Posts Tagged ‘Bay 12 Games’

Dwarf Fortress Developers Launch Patreon For Support

By Graham Smith on April 29th, 2015.

Dwarf Fortress [official site] has been donation funded since 2007 and according to its monthly status updates regularly pulls in more than $3000 each month. It costs a lot of money to develop and distribute the beguiling dwarven strategy game, however, and perhaps you’ve been one of the people wanting a new way to toss optional dollars in its direction. In which case, good news: Bay 12 have set up a Patreon for the game.

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RPS Chat: Why Proc Gen Poetry Matters In Dwarf Fortress

By RPS on March 19th, 2015.

Dwarf Fortress is a titan of PC games, famous for among other things its complexity, its decades-long development plan and its procedural world generation. In light of some coming additions – procedural, culture-specific forms of poetry and dance – Adam and Graham decided to discuss why such seemingly minor detail is exciting and important.

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Dwarf Fortress Getting Procedural Poetry Analysis

By Graham Smith on February 16th, 2015.

It’s rare that we post about an update to a game that isn’t already available for download, but no game other than Dwarf Fortress [official site] so often tempts me to break with tradition and post every future changelog item. I’m only so strong, you know? That’s why I’m posting about the coming addition of dwarven poetry now that developer Tarn Adams has shown a little of how the system works.

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Have You Played… Dwarf Fortress?

By Graham Smith on January 29th, 2015.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Which of the Dwarf Fortress sub-games should I play today: the fortress mode which has come to define the entire project; the adventure mode I’ve argued before is an easy gateway to the game’s simulatory wonders; the fictional encyclopedia it creates at world gen, full of procedural histories; perhaps the arena mode, where you can pit the game’s real and fantasy creatures against each other, to see who would win in a fight between a dragon and half a dozen elephants?

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Jobs Worth: Dwarf Fortress Update 0.40.20 Released

By Graham Smith on December 19th, 2014.

Dwarf Fortress updates come in two flavours: those that impress non-players with changes to world generation or patch notes about spitting dwarves, and those that impressive experienced players by changing some small UI or control thing in a small but significant way. Version 0.40.20 is the latter, because it allows you to set job priorities and it makes it so dwarves will regularly change activity in order to complete whatever is most important.

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Dwarf Fortress Update, The First In Two Years, Is Out Now

By Graham Smith on July 8th, 2014.

Graham, earlier.

“The mind has been rewritten quite a bit,” starts one of the patch notes for the new Dwarf Fortress update. The first addition to the fantasy simulation game in two years, version 0.40.01 offers sweeping generation to world generation and simulation, combat and movement, fortresses, trees and, yes, the mind. Step below for a dive into the game’s wonderful patch notes, and for more barely coherent rambling about how great this game is.

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Control Dwarf Fortress With Isometric Graphics And Mouse

By Graham Smith on June 26th, 2014.

Dwarf Fortress is not as hard to play as you think it is, but there’s no denying that its ASCII graphics lack modern clarity. Chances are that if you’ve played the game any time in the last two years, you did so not using a vanilla install, but by partnering the complicated fantasy simulation with third-party tools like DwarfTherapist or Stonesense.

As of earlier this week, Stonesense just became a lot more powerful. It previously let you visualise your world with isometric sprite graphics in a separate piece of software, but now that angled art can be integrated directly in the game itself. Best of all, it can be used not just as a visualiser but as an interface to control part of the game.

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First Dwarf Fortress Update In Two Years Arrives Next Month

By Graham Smith on June 2nd, 2014.

I bet there'll be new ways to stab things too!

Dwarf Fortress has long been one of game development’s most interesting blogs, owing to its creators’ propensity for adding absurd amounts of detail to their fantasy world simulator. But for the past two years, none of those updates have actually been available to play. That’s about to change. In this month’s Bay 12 Report, Toady One says that a new update including all those various tweaks and expansions is finally just around the corner.

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Dwarf Fortress: The Detailed Roguelike That’s Easy To Play

By Graham Smith on April 16th, 2014.

Dwarf Fortress is famous for producing anecdotes by the minute. The two-man, twelve-year, donation-funded indie project weaves together procedurally generated geography, civilizations and histories to create a rich fantasy world. It simulates its characters – standard fare like dwarves, elves, goblins, etc. – down to the most minute detail, and when all its systems combine, the results are often hilarious, occasionally tragic, and always surprising.

It’s also blissfully easy to play. The game is free to download and easy to install, the UI comes with a detailed and handy help system, and there’s a community wiki full of guides – not that you’ll need them. I started from scratch last night and was having fun immediately. Let me tell you about my experience.

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You Should Be Watching: Matul Remrit

By Adam Smith on March 13th, 2012.

Almost a year ago, Quinns told you that it would be a wise idea to read Matul Remrit, a collaborative storytelling effort from deep within the demented and ridiculous realm of Dwarf Fortress. He wasn’t wrong and now it falls to me to tell you to watch the latest installment. There are still bits of word-text on the screen occasionally so do bring your reading spectacles but this is a short film detailing the dwarves greatest battle yet, a tale of death, bravery and tragedy.

It’s a wonderful glimpse behind the number-crunching and complexity that illustrates why Dwarf Fortress is such an important game – it isn’t scripted, but it generates so many possible scripts. I wish I had the talent to tell my tales so well.

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Never Too Deep: Dwarf Fortress’ Massive Update

By Adam Smith on February 14th, 2012.

Every time we post this a dwarf gets his pickaxe.

A massive update for alternate world simulator Dwarf Fortress just landed and, by the Sacred Caverns That Bristle With Features, it’s a big ‘un that has been eleven months in the making. I’ll list more below but for starters, it looks like Adventure mode has been guzzling down its vitamins, with cities now having more variety, tombs to explore, and better traps and abilities. As for Dwarf mode, let’s just say vampiric and lycanthropic infections and leave it at that, shall we? Oh, but there’s so much more. The temptation to begin a new chronicle is strong.

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You Should Be Reading: Matul Remrit

By Quintin Smith on July 1st, 2011.

It's Dwarves Vs. Heights in the ultimate crossover battle!

What makes Matul Remrit the Dwarf Fortress diary you should be reading? So many things. The fact that it’s a collaboration between a writer, editor, artist and musician. The bleak and deeply weird tone of it that could not be more true to the game (as opposed to Tim Denee’s stuff, which makes the game comparatively accessible). The glimmering quality of it.

I meant to post about it forever ago and evidently forgot, but I’ve just been jolted into action by their posting an update containing a 36,000 pixel tall comic depicting the fortress’ most epic battle yet. All that bizarre, abstract text? That’s taken from the game’s combat logs. Go read. And then use the links to the left of it to jump back to the beginning. This one’s worth your time.

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The Song Of Onionbog, Pt 4: Fascism & War

By Quintin Smith on September 30th, 2010.

Don't worry about the turtles in the corner. They're dead. I think.

Onionbog is booming. Booming like a stinking, sulphurous deep-sea crater, emitting stinking hot burps on a regular basis. But I’m no fool. That’s why I’m building defenses. To keep my lovely hole in the ground safe.

I love this place. I hate this place. I’ll hate to see it fall. I’d love to see it fall.
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