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Rust can be a challenging world to learn & survive in - so here I've put together some initial steps you might take when first starting out, in the hope you'll thrive and flourish in a harsh environment of Hunger, Cold, Bears, Wolves and other players trying to survive just like you!

This should serve as a very basic guide and much of the world of Rust simply needs to be explored, so jump on in!

Starting out...

1: Get off the beach

You first spawn on a beach which runs around the generated island you'll soon call home - from here it's a good idea to get off the beach! Other players will also spawn in these starting locations and they are usually hotspots for trouble, which is best avoided so early on in the game.

2. Craft a weapon & some armor

Once away from the spawn area you should start collecting essential materials like Cloth, Wood & Stone - so that you can craft basic armour and a weapon. With armour a good place to start is from the top and damage protection is split over 3 areas - Head, Torso/Hands and Legs.

A Wood Armor Helmet offers good early-game protection for the head and costs 15 x Cloth and 200 x Wood to craft, the helmet can be combined with the Bandana Mask costing just 5 x Cloth to improve damage resistence for the head even more. If you have the resources it's a good idea to craft some cheap clothing for the Torso and Legs however the head is the most important area to protect to prevent instant death from a headshot.

The Hunting Bow is a powerful early-game weapon which costs just 50 x Cloth and 200 x Wood to craft and with a little bit of practice will help you to defend yourself at range from AI and other players. The Wooden Arrows for the hunting bow cost 25 x Wood and 10 x Stone to craft 2 arrows.

3. Craft a sleeping bag, craft tools & gather resources

You may now have some basic armor and a weapon, but you still need somewhere to safely store your items & resources before you go offline if you want to survive in Rust. A Sleeping Bag, which is a craftable item costing 30 x Cloth that can be used as a spawn point you can place almost anywhere for if (or when) you die. You don't need to have a base built to place a Sleeping Bag so it can be handy to carry one even when roaming around and if you have 10 x Cloth a craftable Small Stash can even be placed nearby to store a small amount of items & resources for a short time. Sleeping Bags can be picked up once placed.

Now we need to get the resources needed to build a base however if you still only have a rock you need tools! Though it's one of the least effective methods, you can use your rock to harvest Trees, Ore & Stone Nodes when you don't have a Hatchet or Pickaxe - hitting the red X on trees or the sparkling orb on nodes will harvest the resource faster. Once you have 200 x Wood and 100 x Stone you can craft a Stone Pickaxe which can be used to mine faster, and when you have a further 200 x Wood and 100 x Stone you can craft a Stone Hatchet for harvesting resources from Trees faster.

Now you have a Hatchet and a Pickaxe it's time to start collecting the resources you need to build a base! So get out there!

Moving on up...

4: Create a base to store your loot

Building in Rust can be a lot of fun but a wrongly placed wall or door could make your base & loot an easy target for a passing player looking for an easy raid. Here we will make a simple base with an airlock - we use an airlock system on bases to stop other players getting easy loot by camping outside your base and killing you as you exit, leaving your door open for easy pickings.

There are multiple building tiers you can use to build your base, starting at Twig, progressing to Wood then Stone, through to Sheet Metal & Armored. Twig is the least effective base material and can be destroyed with just 1 or 2 hits from a low-level melee weapon. Wood is the next building tier and gives more hitpoints than Twig but is vulnerable to Fire damage. Upgrading to Stone gives you more hitpoints in addition to being resistant to fire. Sheet Metal gives further hitpoints & damage resistance but requires Metal Fragments to upgrade which you must produce from Metal Ore in a Furnace. The Armored tier offers the highest level of building protection but can be fairly expensive requiring High Quality Metal whilst potentially making your base a target for raids.

Once you've collected enough resources to build your base you need to craft a Building Plan which you can select in your hotbar to build objects, and a Building Hammer, which you can select in your hotbar to upgrade & alter objects. Using the Building Plan start by creating your foundations, then add the walls & door frames on top of these - take note that there is 2 sides to walls and by default the side facing you when placing is the weaker side. Complete the structure by adding floor levels for the roof. Once you've upgraded the base to Wood or Stone, craft Wooden Doors and Key or Code locks for each door - you can then place these by putting them in your hotbar and interacting with the door frame. You'll notice that aiming the placement at the left or right side of the door frame changes which way the door is placed and which way it opens. When placing locks on doors, remember to hold interact on the Key or Code locks after placing and selecting 'Lock' or 'Set Code' in the interaction wheel to secure any locks.

Once you've built your base you may notice that the hitpoints of your structure slowly go down - this is the 'decay' system. To stop your base from 'decaying' you'll need to craft a Tool Cupboard for 1000 x Wood and place it inside your base, then keep it stocked with enough materials to 'upkeep' your base over time. A tool cupboard also controls Building Priveliges for your base so you will need to 'Authorize' yourself on the cupboard once it's been placed and it's a good idea to place a Key or Code lock on the Tool Cupboard to protect your valuable resources.

5: Explore, hunt & scavenge!

Now that you've built a base you should place a Sleeping Bag in it, so that you can spawn inside your base if (or when) you die.

Now it's time to get our there - explore, hunt, search & scavenge. To research item blueprints & craft non-default items you'll need a Research table and a Workbench - both which require 'Scrap'. You can collect Scrap from various places in Rust - from barrels at the side of roads to deep under the sea in chests, but one of the fastest ways to acquire Scrap is by recycling items & components you find.

Item blueprints you find can be learned instantly which then allows you to craft the item at the relevant workbench.

Monuments are locations in the world where you can find bonus loot like higher-tier weapons & armor, these Monuments include the Dome, the Satelite Dish, the Harbors, the Lighthouse, the Bandit Camp, the Military Tunnels, the Excavator, the Junkyard, the Power Plant, the Sewer Branch and more. Many of these Monuments have logic puzzles you must complete before you can get your hands on the loot, however there are various Rust guides online which tell you exactly how prepare for & complete each puzzle in the world of Rust. Each Monument has its own challenges & level of difficulty and range from jump puzzles to hostile & dangerous NPC's which you must defeat to get the loot.

Transport is an aspect of Rust which is under development and you can currently ride on a Horse, fly a Minicopter or Hot Air Balloon, take to the water on a powered Boat or just run everywhere. You should try out the different modes of transport in the game and use whichever you prefer!

Now go explore, have fun & check back soon for the next edition!

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