Taking Care of the Animals #WurmOnline

The deed is coming along quite nicely. I’ve harvested a small amount of wemp from my fields, and I’m working on cotton. As always, these things take time, but that’s one thing I have plenty of. I’m still trying to get my body strength to 21 so that I can remove fences myself and it’s a bit of a pain because a lot of the activities I do on a regular basis don’t exactly take that much body strength (like picking sprouts, and farming, and grooming my animals). Today I plan on working my mining, and that should help a lot. I also have a little sleep bonus I can use.

One feature Wurm has that I really enjoy is the ‘care’ option. Every player starts out being able to ‘care’ about one animal. This prevents the animal from dying of old age. If you’re particularly taken with an animal of yours and would be completely heartbroken to see it pass on, this is a great feature for you. I’m currently caring for my male horse, because his age is ‘old’ and it’s the only male horse I have. I’m also caring for my female adult horse who is expecting some time in the next three days. I didn’t want her to get old and die. The number of animals one can care for is based on the animal husbandry skill, which is why as part of my ‘wurm chores’ every day I make sure to get some grooming in.

Speaking of grooming, yesterday on my trip home from a sprout run I found a rooster wandering the sand dunes not far from home. Roosters can be lead with a rope without having to tame them, so once I distracted the large spider who was wandering near by, I lead him to one of my empty animal pens. Roosters also have to be fed by hand, and while I’ve managed to keep it alive for two days so far, I don’t expect that to last. I actually have the option to groom my rooster, where as I do not have this option on the wolf I’ve got tamed. Arkenor was over collecting clay with his cart and I was amazed to see he had tamed a bear to hitch to it and drag it for him. Bears are a bit out of my comfort range, I’d be afraid it was trying to constantly break free and eat me (and it would probably succeed) so for now I’ll stick with the smaller animals.

As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

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4 Responses to Taking Care of the Animals #WurmOnline

  1. Hordern says:

    Animals progress through a few ages – young, adolescent, mature, old, aged [although I often get old and aged muddled] and venerable, so you should have a while before the horses are in danger of dying from old age, but always safe to care for them early in case you forget :)

    You can leave piles of seeds for roosters to eat from, I’ve never really found much use for them other than to train my weaponless fighting skill though to be honest :)

  2. Injera says:

    I just wanted to say that even though I don’t have the time to play Wurm, I love “playing” it vicariously through these posts. Thanks!

  3. MrrX says:

    When I looked at the official website, it says it’s a player developed fantasy MMO. When I read your posts, I’m getting that it’s a home/farm/”little house on the prairie” simulator. Enjoying reading this !

  4. stargrace says:

    @MrrX – well, I think it depends on how you play the game. If you take an active role in combat I’m sure it feels much more fantasy-ish, there are trolls and dragons and all sorts of monsters out there. Since that’s my least-liked aspect of any game, I avoid it (and thus avoid writing about it). There’s also an entire pvp facet to the game that I don’t explore at all since I’m not on a pvp server.