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Mini Dev update #6

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Rings – These rare trinkets will grant you special powers when worn. Equip two at a time to customize your ability!

Boots – Boots are all the rage in Stardew Valley… But true adventurers prize them for their protective qualities. You’d be a fool to go too deep in the caves without a sturdy pair.

Minerals – Geologists from around the continent know that Stardew Valley is a wonderful place to find geodes… heavy eggs of stone that sometimes contain minerals in their hollow cores.

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The local blacksmith, Clint, is happy to break them open with his hammer for a moderate fee… revealing the glittering treasures within.

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When you collect artifacts and minerals, you can choose to sell them or donate them to the local museum. As a way of saying thanks, Gunther (the curator) is happy to let you arrange the artifacts as you see fit. He might even give you special gifts or museum decorations as you work towards completing the collection.

 

Slingshot – After getting your hands on a slingshot, you’ll have a handy ranged weapon at your disposal. Load it up with stones, ores & more. You might have to practice a bit to get your aim down… just try not to hit Mayor Lewis on the nose!

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Other things I have been working on recently:

  • Fixing bugs & unintended behaviors
  • Drawing more character portraits
  • Menus
  • A new building
  • Player character blinks occasionally

Things I will be working on soon (they are all started but not entirely finished):

  • Farming
  • Tool upgrades
  • Seasons

Of course, that’s not everything… there’s still a lot of content that needs to be added before I am happy to release this… as well as finishing multiplayer, which is no trivial task. But I am not slowing down, my virtual body is moving at generous speed and will continue!

Back to work… thanks for reading, everyone!

-Ape

 

 

  • Kristi78968

    BOOTS/SHOES?! 😮

  • Phedran

    All looks good, can’t wait to be able to experience it first hand. 🙂

  • Magzilla

    I love this. I love you. I love everything I see about this game! Keep up the FANTASICAL work! 😀

    • ConcernedApe

      Thanks, I love you too ^^

      • Magzilla

        Yay! I know a lot of people are saying how they want you to release this game NOW and update stuff as you go, but I hope you don’t. I want you to be happy with the game before anyone else, because only then can we, the fans, share in that happiness. I am ready and willing to support this game in any way possible, and I wish you all the luck with making this game the best it can be! <3

        • Stardewbound

          Exactly! Please take your time and I’m sure it will be well worth the wait! 🙂

  • Jonas Johansson

    Awesome work mate, keep it up, just want to let you know that this is actually my most anticipated game of this year, well at least so far but i don’t think there’s much else that’s going to shove this down from my list 🙂 And take your time with the development, i’d rather have a polished game than something that’s been rushed 🙂

    • ConcernedApe

      Awesome, that’s how I feel too. I will work as fast as possible while not compromising on making it fun.

  • Sinonyx

    oh seasons.. winter will look amazing

  • Jacob Woods

    Cant…. Wait… For… THIS GAME ANYMORE!!!!

  • Antonio Souza Junior

    Awesome news!

  • Gartjack

    Everything just keeps getting better and better, can’t wait!

  • Michael

    What? He’s adding farming into the game? (that made me laugh)

  • Diovos

    I’m gettin’ more and more eager fot his game =D

  • Henry

    Great update, can’t wait, and thanks for your hard work!

    • ConcernedApe

      You’re welcome, thanks for following the development!

  • Dc

    wait what? He”s adding farming now?! haha 😀

  • is there an eta on release? cant wait!

  • Mercury Hammer

    I love when dev add these little details:
    Player character blinks occasionally

  • Shadou

    Don’t overwork yourself! health is more important ^^

  • xland44

    http://www.twitch.tv/tiyuri/b/399848607 – Stardew valley gameplay! The video is quite old though, considering all the recent updates.

  • GasaixYuno

    Awesome to know.

  • Nes Anderson

    I would suggest “nodules” instead of “Geodes” it makes more sense..

    A Geode is almost always just quartz while a Nodule could be any mineral mass formed around a core.

    • ConcernedApe

      Yeah I thought about what to call it for a while… I chose “geode” because I think it’s a nicer sounding word… and the “geo” part of it evokes earthy feelings… also (and I’m certainly no geology expert, so I may not be aware of something subtle here) the dictionary definition for geode just says “a rock containing a cavity lined with crystals or other mineral matter”, which sounds general enough for my purposes.

  • Amanda

    Love the geode, museum aspect, and the slingshot. These are all great ideas. I’ll definitely look forward to working towards completing the museum’s collection. =)

    • ConcernedApe

      Awesome, glad you love all of it! 🙂

  • wesley carlton

    its turniphead!!

