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Cutthroat Caverns


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  • A perfect balance of cooperative gameplay and back-stabbing goodness
  • Genre-bending, dice-less
  • The totally immersive feel of a RPG in a simple, elegant card game
  • 94 action/attack cards, 6 character cards, 6 initiative cards
  • 25 over-sized encounter cards, monster tracker, tokens and beads
  • 3-6 Players, for ages 14 & Up
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  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 2.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: Andorra
  • ASIN: B000WA6HYG
  • Item model number: S&D 0040
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 - 18 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,753 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Cutthroat Caverns

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Without teamwork you'll never survive. Without betrayal you'll never win. An artifact of untold power lies in your hands. To claim it, you must escape the caverns alive. No less than nine horrific beasts stand in your way - that, and the greed of the other players. In this game of kill-stealing, you decide whether to swing for a whopping 50 points of damage - or hold back, awaiting a more opportune time to strike. Only the final blow matters if you are to score the kill. Hold back or sabotage other's plans too much - and the entire party will die, without a winner. Genre-bending. Dice-less. The totally immersive feel of a RPG in a simple, elegant card game.

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This game if played with six people is really fun.
Daniel Hopkins
Without betrayal... you'll never win." That's really the case because how difficult the monster is depends on how many players START the game.
El Tonio
Cutthroat Caverns has all the epic greatness of dungeon diving party-based fantasy roleplaying with none of the dice, complex rules, or loyalty.
A. G. Dial

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Dial on November 25, 2007
Cutthroat Caverns has all the epic greatness of dungeon diving party-based fantasy roleplaying with none of the dice, complex rules, or loyalty.

The premise of the game is that your party (2-6 players) is a piecemeal group of hired adventurers who trust no one. They go together into a dungeon crawling with monsters in search of Prestige.
There are nine monsters each game, randomly selected from a much larger number, which gives you a HUGE factor of combinations to battle in successive games. Players battle one monster at a time, acting - more or less - cooperatively to kill each monster in turn.
The players are each dealt a hand of "action" cards, which give them the means to defeat the monsters or betray one another. Also included in the action deck are items which give your character an edge. . . until used or stolen by your "mates."
Here's where things get tricky. Each monster is worth a given amount of Prestige, relative to it's difficulty to kill. All monsters have specialized attacks and "side effects" on your party. Without a degree of cooperation, no one will survive these beasts, however, only the character who deals the KILLING BLOW gets the Prestige. SO, it is in your best interest to be the character who delivers the coup de grace. Naturally, your "friends" all have the same idea. . .
As the game goes on, vendettas form, allegiances crumble, and backbiting reigns, but remember: without teamwork, NO ONE gets out alive.

This game is SUPER FUN, very versatile, and has a small learning curve. You don't have to be a D&D buff to grasp or appreciate the gameplay, and the cards are also quite nice.
Each game takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many are playing, and every game is different.
Easily worth a measly thirty bucks.
Buy it NOW!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erik V. Venne on December 2, 2009
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I've played this as a three player, four player, and five player game. Definitely works best with more people, but still fantastic fun regardless of the amount (you need at least three). I had been putting off buying this, as it's primary function was to play it with my two kids (9 and 11). I figured for sure my daughter (the younger one) would get highly annoyed with the backstabbing aspect of the game.

Make no mistake, there will be periods of high annoyance during the game, if not outright rage. My brother, my two kids, and I were all PO'ed with each other during various points of the game, and during the last round, my mom randomly ended up winning the game, after saying the whole time "I don't understand this game at all". We left shortly thereafter, and the entire car trip home was laughter at how mad the game made us. I am was frankly amazed at how quickly the moods changed. My kids are pretty typical for their age, I would guess. This comes with my highest recommendation.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ingemi VINE VOICE on August 20, 2009
If you are a person who loves the betrayal aspect of Wizards of the Coast Diplomacy but doesn't have 8 hours or more to play Cutthroat Caverns is for you.

You play an intrepid adventurer who goes deep in a dungeon a la Dungeons and Dragons Core Rulebook Gift Set, 4th Edition with a party trying to kill the fierce monsters that attack you. Only cooperation can you hope to defeat them...

...however there is a catch. No matter how strong or weak the monster and no matter how much damage is done only the person who delivers the death blow gets the prestige (points) for killing the monster. And there are only 10 monsters to kill.

So maybe you might make a feint and accidentally miss the creature, maybe you will slip behind another person attacking or jump ahead of them to fight, Maybe the guy next to you might trip and not get his attack in.

All the while the monster if he survives is doing damage that might not be easily repaired to members of the party.

Like the old The Republic Of Rome game you also have to survive. If no players survive to the end of the game, nobody wins, so you need the right balance of teamwork and double crossing to get to the end alive and with the points to win.

This game is very fun and pretty quick you can get several game finished in a night, and that's important because there will be a lot of people who will want revenge.

Unless your friends have short tempers you will have fun with this for years.

Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William S. Roth on November 16, 2012
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While it took a little convincing to my non-nerd roommates to play this, once we did everyone was in it to win it by the end. The replayability is amazing and every game is filled with little mini-games. It gives that D&D experience without needing to break out the D20 and lose half the audience. I am bringing it to my family thanksgiving. I know it will be a hit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton Astrophysicist on April 9, 2012
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The only thing wrong with this game is that I have not won yet. This is probably because I am to trusting, a bad quality in this game.

The game itself is fairly simple in concept; stay alive and grab the most glory. But then again all the other players have the same goal and they are your real enemy. The only trouble is if you kill them all off early in the game you will also die. So you have to wait until near the end before you shove that knife in.

If you have played any RPG, then the game-play mechanics are quite simple and can be learnt in 5-10 minutes. In a 5 or 6 player game there is little down time for each player. You do not have to wait a long time for your turn, this means all players are involved all the time. This impresses me. A game lasts about 90 minutes.

If you like Role Play Games, then I will recommend this to you. I will definitely be buying the expansion sets in the near future.
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