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I didn't hunt at all in story mode, but damn if I don't do a ton of it online. Finally hit rank 14 and bought the fishing rod. I tried some method I read online about using a lantern at night on the Dakota river to help you spot red salmon in the water. Supposedly, you can get 10 at a time and earn about $40 at the trapper/butcher in Strawberry, which is nearby.

Either Rockstar saw that article and nerfed it already, or I just suck that much at fishing.

I took inspiration from Robert and finally spent some money upgrading my guns. Started out with almost $1000 and now I'm down to $9. Expensive ass dalm game...

Do the wraps on guns add any value or is it just cosmetic? I only upgrade the rifling, scope, etc. because it doesn't appear the finishes or wraps actually do anything, and I'm too poor to worry about making my shit shiny.

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In at least story mode - wraps protect your weapons from getting wet either due to rain or going in water. Getting them wet obviously degrades them quicker and if you don’t clean your weapons regularly....

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We wound up hunting in the fields just north of Blackwater last night.  Made a shit ton of money, though obviously not 10 fish for $400 money.  That area has oregano and other plants, which is nice.  It also has deer/antelope, small game and a bunch of different birds.  We shot just about all of em.  Tried hijacking wagons to see if we could load em up with dead stuff, but didn't work.  melraz had the bright idea to load one deer/antelope on the back of his horse, lasso another one and drag it black to town.  It worked perfectly, provided the animal hadn't been skinned first, and somehow they stay at whatever level the were after we shot em.  Looked pretty funny, and made the controller vibrate like hell, but it worked.  

Other note.  If there's a fouler sounding thing than minty venison, I don't know what it is.

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If people back then actually hunted like we do, there wouldn't be a single dalm animal left on this planet. Even the critters in the bottom of the ocean would be screwed. 

Had some pretty good kills in online. My top 3 in order they happened,

1. Me and a dot both on horseback riding at each other firing carbines. I ended up killing his horse and as he was laying on the ground I ran his ass over to get the kill.

2. Pretty epic fist fight on a porch on some cabin. Last punch knocks the opponents hat off then a quick grab of the head and ram it into the porch post for the t.k.o.  

3. Standing around the stopped train with Burke and Robert. 2 dots come in and really wanted that train. Burke musta had Emmett Brown drop off a cell phone somewhere cause he was ba-dinging his ass off. Dudes finally got control of the train and took off. I get on buck (my horse) and follow. Catch the engine and throw a stick of dynamite right inside and blow the hell outta that sum bitch. Didn't think it would work but it did. 

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I agree. It's always hey watch this shit or hey let's try this. 

1 of the 2 science experiments conducted last night worked. 

I think Robert mentioned them but you can't steal a wagon and load it down with pelts but you can lasso an unskinned critter and drag it to the butchers for profit. 1 big on the back of the horse. 1 medium sized on each side of the horse and one being drug with lasso behind the horse. Id love to see that shit real life. Just as much as going to the post office to pick up you catalog ordered ammunition. Best way to get ammo in game though. Every hole in the wall location has a post office not many places have an ammunation. 

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Science experiment number 3 failed. I had quite a bit of pelts tucked away on buck. 1 dead deer carcass on the back. On the way to the butchers I found a rock ledge hanging out over the water. Yup I dared. Turned around got a running go leaped of the rock. I survived buck died and drown instantly so I couldn't revive him and watched the dead deer meat float away. Lassoed bucks ass to land and borrowed burkes horse to tow him into town. Got to the butcher and it wouldn't recognise the pelts on the back of my bastard of a dead horse. 

 

Oh but you can tow an elk to the butchers. In case anybody wanted to know. 

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Riding behind melraz and watching a carcass flop around is my new favorite part of this game.

That, and hearing OH SHIT over my headset because he's gotten ahead of me on one of his "shortcuts" and dove off a damn cliff.

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Most of the oh shits last night were from getting a rifle stuck all the way up my ass.  That and the time I didn't realize the wagon we were chasing had stopped.  Ran into the back of it at full gallop, launched myself over it, and landed clear of the horses on the other side.

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Weirdly, we've been peaceful a lot of the time.  melraz and I let a little level 4 dot hang around while we were hunting last night for maybe 20 minutes.  Never fired a shot at him.  Only guy we targeted all night was one that had the bad luck to ride by on a wagon escort mission just as we spawned out of a mission.

By the way, found out you can do both the good honor and bad honor missions.  Just have to control your honor level to trigger both sets.  I've got to go kill more NPCs and fewer deer to get the bad guy missions.

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2 hours ago, Robert C said:

Most of the oh shits last night were from getting a rifle stuck all the way up my ass.  That and the time I didn't realize the wagon we were chasing had stopped.  Ran into the back of it at full gallop, launched myself over it, and landed clear of the horses on the other side.

Have you done any races yet? It's like the horses are made out of glass. You so much as lightly touch another dude on a horse and you go flying.

And according to the article Rippa linked, it sounds like there isn't a lot of crossover from GTAO players, because I have honestly been shocked at how few griefers I have run into.

We need to take some folks down near St Denis for the Red Dead equivalent of one of our GTA "beach parties" and show em how it's done.

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7 hours ago, RUkered said:

Have you done any races yet? It's like the horses are made out of glass. You so much as lightly touch another dude on a horse and you go flying.

And according to the article Rippa linked, it sounds like there isn't a lot of crossover from GTAO players, because I have honestly been shocked at how few griefers I have run into.

We need to take some folks down near St Denis for the Red Dead equivalent of one of our GTA "beach parties" and show em how it's done.

