Surviving and thriving with plank in the game? This guide will give you the method, and how one man (myself) survived and how you too, can survive using the humble board as your only weapon.
Introduction– Let’s keep it short
So why this guide? Why not write a guide to help noobs or something? There’s far too many out there, that’s why. I was looking back at a few years ago in my files and stumbled across this old screenshot of how I had survived a horde of nearly 30+ zombies in a supermarket I was really impressed considering nowadays I can’t survive for sh** in PZ.
What was so remarkable about this situation is if you look in my hand, you’ll see something most other players wouldn’t exactly prefer as a main weapon.That’s right, the plank.
Why I chose to use it as my primary back then in 2015, I don’t exactly know. I will tell you this, it was effective to the point that I relied on it as my main weapon.So it dawned on me that I should write this guide.
Let’s get to it.
What makes the plank superior?
Reach: The plank has one of the longest reaches in game than any other weapon. Reach is important because it keeps the zed from getting too close to take a bite out of your flesh. Often you’ll find that reach is a huge saving grace in a quick encounter with a zombie where seconds matter. The plank has a further reach than even the baseball bat’s puny 1.5 range.
Stopping power: While two points less than the ball bat in terms of knockback, the plank still has the equal amount of knockdown power. The advantage here is that baseball bats are common, but nowhere near as easy to obtain as a plank. The plank (unlike frying pans and bladed weapons) can knockback 2 zombies with one swing. Pretty effective given you want to keep those walking sh** containers as far away from you as possible…
Versatility: Planks can be used for a wide variety of tasks, not just for combat. You can craft a vast amount of items and even start a fire by making a drill board out of one. Can you do that with a ball bat? Checkmate.
Tactical applications: The plank in your hand can save your better weapons from being used in an encounter, but they can also be used in a pinch to buy you time in an otherwise deadly situation.
If you find yourself with a horde on the other side of the door and you’re trapped upstairs of a 2 story house and you need time to unpack your nails and craft a sheet rope, you can barricade the door with the plank you have in your hand. Effectively buying you another 10 seconds you otherwise might have to succumbed to a broken leg from a jump or suffered from YASD.
Leaves one hand free Sure the ball bat can be wielded one handed too, but there isn’t a penalty for a plank. A nearly equal and versatile weapon compared to the ball bat, while allowing you to carry another container in your hand for looting. Good trade.
Modifications don’t decrease durability
– Less damage: but that doesn’t matter as you’ll only ever use the plank if your life depends on it. You should be stomping and shoving most of the time, not swinging your wood.
– Heavy: weighs three pounds.
-Slow swing rate
What do you need to craft a campfire? You guessed right. Planks are the main ingredient.
Light the campfire, let out a holler and kite those clowns right through the blazes. Expect it to take nearly an eternity to slowly kill the horde, but it works and that’s the important part.
General Tips and Advice
Save the durability of your plank, and simply shove the zed away. Keep shoving them back until they fall down. Stomp them to death afterwards.
Only “swing away Merle” whenever you don’t think you’re going to survive if you don’t swing away.
– Don’t burn zombies too close to your base. Burning zeds take a while to die, and while they’re doing it, they’re walking around lighting other things on fire. That thing could also be your house, so take extra caution.
– Carry a hammer and nails with you along with your plank. You never know when you might need it. Bring sheet rope too.
– Don’t bother crafting spiked planks, save your nails for building and barricades. Spiked planks may give a slight damage boost, but they only increase weight for barely any damage increase. Plus, they render your plank useless for tactical applications such as barricades.
Avoid the “Assault planks” and stick to the base ones.
-Invest in strength and blunt maintenance if you’re going to play as a character who uses planks. Blunt maintenance will increase it’s durability while strength adds a little extra knockback that will have those zeds saying “OOF” in no time.
Another Day In Hell
*Disclaimer* Property belongs to the Youtuber, it isn’t my own work. Still, this video is entertaining to watch and shows just how effective fire can be, but also how devastating. A very slow process that is capable of mass damaging large hordes.
It also shows just how deadly a pro can be.
“Try not to die”
We all know that death is inevitable in PZ and we can only prolong it so much. This photo is of my plank “beast” character I made in the summer of 2015. I built this base along the river of West Point where I survived over a month. This was his fate as he was bitten by the walker you see in the corner of the pic. I was tending my garden when it wondered behind me and bit me.
Even the plank king must fall.