  • Vicente Vielmo

    Good job there, it’s always great to see a new uptade from Stardew Valley! I really look forward to dive into this adventure!
    Just as a incentive I’d like to tell you that the first time I saw your work on green light on Steam, in the beginning of the year, I’ve been oftenly checking on the updates and I feel great whenever something comes out =)
    Good luck with it. I imagine how hard it’s to be an indie game developer.
    Much appreciated by your dedication!

    • ConcernedApe

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Colby Neil

    I am not sure if you intended it, but is that scarecrow a Howl’s moving castle reference?

    • ConcernedApe

      Yes, I am a fan of Miyazaki!

  • Mouaku

    <3 keep up the good work!

  • WeasleX

    OMG!!! YOU STILL HAVE YET TO RELEASE THIS GAME! AWESOME!

  • Ocran

    Are you the only person working on this game? Also CAN’T WAIT 😀

    • ConcernedApe

      Yup, it’s just me

      • Ocran

        That’s awesome! this game is looking really cool and I think its kinda amazing how your the only one working on it.

  • WeasleX

    Just a tip, release game now, UPDATE LATTER! I think I speak for everyone here when I say, WE WANT TO BUY NOW PLEASE! Maybe send out an Alpha version, something, I’d pay extra just for an alpha, I’ve got $60 that say’s so!

  • Emiya Shirou

    Can’t wait for this D:

  • Rodrigo Deus

    Hey Ape, Killdrax from Steam. Just found out your game’s blog and it’s amazin the attention you give to details and players. I do think that you have everything to be considered one of the best, if not THE best, indie game developer of 2013.

    Keep up the good work, mate!

  • Kristijan Rašidović

    How much more money and how long will i have to throw it at the screen for this game to come faster?

  • tapplewhack

    Have you thought about doing Steam’s Early Access? I know a lot of people are just waiting to pay for this game. I check about weekly to see if there is a release of it. It might be nice to get some input on it and see some of that money now as opposed to when you release it. It could be annoying, though, because I’m sure you have your own idea of where the game should go and probably don’t want too much input from the community. But still, you should think about it! Also, you need more hype! Everyone needs to know about this game! The only reason I know about it is because I was looking up a way to play Harvest Moon on my computer and something about it popped up. When I found this website, all of my hopes and dreams came true, hopes and dreams that I’m sure thousands of other people share! If you do things right, I think we could be talking about the next Terraria!

  • weaslex

    See, I disagree, I think this is a very working already in the final stages of the game. Everything that’s been done recently isn’t really polish, it’s stuff that could have been added while updating the game.

    Ape just keeps adding more stuff, but I’d rather he just update as he goes, while this game is released and all can enjoy it. Again, I’ve got $60 to $80 just for an Alpha version. You can keep updating/polishing/whatever the game as you see fit and get mad bank at the time.

    • ConcernedApe

      I don’t want to release the game too early, it’s not really the sort of game that would work well for an “alpha release/update later” type of scenario… partly because the game has a linear progression of time, and it would be very annoying as the player to have to keep starting new save files because things were added that only happen in the first year and you’re on the second, etc… Furthermore, I have a vision for what I want the game to be like, and it’s not quite there yet… If people played an incomplete, unpolished version of the game now, it would ruin the full effect of discovering and exploring a new world for the first time. That’s an experience I don’t want to undermine.

      • Gudd

        too right!

        little late on the uptake, though.

  • Is that Turnip Head in that screenshot? (The scarecrow)

  • SuperNintendoNigga

    This is going to be better then the whole harvest moon series! 😀

  • Wiitos

    I am loving the look of this so far! I am spreading the word about it, I am a teacher and keep telling my students about the game as well! Really look forward to purchasing. Good luck with the rest of the development.

    • ConcernedApe

      Awesome, thank you! 🙂

  • Maeka

    So can’t wait!

  • Joszi

    When do u open some beta tests ?? I start visiting this site a long time ago and i don’t want to wait next year 😛

  • LectricLemon

    Ohhh this is cool

  • Space Blizzard

    I’m just blown away by the ambition of this game. Stardew Valley is my #1 most anticipated game, hopefully you become the next Notch and make truckloads of money with this ^^

  • Umbra

    Seeing how its been 10 days (EDIT: 6 days) since the last comment has been posted I wanted to give you a little encouragement to boost your motivation. I’m sure there’s as a lot more people like me checking your website once or twice a week to check up on your progress.
    I really love your attention for detail and althought I’m eagerly anticipating the game’s release I’d rather wait a bit more and re-live that “wholesome” experience I had when playing harvest moon…ahh nostalgia 🙂
    So I hope you’re doing fine and thinking about how else you can surprise us 😉 – Have a great weekend!

  • Nicole Hunter

    Are you thinking about doing early access at all? Also, every time you do an update I have to wipe the drool off my desk, I’m so excited about this. Thanks for the hard work 🙂 Looking forward to the release!