Staxel is a cozy multiplayer sandbox now in Steam early access

You know what I like? Hearing about a new game for the first time that I can actually buy right now. Of course, this one’s in Steam early access, so maybe you’ll want to hold your wallet. I’m talking about Staxel, which dropped on my radar this week thanks to a couple of my favorite readers. To me, it looks like a cross between Stardew Valley and Trove, with that voxel Minecraft look but sandboxy content that’s more focused on farming, fishing, and growing out the village with your own customizations than on mass-murdering mobs.

“Put down your roots and settle into life as a newcomer to the village. Starting out with a run-down, old home and farmland reclaimed by the wilderness, it’s up to you to turn the place around. Plant seeds, carefully tend to your crops, take care of your animals, and expand your farm. Don’t forget: take care of your farm, and your farm will take care of you!”

It’s not a formal MMORPG, but the Steam page says it was “designed with multiplayer in mind from day one,” hence custom online servers and online multiplayer capability. Anybody tried this one out?

Source: Steam. With thanks to Deekay and Esoteric Coyote!
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Esoteric Coyote

Everyone is playing this but me =(

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deekay_plus

:( i wish you could play with us coyote

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MJ Guthrie

So very much miss out Landmark adventures! Hey, if you get in here, maybe I’ll go for it too =D

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Robert Mann

Neat idea, but the whole block thing is still on burnout for me.

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nobleeinherjar

I am very interested in both Staxel and My Time At Portia (though the latter isn’t multiplayer). But for the moment I have too many other games to play to spend time on early-access titles. Very much looking forward to both games releasing, though.

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Armsbend

Looks like my type of game. I saw DK put this on WRUP I’ll have to put it on ye olde radar.

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Boom

I’ll say it again dk, are you? :D

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Fisty

It’s pretty difficult to find any servers on the current build. They need to get this fixed so those of us who have no friends with the game can still group up with people easily.

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deekay_plus

it’s easy enough to brwose servers, it’s just that almost all of them are pwd protected – because if any player is playing on them it will progress the server time so other people’s crops will get screwed up by other people not tending them while they play so to say.

which goes back to the mp needs some work :P

luckily you can do local server to play with friends via steam works pretty easily so there’s that too.

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Fisty

I may be wrong and on an old build or something, but I don’t think there’s any options to sort or filter it, which kind of leads to my problem with that. You’re right that they’re definitely listed and can see them, but to be able to filter out the password servers and maybe sort by players or ping would be helpful. It’s early though and I’m sure it’s in the works

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deekay_plus

oh y ehai guess just searching by partial server name is all there is right now but when we’ve played there hasn’t been many servers to sort through anyway >>

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socontrariwise

People have on Steam forums threads looking for server. But it is a game where people need to commit to a server and cooperate and tend the crops together as well as care for the critters including pets – or they drop in happiness or growth and stop producing or die (crops) once they hit the wrong season.

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Liandreth

It’s cute. It’ll need some multiplayer work. So far, on our server, it’s only one house for all of us to share. I’m hoping more comes along. :)

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deekay_plus

“designed with multiplayer in mind from day one,”

so so far from waht we can tell the mp is a bit light. but it’s certainly doable for sure, tho everyone after the first player to connect will have to either make due without the free tools and petals (currency) from the tutorial or have an admin give them op/admin status one at a time to do it. which we discovered much to our chagrin that one at a time thing.

anyways dev seem nice and the dialogue from NPCs is overflowing with wholesomeness lol.

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socontrariwise

It is very easy actually: the server admin gets the cows, sells both, buy apiaries and stuffs them with queen bees. Then every newcomer gets empty jars and just sells the tons of honey (we have 20 apiary). The second player gets the same barn/cow quest and keeps the cows.

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BigAngry

Yep! It’s neat, but it’s very much not finished, and it’s much more difficult to really get going than, say, Stardew Valley. It’s fun, though, and the devs are very, very attentive to the community, especially on reddit’s /r/staxel community. I got a 25% off coupon by being a humble monthly owner, so that was what initially got me into it.

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deekay_plus

they have a discord server they’re ctive on as well and seem very nice and helpful.