Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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- For 1-7 Players
- 30 minute playing time
- Tons of replay value
- Great strategy game
- For 1-7 players
- Takes about 30 minutes to play for each player
- Tons of replay value
- Great strategy game
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In this game, you are the bearded leader of a small dwarf family which lives in a little cave in the mountains. Together, you cultivate the forest in front of your cave and dig deeper into the mountain. You furnish the caves as dwellings for your offspring as well as working spaces for small enterprises. It's up to you how much ore you want to mine. You will need it to forge weapons, that allow you to go on expeditions to gain bonus items and actions. While digging through the mountain, you may come across water sources and find ore and ruby mines that help you increase your wealth. Right in front of your cave, you can increase your wealth even further with agriculture: you can cut down the forest to sow fields and fence in pastures to hold your animals. In the end, the player with the most efficiently developed home board will win the game. Play the solo variant of this game to make yourself familiar with the 48 different furnishing tiles for your cave. Components - over 300 wooden pieces for animals, resources and dwarfs - over 60 acrylic nuggets for Ore and Ruby - 16 game boards - 16 punchboards with over 400 pieces - 30 Cards - 1 score sheet - 1 rulebook - 1 appendix.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. You like games like Settlers of Catan. Maybe if you like Risk or Monopoly, but not necessarily.
2. You like games that make you think and aren't just based on luck.
3. You don't mind spending some time playing a game -- about 30 minutes per person playing (e.g. 4 players = 2 hours).
4. You don't mind being a nerd.
If you have played and like Agricola, then you will love Caverna. Caverna plays very similar to Caverna, but it has a few advantages.
1. Food is much easier to come by. This doesn't mean the game is easier, but it does mean it's LESS STRESSFUL. I would always get stressed out and nervous in Agricola and would spend time planning my next 4-6 moves in advance sometimes. In Caverna, you can still plan to get an advantage, but there are more options and backup methods to get food.
2. Rather than receiving a handful of cards to pick from, everyone picks Occupation/Improvement-like cards from a pool of available cards. This means that luck of the draw isn't quite as important. However, the player who gets the first turn can get the first pick, so there is still some luck.
3. The scoring is a bit easier. For example, all animals are worth 1 point. Animals still have differences as far as reproduction, food, availability, and how they play with certain cards.
The main disadvantage of Caverna compared to Agricola is that since there is a set pool of cards, the game doesn't change quite as much each time you play it. However, there are still many strategies you can employ and different ways to score a lot.
This is my favorite game (Agricola used to be my favorite). We've spent hours and hours playing it and will continue to do so.
The game has enough in common with Uwe's other farming games that if you have played some of those you will pick this up pretty quickly.
This game doesn't feel as heavy as LeHavre, which is my favorite game, and not as tension-filled. I don't have analysis paralysis while playing Caverna, nor do i have brain burnout or a need to analyze my gameplay for 15 minutes afterwards. It feels much lighter than LeHavre or even Fields of Arle, another great game by Uwe.
I highly recommend the game because it is just fun and the solo game is excellent.
Of course, the complexity and flexibility has an upside too...you just don't get that upside until you have played it many times.
The components are excellent quality and there are LOTS of them. In part this is because the design of the game is such that you need more components and boards for larger groups. If you are playing with 2 or 3, you will end up leaving most of it in the box. By the way, the box is super heavy because of these components, and they just BARELY fit back in. Most of the time gaming companies leave too much empty space in the box in order to make the game seem larger on the shelf. This game uses an uncomfortably small and flimsy box to make itself seem more manageable.
I'm basically obsessed with this game.
It seems expensive until you open the box and see the amount of detail and number of pieces that go into this box. This is pretty much the ultimate board game.
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This is definitely one of my favorite games!