Stardew Valley mod sends a multiplayer farm owner into a coma for true MMO action

    
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What a dump.

The multiplayer mode in Stardew Valley is a pretty standard multiplayer arrangement with one player serving as the host and everyone else serving as guests or indentured servants. This is not exactly unusual. But what if you could put the host to sleep forever and let everyone run around with abandon with no masters? Behold the latest mod to the game, which allows the host to basically become completely inert while others continue to play in the game world to great effect.

Of course, there are downsides to this, chief among them the fact that the actual host will need to leave the computer hosting the game powered on 24/7. (You know, like an actual server.) It also means that the host can’t actually participate while the game is frozen, which is fine for short jaunts away but can cause unwanted effects in the longer term. Still, it’s a step toward turning the game into your very own farmland MMO… with an absentee leader imprisoned in a void of darkness. That seems fine.

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Need context.

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Dread Quixadhal

You know, back in the days of text MUDs, we always said it would be fun if your character never actually logged out, but simply became an NPC that would take on a behavior based on what you set it to do.

Maybe you said “Sleep in your room”, or maybe you said “Try to explore”, or perhaps “Try to harvest ore”.

When you logged back in, you might be in your room, just like you would be if you had been fully logged out… or perhaps you’d be dead, or 10 levels higher, or lost in the wilderness.

While you were away, maybe other players wouldn’t be able to tell. It’s not easy to tell the difference between an NPC and a player that simply won’t respond to other players. :)

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Doesn’t seem all that drastic to me.
“Allows the multiplayer host to stay online even when they are not physically present. Handles daily sleeping, shipping menu, and pauses the game when no clients are connected. ”
“This is a Pseudo-“Headless Server” mod allowing the host and thus the game world to remain online always, much the way Minecraft and other online games function.”