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For the junk item, see Book (junk).
TLSDZ collection of books

Books are a category of item featured in The Last Stand: Union City and The Last Stand: Dead Zone.

BackgroundEdit

The act of recording information in writing is something unique to humans amongst all the species on Earth, allowing people who have never met the writer to benefit from their wisdom. Books are the latest incarnation of this, and have been a source of learning ever since their invention.

Seemingly a useless luxury in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, survivors must never forget that knowledge is power, an asset which they will need for their continued survival.

The Last Stand: Union CityEdit

Bookdropped

A book dropped from a zombie. (TLS:UC)

They increase skills proportionally to the Smarts skill. Increases are +4 for up to 33, +5 for 34-69, +6 for 70-99 and +7 for 100 onwards (only achievable with the Intellect skill bonus).
  1. Batter Up! - Increases Blunt Skill (4)
  2. Be Prepared - Increases First Aid Skill (6)
  3. Businessman - Increases Smarts Skill (3)
  4. Defcon Force - Increases Automatics Skill (2)
  5. Future Weaponry - Increases Special Weapons Skill (0; this book was only used in the alphas)
  6. Glendale Hunter - Increases Long Guns Skill (2)
  7. Handgun Owner - Increases Handgun Skill (2)
  8. Jacked Up - Increases Fitness Skill (2)
  9. Martial Masters - Increases Blades Skill (3)
  10. Nightwatchmen - Increases Security Skill (5)
  11. Where's Wilmo? - Increases Searching Skill (5)
  12. Wild Man - Increases Survival Skill (2)
  • The bracketed numbers show the total amount of said books throughout the game, not counting those found in Whistler's Forest, and not counting those obtained through skilled/lucky finds or drops.
  • It is recommended that the Smarts skill be increased to 100 before using the skill books. The 3 Businessman books can help with this.

The Last Stand: Dead ZoneEdit

DescriptionEdit

There are a variety of ways to earn books in the Dead Zone. Books can be scavenged during missions in the Dead Zone, purchased from The Store, received as a prize in specific supply boxes and even as a bonus when purchasing Fuel. Books affect various things depending on their type and title, with wildly varying degrees of effectiveness and duration for those scavenged in the Dead Zone.

Permanent books usually provide a small bonus, but they can be used indefinitely, whereas Consumable books (indicated by a small stopwatch icon in the bottom right of the inventory slot) provide a large bonus, but will be used up after their duration expires. Challenge books can be either, and affect the game's difficulty (automated missions not included), usually to the player's detriment.

Up to 4 books can be active at any one time by slotting them into the slots in the upper left of the compound screen. Only 1 book per category can be slotted in at any one time, unless "How to Specialize in" books of the appropriate category are slotted in. Even then, books with the same title, even if they have slightly differing effects, cannot be slotted in.

Some Permanent books temporarily lock out a slot once slotted in, preventing its removal/replacement until a period of time passes. Consumable books cannot be removed once slotted in, and the player must wait for its timer to run out before they can slot in another book. If the timer expires during a mission or raid, its effects will remain active until the mission or raid ends.

There are five book categories:

