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Watch: Tips for getting started in Stardew Valley

A turnip for the books.

I really didn't know much about Stardew Valley before I started playing it. I'd never really played much Harvest Moon or the like either, as I'd never really seen the appeal of giving over your free time to cultivating the perfect crop of turnips. But Stardew Valley, at least, is a lot more than that. There's combat, supernatural conspiracy, and even a chance to get hitched and hear the pitter patter of tiny feet around the farm. Every couple dreams of owning a chicken coop, right?

The thing is, it's a daunting prospect, being handed your own farm to run, especially as you watch the days tick away with nary a parsnip to show for it. So, for those that fancy getting the best start in pastoral life, I've compiled a little video that'll help you get set up for your very first Spring.

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