more deadly than on my 23 Day run. Earlier I had double wolves coming out of the FM to ML train tunnel. One of them was high up on the first hill near the tracks and he spotted me from way further than a closer wolf and sprinted straight towards me, had to light an emergency fire behind a tree in near blizzard conditions to scare it off. So far my attempts have lasted 1 Day, 23 days and now 3 Days.
  14. DaveMcD

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    Same here. Though it would be good for the events to have some more motivation to get out and about. A lot of people played day 2,3 and 4 quite safe by staying indoors as the object was to survive duration rather than retrive 'x' thing or trick or treat 10 dwellings, eat 50 pies, scare 20 glowing wolves.
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    DAY 4 (spoilers)

    Are you up in the plane? I thought TWM was locked off on this challenge.
  16. DaveMcD

    DAY 4 (spoilers)

    For those who were more timid with game than they'd like check out Turkeysteam's videos of it here 4 Days Of Night: Especially his interactions with wolves while he's still searching for a rifle. If you like this series check out his Parasites ones where he gives himself "room mates" He's got a really great dry Canadian Humour, gives all the dead bodies a present of a feather amid other wonderful random stuff. At time of posting I do t think hes uploaded Day 4
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    DAY 4 (spoilers)

    I woke up in the dam grabbed, read that indoors temps wouldn't save you grabbed all my wood and coal and headed out. First stop was a JOL just outside on the front lawn of the dam to see if they were warm. yep. warm enough to stand next to as the blizzard was kicking off but still getting wet and freezing clothes. Built a snow shelter and climbed in. Nice and warm but looked like my clothes weren't getting dry., hightailed it to the ravine and built a really warm fire and started settling in for the long haul. After about an hour of cooking and fire tending with some small sorties for sticks I got bored and decided to brave the weather, with my gear and out of the wind it was way warmer than I have been in my deadman run so I figured how hard could it be. Headed out and got the camp office, no pie but I could warm myself inside no problem so slept then hightailed it to trappers. Got there with some minor Hypothermia risk found my first pie. Warmed up, slept etc and grabbed the pie and decided to hit an unlooted Milton. Made it to Milton no worries. barely needed a fire apart from water. picked up my pie from grandmas (Grey Mothers house) just as I got my 4 day badge (single save, no deaths) ran to the farm and stole that pie too. Then decided I would head for where this all began and took myself off to the plane crash. Got there slightly hypothermic risk and found a nice lantern with a moose hide cloak which I immediately put on. Fashion! then down to the cave where I had a nice warming cup of coffee and finished off the last of my pie. With warm enough gear and good map knowledge the only real danger of heading outside seems to be trashing you clothes.
  18. Youre right in your edit. The lower calorie bars are *usually* half eaten ones that are leftover when your character can't fit in any more chocolate. they're 2500 cals each which is all your guy or girl can fit in their stomach. whatever is leftover goes back in your inventory, same as if you hit esc halfway through eating. you can test this easily. put all but 2 of your bars away in a locker somewhere or drop them. make sure you have partially full stomoach, now eat a candy bar. you should still ahve 2 candy bars one of which is now hovering in the lower calorie amounts. As for the fire thing - if ppl only play the lower difficulty settings then they might be used to a fire warming you from as soon as its lit. On this difficulty you need to enough fuel to get the temperature up. if the temp feels like -25C you'll need to add a lot of sticks to get into the positives.... or it might be a bug, would need to see some screen caps while looking at the fire setup. Can anyone who's had multiple runs confirm vastly different loot tables? I found CH mediocre for loot but PV was a shopping mall full of heavy coats and lots of chocolate. I looted all of CH in under 2 hours and half of that was going slow and stupidly creeping around thinking wolves were not part of the missing wildlife. I also stupidly thought the world would go crazy after the 2 hours so I hurried about. After about 4 hours I had some pretty good loot including 2 rifles, 2 torches and lots of candy. I found good loot to generally be in the traditionally difficult places.
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    DAY 3 (spoilers)

    I've been living in the dam since end of day 1. You can walk about the upper levels fine during an aurora, its only down in the generator room and beyond that its a bit electrifying so no going through to PV. It's ok as a base as it has a large outdoor enclosed area with a couple of semi protected areas for a fire. Inside kind of sucks as its always dark before the aurora that is (can still read and craft though in this mode) but for you to find your way about you need to use your lantern or torches etc - I have 2 Jerry cans of fuel tho so its not a problem or me. Best thing about it is crawling up to the ledge near the fence and taking pot shots at the wolf as it does its rounds. If I get kicked out of the dam for day 4 the ravine is nice and close with some nice cozy caves
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    DAY 3 (spoilers)

