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  1. After playing Aurora Night, I have decided that Supercharged Flashlight is my new best friend. I actively pursued the sparklewolves just for the fun of blasting them with the blinding power of god 🔦
  2. I agree. The wolves may be more aggressive, but with bright lights in the sky and glowing fur, they're easier to see and avoid than Day 2. Plus a nonstop aurora is a screenshot DREAM! Really looking forward to playing this night once I get off work.
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    Night 2

    Stumbling around Pleasant Valley chainsmoking road flares and leading a little parade of growling furballs with laser pointer eyes behind me. The weather cleared for a moment atop Signal Hill and I spied a friendly glow in the field below, but the fog had rolled back in by the time I got down there and I couldn't find the pumpkin. Rats. Something weird about these wolves: do red-eyed 4DON wolves react to decoys? I couldn't drop any using the radial menu. The wolf stalking me didn't pursue a meat scrap I dropped manually. Ultimately it made little difference, I deterred all last night's wolves with fire and flares, but it struck me as odd.
  4. A towel. Accompanied by a new survival mode starting quote: "Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with." Douglas Adams
  5. How would I described my 2019 4DON experience? Ten thousand magnifying lenses when all you need is a knife. 😂 I failed to find a single pumpkin on Day 1, even in places I'd found pumpkins last year. Lousy luck. I'm sitting cozy in the PV farmhouse for now, plenty of food and water and a nice stack of skill books to read. I've got enough scavenged deer skins to make boots and pants and I've picked up *two* Cowichan sweaters (a first for me!). Low on wood and no coal, though. Without weapons, I fear a trek to Cinder Hills may prove fatal. Without coal, Day 4 will *definitely* prove fatal. Decisions!
  6. Excited to play this year! My schedule was too busy last year to participate in 4DON so I'm happy this year is a repeat. If one is in-game at 11PM PST, does the day roll over to the next one immediately, or would one need to exit and reload to change to the next day?
  7. Somebody a long time ago mentioned the possibility of a run-down old ski resort, and I love that idea. Would be very interesting to explore.
  8. Cooked tomato soup has always had that yellowy-orange color in my games. Lots of real-life tomato soup recipes produce orange or yellow soup, but those are usually recipes with cream or butter, neither of which is present on the ingredients list for Mom's Kitchen Tomato Soup. I'd expect a tomato-forward soup like that to be more reddish-orange than yellowy-orange. Maybe a design oversight? Maybe an intentional choice to differentiate it from the deeply-red rosehip tea?
  9. Love those free wolf pelts in HRV. I'm really enjoying this adventure log, I hope you keep it up! And good luck on the long climb back from 40% health.
  10. I have vague memories of breaking down cardboard boxes and finding unexpected loot behind them, but I can't say for certain that it was the flattened boxes on the walls. It feels really familiar though.
  11. The player is already prevented from reading research books while starving/sick/injured. Maybe instead of RNG accidents, impose a similar penalty on strenuous activity while starving or exhausted: no crafting or mending when you're so tired you're likely to stick yourself with a fish hook, no chopping up tree limbs and big crates when you're too weak to avoid hacking off your own leg.
  12. I've got a real soft spot for Mountain Town. The region is great to loot for gear before a trek into HRV. I know, I know, Milton hosts HUGE numbers of wolves, but I tend not to use Gray Mother's house as my main base. Like @ajb1978, I usually set up at Paradise Meadows Farm. Easy access to the basin for hunting and camping, rabbits right outside, a manageable wolf population, and a crafting table with a windproof 2-cooking-slot fire barrel in heat range. Home sweet home.
  13. Hmm... it can't be as simple as having started a new game and spawned at Jackrabbit Island, can it?
  14. It's the laptop in the "lunch room" with the window entrance, IIRC.
  15. The Lower Dam is one of the most deceptively difficult Buffer Memories to get in the Archivist challenge, precisely because of the live wires you mentioned and the layout of the dam putting the exit to/entrance from Winding River at opposite ends of the building. Easy to run out of food or water waiting in that one small room. The good news is that passing time/waiting indoors definitely doesn't prevent an Aurora from happening. I've had Auroras start while sleeping/waiting indoors on the Archivist challenge. You've just had lousy luck for 4-5 days. Don't forget to carry a bedroll with you, make regular daytime trips outside for food/water/fire etc, and make it back home to Lower Dam and be on the right side of the sparkies every day before sundown. Eventually, the heavens WILL reward your patience with some spooky green glow clouds. Good luck!