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The Complete Book of Dwarves (on BGG)
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FROM WIKIPEDIA:

A dwarf is a creature from Germanic mythologies, fairy tales, fantasy fiction, and role-playing games. It usually has magical talents, often involving metallurgy.

The original concept of dwarves is very difficult to determine. The sources closest to the original Germanic mythology come from Norse Mythology, but even these are scarce and varied. Sources have gradually given dwarves more comical and superstitious roles. Dwarves were certainly humanoid, but sources differ over their height, their lifestyles, and their similarity to elves. Considering early sources, and considering the dwarves' nature, original dwarves seem fully human height. They had strong associations with death: paled skin; dark hair; connections with the earth; their role in mythology. They followed animistic traditions, showing similarities to such concepts of the dead. They were similar to others from the "Vættir" family, such as elves.

As their mythology evolved, the most notable changes have had them become more comical and more mysterious. They adopted the modern image of short height and ugliness. Their associations with the underground became more predominant. Dwarves were magical creatures with huge skill at metallurgy, taking fame for making great artifacts of legend. Late Norse concepts of dwarves became quite different from the early ones. The Legendary saga shows the new trend. The remnants of the original dwarf formed later fairy tales and folklore (see German folklore, and Dutch folklore). They had become unseen magical creatures like fairies; users of charms, curses, and deceit.

Modern fantasy and literature have formed an intriguing web of concepts, from that of the original dwarf, to the dwarf of later Norse mythology, the dwarf of folk-tales, and of other mythology. The typical modern dwarf has distinctive features such as short stature, excessive hair, and skill at mining and metallurgy. However, modern literature draws from a wide range, and dwarves vary in fidelity to historical notions. Many fantasists devise new powers or images for dwarves. Modern dwarves have no strict definition.

The conception of dwarves as short is probably the most tenacious, and the term "dwarf" can now describe short humans, regardless of its mythical origins. The universal modern description of a dwarf is something short, usually associated with magic, fantasy, and fairy tales.


This list endeavors to capture, chronicle, identify and list the various games on BGG have dwarves (in some fashion) as part of the game. Please feel free to add to the list, as my humble first attempt is assuredly inadequate. Indeed, I implore you to add to this list so it can be as complete as possible.

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176. Board Game: The Recess Dungeon Game [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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I have it on good authority that there is a dwarf in this game. There is even an allusion in the rules to people finding it impossible to play games of this type without them.
 
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177. Board Game: Tower of the Dread Mage [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
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Simple,fun and free Solo Dungeon Crawl. Of course it has dwarfs! err . . . dwarves . . . you can play as a dwarf.
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178. Board Game: Dwarf Hold [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Warspawn print and play. Nice thing about Warpspawn board games - even if the links to components/maps are dead or they're just unavailable the rules for the game includes all vital info and stats so that the components can be re-created. At least this has been my experience.
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179. Board Game: Lost Treasures [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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This game is a competitive dungeon crawl. Players run parties of adventurers after treasure - only one side plays the good guys and the other side plays the bad. I love the look of the components for this game and it - of course - includes the token free dwarf as well.
It's print and play and on my long to-do list.
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180. Board Game: Cave Wars [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Strategy game played on an 8x8 grid. Terrain is generated from randomly placed tiles in each of the 64 squares. Players build armies of dwarves, gnomes, goblins, cave trolls, etc. and attempt to occupy all Lairs on the board.
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181. Board Game: Dungeon Master [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Warpspawn's Dungeon Master.
You know it's got a dwarf in there. Never played it, but it has lots of cool stuff like a Gelatinous Cube - which I hear has made a comeback in recent years among the D&D community - but it was "monstera non grata" for a while and always one of my favorites.
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182. Board Game: Dragons of Underearth [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
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Microgame in the Underearth series. Steve Jackson TFT drama.goo
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183. Board Game: Chronopia: The Dwarven Labyrinth [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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184. Board Game: Five Armies [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Warpspawn version of the Battle of Five Armies. Good guys fight the bad guys for control of old Smaug's hoard. Has Dwarves and Eagles . . . but is Beorn in there?
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185. Board Game: La Battaglia dei Cinque Eserciti [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
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And an Italian hex and counter version of the Battle of Five Armies.
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186. Board Game: BattleLore: Bearded Brave [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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187. Board Game: DIG: the Card Game [Average Rating:5.83 Unranked]
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188. Board Game: Conflicting Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
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189. Board Game: Rune Age: Oath and Anvil [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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