Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone has announced a new board game adaptation of the popular farm life game, and it’s available to order now for $ 55.
The result of a collaboration between Stardew Valley’s sole developer, Barone (who is often nicknamed ConcernedApe) and Cole Medeiros, ConcernedApe’s head of operations and business development, took a total of two years to design the project.
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“In 2018, Eric Barone and Cole Medeiros, introduced online through their mutual friend Matt Griffin, played a Stardew Valley cooperative game and discussed the idea of making a Stardew Valley board game,” the ad reads. “They didn’t know exactly what it would look like, but they knew that Stardew had all the makings of a great board game.”
After two years of refinement and playtesting, all between the development time of the video game, the pair officially had a board game.
As in the original video game, players work cooperatively to farm, raise animals, build their farm, and collect resources from across the valley. Players can also befriend the townspeople and win hearts to reveal secret objectives. To win, you must restore the Valley to its original grandeur and stop Joja Mart from ruining everything. The game can be played with 1 to 4 players, with an estimated playing time of 45 minutes per player.
To do all of that, players must accomplish four “Granda Objectives” and restore all rooms in the community center before a deck of seasonal cards runs out.
The game, which retails for $ 55, comes with a Stardew Valley board to play with, tokens (for items like crops, minerals, buildings, animals, etc.), numerous cards for things like events, epic items, and mine levels. , gold. tokens and more.
ConcernedApe points out to fans that the board game is meant to evoke the lengthy nature of playing Stardew Valley, so while it is designed to be easy to play, it will have a lot of complexity, so check the official rulebook to see. if it’s your jam.
ConcernedApe also says that once the first run is sold out, future prints will depend on how much demand is still there.
“If there is more demand, then we will definitely do more print runs, and maybe slowly expand … we are testing the waters for now and seeing what the answer is,” ConcernedApe wrote.
The Stardew Valley board game will almost certainly prove popular with fans of the original game. Here at IGN we proclaim it one of the best games on Nintendo Switch, and the original video game has sold more than 10 million copies on six platforms. ConcernedApe also has two new projects in the works, both of which will tie into Stardew Valley in different ways.
Joseph Knoop is a writer / producer / geode buster for IGN.