Don't Starve!

I hate that there's no way to get xp without dying. I had a massive 50 berry farm, 20 farm farms, and all right next to the cows and pigs for easy poo. All the research done, all the spiders I could find dead, and with the little fire wench, night wasn't a problem. Around day 70 I got bored and killed myself by stampede to find that xp caps! Aaaaaaaaaaaaarg.

ibdoomed wrote:

I hate that there's no way to get xp without dying. I had a massive 50 berry farm, 20 farm farms, and all right next to the cows and pigs for easy poo. All the research done, all the spiders I could find dead, and with the little fire wench, night wasn't a problem. Around day 70 I got bored and killed myself by stampede to find that xp caps! Aaaaaaaaaaaaarg.

It's only in alpha right now (I think) so hopefully there will be more soon.

I was wandering around at night, bopping sleepy little bunnies on the head, when I came across a spider nest. There were about a dozen of them attacking a tentacle. I sat and watched the fight for a while, and then ran in and picked up the spoils that fell.

I've been enjoying this but I'm running out of things to do.

Got this game on Saturday and thought I would play for an hour or so while the Heisman show filler was going on. 8 hours later.....this game is the bee's effing knees...longest I've made it is 10 days twice before doing something stupid and dying....

I had quite a nice little homestead set up (lots of trees, saplings, a few berry bushes, 4 turbo farm plots, 2 chests, a science machine and a crock pot), but just died on day 41. Why? Because I wasn't paying attention and it went dark with no fire nearby, and I didn't have enough materials on me to make a torch. Ironically, I was looking at a wiki and the in-game menus, because I had just shaved my epic beard and was seeing what else I needed to craft a meat effigy, the structure that resurrects you when you die.

MeatMan wrote:

I had quite a nice little homestead set up (lots of trees, saplings, a few berry bushes, 4 turbo farm plots, 2 chests, a science machine and a crock pot), but just died on day 41. Why? Because I wasn't paying attention and it went dark with no fire nearby, and I didn't have enough materials on me to make a torch. Ironically, I was looking at a wiki and the in-game menus, because I had just shaved my epic beard and was seeing what else I needed to craft a meat effigy, the structure that resurrects you when you die. :mad:

I've been playing as the little pyromaniac girl. If she gets caught in the dark, she'll drop a little fire now and then. Not exactly a replacement for a real torch or fire, but enough to make the nights a little bit more forgiving, especially if it goes black on the way back to a more permanent camp.

Just don't get caught wandering through your farmland at night. That's a good way to lose it.

I like Wendy, she's got the easiest way to take out beefalo without enraging them.

I should note that, due to updates, ignore my previous statements regarding tallbird eggs. The birds now take egg-theft really personally, and they are faster than you.

Kraint wrote:

I should note that, due to updates, ignore my previous statements regarding tallbird eggs. The birds now take egg-theft really personally, and they are faster than you.

Using the pan flute to put the tallbird to sleep before taking the egg should help.

MeatMan wrote:
Kraint wrote:

I should note that, due to updates, ignore my previous statements regarding tallbird eggs. The birds now take egg-theft really personally, and they are faster than you.

Using the pan flute to put the tallbird to sleep before taking the egg should help.

That and the dart gun where on my to-try list.

Hmm, so I started playing this, I have died twice already. First time by a tall bird who 2 shot me (I only had an axe). Second time was to a tentacle about 45 seconds after I spawned I found the swamp zone and wandered in to my doom. Now I am being really cautious but having a small problem. I can't seem to find any pigs or buffaloes. I dont want to wander too far from my home now, but I also really need the resources. My home currently is stocked with a nice fire pit, 2 chests, and a research machine. Just hit the wiki for the first time and found out how to get charcoal so next time I will make some of that. Are all maps the same or randomly generated? I know the map was the same from last time I died. If they are the same, from spawn, which way is to some close buffaloes?

