There comes a time in all of our lives when we want more out of a game. Shoot, kill, die, respawn becomes a cyclical way of life.
As first person shooters and battle royale games take over the world, I wanted to play something else.
I was ready for something different. I wanted something I could sink my teeth into. I wanted something with a degree of difficulty that didn’t come from “pay to win” or from people playing the game for a longer period of time than me.
Kenshi was the answer. I made a Steam account just to pick this game up and give it a try. Keep reading to find out what I learned and how I’ve done.
No One Cares About Me
This is what Kenshi is all about. The NPCs in this game don’t care about you. The world does not care about you.
You are the only person who is interested in your survival. And therefore, you have to invest in yourself if you’re going to survive.
It’s definitely possible to die in this game. You can either start over or start from a previous save point. The first thing I recommend doing in this game is making sure autosave is turned on the set to every ten minutes.
Kenshi does randomly crash on occasion. Usually, it happens when I’m running at 3x speed.
If you’re having this issue happen a lot, you should check out Charlotte IT Solutions.
I’m pretty lucky. I’m a Twitch streamer. As soon as I started playing the game, I had some really cool cats dropping by to say what’s up and give me some tips and pointers.
So big shout out to everyone who has dropped by the stream to say hello and to help me out. I really appreciate and wouldn’t have achieved this level of success without you.
They were a huge help and I’d like to pass on some of that knowledge as well as some things I picked up on my own.
I highly recommend running to The Hub as fast as you can. You’re going to die quite a bit on the run there. When you first start out, your athletics skill is super low. You’re the noobiest of the noobs.
So expect to die a lot. This world is an unforgiving place. To survive, you’ll need to master farming and finance. You’ll have to grow an army that’s highly skilled. To do that, you’ll need to train them.
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Many of the recruits you’ll find throughout the world are as basic as you were when you first started.
Money and Food
I realized right away that I would need to find a way to feed an army and I would need money for research so I could craft my gear.
I started off by running to the Hub. I died three times trying to get there.
As soon as I found my way, I landed a few recruits and got them to work mining copper. There are only two shops that do any kind of trading in the area. The first is the bar at The Hub, which is the only business in town, and the Rebel Base, which is just outside of town.
To build out your empire, you’ll need to do a lot of running around to nearby cities, such as Stack and
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As you can see from the video, these towns are pretty close to The Hub. But if you’re Athletics skill is low, you’re going to have a tough time. Expect to get beat up on a regular basis until you can outrun the bandits.
Once you start mining copper, your bank will swell. You’ll want to buy up one of the cheap buildings in town and make food storage. Your mining operation will be raided often, so keep that in mind. Make sure all of your characters are carrying med kits.
After the money starts rolling in, recruit some more people and start farming hemp or cotton for cloth. You can use this cloth to make light armor for your troops and then sell it off.
I highly recommend buying the recipe for cloth Samurai pants, as once you get into high-grade quality, the profit margins are fantastic. This item only requires one piece of cloth but a specialist grade product will give you a profit of about 1,400 cats.
With a few racial exceptions, your characters need to eat. Don’t make the same mistake I made by trying to grow greenfruit.
This is a highly attractive crop. Not only can you make cooked vegetables, but you can also make biofuel with it. The land around The Hub does not grow greenfruit very well.
Stick with wheat and cactus. You can make chewsticks, dustwich, and bread, which is all you really need. If you want, you can send out hunting parties to kill animals and get meat. This can help raise fighting skills as well.
In ten days, I managed to go infinite with both food and money.
Now, I need to skill up my forces and possibly find some new recruits, though I think that is a ways off.
Overall, this game is fun. A little too much fun. In the first two weeks, I probably logged 40+ hours.
Next up from The Digital Worm, we’re going to have more streams featuring this game. Also, we’re probably going to write up some step by step guides.
Stay tuned for that and thanks for reading.