When my daughter started playing Stardew Valley, she suddenly let out a wonderful gasp. I’ve been guiding her through the early stages of the game and showing some farming mechanics, but she’s interested in town stuff and decorating her house. So: she’ll play by herself and then come to me to list what she wants in the game, at which point I’ll have to work hard to get her enough money. Really a bit like real life.
I think it’s pretty liberating to offload all the hectic work to another party. Now anyone can enjoy letting a drone do all the work for you: after all, when you plant your next parsnip, you’ve planted them all.This Agricultural electronic moduleCreated by Joe Strout, it does exactly that: This adds a computer to your house on which you can use simple script commands to build the equivalent of Skynet farming.
“Farmtronics adds the Farmtronics home computer to your farmhouse TV. Just select it from the channel list and the computer will appear, ready to take your command! […] The computer includes many built-in demo programs and full access to information about your farm, so you can get started right away. “
The main attraction here is the cute little farming robots, that’s what they look like in action.
The mod expects you to complete a simple to-do list on your computer, after which “you’ll receive your first Farmtronics Bot mail! These handy cybernetic farm workers can do pretty much anything you can: use tools, watering crops, planting seeds, etc. They can also sense their surroundings and indicate their status by changing the color of a status light or screen.” Once you get the first one, you can buy more robots in Pierre’s store.
This may seem a little complicated, but Miniscript is a no-brainer, and what the creators clearly want here is flexibility around what you can make the robot do: no doubt more dedicated farmers will soon make Everything runs like a factory. You can download Farmtronics here.