Gave build 32.3 a go today. Unemployed, thick skin and light eater. All my tries were in Muldraugh. First try I started in a trailer park and as I never really discovered this area I got cornered outside a motel and had to jump the railing which resulted in an injury to my leg and as a result the zombies catched up and killed me. Second try started in the suburbs and I knew how to get from my favourite safe house from there. My start house had a baseball bat. There were quite a few zeds but no more than you would expect in such an area. To clean the area I created my own horde and made sure they lost me in a place far enough from my safe house. Meta events did the rest. Cleared some houses which had about 1-3 zeds in each (again nothing more than you would expect in a normal house). After the 3rd night I woke up and the house was on fire, forgot to turn off the gas, but managed to escape with just a burn injury on my leg. Cleaned and bandaged (do you bandage burns in real life? Might be an idea to make graduations, like severe and minor burns). I'm about a week in now, made my safe house in a medical building (collin or something) and there's a small group of zombies (7-8) very close but they don't move. Streets are pretty much empty but that problem is known. What I've seen at the beginning is that the numbers are good and manageable. Yes you need a bit of luck because so far I've just found two baseball bats (1 at the start house and 1 other in my safe house), which made it all a bit easier. You have to use your wits to clear an area. I'm quite sure my thick skin saved me 3-4 times but other than that I only died or almost died because of my own mistakes. Clearing a house is scary as it should be. Once the empty places get fixed it will be awesome. After I read all the replies in this thread I expected a nightmare but it wasn't that at all. I'm not an expert but I did have to adjust my play style. I usually ran but now I just run at the beginning to clear the area, after this I sneak 90% of the time. You don't get much done but you do survive. You just have to do everything 1 step at a time. Ahhh place is crawling with zombies, don't panic and try to clear it. I went to bed at around 1:30 the first night. Took me one day to clear an area big enough around my safe house. Just killed 2 zombies in my safe house. Next day tried to clear the neighbourhood, took me half a day and then did a loot run. 3rd-6th day looted 1-2 houses a day. 7th day time to start collecting water containers. Once I've done that I'll go for the logging company to search for some better weapons and tools to start barricading and constructing stuff. I used to be able to do all these things in a few days, now it takes more time and you have to be careful all the time. Make sure once you go inside a house that you have a few escape routes if it turns out there are too many zeds and sneak.