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'''This starter guide is designed to aid new players just starting out in a new world, and ONLY includes information required for "first day survival".'''
Detailed crafting mechanics can be found on linked pages.
== Controls ==
== Controls ==

Revision as of 11:32, 15 February 2020



W A S D To move around
Space Jump
E Backpack Inventory (Access Crafting Grid)
C Character Inventory (Clothes and other Gear)
Shift Sneak (used to place active items on blocks)
Ctrl + W Run
G Sit down
Q Drop currently held item
F5 Cycle through camera modes (first person, third person, overhead)

User Interface

tab Show/Hide chat overlay
T Begin typing in the chat overlay
F4 Show/Hide user interfaces
F6 Show/Hide user minimap
B Show/Hide block info
H Survival Handbook (All items in the game)
M Show/Hide Worldmap
N Show/Hide block interaction help
V Show/Hide coordinates
F12 Take a screenshot
esc Exit/close any interface (Quit the game)

Your first day

Player Spawn

Players appear in the world at the "spawn location". If a player dies in the game, the player will reappear (respawn) at the initial spawn location until the player spawn point is reset. (A way to reset player's spawn location can be found later in the game.) It's a good idea to set a marker for this spawn point when a player first appears in the world. Either right mouse click on the world map or through the command /waypoint add [waypointcolor] [title]. This command adds a waypoint with given color (any .NET Color or a Hex Code) and text.

Stone tools

Scavenging time!
A knapping surface

Find flint or loose stones (basalt, granite, andesite, obsidian or peridotite). Sneak + Right click on solid ground to create a knapping surface. Choose the tool to create from the menu. We recommend an Axe and a Knife. Using a stone in the active hand, left click on the orange boxes to remove them from the stone and shape the finished blade or tool head. When the last orange box is removed, the completed tool head will transfer to the player's hotbar. Press E to open the inventory GUI and access the crafting grid. In the grid, combine the stone tool blade with a stick (handle) to create the finished tool. Sticks can be collected from the ground or by breaking leafy branches using left click.

Player Inventory

You have 3 types of slots

  • The off hand slot can hold passive items such as torches
  • 10 hand slots
  • 4 container slots that let you expand your inventory.

To begin expanding your inventory, crafting hand baskets is the first option. Harvest reeds, which can usually be found near lakes. Hit H and search for basket to find out how to craft it.


Food scavenging time!

Here are some of your first day options for food:

  • Mushrooms can be harvested with a knife or your hands. Harvesting the tops with a knife will allow the mushrooms to regrow over time.
  • Ripe Berry Bushes can be harvested without tools, and then broken and replanted anywhere else. After a while they will start to bloom again.
  • Cattail roots can be harvested using a knife and cooked over a fire as a source of early game forage.
  • Most animals can be killed and harvested with a knife for nutritious meat and fat. Hold Sneak + Hold Right click with a knife in hand to harvest animals. Meat must be cooked in a fire pit.

Light / Cooking

Once the sun sets, a player might want to create a fire pit as a source of light and for cooking. Gather the following resources:

  • Dry grass: left click with a knife in hand to gather tall grass
  • Firewood: left click with an axe in hand to cut trees and harvest logs. Place the axe and log(s) in the crafting grid to create firewood.

Hold Sneak + Right click on solid ground with the dry grass in hand to place a fire pit. Next, Sneak + Right click with (4) firewood in hand to complete the fire pit.

How to craft a firepit

Congratulations, meat can be cooked and new torches created by heating sticks!


To defend yourself and kill creatures craft stone weapons with knapping. Different weapons have different ranges. Spears are the strongest long range weapon in the stone age, but break quickly. Create a stone spearhead by knapping, and combine with a stick (shaft) in the crafting grid to craft the spear. Knives, axes, or just plain sticks can all be used as weapons, but these have shorter ranges than the spear. In an emergency, small stones can be thrown at mobs.

First Day Tutorial Video

Thanks to Ashantin for creating and sharing with the VS community.

Advancing further

Now that you got the basics you can continue on to more advanced tech: Survival Guide - Advanced tech

Vintage Story: Vanilla Game Content
Terrain blocks Grid Barren low fertility soil.pngSoil Grid Blue clay.pngClay Grid Peat Brick.pngPeat Grid Rock granite.pngRock Grid Gravel Granite.pngGravel Grid Granite sand.pngSand
Construction Blocks Grid Cob.pngSoil Blocks Grid Blue clay bricks.pngCeramic Blocks Grid Oak plank.pngPlanks Grid Polished Granite.pngStone Blocks Grid Diagonal logs plaster.pngPlaster Grid Glass.pngGlass
Functional Blocks Firepit lit.pngFirepit Grid Loot Vessel.pngLoot Vessels Grid Chest.pngContainers Grid Wooden bed.pngBed Grid Barrel.pngBarrel Grid Quern granite.pngQuern Forge.pngForge Grid Ore blasting bomb.pngOre blasting bomb
Decorative Blocks Grid Painting.pngPaintings
Metal Working Blocks and Items Grid Copper anvil.pngAnvil Bloomery.pngBloomery Grid Crucible burned.pngCrucible Ingot Mold Burned.pngMolds Forge.pngForge Grid Copper Ingot.pngMetal
Tools & Weapons Grid Copper axe.pngAxe Grid Bow.pngBow Grid Copper Chisel.pngChisel Grid Wooden club.pngClub Grid Copper hammer.pngHammer Grid Copper hoe.pngHoe Grid Copper knife.pngKnife Grid Copper pickaxe.pngPickaxe Grid Copper prospecting pick.pngProspecting Pick Grid Copper saw.pngSaw Grid Copper scythe.pngScythe Grid Copper shears.pngShears Grid Copper shovel.pngShovel Grid Copper spear.pngSpear Grid Copper sword.pngSword
Craftable Resources Grid Oak board.pngBoards Grid Firewood.pngFirewood Grid Charcoal.pngCharcoal Grid Copper Ingot.pngIngots Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Grid Flax twine.pngLinen
Plants Grid Oak sapling.pngTrees Berrybush red currant ripe.pngBerry Bushes link=Cooper%27s_Reed_(Cattail)Cooper's Reed (Cattail) Flower-californiapoppy.pngFlowers Flax.pngWild Foods Tallgrass-tall.pngGrass Tallfern.pngOther Plants
Mobs BeeMob.pngBees Bighorn.pngBighorn sheep Rooster.pngChicken Pig.pngWild Pig Fox(Male).pngFox Hare.pngHare Hyena.pngHyena Wolf.pngWolf Normal Drifter.pngDrifter Locust.pngLocust
Grid Lore Scroll.pngStarter Guide Grid Lore Book.png Crafting Recipes Grid Ruins.pngRuins Grid Copper sword.pngCombat Heat Torch.pngLight sources Grid Charcoal.pngFuel Grid Copper hoe.pngFarming Grid Spelt bread.pngCooking Grid Empty skep.pngBeekeepingPig.pngAnimal Husbandry Grid Flint arrow head.pngKnapping Grid Blue clay.pngClay Forming Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Working Grid Copper Chunk.pngOre Deposits Grid Copper pickaxe.pngMining Grid Crucible burned.pngCasting Grid Copper anvil.pngSmithing