Ushi No Tane http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=blogs&p=updates http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss PHP-Update Farm Folks, Digital Sales, and EU 3oT Patch http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1544827622 Happy Farm'n Friday! It isn't quite cold enough for Winter, but not warm enough for Spring either. The allium and Peruvian Lilly are trying to grow through the bed of leafy mulch that was raked on top of them last month. The tulips are smart enough to stay underground though!



I did manage to prune the 5 blueberry bushes this morning, so they'll be happy and ready to go come springtime. The retiree next door doesn't do any yard work in his back yard, so there's all sorts of baddies trying to creep into our backyard from under the fence. There's one mean vine with thorns that loves to visit from his yard; today I found a bit of it growing between the fence boards half-way up the fence!

Farm Folks Update
Game developer Overgrown wrote this week about some more of the community members players will meet as they go through their farming adventure on Softshoal Island and its town Port Meridia in Farm Folks. These three villagers are also marriage candidates that player can choose to woo:

Ravindar Dayal runs the operations of Dayal Distribution, a business that he runs with his sister. The developer writes that Ravindar is, "... a man who looks quite keen in his pinstripe suits and thick glasses, but he's a tough nut to crack socially. He's the man all about numbers and organization, but his people skills might be seen as lacking by some folks. When he isn't tucked away in the back office of the Distribution Center buried in logs and ledgers, he's often found in the back corner of the library, reading away."Ma-Tai is the local carpenter, logging expert, and a lover of nature. Overgrown describes him as, "If he's not off in the forest admiring the local birds, Ma-Tai can be found in his cabin in the woods with his beloved cat, Bu, or in Port Meridia's tavern or library. His laugh can be heard across the island, and he loves to socialize with those he shares the land with. Once a month, he and the Blacksmith are known to have woodcutting competitions just outside of town that often draws a crowd. He's also happy to share some of his carpentry and woodcutting knowledge with the player if they care to ask."Asheema Dayal is the sister of Ravindar and more social than her book-sense brother. She wants the residents of Port Meridia to know that they can rely on Dayal Distribution to get their goods from the island to the mainland. Asheema is described as, "She loves bright clothes and lives boldly, acting as the face of Dayal Distribution, and the one that people tend to think of when they need to ship their belongings. We think you'll find Asheema particularly useful for finding out what gifts and goodies people on the island like, or which location you might be able to find that ever elusive villager."

Digital Farming Game Updates

In Japan, Little Dragons Cafe is on sale for 21% off (4582 Yen) on both Ps4 and Nintendo Switch consoles.

In North America, both Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns and Rune Factory 4 are on sale in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $19.49 (35% off their regular price of $29.99). The sale will end on December 20. Rune Factory 3 and 4 are both in my video game backlog, as I need to finish RF2 first! Someday? At least that's the plan.

In Europe, there aren't any game sales but a free download patch is now available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns. This is a bug-fix patch and apparently does not contain any download content bonuses.


Until next time!


- Cher
(I can feel a cold coming on... must try and resist... eggnog is antiviral, right?)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1544827622 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:47:02 +0000
December '18 Mobage events and Harvest Life http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1544237573 Happy Farm'n Friday! The neighborhood is getting into the Christmas light spirit, with a few more houses with new strings of lights hanging from their roof rafters. The older neighbors are staying unlit (safety and all), but the younger folks are decorating with inflatable snowmen, the laser-dot projectors, and even color-changing bulbs. Mr.Fogu still insists that my flood of 11,000 lights turn off at 10:00 pm. Something about sleep, yadda yadda...

December Mobage Events
It's a new month and a new schedule of community events for Bokujou Monogatari on Mobage, the farming series online social version of Bokumono in Japan (and outside of Japan too!):

