Ushi No Tane https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=blogs&p=updates http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss PHP-Update Another PoOT NSO Trial, ToTT Character Goods, and the HMGB2 Comic https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1642808013 Happy Farm'n Friday! Mr.Fogu has been keeping his new 3D printer buzzing along for the past few weeks. So far, he's printed a flower pot (at least that's what he told me it was after I gave up guessing what its purpose was), a new part for a friend's vacuum cleaner, and various other trinkets.

He even put together this fancy question block cartridge case for my Nintendo Switch games. This'll keep the games in a well-organized and dust-free spot. It's cute, too! Besides the game case, he printed some wall hooks for storing my Pro Controller and headphones off my desk. I wonder if he can print cat toys...

NSO PoOT Demo in Asia
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town will be featured as the Nintendo Switch Online demo game from January 26 until February 2 in the Asia region. The digital game and the separate expansion pass will also be discounted 30% off in the eShop during the trial period.

New GraffArt Collection
The character goods shop GraffArt will be releasing a series of merchandise from Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns starting on February 12.

The GraffArt style is always super cute. Ooh look at Oracle!
GraffArt will have an accessory case (880円), a clear folder (880円) for carrying around A5-size paper, a group of seven acrylic stand-up figures of the male marriage candidates and the female marriage candidates (6,160円 each), and two sets of seven round lapel pins of the protagonists and candidates (3696円 each).

Farm'n Discounts
The digital Ps4 edition of Doraemon: Story of Seasons is currently 80% off on the Playstation Network; now only $9.99! This sale ends February 2.

HMBG2 Comic
This week in our Harvest Moon Gameboy 2 comic, Peat tries to impress new-farmer Sarah.


Until next time!

Cher(Still working on removing the Christmas decorations...)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1642808013 Fri, 21 Jan 2022 23:33:33 +0000
Changes to the JP eShop Payments, New RF5 Trailer and Digital Preorders, and another HMGB2 Comic https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1642197710 Happy Farm'n Friday! Apparently, it is almost springtime. I didn't realize it was coming soon, but the front-yard narcissus says we need to start getting excited about floral blooms. I've no issue with that! I would rather have flowers than the front-yard wintertime mud pit that only the Christmas lights can improve upon.
A neighbor did stop by while I was pulling down Christmas lights last weekend and asked if they could stay on for a bit more. He was out of town for two months visiting his kids in another state and had just returned home. He was sad that he missed the whole thing! Alas, I could not comply with his request, but we both had a laugh about it.
In other Natsume news, Famitsu reports that Pocky and Rocky Reshrined will be released in Japan on April 21 for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The North American release date is planned for sometime in Spring 2022.

CC Access Disables on JP Wii U and 3DS eShops
The Nintendo Wii U and 3DS eShops in Japan will stop accepting credit cards as payment on January 18.
The Nintendo Switch eShop and the Nintendo.jp website only accept Japan-based credit and points cards for payments, but the 3DS eShop was much more lenient with its lack of region-based payment restrictions. We'll need to start using Japan-based digital point cards after next Tuesday for those who used our foreign credit cards on the Japan region 3DS, 3DS LL, or 2DS LL eShops and then transfered the points to the JP Switch shop.
The ability to disable the parental controls on the 3DS web browser will also stop functioning due to its connection to credit card authentication, so ensure that it's disabled on your Japan 3DS by the 18th.

New RF5 Trailer
XSeed Games and Marv EU released a new promotional story trailer for Rune Factory 5 this week:

Oohh ho ho, looks good! The digital version of RF5 is available on the Nintendo eShop for $59.99. The game will require 5.8 GB of hardware space to download.

There are two versions of the digital game on the Nintendo eShop in Marv EU's region: a regular edition and a digital deluxe edition. The digital deluxe edition includes the Rune Factory 4 marriage candidate costumes for the protagonists in RF5. The regular edition costs €59.99/$89.95 AU and the deluxe edition costs €69.99/$109.95 AU. The Marv EU digital preorders are currently 10% off until March 24; one day before the game's EU release on March 25.
The physical North American Earthmate Edition directly from XSeed Games' online store also has the bonus RF4 marriage candidate outfits.

Digital preorders in Europe and Australia will also receive an DLC called The Holy Knight and the Bibliophile Swimsuit Set, which unlocks Forte and Kiel's wearable Beach Day outfits from RF4. This bundle also awards players with a New Ranger Care Package that includes 9 Orange Juice, 9 Cooking Bread, 9 Tomato Seed, and 9 Healing Potion. This DLC will eventually be available as a separate purchase for €1.99/$3.00 AU, but not until April 29. I don't know if this will be available in North America though; it isn't listed on the NA eShop at the moment.

HMBG2 Comic
This week in our Harvest Moon Gameboy 2 comic, Sakuramaru the horse is introducing us to the protagonists. Or, at least trying to...


Until next time!

