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A cabin in the woods, how charming!

Don't Starve, a wilderness survival sandbox game with many original ideas, item crafting, and remarkable visuals, is available 20% off on GOG.com. That's only $11.99 for the first two weeks!

Don't Starve is a game focusing on your wilderness survival skill. Cast in the middle of unwelcoming wild you will need to learn to take care of yourself without all the commodities and luxuries that our civilization provides. It's back to the basics! You need to gather supplies, hunt, avoid dangers, and learn how to make a living in the harsh realm that became your new home. When you're alone in the woods death can come to you in many different ways. A simple cut might prove to be just as dangerous as a forest fire. But your most lethal and persistent enemy is hunger. What am I going to eat today--that's going to be your first thought every day. You might be reduced to gnawing on tree-bark, but whatever it takes: Don't Starve. Who knows, if you live long enough, you might even discover the dark secrets, hidden away from human sight, where no man dares to go.

Get your basic survival gear and a one-way ticket to the middle of nowhere, for only $11.99 on GOG.com, and once you get there remember: Don't Starve! The release special offer lasts for two weeks, that is until Tuesday, May 7, at 12:59AM GMT.
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Licurg: This looks good, but how does it play ? Also, is this an actual horror game ? Because the screenshots look more like a horror parody...
It's not a horror game, it's a survival sandbox with a optional"adventure mode" which is accessed from within sandbox by a special door and your are pitted against 6 increasingly difficult worlds and have to survive and escape each one, so one world is in constant winter, another may have you in a constant state of insanity, and so on. but luckily if you die in adventure mode you just go back to your survival world. but the game itself is one of those games where it's hard at first but you get better at it the more you play as you learn the best ways to defend yourself, the best hunting methods, what to avoid, how best to prepare for winter and so on.

I personally enjoyed it, oh and for those getting the game there are different characters you can unlock with different pros and the occasional con like one starts with a sword but is more frail and thus can't take as much of a beating, another is slower but stronger, and other will start fires at night but those fires can get out of control, and so on. Most are unlocked as you progress save 2 who are unlocked by playing adventure mode and "rescuing" them

Oh and a friendly tips 1. don't over hunt non hostile animals these include beefalo, rabbits, and Pigmen,well you could but I wouldn't recommend it, same with over doing it on taking down trees try to plant at least one tree for every two you chop down... 2. Winter hits for the first time randomly between days 20 to 30 so try to prepare
Post edited April 23, 2013 by DCT
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G-Doc: The devs address that on their site:

"WHY DO I NEED A KEY TO UPDATE THE STAND ALONE VERSION OF THE GAME?
We know you just want to be able to play the game, and we really want to make that as easy as possible.
The reason the updater needs a key is to handle the case where a key gets publicized. While we're happy to provide free updates to our players, we can't do that if our server costs become unmanageable. Having keys allows us to keep the costs associated with distributing the game to within a healthy limit.

You don't need a key to install the game on multiple computers, and you can even use the same key to update multiple devices.

If you would like to disable the updater, the first dialog box that pops up has a check box titled "Disable Updates". Check that and you should never be bothered by it again."

Bottom line:

The keys are only used for automatic updates, but all the updates will also be made available separately here, on GOG.com if you don't want to use the auto-updater.
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hedwards: OK, so if we buy the game we don't need the CD Key. You had me worried there for a moment that you'd given up on DRM free.
Crisis averted!
W00t, another member of GOG big family :).
Fantastic game. I got the beta deal two weeks ago and have played around 30 hours since, which is pretty unusual for me. I highly recommend it if you're interested in survival games.

And for the inevitable Minecraft comparisons: They're not really that similar aside from being sandbox survival games. Minecraft is much more focused around building and making your mark on the world, whereas Don't Starve is much more about survival, scrounging, and always being ready to deal with the world trying to kill you. Also not starving. :P

It's also a rogue-like (although Minecraft has a permadeath mode now, right? I haven't played in a long time).
Post edited April 23, 2013 by Gazoinks
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Gazoinks: Fantastic game. I got the beta deal two weeks ago and have played around 30 hours since, which is pretty unusual for me. I highly recommend it if you're interested in survival games.