On the 1st of December a harvest style event started. The First Snowy Night competition is an event where players grow and harvest first-snow snowmen and first-snow trees, and care for snow-play owls and snow-play bears. Awards are given at the end of the event for the amount of harvest points earned compared to all other players. During random special times, the number of points earned during harvest can be double or triple the normal amount, which can then award farmers with Friend Hearts to exchange with other social game users. These friendship hearts can then be exchanged for another group of prizes. There's also a third group of prizes based on the 10-person team that players join. This event is scheduled to end on the 9th. A community bingo event then starts on the 11th. Farmers will grow special bingo crop seeds and hope they get three of the same crop in a row or a full board of the same crop for a max bingo, which is worth more points. In-game prizes will be awarded based on the total number of bingo points collected during the event. Players can use their Sunshine Ability to increase the number of harvestable items on their friends' bingo cards, but bonus bingo points will only be awarded if the ability is used on an active three-in-a-row bingo. Typically it is best to wait until the board is full of the same crop to trigger a max bingo and then wait until a multiplier triggers to earn bingo points. This event often has time-based prizes that no longer become available for players to win once the availability time expires.Finally on the 21st is the hungry animal event. During this type of social competition each farmer will be assigned one of three random animals for a few hours. Each animal has a specific number of treats it wants before it will be full; the easiest is only 100 treats and the most difficult is 500 treats. If you don't feed the animal during their appearance time they'll go away and a new animal will appear in their place. Feed the animal to have it count towards unlocking in-game rewards. Your in-game friends can also feed the animal that you're assigned, helping to complete the feeding task for everyone who participates. The food is obtained by growing event crops on an event-specific field.

Harvest Life Review
A new farming game was released for Nintendo Switch last week. Harvest Life is an eShop digital game priced at $29.99 (USD), developed by Bumblebee Games and published by Roka Publish. The premise of the game is you receive a letter from your Grandpa, who writes he needs help with his farm. Turns out he wanted to get out of the business and sold off enough inventory to move to neighboring Lohwald town. Surprise, you get the leftover farm!



At the beginning you start out by picking your gender and then choosing if you preferred interest is with a male candidate or a female candidate. There appears to only be one marriage partner option in the game: the local mail carriers. Both a male and female postal worker will deliver the mail to your farm (some days it's the guy, some days it's the gal), which is a good time to hand over a gift. The only gift you can give is Chocolate. You can buy it from the warehouse store (expensive) or randomly win from the daily Wheel of Fortune in town (free!).

You have an unlimited number of seeds but a limited number of crops: Cabbage, Carrot, Beet, Pumpkin, and Tomato. There's two cows and two chickens at the start of the game, with additional animals buyable from the farm edit menu inside the farm house. That's also where you can add more field plots, fences, and so on. If it gets to be too much for one person to handle, you can hire up to two employees for 500 G per week.

Earning money is by putting items into the Shop barn on your farm. There's a limited number of items you can sell. Besides crops there's milk, eggs, fish, wild apples, lumber, wood, and the all-important Chocolate. Villagers will walk over from Lohwald and make purchases from your shop. If you have pigs on your farm, the local kids will come by to interact/ride them and pay you money for that privilege.



You've to fill up the animals' water trough and feed trough to keep them happy. Feed is an interesting commodity in this game. You first have to generate electricity for the fodder-production machine by playing a mini game, and then hand over carrots to the machine. If there's enough power and carrots, it makes fodder for your animals. Turning wood into lumber is also a mini game where you slice through the wood as it is tossed into the air.

Fishing is in the game, which works similarly to Stardew Valley's fishing mechanic. Once the fish bites the line, hold down the A Button to keep the fish within catch gauge. There's only one type of fish in the game. Another way to earn money is by completing Grandpa's tasks. You'll be randomly assigned things to do such as harvesting, milking your cows, and so on. When he stops by to sit on his bench, just talk to him to get a new task.

There's a battle mechanic too. The crypt in town and the forest outside of town both have baddies you can fight. There doesn't seem to be much skill needed for combat, as you just swing your sword until the monster is destroyed. Upgrading the sword at the town smithy will help take things down faster.

In general it is an okay farming game. The need for electricity is an interesting addition. If you're looking for something simple where you can just grow some crops, then the game is fine for that. The time on the in-game clock in the upper-right corner is difficult to read when playing the Switch in handheld mode, since the game was originally a Steam game. You can purchase the Steam version for $15 (USD), and it even recently receive a gameplay update containing bug fixes and having shops close on certain days of the week. Originally the publisher sent me a Steam key to try the PC game, but it didn't seem to run very well on my older computer. Seems to run much better on the Swith, though not without a few oddities. Supposedly to rescue the dog from the crypt you just locate and talk to it, but in the Switch version nothing happens. Likewise every so often the day of the week will appear in the morning, but most of the time there's no weekday indication.

