From Parsnips to Palm Trees: the Economics of Stardew Valley

A talk from EMF 2022 by Hannah Cameron

On Friday June 3, 2022 at in Stage C

You're in the big city, working so hard that it's all you know, and when your grandpa leaves you his farm you quit that city life taking all your hard-earned life savings of 500 bucks (about 2 jars of mayonnaise) with you. How you afforded the bus there is questionable.

You start with a handful of seeds and that's 15 bucks profit margin each after the 4 days it takes you to grow them. Seems like a harsh transition, but after a couple of years your enterprising business could somehow be making you millions! No Silicon. Only Valley.

I will try to answer the most important questions such as 'Why is the recipe for espresso worth more than diamonds?' and 'What happens if you apply the model to your real life?' This talk is a Universal Love for fans of the game.