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The first in a line of intuitive two-tiered fantasy themed crafting table-top games full of surprises, and fun for anyone.
The first in a line of intuitive two-tiered fantasy themed crafting table-top games full of surprises, and fun for anyone.
531 backers pledged $52,679 to help bring this project to life.

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Dwarven Miner is a duel-level crafting game. Roll six custom dice in a push-your-luck style to see what you can pull out of your mine. Craft those resources into all types of gear, from armor to magic wands to mithril swords. Use these items to fulfill the orders of your Patrons, great and powerful Dwarves who have entrusted you to outfit them for their adventurous occupations, be they Warriors, Rune-Singers, or Engineers. From the lowly Tale Smith to the mighty Chieftain, each will give you a special ability that affects the game and ensures that players will want to mine again and again. Made of high quality components, Dwarven Miner is made here in the USA from sustainably forested materials and soy-based inks. It has been extensively play-tested by many groups including The Syndicate, has been very well received, and is really ready to go.

GAME PLAY DEMONSTRATION: 

The Contents of a box of Dwarven Miner
The Contents of a box of Dwarven Miner

In each box of Dwarven Miner You get the following:

  • 1 - 20"x20" Game Board
  • 4 Scoring Pawns
  • 80 Item Cards
  • 60 Resource Cards
  • 42 Patron Cards
  • 8 Vault Boards
  • 4 Backpack Boards
  • 6 Full-Colored Dice
  • Rules of Play


PRAISE for Dwarven Miner

"Dwarven Miner combines the resource gathering and management of a traditional 'Euro-based' board game along with the more light hearted nature of a 'beer and pretzel' game. What you end up with is a quick, easy to learn game for new players that still provides strategy and planning for more experienced gamers. In addition to that it scales well and is enjoyable for 2, 3 or 4 players with no special rules for a 2 player game. This is a rarity with games as most multi-player games tend to lose something when only 2 people are playing or require additional special rules to be used." - The Syndicate

"I really enjoyed playing 2 player and even 3 player. Being able to steal your opponents resources is fun. It's amazing how you can go from not even getting onto the board, still in the starting area while the rest are half way though and in 1 move, you pass them up." - The Syndicate"

"Dwarven Miner is very fun. I've played hours of it and am just as 
excited for the next time as I was when I opened the box for the first 
time." - The Syndicate

"A lot of care and effort went into Dwarven Miner's design. Rather 
Dashing is clearly committed to putting out a good game that is really fun to play." - The Syndicate

"Dwarven Miner is an incredibly dynamic and imaginative game that brilliantly melds chance with strategy. The game play is smooth and easy to follow for beginners, yet maintains a level of complexity that experienced players will want to bring to the mines. The creativity, artwork, and the design which the game makers have produced are wonderful for a fantasy-adventure that both holds a player’s attention and keeps them coming back for more. Dwarven Miner is definitely a game you won’t mind getting addicted to."
-Ty Gowen, avid gamer and Lead Investigator of Haunt ME

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Reward Details:


If you would like ADDITIONAL COPIES of the game pledge an additional $50/game at whatever level you pledged and then send us a message. At the end of this Kickstarter we will confirm with everyone so we know who ordered additional games.

The "Rogue" Level 'Thank You' Print:

ANYONE who pledges at least $20 will get the 8.5"x11" print show below, signed in silver ink by Mike Richie (Game Designer) & Grant Wilson (Artist).

This will be signed in silver ink by Mike & Grant
This will be signed in silver ink by Mike & Grant


The Summoner Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Patron Card

If you back this project we are offering the "Summoner" card as a Kickstarter exclusive.  The Summoner allows you to copy any Patron that is played by another player and cash him in for the same amount of Victory Points points as that other Patron card. Backing the project will be the ONLY way to get this powerful Patron Card.

