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5 Best Survival Video Games

Video games that can help preppers develop the skills they’ll need for TEOTWAWKI.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the merits of taking a survival dry run with survivalism video games.

Survival is no game, but thanks to new and improving video game technology survivalists now have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in the virtual world. Although video gaming is no substitute for hands-on training, these games are an incredible way for preppers to consider how they might handle a wide variety of different survival situations.

The survival genre has become increasingly popular in the gaming world, and most companies have released at least one survival title. One of the best things about survival games is you can choose your apocalypse. Whether you’re more concerned about surviving in the wild, in a post-nuclear wasteland, or in a battle royale-style free-for-all, these games will give you the chance to do just that.

Most of these games have features that allow you to keep track of exactly how long you will be able to go without food, without water, and without sleep. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we had a way of tracking this in real life?

 

Top Survival Games of 2019

These are some of the bestselling survival games people are playing right now. Do you think any of these would help you survive the collapse of society?

 

Rust

This game isn’t new, but it’s remained a popular choice with preppers over the years. In Rust, players wake up in the wilderness naked, alone, and without any supplies. After that, you’ll have a number of different choices you can make that will either increase or lessen your chances of survival, just as you would if the SHTF in real life. These include going it alone, working cooperatively with other players, gathering weapons, and even avoiding booby traps. In Rust you’ll have the ability to build increasingly sophisticated tools, to hunt for your own food, and to build your own shelter. It’s easy to see why so many survivalists are turning to this game to practice their skills!

 

Day Z

What does the Z in Day Z stand for? Zombies, of course. There are plenty of zombie apocalypse video game titles, but this one is different because it focuses on survivalism basics. This game is interesting because the zombies will hardly be the only foe you’ll need to defeat. One of the biggest threats you’ll encounter in Day Z is other players. While the walking undead is not a danger you’re likely to ever encounter in a post-apocalyptic scenario, encountering other humans are just as dangerous is something you’d likely experience on a daily basis, unless you’ve managed to find wilderness remote enough that you won’t have to deal with it. We should all be so lucky.

 

ARK: Survival Evolved

Playing this game involves a certain level of suspension of disbelief, because there is virtually no survival scenario outside of a Jurassic Park movie that will involve dinosaurs. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun to pretend you can just hop of a pterodactyl and fly away if you need to. In ARK: Survival Evolved, you will be part of a tribe that is ready to push their way into the Stone Age by creating tools, building villages, and more. You’ll have to defeat enemies and learn new skills if you want to stay alive, just as you’d have to in real life. Minus the T-Rex.

 

SCUM

SCUM is a game you’ll want to try if you’re concerned about what our society will look like in the future if we experience a total breakdown of humanity. This is a more realistic possibility than many people are aware of. In SCUM, you’ll have a front row seat at the taping of a reality television show in which death row inmates are given a shot at survival for ratings. This game takes survival seriously, to the extent that it even measures your heart rate. It’s kill or be killed in SCUM, and taking other people out so you can get their gear is something you won’t be able to avoid if you want to make it out alive.

 

Frostpunk

You’ll have to make a lot of tough decisions when you’re trying to keep a group of people alive in a world that has frozen over, and that is the whole point of Frostpunk. This game goes beyond mere survival. You’ll have to consider the needs of a society and not just yourself as an individual, and that includes making moral choices. Would you save someone’s life if they’d prefer to die? Could you keep the people you need to find supplies to stay warm, fed, and dry happy so they don’t revolt? Give Frostpunk a try and you’ll soon find out.

 

Are video games useful to survivalists? Read the poll results here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wabpU0tdVhg

 

These are the Top 10 survival games of 2018 and 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsF924i6wOw

 

Prepping for Pet Owners

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again. Today’s blog is for pet owners, because if you have a dog, cat, or other animal your disaster preparedness efforts will require you to take them into consideration in a survival situation, if you aren’t safe, your pet isn’t either. For many of us, our pets are a part of the family, and for others they are valuable tools and assets. Whether your pet is your lap dog or your hunting assistant, in a SHTF situation it’ll be vulnerable. And, if it isn’t a useful animal, it can also become a burden.

The number-one recommendation I can make for dog owners who are survivalist is to make sure your dog is well-trained. If you want an animal that can and will defend you, you must train it to do so. Don’t assume because your dog barks at strangers that it will be able to protect you. Some other training your dog will need is:

  • Basic commands like sit, stay, and kneel
  • It must know how to stay completely quiet
  • It must be trained to stay with you and not to panic or run
  • It must be trained to haul and carry equipment

Cat owners, the most you can expect your feline friend to protect you from is rodents. However, if you’re in an area where they are a problem and you want extra protection for your food supply, a cat can be a tremendous asset.

 

How to prep your pet for a disaster:

 

Your pet will need adequate food and water, and this amount will be determined by the animal’s size, its health, and the weather. Looking for survival storage tips for your pet’s food supply? You’ll find them here:

If you don’t already have a dog but you’re thinking of getting one, you may want to consider which breeds are best suited to survival. Let’s face it, pugs are cute, but you don’t want to have a pug with you when you’re in the wild! The following video may help you decide which breed is best for you:

 

Don’t Leave Grandpa Behind

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss an issue that will affect many of us in a SHTF situation even though you may not have considered it before, and that’s seniors. Do you have an elderly loved one? If TEOTWAWKI were to happen, of course you would want to do everything you can to care for beloved older family members. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if you will be up to the task!

