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Steam is doing one of their quaint little themed sales at the time of writing, calling it Survival Fest, and acknowledging the genre of survival crafting games the same way one “recognizes” a giant monstrous frog that blocks all six lanes of the highway that you used to go to work. But this has been a great time for me, because if there’s one thing I love more than anything else, it’s picking up bits of wood. I pick them up in meadows, I pick them up in woods, I pick them up in singles bars if they have shapely knotholes, I just can’t stop myself. My wife has had to buy all the metal furniture because I keep picking up the wooden stuff, but the joke is on her because I’m going to make a stone forge as soon as she lets me play in the gravel driveway. And my god, I feel well served by the survival crafting genre and the wonderful spectrum of picking up bits of wood it offers. But that said, picking up bits of wood has become so ubiquitous that for most people it can no longer carry a game in its own right, cultureless bastards that they are, and so the challenge now is to find new gameplay styles that still hold true. have not been enriched by the addition of picking up pieces of wood.