When coming across a settlement that is already intact, make sure you make your presence known as soon as possible. Announce how many people are in your group and if not commanded to leave by a gun toting guard, immediately ask to speak to someone in charge.
They may not be taking in a new people, if that’s the case, see if you can negotiate based on your skills or the skills of those in your group. They may just need someone with your shooting skills or with Ginger's medical knowledge.
A settlement may only have enough food and supplies for their existing people. So if you’re a master farmer or scavenger, let them know! Assuming that you convince them to let you in, don't be surprised if they keep you away from the supplies or security area for a while. Just as you’ll be checking the place out to see if you'd like to stay, they’ll likely be checking you out to make sure you aren't infiltrating their settlement to feed info back to a group of raiders. Remember that you are the newbie here, and it will take time before they trust you—but you should be equally cautious as well. You want to make sure that this is the kind of place where you want to stay.
In the event that they do not let you in or command you to leave as soon as they spot you, leave as directed. Remember, they are trying to protect the settlement and will use any means in defending it—as you would likely do if in the same spot. So, unless you want to escape a barrage of bullets like avoiding raindrops falling from the sky, you might want to move on and look for the next one. Good luck and stay human! Jeannie Rae out.
I am Jeannie Rae, not so plain & almost never simple. A person who is just as flawed as I am skilled. One who loves my family with all my heart in good times and in bad – through celebrations & times of tremendous grief, achievements and disagreements. A woman who knows how short