Are you in peak condition?

Now is the time to take stock of your own health, because you can’t take care of someone who is dependent if you don’t take care of yourself. Make sure you have the non-expired medicines and other health supplies you’ll need for yourself and your older family member—at least enough to last two months!

Are you going to be mobile?

Do you have batteries for your family member’s wheelchair? Do you have an extra walker? Can your wheelchair handle rough terrain? Do you have enough gas to get to safety (if you are lucky enough that there is still a place that is safe)? And yourself these questions now and not after it’s too late.

Do you know where FEMA and other shelters and services will be in your community?

If not, it’s time to find out, especially if your senior family member(s) has special health needs that require outside assistance. Knowing where these facilities would be ahead of time could mean the difference between life and death for someone who cannot survive the elements.

Are you being realistic about how much time you have?

Don’t wait until it’s too late to leave the area before it becomes a hazard. You don’t want to be the person who burned while they were trying to fight a forest fire with their hose when they could have been safely at a shelter miles away, and neither does your grandmother.

While I don’t need senior survival help myself yet (LOL), I hope you will find this advice helpful. Do you have anything to add to the discussion? Let me know I the comments!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDzAT2cPTuI

 

How to Choose Your Survival Team

I’m a big believer in strength in numbers, and in a SHTF situation you may very well be better off being part of a team. Just being a part of a team, however, is not enough, as not all teams are created equally. What is best for one, may spell doom for another. If and when the time comes, how will you know who to let into your group? This is not a decision you want to put off until the last moment. It’s best to start thinking of this TODAY, and the sooner the better!

The first thing you’ll want to do when you are interviewing people about being in your group is to make sure they are on the same page you are. That is to say, make sure they share the same survival goals, they agree who or what you are preparing to survive, and that they plan to bring the same number of people into the group with them. For example, if you are alone, or you are part of a married couple, you might not want to bring in three other guys who each have five children.

It’s also a good idea to have something that functions like congress or senate (when they function, lol!) or an elder tribunal…whatever you want to call it is not important. What is important is that it creates a system of checks and balances so no one person in the group can become powerful at the expense of the others. It’s also helpful to assign each member of the group a tasks they are in charge of.

There are a number of factors you should consider before allowing someone to join your team. Things like group goals, number of family members, and your actual bug-in location will play large roles in deciding who gets admission to the group. Get everybody on the same page, and things will start off a lot smoother.

If you are parents, you might want to bring other parents into your group because you will have the shared priority of keeping your children safe. You can assign your children a task they are to master now so they can become skilled at it today, rather than waiting to teach them to learn in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Want your prepper group to be a success? Make sure you have group members who possess the following skills:

  • Hunting and gathering
  • communications
  • Military training
  • Survival training
  • Medical training

And last but by no means least, you’ll need a strong leader who can coordinate efforts, smooth out difficulties, and bring the group together in even the most difficult circumstances.

How To Build a Food Supply in a Hurry

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and for today’s post I’m going to address those of you who may be new to prepping. Not everyone has been prepared for years, as I and so many others have. There has been increased interest in the topic of survivalism lately, due in part to what’s going on in Venezuela and the fear that it could happen here if (ahem) certain parties were able to win in the midterms. People who never thought the collapse of society could happen to them are seeing now that it can and does—and we could be next!

 

Of course, homesteading and advanced prepper tactics take many years to master, but anyone can get a short-term survival food supply together. Those of us who have families owe it to them to have a month of food and water at a bare minimum.

 

Are you ready to put an emergency food survival kit together for your family? Let’s get started! Here are some of the foods that are best for a TEOTWAWKI situation because they have a long shelf-life and are easy to store and prepare:

  • Rice and beans – make sure you have at least 20 pounds of each!
  • Canned meat – at least 20 cans
  • Canned fruit and vegetables – at least 20 cans of each
  • Peanut butter – go for the Costco-size, and get two
  • Oats – at least five pounds
  • Pasta – at least 10 pounds and canned sauce
  • Pancake batter – two Costco-size boxes

You may want to adjust some of these amounts based upon your family’s personal tastes, but the basic goal is to have enough protein, fruits, vegetables, and carbs to keep you all going. Remember, anything can happen in today’s unstable world, so BE PREPARED!

All About Fire Bricks

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about fire bricks. What are fire bricks? This is a brick that is made from refractory materials that has many uses, including lining fireplaces, furnaces, and kilns. You can buy these at Home Depot and many other stores, but in a SHTF situation you won’t be able to go to the store. So what then?

This is where your old junk mail can come in handy. We’ve all got it lying around. I know I’ve got so much of it that even in a post-apocalyptic situation I could probably find plenty, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead and start turning your junk mail into fire bricks now, before it’s too late. It’s easier than you think, and you’ll appreciate having them later.

