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#0: 06-08-2016 @ 09:32:11 am
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DominionDominion

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So a few of us have picked this game up and figured I'd make a topic for it. Stardew Valley is a one-man created game in the spirit of Harvest Moon with an art style similar to Terraria. If you're not familiar with Harvest Moon or it's style of game, it's essentially a slice of life and farm sim where you plant crops, take care of animals, upgrade your farm, and try to integrate yourself in the local community where you can get to know folks and even marry someone. I don't think Harvest Moon had a real "main story" and Stardew doesn't really either. Story bits are more about individuals and getting to know their story by talking to them and giving them gifts to unlock cutscenes and dialogue. There's also a community center that you're trying to rebuild which seems to be the general marker of how far you've gotten in the game since it requires gathering various resources which are spread out through different seasons and areas.

Now I've only played a little bit of Harvest Moon but it's always interested me and Stardew Valley was getting a lot of good reviews from the general community and word of mouth. I've definitely been having a lot of fun with the game and honestly it's kinda relaxing since there's no real way to "fail" besides not taking care of your plants and even then you're just not making money. There's no "upkeep" that takes money away each day or something so you can't go into debt. It's just plant crops, take care of animals, and sell stuff. There's even a bit of dungeon diving as there is a mine with monsters which drop more goods and has various minerals you can use to build new farm items and new weapons. The combat's pretty basic but does the job.

Real reason I kinda wanted to make this topic though is to share a few links and tips. So first off, three links:

  1. Crop calendar. You can keep track of when you've planted crops and it even has the various town events and villagers birthdays. With birthdays and events here you'll no longer need to run over to Pierre's to remember such things.
  2. Official Stardew Valley Wiki. If you've searched for anything you've probably already run across it but figured I'd link it anyway.
  3. Farm Planner. I haven't used it but seen lots of people showing off possible farms. This is probably more for end game folk since by then you'll have the money to tear down whatever you were doing on the fly and build up something you actually wanted to do.

Few tips for anyone wanting to start out:

  1. When you can, plant berries and plant them early. You won't have access to strawberries during your first spring and honestly during first spring just worry about grabbing the appropriate crops for the spring bundle and making some cash. Keep an eye out for the Egg Festival though since this is only place you can get the strawberry seeds. Buy as many as you can there and save them for next spring. Blueberries are for the summer and cranberries for the fall will net you a ton of money as they will regrew every few days.
  2. Fishing is awesome for extra money. The fishing mini game is a little annoying at first but it's worth doing to increase your skill which makes it easier and nets you some extra cash while you wait for crops to grow.
  3. Don't worry if no one dances with you at the first Flower Dance. Honestly, you're probably not gonna be good enough friends with anyone yet. You can do it next spring. To tie into that, if you're trying to decide who you'd like to marry, just focus on two or three people so you don't get overwhelmed trying to remember a bunch of people's schedules.
  4. When you see someone's birthday coming up, figure out what they love (via the wiki) and get it for them. Your social rating with them will jump tremendously for giving them a gift on their birthday.
  5. When upgrading your items at the blacksmith remember it will take 2 days (including the day you handed it to him) and you will not get a replacement item. Not a big deal for most items, you can live without for a day, except for your watering can. If you intend on updating your watering can, check the TV weather station and wait for it to say it's going to rain the next day. When that happens, water your crops for the day and then take it to the blacksmith. After the raining day you'll get it back and not missed any watering!

Lastly, I'll add a video of Markiplier's first 40 minutes of the game for anyone interested and wanting to get a feel for the game. It's a ton of fun and I'm enjoying it a lot! For only $15 it's a great deal and the developer has been awesome in keeping the game up to date with bug fixes. Also for the next big patch there'll be an added multiplayer that is co-op. No details on it yet but I'm sure it'll be fun.

This post was edited by Dominion on June 8, 2016, 1:08 pm


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#1: 06-09-2016 @ 08:13:58 am
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Nayth0rNayth0r

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You list of 5 pieces of advice really struck me as Father level "I'm passin' down the farm to mah Childrens... what do they need to know?" advice.   The one about the dance especially. 

 

Awesome.


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#2: 06-09-2016 @ 08:43:21 am
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We're getting super meta as I pass down my farm, I am now the father/grandfather in the opening scene that is passing you the deed to the farm.

Another thing I didn't notice until recently, when you upgrade your house you know how you get a kitchen on the first upgrade? The fridge has no indication of this but it's actually a chest you can store items in. Just right click on it. Appropriately I shoved all my food in there. The games doesn't make it clear that that is a chest. I only found out after someone randomly mentioned it in a thread on reddit.


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#3: 06-09-2016 @ 08:55:48 am
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Nayth0rNayth0r

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And I watched the Markiplier video. 

Goddamn it Mark!  Now I want to play this game!

 

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#4: 06-09-2016 @ 09:02:24 am
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Ever since all the YouTubers I follow started playing it I've had my on this game.  I've never played a Harvest Moon and have always been a little curious (more in the home, romance and family management parts than the farming itself) about it, and this sounds like it might be a solid game for me try getting into this genre with.  It's just not very high on my priority list compared to some of the other games I am or could be playing right now.


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