After the tension of the previous late-night outing in Chernarus I figured I will to try and play during the day and stay alive as long as possible. At night I ll leave my avatar hiding somewhere in the woods stocked with food and drink (as your character’s hunger and thirst accumulate even when you’re off-line) to survive in the limbo between servers till I got back to controlling him.
To survive it was clear that I needed to get my bearings and keep track of where I was at all times. This meant firing up my mac next to the PC screen with a map of Chernarus on at all times. The game notifies you of the name of your starting location - and the rest is up to you.
The second decision I made before loggin in was to avoid towns as much as possible, especially the larger ones hounded by players and masses of zombies. I would instead roam from forest to forest, skirting the edge and looking out for lone barns and other standalone buildings, forage for food and hopefully come across a rifle or crossbow. Surviving with only the starting Makarov was rather challenging as the short range meant you’re always too close to other zombies when you take a shot at one that has taken a fancy to your left butt-meat.
And finally, I would avoid players as much as possible. With the bandit system removed there is no incentive not to kill others. This is made worse by the fact that you can switch servers at your leisure and thus there is a lack of a reputation system going on with players teleporting between the parallel worlds of multiple servers while keeping the same character.
The overall goal in the forthcoming session is thus to survive. And the first short-term goal in that hierarchy is: find a more suitable rifle, extra food, bandages and drink. After that is accomplished I’ll consider my options.