Craft. Build. Fight. Rule. That’s the basic premise of the Sengoku Dynasty. You start off as a lowly peasant on a deserted island. By exploring open-world feudal Japan, you can gather resources and craft them into useful items. After putting up your first house, you’ll need to build more for the other peasants stranded on the island like you. And house by house, you’ll begin to manage a village and establish a new legacy you can be proud of.
As much as Sengoku Dynasty has simplified the gameplay for you, it can be a little tricky to know where to go or what to do, even more so because the game is in Early Access. Still, numerous reviews have already come in on the intricate but enchanting design of the open world and the overall fun of the crafting expedition.
So, if you want to take Sengoku Dynasty out for a spin, here are the best Sengoku Dynasty tips for beginners you’ll want to keep in mind.
5. A Quick Guide on the Controls
Sengoku Dynasty is currently in its Early Access phase for PC platforms via Steam. And so, most of the controls are the usual ones, unless you change your preferred settings. Real quick, the “WASD” keys on a Qwerty keyboard are your controls for movement.
If you’d like to turn yourself on, then use the mouse. The “V” key can toggle between different perspectives, from three types in the third person to one type in the first person. Finally, the “E” and “F” keys are for interacting with the environment, where “E” is for speaking with a person, while “F” is for trading.
Head over to the main menu, under settings, to access your hotkeys. These are keys you can press to do additional stuff like sprint, crouch, handcraft, pull-up maps, and more. You can always change them to your preferred settings. Just make sure to select the keys you’ll remember most.
4. Scoop Up Resources, It’s Free
Sengoku Dynasty kicks off in an awkward phase where you don’t know where to go or what to do. All you know is that you’ve just dropped off at an ocean-side valley that looks so mesmerizing that you might as well stare. But the story here is that a ship crashed into the ocean, and you and other lowly peasants washed up on the shore. It also means that some of the ship's wreckage must have washed up on the shore, too, so try to look around you for resources you can scoop up. While at it, make sure to watch out for your inventory space. It’s a limited spot, so you might want to leave some space for more valuable items like stones, grass, sticks, and more, which you’ll find further into the island. A quick tip is to build a shed for extra storage space.
Additionally, when you make tools like an axe or hammer, they have a long lifespan. However, when they wear out, the game automatically replaces them with items from your inventory. If there are none, you’ll have to go out and make some more. So, to avoid the back and forth, always have an extra two or three of each tool in your inventory.
4. Keep Track of Your Stats
Sengoku Dynasty has three main stats you need to pay close attention to. They include energy, health, and stamina. These are highlighted in colored bars of green, red, and yellow, respectively. Whenever either one depletes, it’s important to refill them for optimum performance. For the energy stat, you can refill it by eating and drinking. I find that eating replenishes it much faster than the beverages currently available, but generally, gulp down what you can.
Next is your health stat, which can quickly drain down when you go head-to-head with a dangerous wild animal or a bandit. The trick with health is that it’ll often refill itself, provided you have stocked enough energy. However, that automatic refill process can happen slowly, which can pose a danger to you if you happen to run into another animal or bandit or if you’re overwhelmed mid-fight. And so, you may want to focus on consuming healing items because those replenish your health instantly.
And lastly, you have stamina, which drains out whenever you run, chop down trees, attack animals, or engage in some kind of activity. The good news is that stamina can also automatically refill itself when you stop consuming it. However, the speed at which it refills depends on how much energy you have. So, either way, always stock up on energy, no matter what.
2. Quest Up
Quests are of two types: the main quests and the side quests you receive from the people you run into on the island. All of these are useful in one way or another, whether to advance the story or guide you to achieve a goal. So, you’ll get quests like chopping down a tree, finding other survivors, or making a hammer.
1. Managing a Village
You’ll meet many interesting characters on your Nata Valley expedition. They will often have needs like heat, shelter, food, water, etc. Your job is to attend to their needs and make the people here happy. Consequently, you’ll need to set up structures like a campfire, a tent, storage houses for food and water, and more.
At some point, you want your villagers to be capable of gathering resources for themselves. So, you need to build a house, assign it a role like wood cutting, equip it with furniture a woodcutter would typically need, and then usher in a villager to pick it up from where you left off.
Although the Dynasty tab can be a little tricky to navigate, with time, the steps to managing a village catch on. For instance, if you build water storage for a villager and send them off to collect water, you’ll also need to put up buckets for them to empty the water in. Or, you may need to build a well for them to fetch the water from.