ListEdit

Item Category Description Effect Duration Slot Lockout
Anatomy 101
Anatomy 101
Combat Increases all damage vs infected. Increases damage dealt to zombies from all sources 30 Minutes, 7 Days or Permanent None
Crafting on the Cheap
Crafting on the Cheap
Resource A guide to crafting with tips on saving money while doing so. Reduces the Fuel cost of crafting and upgrading 1 Hour or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Conserving Cloth
Conserving Cloth
Resource A guide to finding useful cloth objects around the home. Increases Cloth Drop Off production rate 8 Hours or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Scrappers
Scrappers
Resource A guide to finding useful metal objects around the home. Increases Metal Drop Off production rate 8 Hours or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Driftwood
Driftwood icon
Resource A guide to finding useful wooden objects around the home. Increases Wood Drop Off production rate 8 Hours or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Boost Your Experience
Boost Your Experience
Mission A guide to combat experience and how to maximize your experience on the field. Increases mission XP 30 Minutes, 1 Hour or Permanent None
White Flag
White Flag
General "Establish that you want no part of conflict in whatever manner you can. Raise your white flag high." Disables Player vs Player Raiding Permanent 3 Days
Vacation from the Dead Zone
Vacation from the Dead Zone
General Take a break from the humdrum of the every day in the Dead Zone. Holiday without concern! Compound is placed in Vacation Mode
Disables Player vs Player Raiding
-100% Food Consumption
-100% Water Consumption
14 Days None
Camouflage in the Apocalypse
Camouflage in the Apocalypse icon
General Hides your compound from Infected attacks while equipped. Disables Infected attacks on Compound 3 or 7 Days None
Baiting Your Home
Baiting Your Home
General - Challenge "In order to attract attackers, simply provide the correct form of bait. Then wait. They will come." Increases compound horde attacks 1 Day or Permanent None
They're Not Human
They're Not Human
Combat - Challenge "The dead walk the earth as an unstoppable and insurmountable force." Increases health of infected, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
One Man's Trash
One Man's Trash
Mission "Learning to discern what is junk when picking will save you a lot of heartache later." Decreases chance of finding Junk 1 Hour, 4 Hours or Permanent None
Top Tips for Sightseeing
Top Tips for Sightseeing
Mission A sightseeing guide to the wonderful sites around Union City. Increases Survivor vision range 4 Hours or Permanent None
Shortening Your Lifespan
Shortening Your Lifespan
General - Challenge "Lowering your constitution by drinking unclean water and eating spoiled food is a great place to start!" Reduces survivor health, increases mission XP 1 Hour or Permanent None
How to Specialize in General
How to Specialize in General
General A guide to specializing your abilities in the General field. Allows you to equip 2 x General books Permanent None
How to Specialize in Resources
How to Specialize in Resources
Resource Allows you to equip 2 Resource books Allows you to equip 2 x Resource books Permanent None
How to Specialize in Survival
How to Specialize in Survival
Survival Allows you to equip 2 Survival books Allows you to equip 2 x Survival books Permanent None
How to Specialize in Combat
How to Specialize in Combat
Combat Allows you to equip 2 Combat books Allows you to equip 2 x Combat books Permanent None
How to Specialize in Missions
How to Specialize in Missions
Mission Allows you to equip 2 Mission books Allows you to equip 2 x Mission books Permanent None
Agriculture
Agriculture
Survival A basics guide to agriculture. Specifically food and water management and production. Increases food and water production 8 Hours or Permanent None or 12 Hours
A History of Rationing
A History of Rationing
Survival Book about the rationing that took place during the Second World War. Reduces food and water consumption rate 2 Days, 28 Days or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Union City Shortcuts
Union City Shortcuts
Mission A map book filled with shortcuts around Union City. *Does not work on Automated Missions or Raids Reduces return time for manual missions 4 Hours or Permanent None
The Long Way Home
The Long Way Home
Mission - Challenge A guide to the scenic routes throughout Union City. Take a Sunday drive. Increases return time for missions
or
Increases all action times
30 Minutes or Permanent None
Wifflebat for Beginners
Wifflebat for Beginners
Combat - Challenge A beginners guide to hitting things with a very soft touch. Reduces melee damage done by survivors, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Rain Makers
Rain Makers
Survival "Capturing rain water might just be our best and only hope in a changing world." Increases water production 8 Hours or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Processed Foods
Processed Foods
Survival - Challenge A guide to inedible processed foods. Decreases food and water drop chance, increases mission XP
or
