About the Game
Stardew Valley: The Board Game is a cooperative game where players work together to restore the Valley. They accomplish this by growing crops, raising animals, expanding their farm and collecting resources from across the Valley.
By befriending the local villagers, players earn hearts that allow them to reveal hidden goals. Only by working together will they keep Joja Corporation from moving in and spoiling everything.
So choose your profession and pick up your starting tool; Stardew Valley needs you!
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...a unique and immersive cooperative experience. Each game feels different, urgent, and fun.
One of the best co-op games I've played. Every round that comes up, everyone needs to add their input. Every action is so precious, you need to play as a team in order to win.
I am not usually willing to pick up a game that has such a time commitment and looks like it will be complex, but I keep getting sucked back in.
People are going to be so jazzed to play the game when it comes out, it's exactly the type of comfortable, fun, cute game that we all need.
The Story of the Board Game
In 2018 Eric Barone and Cole Medeiros, introduced online through their mutual friend Matt Griffin, played a co-op game of Stardew Valley and discussed the idea of making a Stardew Valley board game. They didn't know exactly what it would look like, but they knew Stardew had all the components of a great board game.
Over the next year they iterated through many, many prototypes. They knew it'd be collaborative, but wondered how you would "win" a game like Stardew, which in essence is a relaxing, on-going experience intentionally left without a strict ending. Eventually the combination of Community Center Bundles and Grandpa's Goals emerged, providing a satisfying way to engage with all aspects of Stardew Valley.
The second year was spent playtesting and refining, as well as taking special care with the art style. Mechanics of the game were honed and adjusted until they felt just right. The art went through many iterations to capture that Stardew magic. A lot of people helped along the way, and with each new playthrough the game got a little bit better.
Eric invested a lot of time into this project, whatever he could spare while still developing new content for the video game. Cole put in countless nights and weekends, as that was the only time he had available. And now the game is ready! We truly hope you enjoy it.
Read The Rules
Stardew Valley: The Board Game is easy to play, but was designed to have a lot of complexity under the surface. Read the rulebook to become familiar with how it works, and to make sure it'll be a good fit for your game group!