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Random Encounters Question, Advice pls


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Very early in chapter 2 (before getting fishing pole) I decided to grind out as much of the challenges as I could.  Because I was bouncing all over the map in cinematic mode, I basically rode past every random encounter, triggering them.  I assumed if I just rode past, they would all respawn. I recall riding past the guy looking for Gavin at least twice.

Now that I am finished grinding challenges, I notice that I do not have many random encounters anymore, almost none in towns.  My progress shows the random encounter portion completed. The guy looking for Gavin is nowhere to be found in Valentine.  The father and sons are almost finished with their house, yet I've never interacted with them.  Its possible I rode past the KKK as well.

My question is: have I triggered all of the random encounters and now they wont respawn, leaving me with a more lifeless game?  Or will these random encounters all come back?  I'm kind of salty because I was hoping to interact with all of them after the challenges, and I feel like I need to start over now and after all the grinding I just did, that really seems shitty (second game I've started already).

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13 minutes ago, Poggy said:

Some are time sensitive, like the house builders, and won't come back.  Others will respawn.

do you think the guy thats looking for Gavin will respawn?  is riding past them enough to trigger the experience as completed, even if u ignore it completely by riding past?

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1 hour ago, OutlawMarston said:

do you think the guy thats looking for Gavin will respawn?

I've met him twice. Scnd time Arthur says something like: "you are still looking at Gavin?"

My question is: Is Gavin in the game? So am I able to find him?

I didn't start searching bcs sant denis is too big to search for 1 people without a trace : D

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People have confirmed elsewhere the Gavin guy does.  Weird.  See the mislabelled Garry thread for more on this guy. 

 

Edit: what do they mean random encounters don't respawn?  I've seen the bounty hunters carrying a victim a hundred times!

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There's a difference between stranger missions, stranger dialogues, stranger ongoing events, random encounters, and quests.

For example, a stranger mission series is indicated by a question mark or letters in a white zone on the map.  These are missable and time sensitive.  Some of these optional missions arise from camp members.  Some are unlocked at only set chapters, some have prerequisites, some only open at set honor ranks.

A random encounter is a white dot echo on the map, and some/many of these respawn or reoccur.

stranger dialogues are when you have non-mission interactions with weirdoes across the map.  They are usually multiple staged and change post epilogue.  In that sense they are time sensitive.

ongoing events, like the home building, follow set time/place patterns and you can either join in at that time, or at a later stage (it will be different), or miss them.  It's hard to do all theses without knowing them in advance.

some camp member item requests are only available at certain chapters after certain interactions - like playing poker with person X during chapter 3 - they are easily missable.

easter eggs vary between places of special interest, unique items, unique documents, and time sensitive events (being at certain place and time).

 

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If only I could get such a detailed response from R*.  Thank you, Poggy.  That reduces my confusion quite a lot.  And yeah, R* says these dont respawn, but I'm thinking there was an error in translation or something, some of the support doesnt use english as a first language.  I too have seen the people being taken to jail a bunch of times, as well as the guy getting kicked by his horse

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What Poggy said is excellent. And a perfect answer to this. 

 

Regarding Gavin’s friend, I’ve now encountered him in every town at least once and several times out in the wild. Don’t worry, you’ll definitely see him again. 

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