I admit it–I play Fallout Shelter on my phone when I have a few minutes around the edges of other tasks. It’s a game where you can take a minute or two to direct your players, then exit out and come back later to pick up where you left off.
So for What We Learned Wednesday, I decided to use Fallout Shelter as my inspiration (future posts will include the TV show Contagion as well as the board game Survival by Doom and Bloom).
What I Learned
- Specialization might be good sometimes, but only works if you have enough healthy people to cover all the necessary jobs. In the beginning of the game, you may need to move people around to different rooms to help get levels of the different resources up (food, water, electricity). Later in the game, when you have more people, your players can become more specialized toward working for each type of resource.
- Physical fitness is important. Explorers (hunters in real life?) are sometimes out for many hours and need to be able to react to people and events that they find while out.
- Even people who cannot work (children and the elderly) need food and water. Plan for extra stored food for the times when people cannot work. Even healthy adults may need to stop work if sick or injured. There needs to be enough extra put away to allow for times like that.
- When the raiders come, you need to be able to defend your home. You need to have the right tools to do and know how to use them. It also helps if you can reinforce points of entry. For windows, I recommend this window film. It helps slow down anyone trying to break your window, allowing occupants more time to react to the threat.
- Children happen. Plan accordingly. Maybe start planning using the books “Where There is No Doctor” and “A Book for Midwives,” both available from the Hesperian? Both can be downloaded for free. Although, Hesperian is a non-profit, does offer the books bound for sale, and also accepts donations if you are able to do so. Also, there are a lot of books available on Amazon with information about natural childbirth and midwifery. Bonus points if you luck into living close to a midwife or OB/GYN! If you expect to have anyone with you that may become pregnant, you may also want to look into getting a script for childbirth hypnosis.
- Pets can be really helpful, even if it is “just” to show us love and help us destress. Of course, many types of dogs can be trained to do “work,” but how many of us actually know anymore how to train a dog to herd or protect? There are a lot of books on Amazon about training herding dogs, as well as several on training your dog as a service dog. Obviously, some dogs are better at some jobs than others.
- Store medicine ahead of time. We don’t heal as quickly as players whose health bars refill at the tap of a screen, but keeping first aid supplies and needed/helpful medications on-hand sure go a long way toward helping. Ever seen those people standing in the cold medicine aisle at the grocery store or CVS? Don’t be that person.
- Video games are a time sink. It’s great to have something entertaining to fill a few minutes here and there, but make sure you keep it in perspective. If it’s eating into the time you’re supposed to be getting ready for work, maybe it’s time to delete it for a while (guilty; I had to do this before).
I think it’s really neat (do people say that now?) the kinds of useful things you can learn from games! Do you play any prep- or homestead-type games? Which ones do you like? I got us Survival by Doom and Bloom for Christmas. Look for a review soon!