By "found" a new home, I literally mean I found it. In a recent quest of ours, my friend and I wanted to get as far away from civilization as we could. The resources near the hordes of settlements by Boston were raped of their resources and thus, not a suitable place to really set up camp and be able to still gather as you work. The major problem with doing this, as we found out several hours later of traveling, is that you need a homestead to teleport back to Boston.
No problem, let's just built a lean-to or hut and use that as my homestead in order to go back and forth so I can get the silver in order to get a writ (still trying to get one). Again, denied. You need nails in order to build either structure (didn't need them in HnH), and you need blacksmithing to make nails - I don't have nails or access to them. So our plan was, once we found a place near nobody (So they couldn't steal our stuff) we would just settle in a remote area and work on our skills there. That worked out pretty good, and I started to explore the area around us to find food and just build up my skills slowly.
After doing several exploration trips I ran into a random lean-to just sitting in the middle of the forest. Nobody was around it, there were no baskets, chopped down trees, nothing. Which was a bit strange since all of the ones I saw previously were claimed and had 10+ baskets around the campsite, not to forget the no chopped down trees bit, where did they get the resources from? Out of pure curiosity I clicked the lean-to and found out that it was unclaimed, well, till I claimed it that is. Now I have a new home in the world of Salem and was finally able to make my first trip back to Boston in a long while. There I was able to sell the Indian feathers and arrowheads that I've found so far, freeing up a good chunk of my inventory. What did I buy? Not a writ, I didn't have the money for that. The only thing I could really get so far was a coin purse, since the stacks of silver were taking up precious room in my backpack. Hopefully the next trip will get me the funds I need to claim my own land and start a new life.
So, how are you guys who are in the beta progressing so far? How do you like the game?