It’s been a while since I’ve played Stardew Valley. That’s not to say the game isn’t fun, because it definitely is. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you just know that’s how I am. 😛 I often get distracted with other things, and I don’t always return to games promptly. My backlog is embarrassingly large. 😛
But I made sure to play some Stardew Valley last night, to at least provide an update before the holidays arrive (when I’m likely to have even more distractions). 😛 So, let’s get into it.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do, so I made a beeline for Pierre’s. Once the shop opened, I went inside and spent my 2,000g on a backpack upgrade. I now have 24 slots to hold things, which gives me a little room to work with. The default 12 slots are mostly taken up by tools, and a few basic materials I didn’t want to completely discard. So now I have some breathing room.
I wanted to buy some new seeds while I was at the shop, but I only had enough money for a couple. One thing I don’t like about this game, is that a seed is literally just one seed. In Harvest Moon games, one seed purchase actually gave you enough for 9 spaces. But here, buying (and planting) seeds is a slower, less convenient process.
I then headed over to the mine, where I spent most of the day. It’s nice to be able to actually keep the things I find, now that I have space to hold them all. Once night fell, I stopped at the saloon before heading home.
Today, I went over the museum and donated a topaz and quartz. For donating a total of five items, I earned some cauliflower seeds as a reward. After the blacksmith processed two geodes of mine, I also donated a petrified slime and some limestone.
I again went to the mine and stayed until night. When I returned home, I planted some seeds and then went to bed.
I made a point to finally figure out something that had been bothering me in this game: I didn’t know how to separate stacks of items! If I wanted to ship an item, I shipped the full quantity. If I discarded an item, I discarded all I had!
But the answer is to press the Y button while a stacked item is highlighted. It separates it into a separate spot in your inventory, and you can keep pressing Y to use the new spot as a new stack of that item. The controls in Stardew Valley aren’t always intuitive, but I’m glad I finally figured that out. 😛
I got a letter in the mail from Pierre today, telling me that he now sells fertilizer at his shop. He told me to swing by to see if I can afford a few dozen boxes. Ha! He clearly doesn’t know how broke I am, especially after buying that rucksack upgrade.
My first stop of the day was at the museum, where I donated an amethyst. Then I headed over to Pierre’s and saw an unexpected cut scene. Morris came in, and offered all of Pierre’s customers 50% off coupons for JojaMart! How rude.
All the customers rushed over to him, took the coupons, and left Pierre’s. This dude is stealing customers and trying to put Pierre’s out of business. Apparently Morris is the villain of the game. But after he left, I noticed the back door was open, so I went through. Several women were gathering in a room, but a smaller room off to the side caught my attention…the altar of Yoba?!
I spent much of today working on clearing up my property. I need 300 pieces of wood to repair a bridge on the beach, so I started chopping away. But once my energy started getting low, I went into town. After chatting with some people, I went over to the community center.
I donated some items and completed the spring foraging bundle. My reward was 30 assorted spring seeds. Also, two new scrolls in other parts of the community center were unlocked. So now I have even more work to do. Fixing up this community center is going to take a long time.
Just a note about my Stardew Valley coverage: While I will continue to post blog entries (although they may not be frequent), I’ve decided to stop posting Stardew Valley videos–for now, at least. There didn’t seem to be as much interest in them as I hoped. I may reconsider once multiplayer is added to the game in 2018.
But for now, I really don’t have a clue how the online play will work. For example, will time still advance as it normally does, or will time freeze when you’re playing with friends? Will it have USB keyboard support for chatting? Will there be multiplayer mini-games? If it ends up being anything like online play of Animal Crossing, it could be fun. We’ll see.
Happy holidays, and I’ll see you next time! 🙂