Players each take the role of a group of Dwarves seeking to take back their mountain home. Each group has its own claimant to the throne of the Mountain King, but only one can actually sit upon it. There are also the denizens of the hall itself to contend with. It will not be easy to rebuild the kingdom of the Dwarves.
Each player gets to select a Dwarf Prince and the members of his retinue. A combination of randomness and player choice decides the layout of the Dwarf Hold. Same goes for the reason it was abandoned, which then also decides what terrors lurk inside for the Dwarves. The winner is the group that survives the longest, or gets enough treasure and followers to clear out the mine and declare their claimant king.