In a war torn land, a magical land of heroic feats and epic quests, there is a place that has never felt the wrath of the ongoing and everlasting war between the five realms. Hidden in the hills of Strongcliff , deep in the shadows of a cavern lies the best kept secret for many years.
This place is called the Cavern Tavern.
Cavern Tavern: The Secret of the Five Realms is a worker (dice) placement and resource management game that is set in a fantasy world. Each player assumes the role of a worker in the tavern. Your job is to serve drinks, work in the kitchen, do chores, and on top of that try to keep every guest happy, including Nasty the greedy barkeep.
Every player has 4 dice that represents their available actions. On each turn, a player can assign their dice to 1 of the 21 locations in the tavern. These locations require different amount of dice value and each location holds a different reward. The players can choose to place 1 die on a location, combine them in groups to receive bigger rewards, or discard them to receive benefits that will help them advance in the game. When the player rolls their 4 dice, they have a lot of options where to put them and how to use them, allowing them to form a strategy and reduce the luck factor to minimum.
These locations are divided in 6 sections. The Main area, where the guests are located and from where each player must pick up an Order, Cellar where all the ingredients that are used to complete the Orders are located, Kitchen where players can work to receive different rewards, as well as the Chores section.
The board also features the Wizards workshop where the players can seek help for completing their Orders and Nasty the Dwarf’s office, where the players can go and try to suck up to the boss and badmouth a coworker.
The players will have to complete the Orders as soon as possible, because for each round they are late, they’ll receive less points than the Order’s original value. Late Orders also affect the player’s reputation with the barkeep, Nasty the Dwarf, which can have dire consequences.
Throughout the game the players can pick up Items that are left by the Tavern’s patrons. These Items are located all over the Tavern and the players can benefit through their clever usage.
Before the game starts, the players will receive a Secret Task from Nasty which will grant them bonus Victory Points at the end of the game for meeting his conditions.
But also there are cards that will make the players’ jobs in the Tavern more difficult and they are called Nasty the Dwarf Says cards. By drawing one of these cards the player must fulfill a mandatory task given by Nasty the Dwarf.
To stand out from other workers and gain your employers favor, you’ll need to skillfully manage the orders from your customers and the resource ingredients. You’ll have to carefully prioritize your moves, and choose from what kind of work you’ll profit the most out of the situation.
So… do you have what it takes? Get ready for the biggest challenge in your life, and start working in Cavern Tavern.
1~6 players – 60~120min playtime – Ages 13+
- 76 Ingredient Cards
- 48 Order Cards
- 6 Character Cards
- 25 Item Cards
- 15 Nasty Says Cards
- 13 Secret Task Cards
- 20 The Five Realms Cards (solo play cards)
- 6 Reference Cards
- Cavern Tavern Board
Developed by Final Frontier Games