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Dwarven Rails

Rail building and gem mining on modular maps for 1-4

Compete to claim the best diamond, emerald, ruby, gold and silver mines, build railroads to reach them and hire trains to ship them home at the optimal moment.

The northern wastes, unrelieved in their monotony by nought but the occasional promontory, rift or settlement. Yet hidden below the snow and ice are fabled wealth for any hardy enough to seek them out. Only the tough and sturdy dwarves respond to the challenge, delving into frozen mines and building their railroads to carry away precious gems and metals.

In Dwarven Rails players build tracks between cities and mines. Each mine corresponds to a single mine card that produces a single type of good, e.g. diamonds, rubies, emeralds. Players build track using their surveyors, claim mines using their agents and operate the mines to produce goods. When their track connects the mine to their base they may ship goods home via transports to earn income. They may also construct passenger routes to gain income. Along the way they hire additional surveyors, agents and transports to increase efficiency.

Special features

  • Market follows the law of supply and demand.
  • Modular layout makes the game different every time.
  • Variable personnel that you must acquire via auction.
  • Special rules for solitaire play

What Players Say

  • Enjoyed it very much both times. ... The 20 cube limit forces you to make some interesting choices late in the game. Can't wait to try it with more players. --Chuck & Peggy Ledger

  • The components look good. The game has sort of a Silverton feel, but should play much faster. --Gordon Hua

  • Do you want this if you have Silverton? ... yeah, probably this is pretty interesting .... there are other aspects to it that do make it easier. It makes it easier to play. ... if you don't have Silverton, this is ... a shorter game that gives you sort of the feeling that you're having a full experience. --Enrico Viglino (calandale)

Included in the box

  • 105 "ice" cubes in 5 colors
  •   96 cards
  •   80 wood player cubes in 4 colors
  •   60 plastic winks in 6 colors
  •   16 wood pawns in 4 colors
  •    8 acryclic pawns in 4 colors
  •   12 mine maps
  •     4 base maps
  •     2 six-sided dice
  •     1 Rules Booklet
  •     1 Market Chart
  •     1 train engine start token

Note: this came comes with a plastic bag, but no box. Rules are available for download (only).

Video introduction to the rules and components below.


Many thanks to Werlioka for the wonderful dwarf artwork.

If you like games where you operate a business, check out Italian Rails, pickup-and-deliver in the land of Dante, and LA BISTRO, where you can run your own restaurant.

Italian Rails LA Bistro
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Playthrough of turns 1-5:

Turns 6-9:

Turns 10-12:

Published March 1, 2017.

What This Is:

This is not a mass-produced game, but printed-on-demand . We have uploaded the artwork, rules and specifications, but The Game Crafter makes it only when you order it. Learn more.


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Why buy this?

Enjoyed it very much both times. ... The 20 cube limit forces you to make some interesting choices late in the game. Can't wait to try it with more players.

  • Modular board layout
  • Both strategic and tactical considerations
  • Design-your-own board possibilities




Average Rating 2 reviews
Publish Date March 01, 2017
Edition First
Department Board Games
Genre Financial
Theme Railroad
Setting Industrial Revolution
Audience Game Master
Primary Mechanic Pick Up & Deliver
If You Like Railroad Tycoon
More Info Dwarven Rails web site


  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game does not come in a box.
  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.


See It In Action

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Ratings and Reviews

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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork