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Gravekeeping 101: Advice for Graveyard Keeper Beginners

Graveyard Keeper can be extremely complex at times. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started with the game, and figure out some direction in the early hours of your journey.

A Good Body Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

Fixing your corpse hatch will allow you to not worry about leaving a corpse out in the elements while you’re busily working away at giving it a new home… of sorts.

If CSI: Miami has taught me anything, it’s that leaving a corpse in the sun is a terrible waste. As long as you have an open spot in your morgue, the donkey will deliver corpses to you. Repair your corpse hatch in order to give yourself extra time to get around to dealing with these as you focus on getting your territory in tip-top shape.

That being said, if you’re dealing with a body with a ton of red skulls, it might be better to avoid soiling your graveyard’s reputation with their remains. Once your church is rocking and roaring on sunday’s, focus on building a crematorium to deal with these troublesome meatbags. You can throw the bodies in the river if you need an immediate solution, but this has long-term ramifications you’re better off not dealing with.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

The NPC tab of your menu is extremely helpful in keeping up with outstanding tasks, as well as reminding you when each NPC will appear in the world (shown by an icon above their head).

Talk to each and every NPC you come across. Some are duds and don’t respond, but many have quest lines and tasks that open up merchant fronts that will help you later on. Outstanding tasks are tracked in the NPC tab of your menu, but not all pieces of conversation are tracked here. Many NPCs also only show up on certain days, as noted by the symbol above their head in the NPC tab (Astrologer only shows up by the lighthouse on the Moon day). Each NPC will also show up in specific areas. The important ones to worry about are:

Astrologer – Lighthouse
Snake – House Cellar
Bishop – Next to the Church
Merchant – South of the Inn
Inquisitor – Witch Hill

Now Get To Work!

That should get you started in figuring out how to get back home to your loved one. Take things one day at a time and try not to be overwhelmed at all the things you can do and work on. I found it best to pick a single task and focus on what I needed to do in order to accomplish it (for example, I need a wood repair kit, what do I need in order to build it myself?). If you get overwhelmed, pause the game, take a breath, and relax. You got this!

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John Ceccarelli

John lives in a small city outside of Portland, OR. He has been chasing achievements and trophies since his early teen years. After working at a small shoe company during the week, he enjoys spending time with his dog and wife, writing code, and crawling through monster-infested dungeons.

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