For new players of Against the Storm, this guide will show you everything you need to know before you start, based on common questions I saw during the demo.
As it stands, I recommend any new players to stick to the Royal Woodlands themselves as it’s the most straight forward. Most of this information is to get you on your feet. I didn’t bother with anything above settler during the demo since the level cap was at 3. Maybe I’ll make another guide for higher difficulties once I’ve played around, but I’m willing to bet those Epic platform players might beat me to it.
This guide is lacking some photos and I just haven’t gotten it to sync right for a screenshot, so more will be added over time to this guide as I get more visual aids.
Need to know basics
This is what I call a jackpot caravan. Beavers are my choice for best race. The simplest economy is wood to planks to building materials and beavers have a chance of doubling that all along the way. Humans are my second go to as they give a great hearth bonus (See below) and run most of the farms that usually end up being a key piece to surviving.
Each race gives a different bonus when working the hearth.
Humans – 25% Slower Impatience (My favorite)
Beavers – 25% Slower burn rate on fuel (Stuff burns longer)
Lizardmen – +1 Global Resolve
Harpies – 5 Additional Carry for workers.
Modifiers, what are they? A lot of people seem to ask, “Why is everything going horribly wrong?” Well, they either help you or hinder you. Anything that helps, will be only during the ‘Drizzle’, anything that hurts will be during the ‘storm’. Be sure to check what modifiers you get before even starting anything in the town. Some are completely negated by basic housing, others with services, and some might require clothing.
One negative you will always have is a -4 resolve per level of hostility during the storm period. The more woodcutters, more glades you open, and how old your town is all contribute to the hostility level as well as other factors. If you get lucky with your perks, you can keep the hostility down through different means and just outright avoid the negative perks.
Switching out items
Anything with arrows around an item, can be changed to something else. This is true for manufacturing buildings and events. Lots of people didn’t know this and unfortunately they resigned themselves to letting villagers die because they didn’t have incense or something.
Industry, Trading, and you.
There are three core manufactured resources that buildings and events all use. Planks, Cloth, and Bricks. When choosing your buildings, focus on trying to pick three stars of these three. Although, the carpenter’s building is slightly better than the lumber mill due to the ability to craft tools to open caches.
Early game, you’ll be seeing one of these. I would recommend choosing at least one of these in your initial three choices for blueprints, otherwise you might be looking at an empty field until one comes around.
Now it’s going to depend wildly on what cornerstones you get. If you get a +2 to broccoli production, get the small farm. If no real perks push you, get the herb garden. It has great synergy with the bakery or cookhouse as the roots can be made into flour and the herbs can be combined with flour to make biscuits. One of the great perk combinations I’ve seen is every 75 biscuits you get +1 Herb and root production. Get it early enough and food production just snowballs.
How Dangerous is Dangerous Really?
Also take note and look at the resources you can gain by solving these easy events. Sometimes salvaging the shrines can make your life easier. It’s gonna be a case by case basis for you. These dangerous glades can also have ruined buildings that can be fixed and larger than normal resource nodes.
What About the Forbidden Glades?
- Against the Storm Basic Guide for New Players
- Against the Storm Helpful Tips when Starting Out
- Against the Storm Production Spreadsheet Guide
- Against the Storm All Prestige Difficulty Modifiers Guide