After over a year elsewhere, I fired up Terraria for a fresh game, and the Random Number Gods seem to love me now. Even during early ramp-up, I got at least 6-8 golden critters, one time I had two onscreen at once. (Shoulda screenshotted it.) Buncha crates from early fishing, too. That said, it hasn't kept me from getting killed a few times from excessive ambition (Mediumcore).