Earlier this year, developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone surprised fans with the news that Stardew Valley was making the leap to the tabletop with an official board game adaptation. Unfortunately the first batch is gone fast – but those who missed the first heat now have a second chance to acquire the game, as orders reopen this Wednesday.
Online orders will again be available for US shipping only, but Barone says this time he’s partnered with a number of distributors in the UK, EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and copies will be available direct from local businesses in these regions. “It’s not possible for us to track exactly which stores are special,” he adds, “so it’s best to go to your local store and ask if they carry copies.
For those within the US, the Stardew Valley board game will be available online Wednesday, November 3rd at 12:00pm PST. However, please note that orders may not be delivered in time for Christmas due to ongoing issues affecting shipping.
Stardew Valley: The Board Game (a collaboration between Barone and board game designer Cole Medeiros) is a 1-4 player cooperative experience in which participants must work together to complete objectives, restore the Community Center by gathering resource bundles, and each other to be defended by the Joja Corporation – achieved by expanding their farm, growing crops, raising animals and befriending villagers to earn hearts and reveal hidden objectives.
“It’s really important to us that you, the buyer, understand that Stardew Valley: The Board Game is not a casual fast-paced game,” Barone previously explained. “Although it’s easy to play once you know the rules, it’s meant to be challenging. We wanted an experience with depth and replayability.” A single game should last approximately 45 minutes per player.
Barone says the latest print edition of the board game will make some minor tweaks as well as rule adjustments for clarity based on feedback from the original edition. For example, mine map cards are now more likely to offer rewards, and the museum will now grant a heart if donated to it. In addition, an additional component compartment has been integrated to simplify storage and reduce set-up and tear-down times.
Although it doesn’t sound like there are currently any plans to offer an upgrade path that would allow existing owners to acquire the revamped physical components of Medeiros says He intends to post the list of changes to Board Game Geek for owners to update their mine deck.