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Why such a small explorable area in Chapter 1 of Red Dead Redemption 2?

I started a new playthrough of Red Dead Redemption 2 last night while working on a guide for my website, and it reminded me of one of the most frustrating parts of the first chapter for me. There is a very small area around Colter where you can wander, but step more than roughly 100 yards away from the town, on foot or your horse, and the weather will turn on you and you are going to freeze to death.

It is really unfair in my opinion. The Gang is going to spend several weeks there waiting for the snow to thaw enough to get the wagons out of the mountains. Why can’t Arthur spend that time exploring the snowy area and hunting for the gang?

I would love to see a mod that extends the explorable range around Colter and allows you to supply the gang with food as you can in later camps, however, when I did a brief search to see if such a mod existed I was… dissapointed. I had clicked on a link without really reading the url and instead of going to PC Gamer’s list for the best mods, I ended up at PCGamerN and…. well, it seems like the only thing that the modding community has done for Red Dead Redemption 2 according to them is to make naked mods, mods that let you play as other characters (including…. fish? What the heck??? Just…. why?), also mods for infinate life and … Arthur Morgan as the Joker. Uh…. Okay, at this point I decided that I had to be browsing the April article over at PCGamesN, because their idea of “the best” was not anywhere near the best of what the modding community should have been capable of.

I went looking further.

I made my way to Nexus Mods, which as I will explain in a moment renewed my faith in modders, but I also had to see what the actual PC Gamer list for best mods was… uhm… it was not much better than PCGamerN’s list, in fact, a lot of it was the same. Although PC Gamer did have a few that were interesting, including a camera mod that lets you take the camera anywhere on the map, not just the limited range of the in-game freecam. And another that let you summon a hot air balloon.

It was Nexus Mods, however, that truly restored my faith in modders and made me think getting Red Dead Redmption 2 on the PC might be worth it. Some of the first things I saw was a mod for restoring content that gives you a quiver. Nice! I’ll need to look into this one more. And what is this Basic Needs mod? Arthur gets a canteen? Ability to .. uhm… urinate? Hey, why not, my horse seems to have to take a crap every time I stop. And I see the others peeing all along the edges of camp like they’re marking our territory. And finally a mod for a Playable Guitar? YES! I have looked at that guitar at Horseshoe Camp and wanted so badly to be able to play it. My online character Garrett can play the guitar when he’s in the saloon at my friend’s moonshine hut (I am not sure I will get the band in my moonshine shack, I like the wall I have there now and am afraid it would be replaced by a band.) Anyway, I have been wanting Arthur to be able to play the guitar, so this is a mod I will need to look at if I get the PC edition of Red Dead Redemption 2.

So, yes, there are some mods that I have found that give me hope, unfortunately there does not seem to be any mods that do anything like altering the explorable region around Colter or allows you to do more in that area during the first chapter. So, if any modders are looking for a challenge, or if Rockstar would like to make an awesome update to the single player part of the game that I would love to get. There is my wish. Expand Colter and make it a real first campsite where you can explore the surrounding area and get food for the gang until you decide you want to move on to Horseshoe Overlook.

For now… I must get back to playing so I can finish the first chapter and get to the open world part of the game.

Purple Snow – research for fantasy stories

Someone in one of my writing groups asked about what naturally occurring compound might make snow turn purple. That sent me on a fascinating journey through the internet and a rethinking of my own series. Here is the response that I had posted to the question over on Facebook.


Algae, dust or air pollutants of some sort can color snow. Most of the time algae colors snow that has already fallen, but dust and pollutants can color snow that is falling.
https://www.thoughtco.com/colored-snow-chemistry-606776

For a naturally occurring element, chromium is probably your best option.

“Chromium is a naturally-occurring element found in several forms in rocks, plants, soil, foods such as vegetables and nuts, and volcanic dust and gases. Tobacco products contain chromium. Chromium is also released from burning natural gas , oil, or coal.”

This has some good info on it… https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=10&po=5

In the case of a change of water coloration to purple – we have a real world example of water turning purple with Cerro Lagoon in Paraguay, and chromium waste from a local tannery has been identified as the culprit:

“the colour of the water is due to the presence of heavy metals like chromium, commonly used in the tanning of animal skins to produce leather.”

This site has the best pictures I see on a brief internet search for this-https://www.indiatimes.com/…/pollution-paraguayan…

Hope this helps you. I know I am now rethinking the major tannery area that I have outside the crown city in my series in progress.

