‘STARDEW VALLEY’ LAUNCHES OFFICIAL COMPANION BOARD GAME
Game developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone revealed Stardew Valley: The Board Game in a tweet on Tuesday.
“For more than 2 and a half years I’ve been working together with board game designer Cole Medeiros to make a board game that captures the essence of Stardew Valley.” writes Barone in a blog post. “It has pretty much everything from the video game: villagers, crops, animals, fishing, foraging, mining and more.”
The board game marks the first merchandise product in which Barone was acting as a publisher from start to finish.
The board game is for one to four players, ages 13 and up, and is designed to take about 45 minutes per person to play through a full year in the game. Players track time using the season deck; at the start of each round, a season card is drawn, revealing weather and different kinds of events.
Players then strategize plans for that round and move their pawn to the part of town they want to focus on. The group must coordinate their actions to complete Grandpa’s Goals and restore the Community Center, driving JoJo Corp out of the community. The game is a true co-op game, as players must work together to protect the Valley.
As in the video game, players will level up their skills and make friends by unlocking unique gifts. Goals that seem impossible to meet at the start of the game will get easier as the player becomes more established in the community and the farm begins to thrive.
The board game offers versatility, as players can adjust gameplay to make sessions longer or shorter. The rules also allow players to make the game easier or more complex.
“Just like the video game, we want you to be able to make this your own.” writes Barone.
Walkthrough videos are forthcoming. In the meantime, a board game section has been added to the Stardew Valley forum and players can check out the rule book before purchasing the game to make sure it’s a good fit.
Photo courtesy of ConcernedApe