Cher(Oooh the new Iris catalog arrived in the mail...)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1642197710 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:01:50 +0000
New PoOT CM, BokuMobile's Booth, Another NY Message, and Page 2 of the HMBG2 Comic https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1641606737 Happy Farm'n Friday! We've had another deluge of rain over the past few days. The in-ground hooks from which the Christmas beach balls hang are falling over because the ground is well-saturated. It's muddier than usual! We're in the last few days of the Christmas Light Extravaganza anyway. Saturday is the last night of illumination until the whole thing is packed away until next Halloween. It always takes less time to tear down than it does to install. Some of the neighbors have already taken down their displays, but others are waiting for drier weather as well.
On the bright side, the spring bulbs have started sprouting! Now that the annoying snow is gone, the flowers are stretching their cute leaves out of the ground. It's fun to see the ground covered in little green spikes. It's the right time for slugs to munch on those tender shoots, so a proactive application of slug bait should help protect the sprouts.
Farm'n Wins a Steam Award
The user-voted winners of the Steam Awards were announced, and Farming Simulator 22 won the Sit Back and Relax category! Huzzah! Someday I hope to give FS a try.

New SoS:PoOT Commercial
Marvelous of Japan is strumming up more interest in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town by releasing a new commercial about the DLC and the improvements they've made to the game.

They're also promoting the 30% discount for the Nintendo Switch edition on both the base game and the expansion pass. This eShop sale ends on the 12th.
It's a cute commercial, though it would have been nice if all those features were in the game from the beginning! There are a lot of used copies of SoS:PoOT for sale online in Japan on Yahoo Auctions and Mercari, with $17 USD as the average sale price; any copies priced at $20 or more typically go unsold. On the other hand, used copies of SoS:FoMT for Switch are selling for $35.

Firefly ACG
NEXT Studios was finally able to display their interactive Story of Seasons Mobile booth at the Firefly ACG Expo in Guangzhou, China, last weekend.

Show visitors were tasked with visiting sections of the booth to complete tasks, then take their check sheet to an exchange booth to receive promo swag. The tasks include playing rock/paper/scissors with the Harvest Goddess, catching aquatic toys at the fishing pond, a hammer strength task, visiting a cow barn, and even digging through a ball pit for toy eggs. They even gave out free ice cream! Well, that looked like fun!
There was a space for a game demo, but the game included at the expo was the mobile game Metal Revolution, another game developed by NEXT Studios. Perhaps the spot will be for BokuMobile at another public showcase.
NEXT Studios posted a video of the in-action booth on their Weibo account. Everyone looked to be having a good time!
Bokujou Monogatari Mobile - Welcome home, ranchers!

Happy New Year from Marv #2!
Every January, game developers throughout Japan send cute New Years' art cards and a special message to Weekly Famitsu to be published in the magazine. Sometimes the developers and publishers give hints about what they're planning for the year. Marvelous JP sent in a cow-themed nengajo along with a special message for their fans:


Rough translation...
Happy New Year! 2021 was the 25th anniversary of Bokujou Mongatari, we welcomed the 15th anniversary of Rune Factory, and became a year full of gratitude. 2022 will become a year full of challenges with our brand-new titles. Everyone, thank you very much, and let's also have an exciting and marvelous year!

Kickstarter Update
The beta release of The Wandering Village is now open to all Kickstarter backers, regardless of the funding tier they joined. The beta isn't available for the general public. Kickstarter backers should check their email for the link to sign up for the beta from Stray Fawn Studio.
The beta release of Roots of Pacha will open up on April 8 for its crowdfunding campaign backers. Soda Den expects that the Quarter 2 2022 release date wouldn't be achievable and has scheduled an anticipated release date of late 2022. This allows the development team (which was initially only two brothers) to give some more polish to the game and release it in a form that matches the vision of their Kickstarter.

HMBG2 Comic
Last week in the Igusa Matsuyama comic included in a Japan guidebook for Harvest Moon 2, we found poor Sarah was overwhelmed with fixing the old farm. Now we can see who was making such a ruckus behind her!

Huzzah! Help has arrived! We know him as "Pete," but he is named "Peat" in this rendition, so I'll go along with it. The rest of the comic in
the guidebook is a mix of 4-box style and full-size pages. It'll be fun!

Until next time!

Cher(I hope it doesn't rain this weekend...)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1641606737 Sat, 08 Jan 2022 01:52:17 +0000
Marv JP's New Year Greetings, BokuMobile at Firefly ACG, and HMGB2 Comic https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1641000353 Happy Farm'n Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Ours was nice and quiet - just a small gathering at Mr.Fogu's mom's house for breakfast and merriment, then back home for the rest of the day. As expected, she wrapped just about everything, and the grandkids loved opening all the little boxes. Mom even gift-wrapped me a box labeled a "Yard of Tea" - 96 bags of various black and green tea varieties. I'm just glad she didn't wrap every tea bag because I know she would have if it was up to her! She has a ton of fun wrapping gifts!
His sister also gifted us some more homemade treats, with some unusual chocolate cookies being the highlight. They looked like chocolate cookies but had a strange, bitter, and burning flavor to them. Turns out she put cayenne pepper, chili pepper, and cinnamon in the chocolate cookie dough. They were... er... different...

