I am not even going to try to avoid spoilers. So be forewarned.
This walkthrough is for the iPad version of the game which has quite a few differences from the desktop version.
Stardew Valley is very flexible, so as you play the game your experiences will not be the same as mine. Once I am past the game basics, I will not be going step by step, but only recapping the action.
If you are looking just to get a particular question about the game answered. You can find just about every thing you need to know in the Wiki.
Getting up, I watched TV then headed out, only to find Marnie at the door, with a stray cat she found. (Remember my picking out my pet at the start of the game?)
The mail consisted of a letter from the Joja Corporation. Now I know what the worker was doing hammering on the rocks. I will have to go up to the Mountain area and check this out. But the first thing I need to do is gather the makings for Field Snacks. I need Acorns, Maple Seeds, and Pine cones. You might nave noticed little dark bumps around the various trees on the farm. If you were to hit one of these with a pickax, hoe, or ax before getting the recipe for field Snacks, nothing would go into inventory. After you have the recipe you will get one seed from each bump. You can also gather seeds by chopping down tress, but cutting tress consumes a lot of energy.
To craft an item, you have to have at least one empty space in your backpack. After I had gathered all the seeds I needed to make a few snacks, I found that my inventory was full. I headed back to the cabin, moved some things into my storage chest to make room, and preceded to craft three snacks.
Once I had the field snacks crafted, I was able to place the foraged items in the shipping crate to generate some more gilders. Then it was off to the Mountain area to follow up on the morning’s mail.
I tried to go down using the elevator on the back wall. It wasn’t working, so I climbed down the ladder. To forage in the mine you use the pickax tool to break rocks. Besides giving you rocks, they sometimes yeld ores.
On the first level of the mine, I broke a few rocks before deciding that I needed to go back to the farm and build a chest to place at the top of the mine. There is no need for me to have my ax nor fishing pole down in the mine. The scythe is handy but not all that necessary. The less you take down with you, the more space you have in your pack for things gathered in the mine. Notice that now that I am down in the mine a Health Gauge has been added to the Energy Gauge.
One problem I have playing on the iPad, is that I sometimes flip the wrong thing out of my inventory. This time after going back to the farm building a chest and returning to the mine, I found that I was carrying the excess wood in my backpack not the chest. By the time I went back to the farm and returned it was too late to be going down in the mine. I placed the chest in position, and added the sword since I wouldn’t be needing it until I did go down.
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