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Dwarf Fortress

3 years ago

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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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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4 years ago

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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Dwarf Fortress Developers Launch Patreon For Support

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:…

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Feature: Great Odes

RPS Chat: Why Proc Gen Poetry Matters In Dwarf Fortress

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

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…

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Have You Played… Dwarf Fortress?

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…

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Jobs Worth: Dwarf Fortress Update 0.40.20 Released

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…

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Feature: From The Archive

What I Write About When I Write About Games

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam explores his own gaming history to understand why he plays and why he writes. This is my first week back from a holiday, during which time I barely looked at an internet, let alone wrote on one. I didn't play…

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5 years ago

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

"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…

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Control Dwarf Fortress With Isometric Graphics And Mouse

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…

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First Dwarf Fortress Update In Two Years Arrives Next Month

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…

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Feature: 1 Weird Trick To Having Fun In 20 Minutes

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

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.…

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Feature: Log On

DevLog Watch: XenoRaptor, Citybound, Dwarf Fortress

It's Monday and, if you have the same system shocked headache as I do, you might find it comforting to peruse a selection of in-development games. There are videos, there are GIFs (but only one!), there are fine anecdotes. There are promises of a brighter future somewhere on the horizon. It's videogaming ibuprofen. Cyberdragons! Colour blindness! Dwarven rumours!

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