Eric Barone, developer of the popular farming simulator Stardew Valley, announced on Twitter that he has been working on a board game for the past two years. Stardew Valley: The Board Game is available for purchase now.
On his blog, he explained that he is working closely with board game designer Cole Medeiros to create a game that “captures the essence of Stardew Valley.” The board game will have pretty much everything a video game has, from harvesting, gathering food and fishing to villagers, animals, and mining.
Here’s what you need to know about the board game:
Stardew Valley: The Board Game is designed for 1-4 players ages 13 and up. It takes about 45 minutes for each player to play a full year (a standard experience). The players defend the Valley together. If they succeed, it means that the Valley comes to life, and the Joja Corporation is expelled from the city. You do this by completing Grandpa Goals and rebuilding the Community Center. Your goals in each game are randomized, which increases the replayability of the game.
Barone points out that this is not a fast-paced casual board game. He explains that it’s not difficult to know the rules, but there are some depth and complexity, so you should definitely read about it before buying to see if it works for you.
Barone also clarified that if the response to Stardew Valley: The Board Game is good and enough demand, they will make more runs after this initial instalment.
If you are interested in learning more about Stardew Valley: The Board Game and want to read the official rules, you can find out everything you need to know on the game’s website.
The tabletop can already be ordered from the Stardew Valley store website for $ 55.00, provided you are in the US.