Skyrim Advice for New Players

Someone on one of my gaming groups asked for any advice to a new player that was just starting out on Skyrim for the first time. This is the comment that I posted, which I am sharing here because it is worth knowing and I have covered many of this on my website here in the past.

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I have a few things to warn you about. Some might no longer be an issue, since I encountered them back when the game came out and over the course of a few years after it came out. There are a couple of game breaking ones though, so I will pinpoint them first, hopefully they have been fixed, but in case they have not, they can cause serious headaches.

MAJOR GLITCH – CHILDREN: When you adopt a child (there are several in the game, you can adopt 2 without mods) – Save before you adopt the child, then IMMEDIATELY go to your house and try to give the child a gift. There used to be a glitch that prevented you being able to give children gifts because the glitch counted their inventory as full and you could not fix it. So make sure you can give them something even if you never plan to. If you can not, reload the save and adopt them again until you can give them a gift. (Skyrim: Children Can’t Carry Gifts)

MAJOR GLITCH!!!!!! – COMPANIONS – not just companions, but the group The Companions. You will meet them early on in the game, they are a group of fighters in Whiterun. Their story had a serious glitch in it where you could not enter a necessary dungeon, so you could not finish the story. It was actually what made me stop playing years ago. I had finished everything but the Companions and the wizard story lines and – the companions story was broke when I got to it. Last time I played, last year, I tried to do that story first and it was still broken. So be warned and look for if they have any fixes out for it.

HORSE DEATHS – If you are like me and tend to “borrow” horses, you will want to save before you get off the things if you like them. There used to be a literal “go straight back home” issue where I had a horse I got off of start walking away and … right off a cliff. Sometimes they just walk direct path and do not follow the road, so save horse lives by saving before you get off a stolen horse.
Also – save before fights when your horse is around, they die so easily and do not always flee far enough.

Dragon fights – Save before, and during (but separate save), dragon fights. Just in case you lose a townsperson you really did not want to die. NPCs can and will die. My roommate will run around and check EVERYONE and reload if even one minor NPC died in a dragon attack.

Earthquake!!!!!!! – if you have the DLCs, then there is one for a forge that causes you to feel earthquakes in certain areas. This caused MAJOR confusion years back when I played and I had actually wrote a post about it on my website with investigations and updates on this weird phenomenon. (Earthquakes in Skyrim: Falkreath to Markarth)

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Fun stuff… try to shoot a butterfly.  My roommate says I am heartless, but I found it darkly amusing when I tried to shoot a deer and a blue butterfly flew up at just the right moment to be shot out of the air by my arrow. They have a special effect that sends off a black poof of smoke when that happens. (Good way to improve your aiming and reflex skills (yours not game stats), but be warned the game remembers where all those arrows are in the game.

MODS – Yes, you CAN use mods on PS4  – Check mods to be sure the game functions okay with it. Disable it and reload a save from before the mod if one broke your game. One mod I loaded in for a house caused a weird break on the map that caused a localized ripple between map sections and allowed me to see beneath the world.

Hope this was helpful, take care and enjoy the game. Even after all these years it is STILL one of my favorite RPGs. I plan to buy it for PC soon so I can make mods myself.

Twitch Bits: How They Work

What is Twitch?

Twitch is a streaming platform that allows people to stream pretty much anything that they can film. It started out as a way for gamers to share footage of video games with others and has evolved to the point now where you can find almost anything from political talk shows to cooking shows, outdoor activities to musicians at work. And yes, video gamers playing games.

What Are Bits?

Bits are a form of currency used on Twitch. It can be obtained either through direct purchase of bits or as compensation paid for viewing advertisements on the platform.

How to Cheer Bits

When viewing a Twitch chat panel you will see a diamond shaped icon next to the emote icon.


Click on the diamond to bring up the cheering menu.

You will see something similar to that wide purple tone bar at the bottom of the menu, just above the chat window. You want to click on the Get Bits button on the right side. That will bring up a new menu that will show the costs to purchase bits.


I have blacked out the stream name, but as you can see there is a notification near the top of the menu above that the streamer has set their chat to limit cheering to a minimum of 10 bits at a time. (I’ll have more to say on this later.)

What you want to look for now is the gray Watch Ad button. Click on that and a new window will pop up on your screen that will show a verification screen. Simply click the verify button and solve the easy puzzle and you will see a 30 second advertisement.

