A cache is a location in the game, chosen by the player, where he or she stores the bulk of their inventory items when unable or unwilling to carry them all. A cache is usually only necessary when there's a large number of rooms, lots of portable items, the player character has a carrying capacity and there's no player's holdall.
Ideally, one should pick a room that is centrally located within the game's geography, lit, and ignored by non-player characters. (You don't want thieves stealing your stuff.)
- Zork: Base of operations by Jason Dyer, April 18, 2011. "For a game with large landscape, many puzzles, and a harsh inventory limit, it’s essential to have a base of operations: a place to stash everything."
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