By: Courtney | September 26, 2018

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion on what we want to do with Dwarves with Swords for the rest of this year (the future is always fun to talk about). We’ve talked about what we should include in the game. We’ve talked about creating more content for the game itself. We’ve also talked about new methods of reaching our community, as well as making the community grow. We’ve tossed a ton of ideas around and have started to distill those down to a few things that we’re pretty excited about.


The idea I’m probably the most excited about is incorporating more videos into our regular content stream. We’re working on building a mini recording studio in our basement so we can make these videos as good as possible. So far, we ...

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By: Courtney | September 18, 2018

Last week, we talked about how I explain Dwarves with Swords to new players - a group building strategic combat board game. It turns out that my pitch is not quite as easy to understand as I thought, so I’m getting into detail about the two main components. This week, we’re going to tackle the second half of my description - strategic combat.


Strategic combat is exactly like it sounds. You strategize and make a plan, watch what your enemies are doing, and then adjust the plan accordingly (strategically) to make sure when you do combat, you come out ahead.


The actual game of Dwarves with Swords starts here. Once you’ve built your Army, it’s time to put them to the test against other Armies. There are a ton of different strategies you can t...

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By: Courtney | September 11, 2018

I was recently reading an article on The Art of Boardgaming that talks about board game terminology. Joseph throws out a few terms and describes them as a small part of a gamer’s lexicon, and how it can be confusing for someone new to games, or even new to a style of games. It was an interesting read, but I didn’t really think much of it, especially when it comes to Dwarves with Swords (‘cause it’s an easy game!). 


Around the same time, Earle asked me what my one line pitch is for Dwarves with Swords. I told him that I typically describe it as “a group building strategic combat game”. I started to insist how this is an easy way to explain the game when I remembered the article from The Art of Boardgaming. Holy moly, I’m assuming an ...

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By: Courtney | September 04, 2018

I made a comment on Instagram and Facebook the other day that last week was a little tough. Canceling the Kickstarter definitely left me in a bit of a funk, and I found myself at a loss for what to do next, despite knowing where I wanted to end up. It was a little frustrating.


But then came Saturday. In the same social media post, I described Saturday as a day where we recharged our Dwarves with Swords batteries, and that definitely happened. We left our house at 8:30am and didn’t get home until nearly midnight. I’m generally the kind of person that likes to be tucked into bed by 9:00pm the latest, or I need copious amounts of coffee to keep me going. Saturday, that was not the case. I was riding high on the good feels from the gaming comm...

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By: Courtney | August 29, 2018

As I’m sure you’ve read, the Dwarves with Swords team decided to cancel the Kickstarter on Sunday. After a week of being up, we were at only 11% of our funding, and the experts say it’s extremely difficult to impossible to come back from that and get funded. 


There was definitely some sadness when we realized it wasn’t going to happen this time around. But we also felt some sort of peace about the decision, so we knew it was the right one. We were fortunate enough to get some valuable feedback from backers and others within the board game community. Overall, people really liked the concept, but they wanted more. So, we’ve decided to relaunch the game on Kickstarter with minis as part of the base components, rather than the first stret...

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