Then there's Grandpa's notes of wisdom...



Ah Grandpa, thanks for the tip!

Until next time!


- Cher
(Last night Mr.Fogu was fishing in Red Dead 2, while I was fishing in Harvest Life. Ah, so romantic...)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1544237573 Sat, 08 Dec 2018 02:52:53 +0000
October '12 4-col Comic http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1543614631 Happy Farm'n Friday! It's now the end of November and the decaying zucchini, kale, tomatillo, and other crops have been pulled up from our garden plots. This past growing season wasn't good for us. Very few crops matured in the front yard garden plot (I got a few bell peppers but not much else) and the backyard plot produced the zucchini and some snap peas. Oh well, there's always next year!

At least the berry CSA was fruitful; we still have gallon-sized bags of frozen blueberries and blackberries!

Since there's not much going on, here's the translated Igusa Matsuyama 4-column comic from the October 2012 edition of Nintendo DREAM magazine!



Until next time!


- Cher
(Mom is taking us to a Christmas wreath making class tomorrow. It's the finishing touch to the Christmas Light display!)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1543614631 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:50:31 +0000
HM Digital Sales and Farm Folks Update http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1543012547 Happy Farm'n Friday! It's the last weekend for the Christmas Light Extravaganza install, and unfortunately today it is raining. It's not much fun untangling light strings with wet and cold fingers, but tomorrow is predicted to be a clear day. I'm hoping to have the whole project finished by Saturday night. It's currently at 9300 LED lights!



Last night at Thanksgiving dinner, Mr.Fogu's brother-in-law got his nieces convinced that putting whipped cream on everything made it better. They tried whipped cream and ham, whipped cream and cubed cheese, but then paused at the suggestion of whipped cream, cookies, and gravy.

Natsume Thanksgiving SaleYesterday was the fall feast of Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas shopping season. To celebrate the weekend festivities, many of Natsume's digital downloadable Harvest Moon games are discounted 50% off in North America:

Harvest Moon 3DS: The Tale of Two Towns (3DS) = $9.99 USD / $10.99 CANHarvest Moon: A New Beginning (3DS) = $14.99 USD / $16.99 CANHarvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS) = $14.99 USD / $16.99 CANHarvest Moon: Skytree Village (3DS) = $14.99 USD / $20.49 CANHarvest Moon: Seeds of Memories (iOS/Android) = $4.99 USD / $6.99 CANHarvest Moon: A Wonderful Life SE (PS4) = $7.99 USD / $9.99 CANHarvest Moon: Save the Homeland (Ps4) = $7.49 USD / $9.99 CAN
This sale will end on November 25 (Sunday)

While not part of this specific Nintendo/Playstation sale, the Steam version of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope SE is on sale for 50% off ($9.99). The Steam sale also includes the DLC packs at half off their normal price; the bundle that includes all 4 DLC is discounted to $14.95. Also on sale on Steam is Farming Simulator 17 for 50% off. The latest version of the series, Farming Simulator 19, which was just released on the 19th of November, is not on sale.

On another note, Little Dragons Cafe is now available on the Steam/PC platform, priced at $59.99!

Farm Folks UpdateOvergrown has revealed some more gameplay features of their Kickstarter farming game. This time the team has revealed how players can participate in other activities:

Fishing: Farm Folks will have both fresh water and salt water fish. After getting the fishing pole, it can be upgraded to catch larger and rarer fish. The fishing mini game involves tossing their line into the water, wait for the fish to take the hook, and then follow the on-screen prompts to reel the fish in. The fish can be cooked, sold, or even used for hunting and trapping island wildlife.Mining: The initial mining location is the stone quarry outside of town, but eventually a series of underground tunnels will be available. The quarry has stone and simple ores, while the deep island tunnels have rare ores, gems, and even hidden items. The materials can be used for farm building upgrades, tool upgrades, or processed into jewelry, household items, or gifts.Woodcutting: A variety of trees grow on Softshoal, some requiring an upgraded axe before they can be cut down. The lumber will be used for building repairs and making crafting stations, as well as for repairing things within the town of Port Meridia.

Until next time!