BokuMobile Update
The region-specific Story of Seasons game for mobile phones will finally be available for public play at the 27th Firefly ACG (Anime, Comics, and Games) Expo in Guangzhou, China. This show will take place on January 1, 2, and 3. NEXT Studios will have a booth with the mobile phone version of Bokujou Monogatari available for show attendees to play.
The last time a public showing of the game was to take place, the event ended up being canceled at the last minute. This time it looks like they're full-steam ahead! Perhaps we'll get some new information or images of this elusive Tencent-published game.

Happy New Year from Marv
Marvelous of Japan tweeted some New Years greetings this morning, with hopeful messages from the producer of Daemon X Machina, Kenichiro Tsukuda, the director of Bokujou Monogatari, Hikaru Nakano, and the project manager of Rune Factory 5, Shirou Maekawa.

Director Nakano wishes everyone a Happy New Year, hopes to push forward with development in the new year, and thanks everyone for their continued support of the series.
Nintendo of Japan released the list of the Top-30 downloaded eShop games for 2021, and Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town was ranked 21 out of 30. So despite its shortcomings, it had more downloads in Japan this year than Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (#22), Dragon Quest 11 (#23), and Metroid Dread (#28).
Number 1 was Monster Hunter Rise, beating even Pokemon Diamond (#3) and Pokemon Pearl (#5).

Don't Forget About Sales!
If you didn't catch last week's Farm'n Friday, the Nintendo Switch Story of Seasons games are on sale in the Nintendo eShop. The PC editions of the SoS games are also on sale on Steam, as are Natsume's Harvest Moon developed games. These sales will end in the next few days!

New Translated Comic!
While looking around for content this week, as there really isn't much going on news-wise, I found new-ish (1999) Igusa Matsuyama comics from a guidebook I haven't looked through in a while. The guidebook contains an Igusa-illustrated intro comic, several 4-col strips, and a conclusion. What a fun story!
So here's the first page of Igusa Matsuyama's introduction to Harvest Moon Gameboy 2, now translated into English! (To the best of my abilities, of course.)

Who's laughing at poor Farmer Sarah? Tune in next week!

Until next time!

Cher(Happy New Year to everyone!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1641000353 Sat, 01 Jan 2022 01:25:53 +0000
Indie Farming Game Dev Updates, Steam Winter Sale, and Nintendo eShop Sale https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1640393974 Happy Farm'n Friday! Last weekend's maternal-side holiday party was a joyous (and vaccinated) occasion. The older adults mainly hung out at the 10-person dining table, drinking wine and chatting up a storm, while the "kids" (myself included) kept to our own conversations. Even the Fogu Interns popped out for some fun, courtesy of some felt cat toys that their grandma brought over. Though the kitties wandered off to the bedroom at their typical mid-afternoon nap time and didn't stick around for dinner or the white elephant gift exchange. I think they had their fill of loud noises at that point.
We have just one more family Christmas event over at Mr.Fogu's mom's house. She likes to wrap everything; calendars, socks, candles, and even candy boxes get covered in wrapping paper. She definitely has fun with it!
I hope you have a safe and happy holiday and that you get a chance to play some relaxing farming games!

Indie Game News
The Wandering Village (website) has started beta testing with those who funded the Kickstarter at the reward level that grants beta access. Stray Fawn Studios has recently added more animations to the six-legged wandering-land creature called Onbu that players will build their villages and farms on top of. Depending on where Onbu is meandering around in the post-apocalyptic world, the land upon which the villagers live will experience various hazards.
Pixel Sprout Studio's Sun Haven (website) had a big improvement last week that added a farm plot in the Nel'Vari area along with new elven-themed animals and crops. The developer also renovated the mines in Sun Haven town and added a lot of new clothing options found throughout Sun Haven, Withergate, and Nel'Vari.
1M Bits Horde is still collecting player feedback for Spirit of the Island (Steam store) and would like to remind Early Access players to use the in-game survey, located on the game's main menu screen, to submit feedback they can use to improve their farming and island rebuilding game.
The modern-day farming game, Sunny Side (website), revealed this week that those who helped to fund the game's development at the $20 reward tier or higher will also receive Steam keys to access the alpha build of the game. Rainy Games will send backers an additional digital game key when the game finally receives its full release. Currently, the game is slated for a November 2022 full release.
The development team of the alien world farming game, One Lonely Outpost (website) announced that they plan to make a beta available later in April or May 2022, possibly shifting the game's release as well. Aurorian Studios has finalized the cast of characters in the game and the user interface for the gene-splicing mechanic. Well, that looks like it could be fun! Who wouldn't want to combine sheep wool DNA with a Grape Seed to see what happens?!

BokuMobile Play Testers
On November 27, NEXT Studios gathered another group of Bokumono fans in Chongqing, China. The developer of the region-specific mobile Story of Seasons game posted a video on Weibo last week about the event with the local farming game fans. The developer took the fans on a bus journey to a special location to playtest the China-specific Bokujou Monogatgari game, where they played and gave their input about the game. The video doesn't include any gameplay footage, though! While they thank the participants for their feedback, NEXT Studios hopes to publicly release more information about the game in the future.
I think it's rather nice of them to involve the local BokuMono fans in developing the mobile game for their region. Imagine if Marvelous or Natsume gathered a bunch of fans together for a tasty lunch and a playtest date!

