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Introduction to the medic skill set

Surviving is not all about strength, but most importantly about what you know, which is why developing your skills is essential to your survival. One of these essential skills is medicine, which is what we are going to have a look at now.

Getting started

There are three medic levels that you need to complete studying before becoming a fully qualified medic. Each level consists of reading 3 books and some practical tasks suck as researching associated items. Each book and its associated practical research tasks will allow you to do new things such as craft bandages, recognize unknown pills, get better results when healing yourself and others etc... right away until you eventually become a fully qualified medic.

There are also 3 associated research quests for the medic skill set which will allow you to craft your own antidotes against the zombie virus, create blood bags with antibiotics to cure infections of the blood and to craft painkillers which are more effective than the regular ones you find lying around as well as antibiotics. Crafting antidotes will allow you to cure yourself when you contract an illness and thus prevent you from eventually dyeing. We will talk about the research quests and crafting antidotes and pills later on. You can learn about the various illnesses that you can contract in game by clicking here.

So let’s take a look at tracking your skills progress and how to get started first…

Tracking your progress

You can track the progress you are making in developing your medic and other skills as well as the associated research practical tasks for each skill set by pressing the F1 button
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on your keyboard at any time in game.
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Let's call this the skill tracker and let’s focus on the tile labelled Medic. The six icons underneath the big cross icon display the progress that you are making in studying each book, and the related items to it. Each item also has a progress bar on the right hand side which gradually grows taller as you gain more progress in using/reading it. Eventually the progress bar will turn in to a green check mark which means that you have completely finished studying that item or reading that book. Once you have finished studying each book the empty boxes will fill up with items that you need to gain practical usage skills with to finish studying that book. The ‘research’ button allows you to keep track of your research progress, something that we will talk about later on.

The ‘help’ button in the top right corner of the tile allows you to see which books you need to find and study as you progress in developing your medic skills. So let’s click the ‘help’ button to get started.



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Also note that each book has a small number e.g. 1.1 in the bottom left corner which allows you to quickly see which level and book series you are currently reading. The first number stands for the level and the second number for the book series. Each level consists of 3 books, so in our 1.1 example this book would be used to study the 1st level and would be the first series. After studying it you can proceed to study 1.2 and then 1.3. Note that you cannot jump from 1.1 to 1.3 for example; all books must be read in sequential order.


Getting started…

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Look for piles of old books inside which you can find the books you need to develop your medic skills.

The help file says that in order to get started in developing your medical skills you need to find a book called ‘1.1 Student Medic Work’. You can find this book and all the others you will need lying around in various buildings throughout the island. You can also find books lying around in stacks of books. If you come across such a stack, put it in your inventory, right-click on it and select 'skim through book'. After that the stack will disappear and some kind of book will appears in its place.

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Begin reading a book by placing it in to your inventory, then right-clicking on it and selecting ‘read book’.

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If you press F1 in game now you will see that a book labelled 1.1 in the bottom right corner has been added to one of the 6 squares in the medic tile. There is a progress bar on the right hand side of the book showing you how much progress you have made in reading it. Once you finish reading it, the progress bar will turn in to a green check mark as previously mentioned. Reading it will happen automatically and you do not have to do anything just wait.

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Once you finish reading the book two icons of the skills that you need to practice will appear beside the book. In this case a cloth and some painkillers. Let’s have a look at these new icons more closely…

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Note
Your progress in reading books is lost if you die before you have finished reading the book.



The help file also says that after reading the 1.1 book, you will be able to craft bandages after gaining practical experience in bandaging others with cloths. This explains the cloth icon that appeared in the skill tracker beside the book. It also has a progress bar. The more you bandage yourself and others using cloths the more experience you will gain and the more the progress bar will grow until it also turns in to a green check mark meaning you have gained enough experience with it and are now able to craft bandages.

The help file also says that you need to practice using painkillers after which you will be able to identify unknown pills
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that you find with a 25% success rate. Use painkillers on yourself and on others until you gain enough experience with them that a green check mark also appears in the corner. After you have finished reading the 1.1 book, gained full experience with using cloths and painkillers you are ready to proceed to read the ‘1.2 Student Essay Work’ book.



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Moving on to the next book

If we open the help file again we see that to proceed to read the next book we need to find a book called ‘1.2 Student Essay Work’. After you begin reading it the previous 1.1 book icon in the skill tracker will turn to a 1.2 book icon. Once you finish reading it, a green check mark will once again appear in the corner and an icon of morphine will appear in one of the remaining empty squares.

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The help file also says that after gaining practical experience in using the regular morphine that you can find lying around you will be able craft level 1 morphine which is more effective than the standard morphine. This explains the morphine icon that appear after you finished reading the 1.2 book. Use morphine on yourself or others to gain experience until you complete researching it, after which you will be able to move on to the 1.3 book and so forth…

Proceeding to the next level

As mentioned earlier, each level consists of 3 books. When you finish reading the entire 1.x book series you will have become a level 1 medic after which you can proceed to find the 2.1 book and proceed to study it until you finish the level and proceed to the third level and so forth… Use the ‘help’ button in the medic tile when you press F1 to help you see which books you need to find, what items you need to research and what you will be able to do after researching them.