Above you can see what the window will possibly look like. The orange bar on the side might not be there, I have left that to be an example of the kind of interaction space that advertisements might have on them. In this case, when you click on the orange bar on the right of the ad space a new overlay will slide out to give you more information.

You will be asked to interact in some way with the advertisement. This is as easy as just clicking on the ad window to open a panel for more information. (This does not take you away from the stream, it just interacts with the advertisement window.)

The below image shows how it will likely look after interaction. With the advertisement in the small black area on the left and the additional information displayed in the back rectangle on the right.

You will notice there are also now a set of emote reactions and a “I’m Done” option at the top of the screen.

Click on one of three different emote icons on the upper left of the ad window to indicate how you felt about the advertisement you were shown.

Then click the “I’m Done” text on the upper right to close the advertisement window.

You will now see one of three different displayed options. Here I have a payout screen for 5 Bits that shows an option to watch another advertisement to earn more Bits.

Another one you might see is one that has the Watch Another option greyed out. In the below image I have this kind of image on a 10 Bits payout screen.

You might also see the below sad face that is letting you know that you have reached the limit of ads that you can watch and to try again another time.



At this point it is recommended to try again the following day, but it is possible that you might get additional ads that you can watch later on in the same day. I do not know what the actual criteria here is, only that it does not seem to be a 24 hour lockout, just a pause on ad viewing until more ads become available.

So, now that you have accumulated some Bits, what do you do with them? You use them to support your favorite streamers.

How to Cheer Bits to Streamers

So, remember back up there I had shown you the window that looks like this:

You get to that by clicking on that little diamond shape in the chat window.

What you want to do is select a emote from the options. Say I want to use the basic little Bits diamond. I would type:

Cheer1

into the chat box, add any message I might want to send with my cheer, and hit enter to send it to the chat stream.

Some streamers have a limit set for the minimum amount of bits that can be cheered in their chats. If that is the case then you will see the message in red on the below screen shot.

I was confused on how this worked until recently. I had tried to just add 1 bit emotes until I had Cheering 10 Bits showing at the top. So it would be:

Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1 Cheer1

in the chat. No, that is not the way to do it. Your cheer will not process. Instead what you need to do is manually alter the amount by entering:

Cheer10

Then your cheer will process and you will be sending 10 Bits to the streamer.

Streamers are able to select their limitations on cheer amounts. Larger streams such as GamesDoneQuick might have limits of 100 Bits at a time, smaller streamers, such as myself, Phantascnene, will allow even 1 bit at a time to be cheered on the channel.

But, what does that mean, when you cheer a Bit?

In Twitch one Bit is equal to one penny in USD. So to send someone 100 bits is to send them one dollar USD ($1).

This can add up for smaller streamers like myself, who make more from Bits Cheering than they do from subscribers. A few Bits cheered to your favorite streamer can help to encourage them to keep going and not give up.

Note that a streamer must have reached affiliate status before they are able to be sent Bits.

Also note that a person can not send Bits they have earned to their own account. So if you are a streamer and want to earn Bits from watching ads on other streamers pages, you can use them to support streamers you enjoy watching.

And lastly, you do not have to send the Bits to the streamer on whose stream you were when you watched the ad. You can watch ads on any stream that has reached affiliate or partner status, and cheer them to any other streamer that has reached affiliate or partner level on Twitch.

I hope this has helped explain Bit for you. If you have any questions please ask them in the comments or stop by my stream at twitch.tv/phantascene and I will do what I can to help explain them better.

Red Dead Redemption 2 and the Twilight Zone bugs. Part 1: Chip ‘n’ Dale

I logged in to Red Dead Redemption 2 online to complete my daily challenge, but… Something felt… off. Something like my aim.

I was chasing around a chipmunk that I wanted to catch with my bow, but… I just could not get a lock on the little cuss. It was like I had found Chip and he was smarter than I was. You remember Chip ‘n’ Dale, right? They are the two little chipmunks that gave Pluto and Donald Duck such a hard time.

Well, After chasing the chipmunk around with my bow for a while I discovered I had been chasing Dale… because there came Chip, hopping around, catching my attention, and it was not long before I got rather irate and pulled out my cattleman’s revolver to try an’ shoot the bastard with that. I ended up going back to the bow before I fired a shot, but I was sure tempted to just splatter that annoyance all over the western landscape.

But, I wanted that perfect quality pelt, so I got back out my bow and set off after the little fellow once again. It… worked about as well as you might expect it to work for a cartoon character facing off against Chip.

