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How do weapons work in Die2Nite? I'm interested in the game mechanics, the manual is a bit terse on that point.

  • Do you need APs to kill zombies with them?
  • How many zombies can you kill with one?
  • How do weapons differ from each other?
  • Which weapons are effective, and which should I ignore?
  • What are the risks of attacking zombies with weapons?
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  • Do you need APs to kill zombies with them? No. Caveat: There are town-based weapons that require AP to fire out of the town,but personal weapons are fired at no AP cost.

  • How many zombies can you kill with one? It varies; some 1 only, some more than one. I think there is a random element with some weapons.

  • How do weapons differ from each other? I think each have a probability of a successful attack, a probability of failing/breaking and a quasi-random element of damage (i.e. you may kill more or less Zs with similar attacks)

  • Which weapons are effective, and which should I ignore? The $64k question. The most devastating weapons costs more in terms of resources - resources that may be better used elsewhere. In my limited experienced, the weapons are fairly well-balanced - I haven't discovered a preferred weapon yet.

  • What are the risks of attacking zombies with weapons? There is a very serious risk that one or more zombies will get hurt! In reality, you won't used weapons until as a last resort when you are trapped. I've never been injured while attacking with a weapon, but I imagine it is possible with certain weapons, but unlike hand-to-hand, I suspect the probability is very low.

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I'm almost positive it costs 1 AP to attack a zombie. –  DwarfSlice Dec 16 '10 at 15:56
    
Also, you can only become injured by fleeing, not by attacking. –  DwarfSlice Dec 16 '10 at 15:57

I wish I had a complete answer, but by far the most efficient way to do some hardcore zombie cleansing is:

  • liberal amounts of water pistols (three shots each, maximum), and
  • the Plumbing epic project, under Foundations, that allows us to refill water based weapons for free.

We're killing an average of 80 zombies per day since we built plumbing, all for practically free :)

So many zombies, so little time...

This is our map in day 12. Refreshingly zombie free.

Before that the most powerful use of water based weapons may be the water bomb: a plastic bag filled with water with Semtex strapped onto it — costly, but useful when clearing out buildings (~6 kills per bomb).

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Your AP costs may vary, however... especially with Watchtower 4 and 5. –  badp Dec 13 '10 at 9:39
    
I used the Exploding Water Bomb once (before I knew how expensive it was to make). Trapped by 8 zombies, it only cleared 4.... I was gutted. –  CJM Dec 13 '10 at 10:12
    
@CJM I'm not a scavenger myself, so I'm not in first line against zombies; I usually earn my water rations with constructionery things :) –  badp Dec 13 '10 at 10:28
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Wow, that's impressive. Our entire map looks like the upper right-hand corner. –  bwarner Dec 13 '10 at 12:32
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We have 2 Heroes, most of the players are new, it is the second day and the expected attack is 135-155 zombies. To add to that we didn't find a single "Handful of Nuts and Bolts" yet. I somehow don't think we'll be building the Plumbing project in this game. But at some point I'd really like to try it out. –  Mad Scientist Dec 13 '10 at 18:19
Do you need APs to kill zombies with them?

Short answer, no. There are no weapons in the game that require AP to use them. There is no such thing as a weapon that fires from town that costs AP! (at least not in our version of the game)

How many zombies can you kill with one?

The results vary depending on the weapon. There is such a massive array of weapons it would be too time consuming and lengthy to list them all. The best option if you find a weapon you are unsure of is to ask somebody in town or get a hero from your town to ask on the world forum. Never build a weapon you are unsure of, especially if it uses up any of the rarer materials!

How do weapons differ from each other?

The number of kills vary, the materials required to build the weapon can vary, and the items used as ammunition also vary (if they need any ammunition at all!)

Which weapons are effective, and which should I ignore?

As one of the previous questions, there are so so many weaopons its hard to list them all, if you dont know about a weapon then ask somebody.

What are the risks of attacking zombies with weapons?

There are no risks at all. If you attack a zombie using a weapon you will never be hurt in the process.

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