Dispatches from the Hinterlands

Introducing: The Psycho Sherpa Challenge!

Ross here, I’ve done a few user created challenges by Stormwolf101 and DocGonzo and finally felt the time was right to conceive my own challenge. So I batted around a few different ideas which I might refine later and created a challenge that should test even the most seasoned players. At least I hope it will.

I call it the Psycho Sherpa Challenge!


The Challenge should you chose to accept it is straightforward. You have heard of a Promised Land called Desolation Point far from the horrible weather Pleasant Valley. However PV has already cost you most of your supplies so you first must head to the Summit of Timberwolf Mountain.

Here you must break down all the crates and open all the containers at which point you must select enough supplies to place you over 50 kilos.

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The Long Dark: Story Mode

Wintermute the first Season of The Long Dark story mode is here. So I’ve been playing it, all the way through.

So it’s been very quiet around here for a while.

Here are my Let’s Plays for Episode One and Episode 2.

Episode 1: Do Not Go Gently

Episode 2: Luminance Fugue

I hope you find these helpful for tactics and for completing the games for yourselves!

This is by no means a 100 percent complete Let’s Play.

The Long Dark Meets K2


In 1991 the film K2 (The Ultimate High) premiered in theaters.

Here is the Synopsis from wikipedia:

K2 is a 1991 motion picture loosely based on the story of two friends’ ascent of the second-highest mountain on Earth, K2. The story is based on a play written by Patrick Meyers and presented as a senior thesis at Stanford University. The film was directed by Franc Roddam, and written by Meyers and Scott Roberts, adapting Meyers’ original stage play. The two main characters of the film, Taylor Brooks (played by Michael Biehn) and Harold Jameson (played by Matt Craven), are loosely based on Jim Wickwire and Louis Reichardt, respectively, the first two Americans to summit K2 in 1978. Wickwire and Reichardt are acknowledged in the ending credits.[1]

In most of the world the music was provided by composer Chaz Jankel it’s a very good score and is probably the one which most people are familiar with. However in Europe the film was released with a insane score by my favorite composer Hans Zimmer.

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Adam Survives….but for how long?

Hello folks!

So I’ve been hyper busy these last two weeks building sets and painting things for our Alaskan Arctic Adventure Vacation Bible School that runs Mon-Fri starting tomorrow. However during my downtime I have completed another survivors’ story.



Adam unlike most of my survivors really wasn’t played with a specific backstory or play style because the sandbox was originally going to be played for testing wolf combat. In the end though it began to develop into a compelling survival story.

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Abby: To the Farmstead

Even as I searched through the barn with using the light of the flare I realized that the wind could come through the gaps between the slats in its structure. I was already cold but the flare warmed me up slightly, and the search was not without discovery.


I can’t stay here tonight, I have to keep moving forward. Logic would dictate that if these are outbuildings on a farm there’s almost certainly a farmhouse round here somewhere. It must be forward since I haven’t come to it yet.

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About Survivor Abby and Part 1 of her Story

About Abby

Abby is a very active person who simply cannot sit still she is always on the go. Well she can sit still when she’s on a flight to somewhere new and exciting. Suffice it to say though that once she gets to Fairbanks she’ll be doing something awesome within moments of landing!


Except when she wakes up she doesn’t find herself in Fairbanks.

But in a heap load of trouble!

Abby Survival Begins

Will she survive or head into The Long Dark?

So what’s been going on…and why I’m back!

Hey guys, Ross here, so I’ve been silent for quite a while and that because I was playing the Test Track of The Long Dark’s Faithful Cartographer Update!


I’m almost upset to report that I had no crazy game breaking bugs to report to Hinterlands about, but I did have fun testing the 9 versions of the sandboxes that were released. Each of the releases got consecutively better and more refined and now it has been officially released!

So to celebrate here a few shots from various different test builds of the Sandbox!

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Test Branch: A Glimpse around Carter Hydro Dam

So I have opted into Test Branch as I have so every update since I installed The Long Dark. And I have been uploading Test Track videos headed with disclaimers on my Youtube channel. But I’ve also been taking some still frames around Carter Hydro-Electric Dam.


The current iteration of Carter Hydro Dam is pretty stark and barren in its color but that seems to be changing in my opinion for the better in Faithful Cartographer. After the break I’ll be sharing 3 half and half screenshots from Carter Dam so visual spoilers after the break.

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Color and Contrast: Trappers Cabin

This first in a series of posts was set in motion by a comment to one of my screenshots at sunrise from just outside the dam which I shared on: The Long Dark Community


Having taken thousand’s of screenshots from within the frosty locales in TLD and played near 500 hours now since finally installing it last year. I have seen with my own eyes glorious sunrises and sunsets and fog creeping into inlets as snow began to fall afresh. This game is a game of unparalleled beauty throughout its frozen wasteland.

So in this post I will share with you some of my many screenshots taken around Trappers Cabin seeing it in a multitude of colors and cold harsh realities.

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