Cave Troll is a fun, quick little game that I recently picked up at a swap meet. It's basically a worker placement game, which has been picking up in popularity recently.
In Cave Troll, you have a board with a few dozen rooms in it. Each room is worth between 1-5 gold. Whoever claims the most gold at the end of the game wins.
You get four actions a turn. The most common ones involve summoning heros and monsters, and moving them. You summon heros in to the dungeon by playing a card from your hand, and they enter on the stairs. You can then spend one action to move a hero around.
|This card lets you summon an adventurer in to the dungon|
Adventurers are the most common hero, but there are also some special heroes with added abilities.
|Blues forces move in!|
You also have monsters. Monsters can't claim gold, but can often fight and disrupt other heroes. The Cave Troll is perhaps the strongest (hence the namesake) - he can kill a room full of heroes when placed, and then prevents others from moving into that room. Frequently the 5-gold rooms get "Cave Trolled".
|This orc can outright kill heroes!|
It's physically small, so it's easily stored or thrown into a convention bag/backpack. A game takes maybe 5 minutes to teach, and 10 minutes to play. It plays 2-4 players, although I think 3 players is the sweet spot. It's never going to be anyone's "favorite", but its a nice think to keep tucked away in the corner for occasional fun!