As a follow up on the challenge i just posted( https://plus.google.com/114671721881901481251/posts/TxnY34LaDxM
Here is my story so far at my attempt.
I started this challenge 2 or 3 days ago, and I am about 50% completed. (currently in Zelenogorsk) I started it alone and played as a friendly using no help from existing friends. I have approached 11 individuals, 8 of them traveled with me at some point during the travels. The most i had together at once was 8 (including me) while we ran from Svet though Berezino.
On the road from Novo to Svet i ran in to a freshie who joined up. In Svet i hun around there for a while and rapidly found new people who joined up with us. apon leaving svet, we found one more, but he was a bandit who attempted to kill me when i was seperated from the group. he shot and broke my leg. I splinted it as the rest of the group came back and drove him away. We then headed south to make a run though Berezino. We encountered 2 or 3 more hostiles at the docks in Berezino, a few indivisuals in the group stepped up and took care of them rather effectivly, We made it though with no losses. 4 of them logged off soon after leaving Berezino. The other 4 of us continued south, 2 more logged off by SE light house. It was me and one other now. We made it into Electro and we stopped there to make a campfire and logged off.
Logged back in, traveled in to electro and encountered 2 other players. Both friendly and wanted to travel with. One crashed or timed out and never returned before we made it out of Electro. When we made it to Chernogorsk we caught up to the friendly i logged off with in electro and from there we traveled to Balota Air Field and looted the buildings and tents. Server restarted while in balota and we lost the guy i picked up in electro. In the far west jail house we found another player. We talked from outside, and let him leave, no shots exchanged. The one guy i was with now logged off in Kamenka. I travels up to zelenogorsk and looted the military loot along the way and in town then logged off.
I am surprised at how well this has gone so far. Svet and berezino where the most dangerous places on this journey. The friendly approach seems to be working great. I doubt I would have gotten as far if i played alone or KOSed players as i seen them. I may give those methods a try as an experiment later. I have been recording this whole thing so once I'm done I may make a timelapse of the entire thing and a edited video highlighting interesting events along the way.