Wednesday 11 February 2015

Don't Starve Chest

   With all my fitness posts lately, you could be forgiven for thinking I was about to go on about the importance of eating right and eating enough, and that starving yourself is an ineffective way to lose weight. And while those points are true, that's not what this post is about. In the slightest.

   Don't Starve is an action-adventure game with focus on wilderness survival which was released in early 2013. It's a simple game about a scientist named Wilson who has been transported to another world with a very Tim Burton-esque feel, and he has to survive there as long as possible if he has any hope of returning, fighting against the man who put him there and the creatures both in and out of his control. Death in the game is permanent, meaning you lose all progress from the start and you have to begin all over again, which is a growing trend in survival games. To survive, above all else, you must simply not starve or get killed by things. You can run away from mobs, however, but you have to forage for food, making hunger more important. You can also go mad, and that creates a whole new set of problems.

   Seeg started playing this game at its release, and he really enjoyed it, and after watching him play a little I got an idea. You know me, I like to be creative from time to time, so I decided that, for our anniversary two years ago, I would make him a box. Yes, a box. Or, more specifically, a chest.
   Using models from the game, I put together a Don't Starve chest and filled it with things both from within the game and without, using the game's stats to describe the items - health, sanity and hunger. Items from the game included the pan flute, butter muffins and feather hat, and items outside of the game included Pokemon cards, a map of Middle Earth and some sweets.

   I'm really pleased with the way it all came out, and Seeg loved it way more than the Assassin's Creed box of bloodied water I made him for Christmas, which means a lot. The box of bloodied water was more expensive to make, but more effort went into the Don't Starve chest, so that makes me really happy ^^ I'd love to make him another game-based thing like this, but I'll be damned if I know what, and there's nowhere to put it, anyway. Still, never say 'never'! I did enjoy making both of them and I'm sure in time I'll make something else along the same lines whether there's anywhere to keep it or not!

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