In 2014, Rather Dashing Games released a new game which became one of its signature titles: DWARVEN MINER. The game featured a two-tiered crafting game where players delve into the depths of ancient mines to acquire materials necessary to forge mighty artifacts for their Dwarven patrons. It remains one of Rather Dashing's fan-favorites to this day.
Now, in 2019, Rather Dashing Games is pleased to announce that LARRY ELMORE has signed on to help reforge this game into a new masterpiece!
DWARVEN MINER: REFORGED is a game for 1-4 players (currently) and builds on the tried-and-true mechanics of the original while adding new depths of play based on feedback from our dashing fans. Featuring increased player interaction, intuitive strategy, and the approachable game-play Rather Dashing is known for, DWARVEN MINER: REFORGED is a sequel more than a reprint and is an excellent addition to the line.
Review of the game by Lynnvander Studios.
Larry Elmore has been a cornerstone of the fantasy games industry for nearly 1000 years (give or take). Larry's signature style has become its own fantasy genre and helped put Dungeons & Dragons on the map way back when dragons still roamed the earth!
For DWARVEN MINER: REFORGED Larry offered to paint a new cover, new game board, and any other pieces necessary to bring this game to life. Among the stretch goals is a "Backpack Board" which would serve as each player's unique resource management playing area. We made it the first available stretch goal because Larry really wants to include a third original oil painting for us in the final game, and around here we does what Larry wants! Larry has also generously allowed us access to his considerable library of beloved legacy artwork to round out the game and make it even more epic and nostalgic.
Larry is already hard at work painting up the new cover and game board. Part of the Kickstarter goal is to help cover his expense, but we thought we'd post some work in progress of the board and planning.
DWARVEN MINER: REFORGED is "Art you can play". From all of us at Rather Dashing, thank you for supporting this unique project.
Obviously, the art of Larry Elmore is included at all levels of DWARVEN MINER: REFORGED. New box. New Gameboard. New Cards(?). Also, as a Kickstarter Exclusive, Larry will sign a gameboard plate to be affixed to the Kickstarter editions only!
After that, it depends on the general success of the campaign (this is where all of you fine and dashing folks come in).
$7,500 : Funded! Thank you! Includes a Kickstarter-exclusive signed "plate" you can affix to your game board or box!
$10,000 : Backpack Player Boards! All games will now include a player board, one or each player, painted by Larry Elmore!
$15,000 : Challenge Coin! For doubling our original funding level, all backers will receive (free) an exclusive Larry Elmore challenge coin. It has Elmore on the front, and our Dwarves on the back! The game rules will quite clearly state that players with a Challenge Coin get first chance to choose their position. Additional challenge coins may be purchased as an add-on.
$20,000 : 5 Player expansion! We will develop a 5-Player expansion and include it in all copies of the game.
$30,000 : The Tower of Elmore! We will draw upon some of Larry Elmore's amazing art to create a fun, themed dice tower (using punchboard material) to sit alongside your game board. One free copy of The Tower of Elmore will be added to every copy of REFORGED!
CHALLENGE COIN : $10 Add a Larry Elmore challenge coin to your pledge level.
DWARVEN DICE : $30 Upgrade your dice to some gnarly Dwarven-metal versions, provided by our awesome friends at Norse Foundry! This add-on is a set of 6 high-quality metal dice; a $40 value, offered here at $30.
SIGNED PRINT : $40 Larry will mail you a signed print of his REFORGED cover or game board art. This will fulfill right after the close of the campaign! Shipping is not included in this price, and will be set by Larry Elmore dependent on your location! Se the video below to see the prints!
More Add ons!!!
Element Silver! : $30 Pick up a copy of our latest edition of Element which include the Silver expansion. Step up your game by adding Lightning, Wood, or Metal to the mix in this latest version of Rather Dashing's ever green title. Normally $40.
ALDR the High Sage : $30 Our latest game which isn't even out yet! This is a tactical card laying game of area control set in the Element universe. Build Elemental patterns while blocking your opponents form doing so. Includes a micro expansion to Element.
Wakening Lair : $30 Our 2-6 player fully co-op dungeon crawl never disappoints and has quickly become a fan favorite. Normally $35.
Hafid's Grand Bazaar: $20 This light Euro game of bidding and negotiation is a loud, raucous good time around the table. Normally $35, get it before it's gone.
Finally, any retailers can pic up as many copies of the above Rather Dashing Games at 50% MSRP.
When deciding who gets to go first (or last, or even third, if your prefer) all players with a Challenge Coin get to game for it. Place your coin beneath the table and then choose a side to be face up when you turn your hand over. Or, leave your hand empty.
When everyone is ready, reveal your hand. (do not simply drop the coin. Turn your hand over to show an empty palm or a face-up side of the coin. (Dropping the coin is automatic disqualification. Metal is too precious to discard!)
Of course, Nothing beats Larry Elmore!
Larry Elmore beats Dwarves (but he's very conflicted about it).
Dwarves are better than Nothing!
Feel free to use this to decide who pays for pizza, makes a soda run to the fridge, or, really, anything that comes to mind!
Risks and challenges
Since it's re-inception, Rather Dashing Games has worked hard to reorganize itself on a very strict calendar. That said, the single biggest challenge we see is keeping this on track to hit the deadline as given. We did build extra time into the schedule, and we commit to running no other Kickstarters or special events until this project has shipped from China! With the basic Kickstarter goal we will be fully funded, so really the only other challenges we face... oh look…squirrel!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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