Stardew Valley, not just video games: the farm becomes a board game

Stardew Valley, not just video games: the farm becomes a board game

Stardew Valley, not just video games

Pending the arrival of Stardew Valley patch 1.2 on consoles, expected in the near future on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, the title is transformed into a new production.

The game created by Eric solo "Concerned Ape" Barone - with an incredible success on multiple platforms - is in fact ready to transform itself into a board game. Obviously on an agricultural theme, the latter is already available for purchase, unfortunately only with delivery - at least for the moment - in the USA. Inspired by the videoluic Stardew Valley, Stardew Valley: The Board Game is priced at $ 55 and offers a cooperative play experience designed for up to four players at the same time.

With each match lasting approximately 45 minutes, the aim of the game is obviously to save your precious valley from the evil Joja Coporation. To do this, the weapons available to the players will be the activities of cultivation, fishing and research of materials. In an attempt to respect the will of the protagonists' grandfather, it will also be necessary to rebuild the Community Center of our beloved valley. Between animals, upgrades, skills, mines and cultivated fields, Stardew Valley: The Board Game aims to replicate the depth of the experience offered by the video game.

Overall, Stardew Valley has sold over 10 millions of copies worldwide.

Stardew Valley is now a cooperative board game

a laptop computer sitting on top of a table © Image: ConcernedApe

Stardew Valley has been adapted into board game form and is available to purchase now for $55, according to the game’s developer Eric Barone (ConcernedApe). Stardew Valley got its start as a popular, indie-take on farm sim classic Harvest Moon, but now the video game will finally exist in physical form (without the need to go out and actually learn how to farm).

Stardew Valley: The Board Game was developed over two years by Barone and board game designer Cole Meideros. The game aims to adapt the gameplay from the video game like farming, foraging, mining, and romance, into a customizable, but less open-ended form that you can actually finish in one sitting. The game is also designed for one to four players, meaning that just like the original game, you can play alone if you so choose.

Finishing the game requires completing “Grandpa’s Goals” and the Community Center bundles that you might already be familiar with from the video game version. Players complete tasks and collect resources by taking turns positioning their pawns around the board and engaging in an activity of their choice. Mining at the mines, fishing at the beach foraging in the wilderness, and of course, farming at the farm. The seasons advance one week at a time each round, meaning time and available resources change as the seasons do.

In a blog post announcing the board game, Barone stresses that it was designed to feature some amount of depth and complexity. “It’s easy to play once you learn the rules, but it’s not a short, casual game.” he says. He also provided the rulebook so you can get a better sense of how difficult it is to set up and how many other mechanics there are to contend with.

While the board game doesn’t initially seem as approachable as the video game it’s based on, the amount of detail that went into recreating Stardew Valley in physical form seems really impressive. You can purchase Stardew Valley: The Board Game now for $55.

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