- Cher
(There's red glitter everywhere! Wooooo!)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1543012547 Fri, 23 Nov 2018 22:35:47 +0000
Farm Folks and Prima Games will Close http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1541801685 Happy Farm'n Friday! Last weekend was the start of my Christmas light installation season! The roofline red/white G20 bulbs were installed (318 bulbs), but the weather became rainy and for safety reasons I headed back inside for the weekend. I was able to haul all of the supplies out of the attic in preparation for this weekend's projects, as the weather is predicted to be clear for the next six days.



The clear weather will be appreciated, as I even took next week off from work to have the daylight time for installing the display before Thanksgiving! Let's do this!

Farm Folks Update
The developers of Farm Folks have announced that they plan to have a small alpha build of their game available to alpha-tier Kickstarter backers in December, with a copy of the full alpha build later in Spring 2019. Overgrown has also revealed they will not have combat in their farming game:

"Yet for us we feel that combat took away from the farming focus in games like Stardew Valley and Rune Factory, where some people would spend more time fighting monsters while mining for ore upgrades than building a booming farm or ranch. This is not something we want to risk with Farm Folks, and would like to make it very clear that farming will be the core gameplay component."

There are over 50 crops planned for the game, with some one-time crops and some multi-harvest crops included. Good care of the crops will increase the crops' star rating, with perfect being rated at 5 stars. Crops with high star rating can mutate into gold or silver varieties, or perhaps grow into giant versions. Fertilizer can be added to affect crop growth, and crop diseases can negatively impact your plants. If you spot a disease on your crops, you can prune it away or remove the plant completely before the crop disease spreads to your other plants.

The developer also explained that placement of the crops can be important, as some crops will have benefits for the crops planted nearby. An example they gave is the placement of a turnip crop next to a field of carrots. The turnip will have an influence on the nearby carrots, reducing the chance of the carrots being impacted by a crop disease. The influence and types of crops are still in development, of course, so that might not be exactly the same when the game is officially released.

Yesterday the developers announced that they are an Unreal Dev Grant Recipient, meaning they have been granted $20,000 by Epic Games to develop their farming game using the Unreal Engine 4. Congrats!

The Last Chapter for Prima Games Guides
EGM is reporting that the Dorling Kindersley (DK), a division of Penguin Random House publishing, will be closing its in-print game guide publisher Prima Games in the US by Spring 2019, with the Indianapolis office ending its publication next March. Prima Games is the company that published the strategy guide for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (both hard-cover physical book and digital eBook). The company also includes Bradygames Strategy Guides, which published the Harvest Moon: Magical Melody & Harvest Moon DS soft-cover game guide back in 2006.

The website Publishers Weekly quoted DK's CEO, Ian Hudson, as stating:

"During a year-long extensive review, many new ways were explored to diversify Prima Games publishing; however, the dynamics for us of this fast-paced landscape have continued to prove difficult," Ian Hudson, DK's CEO, wrote in a memo. "This enormously dedicated team has made every effort to turn the business around, but challenging market conditions have unfortunately worked against them."

The Light of Hope guide is still for sale on the Prima Games website if you're interested.


Until next time!


- Cher
(Mr.Fogu wants to build an Intern Boo effigy into the light display this year. Meowjin Boo may become part of our Christmas display!)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1541801685 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:14:45 +0000
Nov '18 Mobage and LDC for Steam http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1541193735 Happy Farm'n Friday! I tackled the leftover mega-zucchini this week and baked up a batch of the Triple-Chocolate Zucchini Cookies. The batter looked like it could turn into something tasty, but...



After baking in the oven the cookies kind of look like... poop. The zucchini is visible but indistinguishable when eaten. The squash didn't bring anything to the cookie itself, other than making the biscuits looking like they had been left as a backyard gift by the family dog. They do not look like the recipe author's pictured cookies. The Bro-in-law says they tasted okay, and Mr.Fogu was laughing about their appearance, so at least they brought something positive. I don't see myself baking up another batch of poop cookies anytime soon.

If the weather stays clear, the Christmas Light Extravaganza can start going up tomorrow afternoon! It stays unlit until after Thanksgiving, of course.

Mobage November Events
Since it is a new month, there's a new schedule of community events for Bokujou Monogatari on Mobage.