Increases food and water drop chance, reduces wood, metal, cloth, and ammo drop chance
1 Hour, 12 Hours or Permanent None
80's Action Movies
80's Action Movies
Resource - Challenge Big Guns = More Fun Increases ammo cost, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Gunsmith Monthly
Gunsmith Monthly
Resource Magazine covering all aspects of gun culture, including maintenance and modification. Increases chance of Crafting bonuses 30 Minutes or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Nighthunting
Nighthunting
Mission "Spend time with your eyes closed or in a limited light situation before heading out for the night." Increases Survivor Night Vision[n 1] 4 Hours or Permanent None
Peak Oil - A Survivors Guide
Peak Oil - A Survivors Guide
Resource A prepper's guide to finding and storing petroleum products in the case of peak oil. Increases Fuel drops 22 Hours, 1 Day or Permanent None or 2 Days
Martial Law in the Apocalypse
Martial Law in the Apocalypse
Combat - Challenge "All order will be lost. Increased police and military presence, through Martial Law, will see order return." Increases Rare Infected found during missions 30 Minutes or Permanent None
That Smarts
That Smarts
Combat - Challenge "Once they have risen, the driving force of the now dead may outshine that of what they were capable in life." Increases infected damage, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Ninjutsu: For Urban Ninjas
Ninjutsu For Urban Ninjas
Combat "Move silently. Kill with precision. This is the way of the Ninja." Reduces noise from survivors 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Non Lethal Gun Mods
Non Lethal Gun Mods
Combat - Challenge A comprehensive manual for reducing the lethality of firearms. Reduces projectile damage done by survivors, increases XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Blind Mice
Blind Mice
Mission - Challenge "Big Blind Mouse said, 'I can't see a damned thing'." Disables the HUD[n 2] on Missions, increases mission XP Permanent None
Three's A Crowd
Three's A Crowd
Mission - Challenge "In almost all situations, three people is a bad idea. Especially when trying to go unnoticed." Limits the number of Survivors on a Mission to 2, increases mission XP Permanent None
Ready. Aim. Zombies.
Ready Aim Zombies
Combat - Challenge "Taking the time to aim your shots will ultimately better your survival over time." Disables Automatic Targeting for survivors, increases mission XP Permanent None
Ammunition Annual
Ammunition Annual
Survival A guide to this year's ammunition, supply and demand. Increases Ammo drop chance 1 Hour or Permanent None
Everyday Gardener
Everyday Gardener
Survival A gardening guide about edible vegetables and care for plants. Increases food production 8 Hours or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Finding Reclaimed Timber
Finding Reclaimed Timber
Survival A guide to finding useful wooden objects around the city. Increases Wood drop chance 1 Hour or Permanent None
Leading From A Distance
Leading From A Distance
Mission "Delegating your command to others can be risky but ultimately rewarding for your company." Increases Automated Mission Success Chance 4 Hours or Permanent None
Modern City Living
Modern City Living
Survival - Challenge "In modern society over half of our cities food, water and building materials are imported. The imports stops, society stops." Reduces Resource drop chance, increases XP 1 Hour or Permanent None
Quantity Not Quality
Quantity Not Quality
Mission - Challenge "What you get isn't important, it's the quantity. The man with the most stuff wins." Reduces chance of finding Quality items, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Raising Spirits
Raising Spirits
General "In dire situations, knowledge about how to raise the morale of your friends and family can be invaluable." Increases survivor morale Permanent 2 Minutes or 12 Hours
Reprogram Your Motorskills
Reprogram Your Motorskills
Combat - Challenge "Unlearn everything you think you know about your physiology. We have been taught WRONG!" Increases Level Requirement for Weapons and Gear by 2, increases mission XP Permanent None
Searching Eyes Closed
Searching Eyes Closed
Mission - Challenge A blind person's guide to locating objects around their home. Reduces chance of finding items, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Slow Motion
Slow Motion
Mission - Challenge Take your time. It's fine. Increases all Action times, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Stepladder to Success
Stepladder to Success
Mission - Challenge "Getting a job done quickly will push you to the top much quicker than if you'd taken your time." Reduces Mission time, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Survivor Psychology
Survivor Psychology
General - Challenge "Often times under duress the usual affects[n 3] on a persons morale can be multiplied significantly." Increases Morale effects, increases mission XP 1 Hour or Permanent None
They Live Again
They Live Again
Combat - Challenge "Unstoppable and ravenous, they tore through our group in a matter of seconds. We stood no chance." Increases Infected damage and health, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
