Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone has announced a new board game adaptation of the popular farm game, and it’s available to order now for $ 55.
The result of a collaboration between Stardew Valley’s sole developer Barone (who often goes by moniker ConcernedApe) and Cole Medeiros, ConcernedApe’s head of operations and business development, took the project a total of two years to design.
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“In 2018, Eric Barone and Cole Medeiros, introduced online through their mutual friend Matt Griffin, played a co-op game Stardew Valley and discussed the idea of making a Stardew Valley board game,” the announcement reads. “They did not know exactly what it would look like, but they knew that Stardew had all the components of a great board game.”
After two years of refining and game testing, all spent between development time for the video game, the couple officially had a board game.
Like the original video game, players work collaboratively to grow crops, raise animals, expand their farm, and gather resources from across the valley. Players can also befriend famous city people and earn hearts to reveal secret goals. To win, you must restore the valley to its original greatness and keep Joja Mart from tearing it all up. The game can be played with 1 – 4 players, with an estimated 45 minutes of playing time per player.
To do all that, players must achieve four “Granda goals” and restore all social spaces before a season card is used up.
The game, which sells for $ 55, comes with a Stardew Valley board to play on, tiles (for items such as crops, ore, buildings, animals, etc.), many cards for things like events, epic items and mining levels, gold tokens and more.
ConcernedApe notes to fans that the board game is meant to evoke the long nature of playing Stardew Valley, so while designed to be easy to play, it will have a lot of complexity, so check out the official rulebook to see if it’s the jam ditt.
ConcernedApe also says that when the first edition is sold out, future printouts will depend on how much demand there is still.
“If there is more demand for it, we will definitely do more circulations, and maybe expand slowly … we are just testing the water for now and see what the answer is,” ConcernedApe wrote.
Stardew Valley board games are almost certain to be popular with fans of the original game. We here at IGN proclaimed it as one of the best Nintendo Switch games, and the original video game has now sold more than 10 million copies on six platforms. ConcernedApe also has two new projects in the works, both of which will be linked to Stardew Valley in different ways.
Joseph Knoop is a writer / producer / geode smasher for IGN.