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15th Oct '17 4:34:10 AM CaptEquinox
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* "In Iron Years" by Gordon Dickson has Americans living in a WildWest / CrazySurvivalist mashup. Jeebee Walthar, one of a handful of scholars who mathematically predicted The Collapse, now struggles westward to join with other professors who'll help rebuild some day. He is an actual coward, psychologically unfit to survive in the newly primitive, violent society. The original story is how he obtains vitally important tools, and is accidentally befriended by a huge shepherd dog. This became the novel ''Wolf and Iron'', which is almost a {{Robinsonade}}, and the dog is rewritten as a half-tame grey wolf.
28th Aug '17 10:20:27 PM Qube
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** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas", prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.

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** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas", ''FalloutNewVegas'', prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.
28th Aug '17 10:19:11 PM Qube
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* Quite common in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, and a good way for the PlayerCharacter to make some [[WeirdCurrency caps]] or find good loot. That said, one of the franchise's themes is about rebuilding rather than holding on to the past, [[ApocalypseNot so the setting as a whole is moving away from this]] - new cities have been built out of the ruins of the old, groups like the Followers of the Apocalypse are figuring out how to make medicine out of post-apocalyptic herbs rather than rely on pre-war Stimpacks, while the Gun Runners started as a gang but figured out how to refurbish a gun factory, recycle shell casings, and make fresh gunpowder and propellants. Plus it's been over two hundred years since WorldWarIII, so "Prospectors" are running out of stuff to scavenge.

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* Quite common in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, and a good way for the PlayerCharacter to make some [[WeirdCurrency caps]] or find good loot. That said, one of the franchise's themes is about rebuilding rather than holding on to the past, [[ApocalypseNot so the setting as a whole is moving away from this]] - new cities have been built out of the ruins of the old, groups like the Followers of the Apocalypse are figuring out how to make medicine out of post-apocalyptic herbs rather than rely on pre-war Stimpacks, while the Gun Runners started as a gang but figured out how to refurbish a gun factory, recycle shell casings, and make fresh gunpowder and propellants. Plus it's been over two hundred years since WorldWarIII, so "Prospectors" folks are running out of stuff to scavenge.scavenge.
** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas", prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.
8th Jun '17 11:08:59 PM CaptEquinox
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* The sarcastic novella ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/8355843?doc=18703 They Don't Make Life Like They Used To]]'' by Creator/AlfredBester is all about scavenging after the nuclear holocaust ("shopping" by leaving IOUs) to create a semblance of a normal life. Linda Nielsen works on fixing up an ideal home in the model-boat house overlooking the Conservatory Waters of Central Park. Jim Mayo and his friend Gil Watkins ran a bar and a TV station in New Haven just in case anyone ever came there.

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* The sarcastic novella ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/8355843?doc=18703 They Don't Make Life Like They Used To]]'' by Creator/AlfredBester is all about scavenging after the nuclear holocaust ("shopping" by leaving IOUs) [=IOU=]s) to create a semblance of a normal life. Linda Nielsen works on fixing up an ideal home in the model-boat house overlooking the Conservatory Waters of Central Park. Jim Mayo and his friend Gil Watkins ran a bar and a TV station in New Haven just in case anyone ever came there.
8th Jun '17 11:07:43 PM CaptEquinox
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* The sarcastic novella ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/8355843?doc=18703 They Don't Make Life Like They Used To]]'' by Creator/AlfredBester is all about scavenging after the nuclear holocaust ("shopping" by leaving IOUs) to create a semblance of a normal life. Linda Nielsen works on fixing up an ideal home in the model-boat house overlooking the Conservatory Waters of Central Park. Jim Mayo and his friend Gil Watkins ran a bar and a TV station in New Haven just in case anyone ever came there.
4th Feb '17 8:17:15 PM Tacitus
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->''"…did you ever try to put a broken piece of glass back together? Even if the pieces fit, you can’t make it whole again the way it was. But if you’re clever, you can still use the pieces to make other useful things. Maybe even something wonderful, like a mosaic. Well, the world broke just like glass. And everyone’s trying to put it back together like it was, but it’ll never come together in the same way."''
-->-- '''''VideoGame/Fallout3'''''

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->''"…did ->''"Did you ever try to put a broken piece of glass back together? Even if the pieces fit, you can’t make it whole again the way it was. But if you’re clever, you can still use the pieces to make other useful things. Maybe even something wonderful, like a mosaic. Well, the world broke just like glass. And everyone’s trying to put it back together like it was, but it’ll never come together in the same way."''
-->-- '''''VideoGame/Fallout3'''''
'''Moira Brown''', ''VideoGame/Fallout3''



* Rampant in the ''MadMax'' movies. Complete with scavenger sidekicks, with conditions growing progressively worse with each succeeding film.

