Non-dwarven digging! - Games that involve digging but NO DWARVES
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I've been doing a lot of minecrafting with my kids lately and that has caused me to drift toward thinking about games that involve digging, excavating, and/or mining, as a theme or at least as a significant mechanic.

As I began to look through the digging and mining games available, it became readily apparent to me that there is a tremendous racial disparity. Dwarves evidently love to dig. And non-dwarves are evidently far more interest in logging, farming, and the like. But surely there are games which incorporate a digging mechanic and DON'T INCLUDE DWARVES???

This list is dedicated to the unsung heroes of digging. The non-dwarven diggers who may not be racially inclined to dig, but they do it anyway.
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1. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:950]
Robert K Gabhart
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Post-apocalyptic ice age which includes digging through the junkyard for tools and medicine (and on occasion, 'junk'). The junkyard is represented as a pile of cards and players perform a DIG action to search through the top of the junkyard for resources.

There are multi-racial characters and a decent balance of male / female characters depicted, but nary a dwarf in sight!!


You even get to start the game with a SHOVEL!!

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2. Board Game: Eureka [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:8201]
Robert K Gabhart
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This one brings back memories for me. As a young boy I enjoyed many excursions into the wild west as a HUMAN prospector, digging for gold!
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3. Board Game: Undermining [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2763]
Robert K Gabhart
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Space mining game with great components. You actually get to upgrade your UMVee and directly place cubes and tokens on/in the UMVee that serves as your personal tableau. Aliens? Yes, but none of them are dwarves!!
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4. Board Game: Diggity [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
Robert K Gabhart
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Keller
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It's like Saboteur, only without the dwarves. Which, of course, is key for inclusion in this Geeklist.
 
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5. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1409]
Robert K Gabhart
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Prospectors, Surveyors, and a wide assortment of mining contracts provide a thoroughly replayable game about the mining industry in Silverton, Colorado. Best of all, it is certifiably DWARF-FREE!
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6. Board Game: Archaeology [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:8051]
Robert K Gabhart
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No dwarves here! The dwarves of Middle Earth never learned to walk like an Egyptian. Instead, in this game of historical human hunting, you dig for artifacts in the wind swept deserts of Egypt.
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7. Board Game: Cave Evil [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:2166] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
John Weier
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Digging is an important part of this game, and it's all undead creatures, no dwarves.
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8. Board Game: Cavum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1607]
Lee Benson
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Portland
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You build tunnels in a mountain in order to secure precious stones.
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9. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:189]
Guido Gloor
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Ostermundigen
Bern
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Imps are even better at digging than dwarves.

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10. Board Game: Dungeon Dice [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:6792]
Chad
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Elsmere
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I don't think there are dwarves in it? I am pretty sure they are humans trying to escape.
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11. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:350]
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It is called "excavate" in this game, but I guess it is digging all right. Done by Welshmen, not dwarfs.
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12. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:384]
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Game about archeology. You have to dig many times during the game. There even is a possiblity to collect shovel cards.
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13. Board Game: Dig [Average Rating:5.14 Unranked]
Robert Garlinghouse
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Lebanon
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14. Board Game: Pergamon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:989]
Marius Østland
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Another game about archeology, in which you excavate for buried artifacts in different layers of soil.
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15. Board Game: Gold Mine [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:8952]
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Michigan
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These gold-diggers are all human.
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16. Board Game: Magnum Sal [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1213]
Rik Van Horn
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My kingdom for some salt! Nice game despite the seemingly boring theme of mining salt.
And if I recall correctly, the miners are all Poles. This does not, nor in any other games with human miners, preclude dwarfs.
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17. Board Game: Gold Digger [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:11086]
Andy Foulke
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This was a freebie that came with an on-line order (don't remember when or where). Push-your-luck digging at its cheapest!
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18. Board Game: Ilium [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4728]
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Excavate the ancient city of Troy - see if you can find any of the stuff that Schliemann missed!
 
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19. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1708]
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Been a while since I played this, but I'm pretty sure the shovel pieces are for digging for treasure, not for decapitating bears. Definitely no dwarves or dwarfs.
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20. Board Game: Rails Through the Rockies [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:12655]
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Grading right of way, excavating tunnels and blasting through mountain passes are forms of digging required to create railroads in the Rockies.
 
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21. Board Game: The Mole in the Hole [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3019]
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The first game I thought of. Although the 'digging' element isn't as obvious, as it's more like a game of blind moles clawing horizontally towards the nearest downward tunnel. The winner takes it all though, the much anticipated and sought after Golden Shovel!
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22. Board Game: Poo: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:7396]
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Digging what from where, now?
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23. Board Game: Burrows [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4319]
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This one should qualify. Lots of digging and lots of gophers!
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24. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:469]
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No dwarves, and even the digging is mostly abstracted away. But it's involved in some way.
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25. Board Game: Desperados [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12476]
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How about the game actually called "Digging"?
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