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Dwarf Fortress

5 days ago

Dwarf Fortress’s new UI looks so beautiful I could cry, despite still looking like this

If you've not played Dwarf Fortress, the staggeringly detailed fantasy world simulator, you can't fully comprehend what a nightmare it is to play. It's not the ASCII gaphics that bamboozle you, it's the menus, which hide information and common actions across umpteen different enormous menus, each of which must be accessed with a different button press.Look at the screenshot above, then. You might think it…

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2 months ago

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The best management games on PC

2020 was a pretty good year for management games, but nothing released in the past 12 months has impressed us enough to squeeze its way into our best management games list. Don't worry, though - it's only because there are already so many classics to choose from. If you're looking for something to sink into over the holidays, check out our picks below.

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The best RPGs on PC in 2020

Last year brought RPG gems like Disco Elysium. Was there an RPG as good released in 2020? We've updated our list of the best RPGs of all time to reflect the best of the past year - and there's still dozens of older classics, too.

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Meet the 7 weirdest dwarves in the history of Dwarf Fortress

In case you weren't aware, I've started a brand new Dwarf Fortress diary series, which I kicked off with a fortress-founding video featuring Tarn Adams, the game's lovable dad. This series concerns the fortress of Inkrose: a settlement founded by seven religious fanatics, intent on living by a set of incredibly impractical commandments which I sourced from the capricious dwellers of the Kitfox Dwarf Fortress…

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3 months ago

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The Tarn Commandments: playing Dwarf Fortress with new rules set by its sadistic community

Once upon a time, seven dwarves set out into the jungle with the simple dream of constructing an underground chimp jail. You can't write sentences like that about most games. But in the context of Dwarf Fortress, the legendary world simulator under permanent construction by programmer Tarn Adams and his brother Zach, it is a perfectly reasonable statement. Dwarf Fortress is my favourite game. And…

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4 months ago

Watch Nate destroy a Dwarf Fortress live with the game’s creator

Step aside Basement Of Curiosity, The Tarn Commandments demand it. Last week's PAX Online X EGX Digital event brought us many a wonderful livestream, including a load of Dwarf Fortress content from our resident dwarf expert, Nate Crowley. Sadly, the sun has set on his long-running series The Basement Of Curiosity - a weekly diary chronicling his attempts to build an illegal, underground zoo in…

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Dwarf Fortress shows off its new UI with a lunchtime shrine

Feeling peckish, halflings? Bay 12 Games are still stirring away at Dwarf Fortress' new and improved Steam version, but they've popped out of the kitchen a mo to give us a taste of the sprawling mountainfolk sim's spruced up new interface - turning a simple stone room into a temple to meal deal sandwiches with a streamlined new painting tool.

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5 months ago

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The best building games on PC

'Building' is a pretty broad theme. There are a lot of games where you build things, after all, and they can be very different. Helpfully, then, I've split this list of the 20 best building games on PC into four sections, each covering a sub-category of this big, messy genre.

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7 months ago

Dwarf Fortress crafts a vibrant new world in new premium edition footage

The halls of the mountain king never looked quite so clean. As part of the Guerrilla Collective's big not-E3 Showcase, Dwarf Fortress co-creator Tarn Adams ran us through the early stages Dwarf Fortress' prettied-up new paid edition - casually commentating over the genesis of an entire fantasy world before closing on a merry band of dwarves striking their first picks against a colourful new mountain…

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9 months ago

Here’s a peek at Dwarf Fortress’s upcoming non-ASCII maps

As part of its eventual launch on Steam, daunting simulation Dwarf Fortress has been planning a big visual overhaul. "Now with graphics!" Bay 12 proclaim on the store page. In a new little update, they're giving us a look at what the generated world maps will look like with these non-ASCII pixels—though, yes, you'll still be able to use the symbols if you prefer. The…

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10 months ago

Here’s a preview of Dwarf Fortress’s texture overhaul

We've no idea when the paid version of giant world sim Dwarf Fortress will finally be available, but in the meantime Bay 12 are showing off what the officially overhauled textures will look like. I imagine you've seen its original ASCII maps before. They're black screens with bright green, yellow, and cyan all over that hurt to look at. The new textures are much easier on…

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Video games to play while you’re self isolating and social distancing

Unless you're in one of those international versions of Big Brother that are still going on, you've probably noticed that we're in the midst of a pandemic of something called the Covid-19 virus. I can tell it's serious because my dad's American girlfriend isn't allowed to visit him, which means he's bored and phoning me in the middle of the day. Haha, I joke. But…

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12 months ago

Dwarf Fortress has new villainous actions and pet-able pets

The at times inscrutable and oft eye-straining simulation game Dwarf Fortress has a new update today. It has the beginnings of a villainy system where evil acts like assassinations, coups, and embezzlement can happen during world generation. There are also pets for your dwarves which I'd like to suggest is the most important bit.

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1 year ago

Criminal dealings coming to Dwarf Fortress with villainous networks and investigations

Old Nate's Basement of Curiosity might be temporarily closed for renovation, but life and death never stop in Dwarf Fortress. The eternal architects of halfling misery have decided that, despite the rampant bloodbaths, disease, revolt and starvation, there simply weren't enough shady dealings going on down the mines. It's crime time, baby - "villainous networks and investigations" are heading to the eternally obtuse management sim

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The Basement of Curiosity: Season One – recap and index

Dwarf Fortress might be the most interesting game ever made. It might even be the best. But it’s certainly not the most accessible. It looks weird, its control scheme appears to be lifted from some sort of alien church organ, and a good proportion of its features are in fact collisions between the many, many bugs that have sprung up in its thirteen-year development history.…

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Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement of Curiosity – End of Season One

Surprise! This is the end of the first season of the Basement of Curiosity - but it’s not the end of the story. The series is taking a break… but only because Nate needs to get ready to go and chat with Tarn Adams, the creator of Dwarf Fortress, on Sunday 1st September. Read on to find out more... --On the last day of the…

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Game DNA: growing order from chaos

The summer of 1991 was all about ants. I was seven years old, and I spent the entire school holiday camped in the garden, gently catching winged queens and housing them in shitty coke bottle formicariums. There I would watch them lay eggs and create workers, who would dig tunnels, search about the place, and scurry in lines with grains of food in their jaws.…

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Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity – Episode 22: Goatbusters

Last time on the BoC: With the fort due to be sealed up from the outside world by Dwarven Christmas, the dwarves spent the autumn getting their belongings underground. A ruinous tavern brawl seemed to be a bad omen for the cabin fever to come, until the increasingly autocratic Lorbam made an example of the perpetrator. Despite being the head of one of the most…

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Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Twenty-One – Return of the Interesting Door

Last time on the BoC: Fort founder Lorbam has lost her mind, and ordered the whole fortress - once a thriving tourist destination - sealed off from the surface so that she can breed her beasts in the safety of the Great Beneath. During preparations for the move underground, the fort was very nearly breached by a Werepanda: only the bolts of a sharp-eyed hunter…

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2 years ago

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Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Twenty – Night of the Self-published Werepanda

Last time on the BoC: Having finally achieved her dream of a breeding pair of chimps, at the cost of making a trade deal with the elves go very, very bad, fort founder Lorbam has become… strange. Increasingly distrustful of the outside world, she has decreed that the whole settlement be moved underground, and at midwinter, the overworld gates of the Basement will be shut…

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