Complex wrote:

Hmm, so I started playing this, I have died twice already. First time by a tall bird who 2 shot me (I only had an axe). Second time was to a tentacle about 45 seconds after I spawned I found the swamp zone and wandered in to my doom. Now I am being really cautious but having a small problem. I can't seem to find any pigs or buffaloes. I dont want to wander too far from my home now, but I also really need the resources. My home currently is stocked with a nice fire pit, 2 chests, and a research machine. Just hit the wiki for the first time and found out how to get charcoal so next time I will make some of that. Are all maps the same or randomly generated? I know the map was the same from last time I died. If they are the same, from spawn, which way is to some close buffaloes?

You can choose to generate a new map from the main menu. Some of them are quite large with many different biomes and instances of poo-generating creatures. Best advice is to take a spear, food, and some fire-making stuff and start exploring your lands.

If you don't like your map, you can generate a new one until you find one that is a bit better. Otherwise stick with the one you've got, because everything spawns in the same place when you start, so once you explore and find your beefaloes, you know which way to go. Keep mobile until you find your poo factories, and then build your base camp near them, it'll make things easier with your farming to have a supply nearby.

Eventually you'll get to a point where your base camp provides you with more food and resources than you can use right away. That's the best time to pack yourself a few lunches and go exploring. I'm at a point where I really only die doing stupid stuff, like attacking a beefalo when I meant to pick up some manure, or not noticing I ran out of armour while fighting a horde of spiders.

Your science points and researched items carry over from game to game, so just make sure you feed the machine when you can, because you never know when you're going to die.

Strewth wrote:

If you don't like your map, you can generate a new one until you find one that is a bit better. Otherwise stick with the one you've got, because everything spawns in the same place when you start, so once you explore and find your beefaloes, you know which way to go. Keep mobile until you find your poo factories, and then build your base camp near them, it'll make things easier with your farming to have a supply nearby.

Eventually you'll get to a point where your base camp provides you with more food and resources than you can use right away. That's the best time to pack yourself a few lunches and go exploring. I'm at a point where I really only die doing stupid stuff, like attacking a beefalo when I meant to pick up some manure, or not noticing I ran out of armour while fighting a horde of spiders.

Your science points and researched items carry over from game to game, so just make sure you feed the machine when you can, because you never know when you're going to die.

I have found the best way to deal with spider nests: traps. Make about six of them and then when you attack run into the trap. if any make it pass keep running till they loose agro, empty traps and reset them. works great!

Interesting, I never thought about using traps for spiders. I used to use them for bunnies, but now I just wander around with a torch at night and slaughter bunnies by the score. Killing spiders is usually a priority for me once I get my base camp going, because I like wearing a top hat. It's classy.

Kraint wrote:

Best advice is to take a spear, food, and some fire-making stuff and start exploring your lands.

+1

Since you said you have a science machine, another good option for exploring/revealing the map is to research and build a bug net to catch a firefly. Then research and build a miner hat (straw hat + 1 gold nugget + 1 firefly), which will allow you to keep exploring at night and equip a tool or weapon at the same time. If timed just right (equip the miner hat just as it goes completely dark and unequip it right when the sun rises), a miner hat will get you through 4 nights. Plus, when the miner hat is "used up," it turns into a straw hat, so that you'll only need 1 gold nugget and 1 firefly to make another miner hat.

Complex wrote:

I have found the best way to deal with spider nests: traps. Make about six of them and then when you attack run into the trap. if any make it pass keep running till they loose agro, empty traps and reset them. works great!

That's a neat idea, but if you craft and equip a logsuit and football helmet (both of which greatly reduce damage), you can take easily take on a whole group of spiders with a bit of hit-n-run tactics to whittle the mob down to about 4. Then just stop and kill the rest.

An interesting thing I saw while watching a twitch stream of someone playing is to use fireflies as a light source around your camp. Apparently after you've caught a lot of them, you can drop them around your camp/base in adjacent "spaces" and they will not only stay where you drop them, but they'll illuminate your camp enough that the only time you'll need a fire is when you want to cook things.

MeatMan wrote:
Kraint wrote:

Best advice is to take a spear, food, and some fire-making stuff and start exploring your lands.

