Survival Guide - Dust Settles: Main Screen
The main screen of Survival Guide:Dust Settles will be the first screen you see
when you log in for the first time and every time after that. This will be the
page you will return to every time you end a turn. This is the page that frames
the rest of the game's pages and is the basic template for the rest of the pages.
Scroll over the different parts of the image for a quick link to the detailed explanation of what is on that part of the screen or read below for a summary.
There are a few basic parts to the main page, all of which will
be present to at least some extent throughout all of the other game pages. The
only pages that do not have the same format/layout as this main screen are the
forums, certain statistics
pages, and any page that takes you out of the game. Most all of these will open
in a new browser window so that you can post or check on certain things while
still remaining in-game. Each of the main parts is described in basic form below.
Click the link within the information or to the side for more details on what
information/links are in each of the main parts.
The left column contains the primary sub-pages
that you will be using during the game. If the links are dark gray, you will
be able to click them and see the page. If the word is light gray, this means
the page is disabled until you have met certain requirements, such as having
certain buildings built and active. Below
this is a quick display showing you some basic infrastructure
information, followed by links to your Daily Standing Orders and the Camp Leader's Lounge.
The right column contains mostly message
notifiers and Neutral Exchange Camp links.
You also will see all of your weather and
season information in this column. Below
the Neutral Exchange Camp links are links for the button
to buy a few CEPs, if you are interested, and for trading in-game credits for CEPs.
The middle part of the screen will change
according to what page you are on. On the main page, you will have your camp's
second-in-command. This is the guy responsible for giving you your results from
the day before. You will also see a display of your last end-turn
report. Beside your top man, you have a display of your "camp". Obviously,
showing all 100,000 labs, 250,000 farms,
and 150,000 storage huts that you might
have towards the end of the game on one full screen alone would be practically
impossible (especially if you wanted the page dynamic and to load in a reasonable
amount of time). Instead, each time you build a new, different building
from the Construct page, you will
get a representative image on your map. Due to date of creation and overall
space limitations, fire pits and guard
towers will not be represented on this map.
The bottom bar contains messenger
commands, alliance tools, and other game
related feature like the news, rules, this manual, forums, the bug report form, and your profile.
Below this bar you will see details about player numbers and even see how many
other players are on at the same time. Other game stats and copyright information
sit here as well.
The end turn buttons are how you will
progress forward in the game. Once you have set up all the tasks that you want
to do that day(s), you will select the number of days you want to end at once
and click the button. This moves you forward at least one day in the game and
gives you the results so you can go again.