Disease/Water/Fire: Early game struggles!
Hey all :)
Fairly new to the game (about 10 hours), but thought I'd post here because I'm having the same failure every game.
Practically every time I die, it's down to some sort of infection. Typically cholera/waterborne infection, but also sepsis from infected wounds etc.
Sometimes the cold too - I've had attempts where even after scavenging 9 or so buildings I find no clothes! But I guess that's just freaky luck o_0
I think the longest I've lasted so far is about three days, and that was when almost everything went perfectly (got excellent clothing and a lighter immediately, incapacitated a thug and stole his meat cleaver and rucksack, had a big camp with saucepans and the other basic essentials). Then I bled out after a Dogman spontaneously showed up to claw me to death - I had no sterile bandages left for the wounds.
The biggest problem for me seems to be getting enough water and the fire to clean it. Even when I hoard all the bottles I find, it's only enough to wash a few rags - and that leaves nothing sterile to drink. And unless I'm missing something, you have to lug it back to your campsite, because it's the only place you can store all the wood you need to stoke the fire up - which wastes time.
Also, I'm dependent on weather to start a fire anyway, since I haven't taken Trapping yet (I know I probably should, but I feel it's a bit of a cop out to always "have" to take that skill...) - so when it rains constantly for three days straight things go to hell.
Perhaps I should try starting a fire next to a river, and purifying a big batch of water all at once? That's the only solution I can think of, early game...