That little chipmunk used some Matrix level skills in evading every shot I fired from my bow. I just could not get that red “locked on!” target to show up no matter what I tried. And yes, I tried sneaking up real quiet like while the chipmunk’s back appeared to be turned toward me. The wind was in my favor. Everything seemed to be just perfect. The sucker was even sitting in an open patch of ground amid the grasses, its own little glen where it was out in the open for any predator to kill.

Any predator but me it seemed. Because for some reason, my aim was still not accurate. That coveted red “GOTCHA!!!” dot just would not show up. What is worse, not only did my aim dot not turn red, it I could swear it seemed to fade out. It become a pale “friendly fire” dot. The chipmunk had hacked my weapons!

Well… I finally admitted that little chipmunk had bested me and I went to find a collectible I had passed while chasing it. Got on my horse- wait… what horse?

Yeah… that’s another story… or two. For now, here is the full video experience of what I just recounted here. Enjoy.

Also, I found the most awesome t-shirt on Amazon for Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers.

And then there is the Swarovski Crystal figurines too…


Twitch Screens

Things have been busy now that summer is here, and almost gone. Not sure where the days have gone to, but I know I have not got as much done as I had been hoping to. One thing that I have got a start on is doing a bit of work on making screens for my Twitch channel.

I am using Blender to create the basic idea, which is a factory style to create a steampunk aesthetic for my stream.

Here is the way it looks when it is rendered.

It is a long way from being finished, but I plan to work on it both on and off stream at my Twitch channel.

The other item I am working on, which can be seen in progress on my Twitch channel, is a new banner for my website:

Installing Unreal Engine 4.25

I have began downloading Unreal Engine 4.25 onto the computer. This will allow me to start learning how to build games in Unreal Engine, which will be added to my streaming channel on Twitch as soon as my internet allows me to stream at reasonable quality from the computer.

I have just under 10 GB remaining for the download, so am very hopeful that it will be done in the next few days; if I can manage to keep the download going when I am not streaming and my roommate is at work or sleeping.

It is my hope that by my birthday, June 16th, I can have a start on building a game environment to compliment the novel I am writing.

My goal is to build an open world game environment that parallells the events of my novels. An environment that will allow me to create action shots from my stories for book covers, website images, Twitch screens, and so much more.

More than that, it is my hope that it will also, eventually, allow fans of my novels to have a chance to interact with the locations of my stories and experience an evolving setting that brings the world of my stories to life.

I think Unreal Engine might be the best choice for creating that setting.

ArtStation Lightbox Expo Box of Mystery Challenge

The next ArtStation challenge is finally here and I am going to be diving back into things. I have entered several ArtStation challenges over the years, unfortunately life has a way of upending my plans and preventing me from having a finished project to turn in when the challenge comes to an end.

Even with those stumbles, I have learned so much about art, 3D design, and game creation in the challenges that I have been able to be a part of. Every one has not only been a way to challenge my skills, but to learn new skills and expand my knowledge of creating art, characters, and environments.

I do not enter the challenges to win prizes, I enter them to challenge myself and make myself a better artist.

The newest ArtStation challenge is going to start on June 1, 2020 and I intend to enter three of the challenge categories.

Environment Design

The environment design challenge is usually to create one or more environments that fit within the theme. Each environment is to have a callout sheet for the elements that make up the final environment. These serve as inspiration for the creation of the environment in 3D and should set the mood and provide the 3D modeler with a sense of how the environment should feel; colors, lighting, atmospheric effects.

Character Design

The character design challenge usually requires the creation of several characters that would fit into the theme. A character turnaround sheet will be needed, showing each character from several angles (front, side, back) to give 3D modelers a good idea of how the character should look and what the proportions are. There should also be a comparison chart in the case of multiple characters, to give an idea on the scale of characters in relation to one another and provide a standard scale object for the 3D modeler’s to use as reference.

Prop Design

The prop design challenge usually asks for the creation of several unique props that fit the theme and, in some way, tell a mini story about the challenge theme. As with the character design challenge, the prop challenge will require the creation of a vector sheet for each of the props, showing the prop from different angles (front, side, top) to aid 3D artists in recreating the object in 3D. And as with the environment challenge there should be a sense of mood to the artwork, giving the artist a good understanding of the materials and any lighting or effects that will be needed to be a part of the prop.

