Stardew Valley #6 – Scarecrow & Furnace

I know I’ve been playing Stardew Valley at a snail’s pace, but at least I’m playing it occasionally. I’m trying not to put it on the back burner completely (like I’ve done with Xenoblade Chronicles X, Pikmin 3, and many others). 😛 So let’s get into it.

Day 18

After watering my crops, I finally crafted my first scarecrow. I earned 100g for completing the “Advancement” quest. I put the scarecrow out in my field, and you can actually talk to it! It said “I haven’t encountered any crows yet.” 😛 I just can’t decide if that’s really cool or very creepy.

Scarecrow in Stardew Valley: I haven't encountered any crows yet.
He doesn’t even have a brain yet!

I spent the rest of the day mining and then returned home about 9 p.m.

Day 19

I got a letter in the mail from Jodi today, asking for fresh cauliflower. Even though I accepted the quest, I didn’t have any to give her.

I tried to do a little fishing, but I didn’t actually catch any fish. I did catch a nice variety of trash, though. A broken CD, a Joja cola can, and some algae. Delicious! 😛 But as I explored, I found something else as well: Robin’s lost axe!

Finding Robin's lost axe in the woods (Stardew Valley).

I caught up with Robin at the saloon in the evening. Even though she was dancing with her husband, I was able to give her the axe back. (Shake that axe!) I earned 250g for completing the quest.

Day 20

I spent the day mining and didn’t get much of anything else done. But I did acquire enough copper ore to build something tomorrow…

Day 21

Using copper ore and stone, I crafted myself a furnace! I wasn’t sure where to put it, so I stuck it in my house next to my fireplace. I’m sure it’s completely safe to sleep in the same room where I smelt metals. I just might need to open a window or something. 😛

My new quest was to smelt some metal. Unfortunately, that meant I needed more copper ore again! Oops.

I stopped at the blacksmith’s shop to process two geodes, and one of them contained 3 copper ores! I also donated an Earth crystal to the museum before going into the mine. Once I got what I needed, I returned home and smelted my first copper bar! This completed another quest, although there was no reward for this one.

Day 22

I headed over to the adventurer’s guild and purchased a wooden blade (a level 2 sword) for 250g. This should make my slime-busting a bit easier.

Buying the wooden blade sword at the adventurer's guild in Stardew Valley for Nintendo Switch.

I then went into the mine to test it out (and do some mining while I was there). When I was done, I headed back home for the night.

I’d like to upgrade my tools, buy a chicken coop, expand my backpack again, and do many other things. But everything seems to take so much money, and often, lots of ingredients. Stardew Valley is fun, but it’s a very slow grind to get anywhere.

BOTW #18 – The Wedding

Over the past few days, I’ve picked up Breath of the Wild for the first time since beating Calamity Ganon in October. I started out by cutting down some trees, since I still needed more wood for Tarrey Town. When I had enough, I headed there and spoke to Hudson. He informed me that he got engaged…to Rhondson the Gerudo!

Before they could get married, he asked me to find someone priest-like to officiate the wedding. He suggested that maybe one of the Zoras would be willing to help.

After making a stop at the Great Fairy Fountain to upgrade some clothes, I made my way to Zora’s Domain. There, I found Kapson, who is a retired priest. He was actually looking to marry a couple before he dies, so he was clearly the right guy for the job.

Kapson: If during your travels you meet any engaged couples, I would like you to introduce them to me.
That’s an odd request. It sounds fishy.

He set off for Tarrey Town, while I went to go take a picture of a Lynel for a side quest. Once I finished, I returned to Tarrey Town. Hudson thanked me for finding Kapson, but now he needed me to invite Bolson and Karson to the wedding. So I went back to Hateno Village, and told them about the wedding in Tarrey Town.

Bolson: Karson, we're headed out!
They went straight there.

Before long, Kapson began the wedding. Congrats to the new couple! Although, Rhondson didn’t seem very happy about a part of the wedding vows that said they had to name their kids names that end in -son. 😛

Hudson and Rhondson get married in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I spoke with Hudson, and he gave me three diamonds that he found inside the boulders in town. This completed the side quest, and Tarrey Town is officially done.

Next, I headed for the desert, where I recovered one of Link’s memories and then defeated a Molduga in the Toruma Dunes for a side quest.

