Why everyone should play….Cave Evil

ImageAlright folks. Lets pack up “Settlers of Catan”, put the kids to bed and break out the games for big boys. No more mister nice guy. Let me introduce you to Cave Evil. This extremely obscure and rare game, which was originally printed back in 2011 and released to much acclaim, is receiving a reprint treatment later in the year. And thank Hastur’s cloak it is! Pop culture fans with a taste for the extreme will instantly get where this game is coming from, and should take to this like a swarm of plague bearing flies descending upon a festering corpse. The first thing you’ll notice about Cave Evil is the Black Metal inspired “Necro” art. The designers have gone to extreme lengths to create something that is unique, ambient and captivating to behold. Just check out this trailer they made as proof. There promises to be over 340 cards, 120 creatures, loads of events and items, all with their own individual artwork. Now before I continue, let me pause here for a minute as this subject matter is very close to my heart. So listen up ‘oh ye of the uninitiated’! Don’t be fooled by any preconceptions of glossy, full colour Fantasy Flight style game art you might possess. There is nothing amateur about this. It’s an art-form that adheres to extreme sensibilities and to say its “dark” would not do it any justice. It’s straight up ‘pitch black’ and rough as hell! And purposely so. Just like the music of Black Metal, the initial sensation of “rawness” is merely a defensive screen to separate the weak. Behind its crusty enamour lies incredible complexity that can baffle even the most open of minds, leaving you standing in utter bewilderment in the realisation that what you have just witnessed is nothing short of beautiful. The presentation of Cave Evil is probably the games greatest strength in constructing a theme of impending doom. In short, no light will be found here.

However, if you don’t know your Impaled Nazarene from your Marduk, fear not! Cave Evil is not “so” extreme that it excludes any gamer from the table. Anyone unaware of such madness will not lose their mind in the blink of an eye upon opening the box. So don’t worry, your sanity is safe. Now put down that crucifix, its only a game.
Anyone who has ever enjoyed a good ol’ dungeon fist fight will find the game incredibly accessible and a thrill to play. Players take on the role of undead Necromancers who control squadrons of daemonic creatures to do your every bidding. Cast spells, excavate tunnels, claim treasures, fight enemies and of course, summon more demons!! The board is made up of some 40+ hex shaped tiles that you lay out according to various scenarios and will have you traversing deadly cave after deadly cave for aeons to come. So there is plenty of adventuring to be had in these dank, noxious tunnels. Ultimately, in a game like this, dealing with this subject matter, the end goal should be obvious. Be the last, most evilest, muthaf#*ker standing, and claim your right as heir to the Black Flame of the Pit. You can pre-order the game HERE….I know you want to…..You can hear them too….join us….join us….join us…………..

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