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3 weeks ago

Feature: Witness the horror of the Dwarven Handshake

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement of Curiosity episode seven – The Battle of Carambola Ridge

Last time on the BoC: The culture war between fort founder Lorbam and the usurper mayor Urist reached a head with the “accidental” death of administrator Mistem. Maddened by the insulting tomb constructed for her supporter, and by the droning of a hopeless freestyle rapper, Urist lost the plot and made some greaves. But amidst all this drama, nobody noticed the goblin raiders approaching until…

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1 month ago

Feature: Death comes to the Basement

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement of Curiosity episode six – Through the Interesting Door

Last time on the BoC: A new migrant, Urist, declared herself mayor, leading to a power struggle with former expedition leader Lorbam. A lot of politically controversial artefacts were made, and wrestlin’ dad Id got blasted into the mince zone by a pack of dingos. Late Winter, Y2 We return to the Basement of Curiosity at the bum end of winter, in the mildew-stinking, sand-walled…

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Feature: The dwarves get an awful new mayor

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement of Curiosity episode five – culture war, dingo war

Last time on the BoC: The fortress doubled in population, and the dwarves embarked on a serious programme of home improvements. A kobold with no tongue dropped by to visit, and expedition leader Lorbam’s blood started appearing in spooky places. Mid Summer, Y2 Trumpets sound deep in the jungle, flat notes hanging on the hot air like birds of prey. The inhabitants of the Basement…

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2 months ago

Feature: Haunted blood has to be bad news, right?

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement of Curiosity Episode Four – Messages from Zon

Last time on the BoC: Expedition leader Lorbam captured the first set of animals for her underground zoo, and the fort gained its first warrior, in the form of Id “Snakebuster” Osustavuz. A weasel disrupted the fabric of spacetime, and two miners fell in love.

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Feature: Looks like snake tripe's back on the menu, boys

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode three – a gruesome winter

Last time on the BoC: The dwarves of the Basement discovered the concept of medicine just in time to stop the expedition’s demise due to falling logs. Some immigrants arrived to help realise Lorbam’s vision of an underground zoo, while Lorbam herself scraped together the fort’s loose change to buy that zoo’s first exhibit: a skinny hound.

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Feature: The dwarves could only afford a dog for their zoo

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode two – flailing in a pool of dwarf pus

Last time on the BoC: Expedition leader Lorbam shepherded her dwarves to the Jungle of Hides, where they spent the spring digging out a home in a lush valley. Rakust the lumberjack got his leg bruted by a tree, and Imush the craftsdwarf got extremely excited about bins. Author’s disclaimer: Once again, things get pretty weird here. Accordingly, I should remind you that I’m not…

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Feature: I’m gonna make a chimp zoo

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode one – crushed legs and eagle guts

Most articles about Dwarf Fortress start with a long-winded attempt to explain Dwarf Fortress, but this one won’t. I don’t want to tell you what this game does - I want to show you, right now. Then, if you’re interested, you can learn all about what it is afterwards.

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3 months ago

Feature: Big Mike is doing business

Fallout 76 review

Poor old Fallout 76. In the weeks since its release, reviewers have piled on it like a pack of football hooligans who’ve just seen the opposing side’s mascot waddle desperately past their pub. By the time I picked it up, it felt unsporting - cruel, even - to run in and deliver a sharp kick to a man already dying inside a foam owl costume.…

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4 months ago

Feature: Reviewing Cyberpunk 1-2076 is going to take a while

Fallouts 5-75 review

In the build-up to the release of Fallout 76, we felt it was important to put the game in its proper context. With that in mind, we commissioned games historian Nate Crowley - aka @FrogCroakley - to write capsure reviews of Fallouts 5 through 75. We've been posting those reviews five-a-day on Twitter ever since, until the work was completed last night. You can still…

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