(Updated! See below and the bottom)
I have posted a perfect game guide. Many of my decisions can be adapted to other roles so it is not limited to any background. JIMD has approved what I provided. It is mostly spoiler free!
It IS editable, (I have copies on my PC) so that WE as a community can improve it. If you change it please leave a change log note at the bottom for me (date/initials/change summary/explanation).
I’d like people to add their experiences with other builds/Backgrounds/romances to this guide as separate pages below the original. If you do so, I’ll change it to a guide of its own (it’s own google document) and save the link at the top as an option for someone who wants a similar guide for a different build. If you do so, please try to adapt your background/romance to the decisions in the guide to maximize everything that you can. Example: teenager/bank Robber/con artist starts and story additions that meld into and utilize the choices I used to maximize the story. Even flipping it to being evil would be fine as a SEPARATE guide addition.
This one plays as a honorable, humane, mostly honest, mostly calculated, strong leader. You can swap out the ranged skill for melee or hand to hand if you wish with no issues, however you may need to tinker with the attributes.
It collects everyone you can with high opinion/morale/allegiance and maximizes the gathering of supplies/equipment/information/story. I also have a skill/attribute calculator, a sample calculator, and the info on survivor stats. I also have a list of weapons and clothing and their effects. I have found these things combined with stat checks from the code to make building characters much easier and less soul crushing than constantly restarting and rebuilding.
I am a beta tester for part 3 but have NOT included or knowingly prepared for anything in part 3. Things will likely adapt to new releases but here it is.
Please share your thoughts or questions on it here or pm! Also Jim’s Facebook group for ZESH is always kicking and usually much quicker and lively with posts and comments including from the author and his team!
To those that have used my guide:
Have you tried the beta for chapters 8 and 9? (Makes you more informed on suggestions)
Are you a patreon supporter of Jim’s? (Makes you more informed on suggestions)
What would you like to see changed in the guide?
Do you agree that the decisions in the guide are optimal overall?
Do you understand and use the Google sheets calculators for character building or research samples?
What would you like to be added or taken away to the guide?
How willing are you to help build the future versions of the guide?