Description of the video guide «How to choose a place to build a future base in Kenshi»
A short guide on how to import a saved game to a new start, allowing you to bring along your existing squad, money, research and buildings but enjoy a fresh database.
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Back a couple months ago either on Steam or through the subreddit for kimchi this is an interesting spot because it lets you straddle two different zones so we’ve got the border zone which is more this area here and we’re actually just a little bit away from the previous example I showed you so we’re still in that kind of that arid area but we’re close enough to the swamp that you can catch some of the swamp biome so if you’d like to grow things that are like swamp related which tend to have like rice and things like that you can’t in fact place a rice farm in the swamp area but you don’t have to deal with that permanent fog effect that happens once you’re in the swamp because this is not really a fun way to look at your base but if you’re okay with building on hills and in kind of some rocky area this is a very unique position I does have a couple of resources around so it has copper and iron resources and if we look at the prospecting it has an average amount of or rather a rather good amount of water and fertility so as you can see here we are catching this swamp because we’re it’s just far enough up the hill that we’re in the swamp biome and we’re not quite over into the border area it’s very interesting but you can basically get the swamp resources without the swamp effect so if that’s something for you you might want to check out this whole little hill that borders the swamp personally I’m not a huge fan just because I’m a little bit crazy about building on hillsides and if you have your camp here it might wind up being a little bit twisted sorry this is actually below the ground so it might wind up either you know leaning a little bit or having some problems with getting into the ground but you can always mess with it and try to find the good balance and able to you actually change the slope so you can jet you can generally try to counteract some of the effect from hills through messing with these settings here for your building so this is again just north of the swamp here and just east of squid which is a Czech city so this is the valley that runs south of the hub so this whole hillside here might be worth checking out if you’re interested in a unique area that has access to the swamp and also the irritate land all right so this area is kind of unique.
And I’m gonna pop up the map here but I do want to warn you that it might have some spoilers in it so if you’re very against learning where any of these locations are on the map without exploring them yourself you might want to wait a minute or skip ahead a bit probably about two minutes into the video and I can come back and not tell you where it’s at by a map I’ll just tell you rough directions so we are on this location this island that is to the southeast of the great desert in fact the city of heft if you go southeast from that you’ll encounter this rocky little island here there is a lost town there’s basically a ruin here that you can explore but in particular I like this crater looking footprint this almost like it’s been hit by a an impact way back in the day this area is very flat so that’s number one one thing I like about the area because I love to build on flat locations it also has pretty surprisingly decent resources it has 80 water availability 75 fertility and it is in a green zone so you can build normal green vegetables however it’s got a lot of friends number one it’s obviously acid raining here so we are getting damaged as we just sit in the rain we’re taking damage over time it also it has a bunch of crabs on it now they’re not insanely hard you can kite them around if you have a lot of crossbowmen and fight them hand-to-hand but they do tend to swarm you so you have to be a little bit careful that only nice thing is that I have not found many patrols in this area of random crabs they tend to spawn in a camp and that’s it they’re just there there is a faction that does come to raid you from nearby that is incredibly challenging and the only downside or one of the downsides of this area you really don’t have anywhere to run to there’s no major cities except for across the river there’s some in this area here and then of course up into the desert so they’re more challenging I would say this this start is a much more challenging start or not even a start a location is much more challenging of a location than anywhere else but it is really really fun just because of how challenging how out of the way it is are you also if we check the prospecting we can see that there’s decent stone iron and copper all in this little nook so I tend to build all of my gathering resources right here and by this time in the game I normally have really good walls research so I try to build a nice square formation or a star pattern depending on how I’m trying to set up my turrets and that’s how I defend this space so this is just a unique location very challenging not something that I would recommend off the bat but I did at least want to show you some more of an advanced location but the last thing I am gonna show you is one of my favorites for starting out this is my final and favorite suggested starting location in Kanchi this is especially good for new players who aren’t familiar with the game I am over here in the valley and I think it’s called Oakland’s pride I think this is the entire region but this is a very fertile valley it is a hundred percent green if we pull up the prospect you’ll see that it’s actually green one hundred percent as well as arid so you could grow any arid or green plants in this area let me change characters to use someone with a higher prospecting skill to show you the different types of prospecting resources we have around so this entire valley has really high levels of water and fertility stone iron and copper kind of dependent on where those resources are so you can see an iron resources right here but copper tends to be a little harder to find so I like this look in particular so you can see how the river runs through this area I like this section of land in the valley for my base number one look how flat this whole area is I love having a lot of flat land to build on because one of the things about kenchi I don’t like is I hate the way buildings that are placed on hills look I just don’t like how they curve I don’t like how they tilt I’m a little obsessed with it and I would love that an option to spend some effort to terraform the ground but you don’t really have to do that here because everything is 100% flat so the first benefit is it’s flat the second benefit is it’s very close to three major cities blister hill stack and bad teeth this does open up a lot of trade options if you need to go find certain items for.
Your bass or you’re looking to sell things that you’ve made at your base along with some clothes holy farms where you can buy animals or different types of vegetables the third thing I like about this is the security just the same thing with the trading all these major cities are nearby so if you happen to trigger a raid or a group that is just proving to be you know wandering but just too powerful for you you can run to those cities along with the security aspect though there are random roving patrols of holy paladin’s in the area although right now all I see are a ton of River actors that is a downside to this area is that River Raptors do patrol this area pretty heavily now by their own River Raptors don’t aggress against your players however they will try to come eat your crops so you could quickly get overwhelmed with River raptors if you’re not aggressively trying to keep that population down so that’s a nice trade-off about this area is that there still is a challenge in the fact that you have to keep the river up you River Raptor population down they do hurt so they can be a little bit dangerous in large groups so I tend to before I build my city of course have a nice group of fighters they’re pretty average but they should be able to handle a small pack of River River Raptors just fine so again this area let me pull up that prospecting tool real quick excellent water and fertility it’s okay on the wind speed I normally don’t use a lot of wind generators I sometimes use the biofuel for in this section here there’s plenty of stone as you can see oh this entire Peninsula here has a very high stone content the area over on this side has a lot of stone content as well and there are iron deposits and copper deposits all over the place I tend to in this example I build my raw extraction resources here so I like to build for example my stone mine on this side of the river and then I build my processing on this side of the river here this is not as you know it doesn’t really slow anyone down it’s just a just a second or two they have to swim and then they can drop the resources off in something like a stone storage box right here.
And the rest of the base normally takes up a good I mean you don’t even need all this space I just like to have this much because it looks awesome so that is my final and favorite position especially for new players again you’re never really trapped in one location you can always relocate anywhere you want in this game just realize that as you move along you might encounter different challenges like tougher enemies or different environments that don’t grow vegetables or your plant as well so you have to be ready to adapt to that okay if you have any questions about this video or different starting areas please leave a comment below otherwise I do hope that this particular video of the series has been helpful you can continue on watching the next video in the series is going to be the actual process of starting a base and we will wind up starting at this location here because this is again one of my favorite spots for new players thank you so much for watching and I hope to see you again in the next.