Ready to die?
Seven Days to Die is a survival, crafting, zombie apocalypse game. You start out the game with nothing. You’re in your underwear. Not even kidding in the slightest. From here, you need to build your own tools and craft your first set of clothing. As you progress through the game you’ll learn new skills, apply those skill points and hopefully survive. You basically have seven days to build a base that can withstand a horde of zombies. And every seven days after that (as I understand it), you have another horde to survive.
The game has a few different game modes to play. Creative allows you to wonder around, craft, gather and build. You don’t lose any health so you don’t have to worry about eating and drinking. Nor are there any zombies to worry about. You can simply wander around and do your own thing. Survival SP is an offline game mode where there are no other players. Its just yourself along in a post apocalyptic world to survive against the elements, hunger and of course, zombies. Survival MP has all of the same survival elements of SP, but you can now claim land, fight other players on top of the zombie walkers in the world. Survival MP can be hosted privately or publicly. Hosting a Survival MP game privately allows you to control who can join the game by password protecting the server.
When I first powered up the game, I started a simple Creative offline game to get a feel for the game and get accustomed to the crafting and leveling system. I only played around with this game mode for a few hours in total among a few different start-stops of the game.
Aside from just creating a new game from within the interface, you also have the chance to host your own server. Hosting your own server comes with some advantages. You can control even more aspects of the game such as the number of zombies and wildlife. You can host your own 7D2D server from either Linux or Windows. I had attempted to setup my own server from an Ubuntu 14.04 server hosted out of Vultr (SSD hard drives are the bomb OK?). Pretty much didn’t have much luck as the documentation for building, configuring this specific setup is kind of lacking and I’m no pro at Ubuntu. The easiest way that I’ve found and learned from colleagues of mine is to simply host your own Windows server. This is for another topic but you can simply enable Hyper-V on your desktop, spin up a Windows Server, install Steam and then under Steam > Tools you can install the 7D2D dedicated server. There’s some documentation on this just do some simple Google’ing and you’ll find what you’re looking for.
My experience so far
So far I’m having a lot of fun with this game. I really like the crafting system (once I got used to it), building a base and gathering resources, and of course killing zombies! We’re currently playing on a server a friend of mine built and we’re about to hit day seven where we’ll likely be annihilated :P. At least until we get our base more solid and resources situated out.
All in all, I would highly recommend this game. Its totally worth your time if you had any fun with games like Life is Feudal and Minecraft. If you want to connect up with me and get a game started, let me know! My Steam info is below in the Author section. Feel free to look me up, add me as a friend and we can get a game started.