Beginner's Guide

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Here is a simple guide of what to do, what not to do, and an idea of your daily routine that should be done before making any other decisions.

Daily Routine

  1. Head to the Item tagger.gifItem tagger.gifWatchtower Watchtower and select the option to "scan the surroundings". This helps the Small falsecity.gifSmall falsecity.gifTown Town estimate an accurate magnitude of tonight's attack. Getting an early idea on how many zombies that will be attacking the town will give the town more time to plan out their day.
  2. Check the Town Small chat.gifSmall chat.gifForums Forums: here you can read and discuss what the other players are doing. Doing this will give you an idea of what YOU can do to help, whether it be head to the Item metal beam.gifItem metal beam.gifConstruction Sites Construction Sites to help build, or go out into the Small world.gifSmall world.gifWorld Beyond World Beyond Small gather.gifSmall gather.gifScavenging Scavenging for resources.
  3. Take your daily ration of water at Small well.gifSmall well.gifThe Well The Well. This is essential for survival, don't drink for three days, and you die. If you haven't noticed, this applies to real life as well!
    1. Some towns will discuss Small help.gifSmall help.gifTutorial:Rationing rationing water, a strategy which everyone only drinks only if they are Status thirst.gifStatus thirst.gifThirsty Thirsty, so they do not become Status dehyd.gifStatus dehyd.gifDehydrated Dehydrated!.
    2. If you do not need to drink that day, fetch your Item water.gifItem water.gifWater Ration Water Ration and put it in Item chest citizen.gifItem chest citizen.gifThe Bank The Bank; it can be used for Constructions later.

Decision Making

  1. Golden Rule number 2: when in doubt, ask. Never hesitate to ask. When nobody answers you, try to find the answer using this wiki.
    1. Golden Rule number 1 is: always have doubt unless you know what you're doing.
  2. If you haven't already, read the posts on the Small chat.gifSmall chat.gifForums Forums, then base your plan off what the town wants people to do.
    1. If the town has enough defense for the night, head outside into the Small world.gifSmall world.gifWorld Beyond World Beyond to scavenge for resources. See Small help.gifSmall help.gifTutorial:Exploring Tutorial:Exploring first so you don't get injured, trapped or killed.
    2. If the town has sufficient resources and is demanding work at the Item metal beam.gifItem metal beam.gifConstruction Sites Construction Sites, you're more or less in luck: head over there and build the building the town has instructed you to build, nothing else.
    3. If the town asks you to do certain tasks at the Small refine.gifSmall refine.gifWorkshop Workshop (such as dismantle objects or create Item metal.gifItem metal.gifWrought Iron Wrought Iron and Item wood2.gifItem wood2.gifTwisted Plank Twisted Plank), go do it, but only create Item metal.gifItem metal.gifWrought Iron Wrought Iron from Item metal bad.gifItem metal bad.gifScrap Metal Scrap Metal, and Item wood2.gifItem wood2.gifTwisted Plank Twisted Plank from Item wood bad.gifItem wood bad.gifRotting Log Rotting Log, NEVER downgrade a Item metal beam.gifItem metal beam.gifMetal Support Metal Support or Item wood beam.gifItem wood beam.gifPatchwork Beam Patchwork Beam into those. It is a waste of Small pa.gif.
  3. Vote for the Small city up.gifSmall city up.gifBuilding upgrades project of the day, but as late as possible. The daily project can upgrade one upgradable building a day for free, only requiring the players to vote for it once every day. Since only one building can be upgraded a day, it is important to know what the town wants, then vote. There is no harm in waiting.

Other Tips

  1. Do not combine items just because you can.
    1. Items like Item lights.gifItem lights.gifBox of Matches Box of Matches and a Item wood bad.gifItem wood bad.gifRotting Log Rotting Log can be combined to make a Item torch.gifItem torch.gifTorch Torch, which are not to be used unless the town is desperate.
    2. Never combine two Item pharma.gifItem pharma.gifPharmaceutical Products Pharmaceutical Products together, as a Small hero.gifSmall hero.gifHero Hero can get much better results out of them than a Item basic suit.gifItem basic suit.gifResident Resident. Unless the town has no heroes, never touch them.
    3. If you see a Item radio off.gifItem radio off.gifRadio Cassette Player (no battery) Radio Cassette Player (no battery), do not use a Item pile.gifItem pile.gifBattery Battery to power it unless the radio is needed for a construction, the Item pile.gifItem pile.gifBattery Battery has many other uses.
    4. If you see a Item grenade empty.gifItem grenade empty.gifPlastic Bag Plastic Bag, do not use a Item water.gifItem water.gifWater Ration Water Ration to make a Item grenade.gifItem grenade.gifWater Bomb Water Bomb, because the Item water.gifItem water.gifWater Ration Water Ration may be better used elsewhere.
    5. The list goes on and on. See all combinations here.
  2. Do not consume alcohol if you plan on leaving the town.
    1. First of all, you shouldn't be drinking alcohol in the first place: alcohol should be saved for emergencies. Item vodka.gifItem vodka.gifVodka Marinostov Vodka Marinostov is also used in constructing the Small refine.gifSmall refine.gifArchitect's Study Architect's Study, a building of extreme usefulness, so don't even think of touching it unless the building has already been built.
    2. Being Status drunk.gifStatus drunk.gifDrunk Drunk significantly reduces your ability to scavenge. If you use any of the alcoholic items, use your Small pa.gif on construction or in the workshop.
  3. If surrounded by zombies out in the Small world.gifSmall world.gifWorld Beyond World Beyond, do not run away or panic; if possible, do nothing. Zombies are incredibly patient until 23:00, so you're safe until then. Head over to read Small help.gifSmall help.gifTutorial:Trapped! this tutorial instead.
    1. Running will always result in an injury. A Item bandage.gifItem bandage.gifBandage Bandage is rare, and without getting healed, you will develop an Status infect.gifStatus infect.gifInfected Infection, and then, likely, Small death.gifSmall death.gifDeath die. Being Status wound.gifStatus wound.gifWounded Wounded is serious because it will lower your maximum Small pa.gif to 5, as well has having another random, undesirable effect.
  4. Do not build a Upgrade house1.gifUpgrade house1.gifHovel Hovel during the first few days.
    1. This costs 6 Small pa.gif, and may get you shunned, depending on how extreme your community happens to be.
  5. Point people to the Die2Nite wiki.
    1. If you haven't noticed yet, it's a treasure trove of knowledge that everyone can benefit from.
  6. Get the whole town to use one of the external map applications.
    1. This will help you plan your scavenging routes easier, as it tells you how many zombies are in any zone and what items there are. Remember to update it whenever you go scavenging.
    2. The effects are much more significant when the whole town collaborates together to draw the map.