Steam Winter Sale
Lots of our favorite farming games are currently on sale during Steam's end-of-year discounts. Prices list below are in USD. The Steam sale ends January 5.

Deiland: Pocket Planet = 25% off ($14.99)
Doraemon: Story of Seasons = 70% off ($14.99)
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope + DLC = 50% off ($14.95)
Harvest Moon: Mad Dash = 50% off ($9.99)
Harvest Moon: One World = 20% off ($39.99)
Kitaria Fables, Deluxe Edition = 41% off ($20.64)
Little Dragons Cafe = 70% off ($17.99)
Littlewood = 20% off ($11.99)
Monster Harvest = 50% off ($8.49)
My Time at Portia = 75% off ($7.49)
Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin = 40% off ($23.99)
Stardew Valley = 30% off ($10.49)
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town = 30% off ($27.99)
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town = 25% off ($29.99)
Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands = 80% off ($4.99)
Summer in Mara = 60% off ($9.99)

The popular Farming Simulator 22 has been nominated for a 2021 Steam Award in the category of "Sit Back and Relax." We have until January 3 to vote. Good luck FS22!

Nintendo eShop Sale
Also on sale are several farming games on the Nintendo eShop in the USA, UK, and Europe:

Dieland: Pocket Planet = 50% off ($9.99 / £8.99 / not in EU)
Farm for your Life = 75% off ($4.99 / £4.49 / €4,99)
Hope's Farm = 80% off ($1.99 / €1,99) and 90% off (£0.89)
Kitaria Fables = 25% off ($15.99 / £15.99 / €15,99)
Little Dragons Cafe = 65% off (EU only, £15.74 / €17,49)
Monster Harvest = 50% off ($9.99 / £7.49 / €9,99)
My Time at Portia = 70% off ($7.49 / £6.24 /€7,49)
Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin = 40% off ($23.99 / £20.99 / €23,99)
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town = 30% off ($27.99) and 50% off (£17.49 / €19,99)
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town = 25% off ($29.99 / £26.24 / €29,99)
Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands = 70% off ($7.49 / £5.99 / €7,49)
Summer in Mara = 60% off (USA only, $9.99)

SoS:PoOT and Doraemon:SoS are also on sale on the Japan eShop for 30% off.

Until next time!

Cher(Snow is predicted for early next week. We'll see about that! /glare)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1640393974 Sat, 25 Dec 2021 00:59:34 +0000
RF4 Re-Re-Launch, BokuMobile Booth, Sakuna Re-Launch, and Farm'n Card Game Campaign https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1639177215 Happy Farm'n Friday! The inside of Fogu HQ is now Christmasy in preparation for the upcoming Christmas party that I was told we're hosting. The next step is the dreaded cleaning: dusting, mopping, and so on. Alas, the interns are rather unskilled when it comes to using a vacuum cleaner.
On the brighter side, the missing Christmas light strings lost in the shipping void finally arrived! I may just rework the porch column lights after I finish the cleaning chores. There is a lot of cleaning to do...
RF4 Re-Re-released
This week, Rune Factory 4 Special was released for PC (Steam), Playstation 4, and Xbox One for $29.99. This new-new version of the 3DS game includes new console platform achievements generally based on the trophies in the Selphia castle basement. The individual "Catch X Fish" trophies aren't included in this most recent release, but you'll find others, such as playing for 5 in-game years or getting married.
The game is currently 10% off on the Microsoft Store, 10% off on Steam until December 21, and 10% off on the Playstation Store until January 20 IF you're a PS+ member.

Tencent BokuMobile
Tencent and NEXT Studios had planned to showcase their in-development Bokujou Monogatari game for the China-specific region at ComicUp 29 (CP29), December 11 and 12 in Shanghai, China. The companies designed an interactive booth with a ball pit filled with toy eggs, a fishing pond, and a strength test game. Oh how fun!

Unfortunately, this weekend's CP29 looks to have been postponed for unknown reasons. Hopefully we'll get to see the booth at another show soon.

Sakuna Greatest Hits

The popular Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin is getting a new release in Japan on Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4. The game is being re-released with a branded BEST PRICE package along with a lower price.
The original price is 4,980円 (~ $44) for the regular and digital versions and 6,980円 (~$62) for the deluxe, limited-edition package. This new rebranded packaging puts the regular edition of the game at 2,980円 (~$26). Both Switch and Ps4 BEST PRICE editions are at this same lower price.
No official word yet from Marvelous whether this will also happen outside of Japan.

New Kickstarter
There's a new farming-game related Kickstarter that ends in 5 days that is still looking for backers.