I will provide more detailed information on what I will be working on after the first of June, when the briefings for the challenges has been released on ArtStation.

It is my hope that I will be able to stream the process on Twitch or YouTube, but for now I am just going to be content with possibly being able to familiarize myself with the latest edition of Blender while working on what I hope will be a fun yet challenging project to create environments, characters, and props.

Days Gone: How to Fight a Horde at Low Level

A few days ago one of my viewers asked me if it was possible to defeat a horde in Days Gone at low levels.

Indeed it is, but it requires careful planning and the use of geurilla tactics when fighting them.

The first thing that you need to know about fighting hordes at low level is that if they catch you – they will kill you. So make sure that you save your game before you go up against one, and don’t get caught. (If you do get caught, however, don’t give up. It is possible to dodge, roll, and shoot your way to safety… just, not all that easy when surrounded by twenty or more upset freaks.)

Before you set out to take on your first horde you should gather what gear you can and decide on what your tactic will be. Your tactic will depend on your play style, but at lower levels you might need to adjust your tactics a little to assure victory.

Charging headlong into a cave, or hunting the horde where it seeks food or water, might not be the best of methods, even if you are the kind of person who likes to grab a big gun and hold their own against superior numbers of enemies.

Study Them

The first step in fighting a horde is to know your enemy. Take the time to study the horde and get to know what it is that makes that particular horde tick. Where do they seek out shelter during the day? Where do they go to eat? Where do they drink? What path do they take between those three areas?

Every horde will have those points: Food, water, shelter. So get to know the horde you have selected and understand where you can find them.

Also make note of their size and if there are any additional dangers or potential advantages in the area.

  • Is there a second horde in close proximity?
  • Is there an enemy encampment in close proximity?
  • Are there terrain features that you need to be careful of such as water or cliffs you can be trapped against?
  • Are there any places where items might be dropped behind you as you pass to stop the horde from following you through an area?
  • Is there a structure that you can climb, or a narrow path you can get through? Search for any terrain features you can scramble over or through, but that would slow down or stop the horde.
  • Are there environmental aids that you can use?
    • Bear traps
    • Exploding canisters such as:
      • gas cans
      • oxygen tanks
      • red barrels

Get to know the area before you take on the horde.

It’s a Trap!

If you have proximity mines, use those to your advantage as well.

Set mines along the path where you will flee to escape the horde so that when they run after you, they will run across the mine field. Just… make sure you are far enough ahead that you are not also caught by the explosions.

Also, make sure that you take out the leaders. You want as many caught by the explosions as possible when using proximity mines, so try to shoot any lone freakers that run for you before they can trigger the proximity mines.

If you have found their cave, and they are asleep in it, then set a few mines near the entrance. If you can get them to come out of the cave in a cluster, you can get a few of them at a time with the proximity mines.

Run For Your Life!

If you know that you are going to be taking on a horde, then you want to prepare for that by saving any Stamina Cocktails that you come across.

If you’re lucky enough to have found the recipe, then make sure you craft as many as you can and keep spare ingredients on hand to make more when needed.

NOTE: Stamina Cocktails take the same basic ingredients as other cocktails and bandages, so use your ingredients wisely.

Freakers Hide from Door to Door Salesmen

I have discovered that hordes retain some measure of humanity and memories of how things were before they became freaks. It has been my experience that if you visit a horde cave during the day, there is a good chance that you will find it empty. At least that has been my experience.

I have gone to caves where I know hordes sleep, middle of the day, sun is out and no clouds in the sky, and… there were no freakers anywhere to be found.

I have decided that this is because they hate door to door salesmen. So, when horde hunting, keep in mind that while every cave must be entered with extreeme caution: there is also a possibility that you might not find them sleeping in their cave when you want to.

Your First Horde

Now that you know where your chosen horde is, and you know their habits, and you have gathered everything that you can to fight them… it is time to kick that hornet’s nest.

Approach the horde at your preferred time and make sure that they actually are where you expect them to be. (Remember, they might not be in their cave in the middle of the day.)

Test Things First

Before you set your traps or rile things up too badly, you want to make a test run. Save at your bike, (If you can’t save there is an enemy too close to you.)

Now, get your longest range gun and shoot a few freakers from a good distance away. Rile them up and get some of them chasing you, then… RUN! Your goal is to test how far this horde will chase after you when you rile them up.

Note the path they take when they come after you, do they always go the same way around obsticles? How far until they give up the chase and head back to their den or feeding area?

