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Dwarf Fortress

3 months ago

Feature: Eat your words

Chapter Two of The Brief and Incredibly Poetic Life of Bañec Hazyblockades: a Dwarf Fortress diary

We return to the exciting conclusion of the tale of Bañec Hazyblockades, a brave hero who set out to conquer the world of Dwarf Fortress with only the power of poetry. In last week's episode, our hero was attacked for no reason by a vicious, but apparently undernourished, archer. It looked like this was the end for Bañec, until suddenly - - he runs. He…

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Feature: Mayors, tycoons, farmers, wardens, despots and demons

The 20 best management games on PC

Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to…

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Feature: Pen =/= sword

The Brief and Incredibly Poetic Life of Bañec Hazyblockades: a Dwarf Fortress diary

This is a Dwarf Fortress adventurer mode journal, in which I live (and, perhaps die) by the poem. The goal is simple: try to survive and thrive in Adventurer mode of Dwarf Fortress by relying mostly on the poetry and language skills. Read on to hear the tragic riddle of Bañec Hazyblockades, poet of the Mortal Society of the Released Union, who sang her own…

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Dwarf Fortress dwarves can now mull over their long term memories

Life in Dwarf Fortress was hard enough before the devs gave its denizens the ability to remember what had happened to them. After giving those dwarves the ability to remember their spouses being crushed by boulders, I'm pleased to report that the devs have softened up a little. Now those memories get a tad less painful over time, and reflecting on them lets dwarves grow…

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5 months ago

Dwarf Fortress dwarves to be given memories, dev shows no remorse

Everyone in the world must know this by now, but Dwarf Fortress is utterly ridiculous. Bay 12 Games have been working on their simulation sorta-roguelike for the past 16 years and show no signs of stopping, and will no doubt one day create a level of granularity from which we'll see the emergence of planet-conquering AI superintelligences. To wit: dwarves are about to be given…

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10 months ago

Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

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Dwarf Fortress artefact update adds raids, rescues and cover identities

Dwarf Fortress, the Dwarven catastrophe simulator, has received its first update in well over a year. This one is all about artefacts. Coveting artefacts, stealing artefacts, displaying artefacts to make all your friends jealous -- it’s all very exciting if you’ve ever wanted to split your time between burglary and being a museum curator.

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1 year ago

King Under The Mountain kickstarts with a demo

The last time we looked at the dwarf settlements of King Under The Mountain [official site] Pip was admiring its Autumn leaves, like some kind of weird nature lover. This month the Dwarf Fortress-inspired management game has popped onto Kickstarter where developers Rocket Jump Technology are asking for 45 large. But, more importantly, it now has a playable build for potential leaf-lovers to try out.…

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2 years ago

Feature: Best game, worst interface

Dwarf Fortress and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Interface

Dwarf Fortress [official site] is probably the best game of all time. In Dwarf Fortress, there are sloth bears. In Dwarf Fortress, there are sloth bear men. In Dwarf Fortress, your dwarf can strangle a sloth bear man with its own intestines. In Dwarf Fortress, your dwarf can carve an image of herself strangling a sloth bear man with its own intestines into a bed.…

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Anecdote generator: Dwarf Fortress’s agents already sparking fun tales

A bard, a prophet, and a petty criminal walk into a tavern and they all become friends, each blissfully unaware that their two drinking pals are - just like them - undercover agents sent by rival factions to pump townsfolk for information. That's the sort of delightful unscripted situation to expect from management sim/anecdote generator Dwarf Fortress [official site] as developers Bay 12 work on…

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Rumour mill: Dwarf Fortress on locating artifacts

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing in a delightfully detailed simulation - that's the Dwarf Fortress [official site] way. As developers Bay 12 continue to work on artifacts (as the first step on a long road towards creation myths), they've detailed a little more of their plans for how characters will remember where these legendary items are. It's simple if they themselves hold it…

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Feature: No free-to-play, just free.

The 50 Best Free Games On PC

The best free games are on PC, and if you want to know what the best 50 are then you've come to the right place.

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Oh My God(s): Dwarf Fortress’s Creation Myths & Magic

As if simulating millenia of erosion and mineral formation and legends didn't generate complex enough worlds for Dwarf Fortress [official site], developers Bay 12 Games have detailed plans to generate creation stories which will spill over into affecting a world's physical geography, ideas of death and the afterlife, mythic artefacts, divine manifestation, and magic. Oh yeah, magic's coming too. No biggie. Just the history of…

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Dwarf Fortress 0.43 Released, Adds Adventurer Sites

That picture above? That's exciting to me. I'd wager it's exciting to you, even if you don't know it yet. Dwarf Fortress [official site] was just updated to version 0.43, which introduces adventurer-made sites; aka the ability to build your own little homestead even when playing the game's roguelike adventure mode and not its all-consuming fortress mode.

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3 years ago

Booze, Bards, And Ballads: Big Dwarf Fortress Update

An early Christmas present has arrived. On December 1st 2015, one of the largest and most complicated works in the history of the realm known as EarthDwelling received new embellishments. The work known as Dwarf Fortress [official site] has been upgraded by master craftsmen and now contains designated leisure zones, performances and procedural art forms, unique to each civilisation. And that's not all. Details below.

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Feature: The vanishing of Angel Blaze

This Is The Way The World Ends, Not With A Bang But A Click

That feeling when you finish a long series of books, or a television series, and say goodbye to the characters for the last time. Closing a world, pulling down the shutters and knowing that it has run its course, is a peculiar sensation. Indeed, it can provoke a sense of loss. How utterly ridiculous I felt last week when I mourned the ending of tens…

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Play Time: Dwarf Fortress Kids’ Make-Believe And Plays

Perhaps my favourite part of procedurally-spawned hardship in Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress [official site] is how dwarves mark and remember events. An engraver seems as likely to decorate a wall with an image of a nice cheese as they are, for example, that time a burning elephant stomped a dozen of their pals. Maybe it's morbid, maybe pragmatic. I…

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Dwarf Fortress’s Dwarves Write Dreams Of Antelope Men

Dwarf Fortress [official site] has been generating fascinating anecdotes for years, but those stories have been told by its players. Soon the dwarves themselves will join in: recent posts to the game's development log have dealt with adding the ability for your fortress inhabitants to write their own stories, poems and alternate histories.

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Feature: Level Cap

The 50 Best RPG On PC

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC RPGs ever released. Covering the entire history of computer role-playing games is a daunting task and attempting to place the best games in such a broad genre in any kind of order is even more daunting. Thankfully, we are equal to all tasks and below, you will find the best fifty PC RPGs of all time.

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Feature: Wot I want to play again

The Games That Got Away

Maybe it's just a symptom of getting old, but increasingly I want to revisit games I feel I could yet get more out of far more than I want to play something new. I've got these two awful tendencies: one is to run away from something if it's too demanding, and another is to be so preoccupied with collecting or unlocking everything that I don't…

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