The Board Game is a great video game adaptation – Big Boss Battle (B3)
I have spent hundreds of hours Stardew Valley the video game. I spent so much time farming my land, fishing, farming, befriending everyone and making sure my farm was perfect. So when I heard there would be Stardew Valley: The Board Game, I was PUMPED. Some reviews were posted, I ignored them and finally got a copy of the game.
Stardew Valley: The Board Game takes a lot of configuration, because the game itself is really faithful to the video game, which contains a lot of stuff. You have an entire shop full of goods and seeds, a bag of artifacts and minerals, lots and lots of stacks of cards for various different events. There’s a whole mining system, foraging items to place on the map, a bag of fishing tackle. It’s just a lot to put up the whole world.
But the world looks like the video game and you will spend your time traveling, collecting resources and looking to build your farm. We played with the maximum number of players; four, in our party, communicating a lot along the way so we can all help each other out when it comes to completing the various goals our grandfather set for us at the start of the game.
These objectives are scaled to the number of players we have, as are the lots that need to be created for us to help sprites around the map. On your turn, you’ll start by asking the main player to turn over a season card. It can be an event day or just a normal series of events that you then have to play. Often this will make you do things like water your crops, tell you you can sell this tour, etc. Sometimes this will cause you to reveal a bad thing to Joja, which will then have to be dealt with, otherwise you will have to pay the price by following the restrictions they have given.
Stardew Valley: The Board Game then places you where your character begins on your turn. You will need to talk with other players and can even trade items you have in your inventory if you wish. This way, one person does all the selling for the team during the day while another can spend their time on their minds. It’s a lot like the game; as I was a fisherman, I spent a lot of time fishing. Fishing is done by rolling dice, then seeing if your dice can be spent on an available fish in that type of water at the bottom of the map. Mining worked the same way, with miners rolling dice and then using a board to see if they got anything from their mine. You can even start building stairs to go deeper into the mine and get more items.
Everyone has a tool they specialize in, which they can upgrade for parts that then allow them to perform that action better. My fishing rod could give me another dice roll, which is a big help when one of your actions is a roll. On your turn, you have two actions or one action, a move to a new location, and another action. It looked like a good amount of space to play.
Gathering resources each day and deciding whether we should build chicken coops or devote our hearts to our animals is a big conversation. There is a lot of teamwork required in Stardew Valley: The Board Game. The game itself also felt like the video game, with the same level of grinding and splitting that you do in multiplayer on the town. We achieved our goals, quickly trying to gather resources to accomplish what was needed, and making sure to search as much as we could during the season, as those resources were limited. The museum can be filled with artifacts, which then unlock epic items, and villagers can be returned and given items for you to have friends. These hearts are then used, as mentioned earlier, to upgrade your pet’s quality or they can be used to reveal bundles which then need items to complete them.
There’s a great flow you can enter, start your day, and move around the town, collect items, and work towards whatever goals you’re currently trying to accomplish to help your farm grow. There are so many different possibilities in your time on the board, with events happening, animals wanting pendants, villagers looking for specific items, and so much more. It is full of possibilities, and when you work as a team, you want to work together.
I’ve found Stardew Valley: The Board Game very fun to play. It does a great job of taking the original game and putting it together into a board game that you can easily play with your friends and family who have never had a chance to play the video game itself. The artwork is beautiful, the amount to do is a lot of fun, and it’s a good time.
You can purchase Stardew Valley: The Board Game from their website.
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