The Sorcerer's Cave (1978)

Average Rating: 6.33/10
Board Game Rank: 3138
Thematic Rank: 473
Family Game Rank: 865
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1978
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1 − 4
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(Not best with any number)
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
5 to 12
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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A fantasy-based game, using cards to create an underground lair that players explore -– cooperatively or competitively -- using bands of characters, in an attempt to leave with the highest score (monsters defeated and treasure). Gaming decisions are relatively limited, but the fascination of the game lies in the changing setup and the 'story' that is created on each occasion.

The game shares its basic mechanics with The Mystic Wood by the same author.

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Sorcerer’s Cave Component Manifest

1 Rulebook
1 Q&A sheet
1 Die - 6 sided
4 pawns - Green, Red, Yellow, Blue
12 tokens of each color
60 map tiles
80 cards consisting of the following:

8 blank cards
3 Dwarf
3 Woman
6 Man
3 Priest
1 Woman Hero
3 Troll
1 Unicorn
3 Ogre
3 Spectre
1 Hero
3 Dragon
3 Giant
3 Wizard
1 The Sorcerer
1 Sibyl
1 Ghouls
1 Medusa
6 Silver
6 Gold
3 Gems
1 Treasure Chest
1 Eye of God
1 Strength Potion
1 Charmed Flute
1 Magic Carpet
1 The Lost Ruby
1 The Ring
1 Magic Sword
1 Magic Staff
1 Healing Balm
1 Lotus Dust
1 Talisman
2 Earthquake
2 Trap
1 Mutiny

Copyright Issues

The designer has asked that the rules NOT be made available online, for the reasons below:

"The rules of my games are my intellectual property and remain under copyright in my name. Without getting into a legal discussion, let me just say that any publication of the rules for free distribution is bound to weaken my rights in my IP. I realize other designers and publishers may have different policies and very good reasons for adopting those policies, but this is mine, and it will remain so. I do thank Scott & co. for respecting my wishes here.

On the other hand, I don't care about private distribution, any more than as a book author I care about people photocopying a few pages for personal use."

The latter paragraph does mean you could ask someone to send you a copy.

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The Sorcerer's Cave
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Gibsons Second edition 1982
Publisher: Gibsons Games
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Year: 1982
Product Code: 71019
Size: 12.10 x 10.20 x 1.40 inches
1.50 pounds
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First Edition
Publisher: Ariel, Philmar
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Year: 1978
Size: 12.25 x 10.25 x 1.50 inches
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0 Sorcerer's Cave House Rules v2
After playtesting, I have made changes to the Fight rules.
English
2012-01-08
5 Lairs of the Sorcerer
A set of variant rules, plus additional components, for expanding the original game. Original version from my personal (now defunct) website, 1997.
English
2010-12-29
7 Sorcerer's Cave component manifest and card list
List of game pieces and cards.
English
2009-10-20
6 Quest cards
Quest cards. Print to fit A4 paper back to back and cut out.
2009-01-08
5 Sorcerer's Cave_House Rules.pdf
Sorcerer's Cave House Rules
2007-07-24
6 CaveAndWood.doc
A memoir by the designer of Sorcerer's Cave and Mystic Wood
2002-08-20
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 3138
Thematic Rank: 473
Family Game Rank: 865
Num Ratings: 308
Average Rating: 6.33
Standard Deviation: 1.48
Num Views: 65192
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
Similarly Rated: View
Avg. Game Weight: 1.8
Fans: 35
Personal Comments: 153
Users Owning: 573
Users Wanting: 71
Users Trading: 36 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 1
Price History: View
Total Plays: 194
Plays This Month: 1
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Num Ratings 61
Average Rating 6.66
Average Weight 1.50
Num Owned 155
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Wishlist 45
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Year Published 1980
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