MINOR SPOILERS: I SURVIVED BLUE ROT on my VERY FIRST TRY! Beginners Luck? I DOUBT IT. STEP BY STEP HOW I DID IT.
To go directly to my blue rot survival strategy scroll down till you see BLUE ROT in bold.
I would like to ask the dev if the 30 percent survival rate for blue rot is truly set in stone, because what I did to survive it makes complete sense in real life. Which is also a general strategy tip for anyone struggling. Treat this game like real life and you'll do just fine. The perma death truly makes me invested in my character like no game has ever done before.
This is my first post. I've clocked 36 hours of NEO Scavenger so far, Im a serious gamer but I haven't played a game for this length of time since I was a little kid (I'm now 30). I never thought it was possible that a new game would join x-com UFO Defense (NOT Enemy Unknown) and fallout 2 on my favorite games of all time list, but damn if the creator of this brilliant near perfect game hasn't done it.
Don't be confused by my title, this tip doesn't come from my first attempt at the game. This tip comes from my current play through (I'd say maybe my 8th character) which is the first time Ive contracted blue rot. Before this attempt my longest survival time had been 4 days and only ever getting about half way to Detroit before either being killed by man, or nature. I have no idea how long I've been alive now as I've lost count. I've not looked up any strategies on how to be better at the game. The only things I've looked up are a few simple statistics of certain items, skills and status that were not entirely apparent.
NOTE: I DID NOT CHEW ANY ROOTS, I also DID NOT use that "xycv" formula or whatever it's called.
I USED COMMON SENSE.
I had read about blue rot but never encountered it, I did read however about the 30% survival rate. So when I contracted it I was freaking out because I was a few hours walk from Detroit and I had full blown riot gear in mint condition.
Here are the steps I took as a program of recovery ;), which I fully believe INCREASED MY CHANCES of SURVIVING BLUE ROT because the developer made this game so true to life (albeit a heightened reality)
Stage 2 Blue Rot in effect
1. Went to the outskirt town outside of Detroit as fast as possible.
2. Got the bracelet that let me into Detroit.
3. Went to the hospital.
4. Bought a round of I.V. treatment to boost my immune system (the chairs were quite comfortable)
5. Bought a Bottle of Immune system boosting medication.
5. Went to the general store at the apartments.
6 Fully Stocked up on Sterilized Water
7. Went to the Vehicle Hotel
8. Rented a hatchback
Stage 3 BLUE ROT now in effect
I stayed in that HEATED hatchback (only wearing pants in my sleeping bag) and RESTED AND SLEPT FOR 3 STRAIGHT DAYS. MAKING SURE to KEEP MY HUNGER and THIRST bars topped off. I took an immune booster pill EVERY TIME my immune system boosted perk wore off. I only left the hatchback to pay my rent and to go eat a warm NOURISHING MEAL AT THE DINER 3 TIMES A DAY. My health never once dropped below simply sick.
Day 4: BLUE ROT FREE
I AM NOT SAYING THIS IS A FOOL PROOF and GUARANTEED method of survival. BUT I AM POSITIVE this INCREASES YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL HIGHER THAN 30%. (Can the dev back me up on this? Or even tell me I completely wasted my time)
I AM POSITIVE that taking care of myself while I was sick increased my chances of surviving this pain in the ass disease. And now, if the wikia is correct, I won't have to worry about blue rot ever again, Until I die a horrible death (most likely because I hunt Dogmen for sport with a bow, a single hunting arrow and a crowbar, yes really)
I hope I'm right about this and I hope it helps some of you deal with this apparently devastating disease.
I want to thank the developer (is his name Mark?) so very much for making the game I've always wanted and never thought I'd get which is a third game to add to my 9.999 out of 10 list.
Thanks for reading.
I Hunt Dogmen for sport because I'm a grown man.