Summary of medic levels

Level 1

1. Studying the book called "1.1 Student Medic Work" will allow you to: - Make bandages after gaining experience practicing bandaging others with cloths.

- Correctly identify unknown pills with a up to a 25% success rate after gaining experience with regular painkillers and painkillers 20mg.

2. Studying the book called "1.2 Student Essay Work" will allow you to:

- Make morphine (level 1) which is more effective than the standard one after gaining experience in healing broken legs with the standard morphine.

3. Studying the book called "1.3 Student Med-Project" will allow you to:

- To create a blood bag (1 level) which is more effective than the standard one after gaining experience in performing blood transfusions.
- Improve your skills in using the DIY splint after practicing healing broken bones with it.

Level 2

4. Studying the book called "2.1 Bachelor Medic Work" will allow you to:

- Make double bandages after gaining experience in bandaging wounds with the regular ones.
- Improve your skills in using the DIY splint after practicing healing broken bones with it.

5. Studying the book called "2.2 Bachelor Essay Work" will allow you to:

- Make morphine (level 2) which is more effective than level 1 morphine after gaining experience in using the level 1 morphine.
- Correctly identify unknown pills with up to a 55% success rate after gaining experience in using painkillers.

6. Studying the book called "2.3 Bachelor Med-Project" work will allow you to:

- Make a blood bag (level 2) which is more effective than the level 1 blood bag after gaining experience in performing blood transfusions using level 1 blood bags.

Level 3

7. Studying the book called "3.1 Master Medic Work" will allow you to:

- Make morphine (level 3) which is more effective than level 2 morphine after gaining experience in healing broken legs with the level 2 morphine.

8. Studying the book called "3.2 Masters Essay Work" will allow you to:

- Make triple bandages after gaining experience in bandaging wounds with double bandages.
- Correctly identify unknown pills with a 100% success rate after gaining experience in using painkillers.

9. Studying the book called "3.3. Master Med-Project" will allow you to:

- Make a blood bag (level 3) which is more effective than the level 2 bloodbag after gaining experience in performing blood transfusions using level 2 bloodbags.
- Create medical leg splints after gaining experience in healing broken legs with custom leg splints.

Medic research quests

In addition to developing your medical skills you can also fulfill research quests which will allow you to craft antidotes against illnesses which will allow you to cure yourself, and to craft painkillers which are stronger and more effective than the regular ones you find lying around as well as antibiotics.

Tracking your progress

You can track the progress you are making in your research quests by pressing the F1 button
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on your keyboard to access the skill tracker and then pressing the 'research' button on the bottom of the medic tile. The first blue icon represents the antidote to the zombie virus. After you finish that quest you will be able to craft that antidote. The second blood icon represents the antidote to blood infections and the last icon of pills represents your ability to craft more effective pills – something you will be able to do after you finish that quest. The 6 boxes beside each icon show the progress you are making in reading the necessary books/researching the associated items.
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Getting started

If we read the help file the first thing we need to begin the zombie antidote quest is to find ‘Dr. Ivan’s’ archives. Once you have found them, put them in your inventory, right-click them and select ‘read book’. If we go back to check our research progress now you will see that the Dr. Ivan’s archives have appeared in one of the 6 boxes next to the big zombie virus antidote icon. As before there is also a progress bar which indicates how much progress you have made in reading the book.

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Once you have finished reading the book a green check mark will appear next to it as well as some items in the other slots that you will need to research.

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Once you have killed a zombie go to the body and select ‘cut zombie’ from the action menu. After completing the action a random zombie part may appear in your inventory if the zombie was successfully cut. You will need to have a hunting knife
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in your inventory to cut zombies.



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Right-click on that part and select ‘study part’ to study it and gain progress. After you have studied enough of each part a green check mark will appear next to that particular part. After successfully studying all the necessary parts/items you will be able to craft the zombie virus antidote.

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Click here to find out how to craft various medical items.

Additional information

The blood infection antidote will require you to take zombie/animal etc… blood samples. You can do that by killing zombies/animals etc… and selecting ‘Take a blood sample’ from the action menu. You will also need to have an empty blood bag in your inventory to do this. After taking the blood sample it will appear in your inventory.

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Right-click it and select 'Examine blood sample' to gain progress.

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The Magic Pill Book which will give you the ability to create more effective painkillers and antibiotics will require you to find unknown pills and try to recognize them. Find them in the world, put them in your inventory, right-click them and select 'Try to recognize'. The more pills you recognize the more progress you will receive for each type of pill based on the type you recognized.

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All medic research quests

  • 1. Dr. Ivan’s archives allow you to study the background of the zombie infection and to find enough materials to be able to extract and examine zombie body parts. After finding and studying all the relevant zombie parts you will be able to create a vaccine against the zombie virus using the specified materials.
  • 2. The “Human Blood Types” textbook will allow you to collect and study blood samples from people, zombies and animals into empty blood bags. If you study human, zombie and animal blood you will be able to create blood bags with antibiotics using empty blood bags, full blood bags, antibiotics and boiled water to use for treating blood infections.
  • 3. "The Magic Pill" book - Learn about the various types of pills by recognizing 'Unknown pills' you find. This will allow you to create antibiotics and more effective painkillers from two 20mg packets.

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