MenaAthena

Tips on how to be Courteous to Fellow Players

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Ok so first of all, I consider myself veteran player of Don't Starve Together, I took part in building many, very successful bases and I also helped a lot other people. I really strongly disagree with few things you wrote, althrough I see that you are good kind hearted person which are always desired in DST.

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  • Don't ask where the Base is Right After Joining: This one's simple, but it goes a long way in not annoying people. Now I know that when you first enter a server you want to know where you can come to at night to cook and spam the /dance emote, but be patient. If you aren't given directions or offered an escort, explore, gather some things, get your bearings. People will respect you more if you survive a few days before asking where the base is located. Who knows, you may even find it on your own!

When I enter server I ALWAYS ask for base location, especially when it's not autumn/beggining of the server. First of all there is never any flint or other useful materials around, and without flint you cannot progress. My thinking when asking for base location immediately is that I know what can I do, and I know that I can help those people a lot, all I ask for is a little bit of trust and some basic help, which is all about flint in the beggining. If you get flint - you can get everything else by yourself quickly. When I join server, I am just afraid people won't survive without me, especially if there are already any ghosts present.

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  • Don't Pick Everything: When first entering one of the many randomly generated islands, our brains tend to immediately slip into PICK ALL THE THINGS mode, especially those of us who've spent a fair amount of time in the single player game. However, when playing in multipayer, one has to stop and think, "Hey, if I systematically pick every bit of flint, grass, twigs, and food from around the portal in a ten mile radius, then there won't be anything left for new players!" Please, be considerate. How can you expect new players to survive a few days if they can't even scrounge up enough for a torch?

I disagree with that as well. If you don't pick up everything, most of the time it won't be picked up by players that are actually useful and intend to play for a bit longer, usually it will be picked by players that just join server, roam around and quit - or worse, join server and use found flint to grief for longer period of time before they die. Griefers it's basically  main reason I stopped playing DST, I just can't (and don't want to) deal with that crap. My first two questions when joining server is usually "Where is camp?" followed by "Is admin online?".

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  • Drop some Flint by the Portal: It's a small thing that'll help out people just entering the server. You don't even have to go out of the way to do it; if you happen to be pasing by the portal and have some flint to spare, just drop some by it, or make a pickaxe to leave behind so they can collect their own. Heck, I've heard of people making a chest by the portal containing equipment like torches, rabbit earmuffs, and pickaxes to help new players out.

As I wrote previously, I would gladly leave stuff near portal for people, or even make a path with signs to base. I did it once, wanna know result? Well, griefers used it to find and burn base quicker and easier than they otherwise would.

 

The rest I agree with completly. I like playing with people that are useful, trying to go outside and explore a bit, and then bring lots of useful stuff to the base. That's the way I play and that's the way I respect the most. 

 

But I don't even hate on players that just stay in base and eat stuff. I treat them like my little kids that I take care off, being glad they are at least not griefing in any way.

 

PS: As I said I stopped playing DST, but I would gladly return and check out new stuff, all I need it's some good people to have fun with. Add me on steam if you want http://steamcommunity.com/id/FTR_ek/

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On 3/2/2016 at 7:49 PM, MenaAthena said:

I'll have to admit, I'm one of those people who picks flowers on the first day... It's an old habit from my early days in the single player game, and I like to have a garland early to help negate and restored sanity lost at evening and night. I try not to pick more than I need though.

i only pick flowers to keep base from fire in summer. No exception.

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8 hours ago, hyiltiz said:

i only pick flowers to keep base from fire in summer. No exception.

But you have ice flingers for that, except when the world starts in spring or summer even.

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1 hour ago, WishIHadAFridge said:

But you have ice flingers for that, except when the world starts in spring or summer even.

I split my base into two sections: a circular section protected by flingo, and everything else that is nonflammable. Nonflammable as they are, flowers around them make me nervous.

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actually i now love to join on winter or summer,cos its more fun XD
just remember on summer you need to find guano that means cave is nearby,and on winter just make sure to find 2 sapling and 2 grass before you die XD

but better use wigfrid tho

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I just wanted to say. build your fire pits "down or up" from your base and your farms for ice flingomatics, as they will put out your campfires. This way, they can constantly be on bringing you reliable food sources by freezing mobs, keeping your base fine and replenishing dried plants. I hate it when my friends don't do this after every request.

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Great post,

It is always more fun to play with a courteous player like you.

