Survival Guide - Dust Settles: In-Game Help
The purpose of in-game help is to provide you with quick or even detailed answers
to any uncertainties that you may have throughout the game. Whether this is
asking a former player for strategies on building up quickly or finding out
a quick explanation for a display on your screen, there are multiple ways to
find answers to pretty much any question you have about the game. Of course,
you can always open this manual at any time during gameplay by clicking the
appropriate link on the bottom bar of
your game screen.
The Post-Apocalyptic Prophet is a sometimes sarcastic all-knowing being who wanders around from camp to camp offering to answer many of the primary questions that a camp leader might want to know about what is going on in this strange new world. Throughout the pages of the game, there are little question marks (?) that you can use to talk to the Prophet. These question marks will provide you with information in two ways, first the quick scroll-over notes that the Prophet has left for you and second by clicking the question mark for a face-to-face conversation with him. You will get a bit of basic information about the subject in question so that you can either go on or click to find out more, by holding your mouse over the question mark. You will need to click the question mark to get to more information, not the spot in the help pop up that says "Click for more". Once you take your mouse off of the question mark, the pop up box will go away, revealing the part of the screen that was previously covered.
The forums are a primary spot where you
can get in-game advice from other players and the game admins. There are four
primary rooms in the forum, each with its own purpose. Most questions should
be posted in the "Game Comments/Questions" section of the forums,
unless they are just random chat or questions about the possibility of implementing
an idea you have for the game. The forums are open to anyone with a question, and thus are
not guaranteed to be perfectly squeaky clean, so enter at your own risk. We
will edit/remove offensive posts if we get a genuine complaint or feel that
such editing is required, but these complaints will be subject to certain standards.
(If someone says crap in reference to waste, we are probably not going to remove
them. If someone calls you an offensive name and is otherwise abusive, there
is a much better chance of action being taken.) We have rated this game
teen, but since it is LIVE, this rating may change during gameplay. Remember,
you must validate your account (if you have
a single-round account) before you can post in the forums.
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Though you are not guaranteed to find someone online at all times, you can
use this feature to talk to someone live about the game or even go off topic.
This is a great way to test theories with other camps and get immediate feedback.
Because this is a public IRC channel, you
can access this chat even if you are not logged into the game.
Players from past rounds and even the current round are a great source of information
and advice about getting started and growing quickly. You can get a variety
of different strategies for gameplay from the people who play, some that you
will like better than others. Of course, very few people are going to want to
give up all of their secrets since they are still in competition with
you, but most will be willing to give you a good deal of advice. You can get
advice from other players through the forums,
the chat, a private
message, or an alliance. Remember,
though, be courteous in any message, especially private ones. Don't pester someone
A great way to get advice from other players is to join an alliance.
Some of the older players often offer extensive advice as a bonus for joining
their alliance, while the newer players will share their experiences as they
happen so that you can learn from each other. You must validate
your account and have a comm facility before
you can join an alliance, or even create your own.
The game admins will be happy to answer questions during the round, though
a reply from an admin may not be nearly as quick as one from another camp. The
admins will change from round to round but your primary admins are going to
be GameAdmin (Robert), NuPsiPhi (Richard), The O RLY Factor (or some variation,
Zack) and Valhalla (Val). Check the news from
the first day or so of the round to see the complete list. We will generally
announce the list there. You can also check the Statistics
pages. Admins will be listed in black.