Survival Guide - Dust Settles: Shelter Level 1
These are your basic shelters and the one building you will start the game
with. They can only hold a few people, but this building will give you and the
rest of your camp somewhere to sleep until you can build something more permanent.
Shelter level 1s are cheap and small. These are the very basic, starting shelter that you and your friends threw up as soon as you crawled out of the rubble. This tent will provide you shelter and will allow you to house more people as you find them, but you will have to build more shelters in order to increase your population. Having extra shelter space around of some type is very important since your recruit returns can vary and since you could have a random group of wandering survivors stroll past. If you do not have the space to house them, those survivors will pass by.
You will build more shelter 1s through the Construct screen, the same way you will build all the other buildings throughout the game.
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You can increase the number of people each of your shelters will hold by researching
Housing. Because your Housing research will start at a minimum of 1, you will
start with a total shelter space of 6 instead of the basic 5 that a shelter
1 would otherwise hold.
Shelter level 1s are simple and cheap to build, but their low capacity means
that you will have to build a large number to hold many people. This costs land,
and come winter, can cost you an almost
excessive amount of building supplies to keep your people warm. While shelter
1s are great, you may want to consider building shelter
level 2s from the beginning, if you can afford the extra workers and building
Your only displays regarding shelter 1s can be found on the top
bar. Here you have two counters, one which shows how much shelter space
you have total vs. how much is available and the other which shows what percent
of your total shelter space is full. Since shelters have no staffing cost, there
is no reason to unstaff them, thus the Construct screen's table showing your
buildings will only show you how much each of your buildings will hold.
When you decide to upgrade to shelter level 2s or 3s, you will have to keep
your shelter 1s until the other buildings are constructed. You cannot leave
your people without shelter, even if you are constructing more. You
cannot demolish shelters that have people in them, even if it is only a single