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Caverna: The Cave Farmers

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Lookout Games
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Number of Players 1-7
Playtime 30-210 Min
Suggested Ages 12+
Designer(s) Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher Lookout Games

Following along the same lines as its Agricola, Caverna: The Cave Farmers is a worker-placement game that focuses on farming. In the game, you are the bearded leader of a small dwarf family that lives in a small cave in the mountains. You start the game with a farmer and his spouse, and each member of the farming family represents an action that the player can take each turn. Together, you cultivate the forest in front of your cave and dig deep into the mountain. You furnish the caves as housing for your offspring as well as working spaces for small businesses. It's your decision how much ore you want to mine. You will need it to create weapons that allow you to go on expeditions to gain bonus items and actions. While digging through the mountain, you might come across water sources and discover ore and ruby mines that help you increase your wealth. Right in front of your cave, you can grow your wealth even further with agriculture: You can cut down the forest to plant fields and fence in pastures to hold your animals. You can also grow your family while running your ever-growing farm. In the end, the player with the best developed home board wins. You can also play the single version of this game to familiarize yourself with the 48 different furnishing tiles for your cave. Caverna: The Cave Farmers, which has a playing time of about 30 minutes per player, is a complete redesign of Agricola that swaps the card decks from the former game with a set of buildings while adding the ability to buy weapons and send your farmers on quests to get further resources. Designer Uwe Rosenberg notes that the game includes parts of Agricola, but also has new ideas, especially the cave design of your game board, where you can build mines and search for rubies. The game also has two new animals: dogs and donkeys.

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