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SoS: FoMT Updates and Stranded Sails Release Date | Posted at 11:57 AM on 04 October 2019

Happy Farm'n Friday! The steps taken to protect the Chinese Shawo Radish sprouts worked so well that I made a second grow bag of Chinese Red Meat (watermelon) Radishes. Both crops are happily growing away in their rat-free containers, and it's been raining frequently enough that I haven't needed to water the seedlings.

I'm still picking fruit off of the two tomatillo plants that randomly grew back from the prior years' dropped fruit. With the first one that replanted itself, it was left to trail along the ground and grew similarly to a bush. The second tomatillo plant was supported with a metal trellis so it would grow vertically like a tree. The trellised tomatillo plant is producing much larger fruit than the bushed tomatillo, but there's fewer of them. The bushy tomatillo plant is producing smaller fruit, but there's more of them. It's kind of interesting how simply changing the way a plant grows will impact its productivity.

SoS: FoMT Updates

This week Marvelous posted a few more video tweets for their upcoming Nintendo Switch game, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. In their first video, the protagonist is visiting carpenter Gotz to order a house upgrade. There's a couple of interesting things with his inventory:

Gotz's construction menu is available for us to browse, showing the farm house upgrade, the chicken coop upgrade, the livestock barn upgrade, and the Town Cottage vacation house that cost 10 million G to construct. The Town Cottage will sit next door to Saibara's blacksmith shop if players fork over the big bucks for its construction.

Another note is that the farm house upgrade costs 3000 G, 150 Lumber, and 50 Material Stone. In the original GBA game the first upgrade cost 3000 G and 200 Lumber, as the stone-type lumber did not exist in the game. So the amount of materials is the same in SoS:FoMT, but the type of materials has been expanded to two.

The other option in Gotz's inventory appears to be house customization options. In the original game players would have the option to style their farmhouse windows and mailbox after the third farm house upgrade was complete. We'll have to see what magical goodies appears in that section of Gotz's inventory.

After Gotz starts working on the ordered farm house upgrade, he takes 3 days (as expected) to complete the job. On the morning of the third day, the farm house has been expanded and a kitchen installed! The newly-build kitchen doesn't include the eight cooking utensils (knife, frying pan, mixer, oven, pot, rolling pin, whisk, and the seasonings).

In a second video, the protagonist was down to 10 points of stamina and opted to use the hot springs on Mother Hill to recharge. It takes about 2.5 hours of sitting in the spa to recover 155 points of stamina (from 10 to 165). Each Power Berry icon under the stamina point level measures 15 stamina points.

a third video was published by GEO, one of the retailers offering a preorder bonus. Their bonus is the cute sheep costume for the protagonist to wear, which they show off in their video. If you're really quick you can catch Barley and May hanging out by the Hot Spring as the protagonist runs by on their way up the hill.

Stranded Sails Release Date

Roka Publishing revealed this week that the island exploration and farming game, Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands, will be released on October 17 for PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Xbox One for $24.99 USD. In this game players will be exploring the mysterious islands while collecting materials to help the shipwrecked crew survive until the player figures out how to build a new ship to return home. The farming aspect is used to grow food for the player and crew to survive on. Keeping the crew happy with home-grown crops can unlock new tools and camp benefits. There's also puzzles to solve and baddie ghosts to combat.

Don't forget that we also have another farm'n game coming out next Friday. Bandai Namco's Doraemon: Story of Seasons is scheduled to be released on October 11 outside of Japan. Available on Nintendo Switch, this game has players taking on the role of Noby, as he and his friends (and his robot cat Doraemon) are sucked into an unknown world called Natura. Each of his friends help out with the villagers of the town of Gaea, while Noby takes over managing the local farm. Using Doraemon's magical gadgets, Noby has to work the farm while also trying to figure out how to return back to their own world.

The game will be digital-only in the US (742 MB) and both physical and digital in Europe. A PC/Steam version will be released in the future; there isn't a Steam wishlist page at the moment.

And near the end of this month (29th) we get Harvest Moon: Mad Dash for Ps4 and Nintendo Switch! There's a lot of farm'n coming out this October!

Until next time!

- Cher
(The local stores have their Christmas merchandise out already. Oooh yea!)
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