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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80. Board Game: Warparty [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:3511]
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Warparty has Dwarves!

Currently on pre-order Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC.

http://www.locknloadgame.com/Section_Cat_Content_Detail.asp?...

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82. Board Game: The Fellowship of the Ring [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:4218]
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83. Board Game: Citadel of Blood [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:4282]
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This SPI dungeon crawl game shares a mythology and setting with Swords & Sorcery (already mentioned above), and some of the dwarf characters from that game make an appearance here as well.
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84. Board Game: Dwarf King's Hold: Dead Rising [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4505]
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91. Board Game: How to Host a Dungeon [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:4923]
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92. Board Game: The Classic Dungeon [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4584]
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93. Board Game: Quest for the DragonLords (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:5323]
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94. Board Game: The Lonely Mountain [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:4930]
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95. Board Game: The Battle of Five Armies [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5207]
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96. Board Game: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:5624]
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This board game is based on the Fighting Fantasy gamebook of the same title. One of the characters in this dungeon crawl is a dwarf. Game sets itself apart with the importance of locks and keys and the use of a Clue-like mechanic for regulating the obtainment and employment of keys.
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97. Board Game: Dungeon Plungin' [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:6021]
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I think it's illegal in some countries to attempt a dungeon expedition without at least consulting a dwarf first.
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98. Board Game: Chaos Marauders (second edition) [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:6551]
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99. Board Game: Dragon Dice [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6365]
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100. Board Game: Greyhawk: Wars [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6533]
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