Garden Wars by Zesty Games is a card game for 2 to 6 players where farmers lay down cards to plant crops. The more of the same crop planted, the more points players score at the end of the game. The other players can also damage their neighbor's gardens by using attack cards such as the Moles card to destroy a placed seed. Besides player attacks, the gardens can be impacted by disasters such as locusts and droughts.
Gameplay-wise, it reminds me of Munchkin (and its many different themed renditions) and Bohnanza, the bean-planting game designed by Uwe Rosenberg (creator of the mightiest farming board game ever, Agricola). While Bohnanza itself is a fun negotiation-style game ("I'll give you 2 Stink Bean cards for your 1 Blue Bean card"), it doesn't have the player-vs-player aspect that Munchkin contains. Garden Wars looks like a hybrid of the two popular card-based games.
Check out Zesty Games' Kickstarter if you're interested in sponsoring this veggie tableau-management game. The campaign is scheduled to end on December 16:
Garden Wars (Kickstarter.com)

Until next time!

Cher(How do these windows get so dirty?!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1639177215 Fri, 10 Dec 2021 23:00:15 +0000
Xmas Lights, Updates to Some Indie Games, and Dec 2021 BokuMobile Events https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1638597085 Happy Farm'n Friday! The Christmas Light Extravaganza was completed last Sunday, taking 63 hours of work since October 31. It contains 16,500 lights and about 3/4 of a mile worth of light strings (excluding all the extension cords, heh). Only drawing 723 watts of power, too! The new lights for the porch columns still are stuck in shipping limbo, so the lights from last year went up instead. That's okay, as it looks good even with the old column lights!


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Here's a short, 5-minute walkthrough of the whole display. Those beach balls really look lovely in the wireframe orbs, and stackable tomato cages were used to give height to the ornament-filled green-lit trees. Simple curtain lights hang from the porch ceiling, supported by beaded strings attached from one edge of the porch to the other, using lanyard badge clips to clamp to the ridge that holds the ceiling panels in place. There's a lot of DYI stuff in here that would even make Ludus (3oT) and Rebecca (ANB) proud!
I thought I'd be able to relax for a bit until January, but it turns out my mom requested that I host her side's Christmas party in two weeks. Now I've to decorate the inside of the house too! And do a lot of cleaning! Oye, boy...
Don't forget that Rune Factory 4 SE will be out on Steam, Playstation 4, and XBox One next week on December 7!

Coral Islands Adds Fast Travel
The Kickstarter-funded game Coral Island is still in mid-development, with a 0.05 Alpha available for backers who funded the game at that campaign tier. Stairway Games announced in the November development blog that they've been hard at work improving the town aesthetics during festivals such as the revealed Cherry Blossom Festival and Mooncake Festival.

They've also added a fast travel system to the game. Players will unlock special tokens that active teleportation spots throughout the areas. It's so pretty! Stairway has also added farm building upgrades, a town rank system, and other improvements. Coral Island has a 2022 planned release and can be wishlisted on Steam.

Snacko Dec. Update
Bluecurse Studios is still making progress with their cute kitty farming game, Snacko. This month's developer blog covers the walking sound effects they've added to the game, which changes depending on the terrain the pro-cat-onist is walking across. A new area has also been added to the game that will link to all the different biomes, such as the new Frozen Tundra, the springtime Plains, and so on. Besides being the connection point between areas, this new area is also home to the Harvest Goddess pond. It's such a cute game! Don't forget to wishlist Snacko on Steam!

New Candidates in Sandrock

Pathea has been encouraging folks to add My Time at Sandrock to their Steam wishlists by adding new features to the game as the number of wishlists reaches specified thresholds. Now, their goal of 400,000 wishlists has been reached, unlocking two new marriage candidates.
Ernest is an author from Atara who has come to Sandrock to learn more about Logan, the notorious masked bandit who is rumored to live around Sandrock.
Jane is a teacher returning to Sandrock after being away for a while.
Pathea has stated that at 500,000 wishlists, they will develop every eligible adult in the game to be marriage candidates! Wonder if that includes fan-favorite, Pen or perhaps Mint from My Time at Portia? I guess that depends on what Pathea considers "eligible" from their point of view.If only Marvelous would do something like that in their series. Imagine being able to marry Beth or Lars from SoS:PoOT. I could get a hold of smexy Lotus from the first SoS game and steal him from that abusive boss, Mithra. It would open up the dating pool to age-appropriate marriage candidates for us older farmers. Though Natsume's recent series entries have their candidates a bit older, so there's that I suppose.

FS 22 Sales
GIANTS Software revealed this week that their latest entry in their farming series, Farming Simulator 22, has sold over 1.5 MILLION copies since its release on November 21. GIANTS also permits modding of their game and makes modding tutorials available for players to create their own fun enhancements to the game, some of which are already available for download.