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Speaking from experience, when joining a world I would consider it . . . well, considerate to not pick or use mandrakes without asking the host. Those suckers are rare, and personally, I like leaving mine in the ground until I need them, as an active safety measure, but I've had some (I'm assuming new) players dig them up and ask if I wanted to make a soup out of them :p

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13 hours ago, TheTraditionalGentleman said:

Speaking from experience, when joining a world I would consider it . . . well, considerate to not pick or use mandrakes without asking the host. Those suckers are rare, and personally, I like leaving mine in the ground until I need them, as an active safety measure, but I've had some (I'm assuming new) players dig them up and ask if I wanted to make a soup out of them :p

This! I've had players pick mandrakes I've specifically moved to a base at dusk/night.

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10 hours ago, MikoWebster said:

This! I've had players pick mandrakes I've specifically moved to a base at dusk/night.

I know, right? I've always wanted to put them into a mandrake garden, but maybe I'll have to put up a sign saying not to pick them on pain of death . . . 

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unlike minecraft or terraria or starbound, etc.. DST bases doesn't really seem like "bases", at most they look more like a camp site (sleep area + storage area + cooking area + farming area + hunting/fishing ground + pig/rabbit neighbors + cave entrance, etc..) most things are out defenseless in the open, so public servers are more prone to griefers, some griefers don't even realize they are griefing so thanks a lot for this thread. haha.

but anyways, i wonder how klei is gonna handle griefers (accidental griefers or not) on public servers?

any griefer with a torch and hammer can totally wreak havoc, then steal any valuables at camp and then log out waiting for another server restart before doing it all over again..

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Vote for kick should be enabled by default in all public servers.

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14 hours ago, hyiltiz said:

Vote for kick should be enabled by default in all public servers.

Fairly sure it is, though. I have the option on my server.

1 minute ago, WildWesternWilson said:

Fairly sure it is, though. I have the option on my server.

Maybe I'm completely wrong and I have it set by default or something, but hey!

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Not being a freeloader should be something to avoid. It drives me nuts when people join in and just hang around camp, eat my food, and aimlessly wander around picking up random junk (which they then hoard onto). If you join a world, try using your character's strengths to help the group. If you're Woodie, get wood. If you're Wickerbottem, maybe help with growing crops, bird farming, etc. If your Wigfrid, make spears and helmets for everyone. Etc. If nothing else, pick a task and stick with it. Preferable something that the camp needs, but as long as you're contributing and earning your share of the food, you'll probably find others welcoming you a lot more. 

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On 5/14/2016 at 3:38 AM, TalZahn said:

A suggestion for ghosts:

If things are hectic and you end up a ghost, see if you can help.

Just don't ever haunt Webber's nests unless he wants you to destroy them all. You can end up destroying his nests by making spiders attack them, which is good if you want a t3 to be broken. Bad if you break T1-2 nests, wasting a spider egg. The number of times a dead player just straight up ruins my nests is just whyyy.

Also for goodness sake WX players need to ask before eating all our gears, we really needed them for ice flingers... forcing a rollback.

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Has anyone mentioned, 'Drop Your Items Before You Leave For Good'?

 

I dunno, if you're carrying stuff that's important (Heck, maybe even an Eyebone!), you should really take it out if you are leaving --- especially if you know for a fact you won't be coming back. 

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3 hours ago, WildWesternWilson said:

Has anyone mentioned, 'Drop Your Items Before You Leave For Good'?

 

I dunno, if you're carrying stuff that's important (Heck, maybe even an Eyebone!), you should really take it out if you are leaving --- especially if you know for a fact you won't be coming back. 

Yes. I brought this up in the first post, actually :p

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9 hours ago, WildWesternWilson said:

Has anyone mentioned, 'Drop Your Items Before You Leave For Good'?

 

I dunno, if you're carrying stuff that's important (Heck, maybe even an Eyebone!), you should really take it out if you are leaving --- especially if you know for a fact you won't be coming back. 

The eyebone actually drops automatically as you leave the server so you don't have to do it yourself!

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'Basically yes'

 

My skimming skills are not good enough!

 

'And on the Eyebone thing. Did not know. Cool.

 

(My apologies about my post, my iPad is acing up so it is coming out bad.)

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On 5/5/2016 at 5:37 AM, JimmyJam said:

I have no problem with people asking where the base is. The thing that gets me is when it winter and people just stay at camp asking other people for food and other items :/

Then they eat all your food and you end up starving, even though you thought you had a decent food supply.

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I don't think most people know what your topic title means :)

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