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Okay, so I reached Level 30 and spent about four hours reading posts about PvP raiding. Here's what I think I've learned; it's probably not all correct, which is why I'm posting. I appreciate your insight if you can help me to understand how to get started with this aspect of TLS:DZ.
1) Range and LOS are everything. Long Rifles (LR's) and Glasses are key. Mix in some suppression (LMG's, AR's with the right ammo) in the spots where they're likely to rush you and try to get in close.
2) Clump your towers, but keep them away from the walls of your compound where they can be attacked by grenades from inside.
3) Wire and wood barriers can be taken down very quickly, even at max level. Count on them to slow the enemy down. The advantage is that these barriers do not provide cover to your enemies, whereas the more sturdy barricades do. Therefore, be careful where you place your barricades to avoid giving the raiders an advantage.
4) Protect your resources in this order: fuel, ammo, food/water, cloth, wood, metal. Make sure you only protect the full storage containers; use the empty ones as decoys.
5) If you spread your defenses too thinly, your survivors can be distracted and assassinated one by one. It seems to me it's better to protect two doors with towers just slightly away from one corner of the building, and trap the third like you're the lead in Home Alone.
6) Pillow forts or turtling inside the building is hardest to break, but leaves you the least able to protect your resources and other structures. This involves placing the defenders in the corners, so anyone who enters is shot before they can find cover.
7) Don't provide the raiders with cover. Pay attention to what is moderate cover, low cover, etc; place these buildings in spots where they cannot be used against you, if the raiders post up behind it. Alternatively, set up obvious spots for cover, then plant traps all over them (although experienced raiders will disarm the traps and then use the cover, so maybe this is not a good idea).
My first set-up (and I will post a picture of it, if anyone's interested), I am trying something which I have not yet heard described on this forum.
Imagine, if you will (lol), three towers clustered at the east corner, and four small barricades in the center (not the corners) of the building.
Three recons with LR's in the towers, fighters with AR's and LMG's slightly away from them (because I heard survivors below towers are suppressed along with the tower if they are too close). All six defending the east corner, where the most precious stuff is guarded.
The four weaker fighters ( 2 scavengers, a medic and an engineer) are each positioned in the middle of the building, in the ring of small barricades, all equipped with LR's. The important structures that don't fit outside are in the southeast corner, inside the building.
Almost all of my traps are placed around the backdoor (the west entrance). There's no cover to keep all four from shooting at you if you enter, and the rest of my traps are inside the building between them and the raiders. Maybe you can disarm them as you're being shot at; I wouldn't want to try it.
So, all three entrances are covered, right? I feel like I'm missing something... probably something to do with grenades and how they can be used...
Anyway, does it sound like I have the general principles down? Will I survive my first raid? If you have been playing for a while, have established a good defense that has survived raids from some good players, and care enough to offer some help, I'll gladly post pictures so you can point out the weaknesses. I'm posting under a different name than my username, so I'm not worried you'll single out my compound and raid it before I've figured out its flaws (lol).
Thanks again for your time; have a great day!