Survival Guide - Dust Settles: Game Overview
Survival Guide: Dust Settles is a strategy game meant to strain your mind,
fuel your competitive spirit, and generate a readiness for future events to
come in our world. You may notice parts of this game that resemble others you've
played. Though imitation is the highest form of flattery, nothing was taken
directly from another game. Every bit of this game was constructed and coded
by two of the primary game admins, GameAdmin (Robert) and Nupsiphi (Richard).
this is a strategy game. It is heavy on micromanagement, numbers, and thoughtful
decisions. This does not mean that you have to like math to enjoy the game,
though. Many of our players, including some that have played since round one
and/or hit the top 5 multiple rounds, absolutely hate math, yet they continue
to come back and enjoy the game. You will have to make choices and allocations
of resources from the very first click as you play.
As you are reading through this manual there are a few things that will be repeated. First, the main information will sit in this same box on the left-hand side of the page throughout this manual. Your toolbar will remain on the right so you can flip around to different pages whenever you feel like it. Just click the plus to expand the section and the minus to minimize it. On the top of every page will be a title in white text. This will tell you what the information on that page is centered around. Next will usually be a table of contents to give you an overview of what each page contains and allow you to skip to a section quickly if you only want specific information. After that will be the header "Purpose", just like at the top of this page. This is where the manual will explain the basic reason for whatever the page is explaining. The rest of the page will be broken down into decently short paragraphs and other primary and sub-headers so that we cover basically everything you should know about the game. One thing to note, as you are reading through and clicking links within the manual, you will occasionally see a link such as stored resources below. The break between the two words, unlike End Turn above, means that each word actually links to a different page.
This manual has a great deal of information in it which can be overwhelming
when you are just beginning. In order to help with that, we'd like to point
you to a few places that you might want to start. Note, this manual does not
go into heavy detail on strategies for playing the game, only the mechanics
and some bare basics to help you learn the system. If you're looking for strategies,
you'll want to try the player edited wiki
or some of the other player-made resources.
So, now that we've gone over some of the basics, please feel free to read through
the rest of this manual, especially if this is your first round. There is a
Newbie Guide page with some tips and advice
for new players, as well. As always you can ask other players for advice through
the forums or private messages. The game admins will also be happy to help you
out if you cannot seem to find the answer to your question in this manual or
through a former player/the forums. Game admins are listed in black on the Statistics
page. You can send an in-game private message to any of the admins (yes, they
are different people), or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Good luck, and have fun.