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    Lesser Hivemind Node Bhazor's Avatar
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    So it's finally happened, Dwarf Fortress has an instruction manual

    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.

    Preorder now
    http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920022565.do


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    By O'Reilly! That's very funny.

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    !!!
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    This concise real time book...
    What on earth is a real time book? The ones I read are turn based.

    Seriously though, what the hell does that mean?

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    I don't know. But I have to imagine it's just to annoy Wizardry.

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    Secondary Hivemind Nexus Smashbox's Avatar
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    Hmmm. No hyphens and no commas. So it's either concise and real-time, or it's a concise, real time-book. I'd go with the latter.

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    improbable manifestation of geek culture
    wat?

    creator tarn adams sees df as his life’s work; he predicts a version 1.0 release in twenty years or so.
    wat?

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    And the site is offering me the same kind of manuals for the iPad as related products, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splynter View Post
    What on earth is a real time book? The ones I read are turn based.

    Seriously though, what the hell does that mean?
    You don't have to wait on the book to take a turn, you can flip the pages at will and then stop them at the section where you want to read. Books are RTwP.

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    So a real-time book must flip pages with no regard for the reader, and they must do their best to keep up. A real time-book, on the other hand...

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    That must be it. The only explanation that makes sense.

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    Secondary Hivemind Nexus pakoito's Avatar
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    I guess real time means the same as in the old wiki tutorials. Same savegame, same events happening, same path to follow "realtime" while being guided by the book.

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    I have no idea what it means.
    But if it's purely to intrigue me enough to make me preorder a book?

    Mission a-fucking Complished

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    Surely "real time book" means it updates in real time to reflect the updates to DF.

    I wonder how long it'll take for someone to hack it to update to reflect future Dwarf Fortress releases...


    Also; Woo! First post to the RPS forums!

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    Welcome! ..

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    There's still no mouse support on the horizon right

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    You'd need more than a manual. More like a six-month intensive training course for the UI alone, along with a Bachelor in Dwarven Micromanagement (major in ANSI Interface).

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    It's not lacking a manual. It's lacking a decent UI. Well not even a decent, just something that isn't plain horrible and counter-intuitive.
    Twitter! Occasional impressions on random sim games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnx View Post
    It's not lacking a manual. It's lacking a decent UI. Well not even a decent, just something that isn't plain horrible and counter-intuitive.
    No, see, it's really awesome, once you get used to it. Sort of like sleeping on a bed of nails. Burning hot, razor sharp nails.

    You'll learn to love it.

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    UI improvements when soil moisture tracking isn't perfect yet? Pfft.

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