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Dwarf Fortress

3 days ago

Feature: Everything gets a bit Attack on Titan this week

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Sixteen – The Tide Turns

Last Time on the BoC: The fort’s period of civil disorder came to a bloody conclusion, and a new wave of immigrants bolstered efforts to begin constructing a suite of new living quarters deep underground. Siege defences were also bolstered, with the construction of a new sniper tower.

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1 week ago

Feature: How can you even bite someone's teeth off?

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Fifteen – A Miner Inconvenience

Last Time on the BoC: The dwarves partied through a siege. The tantruming Udil claimed her first life, before starting an apocalyptic pub fight. The underground was revealed, in all its dank glory.

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2 weeks ago

Feature: The Lizards' wildest gig yet

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Fourteen – The Fight Before Christmas

Last time on the BoC: The dwarves began digging out some grand new accommodation, and the chef Ushat built a legendary chair called the Hot Thrower, featuring a cool picture of a leopard. The tantrums of the furnacehand Udil grew more intense - and so did conditions in the Basement’s zoo, thanks to the chthonic, squawking sorrow of the Bird Hole.

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3 weeks ago

Feature: make a little birdhouse with no soul

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Thirteen – Welcome to the Bird Hole

Last time on the BoC: The Basement’s zoo got some major upgrades, and the fort rode out a goblin siege through the time honoured tactic of hiding. A furnace worker called Udil snapped under the pressure, and some migrants chose exactly the wrong moment to try moving in.

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4 weeks ago

Feature: Yeah but can I build an illegal zoo in it?

Hammerting will be a Dwarf management game with arms dealing and fluid modelling for whiskey

For small developers seeking a breakout hit in the increasingly hard to define simulation/management genre, one of the perennial silver bullet concepts is “Dwarf Fortress, but it looks nice, and people aren’t scared to play it”. Of everything on the market so far, it’s probably Rimworld that comes closest to this goal, but it had the crucial flaw of not including any dwarves. As such,…

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1 month ago

Feature: If the zoo bans me for hollering at the animals I shall face Zon and walk backwards into the Basement

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Twelve – Pressure Cooker

Last Time on the BoC: After a catastrophic goblin attack slaughtered the entire military (except Id), as well as their bloodthirsty mayor/captain, the Basement began a frantic programme of fortifications. Former mayor Urist, transformed by grief, was re-elected, and pledged to put aside her differences with Lorbam the Founder in order to make the Basement Of Curiosity the finest zoo in the land.

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Feature: Ditch-digging thrills

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement of Curiosity episode eleven – The Sect of Troubling

Last time on the BoC: The War Mayor Dashmob’s bombastic drive to militarise the fortress met a grisly end, as a massive mounted goblin army came sweeping out of the jungle. The War Mayor and his entire army died, slaughtered to the last in holding the goblins off. Everyone, that is, except the seemingly indestructible Id. Now, Id and the Basement’s other survivors must pick…

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2 months ago

Feature: Beakdogs

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement of Curiosity episode ten – Jungle of Goblin Horror

Last time on the BoC: After an Autumn spent beefing up the fort’s military, the new War Mayor Dashmob was spoiling for a fight, when a forest titan marauded into the valley. And while the Mayor and his soldiers made short work of the beast, it turned out it the Titan was only the palate-cleansing prelude to a massive goblin invasion…

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Feature: The War Mayor cancels the apocalypse

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode nine – Titanfall

Last time on the BoC: Following near-disaster at the gristly green hands of a goblin raiding party, the War Mayor Dashmob usurped the throne of mayor Urist, and began a campaign to modernise and expand the fort’s small but spirited military. A tomb complex was built, a dead donkey was put on display at the zoo, and Amost, the daughter of fortress mascot Id, engaged…

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3 months ago

Feature: There's a new mayor in town

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode eight – All Hail the War Mayor

Last time on the BoC: The arrival of marauding goblins ended the brief rule of the usurping mayor Urist, and the battle to drive them off saw the fort’s first non-accidental fatalities, as well as the emergence of several new heroes. But if the Basement’s founder Lorbam hoped to resume business as usual in her weird little zoo when the dust cleared, she was sorely…

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4 months 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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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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5 months ago

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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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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8 months ago

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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12 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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