Manufacturer: Smirk and Dagger GamesRelics and Ruin is the second expansion to Cutthroat Caverns and what an expansion it is! First, let me highlight the fact that several of the Encounters and the inspiration for the Event Deck came from you, the fans, in our Create an Encounter Contest. Sure, we beat 'em into shape, but these amazingly compelling encounters get right at the heart of what players wanted - because players created them. And as you will see, they are deadlier than ever - with many new and unique ways to challenge players to work with and against each other.
Plus, the Event Deck is an inspired way to keep the game evergreen. Sure, you may have faced the Boogens countless times, but thanks to an Event card, some dark power may have them swinging for double damage, or you may find yourself in close quarters with a gimped hand. Or perhaps your next run-in with Fear will lead to a friendly side-wager about who can swing hardest in a given turn - with added Prestige on the line.
To balance the harsher environment, you will be able to earn powerful Relics. Unlike the Items in the base game, many of these items have game-long abilities to give you an edge over your companions. For example, Vampiric Bracers grants the ability to gain life for powerful attacks, while Talisman of Renown gains an additional Prestige Point every time you gain Prestige. But items of this magnitude aren't just lying around, they must be earned. Perhaps it will require a sacrifice of life to claim one or maybe playing the last action card before the creature dies is the key. It sets up an interesting situation in that you may find yourself deciding between taking action to score a killor a Relic.
All in all, this is an expansion that is not to be missed!