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    Oregon Trail(Apple) FAQ/walkthrough version 1.0.0
    by Andrew Schultz schultza@earthlink.net
    
    This FAQ/Walkthrough is copyright 2000 Andrew Schultz.  Please do not 
    reproduce for profit without my consent.  However, a polite request to 
    post this FAQ on a website, asking me by name, will more than likely be 
    honored.
    
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    Outline:
    
    STARTING OFF
    
    HOW YOU SCORE POINTS
    
    ON THE ROAD--THE BASICS
    
      TRAVELING
    
      HUNTING
    
      RANDOM EVENTS
    
    WHAT'S FASTER, WHAT'S QUICKER, WHAT'S SAFER
    
    OLD MAN RIVER
    
    INFLATION AND SUCH
    
    HOW TO GET STUCK/KILLED
    
    MY PREFERRED STRATEGY
    
    TIPS, TRICKS AND QUIRKS
    
    THE VERY MAXIMUM
    
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    STARTING OFF
    
        Follow Matt's recommendations, but don't get too much more.  The one 
    exception I would make is food;  you're going to have to learn to hunt, 
    so why not force yourself to do so right away?  If you are a beginner it 
    is up to you to start as a banker, carpenter or farmer.  However, when 
    you get better you will surely want to take on the challenge of being a 
    farmer.
    
    HOW YOU SCORE POINTS
    
        You must get to the Willammette valley in order to score any points.  
    Once you do, you receive a multiplier based on your profession:  three 
    for farmers, two for carpenters, one for bankers.  You get the majority 
    of your points based on your party's health at the time you arrive in 
    Oregon.  The other items are listed below.  A general rule of thumb is 
    that you get one point for every $5 that the material would cost you at 
    Matt's General Store, except in the case of the wagon.
    
    500 points * number of survivors--if you are in good health
    400 points * number of survivors--if you are in fair health
    300 points * number of survivors--if you are in poor health
    200 points * number of survivors--if you are in very poor health
    
    50 points for the wagon
    4 points for each ox
    2 points for each spare wagon part
    2 points for each pair of clothes
    1 point for each multiple of 50 bullets
    1 point for each 25-pound ration of food
    1 point for each $5 you possess in cash
    
    ON THE ROAD--THE BASICS
    
      TRAVELING
    
        Rationing works as follows:  filling uses up three pounds of food 
    per person per day, meager two, bare bones one.  The pace, grueling, 
    strenuous, or steady, goes at a rate of 100%, 75%, or 50% of the 
    maximum.  This maximum is adjusted by the number of oxen that you have 
    and where you are.  On disk "A" (before Fort Laramie) you can go up to 
    forty miles a day.  Afterwards, on disk B, the maximum is 24.
    
        There are places where the road splits off as well.  Usually the 
    longer of the two paths is either safer or contains a fort.
    
      HUNTING
    
        Consider that a bullet costs 10 cents at Matt's Store.  A pound of 
    food costs 20 cents.  Therefore, to get a good return on your 
    investment, you'll need to shoot half a pound of meat with each bullet.  
    Not too tough.  But remember also that you are eating food for each day 
    you are hunting--this has its advantages.  You can rest while hunting, 
    but it does take time, too.  Below is a Field Guide to species on the 
    Oregon Trail.
    
    Skunk:  gives 1-3 meat.  Long and thing.  Not too quick, but shoot one 
    and it will block your range for more valuable animals.
    Rabbit:  gives 1-5 meat.  Small and quick.
    Deer:  gives 50-80 meat.  Large and pretty quick.
    Bear:  gives 100-250 meat.  Large and pretty slow.
    Buffalo/bison:  gives 800-1000 meat.  Large and slow.  Amazing how the 
    things that give you more meat are easier to shoot.
    
        Note that you can only take 100 pounds of meat per day, and the 
    maximum food you can have in your wagon at any time is 2000 pounds.  
    Still, if you are trying for a top score or are very low on food, 
    hunting is at least as good as resting.  The background and animals that 
    appear while you are hunting seem to be random, and animals will 
    invariably pop out just before you are ready to shoot(the best strategy 
    is to get to a place where you can shoot in many directions--there is 
    some luck in the scenery you will get) or just before the day ends(if 
    only you'd had ten more seconds!) but even a clumsy hunter will be able 
    to bag 100 pounds at least a third of the time.  As you can't eat more 
    than 15 food a day, that is a positive net result.
    
      RANDOM EVENTS
    
      --find wild fruit
      --wagon gets stolen
      --wagon part gets broken
      --rain washes out path
      --bad track
      --thunderstorm
      --person develops cholera, exhaustion, broken arm, broken leg, 
    measles, typhoid, dysentery
    
    WHAT'S FASTER, WHAT'S QUICKER, WHAT'S SAFER
    
      Below is a list of paths that you can take.  Your path is arranged 
    from top to bottom, and it branches where you have a choice.  There are 
    only three real breaks.
    
                  Independence, MO
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                   (102 miles)
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                  Kansas River Crossing
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                   (83 miles)
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                  Big Blue River Crossing
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                   (119 miles)
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                  Fort Kearney
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                   (250 miles)
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                  Chimney Rock
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                   (86 miles)
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                  Fort Laramie(Switch to side 2)
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                   (190 miles)
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                  Independence Rock
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                   (102 miles)
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                  South Pass
                 /          \
            (57 miles)  (125 miles)
                |            |
           Green River  Fort Bridger
                |            |
            (144 miles) (162 miles)
                 \          /
                 Soda Springs
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                   (57 miles)
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                 Fort Hall
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                   (182 miles)
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                 Snake River Crossing
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                   (114 miles)
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                 Fort Boise
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                   (160 miles)
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                 Blue Mountains
                /              \
                |              |
           (55 miles)          /
                |        (125 miles)
        Fort Walla Walla     /
                |           /
           (120 miles)     /
                 \        /
                 The Dalles
                /          \
           (100 miles)     Columbia River
        Barlow Toll Road   (0 miles, action sequence)
    
    OLD MAN RIVER
    
    INFLATION AND SUCH
    
      The forts along the way aren't as good to you as Matt's General Store.  
    The farther you go, the higher the markup.
    