A Fresh Mushroom Forest themed event started on November 1. This is a harvest festival event where players grow and harvest Mushroom Basket flowers, Big Mushroom trees, Mushroom Bears, and Mushroom Rabbits. Awards are given at the end of the event for the amount of harvest points earned compared to all other players. During random special times, the number of points earned during harvest can be double or triple the normal amount, which can then award farmers with Friend Hearts to exchange with other social game users. These friendship hearts can then be exchanged for another set of prizes. This event is scheduled to end on the 9th.Then starting on 11th is the hungry animal event. During this type of social competition each farmer will be assigned one of three random animals for a few hours. Each animal has a specific number of treats it wants before it will be full; the easiest is only 100 treats and the most difficult is 500 treats. If you don't feed the animal during their appearance time they'll go away and a new animal will appear in their place. Feed the animal to have it count towards unlocking in-game rewards. Your in-game friends can also feed the animal that you're assigned, helping to complete the feeding task for everyone who participates. The food is obtained by growing event crops on an event-specific field.Finally starting on the 21st is the big crop event begins. During this event, players grow special crops on a dedicated event field. Harvesting these crops will increase a level bar. Once the bar is filled, then a three-card monty game triggers where players pick one of three random cards. As you pick the right card the pick-a-card chain continues until the wrong card is selected, at which point players are awarded with in-game nuts. These nuts will award prizes based on the amount collected during the event. There will also be a large crop in the middle of the dedicated event field that increases its size (i.e., becoming a big crop) as players trigger the three-card mini game and earn their nuts.

Little Dragons Cafe for Steam
On November 15, LDC will be released on the PC/Steam gaming platform for those who don't want to play Wada's latest video game on Playstation 4 or Nintendo Switch. The PC edition will support eight languages (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and "Traditional Chinese" [maybe Mandarin?]) and requires Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher. The price for the game hasn't been revealed yet, but the Ps4/Switch editions were $59.99 USD when the game was initally released in August in North America. Since then the price has been reduced at various online retailers and now is selling for about $39.99 USD.

Little Dragons Café on Steam
The Japanese online manga illustrated by Igusa Matsuyama for the Marvelous official website is also being translated into English on the official Aksys Games English website, with more pages of the 10-page comic being released as the PC release date gets closer.

SPECIAL | Little Dragon's Cafe

Until next time!


- Cher
(Rest in peace Fogu intern Meowjin Boo. You were the best site helper this old lady has ever had.)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1541193735 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 21:22:15 +0000
Stardew Valley iOS Release Day http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1540590941 Happy Farm'n Friday! A check on the zucchini plant this morning revealed no zucchini were growing. Whew, finally done! Maybe? We still have a few to cook up, though we've almost finished the large 14-inch squash our friend gifted to us the other weekend. I'm still itching to try the Zucchini Cobbler recipe from the other week, but alternatively the Triple-Chocolate Zucchini Cookies look mighty tempting as well. It's good that there's no shortage of zucchini around here!

Stardew Valley on iOS

On Wednesday the popular farming game Stardew Valley made its debut on Apple devices that have iOS 10 or higher support. The game retails for $7.99 USD, $10.99 CA, 7.99 Pounds, 8.99 Euro, or even 960 Yen; it's out all over the place! The game is a single 300 MB download without the need for a persistent internet connection and supports English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

This touch-screen friendly version includes context tools when it comes to picking up wild branches, stones, and weeds; just tap on the rubbish on the ground and the farmer will automatically use the axe, pick axe, or sickle to clear it away. The hoe, watering can, and fishing pole still need to be chosen as the active tool before you can use them for their intended purpose. Fishing is a little bit challenging, as it requires players to tap on their device screen to keep the "catch" meter in the correct range on the fishing bar. It'll probably get easier to do with practice. With shipping, you just tap on the shipping bin and then drag the item from your inventory into the bin. Easy peasy!

Players from the Steam version can even copy over their save file to the iOS version. The iOS version doesn't have cloud saves that would allow players to enjoy the same save game from, for example, iPad to iPhone, but the save transfer steps should work. Chucklefish Games tweeted that they were looking into supporting iCloud syncing to the game, but there's no promises.

There have been a few updates released for the game for bug fixes, such as Clint's shop menu loop, so keep an eye out for new versions on your iOS device and update appropriately to ensure your game runs smoothly.

