The Survivors' camp is a zone that is unlocked during main questline; other than when you first encounter it during the quest, this map is safe and has no infecteds. Upon entering each time, you will randomly be put in a house; while the location may change, the things you place do not. Once the camp is unlocked, you will spawn here when you die.
To build anything in your camp, you must obtain resources, which can be done by salvaging items at your pantry.
Buildings are structures you can build in your area once you have obtained the blueprints. You only start out with two buildings that you need to construct the rest: the Stock (for storing resources), and the blueprints table (for constructing buildings from blueprints you find).
Salvage your items and get basic resources for your camp. You may get some of these basic resources as it depends on the item.
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