To transform your junk mail into fire bricks, check out this informative post and video from SHTFBlog.com. Highly recommended!

Pioneer Preps: Fire Bricks

Essential Survival Skills for Kids

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about survival skills every child should know. Parents know how terrifying it is to think of being in a TEOTWAWKI situation when there are children involved, but the truth is if there is an attack or a natural disaster, our children will be at risk—and they will need to learn how to be contributors to your family unit.

 

If you’re a prepper parent, make sure your children possess the following skills:

  • Recognizing edible plants
  • Hunting for, cleaning, and preparing wild game
  • Building a fire and basic fire safety
  • Firearms safety
  • Growing plants from seeds
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • First aid and hygiene
  • Filtering and boiling water
  • Identifying water sources that are safe
  • Building a shelter
  • Opening a can without a can opener
  • Effective hiding and camouflage
  • Basic self-defense
  • Tree climbing
  • Map and compass reading
  • Weapons making
  • How to use the sun and stars as a compass
  • Mending tents, garments, etc.

More than anything else, your child’s attitude is the key to a family unit that functions effectively in times of crisis Make sure your child understands that they are a contributing member of society and their work is as needed and appreciated as anyone else’s. Instill good morals in your children that will carry them through adversity and help them to make the world a better place going forward.

Why You Should Have an Air Rifle

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about air rifle prepping. If you think of Ralphie putting his eye out first when you think of air rifles, think again. This is an undervalued tool that any prepper should add to their inventory because it offers high velocity and accuracy. You can also make your own air rifle pellets at your homestead or while you are out hunting, making them your go-to weapon when you don’t have access to ammo.

 

Are you shopping around for an air rifle? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re choosing one.

  • Distance – How far do you need to shoot?
  • Purpose – How do you intend to use your air rifle?
  • Type- PCP, Gas Ram, or Spring Gun?
  • Trigger Sensitivity – Buy the gun that is designed for your needs.
  • Features – Do your research and make sure you are getting the features you require.

 

One thing many preppers use air rifles for is hunting small game. This is another reason to consider this weapon. If it’s TEOTWAWKI, there will be a shortage of wild game, as I have discussed in previous blogs. In this situation, small game may be all you’ve got.

 

Another benefit of using air rifles is they are a quieter option. This may also be to your benefit in a SHTF situation, when you may find yourself trying to avoid detection.

 

Did you know air rifles aren’t considered to be firearms in many, if not most, jurisdictions? Although state laws vary, in most situations it is legal for survivalists to own these weapons.

 

Do you own an air rifle? Share your opinions and tips in the comments!

Prepping for an EMP Attack

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the threat of EMP attacks and what preppers can do about it. Kim Jong Un has not kept his word, and North Korea has threatened an EMP attack in the past. An EMP attack would devastate the electrical grid, and depending on its strength it could cost millions of lives. Make sure you and your loved ones aren’t included with the casualties by taking steps now—before it’s too late!

 

What Would Happen During an EMP Attack?

  • People would be trapped anywhere you needed electricity to get out of. Think elevators, subways, and anywhere else you’d depend on automated doors or security.
  • Hospitals would not be able to do their jobs and there’d be no life support.
  • Nearly all communication as we know it would cease, including phones and internet.
  • Water treatment plants would no longer function, so no more clean water.
  • There would be panic and disorder in the streets, putting everyone in danger.

 

If your car doesn’t work, your phone doesn’t work, and planes are falling out of the sky, it may be the result of an EMP attack. Are you worried about an EMP attack in the future? Many of us are, but luckily there are steps we can take TODAY that will help you to prepare.

 

Return to Your Home Immediately

This is not the time to stay at the office wasting time trying to get your computer or phone to restart. The first few hours after an EMP attack will be make or break, and time will be of the essence.

 

Use Your Cash While You Can

Think your cash will hold its value for long after the electrical grid has collapsed? Think again. Use cash to get as many essential supplies as you can, while you still can.

 

Fill Every Receptacle You Can with Water

Sinks, tubs, buckets—everything! You’ll never regret having enough water on-hand, and if you don’t you may not live long enough to regret for too long anyway.

 

Make a Security Plan

If you are in a neighborhood, you’ll also want to meet with your neighbors to organize. You’ll want to consider issues like safety, rationing food, and possibly securing the community.

 

You can never be too prepared, so remember, do your homework today for a better tomorrow!

Most Watched YouTube Prepper Videos

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to share some prepper videos with you. More people are prepping now than ever before, and one place where this is really evident is YouTube. As long as we still have electricity and the Internet, we will have a steady stream of new survivalist videos, but not all content is created equally. Here are a few of the most popular videos you’ll find online today.

How To Start Prepping: Top Ten List

YouTube user DynamicPrepper’s video has an incredible 1.5M views. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a prepper but you aren’t sure where to start, this is the place.

Top SHTF Prepping Ideas 2017

YouTube user SurvivalGuru’s video deals with important topics like SHTF food, the best survival training, and economic crash warning signs.

 

My Top 10 List of Survival/ Prepping Items

If you’re worried about the future of Canada under Trudeau, check out Canadian Prepper’s video, in which he shares his survival and prepping Top 10.