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As you explore the game world, you'll find two types of currency - Dollars and Gold Coins. Both can be used for barter between players if you want or to purchase certain consumables (food, medicine, ammo) at the General Store in one of the safe settlements and in the Marketplace in the frontend. Not all items that you find in the world will be purchasable, and by no means do you need to use the store at all - everything can be found in the game worl
I want PAY FOR WIN! I have lots of money to spend!
Sorry pal, but this is the wrong game. Like in a real-world, post apocalyptic scenario, your money will mean much less than your natural survival skills, training and wits
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Given it looks like this games going to be a massive deathmatch gankfest it seems to me that those that spend money on an in game store will have an advantage . If you buy an uzi and body armor your going to have an advantage over someone with a knife . Also a few months after release your going to have uber powered players killing all the newbies making it very difficult for new players to come into the game . Theres also no factions so anyone can gank you .
How if anyone can gank you does it make it possible to barter with other players . Given you cant trust them . If you approach them they are likly to kill you .
Some things about this game dont add up and it seems poorly thought through . Maybe I'm wrong and things will be added to stop it being a gankfest and allowing safe areas to trade .