This is the very first time the perma death really hurts, and I need some encouragement now ... sorry in advance for the rant!
So I spawned in Pleasant Valley. After a few futile attempts this is my 2nd kinda decent try at Interloper. I barely make it out of Pleasant Valley, but I do make it. I am constantly starving, I am cold, but I manage my needs like a soldier and I make it to Winding River and then to Mystery Lake. There, I try to restore my health, which is not an easy task at all, since I am still constantly starving. I explore the whole map, and I catch lots of rabbits, but I am always hungry. There's no bear at trapper's but I find a heavy hammer. In Camp Office I find the magnifying lens. After a few days of eating cattails and sleeping as much as I can, I decide I have to take the trip to Forlorn Muskeg to get to the forge. I get surprised by a blizzard, but I find a hacksaw somewhere amidst all that thin ice. Again, I barely make it, but I do make it. I arrive at the forge with the last two 3% health remaining and spend 3 whole days to recover. I forge 15 arrowheads and a knife.
Now a new chapter starts. I will soon have a legit weapon, and I will be able to start hunting. I head back to Mystery Lake and cut Maple and Birch on my way. While the saplings dry, I am starving again. I make a few snares and barely get by. When I craft my bow things will change. No, unfortunately they don't. I kill a wolf in front of Trapper's, but I can't find a bear. I will need a few bear pelts to make a decent bedroll. So after a few days of unsuccessful hunting, I head north.
I find a bedroll and there's lots of deer in the Ravine. I reckon there must also be lots of cattails down there at the bottom, so I climb down. I find the flare gun, which is nice, but is has gotten very windy, and I'm freezing. My health is depleting fast. I collect a few cattails (there are not as many as I hoped for) and try to find some sticks. I'm too exhausted to get back up again on the same day, so I try my best not to freeze in the cave. I never sleep more than 1 or 2 hours, since firewood is very limited and I can't have the fire burning all night. I'm exhausted and cold. I eat a few cattails. It wasn't a good idea to climb down here.
But again, I make it. I climb back up again, shoot a deer and try to recover a bit. But it's freezing outside and there's not enough firewood to spend more than a single night resting in a cave.
What should I do? Accept that I was defeated and try to save my life, going back to Mystery Lake? No, I remember there's a caravan near the entrance of Coastal Highway, and I MIGHT be able to make it. And I do get there, with a few percents of my health remaining. It's nice to be able to warm up in that caravan, but I have no food. As soon as the day begins, I wake up with renewed energy (though not more than 40% of my health) and I decide to follow the river, hoping there's lots of cattails.
And there are LOTS. I collect cattails like a madman, all the way down the river, not minding the icy wind. I can warm up in one of the huts near the coastline, I think. Then I hear the bear, it's very close. I have a bow, but nowhere to hide. I have no clue where that bear is, but it sounds close. So I go back up the river and try to find a different route.
I have 50 cattails for dinner, but I'm freezing. So I beeline for the nearest cabin. I can see the bear now, and it sprints towards me. But I make it.
I have a luxurious dinner for the first time in weeks. Since I have lots of cattails and my health is in serious danger, I decide to spend another night at the cabin. My health is growing back and I enjoy staring at those protective walls. I will continue my adventure the next day, when I am more than 50% restored. The next day, a blizzard hits. I understand it is not likely to meet bears or wolves this time, so I head out and make it to Rabbits' Island, where I restore some more. Then I camp at Misanthrope's. Maybe it's the name, but I seriously love this place. I eat cattails, collect sticks and sleep lots to restore my energy. Maybe I'll head for Desolation Point in a few days. Then I leave the cabin and the bear is right outside the door. I aim and I don't miss. Great, a little more than 3 weeks and I have my first bear pelt.
Cattails and matches are depleting fast though, so I decide to explore Coastal Highway some more. I loot the Quonset, and shoot my 2nd bear only 3 days after the first one. I feel invincible. I'm encumbered, but I carry that bear pelt to Misanthrope's to cure. Then I shoot a deer because I have run out of cattails. I'm living quite well now, and if it wasn't for the cold, I could spend all day long exploring. I catch some rabbits too, and shoot some wolves, so I will have lots of hides when I get back from Desolation Point. Also, I'm fishing to fight cabin fever. If only I had Netflix, I could spend months here on Misanthrope's. But I don't and I that's why I think it's time to move on.
I make it to Crumbling Highway, and warm up in a cave. I have to be at the Stone Church by the evening. I will make it!
I get to the Stone Church, overencumbered with 21 coal, and a nice new book to read. I make a fire, since night falls. I grabbed a rabbit on the way, so I will have a nice dinner. It's getting darker and I am extremely happy with this modest shelter. Then I hear sounds of fighing. A wolf caught a rabbit outside. I have no food left, and that one rabbit won't get me far if a blizzard hits tommorrow. I am wondering if I should try to steal that rabbit, and cure a nice new wolf pelt at the same time.
Since decisions weigh heavy, I pause the game to think about it. Feed the kitties, grab a beer. I decide to not do it. I should rather collect some more sticks and I also saw a maple sapling not far. Maybe I should go grab that one. When I get back to the game, I have completely forgotten about the wolf, so I run right into it, with 50% health remaining. I am so surprised that I don't grab my heavy hammer but the knife instead. I totally unnecessarily but quickly bleed to death on day 36. I look at the screen for minutes in disbelief. So this is how you die in Interloper.
This time it really hurts.