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Don't Starve Together [Steam, Official Site], the multiplayer expansion of action-adventure video game Don't Starve, has been updated with 'A New Reign: Part 1'. It's a big update that adds interesting new features!

Among other things, the Moon Caller's Staff has been added, and Marble Sculptures can be created with Suspicious Marble.
(I think there are also related sketches/trinkets in graves and tumbleweeds?)

The biggest changes this update brings are related to the minimap. To allow for the changes, the minimap data is now being stored on the server. Some of the minimap changes include:

      If two players have a compass equipped, they see each other on the minimap.
      New minimap icons for tree stumps, burnt trees, gold and moonrock boulders.
      The Map Scroll, to share minimap information with other players.
      Moonlenses that can be used to create the Ocuvigil map marker that reveals a 'fog of war' area to all players, and the Moondial that shows the moon phases and emits light.


That's not all. There is also the Mushroom Planter (to grow caps and spores), Friendly Scarecrow (to reduce crows and increase canaries), Scaled Furnace, and Potter's Wheel (to build sculptures). Plus the new Toadstool cave monster with its Sporecaps, and the related Shroom Skin that can be used to create the Mushlight and Glowcap Mushroom Lights.

SteamLUG, the Steam Linux User Group, occasionally has Don't Starve Together events, and has its own Don't Starve Together server where everyone is welcome! If you gave this game a try for a few hours and decided it wasn't your cup of tea, maybe give it another go. It may grow on you; it's a great game.
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InverseTelecine 22 October 2016 at 8:49 pm UTC
So no DRM-free version is available yet? I was hoping we'd see a GOG release after it left early access. The original ran great on my little underpowered Asus netbook, which is frequently away from a WiFi source. I'd like to be able to play it single player when I can't play co-op.
Linas 23 October 2016 at 12:17 pm UTC
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InverseTelecineI'd like to be able to play it single player when I can't play co-op.

Isn't the standard Don't Starve supposed to be the single player component of the game?
liamdawe 23 October 2016 at 12:26 pm UTC
Linas
InverseTelecineI'd like to be able to play it single player when I can't play co-op.

Isn't the standard Don't Starve supposed to be the single player component of the game?
Bingo.
EndeavourAccuracy 23 October 2016 at 1:31 pm UTC
Don't Starve Together is more up-to-date than Don't Starve.
Even if you are alone or off-line, I suggest you choose Don't Starve Together.
Click "Play" and then (quickly, if you are on-line) "Play Offline".
Then choose "Host Game" to launch your own world, or "Browse Games" to use a LAN.
InverseTelecine 24 October 2016 at 1:20 am UTC
EndeavourAccuracyDon't Starve Together is more up-to-date than Don't Starve.
Even if you are alone or off-line, I suggest you choose Don't Starve Together.
Click "Play" and then (quickly, if you are on-line) "Play Offline".
Then choose "Host Game" to launch your own world, or "Browse Games" to use a LAN.

Thanks EndeavourAccuracy! I had no evidence that Together was more up-to-date than the original, but that was what I was suspecting when I asked about a DRM-free version. They also stated during development that some parts of the game were being re-tooled to suit co-op, so I wanted to play single-player with those changed elements in place.

I'll probably still pick it up for Steam, especially because I just noticed that they give you a 2nd Steam key for the $15. It's one of the only games my sister likes so I could give it to her. I won't be putting it on the netbook though. Steam's offline play mode is so unreliable it's not worth it, and the dreaded error: SteamUpdateUI: An X Error occurred X Error of failed request: BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation) has been preventing Steam from running on the netbook ever since I upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04 anyway.
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