Stardew Valley Multiplayer Mod Does Away With Tyrannical Host Farmer

Stardew Valley Multiplayer Mod Does Away With Tyrannical Host Farmer

Down with mandatory bedtime!

The new Stardew Valley multiplayer feature lets up to four farmers hang out on the same patch of land. That's great: Many hands make light work. But whomever owns the farm is the "host," and what the host says, goes. When the host goes to sleep, for instance, everyone must sleep. It is law.

A new mod overrides Stardew Valley's lead farmer / dictator, however, and lets the guests do what they please. The mod, called "Always On Server," puts the host farmer into a science fiction-style coma. The guest farmers are then allowed to flit around and do as they please, when they please.

Sure, your host farmer gives you cheap housing, but that doesn't give them domain over your circadian rhythm.

The mod's creator, "FunnySnek," admits there are some shortcomings on the mod's Nexus page. Time still passes for the comatose farmer, which means they can lose accumulated Friendship points if they're not gifting their friends and / or beau(s) regularly. Also, the host's computer still has to be on and they still need to be connected to the game for the "server" to work.

FunnySnek is working on solutions to the depleting Friendship point problem, as well as some other issues. There's a thread in the Stardew Valley subreddit outlining what Always On Server is capable of. Follow it for updates, and never forget to fight, fight, fight against enforced bedtimes.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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