TU started fine but then I did the join-from-Steam method (right click on friend in Steam friend’s list > join game). I had just restarted the game from following other users’ advice (Pixel and others) that mods/devs had suggested turning off workshop, clearing workshop cache, clearing Steam downloads. Redistributables as already finished
Steam Clear: Steam (run as admin) > Settings > Downloads > Clear Download Cache
Workshop Clear: Settings > Content > Workshop Settings > Clear Cache (was previously 1GB)
I already verified the files yesterday using the Steam > Tower Unite (right-click) > Properties > Local Files > Verify Integrity of Game Files but should I run it again?