    Place          |Mark|Oxen(2)| Parts/ |Bullets|Food|
                   | up |       |Clothes | (100) |1 lb|
    ---------------+----+-------+--------+-------+----+
    Matt's         |  0%|  $20  | $10.00 | $2.00 |$.20|
    Ft. Kearney    | 25%|  $25  | $12.50 | $2.50 |$.25|
    Ft. Laramie    | 50%|  $30  | $15.00 | $3.00 |$.30|
    Ft. Bridger    | 75%|  $35  | $17.50 | $3.50 |$.35|
    Ft. Hall       |100%|  $40  | $20.00 | $4.00 |$.40|
    Ft. Boise      |125%|  $45  | $22.50 | $4.50 |$.45|
    Ft. Walla Walla|150%|  $50  | $25.00 | $5.00 |$.50|
    ---------------+----+-------+--------+-------+----+
    
    It's a pretty simple arithmetic progression--also note that you will in 
    effect lose points at the end if you have to trade at a fort.
    
    HOW TO GET STUCK/KILLED
    
      Note that none of these signify the end of the game, but they will 
    hasten your demise.  Beware of them.
    
    --Your wagon breaks down without the specific spare part
    --You wade through a river >3 feet deep
    --Your wagon falls in the river
    --One of your people is sick, and you do not rest
    --Your food runs out
    --With bad water/inadequate grass, you push the oxen too fast
    
    MY PREFERRED STRATEGY
    
      My preferred strategy is as follows.  Be a farmer for the maximum 
    multiple at the end, and start in the month of March.  Buy the 
    following:  three yoke oxen($120), fifty pounds food($10--just hunt 
    right away), fourteen pairs of clothes($140), twenty boxes 
    ammunition($40), and two spare wagon parts each, just in case($60--
    perhaps one of each will do just as well).  This will leave you with 
    $30.  Start at a grueling pace with bare bones rations.  At the Kansas 
    River crossing, caulk the wagon.  This really should work.  If you fall 
    in, just start over if you want.  Then just before you get to the Big 
    Blue River crossing, do a bunch of hunting.  Hunt until March 20 or so 
    and then approach the river.  It may be shallow enough to ford, and you 
    can wait a few days to do so(<2.5 feet) but caulking the wagon usually 
    works pretty well, too.  Continue at a fast pace with little food, 
    stopping only if a person or ox is sick.  When you do so, hunt a bit, 
    and put yourself at filling rations before so doing.  That will help 
    your health.  This should be good enough to get you to South Pass.
      At South Pass you have your first choice.  I prefer to avoid the Green 
    River, since rivers and the risk of falling in will be your main problem 
    in this game.  An extra 86 miles, or four days(versus one day to cross 
    by boat) is not a big deal.  Continue with the quick strategy, stopping 
    only for health reasons(if you feel you need to rest, or if there is any 
    doubt, rest.)  At the Snake River you will want the Indian to guide you 
    across.  It should almost always work, but caulking or even the ferry 
    can be hazardous.  The Snake seems to stay at 6 feet deep and 1000 wide, 
    but it is the most treacherous river in the game.  Go through to Fort 
    Boise and the Blue Mountains.  You probably don't need supplies, so go 
    directly to the Dalles and save a day or two en route.  But just before 
    you get to The Dalles, rest your party on fulfilling rations, hunt a 
    lot, and put the pace at steady.  You'll get your health way up for the 
    endgame.  Once at the Dalles, the Columbia River is much safer than the 
    Barlow Toll Road, and it doesn't cost any money, either.
      On the Columbia River, you will use the arrows to change the momentum 
    of your craft(left = up/left, right = down/right) and avoid rocks.  You 
    will also want to avoid the shore until the third arrow appears on the 
    lower right.  There will be a pathway trailing off just after it, and if 
    you miss it, you will lose supplies from your wagon.  This "video game" 
    part is even easier than the hunting and although it is the weakest part 
    of the game it should ensure a successful finish.
    
    TIPS, TRICKS AND QUIRKS
    
    THE VERY MAXIMUM
    
      Due to his triple multiplier, the farmer beats the carpenter and 
    banker if you are going for big stakes, hands down.  My main question 
    when I played this in junior high was, could you achieve eight thousand 
    points?  The answer seems to be yes.  I haven't done it yet as a farmer, 
    but the numbers seem to indicate it is possible.
    
    You really only need 2667 points before the multiple, and that is quite 
    possible.
    
    Possible maximums(achievable with some luck, and assuming you don't lose 
    anything)
    5 survivors in good health = 2500 points
    1950 food = 78 points (2000 maximum food, but you will use some up if 
    you travel just after hunting)
    Wagon = 50 points
    Oxen = 4 points / ox * 6 points = 24 points
    Clothes = 2 points * 10 pairs = 20 points:  buy 14 pairs, give <4 pairs 
    on the Snake River
    Spare parts = 2 points * 6 = 12 points
    Cash = $30 = 6 points
    
    Total = 2690 points.  It's do-able, with a margin of error(if 25 points 
    or so doesn't seem like a margin of error you can afford to lose, think 
    how hard it is to GAIN it!)
    
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    1.0.0 submitted to GameFAQs 11/23/2000
    
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