I tried to convince Mr.Fogu to get the game, since everyone else in our gaming group has the game on one platform or another, but he counter-argued that "It doesn't run on my iPad." Stardew Valley would play just fine on his iPad, but he uses that reason as an excuse for not playing the game. Some day I'll get him to play a farm'n game. He's a stubborn one...

A version for Android-based mobile devices is in development. Keep an eye on the Chucklefish Games Publishing website for release date information.

Until next time!


- Cher
(Almost finished with the second of three Christmas Light projects for this year. Soon it will be installation time!)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1540590941 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 21:55:41 +0000
Stardew for iOS and 4-col comic http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1539375334 Happy Farm'n Friday! We finished up all the tasty zucchini recipes by the start of this week, only to discover today that there's more zucchini! Oh my! This latest one is a good size for Yakisoba, or perhaps even turning into zucchini noodles. Or zucchini noodles in the Yakisoba... hmmm... though the Zucchini Cobbler recipe looks interesting enough. There'll be another 'zuc ready for harvest in a few days that will work for that recipe.

Today is National Farmer's Day in the US, where we recognize the hard work that our farmers do. Thank you Farmers!


LDC Mobile App Update
The mobile app for Little Dragons Cafe now appears to work outside of the Anime Expo promotion. If you download the app from the Android Store or the iOS Store, it will prompt you to "Scan the Package" to get started. Just point your phone to the game box. The app will bring up an AR image of the little dragon running around in a circle while also triggering the front-facing camera, allowing you to take a selfie of yourself with the dragon running around your head (or a picture of the dragon running around the nose of a large plushie of Donkey Kong, as imaged here).

The "Scan the Package" will also work with an image of the game box open on your computer screen, so you don't actually have to buy the game to take a picture with the little AR dragon.

Stardew Valley on iOS
The super-popular farming game, Stardew Valley, will be coming to Apple devices on October 24. The full game will retail for $7.99 USD and does not require any in-app purchases to play. Your Apple device must be running on iOS 10 or higher to support the game. While the game features version 1.3 story content, it does not have multiplayer support. The game will support English, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish languages.

Stardew Valley on the App Store
4-col Comic
And here's the translated September 2012 four-column comic from Nintendo DREAM, featuring Hart from Harvest Moon: A New Beginning.



Until next time!


- Cher
(Only 10 Fridays left until Christmas!)
http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1539375334 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:15:34 +0000
Oct '18 Mobage, LoH News, and eShop Sale http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1538779867 Happy Farm'n Friday! The dry weather last weekend allowed for some Christmas Light Extravaganza crafting. Managed to complete one of the 12-foot tree wraps that will attach to the tall pine trees in the front yard. With its 450 LED bulbs, it's definitely going to be a bright tree!



Just two more trees wraps to create and that project will be done. Then it is onto other Extravaganza planning! November 1st is fast approaching!

October Bokumono for Mobage Events
Rolling into fall season we've a set of three new community events in the online version of Bokujou Monogatari on the Mobage game network.

On the 1st a harvest event be gain where players care for Bread and Fall Leaf Trees, basket flowers, Relay race Rabbits, and Goal-line Pandas. Awards are given at the end of the event for the amount of harvest points earned compared to all other players. During random special times, the number of points earned during harvest can be double or triple the normal amount, which can then award farmers with Friend Hearts to exchange with other social game users. These friendship hearts can then be exchanged for another set of prizes. This event is scheduled to end on the 9th.Starting on the 11th a big crop event begins. During this event, players grow special crops on a dedicated event field. Harvesting these crops will increase a level bar. Once the bar is filled, then a three-card monty game triggers where players pick one of three random cards. As you pick the right card the pick-a-card chain continues until the wrong card is selected, at which point players are awarded with in-game nuts. These nuts will award prizes based on the amount collected during the event. There will also be a large crop in the middle of the dedicated event field that increases its size (i.e., becoming a big crop) as players trigger the three-card mini game and earn their nuts.Finally starting on the 21st will be the bingo event. Farmers will grow special bingo crop seeds and hope they get three of the same crop in a row or a full board of the same crop for a max bingo, which is worth more points. In-game prizes will be awarded based on the total number of bingo points collected during the event. Players can use their Sunshine Ability to increase the number of harvestable items on their friends' bingo cards, but bonus bingo points will only be awarded if the ability is used on an active three-in-a-row bingo. Typically it is best to wait until the board is full of the same crop to trigger a max bingo and then wait until a multiplier triggers to earn bingo points. This event often has time-based prizes that no longer become available for players to win once the availability time expires.