Sakuna Patch
Another million-copy seller, Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin, was updated this week even though the game was released in November of 2020. This free update on all console platforms includes bug fixes, adjustments to in-game text, and redid the "Sakuna the Efflorescent" challenge. This mini-game (and trophy award) has players protect a magical tree from 100 waves of aphid baddies trying to munch on the plant. The rework includes new metal aphids, rainbow aphids, and angel aphids that will react to a player's attacks differently.You can read the full patch notes over on Marv EU's website:
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Ver. Nov 8 2021 Patch Notes

BokuMobile Events

It's the last month of the year! (how, already?!) Time for a new schedule of events in Japan's Bokujou Monogatari community-based browser game:
The typical monthly Harvest Festival started on December 1. It's holiday-themed this time, as players care for stocking trees and cozy-wrapped mugs while also caring for scarf-wearing penguins and knitting sheep. Earn points during harvests to earn individual and team prizes, and collect friendship hearts for helping other players' farms to unlock another set of individual prizes. This event ends on December 9.The fun bingo event begins on December 11. Farmers will grow crops on a special 3x3 field and earn points depending on how many identical crops sprout. Getting 3 in a row is good, but getting a full board of the same crop is even better! In-game prizes are awarded based on how many points are earned when harvesting bingo crops. This event ends on December 19.The last event of the month is a hungry animal event that starts on December 21. Grow and harvest special food crops for the event-themed animals that appear. Full animals award nut crops that can be harvested and exchanged for prizes. Feeding specified numbers of hungry animals will also award individual prizes. This event ends on December 29.

Until next time!

Cher(Time to start decorating the Christmas tree...)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1638597085 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:51:25 +0000
SoS:PoOT 1.1.0, Updates to Several Crowdfunded Farm'n Games, and LOTS of Farm'n Discounts! https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1637965349
Happy Farm'n Friday! The annual splattering of holiday cheer onto Fogu HQ is almost complete. Spent 10 straight days adding lights, cables, ornaments, and those lovely beach balls to the muddy yard and exterior areas until I had to return to office work last Monday (bleh!). The light strings are generally done, minus the lights that are still stuck in the shipping system. It's now estimated that the new lights for the porch columns won't arrive until early December, so those strings might have to wait until next year's display.
The last things to complete are adding the doorway garlands, artificial flowers, and the little details here and there that make everything look Christmas-y. I still need to find a good spot for the small, inflatable Santa Clause that my wacky uncle snuck into the display one night last year. Then it will be done! Huzzah! Back to playing farm'n games until it's time to take the whole thing down in January. Which I'm looking forward to. The farming part; not the whole take-down-the-holiday-art-project part.

Indie Game Updates
On November 16, the Ps4/5 and Switch console version of Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands finally received the free quality-of-life improvements made to the Steam version long ago. The XBox release for the QoL additions are still in the works. The three updates to the console game are:
The Exploration Update (from Dec 2019!) brought in fast-travel portal stones, energy expenditure adjustments, fishing improvements, and a lot of game play corrections.The Foundation Update (July 2020) added a new gift-giving relationship system, decorating the crew housing, new activities, and crew benefits for reaching friendship levels.
The Completion Update (Dec 2020) includes player housing, new outfits and crafting recipes, and gift preference tracking.

The multi-player abandoned island redevelopment farming game, Spirit of the Island (SOTI) was originally planned for a Steam Early Access release on November 17, but developer 1M Bits Horde decided to move the public release to early next year. On the other hand, they did stay true to their Kickstarter campaign goal to release backer access to the game this month. Last week, those who funded the game at a tier level to receive early access to SOTI were sent Steam keys. The developer hopes to incorporate early access player feedback into the public release next year.
Also revealed was an improvement to the mining system in My Time at Sandrock compared to its predecessor, My Time in Portia.

Pathea published a video that explains the differences between the mining systems in both games. In Sandrock, each mine has distinct floors rather than being one large room as it was in Portia. Players will still dig to find artifacts, but the rooms are smaller and hidden access down to the next floor will be easier to locate compared to the secret rooms that players could discover while mining in Portia. Also, the mineral nodes in Sandrock are more easily discoverable than in Portia.
The developer of the world creation and survival game with fishing, ranching, farming, mining, and fighting aspects, Cloudscape has published a new video dev explaining what's been going on with their latest build of the game.

In the 10-minute video, Koni explains how he came up with the new bug catching system and how he's added a bit of tug-and-pull when it comes to catching fish. It's interesting to watch how components of a game are created in real time.

SoS:PoOT 1.1.0

Marvelous will be sending out an unexpected update to Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town on November 29 in North America and on November 30 in Japan and Europe/Oceania.
The 1.1.0 free update expands the game and attempts to resolve fan complaints by:
adding Spirit Quests that become available after all of Mayor Victor's town improvement projects have been completed. These tasks are expected to be challenging and unlock new clothing outfits and hairstyles at the salon as well as farming abilities such as harvesting multiple crops at the same time and a ladder shortcut from the shipping bin in Farm Area 1 to the hydroculture plant in Farm Area 3.
expanding player family relationships by adding three post-marriage events such as going on a picnic and spending some quality time with your chosen sweetheart.enabling the ability for the DLC marriage candidates to participate in the Olive Town Egg Hunt, Fireworks Display, Spirit Festival, and Snowshine Celebration.
making various game issue corrections.
I'm guessing everyone will be receiving the update at the same time, but time zone differences makes it appear that North America is receiving it first. For example, 9:00 pm Pacific Time on the 29th in North America would be 6:00 am Central European Time on the 30th and 2:00 pm Japan Time on the 30th.

