Shmoo and I play a game called The Long Dark by Hinterland Studio Inc.
It’s still in beta on Steam, and is multi-platform.
Shmoo bought the game for me a few months after he got it, because I used to constantly yell at him while he played that he was going to die because he wasn’t taking care of himself properly and it stressed me out. Mostly, he just wanted me to stop yelling at him.
Basically, as an online friend said when asking us about the game…”so it’s an eaten by a wolf sim?” Yes. Yes it is.
Funny things we’ve learned about Canada and survival:
Canadian flags are impervious to weather, wind, and geomagnetic disaster, also, they are always flapping perfectly in the wind, even if there is no wind. I am not even sure a nuclear blast could take out a Canadian flag.
Canadians drink a lot of soda. A lot. Summit Soda. Stacy’s Grape Soda. Orange Soda. It’s all soda, all the time!
You can’t freeze your food outside to preserve it, even though everything outside is frozen or on the way to becoming frozen. Because reasons.
You can’t take a car hood/trunk and make a sled out of it to tote all your heavy shit around. Also because reasons.
Standing beside a fire in your warm clothes doesn’t cause hyperthermia, even when the “feels like” temp gets up to 130(F) and you’ve been standing beside it for several hours.
Cooking 85 lbs of bear meat in a fishing hut during a blizzard is totally normal, as is shooting a bear twice, having it maul you almost to the point of death, and then finding it freshly dead on the road the next day after you’ve recovered some.
While I’ve always been of the (admittedly biased) opinion everyone in Canada knits, there’s actually not one fucking knitting related item in TLD. Items appear to be knit graphically, but then you repair them with cloth, so that’s just not so.
Actual game tips:
Start on Pilgrim, unlock all the zones. Get a feel for the basics of the game.
Condensed milk is your friend. high calories, long shelf life, low weight for what it offers.
Never pass up a cat tail. You can eat them, and use them to start fires. They are super light weight.
Birds mean dead bodies. Dead bodies mean you should go check for loot. Also did you know you can store shit on a corpse? It’s apparently a container.
Food poisoning won’t kill you, it just makes you weak (assuming you are at 100%). You don’t even have to medicate it, just go sleep it off. (Also, you sometimes get Food Poisoning from food you don’t expect to give it to you.)
It’s best to shoot a wolf just after he’s taken down/eating a deer, and then you get the skin/meat/gut from both. Doing it this way saves ammo and it’s easier to aim.
The best set of maps we’ve found:
Things we’d like to see added:
An auto-run button. My dog sleeps on my desk while I play. Our cat sleeps on my husband’s side. Sometimes it’d be nice to be able to allow my hands to rest and perhaps move an animal while I was walking straight in the game.
A sled/contraption for moving a lot of gear from zone to zone. You don’t necessarily want to stay where you start out.
Trash cans or the ability to trash things/clean up things like random trash in the floor etc, because seriously, it bothers me. (I won’t even begin to start on the dead bodies that just stay in the buildings with you, cause you know, breathing in decay isn’t bad for you. Nope nope nope!)
Also the ability upgrade/change items (like the bed) by pulling mats/blankets from other places (housing groups, cabins, etc).
Beer! (This is shmoo’s suggestion.)
It’s a beautiful game. The graphics are lovely and often you just find yourself stopping a moment to enjoy them.
I know the point of the game isn’t to become another Minecraft and that’s not the end goal of the game designers, but really, if my survival is on the line, I’m going to use all the skills I have to keep myself going, and I feel like currently a lot of those basic common sense skills are too limited.
That being said, we both have a lot of hours /played on this one, and it’s been well worth what we’ve spent on it, and it’s not even done yet. The final version is supposed to have a story mode that explains what’s gone wrong in this region of Canada and why you are stuck there surviving. I know we are both looking forward to that being complete.