The Summoner Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Patron Card
The Summoner Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Patron Card



Reaper© Bones Minis
Dwarven Miner comes with four scoring pawns, but we want you to be able to step it up a notch. You can play with four Dwarf Reaper Bones© minis.

Genuine Reaper Bones© Dwarf Miniatures
Genuine Reaper Bones© Dwarf Miniatures



Chain Mail Dice Bag

Here is the Chain Mail Dice Bag we are offering to upgrade the way you carry your Dwarven Miner dice.  These handmade pouches/dice bags are stainless steel and hold over 7 full sets of gaming dice. The bags have a strong drawstring and a push button closure to keep your items safe. All Mardigan’s Maile chainmaile pouches/dice bags come with a lifetime warranty! (Dice shown, not included)

100% Stainless Steel Chain Mail Dice Bag for holding your Dwarven Miner dice in style! (Dice shown, not included)
100% Stainless Steel Chain Mail Dice Bag for holding your Dwarven Miner dice in style! (Dice shown, not included)



Maple Dice Tower

Here is the hand crafted dice tower we are offering so you can roll your Dwarven Miner dice in style.  This tower is individually hand crafted of fine Maple wood and numbered by Scot Palenshus, the artist. It features black foam padding so your dice are protected as they roll quietly through the tower.

Hand made Maple Dice Tower by Scot Palenshus
Hand made Maple Dice Tower by Scot Palenshus


Progression Print

Our favorite reward we offer is the 11"x17" Progressive Print. This print shows Grant's art in three different phases of completion; The "Line Art" phase, the "Shaded" phase, and the "Full Color" phase. These prints are limited to Kickstarter backers and will be hand numbered and signed by Grant Wilson the artist. They are quality art prints suitable for framing.

The "Warrior" Progression Print
The "Warrior" Progression Print
The "Brew Maiden" Progression Print
The "Brew Maiden" Progression Print
The "Wizard" Progression Print
The "Wizard" Progression Print
The "Alchemist" Progression Print
The "Alchemist" Progression Print
The "Bardic War Chanter" Progression Print
The "Bardic War Chanter" Progression Print
The "Berserker" Progression Print
The "Berserker" Progression Print
The "Chieftain" Progression Print
The "Chieftain" Progression Print
The "Deep Delver" Progression Print
The "Deep Delver" Progression Print
The "Defender" Progression Print
The "Defender" Progression Print
The "Engineer" Progression Print
The "Engineer" Progression Print
The "Monk" Progression Print
The "Monk" Progression Print
The "Rogue" Progression Print
The "Rogue" Progression Print
The "Rune Singer" Progression Print
The "Rune Singer" Progression Print
The "Tale Smith" Progression Print
The "Tale Smith" Progression Print
The "Tracker" Progression Print
The "Tracker" Progression Print


Dwarven Miner Stretch Goal

If we reach $80,000 we will be able to offer "Dwarven Miner Reforged" as an add-on purchase.  "Dwarven Miner Reforged" consists of a 5-6 player expansion to the game as well as the "Reforged" expansion module.  It will include all you need to bump the game up to 6 players, more powerful patrons, and brand new engaging mechanics.

Risks and challenges

We are a fairly new company and we are trying to create high quality games that are, as our name implies, rather dashing. High quality games, particularly those that are made as much as possible in the United States, require a fair amount of capital to get underway. We have already quoted out the game and the factories are set to go. The only real possible setback would be a delay in production or shipping though we have no reason to suspect that either will occur. We have several projects and expansions in the works that we are excited to bring to market and the only thing lacking is the initial capital to get the Dwarven Miner line going.

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    The Engineer: You receive everything in "The Dwarven Miner" package PLUS 2 Kickstarter exclusive "Summoner" Patron cards. The "Summoner" is an extremely powerful card that you will definitely want in your deck! PLUS, you can upgrade the playing pieces in the game to four, yes four 'Bones' Dwarven minis provided by our friends at REAPER Miniatures.

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