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I learned this when I was little kid, watching Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, but I didn't want to play dwarves in FRPGs until I was an adult. Just sitting here, looking at the Dwarf Fighter (looks more like a Dwarf Champion, to me) mini from PFB: Heroes & Monsters, I gotta say: Dwarves are Awesome.

Discuss.


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My first character was a dwarf. If he became Snow White's eighth dwarf, he'd have been named Slaughtery.

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Hell yes. The problem with dwarves isn't dwarves. It's the people who insist on playing them as Grumpy even though there were 6 other personalities to choose from. Besides what's not to love about a race that works hard, fights hard, and you know they party hard too!


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I laughed my ass off last week at "Once Upon a Time." The 8th dwarf, Stealthy,

Spoiler:
was caught and died.


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Moorluck wrote:
Hell yes. The problem with dwarves isn't dwarves. It's the people who insist on playing them as Grumpy even though there were 6 other personalities to choose from. Besides what's not to love about a race that works hard, fights hard, and you know they party hard too!

My youngest nephew's first character was a dwarf. He was about six I think. He made an ugly, grumpy dwarf, but he built all kinds of other specifics into him: he was gem crazy, a jeweler, very loyal to his few friends (to death), carried grudges (his master was murdered), was very honest and responsible and generous (as long as gems were not at issue), and a perfectionist. I was so proud of him.


I like Dwarves. I don't play them often, but when I do I like to tone down on the drinking and accent just a tad and play them in a less cliched manner.


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What accent? Do they speak in short, clipped sentences with a broad accent? Do they axe people questions?


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Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
I like Dwarves. I don't play them often, but when I do I like to tone down on the drinking and accent just a tad and play them in a less cliched manner.

Not me! I like to play a hard-drinkin', axe-swingin' grumpus with a heart of gold and an accent so thick and awful, a real Scot would either laugh himself silly or punch me in the face.

That's my dwarves, and I love them that way. :)

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I tend to portray Dwarves as kilt wearing Irish. Drink hard, fight hard, love a good time following a good days work... and very clannish.


It always seems too over the top when I play Dwarves like that. A bit of drinking and clannishness isn't a bad thing, but there have got to be limits.


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Isn't the height limit enough?

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I play Dwarves in a Tolkienish way. Not the way Gimli was portrayed in the movies by the way.


This here thread be more to muh likin!


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I dated a girl who played a dwarf named Rupert Rum-Runner, in my Night Below 2nd edition D&D game. Best Dwarf ever. Had a thing for human and elf girls, rough and tumble, liked to drink, fight, and was loyal to a fault. Could be grumpy, but was really outgoing. Good times.


Is this alias a dwarf or not?

(Ignore the avatar picture and concentrate on the name.)


Dwarves get to have the best architecture. I like cool architecture :D


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I just think elves are really silly. I don't understand what the big freaking deal is with elves. My love of dwarves is largely a backlash.

Silver Crusade

We also have better musrooms.


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I enjoy playing fastidious, studious and erudite dwarves. Rogues who are master trap technicians, rangers who are expert cartographers and surveyors, and cloistered clerics. One of my favorites was a cloistered cleric in FR who focused on rune and knowledge domains. He was the magic item crafter, buffer, scholar, and healer for the group. I wish I had the chance to play him more than I did. I enjoy playing highly skilled characters, and I find this synergizes well with Dwarves.

I have never liked the dirty dwarf cliche. I would think a race that frequently lives in confined areas with limited ventilation would place a rather high value on cleanliness and organization.


Bitter Thorn wrote:

I enjoy playing fastidious, studious and erudite dwarves. Rogues who are master trap technicians, rangers who are expert cartographers and surveyors, and cloistered clerics. One of my favorites was a cloistered cleric in FR who focused on rune and knowledge domains. He was the magic item crafter, buffer, scholar, and healer for the group. I wish I had the chance to play him more than I did. I enjoy playing highly skilled characters, and I find this synergizes well with Dwarves.

