Hey there, I'm Adam. Are you okay? You look a little shaken, come in, I'll get you something to eat and see if that helps. Can you tell me your name? No? Well, I guess we can come back to that later. For now I'll explain what's going on out there. You and I are a few of the lucky ones, we aren't dead and we aren't zombies. Yep, what you saw out there is an honest-to-God zombie apocalypse. If you want to survive it I have some advice that you might find useful. Let's start with some skills that will come in handy.
No, it really doesn't matter if you are a whiz at sudoku or that you can name all the players on your favorite football team, those skills won't be useful out here.
Cardio is very important, the better you are the longer you can run without tiring yourself out. Usually it's safer and easier to run away from a zombie so make sure to work on improving this if you aren't very good at it, and if you are, you can always get better.
Wits is about knowing what would be useful to us out here. Scavenging is necessary for survival now so knowing what items will be useful is key. Improving it will make searching for supplies go quicker and
there will be a lower chance of you screwing up, making some noise, and attracting a zombie.
Fighting, even if you never had much reason to fight before, now you don't have a choice. There will be situations where you can't run from a fight, so if you aren't used to it hopefully you're a quick learner. Get better at fighting and you'll find yourself wasting less stamina and you might find that you are better with a certain type of weapon.
Shooting is a measure of how well you can handle a gun. While firing a gun without a suppressor draws zombies towards you because of the noise, there are times when that is the only option you have. You won't want to use guns all the time, but you will need to know how to handle one if you want to survive. Now most likely you aren't very knowledgeable when it comes to these skills, but as long as you work at improving them you'll get better in no time.
There are zombies out there that somehow have become so screwed up that a shambling undead corpse is considered normal when compared to them. We've taken to calling them freaks as a group term, but there are several specific types that each get their own name. Now unless I say otherwise the general strategy for all of them is avoid, if possible; if one sees you run away, if possible; and if you have to fight one shoot it, if possible.
Screamers, vindictive little assholes because they can't hurt you and they know it, so if they see you they scream and call attention to you. Combat wise they're worthless because they have no arms to grab you with, however that does not mean you leave them alone. Because they draw other zombies towards you make sure to kill them first.
Juggernauts, stay as far away from these zombies as you possibly can. If you can't hopefully you either have some powerful guns or other people helping you out. A group of two or three well armed survivors can take one down, however taking one on alone is suicide.
Bloaters, these zombies have ballooned up with some sort of poisonous gas that is made up of things I don't even want to know about. When they die they release that gas into the air, so stay away from them and that gas at all costs. If you do find yourself breathing that gas in you'll find yourself getting weaker, get out quickly otherwise you'll die.
You can take them out easily and safely from a distance, one shot and they'll go down.
Ferals, zombies that have taken a liking to running on all fours. These zombies are extremely fast and will catch you if you try to run away.
In combat they can take a bit more abuse than a normal zombie and will knock you down so they can chew on your face. On their own they're not very tough, and if you have someone traveling with you they're a piece of cake. With other zombies they're trouble but as long as you keep your wits about you, you'll be fine.
Armored zombies, honestly these guys are a complete joke, there is only one reason why I bother to point them out. These zombies were army or SWAT assholes that didn't have the foresight to blow their brains out when they got infected, so instead we get to deal with a zombie that's wearing a bulletproof vest. Guns are not effective against these guys, but you can still bash them up close just as easily as a regular zombie. Keep that in mind around them and you'll be fine.
So, knowing all that you have two choices, eat a bullet and end this all before it begins, or show those zombies you won't go quietly and survive. I won't lie and say it will be alright, every day we're going to run the chance of running out of basic supplies like food or medicine and people will die, that's a sad truth out here. Joining up with other survivors will give you a better chance of surviving, so I hope you feel up to joining us. I have to go out on a scavenging run, if you feel like sticking around talk to Lily, she runs our radio and she'll be able to tell you what you can do to help out around here. Whether that's looking for supplies or helping out some other survivors that have gotten themselves into a jam. Good luck and stay safe out there.
This is an LP for State of Decay, more specifically the dlc Breakdown. Breakdown takes the open world zombie survival gameplay of the base game and puts it into a sandbox mode where you try to survive as long as you can. There is a thread here
if you are interested in more information on the game. For this LP I'm going to start with a random survivor instead of one of the heroes available. I'll keep going expanding the home base, recruiting survivors, and going up in difficulty until there are no survivors left alive. Survivors can and will die, but in the start of the game the only deaths will most likely only be from stupid mistakes on my part. As the difficulty goes up the amount of survivors that die will most likely increase as well. So, if you want to be a survivor post Sign Up! below and include the following information in the post.
- Melee Weapon Specialization from the following: edged, blunt, or heavy
- Ranged Weapon Specialization from the following: pistols, revolvers, rifles, assault weapons, or shotguns
Also, for any of them except for name you can put no preference and I'll choose for your survivor. I'll start playing as soon as there are enough people signed up to be a survivor.
This is my first LP so any tips would be welcome and if someone has any tips for the game I would appreciate it, because I don't have any idea what to expect from the higher difficulty levels. Thanks and I hope you don't get eaten by a zombie!