If you are completely new to Fortnite,  it can be  a little confusing at the start. Tips do come up on screen but here are a few things you need to know.

  1. You always start with nothing and have to find weapons and shields plus building materials when you land.
  2. You click play to go into the game and once in  – you will find yourself in a practice area or on board the bus. If you are on the bus then you are in the game. In the practice area you can just try out new guns and practice while waiting for the game to begin.
  3. While in the practice area, you can access the map by pushing the very small button on the controller (2 rectangles together) This shows you the route of the bus and you can choose where you want to go before the game even begins. You can press A on the map to place a marker. A again to remove, if you see somewhere better, you can place it somewhere else by moving with your joystick.
  4. There are various settings you can make in Fortnite that tell your controls how to behave. For instance, you can set your character to run as default.
  5. There are gold bars to collect. These can be spent on the new vending machines and from Non-Playing-Characters, they also give you bounty missions on other players. You can challenge them to duels and if you win they reward you.
  6. Hire an NPC (Non-playing Character) They will run around as part of your team and try to help you in battle.
  7. There are boss type NPCs in the game which will give you very good weapons if you defeat them.
  8. The sand! If you stand still for long you will sink into the sand. You can then move around underneath it and you will be difficult to spot. Just jump out when you are ready. If you move over non sand area – you will resurface anyway.
  9. Alas no sand anymore in Season 7. However, you have saucers to shoot down and take over.
  10. There are strange large stones. if you break them and eat the substance they give –  it will make you jump much further. Not high but along.
  11. Keep out of the storm. It is deadly. You can take a med kit in the storm to give you a bit more time to get out.