So you’ve just cleared the prologue dungeon and you’re ready for adventure uh? Here’s a bunch of things you should know:
- You can only save the game in INNs, so plan your exploration trips accordingly
- Sometimes there are multiple ways to interact with objects, don’t forget to right click to see the options!
- Replenish food and water whenever you can, to refill your water supply right click on on any source of water and you’ll get both a drink and a refill option.
- Remember that you can heal by resting, right click on yourself and select rest!
- Keep a look at your HP bar, if you can’t heal all your HP back because the bar looks capped before the max level you have one or more body parts that need to be treated with balms, leeches or other healing items
- LOOK AT YOUR MAP! You should have a map in the inventory, I missed it my first time around and spent more time I’m comfortable admitting roaming around getting ganked by bears and wolves. The map doesn’t tell you where you are, use roads and other unique places to figure out where you are if you get lost.
- Always travel diagonally in the overworld. The map is divided in squares, so by traveling diagonally you travel x1.7 times faster than going in a straight line (it’s math!) by going at the corner of a screen you can easily travel to the next diagonal screen by going left/right one screen then immediately up/down the other screen.
Health and Injuries
The HP bar not only shows your current HP, but also if any part of your body is currently injured. This is displayed by the fact that the bar doesn’t fully extend to the end. When this happens, open the Character panel (C), go to Health and check the status of your body parts.
- Leeches and Healing salves are the main way of dealing with minor injuries and restore your max HP threshold but sometimes you’ll break a limb in battle, in that case you’ll need a splint or even surgery. Always carry healing salves, bandages and a splint with you when going on a quest.
To perform one of these actions right click on the injured part and select the action from the dropdown menu:
Use a bandage to recover from bleeding.
A splint is the only way to restore a severely injured body part
Hunger and Thirst
There’s nothing worse than going on a grand adventure just to die of hunger or thirst on the first floor of a dungeon.
Stoneshard has various “resistance” stats and one of the most important ones is Hunger Resistance. This stat changes the rate of gaining Hunger. Some items increase this value, others diminish it. Keeping a high hunger resistance is key so you should prefer to buy food that not only satiate your hunger but also increase your hunger resistance. The most common one is venison meat as you can easily hunt and craft it yourself (see the hunting section).
You can replenish your waterskin at any source of water by right clicking on it:
Hunting and Cooking
While hunting is not the main focus of the game it’s something you can do to gather meat and some coin. It’s best done with a ranged weapon but melee hunting is also possible.
- The best places are the denser forest areas, to approach your prey you need to be out of their line of sight as much as possible and try to close the distance, this will allow you to attack multiple times while they try to escape so once you see an animal use tree and rocks to stay hidden and not alert your prey.
- If you don’t have a bow, the Mutilating Lunge skill of the Axe can still be an effective way of closing the distance with a fleeing prey while dealing damage to it.
- The easiest way to hunt something if you are close to the edge (or even better the corner) of the map chunk is to lead your prey to it, only NPCs that are aggroing you will exit the sector, ones that are fleeing are trapped inside (at least in the current version of the game) so you can very easily close the distance and kill them off. Cheesy but effective.
- Venison meat: In the current version both Deer and Moose drop venison meat -30% raw, can cause poisoning or vomiting when raw. When cooked goes up only to -40% Hunger but adds -15% Hunger resistance, a very useful stat that slows hunger down
- Deer Hide: takes 6 tiles (2×3) in the inventory, sells for 50 coins
- Deer Antlers: takes 2 tiles in the inventory, sells for 50 coins
- Moose Hide: takes a whopping 9 (3×3) tiles in the inventory, sells for 150 coins
- Moose Antlers: takes 2 tiles in the inventory, sells for 150 coins
- Fox Pelt: takes 6 tiles (2×3) in the inventory, sells for 80 coins
Cooking is extremely simple, you just need to find a fire or a place that can host one, right click on it and select cook. This will cook one item in your inventory, open the inventory and select it multiple time to cook all your meat.
Plants and Fungi
- Fly Agaric