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The Chindividual celebrates…with presents!

"Baby Chin" by KrazeeLadee

“Baby Chin” by KrazeeLadee

Well, today’s the day: The Chindividual is officially one year young! I’ve looked back on the first 365 days of the blog’s existence in previous posts, so there’s not much left to say. However, I want to use the chance to thank each and everyone of you for visiting over and over again. I want to thank you for every tweet heading my way, for every comment left and for the simple fact that you deem this place worthy of your time. I hope that I can keep you interested in the coming years and that your numbers will grow and grow.

With that being said…I promised you a giveaway, didn’t I? Well, though people usually get presents on their birthdays, I decided to give you guys and gals the chance to win something! What is that something? Two freaking Steam keys for the awesome game Starbound! Two people can win each one of these keys, and here’s how:

  • Make sure to follow me on Twitter
  • Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to see in the coming year on this blog. Be honest, and don’t forget to include your Twitter handle!
  • Pray and hope you win one of those keys.

The contest runs until Wednesday, 18 December 2013 23:00 GMT+1. I will announce the (randomly chosen) winners shortly after. If you want more information about Starbound, check out the official page and / or my short review of the game.

Again, thanks for making this an awesome first year. Grab some imaginary pie, enter the contest and make sure to come back. I really, really appreciate it!

Signed,

Chin

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First impressions from the Starbound beta

starbound screenshot mushroom house

Living in a mushroom: because why the hell not?

If you’re not like me, you actually pay attention to what fellow bloggers write. Not that I don’t read the posts of the people I follow, ’cause I do. I enjoy all the blogs I read, but sometimes, things slip past my radar. One of those things was the enthusiasm and anticipation about the beta of the indie title Starbound. Apparently, fellow blogs like Healing the masses, Murf vs. Internet and even Bio Break had been giving some spotlight to this gem, but being the absent-minded nerd that I am, that completely passed me. Fortunately I picked up on it a day before beta landed, fetched me some keys, and dived right into it. Am I glad that my fellow bloggers reminded me of it? Well, guys and gals…thank you.

Really, thank you.

Starbound is, even in this early beta, really enjoyable. If you’ve ever played Terraria, you will feel right at home. The cool thing is that in this game, you’re not stuck to a single biome. Instead, you can hop on your spaceship and cruise of to other planets, which will have different landscapes, villages and randomly generated monsters. Wait, did you just hear me say the word “spaceship”? Yep, ’cause in Starbound, every character has his own spaceship waiting to be used as a storage room and vehicle to discover new worlds. I figure that you’re also able to upgrade your ship, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet.

Anyhow, Starbound combines the digging-and-crafting aspects from Terraria with a futuristic touch, even allowing you to create your character from one of six races. Small touches like the genders of the races (the Glitch, a robotic people, can either be sockets or plugs) or funny posters hidden in randomly generated buildings give the game its own kind of humour.

Being just a few hours in and just messing around, I can’t find too many negative things about the game. True, some monsters can be really annoying and hard to kill, and especially the early part of the game can be frustrating until you have some tools and weapons, but all of that feels like it’s part of the game. I mean, you are exploring and colonizing a strange and dangerous planet. No one ever said that would be a walk in the park.

If you’re curious to check the game yourself, you can get a beta key on Steam. In my opinion, you could waste your money on a lot of worse things than Starbound, so if you can spare those fourteen Euros, hop into your spaceship and start digging!