This War of Mine can be a very challenging game, especially when you first start playing. Here are some things I learned that may help you. When I play, I focus on avoiding combat as much as possible, so keep that in mind.
- Collect all the items from around your house.
- Build a metal workshop, and use it to craft a crowbar so you can get into all the locked doors in the house.
- If you find lockpicks, don’t waste them here as they are single use and can be traded or used while scavenging if you need to be quiet.
- Other items to prioritize crafting are: a stove (which can and should be upgraded when possible) and a bed. If it’s cold (check the temperature in the top left of the screen) a simple heater is also very important.
- You don’t really need a shovel to clear rubble. It makes it faster, but it’s not like your social calendar is full.
- The descriptions of each area on the map are quite accurate – they’ll tell you if you can trade, will be in danger, or may need to steal.
- When visiting a location for the first time, don’t bring anything with you, as it will reduce the number of inventory slots available to bring things back. Look around, figure out what tools you’ll need to collect everything, and bring them next time you go.
- It’s best to clear out a whole location before moving on to the next, especially at the beginning of the game.
- Avoid fighting when you can, and leave yourself a clear way to the exit in case you need to run away.
- You can tell when someone is near you by red radar-like blips in their location. If the movements of the red circles are erratic, frequent, and small it’s likely just a rat.
- Head home by 3 or 4am, otherwise you risk being shot by snipers.
- Many characters have special skills that will help you out. Make sure you’re using the correct people for each task to make the most efficient use of your resources.
- Boris is strong but slow. He has 17 inventory slots making him a great choice for scavenging. His strength will also help if you get into melee combat.
- Bruno is a good cook. Use him to cook food, distill moonhine/alcohol, and make medicine.
- Katia has bargaining skills. Use her for trading.
- Marin is a handyman. Use him to craft things in the workshop and metal workshop.
- Marko is a good scavenger. He has 15 inventory slots and scavenges faster.
- Roman is trained in combat. He’s a good choice if you expect to have to fight on scavenging runs, or for guarding your house. Roman can get into fights with your other characters resulting in injuries, which is a big downside to a playthrough with him in it.
- Zlata can bolster spirits. Give her a guitar or have her talk to other characters to cheer them up.
Keeping people Healthy and happy
- If a character displays icons above their head, another character can talk to them to give them the items they need, or comfort them.
- If the Hospital is a location option an injured or sick character can be healed for free.
- Keep the temperature up in the house to avoid sickness.
- The best way to heal an injury or sickness is to give a bandage/medicine then let the character sleep in bed for the night.
- Having books and armchairs available will make characters happier.
- Helping neighbours or friendlies you run into while scavenging will increase morale for most characters.
- A quick and easy way to boost morale is to trade the doctor at the hospital and let him get the best of the deal (this will be considered a donation). He wants medicine or bandages.
- Cigarettes and coffee will relax the characters who like these things (it will say it in their profile).
- Stealing from or killing friendlies, or refusing people help will decrease morale.
- Even if you don’t plan on fighting while scavenging, you will need weapons to defend your house from raids.
- A knife is a good thing to make with your first weapon parts.
- When you can, you’ll also want to build/get some kind of gun.
- Crowbars, shovels, and hatchets can also be used for house defense, but aren’t as effective as a knife or gun.
- Once you have a hatchet you will also see that you can chop up furniture in your house for wood/fuel. Be careful that you don’t use the hatchet to destroy furniture you’ve built.
- Canned food is very valuable for trading.
- Set an animal trap to for a semi-regular source of meat.
- Get vegetables whenever you can, as they will make cooking much more efficient.
- Bandages and medicine are very valuable for trading if you have extra.
- Don’t trade away your electrical parts, unless you’ve built everything, they are limited.
- Build each type of crafting table when you can, and upgrade them so you can be more self-sufficient.
- The exception is the two stills which I didn’t find to be worth building, unless you plan to do a lot of trading at the military base.
- Wood and components are needed to build pretty much everything, but only stack to 2 and 4, making it hard to get enough from scavenging. To get a bulk supply of these, you can trade Franko when he comes to your house.
- The Hospital will get attacked through the game and you can find medicine in the rubble. This will not be considered stealing.
- During winter, make sure your heater is upgraded and full of fuel all the time.
- Build a radio and check it all stations daily. It will tell you if raids are likely and you should put extra guards on, or what the weather will be like. It might give you an idea of when the war will end. It can also be left on a music station to relax the survivors.
- Board up your house to keep it more secure from raids.
- If you don’t have any smokers or coffee drinkers you can trade in these items.
- You only lose if all of your starting character die or leave. You can still make it if some of them do, though morale will be affected.
That’s all for now! Let me know if you need more info, or if you have any tips for me.