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I was playing Starbound single player, and had to step away from the computer for a while. I hit Esc button and wandered away - a menu came up and so I assumed this had paused the game. When I returned, I was starving to death!

Can you pause the game in Starbound? If so, how?

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On the Starbound forums there are several complaints about the lack of this very feature. See a couple here and here (note the forums seem under a lot of stress at this time so you may have to reload a couple times).

It appears that as of this time in Beta Stage 1 - Progenitor on 12/7/13 there is no pause feature, but I was not able to find an official developer response to this.

UPDATE (5/11/14): It appears that this has still not been implemented in the game, but I looked for a work-around when a comment was made. This link led me to a suggestion that you always keep a chair around. Apparently you do not get hungry while you are sitting (or apparently sleeping) so you can wall yourself in and just take a seat. I put this to the test and it seems to work.

before lunch

I took this picture before going to lunch and ate up to full at 12:29PM (Sorry if that's not readable). I made lunch for myself and ate and came back to see if my little Stitch was still doing alright. I clicked the Alt key to see how he was doing at 1:05pm and:

after lunch

Still full. I left him a fire so as not to freeze to death, but with this chair and a few blocks I feel this could suffice for a pause-like feature. You might also consider carrying a bed with you so you can not only not starve, but also heal.

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  • What is the current state of pause functionality? I simply cannot play a game like this. I have to pause a game to do things now and then.
    – Madmenyo
    May 11, 2014 at 12:49
  • This still has not been implemented to my knowledge, but I did find information about a work-around that seems relatively pain-free and added that to my answer.
    – Krjax
    May 11, 2014 at 18:14
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Download Process Hacker and suspend the game for later resuming. Tested.

http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/

EDIT: Sadly it doesn't work for longer than half an hour's suspending. Game quits with error.

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With the release of the Spacefarer update (1.3), the game now pauses when the menu is open. This change is for Single Player only.

Minor Changes / Bug Fixes

Gameplay now pauses while menu is open (single player only)

Source: http://playstarbound.com/spacefarer-update/

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