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  1. Thank you, Quonset Manager!! I will be in line waiting to trade for a map or two.
  2. I love this idea. (+1) If nothing else, just so I can feel like Tom Hanks when the FedEx boxes rushed in with the tide. At risk of gamifying things too much, potentially these supply crates or dry bags could also wash up super rare items that will only every spawn once per game. Like an ultralight titanium pot (capacity of iron pot but lighter than recycled can) or a light space blanket that gives you great bonus warmth and shields you from some of that nasty wind.
  3. Ouch indeed! Maybe I'm weird, but personally I find the gamble of the food poisoning system really exciting, haha. In desperate situations it really keeps me on my toes and makes me chew over the decision on whether I should gobble down the calories and risk losing condition and 10 hours to rest. Getting food poisoning from a 56% condition granola bar recently put me in an extremely precarious position at Pleasant Valley. I ended up having to light a fire I knew wasn't going to last the 10 hours, put down the bedroll and rest. My condition was too low to risk running into a wolf, exhausted, encumbered and unable to run. I slept the 10 hours, woke up at under 60% condition in a howling blizzard and pitch black darkness. Hypothermia had set in and I was at risk of frostbite. My storm lantern had 0.2L of fuel left and wasn't going to last too long. I had no idea where I was going but I found a road and marched ahead blindly, thinking this was it. I was done for. Thankfully, blizzards seem to keep all wildlife at bay and I managed stumble across an empty cabin. The relief was so sweet. Tore off all my wet, frozen clothes and dove straight into the bedroll for blissful warmth. I survived! Incidentally, isn't it odd that bedrolls don't get wet/freeze? Or am I mistaken... Not complaining though!
  4. You know, while my muscle memory has adjusted to the new radial dial and I've stopped consistently eating raw meat, it still happens from time to time. It's frustrating, but what I've come to realise is that with meat that's just been quartered (still "fresh"), I can generally accidentally devour a piece and not get food poisoning. Especially when I quickly hit "escape". Thank goodness for little mercies.
  5. I can also vouch for the fact that the smaller Cedar and Fir limbs respawn in my custom games, usually after a blizzard. These fallen limbs have saved me many a time and I hope this isn't going to be a case of an overlooked bug that's going to be fixed in the next update. It makes sense that bigger limbs might break off and fall after a heavy blizzard. It's a renewable resource that I very much appreciate and will dearly miss if gone. Good quote. It's easy to spread yourself too thin by taking on the world as opposed to focusing on the important thing that matter. Thanks, @Raphael van Lierop and the Hinterland team! Really love this game to bits and am enjoying the weekly Mailbags I got really excited when I read this as I'm in the camp of folks who are loving the new cooking system. Being able to mix various food sources to create new and surprising recipes in the future fills me with joyful anticipation! I can't wait to see what bonus stats, benefits or potential healing abilities these new recipes will give. It'll be a great addition as it can be completely optional to those who enjoy spending a bit more time sitting by a fire/stove to cook. When you want to quickly fry up some rabbit or munch on cold cattails, you can do that too... and keep on moving! Looking forward to future updates and the next Mailbag.
  6. Killed a bear today... with a single arrow to the paw??? Decided I might as well spend the night cozying up to him. Thank goodness for my bedroll or I might've had to pull a Revenant... if you get my drift. Slept warm till sunrise. Didn't get mauled by his mate or a wandering pack of wolves. All is well in the world today!
  7. Personally, I'm always drawn to the Trapper's Homestead. I love it because it's homey on the inside, especially after I've set up camp and put some pelts down to cure. Rarely do I break down the furniture inside to keep that homey feeling. Aesthetics aside, I find the high vantage point and large clearing in front of the homestead a bonus. It gives me a good line of sight and I can keep an eye out for predators before setting off. There's the abundance of wildlife all around. I have no issues getting a steady supply of rabbit using traps and stones. Deer are easy to hunt and the occasional moose has given me way more meat than I can consume (as well as the biggest pelt I've ever harvested in TLD!). There's a bear cave nearby but not too close for comfort. Wolves don't tend to roam too close to the Homestead. From my high vantage point, I can shoot a bear or moose with my rifle or bow and make a quick break to safety indoors. Sticks and firewood can be gathered easily from the surrounding woods. Hugging the mountain edge I can take a pretty safe route to the tunnel leading to to the Forlorn Muskeg, evading wolves. In clear weather, it's a quick walk to the Camp Office and to the lake. I can camp outdoors in the open barn in front of the Trapper's Homestead to prevent Cabin Fever. Often I make trips to the lake with a stack of firewood and my bedroll for overnight fishing trips. Sometimes I trek up to the Forestry Lookout for a vacation with a view. I don't tend to set up in the Camp Office because it just feels a little too big for one person. I'm not a fan or running up and down the stairs either. Carter Hydro Dam is the best place for loot, but I've never made it home. It's too creepy! And a bit depressing. The ghost of Fluffy still haunts me lol. If I start off at Mystery Lake, I often stay about 30 days. Sometimes 40. A long time, but I like taking the time to fully explore the area, making sure I'm well set up before I leave. By the time I transition to the next area, I usually have a couple of crafted fur clothing items, a good supply of cat tails and a brand new bow with a few arrows (arrowheads typically scavanged from the Dam and Unnamed Pond). Hope this helps!