There will be stragglers, so pick off as many of those as you can as you follow the horde back to their gathering point. Silenced weapons and your stealth knife kills help here.

Now You Know

You’re ready. You are as prepared as I can make you for this, so… time to do it.

Set out your traps if you have them, position bear traps where the freaks will run on the path. Careful that you set them where you will be able to re-arm the trap after you have caught a freaker in it.

Place proximity mines in strategic choke points, but be careful they are far enough apart not to trigger a domino effect.

And speaking of domino effects: line up gas cans leading back away from the proximity mine if you can. You want the freaks to pass the gas cans, then set off the proximity mine. This way the mine will blow up the gas can, burning more of the freaks as they rush toward the explosion.

Ready, Set, GO!

With everything set up, sneak to your chosen vantage point – somewhere that you can throw items at the horde and then run. Maybe a cliff overlooking them? On top of a building? Wherever you pick, make sure you can toss items into the area of the horde from there without them rushing for you before you’re ready.

If you have it, throw out an attractor or attractor bomb. As soon as the horde is gathered at the attractor start lobbing what throwables you can:

  • Molotovs
  • Pipe bombs
  • Grenades

If it explodes or does area-wide fire damage – toss it in there. You should be able to lob two or three items before the horde realizes where the destrution is being rained down on them from. Once they make the connection and head for you, take off running yourself!

Don’t wait for them to get to you, they’re faster than they look.

Repeat as Needed

Get to a safe distance and, same as before, pick off the few stragglers as you follow the horde back to their gathering point.

They might not go back where they were, however. The horde might head for their sleeping point if they were feeding, or perhaps to their water point. Just follow them to wherever they go and repeat the tactic of luring them together and lobbing thrown damagers into their midst.

You can shoot them as well, but make sure you save the gunfire for after the thrown items, because that alerts them to your position faster – even with silenced weapons.

Yes, You Can Resupply

It has been my experience that you can leave the area to resupply if you need to run out for more ammo or explosives. The horde will not respawn if left alone for a little while – at least I have not had one respawn while I was off buying bullets or getting healing supplies.

Let Me Know How This Worked

Share your experiences horde hunting in the comments. Was there a different method you used? Do you have tips for any specific hordes? Have you experienced any unique things?

Never Give Up

Using the same hit-n-run techniques like I outlined above, I have saved civilian’s trapped inside cars with a horde swarming all over the car the poor guy was locked in. You can not leave the area when someone is caught in a car, but you can circle around and hit the horde, run, repeat, until the horde has been defeated and the poor soul can get out of the car.

Let me know what your craziest horde moments were!

Days Gone stream

Join me for a ride on the Broken Road in Days Gone on my  Twitch Channel at Twitch.tv/phantascene. (Click the Google Calendar link to add this event to yout Google Calendar.)

Days Gone
by Bend Studio

Difficulty setting: Survival II
Character: Deacon St John

Possible Activities:

  • Visit the Lucky Lad Mine with Skizzo
  • Exploration
  • Horde Hunting

It has been 808 days since Deacon placed his wife, Sarah, on a chopper leaving Farewell, and it has been a tough journey for Deacon in recent weeks as he has struggled to survive and keep Boozer alive.

In my previous few streams for Days Gone, Deacon took Boozer to Lost Lake to find help, then made a run to Ripper territory to secure antibiotics. It was not enough, Deacon was forced to help as Addy, the doctor at the Lost Lake encampment, cut Boozer’s arm off to save his life after the infection from the burns spread despite the antibiotics that Deacon recovered from the crashed Red Cross plane.

Boozer has been released from the infirmary and he and Deacon have now taken over a small cabin at Lost Lake. In exchange for a place at the encampment for Boozer to heal, Boozer works at the encampment’s farm and Deacon is doing runs for the Lost Lake encampment.

Tensions are rising with the Rippers. Deacon and Rikki took a ride to the power plant in an effort to restore power to Lost Lake, where they encountered a group of Rippers who were carrying a rough note that made it clear they were searching for two bikers wearing Mongrels cuts. 

Meanwhile Deacon is spreading himself thin as he helps out a NERO agent by the name of O’Brian in exchange for the man finding out what he can about what happened the day Deacon’s wife, Sarah, died.

As Deacon returns to Lost Lake, Iron Mike and Skizzo wait to speak with hm at the lodge about Deacon’s plan to seal the caves that the freakers sleep in during the day.

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