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Gameplay questions / Re: How to hunt seals?
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:49:35 AM »
These particular successes have been on the SW coast between Driik and Islanders.

I spent the precious winter on the NW coast and never saw a seal once (thinking they'd be hanging out on the far ice edge).

I moved down south before the winter ended, and when searching for a treasure I found an island with an unfrozen access point. Hilariously, the ice next to the open water was filled with dozens of holes, all next to each other, as seals kept falling through. When I returned to the island after melt, the same group of seals were there trying to use the skerry near by. After bringing about their extinction, I found another island closer to my cabin with a similar group.

I initially assumed that seals would have a different spawning dynamic in winter (moved from their favourite islands/shores to the ice edge), but it seems they may just migrate slightly to openings.

I also think (perhaps superstitiously), that you never see seals on the zoomed-out map until you've seen them zoomed-in. It seems seals I am aware of appear all the time, but I only discover new seals when zoomed in and paddling around.

Edit: For future readers. It was just superstition -- see below replies

General Discussion / Re: Character Dementia
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:39:49 AM »
Sometimes I forget to close the door.
Cow comes in entirely of its own free-will.
It's all very consensual.... officer.

Gameplay questions / Re: How to hunt seals?
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:19:13 PM »

Thanks everyone for your ideas.

I've had success now using the bear trap method. It actually seems to me that there are two different land-seal paradigms at play.

Case 1:
Single seal on a shore.
Seal will hang out in an area (say around a small island), but will move down shore if harassed. These are the seals you keep seeing on the zoomed-out map, but tend to be hard to pin down.

Case 2:
Several seals in one area.
These seals are very stubborn and predictable and will keep returning the same few spots (usually within one zoomed-in area, but maybe crossing a border). If you see one and it disappears, you can move a little away and wait and the seals will keep coming back, even if they've gone under water.

All of my luck has been with case 2 where I managed to take down 4 seals in one area, and 3 seals in another over a few days. The best place I found for the bear traps were skerries, and it was pretty easy to see the seals habits over where they would go. the trick was to stay in the area and just kill time (someone above suggested fishing). I actually just sat on my raft a little ways from the skerries, and when the seal appeared I would slowly approach to herd them towards the traps. I find if you go slow and wait every now and then they won't bolt under water but just keep moving away. At least for awhile.

I also think that case 2 opens up an opportunity for ambush hunting. My current character isn't the stealthiest but I found I could hide by a tree or rock near where the seals liked to go, and they would get within 3 or 4 squares. With a proper stealthy, good hunting character, I actually think ambush hunting would work in this case. Also, the seals gave me almost infinite opportunities, as they'd try to come back again with a half hour or hour. My favourite was hiding, lying down, on the skerry... seal was within 1 square of beaching before spotting me.

Next character I will try this more completely and report back.

General Discussion / Re: Type of breed the dogs in URW are?
« on: August 05, 2017, 07:00:34 AM »
That's really interesting. It'd be neat in later development to see some breed diversions (even though breeds are a mostly modern idea). I guess it would really be like dogs having their own skills, and the player being able to emphasize certain skills in training (coursing, pointing, tracking, guarding), with the dogs inherent characteristics tempering the result.

I wonder if Samoyed-like dogs were among the Sami. I remember reading an article once that argued they were purpose bred to be warm, and snugly for cold nights hah.

Gameplay questions / How to hunt seals?
« on: August 05, 2017, 06:22:42 AM »
I've seen this addressed to a certain degree in other forums but figured I should bring it here. Are there any successful seal hunters out there? What are your tactics?

I've tried trapping (pits, heavy deadfall, bear traps, as per other forum suggestions), but haven't had any luck. Mostly I just catch them basking next to the traps. Also, I don't *really* like the idea of trapping seals, as it doesn't feel quite right... especially digging a hole on a rocky island.

In the summer, I feel I could probably bag one if paying attention as they tend to stay in one area. I've definitely had more than one seal reappear with my javelins stuck in it.

I read, somewhere, that in the winter they like to hang out on the edge of ice. So I've spent the last month in the north sailing around with a punt full of javelins hoping to spot one along the edge of the frozen ice, but no luck yet. I figured they would be easier to spot on ice then on the shore in the summer, and I might have a chance for a good toss of the javelin.

So yes. Any expert seal hunters out there willing to share some trade secrets?

General Discussion / Character Dementia
« on: August 05, 2017, 04:14:13 AM »
Just had as close to character dementia as can be experienced in a video game.

Finished my cabin... built the sleeping bunk, and pushed all my lovely furs onto it to make it as cozy as possible. Woke up the next morning, and went out to the woods to cut timber for javelins. Came home to no furs.

Searched absolutely everywhere.. "Where would I have put them?!?!". I've never seen my own life so accurately represented as I frantically searched my entire camp ("WOULD I HAVE PUT THEM IN THE CELLAR?!?!").

Then it occurred to me. The cow. Yup... apparently in my exhaustion, having finished my cabin, I loaded all my furs on the cow, pushed it off the bed, and then went to sleep. I love this game.

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