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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: [Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead] Tales of the Apocalypse
« Last post by racurtne on November 18, 2017, 10:38:54 PM »
I used to play pks rebalance mod. Just forgot before I started this one. I'll start on that if this guy dies.

His chemistry skills allowed him to make disinfectant which saved him from infection a couple of times.

Fixing up the car is slow work. Got upgraded solar panels installed now. Looted from a car. I can actually weld a lot now and can also cook all my food in the meth mobile thanks to my new kitchen unit.
Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: [Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead] Tales of the Apocalypse
« Last post by Pale Horse on November 18, 2017, 09:37:51 PM »
You guys are all playing the experimental version right?

Yup.  There's just been too much added since the last official release.
Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: [Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead] Tales of the Apocalypse
« Last post by Hauwke on November 18, 2017, 09:13:06 PM »
You guys are all playing the experimental version right?
Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Armageddon gifs and memes
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: [Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead] Tales of the Apocalypse
« Last post by Akaramu on November 18, 2017, 08:35:17 PM »

I just have to post this update because this is crazy. Since no one told him to leave, Adrian holed up in a tiny little room with a door (between two empty display racks), put his insulation mat on the floor, and the sleeping bag on top. The sleeping bag was surprisingly cozy. Finally, a chance to warm up his hurting hands and feet!

But... he couldn't sleep. Huge explosions kept waking him up. Surely they must have happened somewhere far away? The shelter was safe, after all. It had those strong barricades, and various guards with guns. Capable adults who knew what they were doing. So the boy tried going back to sleep.

Until, at some point, I realized the quest given to me by the place's leader was flagged as 'failed'. After just a few hours. Anxious, Adrian opened the door of his tiny little one-tile hideout... to see massive destruction. The horde was coming, and it was coming in force. Note: Somewhere in that gory mess on the left side is the former guy in charge. I do NOT think the 'story stuff' was meant to pan out like this. This is Cataclysm at its best.

Now the poor kid is on the run again. He can't even rely on adults with guns anymore...

Man it's amazing how fast I can pile up non-perishable meat when I don't have to eat an entire pack of coyotes every day.
Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: [Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead] Tales of the Apocalypse
« Last post by Akaramu on November 18, 2017, 07:45:06 PM »
Adrian Holt had the most interesting first day experience so far.

He's just a kid, ten years old, and doesn't know anything about fighting or outdoors survival. Back when the world was normal, he enjoyed working with computers and taking apart electronic appliances (much to the dismay of his mother). He studied some dusty old book that claimed to hold the secret to real magic, though he never believed strongly enough to actually try any of the recipes inside. He still remembers a couple of them, though. He's an exceptionally smart kid who could grow to be an exceptional person in this post-apocalyptic world - if he lives long anough.

When the cataclysm happened, Adrian was separated from his parents and snatched the last spot on an evac van heading to one of the government shelters. His neighbor - a gruff Greek doctor named Atomos Andreadis - happened to be sitting in the same van. Since she was the only person he knew, and he is quite a well-mannered and adorable kid, she became his protector. He soon found out that doctor Andreadis had various fields of expertise including but not limited to the use of a woodchopping axe.

Eventually, it was just the two of them left at the evac shelter. Everyone else had already gone to check on their homes or to look for supplies. Knowing that they had run out of food, Atomos took Adrian by the hand (her trusty axe gripped in the other) and led him to a nearby building, where they hit the jackpot: a big bag of stuff someone had packed for a journey they never embarked on. The contents included a full set of army gear for Atomos, a bunch of socks, a raincoat and hood to keep Adrian a little warmer, and an insulation mat with a sleeping bag. Knowing he wouldn't be any use in combat, Adrian took the backpack and volunteered himself as doctor Andreadis' pack mule. Clearly amused by the idea, the woman smirked, turned back around, and stepped back outside to chop some zombies with her axe. Whenever they encountered one of the creatures, Atomos would step forward and take care of the problem while Adrian hid behind her back, loaded down by the backpack and raincoat that were too large for him.