+1

Since you said you have a science machine, another good option for exploring/revealing the map is to research and build a bug net to catch a firefly. Then research and build a miner hat (straw hat + 1 gold nugget + 1 firefly), which will allow you to keep exploring at night and equip a tool or weapon at the same time. If timed just right (equip the miner hat just as it goes completely dark and unequip it right when the sun rises), a miner hat will get you through 4 nights. Plus, when the miner hat is "used up," it turns into a straw hat, so that you'll only need 1 gold nugget and 1 firefly to make another miner hat.

Complex wrote:

I have found the best way to deal with spider nests: traps. Make about six of them and then when you attack run into the trap. if any make it pass keep running till they loose agro, empty traps and reset them. works great!

That's a neat idea, but if you craft and equip a logsuit and football helmet (both of which greatly reduce damage), you can take easily take on a whole group of spiders with a bit of hit-n-run tactics to whittle the mob down to about 4. Then just stop and kill the rest.

An interesting thing I saw while watching a twitch stream of someone playing is to use fireflies as a light source around your camp. Apparently after you've caught a lot of them, you can drop them around your camp/base in adjacent "spaces" and they will not only stay where you drop them, but they'll illuminate your camp enough that the only time you'll need a fire is when you want to cook things.

yeah, but the football helmet is expensive i think. The trap trick is easy.

Complex wrote:

yeah, but the football helmet is expensive i think. The trap trick is easy.

1 pig skin + 1 rope, so much less than 6 traps.

MeatMan wrote:
Complex wrote:

yeah, but the football helmet is expensive i think. The trap trick is easy.

1 pig skin + 1 rope, so much less than 6 traps.

I don't have any pigs. I think those spawn in same biome as the beefalo. I might post a screenshot of my map, I'm beginning to fear my world has the plains biome surrounded by swamps.

I really should be staying away from this thread since I want to discover everything on my own, but I just can't!!!

When I shave my beard I'm going to save the trimmings in the hopes of building a meat effigy.

Good golly, sooooo addicting!

Once you figure out how to do a few basic things: Harvest rabbits, transplant berry bushes, plant seeds in basic farm plots

The game really gets going and doesn't seem that hard...unles uber mobs start spawning further into the day count.

I'm on my first game that made it past day 2 and i'm on day 13. Still, already got my moneys worth i think and it's just a lil addictive gem to play!

I also forgot to mention that I think I have my second copy of it. If someone wants it or knows someone who would like it let me know.

Testing my tried and true method more, I have found that the chances of getting silk while using traps is extremely low. Instead you mostly get spider meat. You still eliminate the spiders guarding the nest and can then destroy the nest to get 5-7 silk (from my guess) and a spider egg, which you can plop right back down, wait a few days and the spider egg will grow big again ready to be harvested. So yes, the football helmet method seems the better way to get silk, if you have pigs skin.

I keep getting myself killed in the MOST rediculous ways.

Like: Ok, time to do this world for realz, i know where all the neccessities are and where to setup camp and no reason to die. Day 9: Camp is setup, 20 berry bushes all fertilized, 10 farms crops a growin, 15 traps set for bunnies, 2 chests built, spear, log armor, night's coming, time to build the fire, i've put this off long enough, oh sh*t, i get to camp fire just as dark fully sets, can't light the camp fire cause i can't see it, can't build a new fire cause i don't have quite enough grass on me...oh f*ck, how did i even let that happen, kill the client FAST! No way..didn't work, monster in the dark 1 shot me too quickly. Tah DAH! Death number 35 competed!

Fuzzballx wrote:

how did i even let that happen, kill the client FAST! No way..didn't work, monster in the dark 1 shot me too quickly.

Alt+F4 works like a charm. Not that I've had to use it, but I just tested it, and it quit the game immediately.

MountaineerWR27 wrote:

I also forgot to mention that I think I have my second copy of it. If someone wants it or knows someone who would like it let me know.

Not sure if you still have that copy but this game seems right up my alley!

This sounds really neat! Exactly how "beta" is the game still? The estimate given on the store page is 3 months out from release.

Tamren wrote:

This sounds really neat! Exactly how "beta" is the game still? The estimate given on the store page is 3 months out from release.

The game is very polished IMO. I think the reason it still has the beta tag is because the devs are updating it semi-weekly. Plus, there are some rather big changes the devs have planned between now and the game's "official" release date.