Natsume Plushies on Ebay
If you missed out on some of the North American preorder plushie offerings with Harvest Moon games, several game+plushie combos are now available on Natsume's Ebay store. The peach-face llama from Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns, the little pig from Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands, the horse from Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar, and the Multiverse Studio cow mega-plushie are each for sale along with a copy of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning.

I would guess there's a few farmers out there who already have the game and just want the plushie. Since Christmas is coming up, it might be efficient to buy the bundle, keep the plushie, and then re-gift the game!

LoH Price Reduction
The PC edition of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope has a new price in the Steam Store. The game launched last November with a retail price of $29.99 (USD), but this week the game was reduced to $19.99 (USD). The bundle containing the game and all four DLC is now at the $29.99 (USD) price point. The individual DLC packs did not receive a price reduction and are still the same price (between $1.99 and $3.99 each).

LoH Mobile Update
An update to the mobile version of Light of Hope on iOS devices was released on Wednesday, fixing a few minor issues, improving gameplay, and updating the game to version 1.0.2. The Android version is still on version 1.0.

Nintendo NA eShop Sale
In North America, Farming Simulator: Nintendo Switch Edition is on sale in the Nintendo Switch eShop for $29.99 USD (regularly $49.99), while Farming Simulator 18 is for sale in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $10.49 USD (regularly $29.99). The sale on these two farming games will end on October 11.


Until next time!


- Cher
(The trees are beginning to drop their leaves all over the ground. Makes for good over-winter mulch on the iris bed!)
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FarmSim 19 and HM Extravaganza http://www.fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1538170029 Happy Farm'n Friday! Our first attempt at Zucchini-crust Pizza did not turn out well for the crust. The recipe didn't mention greasing the pan the crust was pressed onto, resulting in a zucchini crust disc stuck to the sheetpan. Oops! We're going to try again with parchment paper under the crust. Think we're going to try Dawnstorm's recommended Chicken with Mushrooms and Zucchini soon. We also have Zucchini Alfredo on the menu for this week. We have made this recipe in the past, but I've to go light with the cream cheese because Mr.Fogu doesn't like it.

Farming Simulator 19
This week, Giants Software released a promotional video explaining the different machines players can use to develop their agricultural crops in Farming Simulator 19. Farmers will be using a wide variety of farm vehicles to plow, cultivate, plant, pull weeds, fertilize, and harvest. Wouldn't that be super to have in Harvest Moon or Story of Seasons? I bet Doc could invent something that could automatically pull weeds, since players are expected to pick them up one at a time...



Farming Simulator 19 is scheduled to be released November 20 for PC, Mac, Playstation 4, and Xbox One

Light of Hope Goes Mobile
Earlier this week, Natsume revealed that Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is now available for Apple iOS and Android devices. The full game retails for $15 USD and is a full-game download (in other words, no persistent internet connection is needed to play the game). The mobile edition is the original Steam version and not the Switch/Ps4 Special Edition, so you won't find Soleil or any of the download content bonus features.

Harvest Moon Sale
If Light of Hope isn't your thing, there are several Harvest Moon versions that are for sale during the HARVEST MOON EXTRAVAGANZAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaa. Until October 2, several farming flavors are 50% off:

In the North American Nintendo eShop, Skytree Village is $14.99 (originally $29.99), Lost Valley is $14.99 (originally $29.99), The Tale of Two Towns 3DS is $9.99 (originally $19.99), and A New Beginning is $14.99 (originally $29.99). This sale does not include the Virtual Console Gameboy games (HM1, HM2, and HM3)Over on the Playstation Store, both A Wonderful Life SE and Save the Homeland are $7.49 (originally $14.99). This extravaganza sale does not include Light of Hope, as it is still $39.99.

More HM Merchandise
Natsume also announced that additional Harvest Moon shirts are available from Amazon.com such as a long-sleeved sweatshirt. Also now for sale are Harvest Moon themed mobile phone holders that suction to the back of the phone.


Until next time!


- Cher
(Found a large box of clearance stuff at the craft store today, full of last year's Christmas floral picks! Less than $10! Score!)

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