Enhancing Your Game Play
If you’re not a purist about your gaming experience, I suggest availing yourself of a few mod and iOS apps. There are a few hundred mods available on the Steam Workshop for both flavors of the game. The ones I’ve suggested below have minimal game impact but improve a few aspects that I find annoying, lacking or improve the fun-factor.
- Don’t Starve Wikia http://dont-starve-game.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Craftable_Items
- Crockbook (iOS) lists all known cooking recipes and the stats they affect
- Don’t Starve Items (iOS) lists all creatures, monsters and items, including crafting recipes
- Favorite Don’t Starve Twitch Streamers
- http://www.twitch.tv/hatebringertv - Excellent for newer players. Their are a couple new to streaming. The atmosphere is casual, friendly and very helpful. The play DST with viewers on a daily basis. Stop in to say hello and support them by "following" if you like what you see.
- http://www.twitch.tv/dizzydizaster - Excellent for more advanced play. Plays beyond 100 day servers on a regular basis. Explores all the bells, whistles and advanced mechanics of the game. If you've moved beyond surviving 100 days and what to learn what's next, this is an excellent resource. This is a popular stream and often very crowded so the chat moves fast, making it hard to get the hosts attention for questions. However, is audience will answer questions too.
Steam Workshop Mods
All of these mods are added to your game by subscribing to them via the Steam Workshop page. Every time you launch the game it will remind you that you have mods installed. Use the MOD option to see your list and toggle your subscriptions on and off. After you subscribe to a Mod you MUST EXPLICITLY ENABLE IT the first time.
- Always on Status – lets you see the location of other players no matter how far away on map
- Auto ReTrap – automatically replaces you trap at its previous location after you claim the meat. For purists this might be a cheat. However, I find placing traps down odd. I click where I want it to go but because of perspective I suppose, it lands elsewhere. Replacing them precisely where I want them after retrieving meat was too tedious.
- Minimap HUD - adds a mini map to your interface
- PickyPickyPick – eliminates the harvesting animation which often lags in co-op
- RPG HUD – adds RPG like HUD showing durability on your gear and equipped item
- Wide FOV – increases the maximum zoom out range
Once you’ve survived a few days, adding Mods can improve the overall gaming experience. I don’t want to include anything that trivializes the mechanics but am fine with minor tweaks. I’ve recently added a mod that allows me to wear armor and have my backpack. As a MMO player, I’m not accustomed to the chest and back slot being shared and think it’s silly. Other players like that it forces you to decide. Meh, there are enough other things to worry about and manage in the game that I don’t feel the need to torture myself with that one. *Smile*
To be continued…