I noticed that when the hounds are targeting me, they keep attacking me even when I'm viewing the map, and eventually they kill me and the map is still open. I even was resurrected once at a touchstone when this happened. Another time I left the game in map view and came to see myself dead in the middle of killer bee hives.

So I became concerned that viewing the map still makes the time go by and if the night comes, I might be killed by Charlie, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I can't figure out how it works still.

Does viewing Map pause the game? Or does it only pause the game under certain conditions?

  • Have you installed any mods that may have broken this feature? I'm not sure of any in particular, but there are definitely mods that replace native game files.
    – David M
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 21:03
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    I'm starting to think this may have happened due to opening console. Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 21:04
  • Opening the console typically pauses everything on screen, too. But, if you restart the game is should fix it.
    – David M
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 21:06
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    And there's the tricky part: while the map is already pausing the game, I believe, opening console calls the same method that toggles the pause back. Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 21:07
  • I tested this and it is true. Added below as answer.
    – David M
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 at 13:16

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Viewing the map does pause the game.

If, however, you are on the map screen and you load the console by accidentally hitting ` instead of Tab it will cause the game to un-pause while the map screen is still up.

The remedy for this: Hit Control-L to close the console. Then hit Tab to turn off the map. Hit Tab again to reload the map screen, and you will pause properly again.

  • I guess this would have sufficed as a comment
    – Edeph
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 at 7:55
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    @Edeph - Perhaps. Yet, it does offer information regarding the underlying cause of the problem and the solution to it. Hence, it is actually a more complete answer.
    – David M
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 at 14:02

Yes, viewing the map pauses the game. The best way to test it yourself is to position yourself next to an animal and check if it changes it's position after a while while you were viewing the map.

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    This is my experience as well but is in direct contradiction to his experience of dying while the map is open. Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 18:07
  • Perhaps more testing is needed I will come back shortly after some experiments.
    – Edeph
    Commented Jan 25, 2014 at 6:20
  • After some more testing, indeed viewing the map pauses the game. I was looking at a bird and as soon as it set flight, I pressed tab, waited 10 seconds, then resumed and the bird was in the same spot on the screen, flying away. I tried the same with the giant one-eyed birds and it worked out the same.
    – Edeph
    Commented Jan 25, 2014 at 6:46

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