Dwarf Fortress (DF) has a reputation as the most complex video game ever made. The game is a construction and management game, with a complex physical modeling engine that belies the crude ANSI graphics. All aspects of the world are modeled, tracked, and affect gameplay: everything from weather patterns, erosion, the flow of magma, the movement of small animals, and the accumulation of garbage. Sound like fun? Apparently it is, but there’s a huge learning curve at the outset. This concise real time book will dampen the curve and serve as a gentle primer on DF gameplay. It’s not really a game guide so much as a celebration of an improbable manifestation of geek culture.