I have never liked the dirty dwarf cliche. I would think a race that frequently lives in confined areas with limited ventilation would place a rather high value on cleanliness and organization.

Thank you for these thoughts on Dwarves. I may steam some of them for my campaign setting.

One thing I don't get is the rarity of Wizards among Dwarves. I imagine them as being good at that sort of thing.

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Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
Bitter Thorn wrote:

I enjoy playing fastidious, studious and erudite dwarves. Rogues who are master trap technicians, rangers who are expert cartographers and surveyors, and cloistered clerics. One of my favorites was a cloistered cleric in FR who focused on rune and knowledge domains. He was the magic item crafter, buffer, scholar, and healer for the group. I wish I had the chance to play him more than I did. I enjoy playing highly skilled characters, and I find this synergizes well with Dwarves.

I have never liked the dirty dwarf cliche. I would think a race that frequently lives in confined areas with limited ventilation would place a rather high value on cleanliness and organization.

Thank you for these thoughts on Dwarves. I may steam some of them for my campaign setting.

One thing I don't get is the rarity of Wizards among Dwarves. I imagine them as being good at that sort of thing.

Dwarves prefer hard work and labor with their hands. Using magic is considered a short cut, and less honorable. With dwarves, the process is as important as the end product. When you live a very, very long time, you can afford to be slow.

The Exchange

personaly, my love for any other race is dwarfed by comparison. Never shall I forget my beloved Gormend Bittcos, a dwarven druid with a kobold as an animal companion (The character was a racist who viewd Kobolds as little more than snakes, and the GM felt like giving the group some comic relief). ah, good days...


Eh. In my campaign setting they've got Wizards.


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I prefer beer.

*burp*


Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
Bitter Thorn wrote:

I enjoy playing fastidious, studious and erudite dwarves. Rogues who are master trap technicians, rangers who are expert cartographers and surveyors, and cloistered clerics. One of my favorites was a cloistered cleric in FR who focused on rune and knowledge domains. He was the magic item crafter, buffer, scholar, and healer for the group. I wish I had the chance to play him more than I did. I enjoy playing highly skilled characters, and I find this synergizes well with Dwarves.

I have never liked the dirty dwarf cliche. I would think a race that frequently lives in confined areas with limited ventilation would place a rather high value on cleanliness and organization.

Thank you for these thoughts on Dwarves. I may steam some of them for my campaign setting.

One thing I don't get is the rarity of Wizards among Dwarves. I imagine them as being good at that sort of thing.

I think the appreciation of history, skill, discipline and lore can be a very good fit with many kinds of dwarven cultures and wizards. I find it an especially good fit in terms of crafting magic items too. IIRC the Norse Dwarves were very active in this regard so it seems reasonably intuitive to me.


Cool, BT.

Scarab Sages

I had an awesome dwarf fighter/cleric at the start of our Age of Worms campaign. Poor dude got eaten by an owlbear.

Then I had a dwarf monk in another campaign that kind of fizzled.

Had an oriental dwarf in a Ravenloft campaign many years ago.


Dwarves lived underground then got tired of killing orcs and so they just up and decided to go above ground kill the giants and claim mountaintops as their own. Thats just awesome. Plus moving all your stuff from underground to the top of a mountain isn't easy, especially when pretty much everything you own is made of rocks and metal.

Elves on the other hand, prove time and again to be the first one to run from a conflict until its inevitable.


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An oriental dwarf in Ravenloft is quite a mix. Korobokuru is what they're called?


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
An oriental dwarf in Ravenloft is quite a mix. Korobokuru is what they're called?

That's what they called them in 2e Oriental Adventures, yes. I don't have those books anymore, sadly.

Scarab Sages

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
An oriental dwarf in Ravenloft is quite a mix. Korobokuru is what they're called?

That's what he was. A badass little dude.


Aberzombie wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
An oriental dwarf in Ravenloft is quite a mix. Korobokuru is what they're called?
That's what he was. A badass little dude.

How did they differ from dwarves? I don't remember.

Found a neat pic, though.