    Took on a few wolves. Played chicken with one on the bridge. Standing in a spotlight holding the torch and sending him into panic by flashing the light from time to time and trying to figure out how to shoot him. Funny thing happens though. The aurora isnt quite constant. you can be outside standing in it and it ends abruptly then builds up again. I think I was trying to see how much leeway I had with flashing the torch at the wolf when the light I'm standing in is dimmed and I left the flash a little too late. Bit of a struggle and about 50% condition lost but no bleeding just bruising. Wolf ran about and died from his hatchet wounds. I then crawled my way to the camp office using ankle sprain ridge to the left of the tracks. The tracks looked like it had about 10 green wolves all up and as I was crawling along one popped his way up along some of the large trackside cliffs near the rail cars so I was pretty glad I wasn't walking upright at that point. Holed up in the camp office for a bit then went out onto the ice to see if I could peg some green wolves from a distance with the rifle. Wasted about 10 rounds for about 3 kills, was shooting from way too far away but their detection distance even while crouched is rather far. Looks like they can pick you up at about teh distance you start to feel like you might actually be able to pull the trigger. While out on the ice watched the aurora loop through its cycle and hard stop about 3 or 4 times. when it ends if you're far enough from the wolves they instantly despawn and start from their original cycle again. freaked me out the first time... damn teleporting wolves. Here's a few screen shots.
  21. Im 100% certain you are seeing the remmants of an unfinished candy bar. They're 2500 cals and that is how much you can fit in your player total. When you eat qith some cals still in you and she/he is full the leftovers go back in your bag. It happens with all food but in TLD you are rarely that full to notice.
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    Day 1 (SPOILERS)

    Do you mean guaranteed as in you start with them or guaranteed to spawn on the map? I would actually strongly disagree about getting guaranteed gear (starting with that is). Half the thrill is in trying to find them and the worry you might not. I had assumed the rifle and torch do spawn on the CH map. I found 2 of each all up
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    Day 1 (SPOILERS)

    Between signal hill and the entry back to ML can be a bit wolfy under interloper and probably stalker settings. The wolves are still scared by a campfire so make sure you are set up for an emergency quick fire (it doesnt have to finish lighting before scaring them but you don't want to risk it failing before they are scared). Trick is not to panic and try not to take them on in high wind. Use the keyboard shortcut if you're on a desktop machine to avoid faffing about with menus and be aware that the ground needs to be fairly flat to put a fire down. Also crawling past is fine as is throwing rocks to lure them away. Be patient and hold your nerve. Good luck
  24. DaveMcD

    Day 1 (SPOILERS)

    Couple of thoughts- You and seem to be in a similar situation where we had a decent amount of time and looted the whole game world (I skipped Milton) on Day 1. I think a lot of players had more limited time and maybe looted the starter map before trying to hole up in a place for the changeover. Many people dont even have rifles or much food so their need to continue exploring and looting is larger and day 2 has been more nerve wracking and challenging. I'll hold over full comment till the end of the event and see how the rest of it scales but perhaps a better scenario would be to drip feed the maps and better gear over the days i.e. day one is locked to CH. Day 2 opens up ML, day 3 opens up PV. Day 4 opens up Milton. Basically after 2 hours of play you've pretty much looted all there is on a map and cant overstretch too much and then the next day you have need to explore the world more to get next level gear etc. Last point, I still think this is fun and a cool idea for an event I'm prepared to cut a lot of slack for it not being a big challenge if it turns out that way because I overrhought it and went full prepper If we come up with cool ideas of how to make it less 'gameable' next year then I'm up for that as well. This game is the best value fun I've managed to find
  25. DaveMcD

    Day 1 (SPOILERS)

    Have had this before in normal play and also seen it in YouTube vids etc. I suspect its normally from a dead bear scenario. i.e. you shot bear go inside it dies off screen. You come out and the game has to spawn the bear and immediately set its state to dead (shroedingers bear anyone?) Which cues the bear dying growl or possibly all the animal dying noises throughout the game world all at once which makes it sound weird and damn scary. The fact it did it to you in this mode without a bear makes me think its either from other dead animal spawns or there's a ghost bear in the world who's always there and dead