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Stardew Valley Fan Makes a Comprehensive Guide for His Mom


A Stardew Valley fan created a comprehensive guide of the game’s essentials so his mom could learn to play. After his mom posted the printed guide to Reddit, the Stardew Valleycommunity wanted their own copies to help prevent mistakes and remember helpful tips while playing the game. With a game so packed with content, many players said they still forget things from the guide even after playing for hundreds of hours.

Stardew Valley is popular for its sweet and casual style, but behind the approachable gameplay lies hundreds of hours’ worth of collectibles, quests, and lore. With so much to explore and accomplish, players often must rely on the game’s wiki to keep track of what they’ve collected, the schedules of their favorite characters, and more. When aiming for perfection in Stardew Valley, players must collect hundreds of in-game items, craft and cook every recipe, complete quests, reach full friendship with every character, and much more. These tasks are a lot to keep track of, especially for inexperienced players.


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Lucky for this aspiring gamer mom, her 17-year-old son created a guide to the ins and outs of Stardew Valley, complete with a suggested daily schedule, trackers for collectibles, crop information, and much more. The 14-page guide includes tips for making money, traversing the Skull Caverns in Stardew Valley, and even a page for personal notes and checklists. His mom shared the link to the guide, complete with the son’s disclaimer: “… it’s no masterpiece… You may want to add that nothing is mandatory, but I just made it for people who are bad at making decisions themselves.”

Despite his own critiques, many Stardew fans did find the guide to be a masterpiece that could help new and experienced players alike. The guide is especially handy for players who are starting Stardew Valley for the first time, and may not know about the wiki, or perhaps don’t want too many spoilers. With so much to do in the game, sometimes even wiki searches can become overwhelming as players attempt to remember and discover everything Stardew Valley has to offer. Even simple touches like the notes page, formatted in empty dialogue boxes from the game itself, can make navigating a player’s goals much easier.

While many praised the guide for its helpfulness, several players noted what a sweet gesture the guide was for his mother. For some parents, it can be difficult to bridge technological gaps to play games and bond with their kids. Especially with games as content-rich as Stardew Valley, learning to play and navigate every facet of a game can be an intimidating task that prevents some parents and beginners from ever trying. But for many children in the gaming world, no quality time could be better than sharing their love of games with their family.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a hit Indie release that spawned a cult following thanks to its similarities to titles like Harvest Moon and The Sims. Players will take control of their own characters as they are dropped into the eponymous Stardew Valley and given an old dilapidated farm. They’ll cultivate new crops and relationships with the NPCs scattered around the area, as well as combat monsters and embark on other quests.

Platform(s)PC , Xbox One , Android , iOS , PS4 , Switch Released February 26, 2016 Developer(s) ConcernedApe Genre(s)RPG , Simulation See at SteamSee at Xbox Games StoreSee at Nintendo eShopSee at Playstation Store

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