Haven't done one yet.  I'm fully prepared to hate them.  And to be terrible at them.

Best way I can tell that there isn't a lot of crossover from GTA is the near total lack of 420 names.

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On 12/11/2018 at 9:09 PM, Robert C said:

Best way I can tell that there isn't a lot of crossover from GTA is the near total lack of 420 names.

You’ve lucked out on XB then.

It’s funny seeing these jokers with their I-smoke-weed-don’t-believe-me?-LOOK-at-my-name in kill feeds.

Maybe because I’m so used to people in my group using sensical ID tags these recent times, I dunno.

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Several states legalizing marijuana takes the fun out of bragging about it in those states. It isn't as much fun being a POT REBEL~! when your grandpa can go to the same place you go to get the same purple kush you smoke.

I don't get Online yet - nice of them to give us the dough to buy better weaponry - but I think before too long we'll see some much better stuff on online. I think they'll spit out some DLC that willl provide content to both single player and online, for example.

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I'm feeling the same way, Stout. It definitely feels like the beta it is. You blast through the story missions, then you have races, stranger missions, and some hunting to do.

I'm expecting deathmatches to come at some point and the usual bevy of Rockstar-esque activities, but it feels pretty bare bones for now.

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I found the RDR Online equivalent of red gang circles last night. First time, I killed a whole fort of them (about 15) and looted the bodies for about 45 cents total. I get to the gang leader and he's pleading for me to let him go, he has to feed his family,, etc. I thought "Dude, 15 of your guys just tried to kill me and you want me to cut you a break?"

So of course I try to hogtie him and wind up shooting him in the back. I lost reputation. Lost reputation for killing 15 bandits and their leader. Whose side are these guys on?

There are deathmatches already, they're just oddly named with odd weapons. Everybody's supposed to use bows in one match, but people still use guns anyway. There was a deathmatch where everyone's locked to using hatchets. There was a number of kills while riding on a horse challenge.

I think a big piece of freemode peace is that bullets aren't exactly flowing like wine and nobody's got the real money to spend on being a fulltime griefer.

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5 hours ago, jstout said:

I found the RDR Online equivalent of red gang circles last night. First time, I killed a whole fort of them (about 15) and looted the bodies for about 45 cents total. I get to the gang leader and he's pleading for me to let him go, he has to feed his family,, etc. I thought "Dude, 15 of your guys just tried to kill me and you want me to cut you a break?"

So of course I try to hogtie him and wind up shooting him in the back. I lost reputation. Lost reputation for killing 15 bandits and their leader. Whose side are these guys on?

There are deathmatches already, they're just oddly named with odd weapons. Everybody's supposed to use bows in one match, but people still use guns anyway. There was a deathmatch where everyone's locked to using hatchets. There was a number of kills while riding on a horse challenge.

I think a big piece of freemode peace is that bullets aren't exactly flowing like wine and nobody's got the real money to spend on being a fulltime griefer.

Bullets flowing like wine?

"Golden Joe and the Suggins Gang"

 

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Found out last night there's a strangers mission where you have to murder a specific player.  That was kinda cool. 

Finally got enough bad honor to do the remaining missions I hadn't done.  Took an hour or two of murdering every random rider I ran into, along with three different rampages through Rhodes.  It was fun watching the piano player at the Rhodes saloon continuing to play while I took out everybody around him.

Did the mission where you have to blow up the ammunition dumps.  We were low on dynamite, so I had teh bright idea to save a stick by shooting a lantern near one of the dumps.  It set the building on fire, but never seemed to set the explosives off.  We spent a couple minutes standing there watching it, before finally deciding we'd just have to use another stick of dynamite.  Right about then the whole damn thing blew, taking out both of us.  Oops.

 

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Oh shoot you got it to work awesome. I've tried to lasso 2 gators out of the water. Guess they were to deep and couldn't be reached. Good to know mane!! Work kicked my ass tonight. Got home a little after 2 this am. Shower and bed get to do it again tomorrow. I am taking Saturday off though so hopefully be on Friday night, Saturday day and night, Sunday day and night, and Monday is questionable. Mr and Mrs Melraz actually have that day off together. 

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8 hours ago, melraz09 said:

Oh shoot you got it to work awesome. I've tried to lasso 2 gators out of the water. Guess they were to deep and couldn't be reached. Good to know mane!! Work kicked my ass tonight. Got home a little after 2 this am. Shower and bed get to do it again tomorrow. I am taking Saturday off though so hopefully be on Friday night, Saturday day and night, Sunday day and night, and Monday is questionable. Mr and Mrs Melraz actually have that day off together. 

Yeah, I went down there just to try it out.  Crossed the little covered bridge east of Rhodes, and there were two perfect gators sitting right there.  Thanks game.  Just wish you could sell the body as well as the hide.

Wondering if there's something up with the gang attacks, or whatever they're called.  Did another one last night.  It was the same deal as the last one we did - half a dozen empty lock boxes, and one dead guy with a treasure map on him.  Got $120 out of it

Dunno if I'll be on tonight.  If so, it'll be late.

I actually played about 30 minutes of GTA last night.  Amazing how different combat feels compared to this.  Killed about 15 players.  Only had one death, which when somebody got me while  I was down in the red and surrounded by cops.  I just don't have a good handle on how combat works in this game.  In GTA I know what to do in pretty much every situation - only question is whether I can pull it off.  I don't have that feel for this game, and don't know if I ever will.  Controls in GTA feel much crisper too, though I think they're slowed down by design here.  On the plus side, there's no DeLoreans or flying motorcycles in this game yet.

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