Hello Fellow Survivors,
I wanted to make a post outlining what I do each time I hop on the game with one particular goal in mind: To get a character from each class up to level 25.
As of this first post, I have been playing for a total of 7 hours. This play time consisted of getting a Harbinger up to level 10, then creating each of the other two unlocked classes to see how they felt and to explore on a character I didn't put any time into (no fear of death). The final 2 or 3 hours was spent getting my Harbinger up to level 18, which is where he resides now.
Each time I spend a few hours exploring, looting, and powering up I will make a post afterwards outlining my progression and explaining what I did. The purpose of writing this is to be the guinea pig for figuring things out so that others who may be lost on what to do can reference this.
Post #1, 12/10/2018, Harbinger 1, Starting Level: 11, Ending Level: 18
We start out in the grand ol' Tower. My guideline up to this point has been to follow the instructions of the Captain of the Guard.
At this point, he wanted me to go to Cinder Valley to find obsidian for making better weapons. So I went down there, opening up some more of the map, and scavenged for a material called "obsidian". After 15 - 20 minutes of scavenging with no luck I pressed R and returned to the tower. I walked around talking to all the vendors (which would be the third time I had done so in hopes of finding a quest). Finally, I arrived to the Cryptographer who, after clicking the Cinder Valley location on his map, showed me the history of that location.
Upon reading this I made an audible, "Ahh" sound as I realized that you had to kill an enemy type called Infernals to get the obsidian to drop. After making my way back to Cinder Valley and killing all the enemies I came across (since I didn't actually know which ones the Infernals were) I realized my first realization must be incorrect, because nothing was dropping obsidian. Once more I returned to the tower and this time decided I would I ask in chat if anyone knew how to obtain obsidian from Cinder Valley. The response: "Just craft it", followed by, "You will need tier 3 crafting".
So I made my way to the Craftsman only to discover that I needed 200 silver and some materials in order to craft tier 3. I had the materials already, but I had spent all my silver crafting gear and thus was close to broke.
*IMPORTANT NOTE HERE: DO NOT craft tier 1 or tier 2 gear... it is cheaper to go buy it at the Equipment Vendor.
I wanted to maximize my efficiency in gaining the necessary amount of silver, so I headed back down to the Cinder Valley since it was the toughest area I had unlocked so far. I happened upon a cave while I was there, and it just so happened to already be unlocked.
*Important Note 2: If someone is already inside a cave/dungeon, you don't have to have a key to get inside. Hop in for a free cave with the help from a teammate.
Once the guys inside killed the boss, I not only got a hefty amount of exp, but I was also awarded to a new bow and a good amount of silver.
At this point, I proceeded to farm Targeted Enemies, which are provided by the scrolls that randomly drop from killing normal enemies. I knew that the keys for caves/dungeons dropped from killing these Targeted Enemies. After receiving these keys, running the cave, and repeating, I finally managed to scrounge up 200 silver. I returned to the Tower and crafted some obsidian. To my merriment the Captain of the Guard accepted this and gave me my next instruction: Complete the Frozen Haven Cave.
At this point, I remembered I had an experience boost from purchasing the starter pack. I usually don't go for micro transactions, but because the game was free and I needed to spend $5 on Steam anyways ($5 to add friends! 😱) I went ahead and got the starter pack.
Once more utilizing chat as my aid, I discovered that the Frozen Haven Cave was located in the snow/ice area shown below as an orange cave marker.
*Important Note 3: The Frozen Haven Cave is recommended for levels 15 - 19. At this point, I was level 16.
I headed in the direction of the cave and for the first time was introduced to the sliding effect of walking on ice, which wasn't very hard to get used to. After completely the cave, I followed the Walking Path upwards to find a teleporter for when I needed to return.
*Final Important Note: Anytime you're exploring a new area make sure you find a teleporter so that you don't have to run all the way back when its time to return.
And that's the end of my journey from level 11 - level 18! I was answering the door to customers in my shop between playing so it may be the case that you can complete the same amount of work in less time. If you read this far then thanks for reading and hope is was either useful or interesting.
Until next time,