Dwarves with Swords drops you into the underground world of mountain dwellers vying for domination of prime brewing locations and the beers that come from them. Command your army of drunken, brawling Dwarves to come out victorious as the King of the Brews!
Described by one of our playtesters as "if Chess drunkenly stumbled headlong into a mashup of War Machine and Risk”, Dwarves with Swords combines group building and strategic combat with a heavy dose of the hilariousness of drunken brawling dwarves.
Dwarves with Swords started as an idea between two board-game-loving brothers during their college days. The idea was a small one. Just a silly rhyming name and the idea of many dwarves clashing on a battlefield. Earle Mock, one of those brothers, kept the idea brewing in the back of his mind over the course of the next ten years.
In November of 2017, Earle pulled the idea for Dwarves with Swords back out and has been fully entrenched ever since. Dwarves with Swords has now been playtested by over 100 people around the country and has received exceptional feedback. The game has gone through many iterations, but has remained true to it’s core: a silly rhyming name and many dwarves clashing on a battlefield.
Listen to an interview about Dwarves with Swords by 5280 Geek for more insight into the history of the game!
A game of Dwarves with Swords starts before the dice even hit the table. Using the four Dwarf classes shown above, players create two groups of nine Dwarves each. Each Dwarf has strengths and weakness, so build your group based on your play style!
The formation of your Dwarves is also important as most of the Action Cards used in combat require certain formations and you can’t move your Dwarves around once the brawl beings.
Once you've decided on the formation of your Groups, build your Army in the Player Grids.
Once your Army is ready, it’s time to get the battle started! Each player gets to use one Attack Action, one Defense Action, and one Move Action per round. Those Action Cards determine how you crush your enemies, chase down any stragglers (bravely) running away, and protect yourself against attacks from your foes.
Combat is fought rolling dice, with the number of dice being determined by the stat listed on the Action Card. Roll your dice, line them up, and compare lowest to highest to your enemy. The high roll in each pair is a success. Then, count your successes and deal damage based on the Action Card.
Every Dwarf knows the power of beer, and they use it in battle to increase their Drunkenness! Every point of Drunkenness that the group has increases its combat stats while decreasing its Speed - but if the group reaches a Drunkenness level equal or greater than its Memory, the group Blacks Out and is removed from the board. All good dwarves know how to hold their booze, so being eliminated from the game this way is incredibly embarrassing!
Check out the How To Play video for all of the details!
Want to know more? Watch the Dwarves with Swords What Is video series for an in-depth look at each mechanic in the game!
Read the rest of Jason Meyers' review of the game here!
No More Hammers! - 4 players
- 8 Group base grids
- 36 of each of the 4 Dwarf Class Tokens (upgrade to miniatures if stretch goal is met)
- 4 Player Coasters
- 4 decks of Action Reference Cards
- 4 each of: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20
- 1 Rulebook
- Board for free-for-all brawl
- 72 hazard and objective tiles for player created scenarios (additional scenarios included if stretch goal is met)
- 3D printable .stl files of minis
- Sincere and heartfelt thanks from the Dwarves with Swords team
Brawling Master - 6 players
- Everything from No More Hammers! AND
- 4 more Group base grids
- 18 more of each of the 4 Dwarf Class Tokens (upgrade to miniatures if stretch goal is met)
- 2 more Player Coasters
- 2 more decks of Action Reference Cards
- 5 Copies of No More Hammers!
- 1 Copy of Brawling Master
- Create an Action Card - work with the Dwarves with Swords Team to create an Action Card, to be included in the final copy of each game
Track your Groups' Attributes and die rolls using this multi-purpose dry-erasable coaster! Only Kickstarter backers will be able to obtain this Dwarven technological marvel!
The Dwarves with Swords minis were modeled by the fantastic and crazy talented Andy Monks of Trick Monkey Studios! To celebrate the launch of these dwarves, Trick Monkey is giving away a .stl file of the Broadsword that you can 3D print yourself! Click here for the details, and bring your Broadsword to life!
Each game will ship with 5 scenario layouts and instructions, including Boiling Brew and Capture the Keg.
The costs shown for shipping include all costs to get the game to you. This breaks down as the following:
US: $15 for 4-player, $20 for 6-player
EU: $20 for 4-player, $25 for 6-player
Anywhere else in the world: $35 for 4-player, $50 for 6-player
**Multiple copies shipped to the same location will likely be cheaper. Please let us work out exact shipping with you in these cases**
Risks and challenges
The only challenge left is getting all of the product delivered to backers. We have all of the source files already completed for all of the components (including stretch goals), and have suppliers ready to produce the game.
So why Kickstarter, then?
The cost to manufacture single copies of the game on demand are incredibly high, and Kickstarter will let us share the game with the world at the same time as keeping the retail price in-line with other board games.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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