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Year Published
2010
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2, 5 players
Recommended with 2–5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
30 − 90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8+
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Subdomain
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Primary Name
Catacombs
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Katakomben
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Catacombs is an action/dexterity-based adventure board game. One player controls the Overseer, controlling the monsters of the catacombs; the other player(s) control the four heroes who cooperatively try to defeat the monsters and eventually the Catacomb Lord. Each of the heroes has special abilities that must also be used effectively if they are to prevail.

The main mechanism of Catacombs is for the players to flick wooden discs representing the monsters and the heroes. Contact with an opposing piece inflicts damage, but missiles, spells, and other special abilities can cause other effects. When all of the monsters of a room have been cleared, the heroes can move further into the catacomb. Items and equipment upgrades can be purchased from the Merchant with gold taken from fallen monsters. The Catacomb Lord is the final danger that the heroes must defeat to win the game; conversely, the Overseer wins if all of the heroes are defeated. The game is designed for quick set-up and fast play within 30 to 60 minutes.

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Awards

  • 2010 BoardGameGeek Golden Geek, Best Innovative
  • 2010 The Dice Tower Gaming Award, Best Innovative
  • 2011 Wired GeekDad Blog, Game of the Year

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English Third Edition
Publisher: Elzra Corp.
Artist: Kwanchai Moriya
Year: 2015
Product Code: ELZ1000
Size: 13.78 x 13.78 x 3.35 inches
5.64 pounds
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Release Date: Apr 2015
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German first edition
Publisher: Schwerkraft-Verlag
Artist: Kwanchai Moriya
Year: 2015
Product Code: SKV 5000
Size: 13.78 x 13.78 x 3.23 inches
5.73 pounds
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Release Date: Jul 1, 2015
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Year: 2012
Product Code: SOE1000
Size: 10.50 x 10.50 x 2.00 inches
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3 Catacombs map (room mat)
This is a silly, superfluous room mat / map intended to hold the room cards, depicting the path the heroes follow, and to remind you of the default and random setups. Specific ones like Crypt of Shaurath don't follow the setup depicted here, but can still use this silly, superfluous map. This is intended to be printed full size on US letter-sized paper. Feel free to tweak your own for A4, or to ask me to do the same. As usual, here is the [url=https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1u-qD4fO4M7RQnSoL6lbMzH3opIhZkXhowlNvalroY1Q/edit?usp=sharing]Google Doc[/url] for comment, correction, and copying.
English
2015-11-30
9 Printable Power Rankings
This list was made using Christian Busch's power rankings of Heroes and Catacomb Lords. Find his original post here: https://boardgamegeek.com/article/20374455#20374455
English
2015-11-14
29 Catacombs holistic summary (includes Cavern of Soloth and Crypt of Shaurath; other expansions don't affect the rules)
The rules for Catacombs are fine if you want to sit and casually read the 24-page rulebook, then remember it all later when you're ready to play, but they're not so good as a reference while playing. Here is a 1-page (2 with setup) summary you can use as a reference while playing. As usual, here is the [url=https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wm7MQv8xUQ-OYCYY17BGp8e8MY2o7EZrO-Mq_E3SmFQ/edit?usp=sharing]Google Doc[/url], so you can comment, suggest corrections, or make a copy for your own purposes (credit where it's due, though, please!). 1.3 Finally remembered to add the item permanence icons.
English
2015-09-24
5 Regeln, zusammengefasst
Update für Kurzversion
German
2015-08-05
0 Summary in Chinese
地下墓穴 简体中文玩家帮助
Chinese
2015-02-05
8 Giant Fireball Spell
This is my idea regarding the mechanics for the Giant Fireball Spell stretch goal of the Catacombs Kickstarter project.
English
2014-04-13
18 Monster Cards for Tzalem's Redesign
English version. Corrected some errata. These are the monster cards from Catacombs + Soloth Expansion, using the art from Tzalem's redesign.
Spanish
2013-04-05
21 Room Cards for Tzalem's redesign
English version. These are the Room cards of Catacombs + Soloth Expansion, with the original art replaced by the art used in Tzalem's redesigned stickers.
Spanish
2013-04-05
6 Правила на русском языке.
Оригинальный буклет Перевод: Андрей Киселев Вёрстка - Алексей "Yushin" Юшин
Russian
2012-08-29
71 Tzalem's complete stickers set & heroes sheets
This file includes all heroes sheets enhanced with icons to remember their special abilities and wheels to mark the remaining life, magic, rage, etc ...
English
2012-05-21
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 408
Thematic Rank: 95
Num Ratings: 2584
Average Rating: 7.27
Standard Deviation: 1.34
Num Views: 458276
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Users Owning: 3995
Users Wanting: 589
Users Trading: 141 [find trade matches]
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