The result of a collaboration between Stardew Valley’s sole developer Barone (often referred to as ConcernedApe) and Cole Medeiros, head of operations and business development for ConcernedApe, the project took 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 Stardew Valley co-op game and discussed the idea of making a Stardew Valley board game,” indicates the ad. “They weren’t sure exactly what it would look like, but they did know that Stardew had all the components of a great board game.
After two years of game development and testing, all spent between the time of video game development, the couple officially had a board game.
Much like the original video game, players work cooperatively to grow crops, raise animals, build their farms, and gather resources across the valley. Players can also befriend familiar townspeople and earn hearts to reveal secret objectives. To win, you’ll need to restore the valley to its original grandeur and prevent 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 this, players must complete four “Big Goals” and restore all of the rooms in the Community Center before a seasonal card game runs out.
The game, which costs $ 55, comes with a Stardew Valley board to play on, tiles (for items like crops, ore, buildings, animals, etc.), plenty of cards for things like events, epic items and mine 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 it’s designed to be easy to play, it will have a lot of complexity, so check out the official rulebook to see if it’s your jam.
ConcernedApe also says that once the first draw runs out, future draws will depend on the remaining demand.
“If there is more demand for this, then we will definitely do more prints, and maybe we will develop slowly … we are sort of testing the waters at the moment and seeing what the response, “ConcernedApe wrote.
The Stardew Valley board game is almost certain to become popular with fans of the original game. We here at IGN proclaimed it one of the best Nintendo Switch games, and the original video game has now sold over 10 million copies across six platforms. ConcernedApe also has two new projects underway, both of which will be linked to Stardew Valley in different ways.
Joseph Knoop is a geode writer / producer / smasher for IGN.