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Stardew Valley: The Board Game is returning, here’s how to get it

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The charming Stardew Valley: The Board Game is back, but fans of the cozy farming sim may need to act fast in order to get one.

Stardew Valley creator and developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone took to X to announce the comeback of the analog version of his beloved video game. Stardew Valley: The Board Game is based on the beloved video game of the same name that sold over 20 million units and became one of the most iconic indie titles ever made. The board game adaptation first launched in 2021 but has been difficult to find ever since then.

Fans waiting for it to come back in stock are now in luck. Much like the video game it’s based on, the board game is meant to be a wholesome, cooperative experience that lets players work together to achieve victory. 

When can I preorder Stardew Valley: The Board Game?

Fans interested in buying Stardew Valley: The Board Game can purchase it through the official Stardew Valley website.

Stardew Valley: The Board Game first launched in February 2021 and quickly sold out. The board game has remained scarce ever since then, but demand hasn’t gone away. A new round of pre-orders opens on September 5, 2023 with the game set to start shipping in October.

Previously, the game was only available to addresses within the United States. International players missed out on the opportunity to purchase it due to these restrictions and its limited quantities made it hard to find elsewhere. There is no word whether the game will be shipping internationally this time. 

The game was previously for sale with other digital retailers and some dedicated game shops. Players in North America and Europe may be able to find the game in some of their local stores if they are unable to get their hands on this latest wave. 

It’s unknown how many more copies of the game will be sold. Though it’s possible that a large volume will be made and the game can remain in stock regularly, it’s also possible that this is a limited release.

Is Stardew Valley: The Board Game good?

Critics and fans praised the game for its design and artwork, both of which came from Stardew Valley creator ConcernedApe. The gameplay is meant to be easy to pick up, but challenging as players advance. 

A usual session runs for around 45 minutes. The game has much of the charm of the video game, but there are significant elements left to chance. As with the original Stardew Valley, players need to fish, farm, and build friendships in a cooperative setting with up to four players

The game is easy to understand but is designed to be challenging. As with the video game, players need to balance a variety of objectives against the limited amount of actions they can perform during each in-game day. As it’s a board game, much more of this is left to the luck of the draw.

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Written by Bilawal Bashir

Bilawal is a software engineer who loves video games, comic books, and anime. But he will never love pineapple on pizza.

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