Dwarves have been one of the most endearing fantasy races and a staple in fantasy fiction for years, and it’s not hard to see why. They are a respectable, hard working bunch, who can hold their own in drinking and fighting. It makes a lot of sense why the stereotypes surrounding dwarves are highly representative of a fantasy adventure and equally no surprise why there have been so many games themed solely on their personality. Despite the wealth of games made about them, it doesn’t stop more from being made because there’s still a lot of appeal available and ground to cover, which is why I’m writing today about Treasure Mountain now on Kickstarter. As described on it’s campaign page:
“A dwarf themed board game for 2-4 players, using a unique bumping worker placement mechanic based on the size of your dwarf’s beard. […] Your dwarf clan has been chosen by King Grimsteel to mine the vast riches buried within Treasure Mountain. You must dig deep, keep your axes close, and beware of the pillaging dragons that inhabit the mountain in search of treasure.”
Mechanically speaking, the game’s most interesting feature is worker bumping, or the ability to bump a worker out of a space in order to use it at the cost of giving the previous occupant a bonus. It’s not a new mechanic (it’s very prominent in games such as Asking for Trobils and The Gallerist), but it is an interesting one that plays in a very thematic way in Treasure Mountain as it allows players strategic freedom for a high cost. The rules are very solid and feature variants which reduce the luck of the game and can make for a richly tactical experience. If you’re interested in learning more about Treasure Mountain, be sure to check out it’s Kickstarter campaign page for the full rules and a few excellent and thorough preview videos.