Eventually, they managed to collect a bit of food and drink and decided to hole up in a basement to wait for nightfall. 'There's a big refugee shelter on the other side of the city,' Atomos told Adrian. 'Once it gets dark, we go around the city through the meadows, avoiding the roads. We'll be safe at the shelter. They have guards and supplies.'

It was a cold, moonless night when Adrian and Atomos emerged from the basement. The boy could barely see his hand before his face, and even though he had two flashlights with batteries, he didn't dare use them. 'If you see one of the creatures,' Atomos said, 'just run. I'll take care of it. If we get separated, keep running until you reach the shelter.'

Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long for Adrian to trip over the first walking dead in the nightly gloom. Then another, and another. Every time they came, he ran. He couldn't tell how much time he spent running - his lungs felt as if they were on fire - but by the time he heard the huge explosions to the northeast, he could no longer hear Atomos' footsteps behind him. He didn't know what had happened to her - he didn't believe she was dead, the woman had been fine moments ago. As instructed, he kept going despite the fire and the explosions that lit up the sky ahead of him, hoping that his protector would eventually catch up.

Fortunately, the explosions were not coming from the refugee shelter. The burning buildings seemed to belong to some kind of police hub on the north end of town. Adrian didn't dare approach it for a closer look, but the flickering fires revealed a huge battle between walking dead and a number of formerly police-employed cyborgs. All that noise kept the nearby zombies distracted, so Adrian managed to run past the chain link fence and make a dash for the refugee center without any more trouble. His hands and feet troubled him, though. They felt like they were made of ice, and he could tell he had slowed down considerably since leaving the basement.

The center was nothing like what he had expected. The people there turned him away, telling him they had already taken in too many and couldn't feed them all. A couple folks were kind of shady-looking and he avoided making eye contact with them. As he explored the fortified buildings in search of help, Adrian met a kindly trader who gave him a warm trenchcoat and a pair of boots in exchange for one of his flashlights. No one had food or water to spare, though. Adrian realized he'd have to find supplies on his own, at least until Atomos joined him. Would she, though? Hours had passed, and there was no sign of the woman...

He's just an elementary school kid. What's he going to do without Atomos, his protector?

There is a mercenary at the shelter, a man who could act as a bodyguard - for a price. Adrian can't afford to pay him right now. The man who appears to be in charge of the place mentioned he needs help, too, and he sometimes lets people join if they prove useful enough. But he doesn't have any jobs for a 10 year old kid. Adrian will have to look elsewhere for allies, and if he finds any - maybe they'll agree to work in exchange for a permanent place at the shelter.

Random fun fact: Adrian's favorite item is the Guy Fawkes mask he picked up at one of the houses he and Atomos searched for supplies. It makes him feel like a badass, and helps him be a little less afraid.

((Note for newer players: there is a bunch of story stuff going on at this particular location, I'm not going to spoil it so others can still discover it)).

Also, PK's rebalance mod is awesome. This is like a whole new game! Even the basic buildings are designed differently, I've seen some new zombie types on day 1, and there are far more 'normal' houses in cities. This feels much more realistic. No more 24 shops for 6 homes.
Carnivore again.  Just now.

Ugh.  At least I'm still a "Light Eater".
Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Sekrit Santa 2017!
« Last post by ShaLeah on November 18, 2017, 06:36:57 PM »
Dooooo it!
Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: [Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead] Tales of the Apocalypse
« Last post by Pale Horse on November 18, 2017, 06:25:30 PM »
Despite there being 4 beds in the house, Thad likes to sleep in my character's.  I can only assume there's something going on between them.  I guess he digs the white scales and forked tongue.

Get your lovin' where you can, I guess.  When the world's gone to shit, if you can swing a bat, fire a gun or provide food no one comments much about your kinks.

Have you progressed far enough to develop carnivore or cannibalistic-like traits?  If so, I say you eat him.
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