smirk & dagger games 'cause games are a lot more fun when you can stab a friend in the back. 'cause games are a lot more fun when you can stab a friend in the back.
smirk&dagger gamesgamers greetingsabout usstoreretailerscontact us 1


big box

Genre-bending. Dice-less.
The totally immersive feel of a RPG
in a simple, elegant card game.

A perfect balance of cooperative gameplay and back-stabbing goodness.


An artifact of untold power lies in your hands. To claim it, you must escape the caverns alive. No less than nine horrific beasts stand in your way – that, and the greed of the other players.

In this game of kill-stealing, you decide whether to swing for a whopping 50 points of damage – or hold back, awaiting a more opportune time to strike. Only the final blow matters if you are to score the kill. Hold back or sabotage other’s plans too much – and the entire party will die, without a winner.

Okay, that's what it says on the box... what's it really like?
Cutthroat Caverns is truly unique. While most definitely a highly interactive card game and very easy to play, it requires the strategic thinking of a board game. And, for some uncanny reason, the game will make you FEEL like you are in the middle of a classic dungeon crawl, even though table talk is about as much roleplaying as you are likely to do. That all said, it has proven to have a very broad appeal with gamers across several genres.

The real joy is the delicate balance between helping the party (and staying alive) vs working towards your own selfish goals (and risking the welfare of everyone). There are no dice. Each Turn, you will choose how much damage you are willing to do to the monster- or won't do - as you jockey for position to land the killing blow. And when characters can make that kind of decision, things get very funny & very deadly - very quickly.

With 25 encounters, all requiring a different group strategy and seperate individual strategy, game play is always challenging. Only 9 random encounters are used in any game, so the experience is always different. With fresh new mechanics built into each expansion and a creature pool now 75 strong - there is always a new adventure ahead. And they become deadlier as we go.

Game Design: Curt Covert, Additional Development: Justin Brunetto & Curt Covert, Cover Design: Justin Brunetto

Players: 3-6
Ages: 12 and Up
Playing Time: 1 hr. 30 Min.

MSRP: $34.95
Product Identification Code: S&D 0040
UPC: 8-94769-00007-0
ISBN: 097464616-4





  • Rules Download
    Find the Core Rules edition 2.0 right here. Clearer and more betterer. (Is that a word?)

  • FAQ Page
    The murky made clear. Frequently asked questions… answered.

  • Cutthroat Caverns: Artist's Gallery
    We are fortunate to be able to include the incredible work of so many talented international artists. Check out their art, find out more about them and follow links to their complete on-line galleries. (Some even sell prints!)

  • Card List/Rarity
    A good strategist knows his or her deck. Here's the full list and quantity for each card.

    Detailed pages on the expanded game - Deeper and Darker, Relics and Ruin, Tombs and Tomes

  • Official CUTTHROAT CAVERNS Tournament Rules
    Got a convention? Got a store? Don’t have an official Smirk&Dagger Instigator present to run a
    tournament? Here’s how to do it yourself. It’s easy – and it’s a blast! Remember to contact us
    about supporting your event!

  • CUTTHROAT Reviews
    Just some of the buzz on Cutthroat Caverns. Check it out for yourself.

Rules Download
FAQ Download
Extra Token Download
Card List
HexHex Demo Aid HexHex Torney Rules HexHex Reviews
  Except where otherwise noted, all web site content is © 2003 Smirk&Dagger Games. Cutthroat Caverns is a trademark of Smirk&Dagger Games. All rights reserved. Please read our Privacy Statement.