Starbound: I need iron
I decided, finally, after a massive binge session today, to go ahead and do my next quest in Starbound only I found I need iron. Badly. And lots of it. No problem, I’ll just go mine some.
I’ve found lots of copper and coal but iron? Not so much. Wishing now I hadn’t wasted iron making these cute little iron lanterns and the iron door you see in my first dwelling.
Notice that super cool looking furnace? The tall stone one? I took that from a dwelling on another planet in my quest to find iron. I was mining when I noticed there were NPCs in a house of sorts so I thought I’d go introduce myself. The purple robed character let out a yell, saying “Death to heathens” (IIRC) and then tried to kill me. That’s why I took his furnace. And the ball and chain, water bucket and burlap sack. Doesn’t pay to try and kill me! (unless you’re a stupid monkey)
What was I doing again? Oh yeah, I need iron!
I decided to visit a Moon right by my home planet to look for iron there. Whoo, was it ever cold on the Moon. I had to put campfires by my feet so I could stay long enough to mine anything. It wasn’t long before I decided my best chances for iron were on my home planet so I headed back with the intention to find the iron I needed. I was almost done with this when I realized I was, yet again, goofing off doing other things.
That’s the funny thing about Starbound. There’s so much you can do it’s very easy to get sidetracked, off task! At some point I realized I wasn’t finding much iron and gave the ‘Threat level 6’ planet near my home planet a try. I died so fast to whatever that was on the planet I ran home crying for my mama! That level means business! I’m still 16 bars short of the iron I need and after finding a couple of big monsters at night that I couldn’t kill, maybe that’s a good thing. The iron I need is for the beacon quest and I’m thinking that might be what spawns the UFO I keep hearing about. The latest patch notes say they’re bumping the UFO boss down from a level 10 to a level 9. I should probably wait. I’m not exactly sure what I should wait for but there must be something to help me fight harder. The weapon I’m using dropped off of a night-time monster. The icon was ringed in purple and the sword shoots bubbles with each swing that cause the mob I’m fighting to ‘bounce back’ a little bit. Super sweet sword! I have equipped three pieces of armour but I’ve seen that the next step up in terms of armour requires the three pieces I’m wearing as a listed mat to make them. Think they also need iron.
I’ve put in way too many hours already into Starbound. It’s the most polished and ready-to-play beta I’ve ever experienced. The only issue I’ve had was when I exited the game the last time tonight. It hung but my computer is older and I’ve had that same problem with a lot of programs when my computer has been on too long without a reboot. The game plays, for me, flawlessly! The devs are fast to respond and the patches are coming, like they said, thick and hard. (think that’s how they worded it) I was expecting log-in queue issues, crashes, glitchy/missing textures, …. typical beta stuff but so far I haven’t found any that I’ve recognized. Chucklefish is addressing concerns and ‘wishlists’ of the players and seem to be as excited as I am about Starbound. Very glad I bought into this one!
Now, if I could just find that iron I need ………..