The annual charity marathon for speed running Fantastic games done quickly going on this week, allowing players from all sorts of games to showcase their fast-paced game strategies. This year’s Stardew Valley speedrun category completed the city’s community center with errors – and oh boy, the hackers really flowed.
Speedrunner Olenoname was the Stardew runner this year, and he rightly preceded his play with the warning that “This race will go pretty fast and it’s going to start really fast, so I hope you’re ready.” Then he blew the absolute hell out of his yard.
Olenoname started Stardew in much the opposite way we ordinary people would do. He immediately erased a bunch of his tools, magically created lots of objects in his warehouse and then started throwing bombs all over his yard. It’s probably a lot faster than chopping down all those trees one by one.
As Olenoname and his co-commentators explained, this broken speedrun is due to abusing a special trick that can catch your eye on the screen to create characters before he starts playing.
Often in Stardew Valley, your friendly neighbors will visit your farm and bring you various items. The process of receiving objects during a dialogue, Olenoname explains, is controlled by object codes hidden in that dialogue. By naming his character with a very, very long list of object codes, he can trick the game into giving him the same very, very long list of objects if an NPC addresses him by his name. Some of these items are Mega Bombs, hence the aggressive tree cleaning technique.
Despite all the flaws in the item, Olenoname actually spends some time growing some of its own crops and raising some chickens. It is a fairly fast run, which comes in at just over 17 minutes, which you can capture from the beginning in the video above.
If you missed it, you can see more Stardew done quickly in Stardew Valley Cup hosted by developer Eric Barone back in September.