  8. Hi @Mixxut, I'm a bit late to this thread but hopefully this will still be helpful to you or other new players. I find that there's a lot of joy and exploration in charting unknown territory. Here's a perspective from an ordinary player on custom settings (between Voyager and Stalker) where the game is a lot kinder on players with lootable items. Being a bit of a nester myself, I understand the psychological comfort and desire to build a home base and just keep coming back to it, a haven where you can stash all of your gear, food, tools. That's definitely how I played many of my earlier games. As time passed, I've evolved into a more nomadic play style that continues to satisfy my need to nest and feel secure. I do so by building safehouses along the way. Typically, I will spend no more than 20-30 game days in each map, depending on what my goals are and what the weather/resources available allow. Some maps I might blaze through faster. Some areas (like Mystery Lake or Coastal Highway) might be a lot more comfortable and I might stay longer to finish up perishable fresh meat, or to craft a fur coat, for example. I like picking about 2-3 prime locations around a map and make sure I stock it with the basics before I move on. Building safehouses also help me reduce the weight I carry on me, so you don't make a big move encumbered, which will tire you out, making an activity like climbing up ropes a very risky endeavour. Basic things I typically stock up my safehouses with are items like some bandages, at least two painkillers and antibiotics, bottles of antiseptic, at least a bottle of water, at least two canned goods, basic fire starting items (at least a box of matches and some tinder), at least two pieces of fire wood. Other items I leave behind, if I have any to leave behind, are excess clothes, extra pelts, cured guts and saplings and excess super high condition food items (I will consume or take the lowest condition consumables with me). I also tend to leave behind heavy gear like rifles, hammers, simple/quality tools and ropes (unless I know I'll absolutely need it). Building safehouses reduces my anxiety because I know I have a few safe spots to run to where I can find some water, food and supplies in case of bad weather/luck. And when I eventually return to the area after a long period away, I have some basic survival items, tools, clothes and pelts to rely on. It also keeps me moving and scavenging. It gives me a purpose, which helps stave away boredom. After looting the surroundings and setting up safehouse(s) in the area, I typically move on with: - My best clothes: All mended or above 90% condition as much as possible. I try to balance warmth/protection with weight, no more than 25% sprint loss. - Bedroll: Vitally important. Mended to highest condition. - Food and water: 15 cat tail stalks, 2 litres of water, 2x herbal tea, 2x coffee are my basics for moving. If I find an MRE ration, I typically keep it for a big move too. - Medication: 1 bottle of painkillers, 1 bottle of antibiotics, 2x bandages, 5x lichen bandages, 5x prepped reishi, 5x prepped rosehips (reishi and rosehips tea can also be taken to slake your thirst and give you a calorie boost!) - Some firestarting items: 3x tinder, 2 logs of Cedar, 2 boxes of matches, 1x accelerant. If I found a firestriker it's coming with me! - 15 sticks and 5 cloth: To build an emergency snow shelter, or to light a fire / fix my clothes if needed. - Lighting sources: 1x newly made torch at 100% condition, 1x Flare, a storm lantern if I have one. - 1x Knife and 1x Hatchet: Sharpened to tip-top condition if I found a whetstone. - 1x Prybar - Weapons: 1x Survival bow and 3 best arrows. - 2x sewing kits - 6x arrow shafts, 6x crow feathers, 2 extra arrowheads if I have them. If I have some weight to spare, I usually bring a bit more food, fire wood and more pain meds with me in case of sprains etc. Which somehow happens to me a lot! I walk on slopes a lot to avoid wolves. I try to leave some breathing room in case I find anything useful enroute. Though once you eat/drink/make a fire, your weight burden drops along the way. To the more experienced players, please feel free to give me / us your advice if the above list is lacking or if any advice rendered is not sound. I might still be a bit of a packrat
  9. @stratvox That is a ridiculous photo! Great shot! I'm sold. I've taken note of your recommendations in my journal, Ontario is definitely one of the places I'd love to visit one day. I have an aunt in Halifax. She's often told me not to visit unless I wish to trudge through thick, endless snow. (Ha!) A gemologist... wow! Do you know if he's set up shop somewhere?
  10. Posting my very first screenshots! Nothing like sipping on some piping hot reishi tea under the aurora emblazoned sky. I know it's only virtual, but at times like this, I feel such real peace : )
  11. Haha! Imagine if you could locate a wolf den and when papa & mama are out hunting and grab a wolf pup for your own. Amagad.
  12. Incredible! I want to curl up in a bear rug by that crackling fireplace with some hot tea and read all those books! Thanks for sharing those screenshots!
  13. @s7mar7in I did, but I appreciate your response Thanks.
  14. These are all gorgeous! "Campfire with the Old Bear" in particular warmed my heart
  15. Just wanted to pop in and say, I love these photos. Especially the one with the tracks Gorgeous!