Farm'n Game Sales!
The big weekend of holiday shopping is here. Perfect time to buy ourselves some discounted digital farming games!
Natsume is also offering Black Friday discounts on several of their plushies on their Amazon.com retail store.
Steam Autumn Sale - Ends December 1

Doraemon: Story of Seasons - $14.99 (70% off)
Fantasy Farming: Orange Season - $11.19 (20% off)
Farming Simulator 19 - $7.99 (60% off)
Farming Simulator 19: Premium Edition - $23.90 (52% off)
Farming Simulator 19: Platinum Edition - $14.99 (40% off)
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope SE - $9.99 (50% off)
Harvest Moon: LIght of Hope SE + Expansion - $14.95 (50% off)
Harvest Moon: One World - $39.99 (20% off)
Kitaria Fables - $14.99 (25% off)
Little Dragons Cafe - $17.99 (70% off)
Littlewood - $12.74 (15% off)
Monster Harvest - $10.19 (40% off)
My Time at Portia - $7.49 (75% off)
Pumpkin Days - $12.49 (50% off)
Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin - $23.99 (40% off)
Slow Living with Princess - $10.19 (15% off)
Stardew Valley - $8.99 (40% off)
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town - $27.99 (30% off)
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town - $29.99 (25% off)
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town + Expansion Pass - $44.99 (25% off)
Stranded Sails, Explorers of the Cursed Island - $6.24 (75% off)
Summer in Mara - $9.99 (60% off)

Playstation

Doraemon: Story of Seasons - $9.99 (80% off, ends Dec 1)
Farming Simulator 19 - $14.99 (50% off, ends Nov 29)
Farming Simulator 19: Premium Edition - $24.99 (50% off, ends Nov 29)

Nintendo Switch - North America only

Doraemon: Story of Seasons - $12.49 (75% off, ends Nov 30)
Farming Simulator 20 - $22.49 (50% off, ends Nov 30)
Harvest Life - $3.99 (80% off, ends Dec 4)
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope SE - $19.99 (50% off, ends Nov 30)
Harvest Moon: Mad Dash - $4.99 (75% off, ends Nov 30)
Harvest Moon: One World - $39.99 (20% off, ends Nov 30)
Summer in Mara - $9.99 (60% off, ends Nov 28)

The Switch physical version of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is currently discounted 25% (for the normal version) and discounted 30% (for the premium version) at Amazon.com (US only, I believe):
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town - Premium Edition

Microsoft

Big Farm Story - $13.99 (30% off, Windows PC, ends Dec 2)
Real Farm: Gold Edition - $14.99 (50% off, XBox One/S/X)

Until next time!

Cher(Tonight, the neighborhood is going to get LIT!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1637965349 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 22:22:29 +0000
Kickstarter Updates, Farming Simulator 22, and Sakuna Concert Event https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1636763077
Happy Farm'n Friday! We're in the middle of an "atmospheric river," according to the weather forecasters, drenching us with a lot of rain over the past several days. This puts a little bit of delay on the Christmas decorating, as the ground is too wet to safely use the ladder for installing the rest of the icicle lights and the tree wraps. Under the porch is nice and dry, though! So while the rain continues on, I'll be hanging ornaments and other goodies under the eaves. Last weekend I came across a Christmas decorator's garage sale, which netted me some new ornaments to try and work into the Extravaganza. With a break every so often to take my mini-rake around the neighborhood to clear the debris from the storm drains, of course. The street at the bottom of the hill turns into a small pond when the grates are blocked with leaves.
If you're a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, don't forget the free demo of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is available in Europe and Oceania until November 16!

FS22 Releases Soon!
The next entry in the popular Farming Simulator series comes out in a few weeks! Farming Simulator 22 will be released on PC, Playstation 4/5, Xbox One/S, Google Stadia, and macOS on November 22. Earlier today, GIANTS Software uploaded a new commercial on their Youtube channel, showcasing the game's multiplayer action:

GIANTS wants to also remind farmers that those who preorder FS22 will receive a free in-game CLASS Xerion Saddle Trac model tractor and accompanying Kaweco-brand tractor accessory pack.
FS22 contains new crops (grapes, olives, etc.), three new in-game maps, and over 400 machines and tools for managing your farm. FS22 also includes a fan-requested used-hardware merchant that sells less-expensive second-hand farm machines. While these machines may save the player some money, they come with drawbacks such as higher repair costs. The game also wrapped in features that were fan-made mods in FS19, such as beekeeping and greenhouses.
The standard edition of FS22 costs $59.99, with a Collector's Edition priced at $79.99. Those who preorder the Collectors Edition will receive an orange USB-powered beacon light that flashes when an in-game beacon is activated! Wee woo wee woo! The Collectors Edition of FS22 is only available for PC/DVD.
Farming Simulator 22 - Preorder Now

Kickstarter Updates
Soda Den announced this week that their prehistoric farming game Roots of Pacha will also be on the Epic store as well as the Steam store when the game is finally ready for launch.
Pathea is still working on My Time at Sandrock and had a live stream yesterday that showcased some of the social aspects they've worked on in their sequel to My Time at Portia. The play date system from Portia is back in Sandrock. Once players have raised a villager's friendship to 2 hearts (marriage candidates) or 2 stars (normal NPCs), you can invite them to participate in cute cut scenes called play dates. In Portia, a play date was an activity that was scheduled at a specific date and time after inviting the person to participate (e.g., "Meet me at the bench tomorrow at 2:00 pm"). In Sandrock, play dates start immediately once the person acceptions your invitation. These events will help raise friendship and let players get to know their neighbors.There is an archived version of the steam if you want to see the latest build in action; the play date with Owen beings at about 18 minutes into the video, and the play date with Catori is at about 36 minutes:
https://youtu.be/ry_bw8ILoiU
My Time at Sandrock is currently on Steam Early Access and has an estimated release date of early 2022. Pathea is hoping for a January official release.