WALLOPED!
WALLOPED!
Combat - Challenge "Striking with such ferocity the infected now had the ability to decimate our survivors." Infected can inflict Critical Damage, increases mission XP Permanent None
Warzone Logistics
Warzone Logistics
Mission A military logistics guide that may help you locate more Supply Boxes. Increases Supply Box drop chance 3 Days or Permanent None
Whistler's Grove Handyman
Whistler's Grove Handyman
Resource A simple guide to doing handy work around your home while efficiently using resources. Does not work with traps. Reduces resource costs for repairing destroyed compound buildings 30 Minutes or Permanent None or 1 Hour
Ammo Conservationist
Ammo Conservationist
Combat Ammunition enthusiast magazine, filled with good articles on ammo conservation. Reduces Ammo cost 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Call of the Clothier
Call of the Clothier icon
Survival A guide to finding useful cloth objects around the city. Increases Cloth drop chance 1 Hour or Permanent None
Plastics - The Future
Plastics - The Future
Survival - Challenge "By 2055 around 90% of all products, food, pets and possibly children, will be made of plastic." Reduces Wood, Metal, and Cloth drop chance, increases mission XP 1 Hour or Permanent None
Bull in a China Shop
Bull in a China Shop
Mission - Challenge "When threatened it is important that you make as much noise as possible." Increases the effects of Noise, increases mission XP 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Modern Metal Finder
Modern Metal Finder
Survival A guide to finding useful metal objects around the city. Increases Metal drop chance 1 Hour or Permanent None
Ooooh Shiny!
Ooooh Shiny!
Mission "You have one goal. GO. FOR. THE. LOOT." Reduces Survivor vision range
Increases chance of finding Quality items
15 Minutes, 30 Minutes or Permanent None
Vague Search
Vague Search
Mission "Search, like, around the area and stuff. You know, like, quickly." Reduces all Action times, 
Reduces chance of finding Quality Items
12 Hours or 1 Day None
Looter
Looter icon
Resource Who needs fuel when there's weapons and gear and books!? Reduces Fuel drops
Increases chance of finding Quality Items
15 Minutes, 20 Minutes or 1 Day None
Trained
Trained
Combat A general guide to weapons and gear training. This should help our survivors with their equipment. Reduces Level Requirement for Weapons and Gear 12 Hours or 1 Day None
Shoot Softly
Shoot Softly
Combat A guide to more accurate shooting. Decreases the damage you can do with firearms while conserving ammunition. Reduces Projectile Damage for Survivors
Reduces ammo cost in Missions
1 Day or Permanent None
Melee Effort
Melee Effort
Combat "A warrior needs fuel. Fuel in equals damage out. Feed your warrior." Increases food and water consumption, increases Melee Damage for Survivors 4 Hours or 8 Hours None
Quality Crafts
Quality Crafts
Resource "Spending more time with your tools will show a clear improvement in your crafting projects" Increases chance of Crafting bonuses
Increases Crafting and Upgrading Costs
30 Minutes or Permanent None
Furious Search
Furious Search
Mission "By increasing your daily dietary intake, you can increase your activity level substanitally[n 4] Increases food and water consumption
Increases chance of finding Items
2 Days None
Organizing Your Home
Organizing Your Home
General A handy guide to organizing your storage spaces around the home. Increases Inventory Capacity Permanent None
Production Overdrive
Production Overdrive
Resource Throws the production of all your resources into overdrive. More food, water, cloth, metal, wood, and ammo! Increases Resource Production 12 Hours or 3 Days None
Hardcore
Hardcore
General - Challenge Only for true survivors. Increases infected damage, health, infected attacks. Infected can inflict Critical Damae. Increases ammo cost, food and water consumption. Increases the effects of noise.
Increases mission XP
Permanent None
Quick Search
Quick Search icon
Mission A guide to ransacking a location. This might result in a little bit of extra noise. Reduces all Action times
Increases the Effects of Noise
12 Hours or 1 Day None
DIY without a Timeline
DIY without a Timeline
Resource - Challenge A DIY book for retirees. The projects in here look like they take forever. Increases Repair Time Permanent 1 Hour
DIY without a Budget
Tlsdz DIY wo budget
Resource - Challenge "Don't concern yourself with using too much material, there's always going to be plenty more." Increases Repair Material Costs Permanent 1 Hour
Blind Tony's Tinkering
Tlsdz blind tony icon
Resource - Challenge A visually impaired guide to crafting. Chance to get negative Crafting bonuses Permanent 1 Hour

NotesEdit

  1. This brightens the playing area, allowing the player to see better in the dark. It appears to only be cosmetic.
  2. Hides scavenging and reload progress bars, ammunition meter, and health bars (except for the health bars on the survivor portraits in the toolbar).
  3. Should be "effects"
  4. Should be "substantially"

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