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The Cave (2012)

Average Rating: 6.68/10
Board Game Rank: 1296
Thematic Rank: 241
Family Game Rank: 337
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Year Published
2012
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
(21 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
(11 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(19 voters) [poll]
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Mechanic
Expansion
Primary Name
The Cave
Alternate Names
The Cave: Attraverso l'Ignoto
The Cave: Aufbruch ins Dunkel
Jaskinia
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In The Cave, a board game from K2 author Adam Kałuża, players take on the role of a speleologist team tasked with exploring a newly discovered cave. Players start from a base and explore a cave, tunnel after tunnel, effectively building the board (the cave). They have to overcome steep descents, underground lakes, and tight squeezes. They will be given a chance to admire the wonders of the underground, like halls full of stalactites. To make it all possible they must take the right supplies with them, like ropes, oxygen and batteries.

Each turn players have five action points to use for moving, discovering new cave tiles, exploring them, and packing their backpacks when they go back to the starting base. They need ropes for descents, oxygen to explore underwater parts, and a camera to photograph underground wonders. Planning what to take with them is one of the most important things in the game. Each turn that their pawn is not in the starting base, players must use (i.e., throw out) one basic supply from their backpack; these costs, along with the expenditure of other supplies during exploration, forces them to return to the starting base a few times during the game. To keep them from having to carry everything, though, players can raise a camp somewhere in the tunnels where they can store some of the equipment.

The cave differs every game, so players have to be prepared for everything or they will lose time. Players earn points for exploring different tiles: underwater, wondrous, descents, and so on – but to win they'll need to acquire bonus prizes for exploring the most tiles of each type. This make decision-making during trips very difficult.

When the cave is fully explored, the player who made the biggest effort in the most spectacular way wins the game.

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The Cave: Aufbruch ins Dunkel
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German first edition
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Artist: Jarek Nocoń
Year: 2013
Product Code: 51940G
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
2.69 pounds
German
Release Date: Jun 24, 2013
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English first edition
Publisher: REBEL.pl
Artist: Jarek Nocoń
Year: 2012
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
3.48 pounds
English
Release Date: Oct 17, 2012
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Polish first edition
Publisher: REBEL.pl
Artist: Jarek Nocoń
Year: 2012
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
3.48 pounds
Polish
Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
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Italian first edition
Publisher: uplay.it edizioni
Artist: Jarek Nocoń
Year: 2012
Product Code: UPL010
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
Italian
Release Date: Oct 2012
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2 Campaign Mode - Solo\Co-op - The Company
A Campaign mode to make the Solo\Co-Op variant more interesting and durable.
English
2015-03-26
0 Actions dans la Grotte A4
Aide de jeu en français (version A5)
French
2015-02-12
7 Pirate's Treasures
Rule draft for the treasure tokens. To make the cursed coin less unfriendly, you can decide to keep it for a value of 1 Gold/not taking up backpack space, after its curse has been broken.
English
2014-12-30
6 The Cave - Action Reference Sheet
Basically a text-supplementary version of the graphical reference listed on the side of the player board. Also makes it easy to teach the game.
English
2014-10-22
8 Action Point Tracks
With these Action Point Tracks it is a little bit easier to keep track of your action points and the feeding at the beginning of the turn, which can be easily forgotten. Just use an additional cube to shift it from one part of the track to another. (Picture contains 5 tracks for 5 people)
2013-10-05
2 the Cave - Chinese Rules
Rulebook of "the Cave" in Chinese. 带水印,如有勘误或不妥之处请联系
Chinese
2013-09-05
9 Pirate´s Cave - A Cooperative Variant
This is a cooperative variant of The Cave based on the Solo Adventure "Pirate´s Cave". Players have to explore deep into a pirate´s cave to find gold and get rich.
English
2013-05-20
31 Pirate´s Cave - A Cave Solo Adventure
This is a solo play variant of The Cave where you have to explore deep into a pirate´s cave to find gold. This version: Minor changes in wording. Fixed picture on page 3. Added win-lose condition.
English
2013-04-26
1 Polish rules
Official Polish rules from REBEL.pl
Polish
2013-02-28
7 Russian rules
Сверстанные в pdf на основе оригинального буклета. Перевод и верстка: Jay Частично использован перевод sNOwBODY с учетом ошибок и опечаток.
Russian
2013-02-28
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1296
Thematic Rank: 241
Family Game Rank: 337
Num Ratings: 1028
Average Rating: 6.68
Standard Deviation: 1.40
Num Views: 157691
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.5
Fans: 94
Personal Comments: 275
Users Owning: 1535
Users Wanting: 243
Users Trading: 58 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 1
Price History: View
Total Plays: 1724
Plays This Month: 0
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