And for the inevitable Minecraft comparisons: They're not really that similar aside from being sandbox survival games. Minecraft is much more focused around building and making your mark on the world, whereas Don't Starve is much more about survival, scrounging, and always being ready to deal with the world trying to kill you. Also not starving. :P

It's also a rogue-like (although Minecraft has a permadeath mode now, right? I haven't played in a long time).
meh not starving(well outside of winter) is not that hard it's everything else that get's you..
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cyboff: Don't you know if there is possibility to get GOG key instead of steam key when I purchased early-access?

And I still have one Chrome/Steam key combo not redeemed yet - if somebody is interested:

5R5W-J83M-D7UG-459Y-K0X4

instructions: http://support.humblebundle.com/customer/portal/articles/762292-don-t-starve-instructions
thank you so much, I was just playing the demo on chrome and thought it was really fun
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cyboff: Don't you know if there is possibility to get GOG key instead of steam key when I purchased early-access?

And I still have one Chrome/Steam key combo not redeemed yet - if somebody is interested:

5R5W-J83M-D7UG-459Y-K0X4

instructions: http://support.humblebundle.com/customer/portal/articles/762292-don-t-starve-instructions
Some ninja got it
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Gazoinks: And for the inevitable Minecraft comparisons: They're not really that similar aside from being sandbox survival games. Minecraft is much more focused around building and making your mark on the world, whereas Don't Starve is much more about survival, scrounging, and always being ready to deal with the world trying to kill you. Also not starving. :P
You're right. It's almost impossible not to liken the game to Minecraft, but it also has to be said that the two are very, very different games. Liking one is no guarantee you'll like the other, and vice versa.
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keeveek: this being the only release today is a disappointement. This is a cool game, of coursse, but releasing this game here didn't require that much work as other games, so I don't really understand the 'shortage'.
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Adzeth: DLC, man. They stopped bringing the games because of DLC.
damn those bastards...
what can you do in the game except for not starving?
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Gazoinks: Fantastic game. I got the beta deal two weeks ago and have played around 30 hours since, which is pretty unusual for me. I highly recommend it if you're interested in survival games.

And for the inevitable Minecraft comparisons: They're not really that similar aside from being sandbox survival games. Minecraft is much more focused around building and making your mark on the world, whereas Don't Starve is much more about survival, scrounging, and always being ready to deal with the world trying to kill you. Also not starving. :P

It's also a rogue-like (although Minecraft has a permadeath mode now, right? I haven't played in a long time).
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DCT: meh not starving(well outside of winter) is not that hard it's everything else that get's you..
Yeah, it's sort of ironic that starving is one of the lesser concerns of the game. I suppose Don't Get Mauled By Tentacles is less catchy. :P
So many interesting games lately. I think it's a great great thing GOG is releasing indie stuff. Contrary to worn out, uninspiring ideas of "mainstream" gaming, this feels so fresh and interesting.
I am really glad that games like The Pit, Dyad, Don't Starve, FTL, Legend of Grimrock, Eador are being created and that they are being released here. And I am so much more excited for them than for new Tomb Raider, Diablo or Crysis.
It is sort of like gamers are taking over game developing again (look at what's going on on Kickstarter). This should send a message to companies like EA or Blizzard that games aren't only about making money. We want innovation and depth in games, not just shiny graphics and corridor-like levels.
Way to go GOG! DRM-free games that are actually fun to play!
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XYCat: what can you do in the game except for not starving?
You can also not go insane!

More seriously though, it's sorta hard to describe in text. I recommend checking out the demo or watching a Let's Play to get a better idea of the gameplay.
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XYCat: what can you do in the game except for not starving?
You can build a base, make a farm, hunt beefalo for meat and fur,go fishing, your typical survival sandbox stuff there is also a adventure mode inside the sandbox mode which is accessed through a mysterious door. Adventure mode pits you against 6 increasingly difficult worlds which you have to try and survive in long enough to find a means to escape until finally you confront Maxwell the "entity" that trapped you in this world in the first place.
Now, with the full release, how does this game work plot-wise?
I know there is an introduction (at least for the inventor character), but does the story move forward once you are on the island? Can you somehow lead your character\s to a happy ending or terrible doom after which the credits roll?