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This week - Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress
You know a game is going to be complicated when O’Reilly publishes a guidebook for it. Dwarf fortress is a world simulation game, rendered in ascii text. It looks utterly simple at first glance, but is in fact probably the most complicated and detailed games around. It randomly generates a world, and simulates just about everything, right down to the individual ears and teeth and toes of the creatures within it. Temperature, weather, plants, even the rocks and minerals in the ground all have unique properties. Even the dwarfs are unique - they all have varying skills, likes and dislikes. It’s possible for them to love or hate each other. And to go absolutely crazy insane.
A dwarf watching it’s wife and child getting eaten by a monster, then later going insane, throwing his weapons away, stripping naked except for his socks, and tearing the monster to pieces with his hands and his teeth is absolutely possible.
Get the game here, and bookmark the Dwarf Fortress Wiki, I guarantee it will be needed. The book is definitely handy too, but not necessary.

And remember, losing is fun. Every fortress will end sooner or later, the longer they go, the more spectacularly they usually end.
If you still more convincing as to just how awesome this game can be, have a read through Boatmurdered. It is a lets play of a fortress that ultimately fell, and the reason I got interested in the game.

Books books books!

This week - Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress

You know a game is going to be complicated when O’Reilly publishes a guidebook for it. Dwarf fortress is a world simulation game, rendered in ascii text. It looks utterly simple at first glance, but is in fact probably the most complicated and detailed games around. It randomly generates a world, and simulates just about everything, right down to the individual ears and teeth and toes of the creatures within it. Temperature, weather, plants, even the rocks and minerals in the ground all have unique properties. Even the dwarfs are unique - they all have varying skills, likes and dislikes. It’s possible for them to love or hate each other. And to go absolutely crazy insane.

A dwarf watching it’s wife and child getting eaten by a monster, then later going insane, throwing his weapons away, stripping naked except for his socks, and tearing the monster to pieces with his hands and his teeth is absolutely possible.

Get the game here, and bookmark the Dwarf Fortress Wiki, I guarantee it will be needed. The book is definitely handy too, but not necessary.

And remember, losing is fun. Every fortress will end sooner or later, the longer they go, the more spectacularly they usually end.

If you still more convincing as to just how awesome this game can be, have a read through Boatmurdered. It is a lets play of a fortress that ultimately fell, and the reason I got interested in the game.

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