Survival Guide - Dust Settles' Main Screen: The Top Bar
The top bar on the main screen is where
most of your major counters, displays, and basic camp information can be found.
The information contained on the top bar is generally considered to be some
of the most important information that you will be dealing with throughout the
game. Many of these displays will be useful every turn.
At the top of this part of your screen, you will see the image that represents
whatever class you have chosen for the
round. In this instance, the admin, Valhalla was a Scout. The color scheme of
this main image and the entire page will change depending on the season.
Beside the image of the Scout, you can see your
camp name, player ID, and what class you are. To the right of this is the Survival Guide
logo and version number. Overall, this part of the top bar is as much for looks
At the top right corner of this image, you will see one or two large ovals. The first oval shows the current server time (which is Eastern Standard or Daylight Time depending on the time of the year), so that you can always have an idea of what time it is according to our server. The second oval may or may not be visible, depending on whether or not you have a weather station constructed. This is the Strontium-90 (Sr-90) fallout display. Once your weather station is up and running, you will be able to keep track of how high or low the radiation levels are so that you can better know why so many pop are being lost to radiation and so that you can judge whether or not you might want to build some dusters.
If you decide that closing your browser window is just not enough of a disconnect
or if you want to change to a different camp without having to close that browser
window, then you can click the Logout button found on the very right of this
top image. This will instantly clear your login cookie. You will still be shown
as active for 15 minutes because we only log recent activity. This means that
if you have clicked a page in the last 15 minutes, whether you have logged out
or not, you will be shown as active.
To the right of your turn counter, you will see a counter showing you how many
days have passed since the apocalypse. You start on Day 1 after the apocalypse,
and each day after will move you forward through time, changing seasons as needed.
With a little less than 4,000 possible days in a round, you will run your camp for
around 6 game years.
As your score increases and decreases, the
changes will be displayed just below your turn counter on the top bar. Usually
this value will only really change after you end
a turn, but if you are attacked mid
turn, your score will change with the next page that you click, when the battle
results will show up at the top of your screen. Towards the beginning of the
game, your score may not seem to change very much at all, but as you progress
through you will be able to watch your score increase faster, especially once
you start building nukes and participating
in major battles. For more information
on score calculations please see the explanation on the Winning and Score page.
One of the main things you are competing for in this game is overall rank based
on score. Just as your score will update
after end-turns and attacks, your rank will update, whenever you are bumped
up or down. This may mean when you click between pages before ending a turn
if another person close to you is playing as well.
Here you will be able to find out how many people
you have, total, in your camp. As your population increases you will see the
changes displayed here. This number and your number of available people, which
is not displayed on the top bar, will be two of your most important population
In order to give you a bit of a break, you will find a research display at
the top of your page under your score counter. This research display will show
you what your basic labs are currently assigned
to research and what level that topic
is currently at. You won't have to worry about checking your Learn page every
turn to see how close you are to reaching a specific goal.
This display will show you whether you currently have buildings
in the construction queue or whether
that queue is empty. This is useful for those times when you have a lot to build
and not enough population to assign as workers
so that everything can be built at once. You can see whether your workers still
have things to build or whether you can change an assignment, say adding something
new to construct or assigning those workers to a different post.
At the end of this row, you will be able to keep track of your population's
morale. Morale has numerous effects on your
camp's daily actions, from your returns after recruiting
or exploring to your ability to even
do certain activities, like build nukes.
You can keep your eyes on the basic morale display here to make sure that it
is not dropping too low.
As you progress through the game, you will gain land through exploration. Beside a small image of a desert-like horizon on the left, you will see two counters, one showing how much total land you have and the other showing how much of that land is available for use.
Shelter is a very important resource
to keep track of as you progress through the game. Without available shelter,
you will not be able to increase your population.
The two counters beside the small image of a tent will show you how much total
shelter you have and exactly how much of
that shelter is available for new people.
The display below "Your Camp" gives you a quick note of how full your
total shelter space is. The closer this number gets to 100%, the fewer people
you will be able to add to your camp. Obviously as you get larger, 2% available
shelter can mean 5,000 or more available spaces.
Your food storage is displayed right
on the top bar beside a picture of a hamburger, so that you can keep a close
eye on how much food you have in storage as
you are making your choices of what to do for that day(s). You will see both
how many total units of food you have in storage and the percent of your available
food storage that is being used.
In order to help you keep track of your disposables in storage, you can look beside the picture of the roll of toilet paper on the top bar to see two counters meant for this purpose. The top counter will show you the total number of disposables that you have in storage and the bottom number will show you how much of your disposable storage space is in use.
Your excess building supplies held in
storage are displayed in the counters beside the hammer. The top number shows
you exactly how many supplies you have in storage,
and the bottom number show how much of your storage space is in use.
Below the main resource counters, you will find your comm
facility display. This display will let you know in brief how you stand
on communications coverage. Depending on the message displayed, you will know
whether you need to build more immediately, build more soon, or whether you
are perfectly covered.
To the right of your comm facility display, you will find a counter showing your current waste buildup. You will need to keep plenty of landfills and/or incinerators to keep this number as low as possible. Once your waste has reached overflow status, 100% +, your morale will drop instantly to terrible and your people will begin dying of illness.
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Just under the comm facility display, you will find your Advanced Research display.
This display will show you how much research
you currently have in the topic your advanced
labs are set to research. This is very useful when you are going for a specific
level of research before switching to a new topic. You will only be able to
see this display if you are researching something in your advanced labs.
The final piece of your top bar is your CEP
counter. This counter is displayed below your waste buildup counter and shows
you how many total CEPs you have. Just as with US dollars, you can have a part
of a CEP, so this display shows your CEP's to 2 decimal places (think pennies).