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Dwarves are the only core race that can get spell resistance as a racial trait (APG). 'nuff said.


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I've not always been a fan of dwarves on a generic level.

When I do play them, it's typically in light games where, explicitly, humans are stupid and don't know male from female dwarves, not because of identical appearances, but the first pair of dwarves encountered by humans were a pair of fellows who happened to be oath-brothers and...a bit more.

Which led to the Big Lie that no one is willing to countermand or explain. And as such, the recurring theme is that female dwarves get mistaken for tall halflings, burly gnomes, and plain ol' short women. Who are ridiculously stacked. And non-bearded. And usually most deliciously matronly, if not in appearance then in demeanor.

Dwarf MILF is best MILF. Who prey on foolish human males who are young, dumb, and full of...pressurized talent.


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Dwarves rule! Orcs drool!


Angus McDuff wrote:
Dwarves rule! Orcs drool!

Hey, shorty, YOU try talking with your lower incisors sticking out over your lower lip and not drooling!

Sczarni

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I'm not drooling, I'm salivating. Thinking about your feet... filleted, basted and roasting on an open flame.

Dwarf is a bit chewy, but quite tasty with the proper marinades.


Dwarfs make excellent zombies, due to their naturally thick skins and dense muscles. as an added bonus, their beards make it harder to spot their zombification at a distance.


Actually I am more scared of orc fast zombies so fast if you miss your oppurtunity to hit them they will hurt you.


I bet Imrijka is secretly into dwarves. Good thing Harssk has high CON.


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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I bet Imrijka is secretly into dwarves. Good thing Harssk has high CON.

There are so many wildly inappropriate comments in my head I don't know where to start.

Uri would know what to do. ;)

Silver Crusade

Yeah and I did not even make them like imagining those prisoners I rescued were naked.


Dwarves are better miners than kobolds.

The Exchange

Another reason why Dwarves are awesome... you guys know why the Vikings feared them right?


Cos dwarves have better accents than vikings?

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FuelDrop wrote:
Cos dwarves have better accents than vikings?

According to one source I read, it was because Dwarves had enormous... uhm.... "junk".

Think Axe swinging bearded tripods.

Elves have no such claims.


Moorluck wrote:
FuelDrop wrote:
Cos dwarves have better accents than vikings?

According to one source I read, it was because Dwarves had enormous... uhm.... "junk".

Think Axe swinging bearded tripods.

Elves have no such claims.

so that's why you never hear about half-dwarves. why would dwarven women ever go after a human with that waiting at home?

on the other hand, Half-elves are so common they're a core race.


Ah always like tuh get a couple o' dwarven lasses tuh help meh shine muh sword.

The Exchange

It's true. Dwarves have huge... axe handles.


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FuelDrop wrote:
Moorluck wrote:
FuelDrop wrote:
Cos dwarves have better accents than vikings?

According to one source I read, it was because Dwarves had enormous... uhm.... "junk".

Think Axe swinging bearded tripods.

Elves have no such claims.

so that's why you never hear about half-dwarves. why would dwarven women ever go after a human with that waiting at home?

on the other hand, Half-elves are so common they're a core race.

Actually, a very different reason than you think.

The reason why you don't see half-dwarves s the same reason why you don't so many dwarves. Simply put, there's such a robust strength to their immune system that, for non-dwarven crossbreeds, the embryos are simply reabsorbed by the dwarven female's uterus. Only the shear dwarfliness of a full dwarf conception has a CHANCE of being brought to term, and even then there's a good chance of re-absorption.

But then you end up with the dwarven crafting obsessive-compulsiveness applying to child-forging as well, so female dwarves are more likely to have a severe case of a biological clock that's louder than Big Ben, and the prospect of child-forging is not unappealing to males but it distracts from their existing obsessions with whatever they're working on, or the like, so the guys spend a lot of time away from the females because 'Damnit woman how can I master my axe-crafting when ye keep airin' yer baby-oven at me?"

Which isn't quite Al and Peggy, but you get the idea.

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