Fighting a Molduga in BOTW.
Why can’t I cut this guy up into, like, 1,000 steaks?

After the fight, I unlocked a shrine at the same location. I went off exploring after completing it, and I saw some statues of swordswomen pointing their swords. As I followed in the direction they were pointing, a sandstorm rendered my radar and map unusable.

Static on my map screen, making it unusable.
Recalculating… recalculating… recalculating…

But the pointing swords led me to a shrine; completing it restored my radar and map.

The next day, I teleported to the Tabantha area to recover another memory in the Ancient Columns area. I have now recovered six of the 12 photo memories.

After browsing through my list of open side quests, I returned to the desert to trade 55 rushrooms to Pirou, for a diamond. I explored further, and soon arrived in the East Gerudo Ruins, where seven huge statues stood in a circle. Solving a puzzle here opened up another shrine.

Huge statues in the East Gerudo Ruins.

I completed it, and then found another shrine nearby. But I couldn’t get into this one just yet. A sick Gerudo was collapsed on the activation portal. I’ll have to heal her before I can get inside. But at this point, I ended my game for now.

Just to provide an update on my status, I’ve completed 77 shrines and my overall game completion percentage now sits at 23.49%. If I counted right, my Hyrule Compendium completion is now 292/385. I still have much to do in Hyrule.

Here is my latest Breath of the Wild video, Messing Around #2. It shows me playing with fire, zapping some sleeping enemies, sneaking around in a barrel, and more. Hope you enjoy!

Christmas Haul 2017

I received several gaming-related gifts this Christmas, and I thought I’d talk a bit about each one.

Doom

Doom for Nintendo Switch was the only actual game I received for Christmas. I’ve been a big fan of the Doom series, and I thoroughly enjoyed the old Jaguar/PlayStation/N64 games. But admittedly, it has been a very long time since I’ve tried a new one.

I haven’t played much of it yet much, so it’s too early even to post my first impressions. I was a bit turned off by the fact that I needed to download an hour-long update before I could even play it–despite the fact that I was playing the physical (cartridge) version.

And then once that was done, I found that it doesn’t allow you to invert the controller’s horizontal axis (only vertical). So without a control method I like, it’s going to take me a while just to get the hang of moving around. 😛

Pixel Pals – Raccoon Mario

Pixel Pals Raccoon MarioThis thing is really cool. It’s a pixelated figure of raccoon Mario (from Super Mario Bros. 3). It’s about 5 inches (13cm) tall, and it lights up (using two AAA batteries). It looks great, especially in a dark room. It makes me want to buy more of these Pixel Pals.

64 GB MicroSDXC Memory Card

This provides me with some storage for my Nintendo Switch. Even though I almost always buy physical games when possible, it’s always good to have some extra storage available for pics, videos, or digital-only games like Stardew Valley.

Now that I can get these files off of my Switch (without posting to social media), here are a few pictures I’ve taken this year.

Sunrise in Breath of the Wild.
Sunrise in Breath of the Wild.
The moon in Super Mario Odyssey.
The moon in Super Mario Odyssey.
There's no X in Expresso.
“There’s no X in Expresso.”
Splatted in Splatoon 2.
Accidental picture I took after being splatted in Splatoon 2.
Splatoon Amiibos

Three Splatoon Amiibos: Girl, squid, and boy.

I got the Splatoon Amiibo 3-pack, with the inkling girl, boy, and squid. Amiibos aren’t something I would normally buy with my own money, but they’re not a bad thing to receive as a gift. I can use them to unlock features in Splatoon and Splatoon 2, and I can also use them to get Splatoon-themed items in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. There’s even a Splatoon-based villager named Inkwell I could get to move into my town. I might not do that right away, but it’s a possibility for the future.

Tanooki Mario Figure

Tanooki Mario collectible figure.This one is just a small collectible figure that doesn’t really do anything, but it would look nice on a shelf with other Nintendo items and figures. The interesting thing (to me, at least) is that I got two gifts based on power-ups from Super Mario Bros. 3, from two different people! And neither of them knew about the other gift. 😛

If you’d like to buy any of these items (except for the Tanooki Mario figure, which Amazon doesn’t seem to have), I’ve added to them to my list of recommended products at amazon.com/shop/jvgsjeff.

Did you get any good games, accessories, or merch for Christmas? Feel free to comment what you got, and how you like it! 🙂