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Survival Guide - Dust Settles: The Survival Guide
by The O RLY Factor

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Starting Over:

YESTERDAY, the dusty haze of fallout and ash finally calmed enough for you to regain your bearings and properly assess the situation.

Today, it's time to stop planning and start acting.

You know this much: somehow, you survived. You're alone at the moment, but you know that if you want to survive, you're going to have to try and find other people and try to reestablish a civilization.

In the beginning, your meager camp will not be self-sufficient. The specialists and artisans of the olden days are mostly dead, and while those that still do live will do their best to pass on their craft, it will still be necessary to send people out of the camp every day to forage for more materials and attract more people to your budding camp.

The materials you need to search for (and eventually be able to make on your own) in the beginning are:

-Food: You've gotta eat, and dust sandwiches get old quickly.
-Disposables: These are non-edible resources that are expended in the day-to-day activities of a post-apocalyptic survivor. These include wood (for cooking food), cotton and leather (for clothing), toilet paper (for uh... decorating the neighbor's house!), and so forth.
-Supplies: These are the materials used to make permanent structures. Examples include stone, iron, wood, aluminum, et cetera.

It is also important during this time to work on expanding the camp. As you send out people to forage for food, people, and other supplies, you can expect them to claim land that is not so irradiated that it is uninhabitable. Having more land not only gives you more room to build the buildings necessary for a growing civilization, but it also allows you to cover more ground on a day-by-day basis, thusly increasing the rate at which you bring in new recruits, supplies, and even more land.

Exploring for land and recruiting people will be important throughout the entire game, and will be actions you will want to take every turn if possible. However, at this point they're simply a means to survive.

To recap:
-Your main priorities at the beginning is to survive.
-In order to do this, you will need to explore for materials.
-You will also need to recruit more people and scout out more land.
-You should try to explore and recruit every turn.

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