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* Rampant in the ''MadMax'' ''Film/MadMax'' movies. Complete with scavenger sidekicks, with conditions growing progressively worse with each succeeding film.



* After the [[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction of Krypton]] in ManOfSteel, Zod and his crew spend the next 30 years searching for the long abandoned Kryptonian space colonies, hoping to find other survivors. While they find no other living Kryptonians (except the [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} one]] on the Earth), they manage to scavenge equipment such as weapons, armour [[spoiler: and the Black Zero, a Kryptonian [[{{Terraform}} terraforming device]] they later use to attempt to transform Earth into a new Krypton.]]

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* After the [[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction of Krypton]] in ManOfSteel, ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Zod and his crew spend the next 30 years searching for the long abandoned Kryptonian space colonies, hoping to find other survivors. While they find no other living Kryptonians (except the [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} one]] on the Earth), they manage to scavenge equipment such as weapons, armour [[spoiler: and the Black Zero, a Kryptonian [[{{Terraform}} terraforming device]] they later use to attempt to transform Earth into a new Krypton.]]



* Half the population of the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' world. It can often be necessary to survive/a good way to make money for a player character.
** Of course several factions have picked themselves up and are starting to make things again.
** Take the Gun Runners, who started out as any other gang. They found a gun factory and started to make weapons based on the old schematics and using the old materials. When the supplies ran out, they learned how to recycle old bullets, shell casings and scrap metal, and make gunpowder/propellants.
** Others like the Followers of the Apocalypse can make medicines out of herbs and other such naturally recurring things.
*** In fact a theme of Fallout is about rebuilding, those that stick to scavenge will only have a slow death.

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* Half the population of Quite common in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' world. It can often be necessary to survive/a games, and a good way for the PlayerCharacter to make money for some [[WeirdCurrency caps]] or find good loot. That said, one of the franchise's themes is about rebuilding rather than holding on to the past, [[ApocalypseNot so the setting as a player character.
** Of course several factions
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been built out of the Gun Runners, who started out as any other gang. They found a gun factory and started to make weapons based on ruins of the old schematics and using the old materials. When the supplies ran out, they learned how to recycle old bullets, shell casings and scrap metal, and make gunpowder/propellants.
** Others
old, groups like the Followers of the Apocalypse can are figuring out how to make medicines medicine out of post-apocalyptic herbs rather than rely on pre-war Stimpacks, while the Gun Runners started as a gang but figured out how to refurbish a gun factory, recycle shell casings, and other such naturally recurring things.
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4th Dec '16 12:01:20 AM upupandaway42
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* After the [[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction of Krypton]] in ManOfSteel, Zod and his crew spend the next 30 years searching for the long abandoned Kryptonian space colonies, hoping to find other survivors. While they find no other living Kryptonians (except the [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} one]] on the Earth), they manage to scavenge equipment such as weapons, armour [[spoiler: and the Black Zero, a Kryptonian [[{{Terraform}} terraforming device]] they later use to attempt to transform Earth into a new Krypton.]]
24th Nov '16 7:15:37 AM Sharlee
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Contrast NobleShoplifter. In a CosyCatastrophe, this character is likely to be TheScrounger. If multiple groups come into conflict, you'll have an ArchaeologicalArmsRace on your hands.

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Contrast NobleShoplifter. In a CosyCatastrophe, this character is likely to be TheScrounger. If multiple groups come into conflict, you'll have an ArchaeologicalArmsRace on your hands.
hands. Expect DisasterScavengers to frequently be ReducedToRatburgers when their scavenging attempts fail to turn up other food.
21st Nov '16 11:05:29 AM LBHills
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"Scavenging" tends to include stealing as well, and Disaster Scavengers are capable and willing to steal anything that isn't nailed down or on fire, even if it's vital to beating the BigBad or [[CosmicKeystone restoring the world]]. The result is that they end up making things worse by creating mistrust and animosity, hampering any efforts to rebuild their community and set the world right, dooming themselves and others to dying in droves.

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"Scavenging" tends to include stealing as well, and Disaster Scavengers are capable ready and willing to steal anything that isn't nailed down or on fire, even if it's vital to beating the BigBad or [[CosmicKeystone restoring the world]]. The result is that they end up making things worse by creating mistrust and animosity, hampering any efforts to rebuild their community and set the world right, dooming themselves and others to dying in droves.
15th Oct '16 12:58:41 PM Psychopompos007
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* NeoScavenger has this as one of its core mechanics.

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* NeoScavenger ''VideoGame/NeoScavenger'' has this as one of its core mechanics. mechanics.
* In ''VideoGame/TheReckoning'', small parties of low level units named "Scavengers" travel endlessly back and forth between points of interests and castles / towns (they're basically the mod's version of villagers from [[VideoGame/MountAndBlade the unmodded game]]). It's also used as a gameplay point: exploring said points of interest allows to gather supplies, which can then be sold or exchanged for troops.
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