Be the first with enough knowledge and prestige to invent fire and usher in the age of modern humanity!

Cavemen: The Quest for Fire

Cavemen: The Quest for Fire (download rules) from Rio Grande Games (BGG) is a card-drafting game where players take the role of tribal leaders. The tribes compete for opportunities to hunt dinosaurs, recruit tribesmen, and discover new technologies, vying to be the first with enough knowledge and prestige to invent Fire.  It’s easy to learn, supports 2-5 players and has a playing time of about 45 minutes.

The game features 21 different inventions that allow for players to evolve diverse strategies, capitalizing on their tribe’s individual strengths. There are challenging decisions every turn as players must evaluate what resources are available, guess what their opponents will do, and weigh the amount of risk they’re willing to take. Its theme and mechanics are tightly interwoven, delivering a taut and coherent game experience that’s highly competitive without direct antagonism.

Components

In the box, you’ll get:

  • 1 game deck with 86 cards, including four different kinds of Cavemen, 27 unique Dinosaurs, Caves and 21 Inventions, including Stone Axe, Huts, Tribal Council, Human Sacrifice, and Fire.
  • 20 starting cards: 1 Leader, 1 Hunter, 1 Home Cave and 1 Rules Summary card for each of the 5 different tribes.
  • 40 die-cut food tokens in denominations of 1 and 5.
  • 31 die-cut tooth tokens in denominations of 1 and 5.
  • 1 die-cut conch token.

Gameplay

You have two resources to manage: Food and Teeth. You must spend Food each turn in order to keep your Tribe from starving. Teeth indicate prestige among the tribes. Use Teeth to bid for the conch and to acquire Cavemen and Caves.

Each turn, cards are drawn from the deck to fill a common Card Pool. Players take actions based on what is available in the pool. For example, if a Beast is drawn into the Card Pool, you can hunt it for Food and claim its Teeth as a sign of your bravery.

If you hold the conch during the Action Phase, you benefit by taking your Action first and taking a second Action after everyone else has gone once. Players can bid Teeth to take control of the Conch from another player. This can be important to get the first pick of the cards in the Card Pool.

The game features 21 different inventions that allow players to evolve diverse strategies, capitalizing on their tribe’s individual strengths. There are challenging decisions every turn as players must evaluate what resources are available, guess what their opponents will do, and weigh the amount of risk they’re willing to take.

Turn Phases

  1. Draw Phase: Draw cards into the common Card Pool.
  2. Conch Phase: Bid Teeth for the Conch.
  3. Feed Phase: Pay 1 Food per Caveman if you have the Conch; other players pay 1 Food.
  4. Action Phase: Recruit, Hunt, Forage, Invent or Explore. The Conch-Holder goes both first and last.
  5. Discard Phase: Discard down to 3 cards.


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Posted by admin on July 10th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Are you going to the World Boardgaming Championships in Lancaster, PA? if so, you can compete in the first ever Cavemen: The Quest for Fire world championship!

New players are welcome! There will be a demo on Wednesday, July 31st at 9pm.

Players will then compete in 3 heats on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the top 16 players with the most wins will advance to the semi-finals, culminating in a winner-take-all 4-player final game on Friday, August 2nd at 10pm.

Sound the conch… the ultimate Quest for Fire is upon us!

Jun
28

Posted by admin on June 28th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

As much as I hate to admit it, I do read what people say about my game on the internet, as depressing as it may be sometimes.

But then I get one like this, and it makes it all feel worthwhile:

“I found what I was looking for yet again. I’ve got one thing to say. Thank you! I work real hard for my time. Thank you for filling it with value rather than wasting it like the last two new games I tried. Great job on the art and theme. Wonderful job on the gameplay. This is a game that I definitely want an expansion for. I have already previously decided that I really like this type of game, but this one is really the best out of the lot that I have played to date!”

Jun
19
Posted by admin on June 19th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

“I really liked this card game. I was amazed at this little thing. Now, I was surprised, I had never heard of it before, there wasn’t a lot of buzz online about it. Even after I played it I went and looked it up, and I was just surprised, there just wasn’t a lot of buzz about it. I’m surprised because this game is a good little game, for sure! I played it with two different test groups. Both groups: we played it four or five times and every time they wanted to play it again and again and again. Not one person disliked this game out of both groups. It’s just a really cool game.”

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