In order to survive in Kenshi, you have to be prepared. Bandits will spare no expense as they wander, looking for an easy target. Here we will tell you the basics for getting started in Kenshi.
First Things, FirstEdit
First of all, please notice that this guide presumes that you use the "Wanderer" start.
You will be starting in a random city. In most cities you can find a big round building and if you're lucky there will be a training dummy in there. It's a good idea to train melee attack to 4 or 5 if you have the patience.
Ally, Equipment, and MoneyEdit
-Getting an ally- Find a Bar. It will have a picture over the door of a wine glass, and a sign. There are normally two bars in a city and two individuals in each bar that can be hired to follow you. That leaves you four NPCs to hire in each city, assuming there is two bars. Commonly found NPC types are medics, engineers and fighters (at a cost of 6000C) and recruits (at 3000C). The medic has a high "Field Medic" skill (which allows him to use medpacks very efficiently) and usually a high "Science" skill (used later for research). The engineer has a high "engineer" skill (used to build and repair structures) and also a high "Labouring" skill (used to during manual labour). The fighter has a higher level of "Melee Attack" and "Melee Defence" (Both increase combat effectiveness). The wanderer has all minimal skill levels. You will need to train your new ally on a training dummy as well.
-Getting equipment- Scavenging: Take your ally for this so you can improve both of your athletic skills, and additional carrying capacity. Run around the desert till bandits start chasing you. Then, run back toward the city so the patrolling guards incapacitate the bandits. Some will die but others will recover, and defend their downed comrades. Loot their bodies, equip what you need, and sell the items. Remember to be quick though.
NOTE: You (and/or your ally) can join into the fight against the bandits when the guards start landing blows. This will boost your attack skill.
-Making Money- Use the money you got from the sold equipment or what you started with and buy "Building Materials." Then you need to build a stone mine. This will need 3 "Building Materials." Next, you sell stone till you can afford 10 "Building Materials" and build a stone refinery. This is where you can make your own "Building Materials." You can start on a town or just make enough money to get better equipment and focus on fighting or whatever you feel like doing.
You can also mine copper from the large deposits scattered about and sell raw copper to the traders (no investment needed)
NOTE: When building too close to a town, the "placement ghost" of your building will be blue. You should build in a place with travellers, such as travelling merchants, for later in the game. these places normally have a higher amount of bandits though. Be prepared to run for the guards. Also, leave room to build a wall around your town. Building too close to the "blue area" around a town can make this hard.