Sakuna Concert

Japan's admiration for Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin continues with the announcement by 4Gamer of a live online-streamed concert to celebrate the first anniversary of the game's release in Japan. The live stream will take place on February 19, 2022, with a recording of the concert available until February 28. Participants include musical artists involved with the Sakuna CD soundtrack and Saya Asakura, the singer behind the game's theme song, showcasing instruments such as the 13-string Koto and the 3-string Shamisen. Musical guest details will be announced in the future.
Tickets will cost 3970円 (~ $35.00), but an early-registration 3397円 price (~$30.00) is available until November 30. You can learn more about the concert on the event's 4Gamer website:
Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin Online Live Music Festival

Until next time!

Cher(No Farm'n Friday next week, as I'm on Christmas Light vacation!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1636763077 Sat, 13 Nov 2021 00:24:37 +0000
NSO EU Gets Free PoOT, Player Feedback Sought for Tencent's Game, RF4 Release Dates for PC/PS4/XBoX, and Nov BokuMobile Events https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1636142817 Happy Farm'n Friday! The weather was perfect last Sunday for attaching Christmas lights to the roof. Even the neighbors noticed I was up to my typical antics, but they didn't mind. A couple of them stopped by Sunday night with their kids for Halloween trick-or-treats to give their encouragement for the holiday madness.It's not just me, either! There are several houses in the area that have also started putting up their Christmas decorations. Nobody has them illuminated yet, of course. The weather was just too lovely to not take advantage of it. Unfortunately, the next two weeks or so are forecasted to be rainy. That makes for some soggy times, for sure.

SoS:PoOT EU Trial

In September, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town was available as a 10-day free trial for Nintendo Switch Online members in North America. This same deal will soon be in Europe and Oceania regions for a limited time! Starting next Wednesday (November 10) until November 16, NSO members can try the digital version of the farming game for free as part of their Nintendo Switch Online membership benefits. This trial doesn't include the bonus islands or events from the optional Expansion Pass. It does include any quality-of-life and bug patches to the game, including the Chat Camera, visible heart colors in the dialog boxes, and other in-game improvements.
Those who play the free trial can continue their saved game after November 16 by purchasing the full standard version for 39.99€/AUD 59.95, or buy the game plus Expansion Pass for 59.99€/AUD 89.95.

Tencent BokuMobile

On November 6, NEXT Studios will be showing the latest build of their Story of Seasons Mobile game designed for mobile phones in China. The developer is inviting interested farmers to visit them at the 4 Seasons Narada Hotel in the Yubei District of Chongqing, China, for a 6-hour play event. Meals are included!
The participants that NEXT Studios are looking for are experienced video game farmers who live in the area (or can travel to Chongqing). These players need to have clocked at least 100 hours in a BokuMono game, preferably Trio of Towns, Friends of Mineral Town, or Pioneers of Olive Town. Sounds like they're looking for player feedback from competent and knowledgeable farmers!We still don't know if the Tencent-published mobile game will be released outside of China.

Rune Factory 4 for PC, XBox, and Ps4
The remake of the 3DS farming-and-fighting game, Rune Factory 4 Special, has finally been given its official launch date for non-Nintendo consoles. This digital-only version of the game will be released for XBox One and Playstation 4 on December 7 in North America and Europe, and on December 8 in Japan. The global release for the Steam/PC platform will be on December 7. The game will cost $29.99 (USD) and includes the bonus Another Episode DLC containing the extra post-marriage movies with each of the marriage candidates.The Steam store page is now available for farmers to add the game to their wish list:
Rune Factory 4 Special (Steam)

November BokuMobile Events
It's a new month and a new schedule of events in Japan's Bokujou Monogatari community-based browser game:
The standard Harvest Festival started on November 1. This time it's fall-bathhouse themed and has players growing bathtub flowers and ladder trees and caring for soaking penguins and bubbly ducks. Earn points during harvests to earn individual and team prizes, and collect friendship hearts for helping other players' farms to unlock another set of individual prizes. This event ends November 9.The hungry animal event starts on November 11. Grow and harvest special food crops for the event-themed animals that appear. Full animals award nut crops that can be harvested and exchanged for prizes. Feeding specified numbers of hungry animals will also award individual prizes. This event ends November 19.Lastly, the Big Crop event starts on November 21. Grow and harvest event-themed crops to trigger a 3-Card Monty game that will award points based on how long you pick the correct card.

Until next time!

Cher(One week left of office work before Christmas Light Vacation Week!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1636142817 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 20:06:57 +0000